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Not the club ride

With the hour change and a beautiful sunny morning I was more interested in putting my feet up and watching the world not go by – as very little passes our house except the weather.  However after some nagging I was persuaded to get out on my bike.  I decided to take the camera and idle my way around to Bishop’s Castle and back by the scenic route along the Vale of Montgomery.  Somewhere along the way – well Churchstoke to be honest I – forgot to take the right turn – but so what, the road was smooth, what passes for flat around here and pretty much traffic free.  And the views? Worth getting out of bed for, though the climb out of Bishop’s Castle was a bit longer than I expected.  All the more reason to stop have a snack and take a few pictures. Montgomery Castle The road to Chirbury

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Club clothing available

We have in stock a few items which are available to purchase: Short sleeve jerseys L and XL. –  £30 Long sleeve jerseys L and XL – £33 Women’s short sleeve jerseys sizes 6 and 7. – £43 These are excellent value so if you missed the last order and would like one please email *protected email*

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Snowy Icycle

(1)  Further to recent posts re The Bicycle Icycle, this year is not the only one where ice or snow has been a feature. (2)  Here is a photograph taken during the Surrey Saunter (the old name for The Bicycle Icycle) which took place on 5th March 2006: *****  Now, here’s the thing  ….  ***** There’s a FREE PINT for the first person to explain why the two statements above, taken together, are not totally true.

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The Welsh view on the Bicycle Icicle

Further to Mark’s post re the Bicycle Icicle, views from Wales: From a spring day with frolicking lambs on Friday: To snow stopped cycling on Sunday and the poor farmers are desperately trying to save the lambs    

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Archive photos added

I have spent most of this week indoors because of a cold, so have taken the opportunity to sort out some old photos.  As a result I have been able to upload a few club photos from 2005 to the online archives, at http://www.jeggo.org.uk/wsctchistarch/photos_2005.html If you have any photos to submit to the archives, please get in touch with me.

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G-BUG meeting summary notes

Notes from GBUG meeting with Surrey Police to discuss cycling issues .http://westsurreyctc.co.uk/blogs/g-bug-next-meeting-30th-january/ Close passing #TooCloseForComfort Campaign: how can G-Bug help Surrey Police. How can people cycling help the police address the few deliberate aggressive people driving and also those who are perhaps unaware of their actions. What information do the Police need and in what format to take up the case. How can we break down the “cyclist vs car driver” mentality Does Surrey Police support better cycling and walking facilities and is there anything they can do to help push the case at a council level. David Munro – Surrey Police & Crime Commissioner David was invited at short notice (morning of the meeting day) but made an extra effort to attend and speak for a few minutes a the beginning of he meeting.  He made the point that he is a cyclist, and believes cycling is an important factor

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Guildford Rotary Bikeathon

Grade 3s take on Grade 4s! The Rotary Club of Guildford District are organising a Bikeathon on Saturday 3rd March in aid of the local cancer charity, The Topic of Cancer in their assistance of Cancer Support Groups  and ToCFiT providing weekly classes for cancer patients and survivors in need of rehabilitation. The two teams of seven from West Surrey CTC will be going head to head for an hour at indoor cycling classes at the Turnfit Studio in Bridge Street, Guildford from 9.00 a.m, giving themselves plenty of time to recover for the Annual Dinner. If you would like to sponsor them please visit: http://mydonate.bt.com/events/tocyclingchallenge2018/455741  Roy Wigmore

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Cycling the West Coast of Ireland, North to South

Dear fellow cyclists, I expect you will all be going to the Dinner on March 3rd, but if anyone just happens to be in London that day, you might like to come along to the Globetrotters Travel Club (beside Covent Garden, a short walk from Waterloo) where I’m giving an illustrated talk on ‘Cycling the West Coast of Ireland, North to South‘. Click here for details. If you miss the second talk you’d get to the Dinner on time. I have to stay on, sadly! Happy pedalling, Paul Gillingham

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Phil Hampton Memorial Ride – 24 March

Now in its sixteenth year, our Phil Hampton Memorial Ride this year will take place on Saturday 24th March.  With this ride we commemorate the life of Phil Hampton who was tragically killed while cycling in 2002.   We ask for a minimum donation of £5 and all money raised is sent to The Cyclists’ Defence Fund, a charity set up to fight legal cases involving cyclists but which now covers all aspects of cycling and the law. Refreshments will be available at the start and finish, and there are also several pubs along both routes. TIME & DATE: 10am SATURDAY 24th MARCH 2018 STARTS FROM: Medstead Village Hall, grid ref SU659369, postcode GU34 5LG APPROXIMATE DISTANCES: 30 or 50 miles, and the routes are the same as last year; route instructions are available to download on the Cycling UK North Hampshire website http://nhampshirectc.org.uk/. Pre-entries would be much appreciated so we may better estimate numbers for catering.  To enter

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Guildford Borough Council consultation

Guildford Borough Council are currently holding a public consultation on a number of proposals designed to improve travel around Guildford. One proposal on which our members may wish to comment even if they don’t live in Guildford is to install traffic lights for pedestrians and cyclists at the roundabout A31/A331 where the cycle route from Tongham to Runfold crosses the A31. Anyone interested can find further details at: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/roads-and-transport-policies-plans-and-consultations/major-transport-projects/guildford-major-transport-schemes  

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