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Stolen Bikes ~ Can You Help?

Here’s a note from a couple who had their garage broken into recently. Details below. If you can keep an eye out for them – difficult we know – but you never know…  Contact Mark if you have any info.   Atum 22   Make: Giant Trance 2 MTB Difference from picture below: bike had been fitted with gold hubs and cables, and white handlebar grips  Litespeed Specialized Myka Pro Custom titanium bike.  Distinctive engravings on frame (above). Initials CRH engraved on head tube. Name engraved on seat post HOLMES

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Josie Dew Talk ~ 31st January

Here’s a rather special event which members are sure to be interested in attending. The talk has already been moved from the school hall to the local village hall, so expect a good turnout for what promises to be a very enjoyable evening. AROUND THE WORLD BY BICYCLE An illustrated talk by Josie Dew Thursday 31stJanuary 2013 at 7pm at Milland Village Memorial Hall Milland, W. Sussex GU30 7NA Local cyclist Josie Dew has cycled 457,000 miles across 6 continents and 49 countries (some of them by accident). The survivor of several wonky knees and a handful of bottom brackets, she is still firmly fixed in the saddle. Josie will take you on a whirlwind tour around the world describing what it is like to cycle alone across America, around Japan, Iceland, India, Hawaii, New Zealand and North Africa among other places. She will also be showing pictures of her

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NEW Cycle Tops ~ get your order in quick!

Another order for the new cycle tops is about to be placed. If you want one – and let’s face it, how could you not! – you need to leap into action within the next couple of days. Pease advise John Murdoch (*protected email*) by Sunday 13th January at the latest, specifying size (small, medium, large, XL or XLL, bearing in mind that the jerseys are sized to be “snug”, so you may therefore require a larger size than normal) and whether short or long sleeved.  The price (£36.50 for short sleeved and £39.50 for long sleeved) is based on putting an order in for at least 10 shirts, and we will order at least that number this time. If you miss this order then it may be a while before we are able to place a further order at such a favourable price.

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CTC West Surrey ~ Grand Nosh or The BIG Dinner

It’s been some time since we held a dinner but, following expressions of interest at last November’s AGM, your Committee has organised one which we very much hope you will want to come to. You’re most welcome to bring a friend or two along with you. Date & Time: Saturday 9th February 2013 at 19.30 hours. Venue: The Mill at Elstead;Address: Farnham Road  Elstead, Surrey GU8 6LE.   Tel 01252 703333. Cost: £20 per head for all 3 courses, £15 for two courses (starter & main or main & dessert) Menu: Starter: (a) Confit Duck pate, onion jam & toast(b) Leek & potato soup, country bloomer(c) The Mill prawn & crayfish cocktail(d) Black pudding hash, soft poached egg & hollandaise Main Course: (a) Pan seared breast of chicken, thyme potato cake, creamy mushroom reduction(b) Roast topside of beef, goose fat roasties & chasseur sauce(c) Loin of pork, grain mustard mash &

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West Surrey Tour to Austria ????

 Ah…. Sound of Music land, fabulous mountain scenery and a route planned by an expert (Chris Juden). Chris says this of the tour (which has completely filled after just a few days on the CTC H&T website and is thus no longer visible except to us tour leaders): Short days and rest days will provide many opportunities for sightseeing or relaxing. In addition to spectacular alpine scenery, the sights include picturesque towns and villages, churches, castles and caverns. Chris has asked if I would like to lead a repeat tour. Well, yes, I would, perhaps as a bona fide CTC tour, or perhaps as a friendly little West Surrey expedition. Several West Surrey folk managed to get on Chris’ tour, several others weren’t quite quick enough and didn’t. The plan so far is to see if there are enough of us to make up a group (of perhaps ten?). The

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Godalming & Guildford Wayfarers Christmas Lunch

There was a great turnout at this excellent event – first time for me! The brave among us cycled to the King William IV pub in West Horsley, whilst others (me included) decided it was really a bit too icy. Shame because the sun was shining. Hilary gave a brief speech, principally to thank Peter Fennemore for all his hard work in making these rides happen. Hurrah! Thanks, Peter!

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Ride Photos ~ 25/11/12

Can’t believe it but I think I’m acquiring the desire to go riding with my local group(s) – it’s only taken twelve years, but having done four rides in the last two weeks, the bug is beginning to get a strong grip. Mind you, it helps to have decent weather – which it has been on two and a half of the rides. The next thing to do is remember to bring my camera; iPhone cameras are useless for action pics. The two below are OK though (because they’re static). There were only four out on last Wednesday’s ride. OK, it was pretty grim. The Sunday Intermediates at Grayshott. It only rained a bit – honest! But so lovely and mild!

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A Veritable Touring Magazine ~ Bicycle Traveler

One of my favourite cycling blogs is Cass Gilbert’s While Out Riding, principally because Cass’ photography is so good < >  His latest email post had a couple of links which caught my eye – both have been around for a while and I probably discovered them years ago but, with the passage of time, they slipped away. Here they are again, because you’ll probably like them: Bicycle Traveler magazine – don’t be put off by the American spelling (it’s an American magazine) but it’s an online magazine and it’s free, and it’s all about touring and photography and equipment and… well it’s just a little bit of heaven really. Here’s the link to it< > and here’s a crafty photo of the contents page to demonstrate what kind of stuff is in it. Very worthwhile reading – there’s even an old interview with our very own Ian

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Beryl Burton Play on the Radio

In the unlikely event that you didn’t see it in CycleClips… The Afternoon Play on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday 27 Nov (1415-1500) is “Beryl: A Love Story on Two Wheels”. Maxine Peake writes and stars in this true love story of Beryl Burton, a working-class mum from Morley in Leeds who, with no financial backing or training, combined farm work with global domination in all areas of cycling competition from the 1950s to 1970s.  With contributions from Charlie Burton and Denise Burton-Cole. Have you read Beryl’s book, “Personal Best”?

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Times ‘Cyclesafe’ Survey

One or two members felt that other members might like to add their input to this survey. The details are below. To participate, click here to access the survey. (James Harding is the Editor of The Times, by the way.) And, yes, about 100 cyclists are killed each year on our roads – I checked with CTC’s Campaigning Department. Mary’s accident happened last November.

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