Thursday, April 27, 2017

B Group ride 26th April

Teddington is a difficult location to lead from as you pass other day centres in most directions unless you head North. So North it was. As North of the Thames is my home patch it was an easy task to pick a route.

I wanted off road as much as possible as the ground was still very dry. Off along the Thames to Isleworth and Syon park with 14 riders following and Tony Hooker as back marker, good choice as he was the only one in Orange and easy to spot. A short section on road and onto the Grand union canal. Hanwell was soon  reached and a few back roads brought us to more off road and across Brent Valley Golf course, Brent Valley park and Perivale park and onto the cycle path along side the A40 which is better than it sounds, across Marnham fields and into Norhtala Park and a nice climb up to the view point. At this point the rain started but didn’t deter the group from admiring the views across London to Canary Wharfe and South East to Box Hill. The hills were constructed using the spoil from the demolition of the old Wembley stadium.

The loo’s at Northala were well attended but Vic, having left his bike out of sight was left behind and it was only a mile further on that Dave W noticed him missing and went back to find him agreeing to meet us at lunch. Now we were on side roads for a while but rain and hail blighted our progress with everyone beginning to feel the cold. One more section off road and we were at Stockley park Wetherspoons for a welcome warm up and lunch.

We did linger over lunch and were joined by a good friend of mine, Tony Cates, the secreatary of another CTC group, the Uxbridge Loiterers who accused us of Loitering more than the actual Loiterers. Tony joined us for a mile or 2 on our way to Hayes and a stint on the Grand Union canal. We were soon cycling through Osterley park and to Isleworth, just before our arrivel at tea the majority of the group decided not to stop but continue and head for home.

Just 4 of us had tea at Syon park GC and after which I said my goodbyes for my long 1.2 mile cycle home.

The group seemed to enjoy the foray in unknown parts of darkest North London, for me a great day on the bike with a really good bunch of like minded cyclists. One point I must mention is that Dave W and Vic never did meet us for lunch but I did get a txt from Dave saying they couldn’t find the pub were headed home via Heathrow.

Thank you all for your company.

Photos Courtesy of Dave Ward

Tony H(opkins)

A Group April 26

Fourteen turned up at Teddington, mostly having already decided their lunch order. Thank you! It made the leader's life easy and paid off later. We made a prompt getaway and good progress to Osterley, alomg the canal to Hayes and through Stockley Park where the first signs of showers appeared but only lightly. Packet Boat Lane got us out of the urban sprawl and the showers left us alone until after we crossed Langley Park to George Green and across the A412. By now we were well on track for my planned 1.15 arrival at the pub when everything happened at once. Pete Betts punctured, the hail arrived and as soon as that was over Simon punctured and Pete's tyre went down again!

At this point we split the group. Ten went on to get to the pub by 1.30 while Neil and Colin ( back marker) stayed with Simon and Pete. They didn't get to the pub till after 2 but their order's were started as soon as they came in sight and were on the table by the time they had bought a drink. Pre-ordering is normally a nuisance but in this case it saved us a great deal of time and gave the latecomers a much more relaxing lunch. A big thumbs up to the Emperor for the quality and speedy delivery of the food.

We set off at 2.45 to Walton via Slough, Datchet and Staines and made it with only a little dampness in the air at times. The weather threatened much but delivered little and my rain jacket stayed packed away all day. The Riverhouse Barn cafe is now open until 5 which we reached at 4.20 for a welcome tea and cake in the warm.

Many thanks to Colin ( back marker), Neil ( for volunteering to stay with the punctured and lead them to lunch) and to all who corner marked especially on the convoluted outward route.

Update about Mark Roy

Lynda has some detailed news about Mark. Among other things it is a reminder of the strong connection Mark feels with the club and his cycling friends:

"I went to visit Mark, yesterday in Kingston hospital. He has been there a month now. I went 2 weeks ago and he asked me to put something in the Sou Wester, which I did but it hasn't been printed yet.

He has been moved to Alexandra ward on the 4th floor. He has improved, but not eating much. I made some flapjacks which I offered to his daughter, myself and Mark ate one, with a cup of water before and another one after. I told him he had to get stronger to get back on his bike! His daughter said, maybe he should have one for breakfast, one for lunch and one for dinner! Before I left, Mark said again, to let Wayfarers know where he is. I don't think he is used to being the one in bed; usually he goes round visiting others."

~ Tim

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

2017 Prudential Ride London Sunday 30 July.

St. Raphael's Hospice North Cheam still have places left to enter for a concessionary entry fee of £20 per person. All that they ask is for you to commit to raise £400. If interested contact or by phone 02082543463. Entries must be completed by 26 May 2017.

