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Roland (Roly) Masset

To all fellow club members, I regret to have to inform you that our dear old cycling friend Roly died last Saturday afternoon, 11th February. It is a long time now that Roly cycled with us, but old-time members of the club will have known him from years back. He was a lovely man, very gracious and tall with a large-framed steel bicycle. He was a true hard-rider, a long-time member also of the Charlotteville Cycling Club in Guildford. Even in his Seventies he completed the LEL (London-Edinburgh-London) classic non-stop and regulars at the Ripley Bike Jumble will remember him as a regular welcoming presence on the door. He was until very recently a very active member of the Guildford Travel Club, where he was formerly Treasurer, and I always looked forward to meeting him there and having a chat with him and his lovely wife Ann. He was there

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Who, what, when and where

An email from our ride leader: lunch will not be the Departure Lounge as advertised as getting home in a reasonable time is next to impossible, it will be Farnham instead.   Sounds very reasonable to me as Alton to home is 35+ miles. I have this mental block about Godalming starts. I know it only takes 50-55 minutes depending on the strength and direction of the wind but come 7:55 and I am fretting – must be on my way. Yet the last time I looked at the thermometer it read -1.8°C. Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey! (An old naval expression; the balls in question are cannonballs and there were stored on brass monkeys – large lumps of brass with holes in them smaller than the diameter of the cannonball so the cannonball rests in the hole. When it froze the holes in the brass monkeys contracted

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Annual Dinner at the Princess Royal

The Club’s main social event of the year, the Dinner and Awards Presentation, will take place on Saturday 4th March 2017.  We will be returning to the Princess Royal at Runfold, who have always looked after us very well.  I very much hope that the event will again be well supported, and the committee have decided that it would be a good use of club funds to subsidize the event for the benefit of members, which means that we have been able to peg prices to those of 2016. I have guaranteed that we will have at least 50 attendees (required for free room hire), so in order to help me relax over Christmas I would greatly welcome early bookings; in other words, why not do it now. Full details are:- Date:  Saturday 4th March 2017 Time:  7.00 for 7.30 Venue: The Princess Royal, Runfold, GU10 1NX Menu:  see here Cost: 

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Green Man

On Sunday (30 Oct) I decided to go exploring and took a train out into Hampshire.  I found this: which was completely new to me.  I thought I had cycled through this village before, but a very long time ago, so maybe before this green man had been created.  Or maybe I’d never been there.  Anyway, how many of you know which village this is?  There are lovely quiet lanes in all directions.

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WMW train-assisted ride 26th October 2016

The weather was grey as we set off from Winchfield station for the quiet, twisty lanes through Mattingley and Stratfield Turgis to the excellent coffee shop at Bramley Bakery, but it steadily improved to become a lovely day, mild with sunny intervals.  Leaving the café, the trainspotters among us had the good fortune to have to wait for three trains to pass before the level crossing barriers rose.  More lanes took us to Ramsdell and the very busy A339 Basingstoke-Newbury road, where a most unusually cooperative articulated-lorry driver signalled us to cross and slowed right down to let us do so, so we were soon on our way, looking at his long tail of cars that would otherwise have delayed us considerably.  What a gent!  Must be a cyclist. Now we were into the downs, and the gradient started to warm us up more than the sunshine was doing.  Then

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WMW Ride to Walbury Hill ~ 19 October 2016

This was a great ride, planned by Phil, which started and finished at Micheldever. It was great to cycle outside of our usual area, particularly when the route was so good….. and so quiet! There was very little traffic and what a pleasure that was! Below are some photos including one in the churchyard of St Peter’s parish church in St Mary Bourne; we stopped there for a moment to focus our thoughts for a few moments on Ron Richardson, whose funeral was today. We were a large group of 18 people for some of the ride. A couple of our number got stuck for well over an hour in a jam on the M3, following an accident, on their way to the start of the ride, so they didn’t join us till later on the ride. Other than that, the day went smoothly enough and in fine cycling conditions.

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Bicycle Traveler Magazine

In case you didn’t know…. Bicycle Traveler is a free international magazine devoted to bicycle touring. Packed with stunning photography and entertaining stories, it will make you want to grab your bike and hit the road. It’s an online magazine which you can read from the comfort of the chair in front of your home computer. To read the latest copy, and subscribe to future issues, follow this link: Bicycle Traveler Magazine

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Ron Richardson

I was very sad to hear from Steve on yesterday’s gr 2 ride, confirmed later by Rico, of the passing of our fellow cyclist,  ‘Little’ Ron. ‘Little’ is a misnomer, as Ron Richardson was a giant of our club and it was good to see that his contribution was celebrated with a special birthday cake presented to him by our leader John M at the annual dinner in 2015. The cake, with a cycling motif, was to celebrate Ron’s 90th birthday. On my first ride with the club a good few years’ back I remember asking Ron when he began serious club cycling. ‘1942’, he replied!  It was when he was in the British army during World War 2. This was before most of us in the club (with honorable exceptions) were born, yet he was still outstripping many of us up hills well into his 80’s. I seem to

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Newlands Corner proposals

We have received the following representation from the Save Newlands Corner Campaign Group who would like to make local residents aware of the current Planning Applications for Newlands Corner and to request that if you have concerns that you *protected email*: “You may have heard about the significant controversy there has been over Surrey County Council’s (SCC) proposals to develop Newlands Corner, near Guildford.  I have asked your organisation to pass this letter on to you to ask for your help in objecting to the initial stage of SCC’s plans which concerns the introduction of car park charge machines onto the site. Newlands Corner, including the car park, is registered common land, managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust (SWT) on behalf of SCC.  The placing of fixed structures on common land needs to be approved by the Planning Inspectorate (part of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs).  On 14 September,  SCC submitted

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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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