Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Group, 30th July

Dorking - Barns Green - Denbies

 Twelve + one outside the Queen's Head. All present and correct.
Those tangerine shirts seem to be confusing the camera
If at first you don't succeed...

What sage advice. We'll forgive the 
spelling and punctuation.
One for the future

Easy Riders - 30th July

I led from North Cheam to Walton via East Molesley by road;  after coffee we went down to the tow path and had a nice ride along by the river.  We went to Hampton Court over the bridge and into Bushy Park.  We went round by The Pheasantry, through the Woodland Gate by the side of Hampton Lido and at the main road turned right.  We had lunch at The Jolly Coopers.  We sat on a large table in the back garden.  We were about 10 for lunch.  Fuzz and Ray joined us and Mark and Brian had their picnics.  Ron had to attend to a puncture after eating his sandwiches.

After very nice lunches; we went by road into Hampton Court.  Made our way to Ewell Court Park cafe where we sat outside in the shaded barn for tea.  Sonia joined us shortly after we had arrived.  A nice, relaxing day's ride in the sunshine.


A Group 30th July

Thirteen of us set off from Dorking up to Coldharbour, the only serious hill of the day. A "Road Closed" sign on Abinger Road caused some consternation but fortunately they were only repairing patches which were easily passed. From there it was down to Mole Street towards Walliswood, where Pete Betts punctured, and then through Ellens Green to Rudgwick. My concerns about the ambiguous notes on West Sussex CCs website about road closures proved unfounded and the resurfacing of the road towards The Haven had been completed. No lunch at the Blue Ship today as we turned south to Okehurst and then left to cross the A29 and follow New Road to the Queens Head at Barns Green. Service was swift and portions generous enough to weigh heavily for those opting for a full meal. Departure was delayed when Pete B's front tyre was found to be flat again. The return to Denbies was straightforward through Warnham, Rusper,  Partridge Lane and Roothill. My thanks to Jeff for back marking and to Mark and others for marking corners to speed our progress after the delays.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Group 30th July

A proper Summer's day, not so humid as recently and perfect for cycling.  Brian led us by a pleasing route from elevenses at Dorking to lunch at Barns Green and back to tea at Denbies.  44.67 miles, rolling average 13.6 mph and 2,701 feet of ascent.

An excellent ride.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

A group ride 23/7/14

A reasonable turnout at the Greeno centre today but only 10 ventured out on the A ride. With temperatures expected to reach 30c and a nice breeze the prospect of a pleasant ride was welcome. The older I get the more I seem to like the heat.

Heading North on a slightly circular route through Ashford, Stanwell Moor to Horton and West of Colnbrook to Iver Heath and on past Pinewood Studios, Fulmer and Stoke Common, as we were a tad early I carried on towards Farnham Common and put a loop in through Stoke Wood before arriving back at Stoke Common and lunch at the Fox and Pheasant.

The pub seems to be in a bit of a time warp offering a weekday carvery at £5.95! Needless to say there were takers for that! The rest had a variety of sandwiches which were served quickly.

Up until now the temperature had been moderate but the ride to afternoon tea saw the temperature rise. A slightly different route bought us back passed Pinewood studios and on Iver, Thorney, to West Drayton and a brief stop to look at the Gate House (see below) before continuing to Harlington, Cranford, Heston to tea at the Wyvale garden centre Osterley still with 10 riders! A pleasant change for me with only a mile and a half to home from tea. I hope the rest got home okay.

39 miles from 11's to afternoon tea with a rolling average of 14.00mph.


The Gatehouse, Church Road, West Drayton
Grade 11* Listed Building
The Tudor Gatehouse, circa 1550, along with the walls fronting the houses in Church Road is all that is left of the Manor House that occupied the site. Sir William Paget was Lord of the Manor from 1546 until 1563. In 1587 Elizabeth 1 sequestrated the estate and granted it to Sir Christopher Hatton.

