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Centurion Way Update

The route from Chichester to West Dean was extended last year to reach the main A286 passing under the road but ended at a fence. The South Downs National Park announced today that new steps have now been built with a bike ramp to reach Motor Road, which leads to the main road, opposite the pub at West Dean village.

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50 and 35 mile Reliability Rides 9th April 2017

Over the years I have received a number of adverse comments about the fact that these rides finish about 12 miles from where they start. A few have also commented that they like the ride to Kirdford but are not so keen on the ride from there to Holmbury St Mary. As a trial to gauge reaction, this year’s rides will finish back at the Crown Court car park, Godalming where they start . If you can’t see me outside at the start it will probably be because I’m in the Jack Phillips having breakfast. Click below to download route sheets and TCX files for the new routes. Roger Route notes 35 mile Route notes 50 mile TCX files

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Too Close for Comfort?

The latest edition of Cycling UK’s monthly newsletter to member groups included this piece* : Too Close for Comfort? Cars overtaking too close…. we’ve all experienced it and we wish they wouldn’t. West Midlands Police back in September last year began to tackle this problem with plain clothes officers on bikes and close pass education mats. The results were instant, with a 50% drop in reported close passes. Cycling UK decided to try and make sure this result was replicated in other areas by raising enough money to ensure every force across the UK had its own mat. Our ‘Too Close for Comfort’ appeal reached its target in 48 hours, and now we’re looking to pass these mats on to police forces across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. We’d love to get our groups involved in their handover and create a bit of a local PR about the perils of close passes,

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New Forest Cycling Week

Information about this excellent family-focused event has recently been received. It’s an event which has run successfully for many years, partly due to the efforts that have been made to prevent CTC (CUK) HQ getting involved in any way, despite it being pretty much a CTC event, organised by CTC people. Full details may be found below. The 42nd New Forest Cycling Rally will again take place at Avon Tyrrell from Friday 28 July until Saturday 5 August. Bookings will once again be made through Avon Tyrrell. Bookings will be open from 1st April, via a special direct web link which will be exclusive to the New Forest Cycling Rally where you make your booking for the rally. Alternatively you can make a telephone booking direct with their bookings team or by post. If telephoning please remember to tell them you are booking for the New Forest Cycling Rally in order for you to take advantage of

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Oil Exploration in the Surrey Hills

Pat Smith of Brockham Oil Watch (BOW) writes: Oil exploration and drilling in the Weald is changing and this has huge implications for cyclists.  Recently passed plans for Leith Hill involve extensive movements of huge lorries along Coldharbour Lane (from the village of Coldharbour to Dorking) which is narrow and constantly used by cyclists. The road surface is fragile to start with and will probably not be repaired until the 18 weeks of exploration finishes. BOW is a non-political group of concerned local people who want to raise awareness of the implications of the changing face of oil developments in this area.  We are increasingly worried about loopholes in regulations and this has received a lot of media attention. 2 BBC News items / front page of The Times / article in The Independent / current edition of Private Eye (p11). We are holding an event on Easter Sunday: come

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This weekend’s events

I hope you are all now well prepared for a strenuous weekend. On Saturday it is the Phil Hampton Memorial Ride, organised by North Hampshire CTC, starting in Medstead at 10am.  Phil lived in Farnborough, was a keen member of Audax UK, and often rode with us, being a key member of the WSDA team that was highly placed in the CTC’s DAs’ Touring Competition:  9th in 1989, 2nd in 1990 and winners in 1991-3.  Sadly, Phil was killed in 2002 by a lorry driver who was under the influence of drugs.  The entry fee for this ride in his memory is a donation of at least £5 to the Cyclists’ Defence Fund.  There is a choice of routes, 30 or 50 miles, see http://nhampshirectc.org.uk/phil-hampton-memorial-ride/.  I am planning to do the 50, which ranges over the scenic Hampshire lanes to the south, out to Bishops Waltham and Hambledon.  A treat!

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Annual Dinner 4 March

The annual dinner and awards presentation will take place in just over two weeks, and this is the final reminder to book your places if you have not already done so, taking advantage of the subsidy which has been made available by the Club.  Simply e-mail me (johnmatsouthview@btinternet.com) with your menu choices by this coming weekend; see the Latest News Post of 5 December, and Blog Post of 3 December, for further details, including menu. John

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Ride Cancellations – Sunday 15 January

In view of the weather forecast for tomorrow, Sunday 15th January (heavy rain after a cold night), the planned rides  for both the Guildford and Godalming Wayfarers and the Woking Sunday Riders have been cancelled.

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Paul Holmes

Helen Juden writes: We are very sorry to report that Paul Holmes passed away on 8 December from the effects of a brain tumour. Paul started cycling with Notts CTC in the 1970s and even as a schoolboy was known for his affection for a traditional style of riding, loving the simplicity of fixed wheel. Later he studied economics at Durham University, where he was a contemporary of Kevin Mayne, former CTC Director. Paul moved to Surrey and took up a teaching post at Godalming College. He rode with the Hardriders and was fond of exploring the UK by bike, staying in Youth Hostels. Approaching retirement, Paul was looking forward to becoming a volunteer seasonal Youth Hostel warden. Sadly, his plans were thwarted by the incidental discovery of a brain tumour affecting his balance. After surgery he experienced some improvement and was able to meet up with one or two

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Annual Dinner 4 March 2017

Please note that the Annual Dinner will take place at the Princess Royal, Runfold, on Saturday 4 March 2017.  Full details, including menu choices and how to book (as early as possible, please) are shown on the blog entry of 3 December.

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