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Semaine Fédérale Internationale de Cyclotourisme 2017

On last year’s Semaine Federale in Dijon I was overtaken (as usual) by a woman. Flying the flag for West Surrey in my club shirt, she commented, as she passed, ‘Bonjour West Surrey.’ ‘Bonjour’, say I, adding ‘Where are you from?’ ‘Bristol CTC she replied. ‘How many are you?’ she added. ‘Just me, I’m afraid. How many are you?’ ‘Thirty-three,’ she replied…and sprinted on ahead. There was a time when a few West Surrey-ites enjoyed the Semaine. Mark W for one and our old pal Alan Holbrook was another enthusiast. (It was Alan, who’d been on seven Semaines, who first got me interested). But for the past two years – at Dijon and at Albi in the south – I was the only West Surrey cyclist. Sad! But this year it was different. There were THREE of us. Myself, John Pletts, who rode the 2011 Semaine with me in Flers

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G3 ride from Pinkneys Green – 16 August

Video courtesy of Sruli Krauss who filmed us going up a steep hill! Great ride led by Phil Gasson, lovely scenery including windmills and water crossings.

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Who is this?

Can anyone guess which of these is one of our regular Wednesday riders – and the year the photo was taken?

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Sunday 13th August, 9am Guildfordians Clubhouse Charlotteville Cycling Club are organising a ride in memory of Roly Masset, who died earlier this year. Details are: Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting Roly will know he was a gentleman, club stalwart, all round good guy and an ambassador for cycling over many decades. In honour of his life I am proposing a ride, open to all, meandering through the lanes of Surrey and West Sussex. Lunch will kindly be provided by Derek and Mary who have generously opened their home to us for the event. After suitable relaxation and refuelling, we will return over the Weald and Downs to Guildford. For those who wish to join the ride for a shorter distance, mainline train stations are available at the halfway point, Havant or Rowlands Castle, and at various points along the return route. I have provisionally mapped a route of

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Reliability Ride 16th July 2017


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London to Canterbury Cycle Challenge for the Children’s Trust

‘We’re offering cycle club members the chance to sign up for just £20 with our special discount code FRANCE17.’ (Kimberley Lumm, Events Intern) Help children with brain injury by taking on the climbs of the Pilgrim’s Way in The Children’s Trust London to Canterbury Cycle Challenge on Sunday 10th September 2017! Described as “one of the best charity rides in the calendar”, the ride gives even the most seasoned of cyclists a thrill with over 1500 metres of climb between its start in London’s Kidbrooke and finish in Canterbury, Kent. Hot and cold breakfasts will be available to purchase at the start line in Kidbrooke, London, before riders are given a staggered start between 8 and 9am. Choose from a challenging 65 or 80 mile route, both fully signed and marshalled throughout. Riders will enjoy regular and well stocked feed stations. Cyclists can complete the challenge safe in the knowledge

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IOW ride 12 July 2017

Here are a few pics of the G3 ride on the Isle of Wight, courtesy of Alan Mayger – a bit grey to start with but soon gave way to a beautiful sunny day. Excellent lunch at the Crown pub at Shorwell, enlivened by the sight of huge fish fighting over bread with the ducks!

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Vosges 2017

You’ve seen the photos, now read the blog!

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The (not so) Wild Atlantic Way as ridden by Mark and Susan

Please find a link to the blog (with a link at the bottom to just the photos). Enjoy!

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Midweek Wayfarers #Group4 – Photos of their recent Vosges trip

Sit back with a nice glass of Pimms and re-live the holiday by clicking on this link. Words to follow when time permits.   (If that link doesn’t work try this one)

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