Lunch at the Fox & Pheasant

Afternoon tea
The Gate House West Drayton

Easy Riders - 23rd July

We left Shepperton and made our way over Walton bridge, down by the river and up to the main road.  Went along Walton Road and did a right turn to go into W. Molesey.  We followed through to Hampton Court; then over the bridge and down onto the tow path to Kingston.  From Hampton Wick we took the Lower Teddington road to our lunch stop at Tied End Cottage.  We sat in the shade at the back and enjoyed our lunches. 

For afternoon tea we continued our ride through Bushy Park, over Hampton Court bridge, heading towards Thames Ditton, Long Ditton to Hook.  Back roads of Chessington and onto Ewell Court Park.  Sonia joined us here for an ice cream.   A lovely day for a bike ride.


This represents the route fairly accurately about as far as Thames Ditton

B Ride Wednesday 23 July 2014

Arriving at Virginia Water. Virginia Water was first dammed and flooded in 1753. Until the creation of the great reservoirs, it was the largest man-made body of water in the British Isles.

The Leptis Magna Ruins by Virginia Water, a 'Roman temple' built from columns and lintels brought from the ancient city of Leptis Magna in the early 19th Century.

The group, with our leader extreme right.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

B Group - 23rd July

The map shows the morning ride to Old Windsor (16.1 miles) and the afternoon leg to the Walled garden (13.3 miles)

It was one of the few days in the year when rain coats, arm warmers, gillets and gloves, and all the other layers could be left at home, a proper Summer's day.

21 of us took off from Shepperton but Pete B left us mid-morning to go home and watch the Tour de France from the comfort of his armchair. We rode through Chertsey and Lyne to Virginia Water. We followed the southern shore to Blacknest then headed northwest towards the Polo Grounds where very large marquees were being erected for some forthcoming event. We were halfway across Smith's Lawn when I realised that I had been following the Vic White breakaway group rather than the blue line on my gps unit. An ad-hoc committee convened to argue the merits of carrying on in that direction versus turning back to follow the intended route. As leader I excercised my casting vote and we turned back in order to pass to the south of the Polo Grounds and then the Obelisk Pond. On the Rhododendron Ride we passed vast displays of multi-hued hydrangeas before breaking out through a car park into Wick lane. We zoomed down Crimp Hill and arrived for lunch just after 1 p.m.

We had a very pleasant lunch in the garden at the Fox and Castle. The very friendly and accomodating staff pandered to our every wish and once Bernard had taken the obligatory panoramic photo of the group we dawdled off down Burfield Road afterwards feeling very satisfied with life. I had another reason to be satisfied; Pam had volunteered to lead us to the Walled Garden via Thorpe and Laleham Reach. This was great until Robin punctured. I stopped with him and learned from Pam later that Tony Hooker was attending to his puncture a little way ahead of Robin and I. Ray Wren was dealing with his puncture somewhere further on. And by this stage Pam was outside the Shepperton Post Office dealing with her own puncture. So instead of a fleeting visit by the pesky and almost likeable Puncture Fairy who makes occasional mischief with the A Group, this was one of those rare but utterly malevolent fairys which can strike multiple times. Robin's was a double, front and back and on the front at least it had been caused by a very small thorn. There was broad agreement at Tea that the cause of all this mayhem was all the thorny shrubbery which had been pruned along the Laleham Reach path and left on the path for our benefit. Sadly, Ray was never seen again.

We all enjoyed our refreshment at the Walled Garden before fanning out in all directions to go home.

Leading this ride was a joint effort. Thank you Pam for the afternoon ride. And a really big thankyou to Gill who allowed me to recycle the route she had designed for her ride on the 23rd of April. It was a great route and only occasionally was it noticed that I hadn't done a recce of my own. Thanks also to John Austin for being a very efficient back-marker.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Group Ride Wednesday the 23rd July

Lunch will be at the Fox & Pheasant Stoke Common and afternoon tea at Osterley garden centre.

Although no B group ride has been published on the web there will be a B group ride from Shepperton Greeno centre.

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Group, 16th July 2014

S.W London meets East Sussex at Horsted Keynes
 The Five Wheelmen of the Apocalypse who made it to Horsted Keynes
With apologies to John!

