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Local CTC member rides the Tour de France

A local and long time member of CTC, Ciaran Doran, is currently riding with Geoff Thomas (and Lance Armstrong for two days, although the less said about that the better) on the charity event that involves riding the full route of the Tour de France, but one day ahead of the professionals. He is raising money for Cure Leukaemia, and members may wish to look at Ciaran’s blog at http://www.chaqueetape.com/ciaran-james-meet-leukaemia-patient-philip-large and perhaps also contribute to this most deserving charity. Ciaran lives in Guildford and I understand that he has occasionally ridden with the Sunday Riders, so clearly Clive has trained him well for such an immense challenge.

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Phil Gasson – new ride leader

With the increasing popularity of the Midweek Wayfarers rides, there is a need to ensure that there are sufficient ride leaders available every Wednesday.  This is a responsible job, although personally one which I find very enjoyable as well, and thankfully a number of experienced riders have volunteered their services in the past few months. The latest recruit is Phil Gasson, and I had the great pleasure of formally welcoming him as a new ride leader at the start of yesterday’s ride.  I am sure that you will enjoy it as much as I do, Phil. John Murdoch

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National AGM – final chance to vote by proxy

The National AGM is to be held this Saturday, 18th July.  This year there are some important motions that have been put forward, and I would particularly draw your attention to Motion 8, which has been proposed by Mark Waters (Chairman) and seconded by myself, and is presented by the committee on behalf of West Surrey, after much discussion with members. The gist of the motion is that we believe that CTC Council have been emasculated by a Chief Executive who has strong views, and no longer exercise their responsibility in setting the strategic direction of CTC.  The “direction of travel” of CTC can very clearly be shown by the reduction in what we might call member services e.g. provision of Touring Officer and Technical Officer.  It is very clear from the CTC regulations that it is the Council who should set the strategic direction, and leave the Chief Executive

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Reliability Rides ~ 19 July 2015

A new start point has been arranged for the 100 & 75 mile Reliability Rides which will be ridden next Sunday. Find full details on the Events page or see this PDF:  100 & 75 mile Reliability Rides Entry Form and Info#1~2015 A route sheet, map and GPX track will be uploaded on to the Events page within the next few days.

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Sunday 31 May Audax events

On Sunday 31st May our club is organising three audax events from Elstead village hall: the Stonehenge 200k, the Danebury 150k and the Elstead 100k. See the Audax UK website for more details. Entries are accepted on the day. Thanks and regards, Nick

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Evening ride, Tuesday 19 May

Start: Godalming, Crown Court 19.00. An easy ride of about 2hrs on lanes and good tracks, using the ‘Rhododendron Route’ that proved popular last year. We’ll finish at a pub on the outskirts of Godalming. The forecast is for a dry evening after a showery day. See you there! Helen Juden

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Sunday’s All-Day Intermediate ride 24th May

I regret to inform you that there will be no official West Surrey CTC All-Day Intermediate ride on Sunday 24 May.  Roger Philo was planning to lead this ride but is unfortunately in Yorkshire recovering from a broken hip.  As none of the other regular leaders for these rides is free to lead the ride that particular day, the official ride is cancelled. This does not prevent any riders who still turn up for the advertised start time of 9.00am at Guildford Library from organising their own ad hoc ride on the day. Normal service will be resumed in June! Hilary

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Ride Leaders’ Workshop

Dear Ride Leaders, Just a gentle reminder that the Ride Leaders Workshop is to be held on Sat 9 May 2015 at the Bird in Hand pub at Mayford Green. Doors will open at 945 am and the Workshop will run between 10am and 12 noon. For your information the main topics to be addressed in the discussion groups are: 1  Leading and Backmarking – Finding Marginal Gains (lead – Brian Ross) 2  The Management of Roadside Incidents – Punctures/ Mechanical Breakdowns/ Accidents (lead – Chris Williamson)  Note that Chris has requested that you come armed with your preferred tyre removal tool – don’t ask! 3  In Case of Emergency (ICE) – Exploring Options for Provision of the Necessary Information (lead – Pat Daffarn). Finally, and to tempt you to come along, complementary drinks will be available from the bar after the event! Hope to see you there. Neil Eason

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Ride Leaders’ Workshop

All Ride Leaders should note that the workshop will be held on Saturday 9 May 2015 at the Bird in Hand pub at Mayford Green from 10:00am (doors open 09:45) to 12:00am. All current Ride Leaders, Backmarkers, and also those considering becoming a Ride Leader are invited to attend.

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John Weatherburn’s American Trip

Many of you already know, eith er from my words at the annual dinner in February, or the Latest News post on 19 March, of John Weatherburn’s plans to to cycle 4,200 miles across America in May this year.  However, others have asked for details of how to access his blog which can be found: http://www.92daysinthesaddle.wordpress.com I would certainly suggest that even those who have visited the blog before do so again now, and feel even more committed to supporting him by visiting his site: Just Giving page

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