The Bicycle Icycle 2013

The Bicycle Icycle 70km Bike Ride ~ 7 April 2013

The ride attracted 11 people, ten of whom were West Surrey riders. These were Peter Hackman, Clive Richardson, Anne Etherington, Bob McLeod, Roger Philo, Pete Chimes, Anne & Derek Tanner, Arthur Twiggs, John Gillbe plus Mark Waters, the organiser. We also welcomed one rider from north London, namely our old friend and CTC Tourist Competition winner, Mike Batchelor (West London).

  You might remember that last year there had been some excellent weather leading up to the ride, resulting in a record entry of 18. It was all somewhat different this year but, on the positive side, the ride probably enjoyed one of the best days of the year so far: not too cold, fairly still, dry and relatively sunny. What more could one want, given what we’d become used to over the past months!

The organiser must admit to leaving everything very much to the last minute this year. Nevertheless it all ran smoothly and no one was unkind enough to say they remembered the ‘info’ control questions from last year! It was very good to see Derek and Anne Tanner coming along to ride, not to mention two West Surrey members not often seen – not to me anyway! – namely Pete Chimes and John Gillbe. Thanks to all for coming along to ride, particularly Bob McLeod and Pete Chimes for actually entering in advance.


All completed the course, with the first riders getting home in 4 hours 7 minutes, a touch slower than last year. Had Clive not had his puncture, we might well have beaten the course record, which is eminently achievable simply by not stopping. Apart from time spent repairing the flat, we didn’t, other than brief stops at the info controls.


I have to admit that this was my first ride since the 1st January (other than a gentle 10km saunter round my short local training circuit) because the weather simply hasn’t been conducive to cycling. I was anticipating a tough ride and wasn’t disappointed. What a difference it makes having others to ride with and it was great to be rolling along with Bob, Clive, Anne and Peter, although we were a bigger group for much of the time.



Everyone arrived back within a half hour span and enjoyed a cuppa, a biscuit and some Omani dates, which I insisted everyone ate, since I have a large box to consume. It felt sub-arctic on my patio, resulting in a relatively rapid departure home for everyone.
This route never disappoints and, despite knowing it well, it’s always a pleasure to ride. Potholes were probably in greater abundance but the lane over the hill just past Hascombe was in considerably better condition than usual.
A great ride as ever.

CTC West Surrey Trips to Wales

The Intermediates Group are organising two mini-trips to Wales in late April / early May. With a couple of days off in between the trips, it would easily be possible to do both, making it an 8 day trip away. Any intermediates wishing to join are welcome – Contact Derek & Anne Tanner


Trip 1. 27 April – 2 May: The Presceli Mountains – “All Day Rides” leaving from Village Centre Newport (Pembrokeshire) 

Trip 2.  4 – 6 May: The Taff Trail (NCN 8) and Brecon Beacons National Park. Base – the Tregenna Valley Hotel in Merthyr Tydfil.

2 Day Local Cycling Event in Aid of The Brigitte Trust

Help support people with cancer and other life threatening conditions living in your area by participating in a fully supported 2-day ride through Surrey & West Sussex. Starting out from Denbies Wine Estate and finishing at Box Hill, the challenge includes:
  • 1 night hotel accommodation en route with all meals and free charity T-Shirt …even sports massage
  • Land Rover Discovery support vehicle/ride manager
You need to raise £650 or more sponsorship for The Brigitte Trust to help provide free and regular support to families
You can register for the event on the Ride to Raise website and go to tab “Challenge” and Scroll Down events to The Brigitte Trust
Or for more information please call us on 01306 881816; E-mail brigittetrustadmin@btconnect.comor visit