The spirit lives on

The tide was out at Walton-on-the-Hill, (no photographic record), where five convened beside the rapidly evaporating mere to relax, before saddling up for a downhill jaunt to the Tesco Temple of Mammon at Hookwood. After light refreshment, numbers increased by two and reduced by two, Angie to home and Mark to seek out some Surrey Hills before an early lunch. No other hardy souls appeared, to penetrate the wilderness of Middle Sussex and join up with our fellow CTC tribesmen. Perhaps my pre-ride trailer sounded too alarming.

A sextet therefore headed east then south, prudently avoiding the unseasonable mid-summer mire of Stubpond Lane. A steady climb took us up to Top Road at Sharpthorne, followed by a long Toad of Toad Hall downward swoop to Horsted Keynes. In the garden of the Green Man we joined a smallish group from East Sussex to dine well in warm sunshine. Numbers were smaller that anticipated by the pub.

Our return was another steady climb to West Hoathly, followed by busier roads to Turner’s Hill, then quieter lanes via Copthorne and Horley to tea and cake at Reigate Garden Centre. By this time legs were somewhat tired, but the only way home was up, the train proving magnetic for one, while the rest headed homewards up Reigate Hill.

A sunny day and a pleasant ride, though with numbers more reduced than usual for this annual event.


Eddie Cornes

Tony Hooker has given me this piece of bad news:

"After Eddie's fall in Kingston the following day he found that his hand was swollen, he went to A & E they found he had broken his arm in two places his wrist and his elbow and is now in plaster, how did he manage to ride all day! We would all like to wish him a speedy recovery."

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Easy Riders - 16th July

This ride from Kingston to Woodies was led by a committee of Ron, Norman and Mark:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

B Group- 16th July

After a decent morning tea at the Bradbury Centre in Kingston 24 of us headed out on the route which had been planned for us by Peter. Having fallen off a ladder while doing some work on a friend’s garage, and fracturing a bone in his leg, he took care to pass on all the detail for the morning ride to Stephanie, and the afternoon ride to me over a cup of tea. It transpired that Steph, who had undertaken to be back-marker, has had her teaching timetable rearranged so that she can no longer come out on Wednesdays so I ended up with the ingredients for the route and copied them into my gps unit so that I wouldn’t have to rely on my flaky memory.

We took the Cobblers Walk through Bushy Park and after Hampton and Hanworth we passed through Feltham Hill to Ashford. We zigzagged through Staines and after resolving a bit of confusion about the path through a sequence of roundabouts we picked up Liz’s friend Kay who rode for the rest of the day with us. After the smooth tree lined road around the Wraysbury gravel pits we arrived at our lunch venue.

The highlight of the day was The George at Wraysbury where the several members of staff looked after us very well indeed and served all sorts of dishes from their starter and sandwich menus. Despite our large number these were all delivered very quickly. When four of were left in the baking sun at a table with no umbrella they found and assembled a new umbrella and base for us and our brains soon started working again.

After lunch we rode up to Sunnymeads and curved around the Mother of all reservoirs to Colnbrook and Poyle before tangling with the cycle path through the middle of M25/J14. After Stanwell Moor we followed the bit of cycle path down a short stretch of the A3044 with its very messy turn into Park Road. We skirted around the Staines reservoirs and headed through Ashford and beyond.

After Charlton, Peter’s plan was to go directly to Upper Halliford and thence to Squires for Tea. But knowing that we would not have done any great number of miles I decided that we should head for the Walled Garden in Sunbury after a brief detour.  For some time I have intended to point out the house in which J. G. Ballard lived with his family for much of his life. So we detoured down Nutty Lane amidst warnings that this surely wasn’t the way to the Walled Garden. But after the spiral ramps of the bridge over the M3 we arrived in Old Charlton Road and we stopped briefly at the great man’s house. He is probably best known for the novel and movie “Empire of the Sun”, works of fiction that were based on his extraordinary autobiography “Miracles of Life”. “The Kindness of Women” was his semi-autobiographical sequel to “Empire of the Sun”.

This is a photo of him outside the house we saw today. He died in 2009.

One I took in May during a recce

At the Walled Garden I was worried that it might take a while for all 17 of us to be served but Sandra and the staff pulled out the stops for us and we were all seated with our tea, coffee and cake before long, sweltering in the heat but enjoying the tranquillity of the garden.

