FREE Bike Check Offer for WSCTC Members

We have had an approach from the Evans Cycles store in Guildford (Woodbridge Meadows, GU1 1BD) to offer a FREE “Pre-Season” bike check to WSCTC Members any time before the end of April 2019.  Just call in to the store or phone ahead (01483 560 428) to book an appointment, on presentation of a valid CUK membership card. This is part of a new initiative from Evans, who are keen to develop relationships with local cycle clubs, and we are actively exploring other ways in which we might collaborate with the store.

Read more

Bikestart, Aldershot

The club has had an approach from Bikestart, an Aldershot-based charity that offers services of potential interest to WSCTC members.  Bikestart offers the following range of services: Refurbish bikes that have been donated by local people which are then sold through the Bikestart eBay site.  Service and Safety Check bikes Train groups and individuals in bike maintenance skills – including charity days and team bonding days for organisations All of the Bikestart Team’s work is supervised by a Cytech & Velotech qualified Bike Mechanic.   For more details, see http://www.bikestart.co.uk/community/bikestart-13419/home

Read more

RideLondon 100 Charity Places (again!)

The club has received several approaches inviting WSCTC members to apply for charity places on the Prudential Ride 100 ride on Sunday 4 August 2019 (and we already have 2 blog posts on this topic from other charities).  Rather than bombard the web site with multiple blogs, here’s a quick summary of the approaches we have had (this will be updated if we have more requests): Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) – details at www.rnib.org.uk/ridelondon UNICEF – details at unicef.uk/ridelondon Genetic Disorders UK – details at http://www.geneticdisordersuk.org/getinvolved/cycle#prudentialridelondon Oakleaf Enterprises – details at https://www.oakleaf-enterprise.org/ridelondon1002019/ Action for Children – details at  https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/how-to-help/fundraising-events/prudential-ridelondon-surrey-100/ only £50 registration and £50 minimum sponsorship. Email *protected email* So, that’s plenty of options to choose from if you would like to participate in this impressive closed road event whilst helping to support these very worthy charities. Derek

Read more

Annual Dinner 2 March

Just a quick reminder that if you wish to attend the annual dinner and awards presentation on Saturday 2nd March, you should contact me in the next couple of days. We have plenty of bookings, but there is plenty of space for more. John

Read more

Cyclists needed

We have received this request from 2 students at the University of Surrey. ( I think Level 3 cyclists are those who occasionally do Sportives and time trials) We are looking for level 3+ cyclists to be involved in a study on ‘The effects of carbohydrate mouth rinsing on time trial performance’ We are 3rd year students at the University of Surrey and completing this study as part of our dissertation. Details on the study can be found on the attached poster. We would be very grateful if you could share this to any level 3+ cyclists who may be interested in taking part.  Thank you in advance, we appreciate any help you can provide. Kind regards, Georgina Grimble and Sadie Lock

Read more

Annual dinner 2nd March 2019

As previously advised, the Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation will take place on Saturday 2nd March, 7.00 for 7.30. We will again be returning to the Princess Royal at Runfold, although this year there will be a buffet meal.  This means that there should be more opportunity to mingle and socialise.  It also means that the cost can be kept low, just £12 per head, avoiding a hefty increase that would have applied for a more formal dinner. The menu is:- Mains Meatballs in tomato sauceBeef and mushroom stroganoffChicken tikka masalaMushroom & spinach lasagne (vegetarian option) Sides Chunky chipsSteamed riceWatercress, baby gem and herb salad Puddings Apple crumble (by popular demand!)Profiteroles, chocolate sauceVanilla cheesecake Please book your places by e-mailing me at *protected email*, and I will advise how to make payment online.  As it is a buffet, a specific pre-order will not be required, but please let me now

Read more

Ride London 2019

About the charity We have received a request to promote this charity who is recruiting cyclists to ride for them in this year’s Ride London event: Genetic Disorders UK is a registered charity (Registered Charity Number 1141583) with a vision to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by genetic disorders. While individual genetic disorders are rare, it is thought that there are currently more than 6,000 diagnosed disorders and new disorders are being identified every day.  It is estimated that 1 in 25 children is affected by a genetic disorder. This means that in the UK, 30,000 babies and children are newly diagnosed each year and more than half a million children and adults are living with a genetic disorder. Our mission is to be the leading source of information and support for both those affected by a genetic disorder, and the charities and patient groups that support

Read more

Prudential Ride London, 2019 – Charity Places available

For anyone who was unsuccessful in the recent ballot, or who just fancies the challenge of participating in this year’s Prudential Ride 100 (on 4 August 2019, 100 miles on closed roads, starting at the Olympic Park and ending on the Mall via the Surrey hills), you might like to know that Oakleaf Enterprises, a locally based charity that works to provide vocational training for those suffering from mental health issues, has up to 30 charity places available for anyone who can commit to raising at least £250 for the charity.  In addition to a place on the ride, you will get a personalised Oakleaf cycling top and support for completing the Ride 100 application. For further details and an application form, click here or send an email to *protected email* for full details.

Read more

2019 Fleet Flyer

Registration is now open for the 2019 Fleet Flyer event, taking place on Sunday 12 May 2019.  There are three exciting routes to choose from – a c 20 mile family friendly route to more challenging c.55 and c.90 miles routes. All routes start and finish at the Everyone Active Hart Leisure Centre  in Fleet, with plenty of free parking and a cafe. The roads around northeast Hampshire pass through some glorious countryside; it will be well marshalled and signposted, with feed stations along the way. Included in the entry fee is 3rd party insurance for every rider. All riders must wear helmets

Read more

Using GPS devices

Laurie Mutch has written this excellent guide to plotting cycle routes using different route planning websites, and then shows how to download them to your GPS device. To see the guide click here

Read more