Sunday, August 29, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
With the rain now falling steadily, full waterproofs were donned by those who'd come prepared, while trains from the nearby station proved irresistible to some. In view of the conditions, it was a speedy ride back via Old Windsor, Runnymede, Egham, Staines, Thames towpath to Laleham and on to Shepperton. Here 9 of us stopped for a warming cup of tea at the Bakery before venturing back out into the rain and heading home for hot baths. Well done, everyone! One puncture to record - Grant at Laleham - and thanks to Terry for being back marker. (Gill Finlay)
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
We rode through the back street's to Maypole Rd, then onto Long Ditton & then onto Hinchley Wood, then onto Arbrook Common. then through Blackhill's, & onto the Fairmile Road where we turned left to the back roads to the Runningmare in Cobham where we had a nice lunch.
A few left after lunch & the rest of us went through Cobham village onto the Fairmile again & back toward's Claygate, Esher Common, then onto Molsey & onto Five on the Bridge at Hampton Court for tea.then after tea we all made our own way home.
from roger - m.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Meath Green Lane teddies - one I took earlier - in
more optimistic times !
As I was about to lead Christine, Gillian, Liz, Bernard, Brian (2 off), Dave, Ed, Eddie, Godfrey, John G, Ken, Mike M, Pete M (tec, thanks) and Ray H from Caterham, Les J arrived. He had thoughtfully had the B group puncture en route so causing the minimum delay. Thanks, Les. After ascending White Hill we briefly caught up with the A group. Meanwhile Grant had joined us and after checking our lunch venue was eagerly awaiting us, we headed south. After passing Outwood Mill we turned into Chithurst Lane which gradually deteriorated into a reasonably challenging bridleway. Emerging onto West Park Road it was just a few miles to The Cherry Tree at Copthorne. Here a large table was reserved for us and we all enjoyed generously portioned lunches.
Perhaps disappointingly after lunch there were no ascents to compensate for the morning's descents, however we pedalled on through Horley, taking Meath Green Lane (admiring teddies as we passed) and Lonesome Lane to arrive promptly for 3s at Reigate Garden Centre. There were huge blackberries growing by the side of the car park. Most people stopped here, but when we restarted the outlook was very grey. Some returned via Pebblecombe, others via Brockham and Dorking. I rode just short of 60 miles dtd and arrived home dry.
Some images to accompany Mark's ride report
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
The prognoses for a well led “A” run got off to a bad start, getting lost trying to find New Haw day centre. But ”hay” is that the group ahead from North Cheam equally lost.
Arriving at the Day Centre at 11-00 it was a quick cup of tea and away by 11-30 only to find Grant had a puncture, not wishing for any further delay he agreed we should carry on after confirming our lunch venue.
That left 11 of us, Jeff, Tony’D, Mike, Pete B, Bob, Phil, Geoffrey, Dave, Mark & John. Within the first mile I turned into a private road that led into a residential caravan park, with a u turn and friendly comments from the residents we were on our way to Ottershaw and Foxhills Road then Accommodation Road, a left and right at Longcross Road over the M3 and West of Virginia Water to pass Prune Hill on our right to the A30. Straight over into Englefield Green, a clockwise loop through Egham Wick, past Savill Gardens, Bishops Gate and down Crimp Hill to the Fox & Castle at Old Windsor. Here Pete, Bob & Phil made there own way back.
Although I did let the landlord know before hand of our visit, we were lucky that just after ordering our meals a group of 20 from the Uxbridge Loiterers arrived.
But meals were served very quickly indeed, and by then Grant had arrived.
Then I had a problem. From lunch to tea at The Walled Garden in Sunbury traditionally ends up in a burn up, how do I control this unruly lot ? answer. A constant 17.4 mph ride through Runnymede, Staines, Laleham, Shepperton, Halliford to Sunbury, and success, all arrived together. From there members made their own way home. For me 63 miles total, and no problems leading a competent group of riders.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
From Graham Hill
Sunday, August 08, 2010
Going south across Great Bookham Common, up the hill through Fetcham to the A246 roundabout above Bocketts Farm. Off road through the woods of Norbury Park ( first shower) down to Boxhill & Westhumble station. A24 to
Denbies roundabout where Paul with right of way was run down. Thank goodness although badly shaken he had no permanent damage. We then rode across Bookham Common, then one puncture and to Leigh for lunch at the Plough.
After lunch going north through Betchworth we had a cloud burst and part sheltered for five minutes, then up Coombe Hill ( good group no complaints)
Then through Headley to Epsom Weatherspoons with eight for tea.
Thanks to Liz as back marker. Coffee to tea approx. 30 miles. My total 60M
Saturday, August 07, 2010
A number of members have asked what the position is following the voting at the CTC AGM in May.
Motion 8 - To register CTC as a charity and merge with CTC Charitable Trust - was lost on the votes cast at the meeting, but then passed when the Chairman cast his discretionary proxy votes in favour of the motion.
Nevertheless, Motion 10 - To adopt the revised Memorandum and Articles of Association - failed to achieve the required 75% and was defeated.
This motion could still be put again to an Extraordinary General Meeting or AGM. If passed, the change would take place.
In view of the risk that this fundamental change might still be carried out, a petition has been drawn up to require the CTC to put motion 8 to a poll of all members.
I am attaching a link to a copy of the petition.
I would ask you to read it. If you agree with some or all of the grounds put forward, please print it off, sign it, including your CTC membership number, and return it to me. The completed form should be returned to me by no later than 7 August, 2010.
If you agree with this petition, if you have not already done so, please sign it and return it now, as time is of the essence.
Friday, August 06, 2010
Thursday, August 05, 2010
The name of the game today was ‘Dodge the Rain’, which finally arrived to put an end to our recent drought. Our route from Cobham was due South to Rowhook, via Effingham, followed by a long ascent to the top of White Down, where Frank and Vic peeled off, and where our first spell of lightish rain started. The descent of White Down in the wet was a bit tricky, but without mishap. Continuing on past the ‘Volunteer’ pub, and Holmbury St Mary, there was a gentle descent to Forest Green, and a straightforward run through Walliswood into Rowhook, where the ‘Chequers’ awaited us, complete with its recent addition of a well stocked vegetable garden.
The heavens opened while we were at lunch, demonstrated by Pete M’s dripping appearance, but with impeccable timing the sun had emerged by the time we set off once again. The way back was through Oakwoodhill,
Once again, the rain had stopped by the time we left to go our separate ways, though I encountered a further sharp shower on Epsom Downs, which hopefully will help to resurrect the arid wasteland which passes for my front lawn.
I covered 60 miles in all.