Thanks to Tony Hooker who kindly accepted the job of back marker and to everyone who helped to prevent people from getting left behind at strange intersections. Thank you to everyone for their cheerful company and above all thanks to Peter for designing the ride and entrusting his plans to me.

Photos are at:


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

B Group - Wednesday 16th - we need a back marker

I will lead B Group from Kingston tomorrow. Unfortunately Peter Carpenter has fallen off a ladder and fractured a bone in his leg and is rather immobile for the time being. We wish him an easy recovery and hope that he will be able to ride with us again in a few weeks time.

Stephanie was intending to be back marker but her school has rearranged her teaching schedule and she will be unable to do it. So I need a back marker for tomorrow. Please let me know if you can do it. No previous experience is necessary!

Peter pretending that he has an excuse for not leading his ride

Saturday, July 12, 2014

16th July - Meet up with E. Sussex CTC

Next Wednesday we have our annual coming together with East Sussex CTC at Horsted Keynes. While designated an 'A' ride in the programme, B riders are very welcome to join in for this annual social lunch with our East Sussex colleagues at the Green Man, proud possessor of a 'Winged Wheel'. Elevenses is at the large Tesco store at Hookwood, with a pretty prompt start at about 11.15am. Mileage should be about 18 miles to lunch and 20 miles to tea. No centuries this week!

As an alternative to starting at North Cheam, you are very welcome to join me at 9.15am on the bench by Walton-on-the-Hill pond, to feed the ducks and enjoy a leisurely amble to Hookwood. If it is raining, I may be in the bus shelter.

There may be a little bit of off-road. When I did the recce, two 4wds baulked at the prospect, so bring your galoshes and choose your mount sensitively. I did have to remove both wheels to regain traction. Rain before Wednesday may demand a plan B, but  no chevrons and a steady haul up to Sharpthorne, with a lovely long swoop down to HK, near the Bluebell Railway.

The amount of mingling over lunch is up to you. It can be a bit like boys and girls from single-sex sixth forms coming together for a dance and lining up on opposite walls. The choice is yours.

After lunch there will be a steady climb back to West Hoathly and a return, with some busy roads, via Turner's Hill, Copthorne, Horley and Lonesome Lane for tea at Reigate Garden Centre. Hopefully the sun will shine upon us.


Gite trip and Dieppe

There was a change of scene for this year’s gite trip with the plan being to stay close to Montreuil- sur-Mer after a Dover-Calais crossing and then riding on to Dieppe afterwards. Sadly Terry was still recuperating so only seven of us went.

Five of us (Pam, Liz, Tony, Brian and Colin) met on Friday June 19 at Lamingtons in Bletchingley for elevenses, meeting Ian at Leigh for lunch before cycling on to Headcorn. From here we took the train past Dover to Martin Mill, avoiding the steep hill and a gentle ride took us back to the hotel where Tim was waiting.

On Saturday, a flat road from Calais to Guînes alongside the canal ended in disappointment when Guînes was devoid of anywhere to buy food but we did stop for refreshments. Here the hills began and the next 16 miles to Desvres sapped the calories but a bakery spared those who stopped. Desvres had a choice of hills , one to the supermarket and one to the town, so we did both. Fortified by the magical combination of chocolate éclairs, fruit tarts and Leffe the next and last hill seemed a mere pimple in spite of adding our shopping to the panniers. Then we were rolling down the valley of the Course towards Montreuil.  The gite was in fact in Aix-en-Issart, a village about 7 miles away with no restaurant and Tony quickly produced vast quantities of spag bol on arrival.

Sunday was a rest day with just a trip into Montreuil for lunch. Cycling began again in earnest on Monday when Tony led us a 60 mile run through country lanes to St Valery sur Somme. Google’s mapping cars get to some unlikely places in France and rewarded us with several stretches of gravel road on the outward run. The puncture fairy which had been following Tony since home struck him twice again with, frustratingly, no obvious cause.

