Annual Dinner at the Princess Royal

The Club’s main social event of the year, the Dinner and Awards Presentation, will take place on Saturday 4th March 2017.  We will be returning to the Princess Royal at Runfold, who have always looked after us very well.  I very much hope that the event will again be well supported, and the committee have decided that it would be a good use of club funds to subsidize the event for the benefit of members, which means that we have been able to peg prices to those of 2016. I have guaranteed that we will have at least 50 attendees (required for free room hire), so in order to help me relax over Christmas I would greatly welcome early bookings; in other words, why not do it now. Full details are:- Date:  Saturday 4th March 2017 Time:  7.00 for 7.30 Venue: The Princess Royal, Runfold, GU10 1NX Menu:  see here Cost: 

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Green Man

On Sunday (30 Oct) I decided to go exploring and took a train out into Hampshire.  I found this: which was completely new to me.  I thought I had cycled through this village before, but a very long time ago, so maybe before this green man had been created.  Or maybe I’d never been there.  Anyway, how many of you know which village this is?  There are lovely quiet lanes in all directions.

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WMW train-assisted ride 26th October 2016

The weather was grey as we set off from Winchfield station for the quiet, twisty lanes through Mattingley and Stratfield Turgis to the excellent coffee shop at Bramley Bakery, but it steadily improved to become a lovely day, mild with sunny intervals.  Leaving the café, the trainspotters among us had the good fortune to have to wait for three trains to pass before the level crossing barriers rose.  More lanes took us to Ramsdell and the very busy A339 Basingstoke-Newbury road, where a most unusually cooperative articulated-lorry driver signalled us to cross and slowed right down to let us do so, so we were soon on our way, looking at his long tail of cars that would otherwise have delayed us considerably.  What a gent!  Must be a cyclist. Now we were into the downs, and the gradient started to warm us up more than the sunshine was doing.  Then

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WMW Ride to Walbury Hill ~ 19 October 2016

This was a great ride, planned by Phil, which started and finished at Micheldever. It was great to cycle outside of our usual area, particularly when the route was so good….. and so quiet! There was very little traffic and what a pleasure that was! Below are some photos including one in the churchyard of St Peter’s parish church in St Mary Bourne; we stopped there for a moment to focus our thoughts for a few moments on Ron Richardson, whose funeral was today. We were a large group of 18 people for some of the ride. A couple of our number got stuck for well over an hour in a jam on the M3, following an accident, on their way to the start of the ride, so they didn’t join us till later on the ride. Other than that, the day went smoothly enough and in fine cycling conditions.

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Bicycle Traveler Magazine

In case you didn’t know…. Bicycle Traveler is a free international magazine devoted to bicycle touring. Packed with stunning photography and entertaining stories, it will make you want to grab your bike and hit the road. It’s an online magazine which you can read from the comfort of the chair in front of your home computer. To read the latest copy, and subscribe to future issues, follow this link: Bicycle Traveler Magazine

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Ron Richardson

I was very sad to hear from Steve on yesterday’s gr 2 ride, confirmed later by Rico, of the passing of our fellow cyclist,  ‘Little’ Ron. ‘Little’ is a misnomer, as Ron Richardson was a giant of our club and it was good to see that his contribution was celebrated with a special birthday cake presented to him by our leader John M at the annual dinner in 2015. The cake, with a cycling motif, was to celebrate Ron’s 90th birthday. On my first ride with the club a good few years’ back I remember asking Ron when he began serious club cycling. ‘1942’, he replied!  It was when he was in the British army during World War 2. This was before most of us in the club (with honorable exceptions) were born, yet he was still outstripping many of us up hills well into his 80’s. I seem to

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Newlands Corner proposals

We have received the following representation from the Save Newlands Corner Campaign Group who would like to make local residents aware of the current Planning Applications for Newlands Corner and to request that if you have concerns that you *protected email*: “You may have heard about the significant controversy there has been over Surrey County Council’s (SCC) proposals to develop Newlands Corner, near Guildford.  I have asked your organisation to pass this letter on to you to ask for your help in objecting to the initial stage of SCC’s plans which concerns the introduction of car park charge machines onto the site. Newlands Corner, including the car park, is registered common land, managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust (SWT) on behalf of SCC.  The placing of fixed structures on common land needs to be approved by the Planning Inspectorate (part of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs).  On 14 September,  SCC submitted

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Big Cat Charity ride – organised by Cranleigh Cycling Club for Cranleigh Lions Club

In aid of Cranleigh Lions, who do a tremendous amount for the community and helping those in need, this is an exciting event for local cyclists of every level of proficiency. On Sunday 2 October, at 8.30am we meet at the Bandroom on Village Way, where tea/coffee and bacon rolls will be served (similar refreshments will also be available at the end) – local cyclists will gather for a memorable sporting day. The ‘Big Cat’ rides, all with suitable names, on roads and the Downs Link, are as follows: Lion’s Roar – a challenging 72 mile journey to Shoreham Airport Lion’s Mane – a 42 mile trip to Seale Tea Rooms Lion’s Paw – 34 miles to Stan’s Bike Shack, and for the family Lion Cub – 10 miles to Shamley Green and back. To enter a donation of £5 in advance or £8 on the day, with families at

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EMPowered People disability cycling charity

I wrote recently about the great support provided by Club members on the Tour of the Hills.  Amongst the willing marshals were Ian Pickering and Penny Knight, and they have now showed that it is not only Club events that they support, but also other very worthy causes.  They have provided the following note about their involvement in a recent disability cycling charity event.  It is too late to help in practical ways (until next year no doubt), but if you would like to provide support, then please note the donation link below. “Penny and I are just back from a fantastic weekend support-riding for EMPowered People disability cycling charity in Cumbria and Lancashire. We covered over 160 miles in four days with approx 16 disabled riders taking part, supported by around 24 able-bodied riders. Despite getting completelysoaked on both Thursday and Friday morning, everyone had a great time and

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Sunday 4th – all things new

A select group of four of us set out from Elstead on a cool Sunday morning, our leader, our retired airline pilots – who are no doubt far fitter now than they were when they were forced to retire – and me.   Our route was south out of Elstead along the straight, to Churt, Headley, Hollywater, Whitehill, Blackmoor. Oakhanger and West Worldham before picking up the A339 across Alton. Much of it highly familiar except that we always cycle much of it the other way. I have said it before, and no doubt I will say it again, it is amazing how different a road is depending on which way you cycle along it.   Coffee, or in the case of Don, brunch, was taken at the Departure Lounge, a new venue for him and he was as much taken with the aircraft bits scattered across the site as with the

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