Thursday, September 25, 2008
62 miles for the leader and a stirling 78 for Frank C.
The A Group, damp but not dispirited, after tea at the Pond Tea Rooms near Addington Hills. Leader Pete for some reason sporting the colours of Romania and Rob still waiting for the sun to come out. After some of the foot-hills that our leader teased us with, I think we should call him Sherpa Pete. No doubt more graphic details to follow.
Phil, our leader, started off from Teddington Day Centre, followed by 14 riders. Mike & Mary, Eddie; 1st time out ( Saturday rider), Dave, Roger, Bill H. Fuzz, Les J., Mark, Charles, Dennis, Harold and myself (Lynda). We did a few left and right turns, on cycle paths, waterways, over bridges, canals, heading for Brent. After a few miles we lost the back 3 en (a very complex) route. It turns out Harold had got a puncture. Nevertheless, onwards we went, a very interesting, picturesque route passed Syon Park to Hanwell Lock. Phil told us there were 9 locks that way. By the time we got to lunch, 11 of us enjoyed a very satisfying, cheap lunch at Brent Valley golf club. Mine, totalled £3.80! - and that was a fresh bacon and egg sandwich and half a guinness. We came back towards Otterley and stopped for afternoon tea at Tesco's. I clocked 45mls. (More details of the route from Phil).
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Sunday 28th September
A fantastic morning of veteran and other pedal power
at the Museum and on the MBWorld circuits. Including
races for PENNY-FARTHINGS, SOLID-TYRE BICYCLES,
PLUS: see your local Postie race his mates on their
famous red-and-white machines
Displays and Action from 9am to 12 Noon
PLUS: stay on and see the Benjafields Racing Club
who will be arriving at lunchtime with a
mouth-watering collection of VINTAGE BENTLEYS
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Residents and businesses in Woking will be encouraged to start thinking about using pedal power instead of petrol from next Monday (22 September) when a new initiative called `Cycle Woking' is formally launched at The Lightbox.
A special programme of events has been organised by Woking Borough Council and Surrey County Council following their joint success in securing £1.82 million from Cycling England to be spent on improving cycling facilities in the area.
The competition for this funding was fierce, with 74 towns and cities bidding for the £47 million available under the Cycling City, Cycling Towns programme. Woking was one of only ten towns, plus one city, to have successfully achieved the funding and the title of Cycling Town for the next three years.
To celebrate this achievement and to tell people more about the councils' plans for the future, The Lightbox will be hosting a free bicycle-themed exhibition on Monday (when the gallery is usually closed).
The formal completion of the first phase of improvement works to the Basingstoke Canal towpath will take place in the presence of a group of local cyclists who are keen to take advantage of the improved facility.
From 2.30pm onwards, members of the public will have the chance to look around the exhibition, complete with bicycles from across the ages and accompanying riders in period costume.
Displays showing what improvements the councils hope to make to the cycle network in the future will be also be available for people to view.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Mystified - I opened it to find a get well card signed by many of my club friends. It gave me a huge lump in my throat and I really don't know how to thank you all. I am truly touched by your kindness - THANK YOU,THANK YOU - I shall be back on my bike a.s.a.p!!
My next appointment at the fracture clinic is 8th October for another X-ray, and in the meantime ?? Maybe more days like to-day when Bob, Will and Mike came to Egham and we all had a very merry lunch time in Staines Weatherspoons!
Happy cycling all, Pam :) :)
Thursday, September 11, 2008
The Warden (Graham)
Kirk Yetholm SYHA Hostel,
Well, it was fun participating in 'Ding day', even if nobody else knew about it!
There were quite a few at 11's in Leatherhead; but on the ride were Lynda, Liz, Sonia, Roger, Fuzz, Bill H, Mike W, Mark, Harold and back marker, Charles. Jeff and Allan came part way but left before our lunch stop.
From the day centre we made our way over the footbridge towards Ashtead, down Skinners Lane across the green to Ashtead station and into Ashtead Common. We took the left fork and made our way round to Stew Ponds car park. Out of the Common we turned left to Malden Rushett. Every time we passed a cyclist we did a very tuneful 'ding ding' and occasionally we got one back.
We made our way past Chessington World of Adventures to Bridge Rd roundabout, where we turned left towards Claygate. Over the A3 bridge we turned right into Long Ditton and Thames Ditton. We had lunch at Ye Olde Swan in Thames Ditton. A good selection of main meals for £5. We sat outside by the river.
After lunch we continued into Hampton Court, over the bridge and down to the towpath to Kingston - more response of 'dings' along the towpath. Liz counted at least 3! After Liz, Fuzz and Harold left, the rest of us made our way to Teddington still along the towpath. We went through Teddington town and round into Bushy Park. Back to Hampton Court, where 5 of us remaining enjoyed afternoon tea and cake at my favourite cafe '5 at the bridge'.
We had a very interesting conversation of Mark's stories on homeopathic medicine. Roger and Bill left after tea and Sonia, Charles and myself made our way towards Chessington and Epsom/Cheam/Worcester Park. Just as we were passing Squires at Long Ditton two fellers passed by on bikes - and as we did our 'ding ding', one of them said, 'Ding day'! At last, someone knew about it!
Maybe it will catch on next year. Did anyone play the game in London?
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
From Pete M
One Slow Puncture to Judy was attended to by her travelling mechanic when neccessary
Friday, September 05, 2008
Cliff led a group of seventeen from Cobham on a fresh morning including, Godfrey Terry Harry John G Liz Beattie Bernard Gill Judy Les Colin Reg Robin DavidPhil and another John, heading for Okewood Hill,the Punchbowl, or the Gatton Manor Golf Club or the Scarlet Arms at Walliswood, so much for good intentions!!
All went wellout through Stoke D'Abernon and Leatherhead also up and over the hill in Punchbowl Lane Dorking and into Henfold Lane. At the nasty Henfold Hill a bang indicated that Bernard had snapped his chain. Just as we had decided or agreed to abandon him to his own devices Terry produced a plastic coated package which after a struggle he opened to reveal some spare links which fortunately were the right size. In the circumstances Cliff made a management decision and sent the majority of the party on to the pub in Capel to get ahead with food orders, the rest of us staying "to help". Okewood Hill was abandoned!
On arrival at the pub later the "repair" party was informed by a dejected group that there was no food as the chef had departed.Liz didn't seem too bothered as she was esconced in the garden in the sun with her normal tipple a large glass of Merlot.
Whilst a discussion was held as to where we could go, the landlady arrived and announced that she would cook and in what seemed a remarkably short time we were all enjoying lunch,all except Harry that is as he was last served after ordering what he thought would be the qiickest item on the menu, a sandwich!
Our return took us back up to Denbies where we decided to take tea in leatherhead instead. On our climb up the hill into town another chain went, this time it was Godfreys.He was despatched to the bike shop at the top of the hill where we assume he got it fixed as we didn't see him again. Tea was taken at Fannies by seven or eight of us bfore splitting for home I clocked 50 miles.
Mick came out of Hospital yesterday and 'phoned me yesterday evening. He thanks us all for the card and kind wishes, he was very grateful. He has been really very ill but hopefully is now on the mend. He will not be dancing or cycling for a while yet, but is already talking about cycling. I said not even to think about it, let alone do it. He says when he feels better he will only do very short rides anyway I thought I would let you know as soon as I could and if you see any of the others before Saturday he is happy about people knowing, I know he would appreciate phone calls (0208 391 0908)
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Car parking is large car park opposite the station just a few shops from the pub which has not got a car park but has parking for Bicycles!!
My phone number 01784 436389 mobile 07900335256 See you there :) :) :)