Tuesday finally banished the fairy, thanks to Ian’s supply of everything one could ever need, in this case gaffer tape! The cause was a loose rim tape causing the tube to chafe on the drillouts for the spokes. Tim led us a circular route to Le Touquet for lunch at the beach and back on some of the roads used in this week’s Tour. Our last long ride from the gite was on Wednesday to Azincourt ( Agincourt)  led by Brian. Here our non linguist managed the interesting feat of booking a table for seven at the local brasserie while at the same time being convinced it was closed for lunch and we should look elsewhere!

Thursday was for the inner cyclist ahead of Friday’s ride to Dieppe. A short ride to the Auberge d’Inxent provided a fine lunch followed by a trip to the Beussant chocolate factory. So ended a glorious week of sunny days and no rain.

On Friday, three took the train to Serqueux leaving a gentle ride along the Avenue Verte to Dieppe while Tim led the other four who cycled. The 66 miles turned out to be easier than expected though all the hills were after lunch. We stopped for coffee in the interesting old town of Rue and later dried out in Eu over lunch after some heavy showers.  Our luck then held until the last ten miles where we found ourselves thoroughly soaked in the centre of a thunderstorm.

On Sunday we joined the rest of the Sou’westers in Dieppe for the 100km ride. This followed a clockwise course for the first time in some years and was a most enjoyable route. Finally on Monday, Brian led five along the coast to St Valery en Caux and back.

Gite trip and Dieppe - some photos

Some photos

Friday, July 11, 2014

Easy Riders - 9th July (map)

Mike's ride with the Easy Riders, from Leatherhead to Stamford Green and then to Ewell Court for Tea:

Shoreham Century

Shoreham Century : Thanks Mark!

I'm putting this as a main post rather than a comment, as more will see it.....

Thanks very much Mark for putting in the effort to arrange the series of occasional Challenge Rides. They add great value to the general Wayfarers' experience. It's good you are willing to put in the effort - and good to see it rewarded by a good turnout.

I particularly like the "Designated Back Marker" and "Second man drop at junctions" - together these keep the group rolling and eating up the miles at a good steady pace.

Paul Kelly

Thursday, July 10, 2014

B Group - 9th July

Fifteen of us took off from Leatherhead at 11:15 and turned under the arch into Mill Lane to pass the nature reserve and head along Lower Road through Bookham and Effingham. Calvert Road and Dirtham Lane led to the A246 and thence into Green Dene which is always a joy to ride despite the coolness of the air in the shade of all those trees. From the top we descended Juniper Hill and Combe Bottom then across the A25 into Shere. We followed a fairly direct route along Sandy Lane, Hook Lane and Pursers Lane to Hoe. We followed the ups and downs of Hoe Lane, mostly down, to the Horsham Road for Sutton Abinger then rode up Water Lane and Sutton lane to the Abinger Hatch by Sutton Common. Irene came up to me with a smile and said that during a lifetime of cycling she had never come that way before which I found quite hard to believe.

The weather was kind enough to permit us to sit outside in the sun where we enjoyed our beverages and an assortment of soups and sandwiches and other things from a very decent menu. We were well looked after by the staff who were probably relieved that I didn’t turn up with the 33 people who came on my ride to this pub last year.

I would very much like to go to the Stephan Langton sometime but on this occasion I thought that the haul up to Leith Hill from Friday Street after lunch might finish some people off.  But from the Abinger Hatch this was a gentle climb and further supported my intention that this ride would involve a lot of climbing but over moderate gradients. Although my gps doesn’t yield all the statistics which can be produced by Garmin owners I see from my route plans that the morning ride involved 1241 feet of ascent and 863 feet of descent over 14 miles. The afternoon provided a further 1132 feet of ascent and 1435 feet of descent over 16.4 miles.

After lunch Pam, Gill and Irene left us so that they could collaborate over plans for a ride they are doing soon. This wasn’t prompted by any concern about riding up Leith Hill; Gill said that they went up White Down on their way home. Out of the frying pan and into the fire!

