Elstead Audaxes – Helpers Wanted

The Elstead Audaxes [200,150 and 100km] will be held on Sunday 21st July and are run by our club from Elstead Village Hall. I should like a helper for serving hot drinks at the start and preparing cold food for the finish. Also, a helper to sign-in the finishers for the 100km event [from 1.30 to 5.00]. Please contact Nick Davison [nickandmarion.davison@hotmail.co.uk]

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G-BUG Open meeting 12th June

G-BUG (Guildford Bike User Group) open meeting ‘Guildford Cycle Network and Bikeshare proposals Wednesday 12th June in the Council Chamber at Guildford Borough Council offices Millmead Guildford GU2 4BB, starting at 6pm. GBC has conducted two related studies into, respectively, improving Guildford’s cycle network, and a bike share scheme (similar to London’s ‘Boris Bikes’). In this meeting GBC Officers and their consultants will tell us about their proposals. Please come along to hear about this important development for cycling in our town and offer your feedback on the proposals. All very welcome. G-BUG Round the Hogs Back Cycle Ride Sunday 9th June. Please join us for a leisurely 24 mile cycle ride along quiet lanes and off-road cycle tracks. The ride will pass through Shalford, Binscombe, Puttenham, Runfold to Tongham then back to Guildford via the ‘Christmas Pie Trail’. Departs: 9.30 am from Guildford Borough Council Car Park, Millmead. Coffee

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John Harper

Not many riding now will remember John Harper, who died recently at the age of 94, his final years spent in a care home as a victim of dementia. He was a well liked and respected member of West Surrey CTC. John and his family were frequent participants in club rides and events during the 1970s to 1990s, he and his wife Polly helping in the running of some of them. His son James says, “the CTC was a very important part of his life, and indeed of all our lives at that time.” He is in two 1975 photos in http://www.jeggo.org.uk/wsctchistarch/photos.html and in another in an August 1980 entry in http://www.jeggo.org.uk/wsctchistarch/cycletouring.html. Son James is mentioned in 1977 in http://www.jeggo.org.uk/wsctchistarch/sixty1977.html and daughter Emma in 1979 in http://www.jeggo.org.uk/wsctchistarch/news7903.html. In addition to his children he is survived by his wife Polly, who is also in a care home.

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Friday Night Ride to the Coast

Dear fellow pedallers,  I know that all our West Surrey friends are up for a challenge and like something a bit different…….so you might be interested in the FNRTTC club, (Friday Night Ride to the Coast or the ‘Fridays’). It costs £2 pa to join and they run monthly overnight rides from London (usually, but not always) to the coast, setting off Friday nights at midnight.  I did my first one a couple of weeks ago from the normal starting point, outside the National Theatre by Waterloo, to Whitstable in Kent, 67.5 miles. There were about 70 on the ride, of all ages, shapes and sizes, with a couple of recumbents and half a dozen Bromptons as well as state-of-the-art racers.  The organisation is fantastic. Two excellent leaders, male and female. A pep-talk at the start before we set off at midnight. Way-markers at every twist and turn. Tail end

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Cycle Maintenance for WSCTC Members at Evans in Guildford – responses please!

The Evans Cycles store in Guildford has offered to put on a cycle maintenance training session for WSCTC members, at a cost of £20 per person.  The details are as follows: This will be a 2 hour session from 6pm to 8pm on a Saturday evening (date to be confirmed) Session to be held at the workshop in Evans Cycles, Woodbridge Meadows, Guildford 6-8 WSCTC attendees 2 Evans mechanics to be involved WSCTC members can bring their own bikes (must be in good condition) Content to be decided, to fit in with the requirements of those who attend Please let me know if this is of interest (or if you have any questions).   We can go ahead only if we receive enough take-up to fill a session.  It should be possible to arrange multiple sessions if there is strong interest. Thanks Derek (07711 873924)

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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