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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WMW Annual Thames Towpath Ride 2016

For those of us who enjoy the annual hot, dusty trundle (at speed) down the Thames, today did not disappoint: it was indeed hot and dusty…. but oh such fun! It really is a ride with a difference and it was a joy to see us all heading off with a minimum of organisation and a maximum of anticipation of a good day in good company. Mountain bikes had, in most cases, been pulled out from the back of the bike pile, checked, oiled slightly and were ready to rock and roll. Before heading off from the car park of the Black Prince in Woodham – a mere few hundred yards from the start of our canalian progress – John very sensibly reminded us of the occasion when there had been a minor ‘towpath fracas’, the consequence being that one of our number found himself in the water, complete with

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Tour of the Hills 2016

Here are a few photos taken inside and outside the hall during the Tour of the Hills 115km audax, which took place yesterday, 21st August. It would be good to receive a report on the ride from someone who rode it. From the point of view of this scribe, who worked on the catering side, it was a great day with no accidents and lots of seemingly happy riders (once they had completed the ride – they looked a little apprehensive before the ride!). Everyone looked like they enjoyed the eats which always brings a smile to any caterer. Well done, all, for turning a great event into a great occasion!

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Free Ride Leader workshops

Please see the attached received from Cycling UK   We hope that you are enjoying a summer of cycling and have taken the opportunity to get involved in the many events being delivered as part of the Big Bike Revival. We would love Cycling UK members to get involved in putting on a series of celebratory rides in October to top off a fantastic summer of cycling delivered via the Big Bike Revival and support even more cyclists. To help you feel confident and knowledgeable on the road we are really excited to be able to offer a limited number of free places on Ride Leader workshops across England. These workshops are aimed at both experienced Ride Leaders and those who would like to give it a try. Find your local ride leader workshop and register for your free place now What you will get from the day: Ride Leader

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Sunday All-Day Riders ~ 14 August Ride

Some fabulous August weather saw a small group of us heading out to Lasham aerodrome for coffee, followed by lunch at The Good Life at Headbourne Worthy, near Winchester, and we even enjoyed yet more cake on the way home at Selbourne. Is there really a better way to spend a mid-summer Sunday! https://www.strava.com/activities/677795716

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