We wound our way to the top and around past Windy Gap and Coldharbour. On the way down towards Dorking nobody overshot the turn into Logmore Lane by any serious margin so we bumped and bobbled our way down this rural lane to Westcott where we crossed the A25 into Westcott Street and along Springfield Road to the cycle path through Milton Court Farm, one of Terry’s little discoveries. After Milton Court Lane Terry took us on another excursion, along Calvert Road which leads off from Ashcombe Road and then over a footbridge, across a corner of a vineyard and through a hole in the shrubbery to descend abruptly onto the A24 cycle path.

Jamie and his colleagues welcomed the six of us who arrived at Bike Beans and served large cups of tea and coffee with good cyclist’s portions of cake while we watched the last half hour of the gruelling ride across the cobbles in northern France.

After Tea four of us took a scenic route towards Chessington via the Ashtead and Epsom Commons then, after the old site of the West Park Hospital, through Horton Country Park.

Many thanks to Terry for riding as back-marker and to everyone for their very good company on a wonderful day out.

~ Tim

More Photos

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Shoreham Centenarians?

 Shoreham The Bridge Inn
That's the easy bit over; now we've got to get home!

  High table and low table - but which is which?
 It was lovely to meet Dave's effervescent wife, Sue, and friend George.

Outside the Bridge Inn, preparing for a windy return

The Shoreham Century

Reasonably sunny at Henfold, and a good turnout, with some welcome visitors to the Wednesday ride.  Twenty-two of us set off at ten thirty, taking advantage of Brian's innovation of an early start.  This worked well, and undoubtedly helped later in the ride.

As we rode down the drive from Henfold Ray was coming in for his elevenses, having come to see us off.  He wasn't riding this year as it was a racing Wednesday, and he needed to save his legs.

On to Newdigate, where Geoff was our first corner marker, a system that definitely helps to keep the group rolling and keeps people on the right road.  On to Rusper, with a short stop to phone the pub, then Faygate, Tower Hill and Grouse Lane.  Another short stop here, to re-group after a mechanical, then South again though Warninglid and Wineham and on to Blackstone.  With a healthy tail-wind we were flying.

At the end of Horn Lane we split into groups of two and three for a safer ride on a couple of miles of busy A road, re-grouping on the roundabout outside Upper Beeding.  A short stretch of gravel track here, taking the South Downs Way over the Adur and then back on the tarmac at Botolphs for a few pretty miles to the foot bridge on the outskirts of Shoreham.  Another re-group, and, learning that Rob had punctured, we decided that the pub would be the best place to wait for him...

We were well served at the Bridge Inn, as usual, with tables outside but out of the wind.  Service was pleasant but a bit varied - complicated dishes like salads seemed to come very slowly, while others came in a trice.  But we were all served in reasonable time, and were pleased to meet Dave's wife Sue, who had come down to meet friends for lunch and to cast an eye over the miscreants that Dave spends his Wednesdays with.

Back on the road and over the splendid new cycle bridge that crosses the harbour, on to Beach Road and into the wind.  Ah.  Passing the Airport it was very strong and right on the nose, and our pace was well down.  But, going through Steyning and up to Partridge Green things weren't so bad.  The hedges helped, and away from the coast the wind might have been a bit less.  It never went away entirely, but it didn't bother us much.

The hills leading to Maplehurst found out some tired legs, and we were glad to be in the Pavilion at Horsham, enjoying tea and cakes.  While we were there, the Internet revealed that Froome had withdrawn from the Tour, which was a big disappointment.  Several riders left the group at this point, making their own ways home.

Climbing to Rusper, then a rolling road to Newdigate where we re-grouped once more.  Helène set the pace from here, with Geoff and Jeff peeling off at Denbies.

Handsomely into Leatherhead, where Mr Wetherspoon took good care of our hydration needs.  73.7 miles Henfold to Leatherhead, rolling average 13.8 mph, 4,238 feet of climbing and 3,302 calories.  Adding in their ride to home mileage a good proportion of the group would have done more than 100 miles.  Congratulations to them all.

My thanks to Paul, Brian and Dave for acting as back markers, and to all of the riders who took a turn as corner markers.  It was a pleasure to undertake a sporting ride with such a capable and companionable group.


