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Guildford Cycling Campaign (G-BUG)

The next G-Bug Open Meeting is at Guildford Borough Council offices at 6pm on Tuesday June 6th, all are welcome. They have two guest speakers: Clare Rogers – Enfield Cycle Campaign Paul Gasson – Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign Enfield Cycle Campaign along with Enfield Borough who have recently had a government grant of £30M installed a segregated cycle route on the A105 through the centre of the Borough. Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign have worked with the local Council in a major scheme costing £50M+ involving the villagisation of Waltham Forest by implementation of a Mini-Holland scheme where most rat runs have been closed and 20mph speed limits introduced in residential areas such that the streets now belong to the residents not the traffic. This allows safe use for cyclists and pedestrians and even creates children’s play streets! Could this be North Street? They will be offering their considerable experience to advise us on how we

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Mid-week Trip To Somerset (May 2017)

Immediately following the Mayday holiday weekend, 22 of our cycling clan headed to North Wootton for four days of riding in the glorious Somerset countryside. The first and fourth days consisted of 30-mile rides on Tuesday afternoon and Friday morning, taking in lots of lovely quiet lanes.  We also took the time to visit a 13th century tithe barn in Pilton, cycled past Worthy Farm where the Glastonbury Festival is held, slithered our way through a ford and enjoyed a welcome cup of coffee and cake in Castle Cary. The first full day (Wednesday) was a relaxed affair riding through the Somerset Levels and pondering the devastation caused by floods in recent years, however the area is now calm consisting of water meadows, nature reserves and peat beds.  Coffee (obligatory) was taken in the city of Wells with time to visit the Cathedral, Bishop’s Palace and wander around the market

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Mayday Midweek

We went to Somerset last week, staying at The Crossways at North Wootton, a few miles south of Wells.  The worst weather we had to face was a few spotlets of drizzle, so we had some good rides to Wells, Glastonbury, Castle Cary, The Levels and the Mendips, including Cheddar Gorge. Many thanks to Anne, Derek and Hilary for all their organising — accommodation, meals, rides, leading etc — resulting in yet another successful Mayday tour enjoyed by 20-odd members. Here are a few photos of Cheddar Gorge.  There are more of my photos at

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Cycling UK AGM 2017 – vote now

The following is my personal view, independent of West Surrey CTC committee. At last year’s AGM a motion was passed requiring candidates for election as trustees to have been CUK members for at least a year.  When the elections came round, this motion was ignored – half the candidates were not members at all, and the names of some candidates who had a right to stand never made it on to the ballot paper. This year’s agenda includes a number of resolutions relevant to the relative power of members and trustees to influence CUK policy, i.e. concerning how democratic our organisation is.  I appreciate that many of you just want to get on with riding your bikes, but I appeal to you to consider just 3 of the 15 motions and vote as follows. Motions 5 and 7 are designed to suppress opposition from ordinary members;  please vote against them.

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35 mile Reliability Ride

A few riders undertook the 35 mile Reliability Ride on Sunday (9.4.2017), and with the sun shining, took off from Godalming to the Village Shop, Kirdford via Plaistow.  Unfortunately I slipped on my stairs at home and twisted my knee on Friday so decided to drive out and meet the group as they went by and to beat them to a coffee at Kirdford. Peter Fennemore

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Geoff Smith

It is with great sadness that I have to advise members that Geoff Smith passed away recently.  Geoff was a true stalwart of the Club, being a tireless editor of the magazine, and an enthusiast in all that he did – whether that was  cycling, swimming, or indeed anything else to which he turned his hand.  He was very much his own man, and after he moved down to Devon we missed his cheerful presence on our rides, and now we shall miss him even more. A personal recollection from Rico Signore is attached, together with some wonderful photographs of Geoff John Murdoch   Rico Signore writes: I was very sorry to hear of the death of my good friend Geoff Smith. Having heard of his illness (leukemia) I spoke to him on the phone not that long ago and he seemed very cheerful and upbeat. So it came as

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SADR Ride on 26 March 2017

This was a right old ‘suffer-fest’ for me: I mean, 89 miles and it’s still only March, not to mention only my third ride of the year! Paddy and Chris – sorry no photos – sensibly headed home after coffee, but that would still have been about 60 miles. Good to see Dane at coffee too, which was at a café in Alresford. We – that is Clive, Dave, Keith and yours truly then headed south east to cross the South Downs bound for lunch at Rowlands Castle. Clive deserves a medal for ensuring that the journey home – he peeled off at Liphook of course – was as flat as it could be, and to Dave and Keith for their excellent company; if it wasn’t for them I think I’d still be lying in a ditch somewhere along the way. There’s no doubt it was a lovely ride, and

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The Bicycle Icycle 2017

West Surrey’s first event of the year took place on 19 March in mild, cloudy conditions. The roads were dry for a change and the turnout was excellent – 18 people, including two guests. The riders were: Angela Byrne, Marion and Nick Davison, Julian Allen, Chris Boggon, Clive Richardson, Chris Jeggo, Peter Hackman, Martin and Heidi Vinson, Bob McLeod, Chris Juden, Matt Carolan, Dave King, Paul Taylor and Mark Waters. Chris Wright (Alton CTC) and Andrew Grundy (East Surrey CTC) were guest riders. The Bicycle Icycle, which as mentioned above did not live up to its name thankfully, is a lumpy ride – 3,535ft of climbing in 42.5 miles. For those who rode the Phil Hampton Memorial Ride the previous day, it must have been especially challenging: hero of the day must surely be young Bobby McLeod who rode both in fine style; a couple of others found it all

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Woking Midweek Wayfarers Ride ~ 15 March 2017

After a spate of bad weather Wednesdays, here at last was some real spring weather. Spring flowers, sunshine and warmth! Our 55 mile ride (2,300ft of climbing), planned and led by Bob(by), took us from Pirbright to Farnborough – Church Crookham (coffee) – Odiham – Froyle – Binstead – Churt (lunch) – Tilford (ice creams!) – Runfold and back to Pirbright. Here are a few shots from the ride. Lunch was taken in the garden of the Crossways pub in Churt and the next photo gives an indication as to the state of the weather! And to finish, a couple of group shots from the ride: And finally, the ice cream team – not entirely sure why yours truly is enshrouded in a haze… Thanks, Bob, for a really excellent ride and route!

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Christmas Lunch Rides

A happy group

Cast your mind back several months and recall those lovely meals you enjoyed with your cycling pals. Here are a few reminders. Firstly there was the Sunday All Day Riders’ annual Christmas lunch at the Blue Ship. And then there was the Guildford and Godalming Wayfarers’ Christmas lunch at the Parrott….  

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