Barry Rolfe

Barry Rolfe We are very sad to advise the passing of Barry Rolfe, a former leader with the West Surrey CTC Group. Barry died of natural causes whilst out riding last Thursday. Our deepest sympathy goes to his wife, Jacqui, and all his family and colleagues. Barry had been a member of West Surrey CTC since 2010 and until a year ago was the Intermediates group leader. He was a prime mover in successfully restoring the group back to full health in 2013. It was typical of Barry that he put a great deal of effort into the rides he led, often doing a dry run and emailing details ahead of the day. He laid down a standard that we all endeavour to follow today. A dignified, eloquent, courteous, wonderful man, he was much loved and will be greatly missed by us all. The funeral will be public and so will

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Cycle from Istanbul

A message from Rob Foster, an East Sussex CTC member: Dear CTC Group I am a CTC Member (East Sussex), and wondered if anyone in your group might like to join this cycling adventure, described below. If you can pass the word on to cyclists in your area, that would be great! We seek 2 more experienced cycle tourers to join Rob & Steve. The plan to cycle from The BLACK Sea to The NORTH Sea – Istanbul to Cuxhaven, The distance is c. 3,500 km/2,000 miles. I reckon on a 2 month trip home/home with about 50 cycling days, average ~74 km (46 miles)/day. The first half would be using cheap hotels/hostels in E Europe, then camping through Czech & Germany. Time will be spent doing some tourist stuff & rest days. Cost guess £2,000 to £2,500 all in. Route is fly to Istanbul on June 15 , do W Turkey, cross Bulgaria, Romania taking in scenic Transylvania,

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Explorers Connect Guildford Cycling talk

On Tuesday 27th January Andy Smith coming to talk about his 5000 mile adventure cycling stadium to stadium in Brazil for the World Cup! The evening is a fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded people and get inspired. There is no need to pre-book and all are welcome. We only ask for a £2 donation on the door. Taking place 7:30pm at The Keystone (3 Portsmouth Road GU2 4BL) This link will lead you to the Facebook page and event page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ECguildford/?fref=ts    

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Phil Hampton Memorial Ride

Please see the following announcement from the North Hampshire CTC: I would like to draw your attention to our annual Phil Hampton Memorial Ride which is coming up on Saturday 21st March, and I wonder if you could advertise it to your members?  There are two routes, 30 miles or 50 miles, both beginning and ending at Medstead Village Hall.  A donation of £5 or more is requested, and all proceeds go to the Cyclists’ Defence Fund which supports cyclists in legal cases which help to clarify the law in relation to cycling. Here is a link to our website which has full details: http://nhampshirectc.org.uk/ Riders can enter at the start, but to save time on the day and to help the organisers with numbers, pre-entries are encouraged! Thanks very much, Dan Montgomerie Organiser

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Chris Juden’s posts on CTC Forum

I’ve been looking at the CTC forum.  Yesterday CJ (Chris Juden) posted two items which I think will interest you: http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=45&t=92645&start=165#p852275 http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=45&t=92645&start=165#p852284 If you are not inclined to track all the way back through this thread, you might like to know that CJ’s first post quotes an earlier post by Si: http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=45&t=92645&start=150#p851717 which in turn quotes a post by JohnW: http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=45&t=92645&start=135#p851589 Plenty to think about here.

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Guildford Travel Club

Madagascar – it’s not just about lemurs Chris Beynon cycles through central and eastern Madagascar seeing day-to-day life in this poor country, as well as some of the famous wildlife. An illustrated talk at Guildford Travel Club. Tuesday 6 January Doors open 7.30pm, talk 8-10pm. Onslow Village Hall £7 admission For further information see Guildford Travel Club website or phone 01483 452399. [The author on tour with Chris in 19xxx – on the way to Cape Wrath; yes, it’s the ‘P’ word!]

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‘H’ in fine form

The Mid-week Wayfarers ride this week attracted 30-40 people to coffee at Poppy’s, Badshot Lea. From there we split in several directions, with 9 of us heading for lunch at The Squirrel, Hurtmore. After lunch we again split into 3 groups, with Chris Jeggo deciding to ride with me via Compton, the climb past Watt’s Gallery and descending through Onslow Village. Chris then suggested that as we would practically be passing Harold & Kath Coleman’s house we should call in, which we did. Although Harold hasn’t had any involvement with the West Surrey for a number of years now, our long standing  members will remember his many contributions to the club’s activities in the past. To cite one example, our favourite award, The Wooden Crank, was made by Harold and is a twice life size replica of a Campagnolo Record crank. As it turned out, Kath wasn’t in when we

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