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Rowlands Castle ride

This Wednesday, there is another ride for grades 3 and 4 in an area which we visit fairly infrequently.  The start is at Rowlands Castle, coffee at Stansted House (where there is ample parking for those wishing to take the car), and the plan then is for both groups to cycle via Bosham to take the little Itchenor ferry (2.50 including bike).  After that there is a shortish section of track round the edge of the harbour (still suitable for road bikes) with lunch at Dell Quay.  I will then lead back to Stansted House for those who have left cars there.  It is a great ride, not too long, but deserving of the very best weather; if it is not up to scratch, we might amend the route on the day, and leave Dell Quay to the August ride scheduled for the same area.

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Chris Jeggo’s French tour, September – one place left

Right now, three of us are booked on the Bike Bus to travel to Orange on 6 September, returning 21-22 September.  I am prepared to take one more, but the Bike Bus booking needs to be made soon, before it fills up on one of the journeys. This is a moving-on, unsupported, carry-your-own-luggage tour of some of the scenic splendours of southern France.  The itinerary includes Mont Ventoux, Gorges de la Nesque, Grand Canyon de Verdon (both sides), Gorges du Cian, Gorges de Daluis, Col d’Allos, Col de la Cayolle.  For photos and other information see Sheila Simpson’s and Francis Cooke’s Virtual Alps website:  http://www.aukadia.net/alps/south/sfa.htm I am not offering a fully organised package holiday.  We are a group of friends doing a tour together.  No accommodation is being booked in advance – finding rooms in September should not be a problem.  This is being done to keep the route as

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Micheldever Ride

No chance of the midweek ride being postponed this week, the weather looks set fair.  The ride starts from Micheldever Station, if you are driving rather than travelling by train, there is a pay car park at the station, and limited free car parking fairly close.  Recommended parking is in Micheldever itself, about 2/3 miles from the station at SU519392.  Take the A33, turn right signposted Micheldever, and the parking is on the right as you enter the village.  We will have coffee at Whitchurch, then the plan for the grade 4 ride is to head north into the hills south of Newbury, before curving back round and back via the Test Valley to Micheldever again.  It is a delightful ride, on mainly quite lanes, with a mix of the hills and the lovely valley to finish.  I will meet the train at the station at 10.10 and lead to

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Nothing to do with cycling but…

…it’s in a very good cause!  On June 14 there is a show and concert at Ewhurst in aid of Prostate cancer hosted by Kenney Jones (ex Who, Small Faces). Lineup includes Roger Daltrey, Pete Townsend, Mick Hucknall, Mike Rutherford, Jeff Beck, Procul Harum and dozens more. Plus over 300 Ferraris and a couple of polo matches to boot!  All for £20. No bikes though.  Sorry. http://www.hurtwoodparkpolo.co.uk/events/rock-n-horsepower  

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Thursday scenic ride

Please see the earlier note advising that the Wednesday ride this week will now take place on Thursday. For those who enjoy a ride on the gentle rather than energetic side of the spectrum, and would normally ride with Rico on a Wednesday, may I suggest that you might wish to join Rico for his Thursday Evergreens ride from Woking to Pirbright and back (full details on the website), as this is the ride that he will be leading on Thursday.

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Wednesday now on Thursday

The weather forecast for Wednesday is pretty grim, and I know that, understandably, many riders are not too keen on venturing out in such conditions.  However, the forecast for the following day, Thursday, is very much better, and I have therefore decided  to shift the advertised ride back one day to Thursday 5 June. I know that it will not suit all, indeed it does not suit me personally (I will not be able to make the rescheduled ride) but my soundings indicate that the change will receive majority approval. The ability to make this late (and, I hope, sensible change) is another benefit of our new website and Latest News section.

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IOW 28 May – only one ride

The only ride on the Isle of Wight on 28 May will now be the Intermediates ride; please note that the details for this ride are not as given in the Rides List, but as per the  other Latest News post from 23 May i.e 10.00 crossing from Portsmouth to Fishbourne.    John Murdoch

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WMW Intermediates IOW ride 28 May

Click on link above to read whole post Fast Riders – for details see Rides List Intermediates – Use the 10:00am Portsmouth to Fishbourne car ferry. This is about 5 mins cycle ride from the station, close to the Spinnaker Tower and clearly signposted. If you are coming by car you should be able to park in the car park opposite the Wightlink terminal. Meet at 9:45 at the terminal. Book online to avoid admin fee. If you wish to stay on for a bite in the evening, there is a good pub at Fishbourne – the Fishbourne Inn, very close to the terminal. For those of you with Garmins, you should be able to download the proposed route from here (about 50 miles, there is an option to go on the cycle path from Freshwater to Yarmouth but at the moment I have planned the route to stay on roads) :

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Sunset Freewheelers: New Godalming Meeting Point.

We will meet at the top end of the Crown Court Car Park, closest to the High Street (GU7 1HR) – just behind the Jack Phillips Pub. Next evening ride: Tuesday 27th May 14 at 7 PM. Always check Latest News before heading out for a club  ride. 

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Farnham Wayfarers change of meeting place

Please note: – change of meeting place for Brockenhurst ride 18 May. Now 8:00am at 41 Boundstone Road, Farnham GU10 4TW. OS186/831439 Happy pedalling.  Liz

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