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Isle of Wight ~ Wednesday Ride 22 May 2013

Great to get away from the West Surrey area for a change. Two groups headed IoW-wards: one was a group of four aiming to circumnavigate the island following the signed route, which is a 60+ mile bash comprising numerous hills and some flatter sections. Having ridden round the island twice previously in a clockwise direction, I was keen to do it the other way round and was pleased when everyone seemed happy to do it that way. Group members were John Murdoch, Nick Davison, Pete Chimes and yours truly. Below are a few photos taken on the ride. There’s no news about the other group at present, although some may be forthcoming later. (It’s OK, they’re not lost and still over there!) As you can see, the weather was dry but generally overcast. Temperature-wise, it could have been warmer but compared to recent weather, it was pretty good. The photo

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The Bicycle Icycle 2013

The Bicycle Icycle 70km Bike Ride ~ 7 April 2013 The ride attracted 11 people, ten of whom were West Surrey riders. These were Peter Hackman, Clive Richardson, Anne Etherington, Bob McLeod, Roger Philo, Pete Chimes, Anne & Derek Tanner, Arthur Twiggs, John Gillbe plus Mark Waters, the organiser. We also welcomed one rider from north London, namely our old friend and CTC Tourist Competition winner, Mike Batchelor (West London).     You might remember that last year there had been some excellent weather leading up to the ride, resulting in a record entry of 18. It was all somewhat different this year but, on the positive side, the ride probably enjoyed one of the best days of the year so far: not too cold, fairly still, dry and relatively sunny. What more could one want, given what we’d become used to over the past months!   The organiser must

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Confessions of a Cycling Snob (Independent article)

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CTC West Surrey Trips to Wales

The Intermediates Group are organising two mini-trips to Wales in late April / early May. With a couple of days off in between the trips, it would easily be possible to do both, making it an 8 day trip away. Any intermediates wishing to join are welcome – Contact Derek & Anne Tanner ( Trip 1. 27 April – 2 May: The Presceli Mountains – “All Day Rides” leaving from Village Centre Newport (Pembrokeshire)  Trip 2.  4 – 6 May: The Taff Trail (NCN 8) and Brecon Beacons National Park. Base – the Tregenna Valley Hotel in Merthyr Tydfil.

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2 Day Local Cycling Event in Aid of The Brigitte Trust

Help support people with cancer and other life threatening conditions living in your area by participating in a fully supported 2-day ride through Surrey & West Sussex. Starting out from Denbies Wine Estate and finishing at Box Hill, the challenge includes: 1 night hotel accommodation en route with all meals and free charity T-Shirt …even sports massage Land Rover Discovery support vehicle/ride manager You need to raise £650 or more sponsorship for The Brigitte Trust to help provide free and regular support to families You can register for the event on the Ride to Raise website and go to tab “Challenge” and Scroll Down events to The Brigitte Trust Or for more information please call us on 01306 881816; E-mail *protected email*or visit

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Surrey Hills AONB

The Surrey Hills offers some of South East England’s most beautiful and accessible countryside. Famous beauty spots include Box Hill, Leith Hill and the Devil’s Punch Bowl. You’ll discover an extensive footpath network, open commons, breathtaking views, attractive market towns and villages and much more. And by ‘much more’ we all know that this means a wonderful network of beautiful lanes to cycle, not to mention some excellent off-road riding. Our new CTC West Surrey cycling tops now incorporate the Surrey Hills logo, which has made them aware of our existence and we look forward to a fruitful partnership in the future, perhaps introducing some more people to the wonderful world of cycling. Take a look at the Surrey Hills website

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Illustrated Talk at Ripley – 18 April 2013

In return for Ripley Village Hall providing free viewing facilities during the recent Olympic Road Races, former National level rider, Wally Happy of the Norwood Paragon, is putting on, free of charge, at the Ripley Village Hall Annexe, an illustrated talk of events at Herne Hill,the only remaining 1948 Olympics venue still in use. Impoverished after WW2, we ran a superb ‘Austerity Games’ in which all our cyclists won a medal. The talk will be given on Thursday 18th April, starting at 8pm. A donation of £1 per person to the Hall is suggested. All people interested in cycling are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. Les Bowerman(on behalf of Wally Happy and Ripley Village Hall)

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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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