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West Surrey AGM

I had to miss it this year.  What happened?  Has anyone written, or is anyone writing, a summary for the magazine?  I’ve received an email from Dane saying that the deadline is extended to about 6 December.

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Blacknest Golf Club Cafeteria

Some of us had lunch at the Blacknest golf club café “The Nest” recently and were made very welcome. They are keen to encourage cyclists. Small groups are welcome; larger groups please call 01420 22888  beforehand. The manager offered 10% discount for West Surrey CTC members and would be happy to discuss special menus for group bookings. Though he didn’t mention it, it might be tactful for cleated riders to use the side entrance, as people in spiked golf shoes are asked to do. More information and menus at:

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CTC Campaign Wins – Eurostar backs down

Eurostar has now backed down over its controversial plans to make cyclists box up their bikes thanks to our ‘Zero Stars for Eurostar’ campaign. In a resounding victory for CTC and you, our supporters, Eurostar’s Head of EU Public Affairs Pierre Delalande emailed us at 6pm on Friday (13 November) to say: “You will be pleased to know that we are not intending to go ahead with the requirement for all bikes to be carried in boxes and will accept fully-mounted bikes.” We galvanised support from leading politicians on both sides of the Channel. The UK’s All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group criticised the move as did the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, and the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo. London’s Cycling Commissioner Andrew Gilligan and CTC’s Head of Communications and Campaigns David Murray discussed the issue in a special meeting with Mary Walsh, Eurostar’s Director of Communications, at City Hall three days ago.

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Guildford Travel Club

Fellow West Surrey cyclists might be interested in the coming Guildford Travel Club meeting:- CYCLING TO THE ASHES: by Oli Broom, who recounts a cycle journey that took him 412 days and 16,000 miles through 23 countries from London to Brisbane, all for the love of cricket. Date: 15 December 2015, doors open 7.30pm, illustrated talk starts at 8pm & finishes at 10pm. Complimentary refreshments during interval. Where: Onslow Village Hall, The Square, Wilderness Road, Guildford GU2 7QR. Entrance fee for non-members: £7.00

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ICE cards and Club Clothing

ICE cards It appears that some people are having difficulty ordering these cards for free.  The important thing is to choose the Mini Tags, and then also select West Surrey CTC as your club; the link is  which is the second link shown on the instructions at the end of the e-mail I sent to all ride groups.  You then insert the discount code, and it should then show that there is nothing to pay.  If anyone continues to have problems, please e-mail me. Club Clothing The new order has now been placed; delivery is expected in just over 3 weeks. Once I have taken delivery, I will e-mail individually all those who have ordered clothing, advising:- – the actual cost of all products ordered by you – the total cost to pay – how to make payment; preferably by direct bank transfer to the West Surrey account.  I

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2015 WSCTC Accounts

These are now posted on the website if you would like to view them before the AGM on Saturday. See Club Stuff>Minutes and Reports page.

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Club clothes

Pat Daffarn has obtained samples of the bib tights in sizes 5, 6 and 7. If you would like to try them on before you order yours please give him a call on 07801 713518 or email him:

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West Surrey CTC AGM

West Surrey CTC AGM will be held on Saturday November 14th, starting at 10am at the Jack Phillips [Weatherspoons] Pub in Godalming. Come and support our club and bring along your ideas to improve our activities. Tea and Coffee will be available at the start and a free drink at 12 at the bar! Nick Davison, Secretary.

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West Surrey racing across America

An example of the wide range of cycling activities enjoyed by our members is shown by the variety of organised rides, from a gentle pedal down the Basingstoke canal towpath to the energetic All Day Sunday riders.  A further and even more extreme example is provided by Tim and Debbie Richards, regular riders with the Midweek Wayfarers, who on 1st November start their challenge to race across America within a team. The website to look at is from which you will see that this is a true race between two teams.  Each team must have at least three riders on the road at any one time, and the time is recorded at the end of each stage as the third rider crosses the line.  A day’s riding for the team will be between 200 and 300 kms.  Midweek Wayfarers in particular may wish to follow Tim and Debbie’s progress by

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Club Clothing – price reductions and last chance to order

My note of 14th October advised that I had been able to negotiate very favourable prices with our clothing supplier, as well as a wider range of products.  I gave the maximum price for each garment, but advised that the I might well be able to offer cheaper prices if good orders were obtained. The orders I have received to date have enabled me to make certain reductions.  I have also been able to expand the range of products even further, specifically by the inclusion of:- Cycling shorts without shoulder straps (previously only bib shorts were offered) Winter weight bibtights I have obtained samples of various products, and everyone who has seen them has agreed that the quality is excellent; the winter jerseys and winter bibtights are particularly good.  In the case of these two particular products, if I receive 2 more orders for each, then the price will drop

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