WADR – Kennet Valley – June 11th, 2022

The start point for 6 WSCC riders joining the WADR around the Kennet Valley was the Mereoak Park & Ride just off junction 11 near Reading. 

The route took us west toward Thatcham and coffee was at RAF Greenham Common. After delicious lime and zucchini cake, we went upstairs to the control tower and heard about the 96 cruise missiles that had been stored at the base in the 19080s and the various Hollywood block busters that have been filmed in the dis-used bunkers. Onwards our route took us on quiet country lanes through picturesque villages with thatched cottages and near to Highclere Castle (of Downtown Abbey fame). Lunch was at the Red Lion in Chieveley before returning under/over the M4 a few times to the finish. 

A wonderful day out, 63 miles and 2,900 ft of climbing.  

WSCC – Update to Members, June 2022

Dear all

There’s a lot of WSCC news to update you on, so here goes …

Club AGM, 28 May

Many thanks to those who attended the club AGM on 28 May.  It was a good opportunity to take stock, and to share some thoughts on how our club might develop over the coming years.  Perhaps the highlight of the last year has been the new riders initiative, led by Neil McIntyre and ably supported by our ride leaders and everyone who has provided a welcome to the new faces.  We have attracted some 30 new riders to the club in the last year across all ride groups and levels, which is a healthy sign.

There is one change to the committee following the AGM – Roy Wigmore decided to stand down from the Treasurer post, and Keith Stainer has been appointed in his place.  We’d like to extend a big thankyou to Roy for his stint in this role.  We also welcome Liz Palethorpe who has taken up the honorary post of club President, following on from Keith Chesterton, whose 5-year term in this position expired at the AGM.

Ride Leader Workshop, Thursday 23 June

As many already know, Laurie Mutch and Phil Gasson are organising a Ride Leader Workshop in Pyrford on 23 June, starting 10.00am and continuing through lunch.  The idea is to share experience and ideas on how best to manage group rides across the sections of the club.  The event is aimed primarily at existing ride leaders, and we hope that as many of you as possible will respond to Phil’s invitation to attend 

If other club members are interested in participating in this exercise, please get in touch with Phil as there might well be scope for some extra places.  The more voices we have at the table, the better we can ensure that we make the most of the club’s collective expertise.  

Elstead Audaxes, Sunday 17 July

After an enforced Covid break, the club’s Elstead Audax events (3 options:  Overton, Danebury and nearly Stonehange) are being organised again by Nick Davison on 17 July.  Nick would welcome some help in the hosting arrangements at Elstead village hall, since some of his usual helpers are not available this year.  He’s particularly in need of help on the morning shift, which involves signing in the entrants and helping with the refreshments.

Tour of the Hills, Sunday 7 August 2022

We are also once again staging the Tour of the Hills Audax event, the main fund-raiser for the club’s activities, on Sunday 7 August.  This year will be the 40th occasion that the club has run this event.  Since we regularly attract 150-200 entrants from the cycling community of Surrey and beyond, it is also a great showcase for the club.

However, it does require a lot of helpers to make the event happen, both in the kitchen and out on the various checkpoints around the course.  I will be asking for help on this shortly, and so will Jill, who has again offered to take on the task of managing the catering in the hall.  So please make a note of the date in your diaries – Sunday 7 Aug – and let me know if you can assist on the day 

For those interested in entering the Tour (entry just £10), details can be found at https://audax.uk/event-details?eventId=9670.  Or better still, why not publicise these details to other cycling friends to see if you can encourage them to come along.  If you’d like to get the best of both worlds, riding the event and helping out, I’m planning to do a dry run as the G4 ride on Wednesday 3 August and would love to see you there!

Club Kit

We have just a few items of club kit left in stock, as follows:

  • Men’s short sleeve jersey (£45):  L, XL
  • Women’s short sleeve jersey (£45):  L, XL
  • Gilet (£50.40):  M, L, XL

Let me know if you are interested in trying any of these for size (the sizes of short-sleeve jerseys in particular are a bit quirky).  With so many new riders in the club, we expect it will soon be time to consider making a new order, so even if the available stock does not suit your requirements, let me know if you are interested – we need the meet minimum order sizes to make this worthwhile.

Happy cycling!


London to Brighton Bike Ride – 19 June

We have received the following message from Arron Trott from the WWF who are offering places on the London to Brighton Ride:

My name is Arron and I am Events Fundraising Manager at WWF, based at our Woking office. I am looking after cyclists taking on the London to Brighton Bike Ride in aid of WWF.

As a local cycling club, I’d like to offer your members a free place in the event if this would be of interest? Additionally, there would be no minimum fundraising commitment, although  we’d genuinely appreciate any efforts to raise sponsorship for us should they choose.

To take one of these free places, please ask any interested riders to enter via the link below and use code WokingCycling22 to remove the entry fee.


Please note that the deadline to register is midnight on Sunday 8th May.

I do hope this will be of interest. If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch via email or telephone.

With my very best wishes,



Arron Trott

Events Fundraising Manager, WWF-UK

E: atrott@wwf.org.uk | T: +44 (0)1483 412550  | M: +44 (0)7501 753473 | W: wwf.org.uk

AGM 28 May

Please note that the club’s Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday 28 May, starting at 10.00am at the Jack Phillips Pub in Godalming.
The committee decided that we should go back to an in-person meeting this year, after last year’s virtual AGM, in order to provide an opportunity for club members across the various riding groups to meet up in a social setting.  We realise, of course, that the problems associated with the Covid virus have not disappeared, and that some members might be reluctant to attend a meeting.  With that in mind, we will endeavour to set up a Zoom link to the meeting to provide an option to join remotely.  Details of this will follow closer to the time.
I hope that as many members as possible will make an effort to attend the AGM.  It provides an opportunity to discuss developments in your club and to provide feedback and ideas to the committee.  We would not expect the meeting to last much more than an hour.
I’d like to remind you that any notices or motions to be put to the AGM must be lodged with the club secretary Nick Davison at least 2 weeks prior to the AGM (ie by 14 May).
I hope you are have been able to enjoy the wonderful cycling weather over the last week or so.  It really is time to look forward to the summer cycling months.