Peter Fennermore’s Group in the Surrey Alps (Hindhead) – 29 September 2013

No fewer than 17 riders showed up for this lovely ride. After a short Ride Leader briefing where we reviewed 3 or 4 key elements of our Club’s new Group Riding Guidelines, we suitably split into three groups and off we went for a 37 mile scenic outing. The riders had more than they had bargained for as the journey included a bike wash through a 7 inch deep ford just before the Frensham Pond coffee stop. It was a bit of a challenge to manage such a large group but thanks to some precious tips on the “signposting” technique from Helen Juden and Chris Jeggo, we graduated to a more fluid ride – that was more towards the end, mind you, but we got there! The sun kept us company all day and much laughter could be heard during our “family” lunch at the Devil’s Punchbowl Hotel. Three new

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The Welsh Festival of Cycling 2013

The Tanners, the Jeggos, Sue T and myself attended this excellent event which took place in late July and was based at Ruthin in north Wales. The weather was pretty good for the most part and the organisers had planned some excellent rides. Here are a few photos from the event. The rally campsite at Ruthin Rugby Club These ones were taken on my first day, when I went out on a solo jaunt collecting British Cycle Quest answers. This is Ty Mawr, a National Trust property and birthplace of William Morgan, who translated the Bible into Welsh. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ty-mawr-wybrnant/ Llyn Crafnant The Saturday had an organised ride down to World’s End and Llangollen which I joined, since I knew I could probably get a further two BCQ answers! This was a rather fast ride and it was good to be riding with a couple of old friends from my CTC

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Shooting Star ‘Hospice to Hospice’ Charity Bike Ride ~ Sunday 29th September 2013

Dear Nick, I am emailing to ask you to help us spread the word of the Hospice to Hospice Bike Ride which is back for its second year, with new and exciting routes, including the cycling mecca, Box Hill! All we ask you do is forward this email to your club members and display the attached poster on your club noticeboard. At Shooting Star CHASE, the families we support have to face very difficult situations. They all have a child or a teenager who is not expected to reach their 19th birthday. We are committed to caring for these families; we are there for every step of their journey, sharing the good times, and helping them through the tough times with practical and emotional support. With no guaranteed government funding we must raise £23,000 a day to continue our vital service. The annual Hospice to Hospice Bike Ride will take

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Alps 2013

For the second year running, a group of West Surrey riders (Peter Hackman, Don Gray, John Findlay, Bob McLeod, Geoff Smith jnr, and Nick Davison), plus a “guest rider” from the flat lands of Norfolk (Robin King), ventured out to France for a week’s cycling and carbo loading. This year, after the previous “toe in the water”, a more adventurous trip was arranged, partly based on the beautiful location of Annecy, and taking in some classic climbs in the Haute Savoie region. For some strange reason, the group entrusted me to  organise the basics such as hotels and route, on the feeble premise that if I could (usually) lead a group successfully in the Surrey lanes, then France would be more of the same, provided we remembered to ride on the right. We were again indebted to the wonderful support provided by Ian Young, who transported our bags from hotel

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Farnham Group Ride ~ 2 June 2013

The Farnham group enjoyed a gentle seaside ride from the outskirts of Chichester via bye-roads, lanes, fields and off-road paths to Bosham. Arthur writes: The Farnham easy riders also enjoyed the South Coast last week end under our illustrious leader from Haslemere – the same who also lead the underwater Farnham ride around Bosham harbour two years ago! This year’s ride included a wide range of activities from road riding to cyclo cross, off road riding and even maritime activities. Do check out the notice boards beside some of the tracks!

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Companion(s) wanted on a trip to the Pyrenees

Chris Jeggo is planning a cycling trip using the Bike Express to the Pyrenees and is looking for one, two or more people to join him on a not too strenuous tour in the region. The trip will start in Lourdes on 30 August and finish there on 15 September. The itinerary is flexible, but will include some Tour de France cols.  Staying in small hotels and B&Bs. Contact Chris on Tel: +44 (0) 1483 870218 or email him at chris@jeggo.org.uk if you’re interested or want to hear more about his plans. 

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Sunday Ride ~ 2 June 2013 ~ To Bognor

A beautiful day in early June, in good company, destination the seaside: what more could one want! The group today consisted of Chris J, Clive, Anne, Julian, Chris B, Mark and Peter H (leader). Tim (on the right) rode with us to coffee and then returned home. In Bognor we met up with Don but he didn’t ride with us.  Outside the cafe in Petworth on the way south  Ready for a nosh on the seafront near Bognor  Heading west after lunch, destination Chichester  And here we are, doing what all good cyclists should do – walk  through the pedestrianized area  A new discovery for me – the cycle path north from Chichester  And so at last to tea in Midhurst  Chris descending Bexley Hill http://connect.garmin.com/activity/322338146

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Sunday Riders ~ 26 May 2013

Following the excellent trip round the Isle of Wight which was marred only by the fact that I was riding my lovely, but slow Bike Friday, with the weather looking promising I decided to take the Eddy Merckx out for its first long ride, in order to try and redeem myself on the speed stakes. Frankly I don’t like people having to wait for me on rides and they had to do a lot of that on the IoW! Not so today, I’m glad to say. Nine of us gathered at Guildford Station and it’ll hopefully teach me a lesson that I didn’t record the names of everyone in the group. Those whose names I can remember are Clive Richardson, Martin Vinson, Chris Boggon, Tim Bar, Peter Hackman, Mark …(?), two others who sadly have to remain nameless and myself. Leader Clive, who’s a fit guy, started by taking us

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Isle of Wight ~ Wednesday Ride 22 May 2013

Great to get away from the West Surrey area for a change. Two groups headed IoW-wards: one was a group of four aiming to circumnavigate the island following the signed route, which is a 60+ mile bash comprising numerous hills and some flatter sections. Having ridden round the island twice previously in a clockwise direction, I was keen to do it the other way round and was pleased when everyone seemed happy to do it that way. Group members were John Murdoch, Nick Davison, Pete Chimes and yours truly. Below are a few photos taken on the ride. There’s no news about the other group at present, although some may be forthcoming later. (It’s OK, they’re not lost and still over there!) As you can see, the weather was dry but generally overcast. Temperature-wise, it could have been warmer but compared to recent weather, it was pretty good. The photo

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The Bicycle Icycle 2013

The Bicycle Icycle 70km Bike Ride ~ 7 April 2013 The ride attracted 11 people, ten of whom were West Surrey riders. These were Peter Hackman, Clive Richardson, Anne Etherington, Bob McLeod, Roger Philo, Pete Chimes, Anne & Derek Tanner, Arthur Twiggs, John Gillbe plus Mark Waters, the organiser. We also welcomed one rider from north London, namely our old friend and CTC Tourist Competition winner, Mike Batchelor (West London).     You might remember that last year there had been some excellent weather leading up to the ride, resulting in a record entry of 18. It was all somewhat different this year but, on the positive side, the ride probably enjoyed one of the best days of the year so far: not too cold, fairly still, dry and relatively sunny. What more could one want, given what we’d become used to over the past months!   The organiser must

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