Guildford Car Free Day – 26th September

Car Free Day is Sunday 26th September 2021   10:00am – 4:30pm

Flying elephants will fly over Guildford if it is car free, but we can do our bit.

Guildford Borough Council are closing Guildford High Street and WSCC/G-BUG/ZCG are sharing a stand of 6 tables.

Many people are put off cycling as they only know the routes they or their parents drive in cars.

Pat Daffarn with dual hat G-BUG and WSCC /Cycling UK with other WSCC members are supporting Car Free Day and aim to:

  • Show routes away from traffic, supported by physical maps and webs plotaroute, ridewithGPS, google maps and the SCC cycle pages.
  • Lead small groups.
  • Ambassador the cycling benefits, including time benefit over car driving and parking
  • Explain cycle parking and security.
  • Not to actively recruit for WSCC, but if asked, we will supply our calling card.

So far GBC have various markets (Ethical Vegan, Rural Crafts, Antiques, Farmers’), stalls (street food, environmental groups, local groups including GBUG/WSCC), street play for children, street performers and allowing for businesses to have tables and chairs out on the pavement/road.

If you would like to support, speak to Pat on 07801713518.  He will post more information like start and end times when he gets them.

In the mean time the SCC Transport Plan presentation is worth viewing  Transport accounted for 46% of Surrey’s carbon emissions in 2019. Surrey plans to reduce its carbon footprint by 60% by 2035, and to zero by 2050, mostly by improved public transport cycling, walking with facilities within 20 minutes.

Note “Segregated or low speed, traffic calmed routes, with cyclists and pedestrians having separate routes” with “Segregated Cycle Lanes” defined as “A path for cyclists that is separate to motor traffic and pedestrians .”

Do SCC really plan to increase cycling by removing cycles from the shared use paths?

Pat Daffarn

West Surrey Centenary event

It’s 100 years since our club was formed!


On Sunday Sept 5th, 50 WSCC members and partners celebrated 100 years since the club was formed in 1921. Many people enjoyed a ride in glorious sunshine to/from MCafe in Cranleigh. Angela, Dom and Jasmine served up a delicious afternoon tea including the legendary carrot cake that has firmly put MCafe as a ‘go-to’ destination for cyclists from far and wide.

It was wonderful to see a ‘sea of yellow and blue’ and to hear chatter and laughter far exceeding normal levels (apparently). Phil Gasson provided some lovely words to mark the occasion. He ended by saying he hoped the club would still be here in another 100 years. Hear, Hear.


Out of The Shadows – forthcoming gigs



The band I perform with (Out of the Shadows) has a number of autumn gigs in the diary and I am aware that there are a number of WSCC members that have expressed an interest to Martin and/or me in coming along.  Obviously plans have to remain flexible given the unknown challenges Covid may present, but assuming people are comfortable with being indoors we currently have the following dates scheduled:

Sat 9th Oct    Elstead Village Hall 19:30   (£25 with a fish and chip supper) in aid of Chiks ( A Farnham based charity providing orphanage care to children overseas).

Fri 19th Nov  Camberley Masonic Lodge  19:30 (Probably £15 entry) in aid of Muscular Dystrophy.

Sat 4th Dec    Ash Victoria Hall  19:30 (Probably £15 entry) in aid of Alzheimer’s Society & Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.

These are all charity events so the more people attending the merrier (and better) it will be for the various charities. Some are still in the planning stages – but at least people can see when/where the gigs will be and can put dates in the diary if they’d like to come!  It would be great to have a WSCC contingent and make a social evening of it like we did back in 2019 in Camberley.  60s costumes always welcome 🙂

If anybody would like tickets please drop me an email () and I can let the relevant people know details nearer the time.

Looking forward to seeing some of you again soon.

Kind regards

Tour of the Hills 2021 Report

The TOTH took place on Sunday 8 August – the 39th time our club has staged the event.  Overall, it was a great success despite the weather, thanks to the superb response from club members who volunteered as checkpoint marshals and in the hall and kitchen.


We had 133 web entries and 4 on the day, plus 5 entries to the Greensand ride.  Of the 137 who signed up to TOTH, 111 actually started and 93 completed the course.  Bad weather, punctures and terribly wet and mucky roads probably accounted for the drop-outs.  Thankfully, there were no reported incidents or accidents.


Entry numbers were a bit lower than in 2019, the last year we did TOTH.  We were slightly later in starting to advertise the event this year (due to uncertainties around Covid) and the poor weather forecast probably deterred some potential final-week entrants from signing up.  As of 24 July – 2 weeks prior to the event, when decisions need to be made regarding brevet card orders – we had 77 entries.  


It’s hard to know how/if Covid affected take-up.  Maybe some were put off by attending a mass event, but then others might have been keen to enter as this was one of the first opportunities to do so since lockdown.  

We set the entry price at £10 (up from £8 in 2019), and £15 for on the day entries.  The majority (60%) of entrants were not members of Audax or CUK, and they pay an additional £3 for temporary insurance.  37 of the entrants (just over a quarter) were Audax UK members.

The first rider to complete the course was Frank Bauer at 4 hours 21 mins (average speed just under 27kmph).  The last two riders came in at a more sedate 8 hours 20 mins.  Two WSCC regulars – Paul Taylor and Pat Daffarn – were amongst the riders.