TOUR OF THE HILLS / TOUR OF THE GREENSAND 18 August 2019

The forecast for the day had looked promising right up to the evening before the event, but  at the last minute rain was forecast for the morning. And that’s exactly what happened: it started to fall at 9.35am, just as the riders were heading off, and lasted for about two hours. The rest of the day provided pleasant riding conditions. One suspects that instant access to the latest forecast via the internet can have a considerable effect on event attendance, as the following statistics clearly reveal. If rain is forecast, then a lot of people who have signed up to ride just don’t turn up. 2019 2018 2017 Entries (on the line) 190 (6) 180 (19) 150 Finishers 105 135 103 No-shows at start 39 24 24 Didn’t finish ride 46 21 25 Last year, two weeks out from the event, there were only 70 entries; this year entries came

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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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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

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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

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