Climate emergency

Cycling UK is plugging: “COP26: Cycling fights climate change”. It is up to all of us to reduce our carbon emissions as much as possible. It really is serious. We have to act now. Waiting for national and international politicians to do much more than generate hot air is an option we should reject.

At the recent CUK AGM, Resolution 8 – “Cycling UK shall seek where possible to enable and encourage those participating in events and activities that it organises or supports, to travel sustainably to and from these events and activities (e.g. by cycling or by using public or shared transport), by encouraging event and activity organisers where possible to provide information on how to travel sustainably to and from these events and activities in any promotional material or joining instruction” – was passed by a 96.6% majority (1678 votes for, 59 against).

I am disturbed by the number of our rides which start at remote car parks. We appear to be undermining CUK’s green stance. In priority order we should travel to ride starts and events by:

  1. cycling there,
  2. cycling there from a nearby train station,
  3. car-sharing,
  4. singly occupied car only in extreme circumstances.

Our meeting points should be chosen accordingly. For example, I have never started a ride from Puttenham Common/Cutt Mill. Too far to ride from home, trains no real help, and I refuse to drive my car in order to go for a bike ride. I am going out for a ride, not a drive.

We should think about our public image.



Harold Coleman 1931-2021

You can read here how Harold encountered the West Surrey CTC ‘Thursday Nighters’ in a pub in 1971 and soon afterwards joined the CTC. He became a mainstay of W Surrey District Association (DA) for nearly forty years, starting as secretary from 1972 to 1978, CTC Centenary Year, during which he organised the successful Home Counties DAs Rally in Godalming, something that previous DA Committees would have considered over-ambitious. In 1978 he became a CTC National Councillor, serving until 1984 (when he organised another successful Home Counties Rally in Godalming), remaining on the DA Committee during this period. At various later times he was also Chairman (4 years), President (5 years) and Vice-President (more than 20 years).

These facts, however, do not convey Harold’s overwhelming enthusiasm for all things cycling, and his knack of sweeping others along with him. Humour was an important item in his tool-chest, used to good effect when he edited the DA Newsletter for a couple of years, and later in DA Magazine contributions and speeches at annual dinners and other social events, plus all the usual banter on clubruns and cross-toasting at dinners. He was always enthusiastic about the Benstead Cup competition, competing, and highly placed, in many years, but a little disappointed to win it only once (but he was up against the likes of Russ Mantle and Clive Richardson). A competent event organiser, he was co-originator of our Tour of the Hills, which he organised several times.

Harold was good with his hands and machinery and took a pride in maintaining his stable of high quality clubman’s bicycles. He hand-made a collection of wire models of important machines in the evolution of the bicycle, plus the Thursday Nighters attendance trophy – a cycle leaning against a beer barrel. His Wooden Crank trophy is an accurate 2x model of a Campagnolo Super Record LH crank.

His interest in cycling history also manifested itself in a couple of slide shows he gave at the DA clubroom, which was started by Keith Parfitt and wholeheartedly supported by Harold. His shots of cycle tours and club life showed that he was right up there with the best photographers in the DA.

Amidst all this Harold found time to do some racing with, and contribute greatly to, the Charlotteville CC, as President, event organiser, archivist, etc. Take a look at their website.

Harold was good company and a good friend. He will continue to be sorely missed; sadly, the real Harold has been missed since dementia cruelly took him away from us about a decade ago. Our thoughts go out to his widow, Kath (his third wife and the widow of Keith Parfitt), and his son John.

WSCC Annual dinner postponement

Back in May we announced that we hoped to organise the club’s annual dinner at The Princess Royal in Farnham on Saturday 23 October 2021.  Due to the ongoing uncertainty around the Covid risks associated with large indoor gatherings, we have decided not to go ahead with this date, but hope to re-schedule some time in the spring of 2022.  Please wait for further announcements on this.

A Sentimental Journey to Vienna – Paul Gillingham

Dear fellow cyclists,
Greetings to all. I hope you’ve had a good summer and getting ready with the long johns for the months ahead.
Just to let you know I’m giving a live Zoom talk on ‘Freewheeling to Vienna’ this Thursday at 4pm.
It’s a bike ride from Surrey to Vienna with the emphasis on history, but with bike bits thrown in.
In case you are free …..!
You can access the website by clicking the link here
Very best wishes,

Cycling kit orders

In response to multiple requests by club members, including some of of our many new riders, we have taken steps to re-open the club kit shop with our suppliers Alé.
The link to the WSCC shop can be found at:
If you click this link, it will ask you to either log in (if you have previously created an account) or to create a new account with Alé.  But if you prefer not to do that, no problem: the key info is set out in this email:
  • The shop will be open until Sunday 10 October, after which our orders will be collated and sent to the manufacturer for delivery to members in about 8 weeks (ie early/mid December).  Since (we are reliably informed) all other shops will be completely out of stock in the run-up to Christmas this year, this means that a club kit order could be your one and only opportunity to unwrap a present on Christmas Day!
  • You can order either direct for home delivery, or ask me to include you in a club order that I will make on your behalf.  Home delivery incurs a cost of £5 per order, whereas if you take the club order option you will have to pay the club when you order and pick up from my house (in Send) when the order arrives.
  • The product options are the same as before, namely short-sleeve jerseys, long-sleeve jerseys and gilets, which all come in either men’s or women’s fittings – so there are 6 products in all.  I have posted pictures of the items along with prices below.
  • Each of these 6 products comes in a choice of 9 sizes from X-small to XXXXX-large.
  • However, Alé requires that we order at least 5 of any one item in order to make production viable.  That means that we would need (for example) to order 5 women’s short-sleeve jerseys in order to meet the requirement, but that qualifying order can be made up from any combination of the 9 size options.
  • The product prices are around 10% LOWER than they were for the previous two options to buy.  This is a one-off concession that will apply only to this order window.  The short sleeve jerseys are £41, the long-sleeve jerseys are £49, and the gilets are £46.
  • It should be much easier for everyone to get the right size this time round, since we no have so many club members already wearing the Alé WSCC kit.  Alé’s size guide is at, but you might find it much easier to simply ask fellow club members what worked for them.  There are some quirks in the sizing, especially for the short-sleeve jerseys.
This will probably be the last chance to order club kit for a while, and also the last and only chance to buy at these discounted prices.
We might buy some extra items for club stock, but if we do they will be sold on at normal (undiscounted) prices.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask.


Alé Prime Gilet Wind.  Club Price £46 (RRP £80)

Alé Long Sleeve Jersey, Club price £49 (RRP £85)

Alé Prime Jersey short sleeve, Club price £41 (RRP £75)