Le McTour

I'm setting off today on another ride round the UK coast - starting at Inverness, where I finished last year.  There are hilly stages, there will be rainy stages, windy stages, but probably no sprint stages.  The general aim is to head North until Shetland, ride around a bit, turn round and then go across to the north-west highlands.   If you're interested to follow my progress, I will be continuing a blog:   My apologies for not joining you on the carefully selected Surrey gradients today, or the road to and from Shoreham, but I will see you at the end of the month.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Details of B Group's ride this Wednesday

A sequence of carefully selected gradients in the Surrey Hills comprise the intended route from Leatherhead but there won't be any of the really severe ones we do sometimes. Please ensure that your brakes are in very good order as we will encounter occasional potholes and some gravel and debris during the long descents in the narrow lanes.

Tea should be at Bike Beans so anyone who wants to will have the option of getting there via Little Switzerland, Lodgebottom etc as we often do, but the official ride will go via Leatherhead. After Tea we will probably go through Epsom Common and Horton Country Park towards Chessington and beyond.

- Tim

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Albert Welvaert has died

Terry has received this message from Peter Welvaert to say that his father Albert, a greatly respected club member, has died:

From: Peter Welvaert
Sent: 04 July 2014 11:02
To: terrylowe
Subject: Dad : Albert Welvaert - Member of The Easy Riders, Mid Week Wayfarers

Dear Terry

Very sad to say that Dad, a member for quite a few years, died last Wednesday 2nd in St Peter's Hospital Chertsey.

The funeral will be 10am on 16th July at Holy Family Church, Spinney Oak, Ongar Hill, Addlestone, KT15 1BP and a cremation at 11:45 Randalls Park Crematorium, Randalls Road, Leatherhead, KT22 0AG. Wake to be held at the Church Hall in Addlestone, most likely in two parts due to not all of the people attending the Church going to the Crem.

All are welcome, please pass the word round and if possible let me know what the numbers may be.

Will certainly miss our trips out on the tandem trike even when the back wheel fell off!

All the best,



Saturday, July 05, 2014

The Shoreham Century - Off to the Seaside

Next Wednesday's ride is the Shoreham Century, a summer favourite for the Wayfarers.  Most people know how it works, but for new members here are a few notes.

The Shoreham Century is pretty relaxed in its interpretation of 100 miles.  If you start at North Cheam, the traditional meeting place, and return to there you will have done 100 miles.  Equally, by adding on your home to ride mileage you may well have done 100 miles - or indeed you could do the extra miles you need to make your total, or more.  In the past people have done more than 120 miles.

But this is all up to you.  If you don't feel like doing 100 miles then you don't have to.  If you fancy a ride to the seaside and going home by train that's absolutely fine.  There are stations along the route to make it easy.  The important thing is to have a good day out.

The led ride will start from Henfold Lakes, meeting at 1015 and getting on our way as soon as we're all ready.  Being ready for an early departure is a good idea, as it's a fair way to lunch.  There will be a back marker and the corners will be signalled by outriders.  We'll set a fair pace, but no-one will be dropped.  Lunch will be at the Bridge Inn, Shoreham, outside on the terrace if we're lucky.  We should arrive about 1315.

After lunch, the rules change.  There will still be a led group, but, as people choose to linger a little over lunch (or dip their toes in the sea) it will be less formally run than the ride out.  In the past there have been several grupettos on the way back.

Tea will be at the Horsham Leisure Centre, in the park opposite the station.  It's not a top cafe, but the opening hours are long, which may be important to some.

From Horsham we take familiar roads through Rusper back to Leatherhead, where some take an early supper at Wetherspoons, in the High Street.  It is also a popular place for rehydration.

That's the end of the led ride, enthusiasts can top up their mileage as they choose.

If anyone wants a GPX track or further information, please drop me an email.  Otherwise, I look forward to seeing you at Henfold.


Friday, July 04, 2014

Easy Riders, July 2nd

From Lynda: I led to Thames Ditton  from Cobham.  We went on the old A3 road and turned left down West End.  To the roundabout and up to Esher, and along Ember Road to Summer Road.  Right turn over bridge and had lunch at Ye Old Swan, sitting outside by the river.  We went to Nonsuch Park for ice cream and tea for 3's.  We passed Pam, Liz and Tim going through Long Ditton on our way back.

