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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CTC West Surrey Trips to Wales

The Intermediates Group are organising two mini-trips to Wales in late April / early May. With a couple of days off in between the trips, it would easily be possible to do both, making it an 8 day trip away. Any intermediates wishing to join are welcome – Contact Derek & Anne Tanner (annederekin-wsda@yahoo.co.uk) Trip 1. 27 April – 2 May: The Presceli Mountains – “All Day Rides” leaving from Village Centre Newport (Pembrokeshire)  Trip 2.  4 – 6 May: The Taff Trail (NCN 8) and Brecon Beacons National Park. Base – the Tregenna Valley Hotel in Merthyr Tydfil. http://www.tafftrail.org.uk/http://www.mytafftrail.co.uk/index.php

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2 Day Local Cycling Event in Aid of The Brigitte Trust

Help support people with cancer and other life threatening conditions living in your area by participating in a fully supported 2-day ride through Surrey & West Sussex. Starting out from Denbies Wine Estate and finishing at Box Hill, the challenge includes: 1 night hotel accommodation en route with all meals and free charity T-Shirt …even sports massage Land Rover Discovery support vehicle/ride manager You need to raise £650 or more sponsorship for The Brigitte Trust to help provide free and regular support to families You can register for the event on the Ride to Raise website www.ride2raise.co.uk and go to tab “Challenge” and Scroll Down events to The Brigitte Trust Or for more information please call us on 01306 881816; E-mail *protected email*or visit www.brigittetrust.org

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