David Wood

It is with immense sadness that I need to advise members that David Wood passed away last Sunday. He had been battling cancer over the past 6 years.  I personally saw him quite recently, and it was absolutely clear that his enthusiasm for life, determination, and humour were undimmed. I know that our thoughts will be with Angela at this sad time. John

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Grade 4 Ride 18 May 2016

On behalf of Peter Hackman…   Hi All Group 4’s,I was supposed to be leading tomorrow’s ride from Pirbright to Frensham GC, however, the forecast is looking decidedly wet so I have decided not to ride. If anyone decides to go I’m sure you know the way there and please take care. Best regards, Peter Hackman     Kind regards   Laurie Mutch +44 7887 650 777  

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Cycling UK AGM – Your Vote Counts!

Cycling UK (formerly CTC) has its AGM on 7th May in Derby. The motions to be voted on accompanied the April/May issue of Cycle magazine as a pull-out sheet. If your views on the way the club has been run over recent months tallies with those of your own West Surrey CTC Committee, you’ll probably feel compelled to vote. We hope you do! If you want to learn about the background to the motions, then you need to look at David Cox’s article in the magazine as well as the full Agenda in the magazine. Plus you should really also look at Standing Order 6 and also the ‘Orders in Council’ for which there is a URL link in the magazine. There are several ways to vote: please read the form carefully for full details. Briefly, these are as follows: (a) By post, remembering that you must return the form,

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The Beryl Burton Story

I went to see Maxine Peake’s play ‘Beryl’ at the Rose Theatre, Kingston last night.  West Yorkshire Playhouse’s production of the story of the best woman cyclist ever was very well done.  Some of you may have heard the radio play of it on the BBC a couple of years ago, but it’s much better on the stage.  A most enjoyable evening – recommended!  It’s got a few more days to run – till this Saturday.

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Wednesday Ride postponed

The weather forecast for tomorrow is still promising heavy rain, high winds, and even the possibility of snow on higher ground. I have therefore decided to postpone the ride by a day, to Thursday 10th March, all other details to remain the same.  I appreciate that it will not suit all, some plan their weeks to make sure they can cycle on Wednesday but cannot manage Thursdays, but I really feel that there will not be too much disappointment at missing out on the wind and the rain. I shall be at the start (I may be a touch late, commitments for first thing in the morning, so please just wait for me) and will lead the 3’s and the 4’s; it is a relatively flat ride, so that should be fine.  At the moment I do not have definite ride leaders for the 1’s and 2’s, but please feel

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Tomorrow’s Ride, 9th March

The weather forecast for tomorrow is currently dire, heavy rain for most if not all of the day, and high winds.  I cannot believe that there will be much demand for a ride, and would not want to require leaders to turn up in such conditions.  Of course, riders may wish to go out on their own, and there is also the possibility of postponing the rides for a day, to Thursday.  I should be able to lead the 4’s that day, at this stage I cannot guarantee any further ride leaders. Of course, the forecast might change, I will monitor the situation, and will post a further note, with a decision and update, late this evening or first thing Wednesday.  Please make sure you look for this before heading out (in the rain). John

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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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