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Cornwall holiday 2018

Hello everyone, I am organizing a cycling holiday for riders from the West Surrey CTC to Cornwall from Saturday the 3rd till 8th July 2018. (5 nights) Accommodation will be at the County Arms, Truro ( Having looked at several hotels this one seems to be the best suited to our needs.  They have ample bicycle storage and parking for cars. All rooms are standard en suite with a double or twin beds. The price covers Bed and breakfast although this can be optional.  They have a varied menu for evening meals if you choose to eat in but there are other options locally. If you have any questions please contact me on my email address below or ask when I next see you. The price below includes a 10% discount on NEXT year’s prices and is only for members of our group who wish to go. (Not yet listed

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Sunday All-Day Intermediates Ride to Bosham

Sunday 24th September turned out to be a glorious day for a bike ride. And where better to head for than the coast! So off we set from Petersfield – that is Derek and Anne, David and Helen, Angela, Peter, Roger and your scribe, along with course creator and ride leader Hilary. It’s always good to get away from one’s home area and it seems to me that groups are doing ‘train assisted’ rides more often these days. Personally I hope it’s a taste of more to come. Hilary found some beautiful lanes to get us to coffee at Stansted House, which is a delightful place to stop for refreshments, after which the route flattened out as we continued south. It wasn’t long before we reached Bosham to find that the tide was out, allowing us to ride round the shore road. It was all highly photogenic …. We still

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The Club Ride “B” group that wasn’t

After 4 weeks the house is coming along well and some progress is being made on my workshop so I thought I would see what the local cycle club Sunday Club Ride was like. I emailed the contact and was told, “It’s the CX season with a race on the same day, so only a B group ride this week. You would be most welcome to join us. Flash 9:30 Welshpool.” Flash turned out to be the leisure centre. Sounds ok so I plotted a route to the start. Most of the routes are hilly but the A road between Newtown and Welshpool isn’t and shouldn’t be too busy on a Sunday morning. At the allotted hour I set off on the luxo-cruiser thinking that I did not want to set high expectations by going on the grin machine. I also wanted a granny ring for the hills. On reaching

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Notes from the Far West

Julian Allen writes….. After the best part of two weeks very hard work unpacking boxes, trying to get rooms sorted in our new house and thinking that the next contractor would turn up in the afternoon, I was encouraged to get out on my bike. So I did, only to get a phone call half an hour later saying that the TV aerial man had arrived. Cue a dash back home to find out why we had so many TV sockets, none of which appeared to work. The hill up to our house from the village centre is seriously steep but thankfully very short. Nevertheless I appeared at my own front door panting hard. Today, being Sunday and missing the Sunday ride – thought about you – I set off up the hill from our house. That there is a single arrow on the map is but the merest hint

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Prudential RideLondon 2018

Do you fancy trying the Prudential London/Surrey 100-mile bike ride in 2018? It’s a fantastic experience and we have the chance to book a guaranteed place with the charity I rode for this year The Caring Cancer Trust. They have 20 places and you can grab one if you book soon, we already have 11 of these places reserved in the first couple of weeks. Unlike a lot of charities, they aren’t too demanding, they have a registration fee of £25 and will be pleased if you can raise anything over £200 – I managed £500 for them this year. The charity was so pleased with what I did they have asked me to co-ordinate their Prudential for 2018 hence first dibs to West Surrey CTC riders! This charity’s purpose is to send children in remission from cancer on adventure holidays with any excess money being used for ethical cancer

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Tour of the Hills and Tour of the Greensand

The club’s most legendary event enjoyed fine, mild weather conditions – just! The rain started at around 7pm, by which time almost everyone – even those who cycled to and from the event – had reached home. Hard luck, Julie and Roland, but well done for riding to the start, taking some photos when on the ride, completing the ride almost within the time limit, and then riding home: true cycling heroes! And well done to all 103 finishers because it’s a tough ride by any standard, as was proved by the 25 who didn’t manage to finish. And as for the 24 who didn’t start, thanks for your entry anyway – we won’t waste your entry money on anything trivial. This year the Tour of the Hills was one of Cycling UK’s chosen events in their ‘Challenge Ride’ series. As such, every rider received a medal, a musette and

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Semaine Fédérale Internationale De Cyclotourisme 2017 – part 2

France celebrates the bike at the Semaine Federale At this year’s Semaine Federale based in Mortagne au Perche in Normandy the villages and farms went to town in celebrating the velo. It’s amazing that they have the time and inclination to put so much effort into celebrating the bike when they know the Semaine will have passed by in just one day. What follows are photos from this year’s event, with a few others from previous Semaines. They show great imagination and are an inspiring celebration of the bicycle   (see more photos here) Paul Gillingham see more photos here

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Cycling Mirrors – a potential life saver

Phil Hamilton and Bob McLeod introduced me to the Take-a-Look cycling mirror (made by Bike Peddler USA) about 4 years ago and I wouldn’t now ride without it. Generally bike mirrors fit into five categories: Frame mounted (e.g. Bike Eye), Handlebar (Oxford Bar End, Third Eye) , Helmet (EVT Safe Zone), Eye Glasses (Take-a-Look), and (now) Arm mounted. Handlebar mirrors are probably the most popular with varieties that can be fitted to either road or mountain / hybrid bikes. Prices generally range from £10 to £20 depending on local supply or imported. The Arguments for and against mirrors: It’s a subject that launches lots of passion amongst cyclists. I was concerned at first that the Take-a-Look mirror is close to my right eye and could cause a serious injury if I came off. However this risk seems very low when viewed against the advantages. Another argument against mirrors is the

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WMW’s Wey and Thames Towpath Ride

August is being a bit funny this year, weatherwise, and today was a typical example of the sort of muggy dull days we’ve been getting recently. (My photos also seem to get a bit fuzzy too so apologies for this.) Fortunately, there’s usually a bit of fine weather thrown in at some point each day, and in the case of today, it came at around lunchtime, so we enjoyed at least half of our ride today in pleasant sunshine. This was our annual jaunt up the towpath of the Wey Navigation to Weybridge, where the Thames is reached, and which we then pedal along all the way to Richmond. An eatery is then found – usually expensive in this part of the world – after which we return, taking a slight shortcut through Bushey Park, back to where we started. It’s a great ride and somewhat different from our usual

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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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