Annual Dinner 5th March

A reminder that the annual dinner takes place tomorrow.  Bookings have now closed, and we have 65 attendees, which is wonderful support for the evening.  I have just sent an e-mail to all who have booked to confirm arrangements.  If you think that you have booked, and do not receive an e-mail shortly, please contact me direct. John

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Wiggle to buy ChainReactionCycles

On Thursday last week the retail trade press was reporting that Wiggle had made an offer to buy ChainReactionCycles.  On Friday the deal was reported as done.  Wiggle is owned by Bridgepoint Capital (if memory serves me right) – a private equity company. Wiggle has a stated objected of becoming a £1bn revenue business – currently about £170-£180m revenue.  ChainReactionCycles is family owned and has a slightly smaller revenue – about £150m. Wiggle has voluntarily referred the deal to the Competition & Markets Authority (used to be called the Competition Commission) but they do not believe the CMA will object as very significant proportions of both their revenues come from overseas.  Apparently the CMA will review the deal but the usual rule of thumb is that the CMA would block the deal or would require significant divestitures if the combined market share was in excess of 20-25% on the grounds of a

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The Bicycle Icycle ~ it’s this Sunday !!!

Exif_JPEG_PICTURE Yes folks, it’s time for the Icycle. With a route spawned from the delightful Tour of the Greensand (run alongside the Tour of the Hills each August) and adapted to start from Godalming, with a few more hills and miles added to boost up the fun, it’s hard to resist the lure of the Icycle. And this year, the intrepid cyclists of West Surrey have the opportunity to ride it as it should be ridden – in the deep, dank chill of mid-February. And it’s on St Valentine’s Day no less, so how could your divine ‘other half’ possibly resist the opportunity of cycling by your side – what could be more romantic! A massive turnout is expected, especially since the forecast is now predicting rain for a good part of the day. Let’s see if we can beat recent records and get into double figures. I’ve decided to

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Annual Dinner, Final Reminder

This is a final reminder that the Annual Dinner takes place on Saturday 5th March, at the Princess Royal in Runfold, near Farnham.  I am pleased to say that we already have over 50 attendees, but there is plenty of space for more.  If you would like to come along, please e-mail me (johnmatsouthview@btinternet.com) with your menu choices by Saturday 20th February at the latest.  Any later, and although I will try to fit you in, I cannot guarantee it.  I would stress that this is very much a social occasion for all, not just regular riders, but most certainly also for partners.  There will entertainment laid on to suit the nature of the occasion, as well as the presentation of the awards. John

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Ride Wednesday 20 January

The forecast for tomorrow is that it will again be very cold overnight, and although not above freezing until some time in the morning, it should be sunny. Personally, I may well bring the bike in the car to the start at Mayford (note the alternative arrangements for the grade 2’s) and then assess whether the roads appear to be free of ice and therefore safe to ride; I will cancel, amend, or delay the ride if they are not.  I will certainly be there.  If you plan to cycle to the start, please make your own assessment earlier in the morning and only do so if you consider it to be safe. John

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Midweek Wayfarers Annual Lunch

The Midweek Wayfarers Annual Lunch will take place tomorrow, and is always a well attended event, which enables all ride groups to get together, as well as those who, for one reason or another, are not currently riding.  For the riders, the start will be at Ripley, followed by coffee at Polesden Lacey.  Thereafter, the separate groups will make their different ways to lunch at The King William IV at West Horsley.  In this way we should arrive at different times, which will no doubt help the pub with their catering; you can order food upon arrival, no pre-booking is required.   Non riders may wish to arrive at the pub between about 12.30 and 1.30 and enjoy a purely social occasion. The weather looks as though it should be pretty good tomorrow, although rather chilly, so wrap up warm and I hope to see you there. John

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Nick Higgin

Many of those who attended the New Year’s Day gathering yesterday (and there was a really good crowd I am pleased to say) will have known that there was an unfortunate incident on the ride from Mayford Green that day.  There was a very low speed collision, but it resulted in Nick Higgin falling to the ground before he was able to unclip.  He was taken to the Royal Surrey, where it was discovered that he had fractured his femur.  They were able to operate the same day, and I am pleased to report that he is well and already looking forward to the time when he can be back on his bike.  I am sure that we all wish him well for a speedy recovery. My thanks to all those who helped at the scene, and particularly Roger Philo and Phil Hamilton, who have also visited Nick in hospital

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New Year’s Day

Just a reminder of the New Year’s Day arrangements for tomorrow; weather permitting, this can be our largest get together of the year, and is a great opportunity for riders from all the different groups to meet up.  Even if you do not fancy riding, or are unable to do so, why not come along for coffee and a chat? Groups will set off from both Mayford Green and Godalming (see the Rides Calendar), but if you go direct to coffee, plesae do not forget that we have a different meeting place this year, Squires Garden Centre at Badshot Lea (Seale Craft Centre is closed). See you there (when I will also be pleased to accept bookings for the dinner on 5th March). John

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