B Group, 2nd July

Cobham – West Clandon – Leatherhead (Annie’s)

What a lovely day for a ride through English lanes! As some were not yet back from the French trip, I assumed our B group would be smaller than usual. However, I set off from Cobham with just under 25 riders, including Terry – good to see him back from illness and almost back to full fitness and Tony d’Italia also well recovered from his recent fall.

With a target for lunch of West Clandon, some thought the route would be short. However, I had planned a snaking meander through the lanes, taking us up Plough Lane and down Old Lane, then along through The Drift and Long Reach back up to Ockham village, where we proceeded left and back down Ripley Lane to meet the A246 at West Horsley. In the meantime, Robin had punctured, and Terry (up to then my reliable back marker) stayed with him with a couple of others. Pete B and one or two others had also departed during this first stage. 

We then followed the same path as the As, up the persistently steep Shere Road to meet Coombe Lane at the top during which we earned our lunch. Here my plans not to drop anyone went awry. Having left someone to wait for three back markers at the Coombe Lane junction, I took the rest along Coombe Lane and back down the glorious descent of Staple Lane with views all over Surrey and South London. Here Vic and others stopped to admire the view. We re-grouped at the bottom, just over the A246 into East Clandon, where we met Terry, Robin and the rest coming from the opposite direction. We then proceeded via Ripley Road and HMP Send (apparently a closed category women’s prison) back via Clandon Road to West Clandon where the welcome of the Onslow Arms awaited us.

The pub had reserved the garden area for us, where we were also able to put our bikes. Lunch took a long time to order but was delivered quickly and found to be tasty and copious (especially good chips with the sandwiches). On counting my flock over lunch, I discovered there were only 17, which seemed a bit low, and we noticed Bernard was no longer among our number. About 30 minutes after arriving, Bernard pitched up in the garden, having taken a wrong turn at Coombe Lane, descending into Shere and, with little knowledge of the area, having to ask the locals for directions. At that point he was also accompanied by another rider (whose name he didn’t know). Bernard then ascended to Newlands Corner (during which he lost the other rider, although he did wait some time for him at the top – apologies to this person and I hope they got home okay) and descended into West Clandon, adding not many miles to the route but quite a few extra metres of ascent!

We set off at a brisk pace along the A246 through East Clandon and West Horsley, turning down Dirtham Lane at East Horsley and over to Effingham. My original plan was to take tea at a newish café just round the corner from my house in Nork Way (near Banstead). However, as we neared The Vineries at Effingham, it was clear that several people were already wanting tea and cake, and that others were wanting to strike for home once we reached Leatherhead. We left Terry, Vic, Richard and maybe some others at the Vineries and pressed on to Leatherhead where we mounted the High Street and stopped for a welcome break at Annie’s. Sitting outside in the sunshine, it seemed the best way to spend a summer’s day. An approximate mileage of 18 from elevenses to lunch and 10 from lunch to tea gave me a round total of 46 when I arrived home. 


David Salmon - funeral arrangements

Lynda received the sad news from Wendy Salmon last week that David Salmon has passed away last week after a lengthy illness with cancer.  Both Wendy and David have been regular cyclists with the Wayfarers over past years.

There will be two funeral services on this Monday, 7th July:
  • 10am    South West Middlesex Crematorium.   Hanworth TW13 5JH
  • 11.30am Thanksgiving Service at Hampton Methodist Church, Percy Road, TW12 2JT
Brian B. has offered to lead from Kingston Bridge.  About 9.15am.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Dieppe Raid 2014

Disembarking the ferry, with welcome goody bags
I will leave it to someone else to report on a very enjoyable ride around Dieppe, but thought you might like to see these photos which were put up on the Dieppe Raid facebook page.

Group photo after the welcome reception at that very popular chain of French hotels, Hotel de Ville.
Table groaning under the weight of trophies
I think this says "the best team won"

A Group, 2nd July

The Punchbowl

 Simon and disciples, looking on the bright side of life