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Grade 3 and 4 ride tomorrow, 20th July

As a result of very limited response, I have decided to cancel the planned Downs Link ride for tomorrow.  It will be replaced by a “normal” road ride, to make the most of the good weather and enjoy the sea breezes at Bosham. The ride will be for both grades 3 and 4; there will be leaders for each.  If you do not wish to join Peter Hackman with his early start from Guildford (see earlier post) then you will need to get to Stansted House tea room (PO9 6DX) by 10.30/10.45.  There are various options; you may wish to drive to Stansted House (open until 6.00), or other local places such as Petersfield (the car park at Heath Pond, SU755226, is free but there is a height barrier), or take the train to Rowlands Castle and cycle to Stansted House; there will be no leader meeting the train, and

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Wednesday’s grade 3 and 4 ride

The planned ride this Wednesday for the grades 3 and 4 is advertised as being a mainly off road ride down the Downs Link to Shoreham.  This was suggested by a club member as providing some further variation in our programme, and with the weather set fair and looking as though it will remain hot, the section along the old railway line will no doubt provide some welcome shade.  However, I recognise that such a ride will not appeal to all, and therefore Peter Hackman has kindly arranged an alternative on road ride for the grade 4’s with coffee at Stansted House (PO9 6DX) , and thereafter via the Itchenor Ferry to Dell Quay; should be glorious but take sun screen.  Please see his e-mail for further details, or contact me direct. It may be that no-one will favour the Downs Link ride, so if you plan to attend that

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‘August Audacity’ – extra ride

As last year (and in 2010) I invite members of West Surrey CTC and Woking Cycle Users Group to join me in riding (on-road) to the seaside at Shoreham and back on Sunday, 7 August.  See http://www.jeggo.org.uk/audacity/ for details.

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Tour of the Hills 21st August – Marshals required

The Tour of the Hills on 21st August is our major event of the year, and the one for which the support of members is essential.  One basic requirement is to have sufficient marshals to man all the required points along the route.  I therefore require volunteers for this role, please contact me as soon as you can if you are able to help, e-mailing me on johnmatsouthview@btinternet.com.  It is not necessary to have previous experience, indeed it would be nice to have wider support, perhaps from newer members, and not rely solely on those who have contributed so much over previous years.  When volunteering, please specify your preference e.g. early, late control; location – closer to Guildford or further away; the earlier you volunteer the more likely it will be that I will be able to accommodate your preferences.  Naturally, the more volunteers I receive, the lighter will be

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G3 ride 29 June

Due to the rain forecast tomorrow the G3 ride has been postponed until the following day. Hope to see you in Micheldever on Thursday, same time. Chris Williamson  

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G3 ride tomorrow from Micheldever

We are considering cancelling the ride tomorrow in view of forecast heavy rain.  Please check this site later after 10:00pm Thanks,  Chris

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Short weekend rides – leaders required

I have long believed that we should be providing short and quite quick weekend rides for our members, and also believe that the demand is there.  However, in order to add such rides to the programme, we need ride leaders prepared to take on such rides. My proposal is that we add rides on a Saturday morning, starting at 9.30, c 35 miles, at a pace of about 15 mph.  No coffee stop, so you should be back by 12.00.  By arranging these for a Saturday, it should not affect all the regular Sunday rides. I would be happy to  lead such rides once a month, but naturally require further ride leader volunteers.  Please let me know if you are happy to take this on, if I can get 3 more volunteers then it will a commitment for only once a month.  If you are not already a registered ride

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David Wood

It is with immense sadness that I need to advise members that David Wood passed away last Sunday. He had been battling cancer over the past 6 years.  I personally saw him quite recently, and it was absolutely clear that his enthusiasm for life, determination, and humour were undimmed. I know that our thoughts will be with Angela at this sad time. John

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Halfords acquires Tredz and Wheelies

Halfords has acquired Tredz and Wheelies for £18.4m to help it grow its online presence. Both will continue to trade as standalone businesses under their current management

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Grade 4 Ride 18 May 2016

On behalf of Peter Hackman…   Hi All Group 4’s,I was supposed to be leading tomorrow’s ride from Pirbright to Frensham GC, however, the forecast is looking decidedly wet so I have decided not to ride. If anyone decides to go I’m sure you know the way there and please take care. Best regards, Peter Hackman     Kind regards   Laurie Mutch +44 7887 650 777  

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