Monday, April 24, 2017

B Ride 26th April

B Group ride 26th April.

We will be heading North through parks and some towpath to Northala Fields park for some great views of London and then onto lunch at Wetherspoons Stockley park. Tea will be at he Garden centre Syon Park.

Northala Fields Park


A ride 26 April

I may not be popular with those gravelophobes riding wafer thin 23s who hate to leave the tarmac. On the recce I heard a dad at Osterley explain to his young daughter that his game with her was "not dangerous, just mild peril". So maybe it's "mild peril" that awaits those who venture with me beyond Osterley to the Grand Union canal. We'll rejoin the tarmac for most of the ride out to Cowley and Iver. Then a short stretch of Sustrans 61 to Bellswood Lane ( where it's too early for last year's nettle peril)  is followed by more "mild peril|" on the bridleway across Langley Park to George Green. From there it's all road to the Emperor at Farnham Royal. A straightforward return across the wastes of Slough to Datchet. Tea probably at Walton.

The Emperor have asked me to gather lunch orders. I'll start doing this about 1045 and aim for a prompt 1100 departure if we are to arrive by 1315. The menu is attached so you can come prepared.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

B Group - 9th April

Welcome to two new all day riders Sarah Erwin, who rides for Kingston Phoenix and Mark McNamara who is back cycling after a long absence. After a late start 11 riders made their way to the Sportsman Public House in Mogador via Wray Lane and Colley Hill. The service and food was very good.

Five of us made it to tea at the Moat Garden Centre in Ewell. The weather was fine.

It was nice to meet with Angie for elevenies



Thursday, April 20, 2017

A Group Ride 19th April

Good morning and a Happy Birthday to Simon good to see you and Neil after your cycling weekend.
A Big thank you to Brian for back marking and to all of those that marked corners and junctions.

Arriving at Tanhouse Farm a few of us felt that we had done half of the ride already. With the start of the day rather cold but sunny 19 of us set off for the Blue Ship at The Haven, soon after leaving we turned left on to Partridge Lane and out towards Charlwood then swinging round to Lambs Green and back to Rusper. The Rusper Road lead us down to Warnham, Broadbridge Heath and Slinfold. My intention was to pass Holmbush Manor but as my Garmin wasn't quite working with me I lead the group along a greater length of the A29 than intended, once at the turn off for The Haven we were back on the country roads and soon at the Blue Ship.

We were lucky enough to be able to sit in the sun for lunch, the service was not fast but the food was good, I will take more care when booking a pub to take a menu away with me so that we can preorder, my mistake this time.

As last week we were joined by a young lady by the name of Miss Marple who once securing her bike to the fence settled down in the sun, unfortunately she was not able to join us for the rest of the day.

Before setting off we gathered for the pub group shot not to disappoint our readers.
 So setting off from the Blue Ship we headed for Bucks Green then through to Knowles Lane and on to Cranleigh, Rowley, Shamley Green and Wonersh.
Once regrouped off again to New Road, Chilworth and Albury, a well travelled route. Together again and up Coombe Lane to Staple Lane, Ripley Road in to Gambles lane and our final stop at Pinnocks in Ripley for tea.

A good days ride and thank you to everyone that chose to ride along, now to recce my next ride at the end of May


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Mark Beaumont - trip round the coast of Britain

I just heard that Mark Beaumont is currently cycling round the entire coast of Britain, 3500 miles, as a training ride for his next proper ride, which will be to cycle round the world in 80 days.   He plans to do 240 miles a day (on the training and the full ride), so he will circumnavigate Britain in 15 days, and is due to finish around now.

What a lightweight.   He's not even visiting the islands.   I will be returning to Scotland to continue my 'proper' circumnavigation next month.   If you want a taste of why it's so beguiling to cycle round the Scottish coastline, click here for a video of his last ride round the North Coast 500, which may not encourage you.  Or you could read my blog: I'll put a link on here when I go.

Monday, April 17, 2017

A Group Ride from Tanhurst Farm 19th April

We shall be heading for 'The Blue Ship' near Haven, approximately 23 miles to lunch, They have a good menu that does change, but check their website for some idea of what to possibly choose.

Tuesday UPDATE if you would like to look at the menu to preorder it will make it quicker to be served,  I imagine it will be the usual wait otherwise.

Our route will take us out via Charlwood, Rusper and Broadbridge Heath.

Returning by a well used route to Cranleigh and finally going up Coombe Bottom and then down to 'Pinnocks' in Ripley for tea. (yes I do have a loyalty card should you be wondering) about 22 miles back.

Geoff G