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Big Cat Charity ride – organised by Cranleigh Cycling Club for Cranleigh Lions Club

In aid of Cranleigh Lions, who do a tremendous amount for the community and helping those in need, this is an exciting event for local cyclists of every level of proficiency. On Sunday 2 October, at 8.30am we meet at the Bandroom on Village Way, where tea/coffee and bacon rolls will be served (similar refreshments will also be available at the end) – local cyclists will gather for a memorable sporting day. The ‘Big Cat’ rides, all with suitable names, on roads and the Downs Link, are as follows: Lion’s Roar – a challenging 72 mile journey to Shoreham Airport Lion’s Mane – a 42 mile trip to Seale Tea Rooms Lion’s Paw – 34 miles to Stan’s Bike Shack, and for the family Lion Cub – 10 miles to Shamley Green and back. To enter a donation of £5 in advance or £8 on the day, with families at

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EMPowered People disability cycling charity

I wrote recently about the great support provided by Club members on the Tour of the Hills.  Amongst the willing marshals were Ian Pickering and Penny Knight, and they have now showed that it is not only Club events that they support, but also other very worthy causes.  They have provided the following note about their involvement in a recent disability cycling charity event.  It is too late to help in practical ways (until next year no doubt), but if you would like to provide support, then please note the donation link below. “Penny and I are just back from a fantastic weekend support-riding for EMPowered People disability cycling charity in Cumbria and Lancashire. We covered over 160 miles in four days with approx 16 disabled riders taking part, supported by around 24 able-bodied riders. Despite getting completelysoaked on both Thursday and Friday morning, everyone had a great time and

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Sunday 4th – all things new

A select group of four of us set out from Elstead on a cool Sunday morning, our leader, our retired airline pilots – who are no doubt far fitter now than they were when they were forced to retire – and me.   Our route was south out of Elstead along the straight, to Churt, Headley, Hollywater, Whitehill, Blackmoor. Oakhanger and West Worldham before picking up the A339 across Alton. Much of it highly familiar except that we always cycle much of it the other way. I have said it before, and no doubt I will say it again, it is amazing how different a road is depending on which way you cycle along it.   Coffee, or in the case of Don, brunch, was taken at the Departure Lounge, a new venue for him and he was as much taken with the aircraft bits scattered across the site as with the

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WMW Annual Thames Towpath Ride 2016

For those of us who enjoy the annual hot, dusty trundle (at speed) down the Thames, today did not disappoint: it was indeed hot and dusty…. but oh such fun! It really is a ride with a difference and it was a joy to see us all heading off with a minimum of organisation and a maximum of anticipation of a good day in good company. Mountain bikes had, in most cases, been pulled out from the back of the bike pile, checked, oiled slightly and were ready to rock and roll. Before heading off from the car park of the Black Prince in Woodham – a mere few hundred yards from the start of our canalian progress – John very sensibly reminded us of the occasion when there had been a minor ‘towpath fracas’, the consequence being that one of our number found himself in the water, complete with

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Tour of the Hills 2016

Here are a few photos taken inside and outside the hall during the Tour of the Hills 115km audax, which took place yesterday, 21st August. It would be good to receive a report on the ride from someone who rode it. From the point of view of this scribe, who worked on the catering side, it was a great day with no accidents and lots of seemingly happy riders (once they had completed the ride – they looked a little apprehensive before the ride!). Everyone looked like they enjoyed the eats which always brings a smile to any caterer. Well done, all, for turning a great event into a great occasion!

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Free Ride Leader workshops

Please see the attached received from Cycling UK   We hope that you are enjoying a summer of cycling and have taken the opportunity to get involved in the many events being delivered as part of the Big Bike Revival. We would love Cycling UK members to get involved in putting on a series of celebratory rides in October to top off a fantastic summer of cycling delivered via the Big Bike Revival and support even more cyclists. To help you feel confident and knowledgeable on the road we are really excited to be able to offer a limited number of free places on Ride Leader workshops across England. These workshops are aimed at both experienced Ride Leaders and those who would like to give it a try. Find your local ride leader workshop and register for your free place now What you will get from the day: Ride Leader

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Sunday All-Day Riders ~ 14 August Ride

Some fabulous August weather saw a small group of us heading out to Lasham aerodrome for coffee, followed by lunch at The Good Life at Headbourne Worthy, near Winchester, and we even enjoyed yet more cake on the way home at Selbourne. Is there really a better way to spend a mid-summer Sunday! https://www.strava.com/activities/677795716

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Guildford Bike User Group (G-BUG)

Proof that better cycle infrastructure dramatically increases cycle use New research by academics at Cambridge University has found that cycle friendly infrastructure accounts for 85% of increased cycle use. Cycling UK’s Space for Cycling campaigner Tom Guha to present Space4Cycling at G-Bug’s next meeting Tuesday 23rd August 6pm to 7.30pm at Guildford BC offices, Millmead House, Millmead GU2 4BB.  Special Celebrity Guests – Roger Geffen MBE – Campaigns and Policy Director at CyclingUK and Tom Guha CyclingUK – Space For Cycling Campaign Officer  G-BUG’s guests will present the Space4Cycling campaign to us and then we are looking for their advice on best practice Design Standards regarding the Guildford Town Centre Transport Package with Marc Woodall and Rob Curtis of SCC also joining us to discuss SCC Design Standards.  

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Wednesday 20 July Ride to the Coast

The day after the hottest day of the year so far came the second hottest and we were bound for the coast. Whilst some opted for some assistance, others opted to ride the full distance and here are some shots from the group which started riding prior to meeting at Rowlands Castle. In case you don’t recognise them, we have Tim and Debbie, Anne, William, Patrick, Nick, our great leader, Cap’n H, and yours truly, embarking on his longest ride of the year (so far, he hopes). The day didn’t start as bright as forecast and almost looked like it could rain a one point; but by the time we reached the coffee stop, the sun had come out for good and we enjoyed fine, sunny weather for the remainder of the ride. The route began by climbing up over Hindhead before running down through South Harting and on to

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Surrey Sportive 14 August 2016

Club members qualify for 15% discount on the Surrey Sportive, 3 distances: 64km (Primo), 97km (Venti) and 119km (Grande). (Quote clubdeal on the entry form)   Full details here.

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