Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
For those after a long ride,I failed their expectation............ Nevertheless,a 15ish size group followed me south from Weybridge past Brooklands and Cobham Bus Museum to negotiate the A3 at Ockham Bites. On to the lanes to Hungry Hill then right to join the A road to lunch at West Clandon (Onslow Arms). The return,I tested their bike riding skills and followed the green lane all the way to Ockham then Cobham Sainsburys for tea. A dull old day but pleasantly mild. 44 miles (from Ewell). From Andy Coxhill
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Passing through Byfleet led to the very dry Muddy Lane, Wisley pedestrian bridge and the airfield where two people were expertly flying (and filming) a model aeroplane (it looked like a Vampire). No time to watch - onwards to West Horsley, noting Bill Matthews eating a lonely lunch in a bus shelter then the hill climbing began with Shere Road leading to Peeble Hill followed by the swift descent of Combe Bottom.
After turning left onto the A25 we soon reached the lunch stop at The Compasses, Gomshall where we dined very well alongside the Tilling Bourne and the not very busy A25. After lunch we headed south to Burrows Cross then via Hoe Lane, Leith Hill, Coldharbour and Dorking to the (closed) Blue Cafe at Leatherhead - so we went to Annie's.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
The A & B rides combined at North Cheam for the annual mystery ride and as I, Frank, was leading it wasn’t too much of a surprise that we headed for the Metropolis. The only mystery was how 21 left North Cheam and 21 arrived at The Pommelers Rest, Wetherspoons at Tower Bridge. They consisted of Judy, Stephanie, Tony, Toni D, Grant, Graham H, Rob, Godfrey, Jeff, Norman, Mark G, David, Bob, Harold, Mick A, Eddy, Lawrence and Paul. Ron & Doreen met us at lunch.
The route can be seen on Mark’s very good map details below. We left North Cheam at 09-40hrs unfortunately a few minutes before Mike M arrived who missed the ride.
The route was via Worcester Park, Motspur Park, West Barnes, the A3 service road, Richmond Park, past the Priory Hospital, Barnes, where the level crossing was closed (naturally), Castelnau, Hammersmith Bridge past the Thames Studio for a comfort stop, Barons Court, past Olympia then Edwards Sq, South Kensington into Hyde Park for 11’s by the Serpentine. This was a bit pricey for some but not for our Runs Secretary, Jeff, who had a free plate of beans on toast with the compliments of the management.
From here we went across Hyde Park Corner, Constitution Hill, The Mall through Admiralty Arch into Trafalgar Sq to see the changing of the Wally on the fourth plinth at mid day. Then Whitehall, Westminster Bridge along the South Bank past the London Eye to Blackfriars past the replica of Sir Francis Drake’s Golden Hinde, just touching Tooley Street then back onto the Embankment to Tower Bridge.
After lunch it was a very cycle friendly route with no traffic to cross the Thames at Lambeth Bridge, then along Millbank and Chelsea Embankment and Chelsea Harbour to Putney Bridge, Lower Richmond Road and back to the café in the Park by Roehampton Gate. From there all dispersed their separate ways. A mere 33 miles, dry if a little windy and hey it could it could have been yesterday.
Having been invited to join Frank and Francoise in the seaside area of St Cast le Guildo, west of St Malo, 20 riders selected for their ability to socialise and ride as a group at a steady pace enjoyed their Wednesday in France.
Today headed for a 50 mile circuit via quiet lanes, a cafe stop and a stretch on a disused railway, led very consciensiously by Frank Humphreys with Francoise bringing up the rear to ensure no lost bodies. We ended up at Dinan old town for sightseeing and lunch with Frank and Francoise standing guard over the bikes while the group wandered around for a couple of hours, soaking up the atmosphere of old buildings and food, before heading back with the odd shower and a niggling strong side to headwind. A last minute coffee stop and back by 6pm. Ready for what has become a mystery evening meal, even though we have a written menu, eg: "filet de merlu grille", "pates tortis" or "kouigh amann". Mostly based on fish as this is a seaside area.
Tuesday afternoon we had our tea stop at the french home of Frank & Francoise which surprised several of the group with the quantity and variety of food and drink provided. Simon and Jen joined us for the day on their way back to St Malo and then home to Ewell.
From 12 there will be a BBQ, on Sunday the 27th September.
Please do come, perhaps bringing something to slap on the flames, and something to sip? There will be some burgers, sausages and salad stuff, too.
The gazebo will be up, and the object is to have a good time, celebrating life, cycling and whatever.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Apart from a bit of breeze the sun was shining as we met at Leatherhead. Once more I was riding shotgun on my tandem trike with my good son Peter up front. We made for The Old Plough at Stoke D'abernon by the direct route down Randells Road for a very satisfying lunch, after which we decided to have tea at Claygate. A pretty good turnout included Bill H., John C., Fuzz, Ron. Roger, Mike, Chris, Alan plus we two. I saw Dennis at elevenses and one or two more who did not make the ride.
32 miles in all --------------- Albert
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I left the house prepared for a dull, damp day, getting worse in the afternoon but it wasn't like that. The ride to Cobham was appreciated by most whom I led there. Because the day looked bad, I expected half a dozen on my ride but there were 16 plus.
Leaving Cobham it was dry and fine, a gentle pace through Ripley past Pyrford, through Woking, stopping to don waterproofs, but unfortunately because the riders were well spread out a proper message that Pete had stopped didn't get to me at the front and Pete got dropped - I didn't have my mobile with me (for when he tried calling me).
The sun was shining and it was getting warm - unexpectedly - with my waterproof jacket on.
Lunch at Windlesham, The Sun, provided everyone with meals that some couldn't manage, because of the size, the last ones had to wait nearly an hour though. At The Sun were Norman, Mark G, Ray, Ed, Jeff, Brian, Vic, Toni D'It, Bob, Mike M, Graham, Julian, John B, Terry and Grant. Pete turned up after talking to Ed on his mobile, very disgruntled and threatening to tear up the new "rides behaviour" guide recently issued by the DA.
We left The Sun about 2:30. I tried to be clever and find my way back through the lanes and lost myself. We took a pleasant route, Valley End Road, I asked Vic to assist me to get round Woking for a tea stop at Ockham Bites at 3:55 they closed at 4pm, I didn't know that!
It was light rain now, turning steady when we left in dribs and drabs, waterproofs on but I took mine off again after Cobham - it didn't pour till later. A lucky day after all.
62 miles for me.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Starey, Paul & I did a first reckey of what may well be one of the rides undertaken. Lea Valley to new Olympic Stadium partly via the Wandle, many parks, past the Cutty Sark at Greenwich and under the Thames foot tunnel to Canary Wharf on the way, returning via the Grand union to Camden Lock, thence to St Paul's, Millennium Bridge, the Beehive, South Bank. London Eye and Big Ben and back via Clapham common. What a wonderful route for those not familiar for the big smoke seen via greenways. Bob did an excellent job!
This message is just a teaser a tester and an even bigger idea! The Birthday Tea, hosted by Boris Johnston at the Beehive, now that would be a sensation and get CTC on the Map!!