Brockenhurst Blast – 18 October 2013

Louise Gagnon writes… All-day remote start rides always give one that little sense of childhood adventure. And what better way to revert to childhood memories than to start it all with a hot brew made on a Camping Gaz stove. Neil had kindly set up all this logistics and what a surprise to find out that his wife Elaine had baked a delicious apple cake specially for us. Yummy!  Barry then expertly led us on a 40 miler through the New Forest maze of trails, complete with a welcoming lunch break at the Red Shoot pub in Ringwood.  Hearing the thup-thup of a double  puncture was not enough to deflate Peter’s morale, but it was all hands on deck to fix this as the weather was closing in at end of day. A great day out on the MTB and so a big thank you Barry for organising this! Louise Gagnon, Neil Eason, Barry Rolfe,

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Sunday Ride ~ 20 October 2013

Peter Hackman writes…. Despite the forecast five of us had a dry ride, until……(see later!).  Geoff Smith jnr, Steve, Anne, Clive and I met at Godalming. Stopping for coffee at Petworth, we then made our way to the “The Forge” at Slindon for lunch. This is a new destination, which was only opened in Oct 2012. It is run by the community and seems to be very successful. (http://www.slindonforge.co.uk) They are very friendly and the food is good. We then headed towards Midhurst but it was as we crossed the A285 that the storm caught us. We learnt later that Hayling Island had been hit by a tornado earlier in the day. Paul Holmes, who had met us at Slindon stopped to put on his cape. We didn’t see him again, as he then decided on a different route home. I did worry that the strong wind had caught under

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Sunday Riders’ 6th October Ride

It was a cold start from Guildford Station as we headed south, aiming for Wisborough Green’s cafe, but it slowly warmed up and turned into a fabulous early autumn day – possibly the last warm one we’ll have this year – it’s scheduled to turn colder on Thursday. A small group of us enjoyed a little more than 100kms (66 miles) following the route shown below for the most part. http://connect.garmin.com/activity/386653652 Here are a few photos from the day:

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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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