Wednesday, August 31, 2016

31st August. A Group ride from Effingham Vineries

Today saw a 20+ A Group turnout for an end of summer ride - and nice to see two of our female riders joining what is always a male dominated group. With lunch menu choices made we set off for Okewood Hill, via Ranmore Common, White Downs, Abinger Common, and Leith Hill. Skirting Ewhurst along North Breach Lane and Sommersbury Lane we reached the Punchbowl Inn on the dot of 1.00pm. Seats were reserved in the pergola - and our pre-orders were soon dispatched.

After lunch we tackled the fickle road surface of Weare St - with potholes now edged in white! Following the familiar roads north via Capel, Newdigate and Henfold we all looked forward to the last climb of the day - Box Hill, and the National Trust cafe for tea.

There was general agreement that a hill-top finish was appropriate for a summer ride - especially as Simon's photos demonstrate most had saved their climbing legs for the final push! Thirteen reached the tea stop, with ice-cream a welcome addition to tea and cakes.

Thanks for Mike Barrett for back-marking and photos courtesy of Geoff and Simon. A good turnout - ridden at a nice pace resulting in a early finish!

Wednesday 31st August - The Downhill Ride

Having been handed the baton by Tony Hooker - who was characteristically engaged on endeavours to attain the summit of a mountain in Scotland - I decided to try and find a leisurely route suitable for what might have been a blistering last day of August.   Effingham was a wonderful starting point, as of course once we had ascended Dirtem Lane onto the A246 there were so many downhill routes to choose.   My criteria was a slow descent of some length to enable maximum enjoyment of the surrounding countryside.  So off we sailed down Ripley Lane enjoying the cottage gardens and even having breath to engage in conversation.  We crossed straight through Ripley and onward through the more open landscapes of the floodplains of the Wey to West Byfleet where we joined the Basingstoke Canal.   What a wonderful green corridor it is, passing so close to the centre of Woking, but quiet and peaceful.   Ascending through Horsell Common and onto the Red Lion for lunch.  Food was served promptly as it had all be pre-ordered and we were soon on our way again.   Rounding the corner from the Red Lion we began our second long descent down Staple Hill and Longcross, though we did stop at the top of Staple Hill for photos.  Through Lyne and Almers road.   Thanks to Irene for navigating through the park NC4 at Chertsey before waving goodbye to us at Chertsey Bridge.  Then a straight dash for tea at the Walled Garden.   Thanks so much to Tim for backmarking  (the benefits of GPS on the towpath are noted)  and to all the rest of the happy bunch who joined me.  

B Group - 31st August

Steph's ride to the Red Lion, 19.7 miles to lunch and 12.5 to the Walled garden
At 227 feet above sea level at the top of Staple Hill 
(The photo above was a combined effort ;-)

Our leader in the Walled Garden

A Group 31st August

A little cooler, but still Summer for Ged's ride today.  37.1 miles from elevenses at The Vineries to tea on Box Hill.  Al fresco lunch at the Punchbowl, now part of the 'Time Well Spent' group.

A good brisk run with a pleasing hilltop finish.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Wednesday 31st August
We will be heading for the Red Lion at Chobham.  If you are riding with the Bs please make yourself known to me at elevenses so you can choose your lunch.   Thanks Steph 

31st August - A Group ride from Effingham.

We'll be heading south on familiar roads - and a few gentle climbs, to lunch at the Punchbowl Inn, Okewood Hill, (Ockley). This pub has recently changed hands, and the new landlord wants advanced menu choices, so I'll be pestering you at elevenses. Tea, atop Box Hill, so save your climbing legs for the afternoon.

New Webiste

Now that the new website is live it should be pointed out that although input came from Tim, Paula, myself and a few others all the hard work has been done by Simon! Countless changes and re-writes to get it to this stage and all an unpaid thankless undertaking A very well done Simon and thank you.


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Midweek Wayfarers CTC: New website - coming soon

Midweek Wayfarers CTC: New website - coming soon

Nice website. Many thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to make this a success.

Friday, August 26, 2016

New website - coming soon

The new website will go live in a few days:  it will still have the same contents (rides lists, blogs, etc) but it now looks like this:

You may remember that we had to change as Google are no longer providing the old website hosting service.  The website was built by a team of Tony Hopkins, Tim Court, Graham Hill and Simon Lambourn.   A dozen or more people have tested it and given us valuable feedback, but there are probably still a few gremlins - please do let us know if you spot problems, and bear with us while we sort things out.  

(Tip: If you can't get to the new site at all, try pressing F5 or Ctrl-F5 to refresh your browser before despairing!)

B Group - 24th August

The weather forecast was hot and sunny. This turned out to be exactly right. We assembled at Weybridge Day Centre for elevenses.

Fifteen riders were up for the ride and set off. The planned route was to go to Old Windsor, via Addlestone, Virginia Water, through Windsor Great Park, and exit the park at Bishopsgate and then to the Fox and Castle in Old Windsor. We followed the route ok and stopped at the Fox and Castle for lunch.

The route took us past the lake at Virginia Water, on the south side where you get splendid views across the lake. There is also a waterfall (not much coming over it on that day) and a ruined Greek temple, then we went past the Guards’ Polo Club in Windsor Great Park (there wasn’t time to call in).  

The meals and at the Fox and Castle were good but the service was a bit slow because they had a lot of customers that day. However, on the whole they managed very well. There was also a good choice of beers and lagers. The Wayfarers had been there before.

During lunch, the weather got seriously hot. The route during the afternoon was intended to be Englefield Green, Virginia Water, Trumps Green, Flutters Hill, Fox Hills, Ottershaw, Addlestone, and New Haw. Unfortunately, the group got separated between Englefield Green and Virginia Water. However, the leading part of the group completed the intended route and we broke for tea at a garden centre in New Haw.  

Finally, I am grateful to Dave Ward who backed-up for us on the ride before lunch, and Tony Hooker who marshalled mid-field. Getting good back-up and marshalling support is essential for a successful ride. The separation which occurred during the afternoon was the responsibility of the leader who should have ensured that the replacement back-up was sufficiently briefed on the intended route.     

Peter Carpenter


While the rest of us were rehydrating and taking refuge in the shade on the verandah around the back Steph snapped the profusion of blossom in the front garden.

Note that the afternoon route shown here is different from the official one
~ Tim

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Easy Riders - 24th August

Weybridge to Stoke d’ Abernon
What a hot day to do a bike ride but never daunted off we set; 8 left Weybridge to make for The Plough at Stoke d’ Abernon via Cobham.
After Lunch everyone decided to make for home.  Thank you all and for Brian being T.E.C.

A Group 24 Aug - Weybridge-Windlesham-Weybridge

A good turnout at Weybridge meant seventeen riders set off in the hot sunshine, via Addlestone and along Stonehill Road to a near-miss with Chobham.  The direct route to Windlesham would have been ten miles but we weren't going that way.   South to Horsell Common and then across to Bisley and Brookwood before following the railway line to Deepcut, where there is a steady climb up the Chobham Ridges to 123 metres - it felt more in the heat.  A long downhill along Red Road to Lightwater and we arrived at the Sun in the sunshine, hot and thirsty.  

The Sun had been worried about catering for us due to being short-staffed, and even asked me to postpone our visit, but were reassured by promises that most of us would have sandwiches and we would pre-order our food.   Some of the food turned up before we had ordered our drinks - and we all enjoyed good food at very reasonable prices, most opting to sit inside with a few mad dogs, or were they Englishmen, risking the noonday sun.   Most of the morning's route was shaded by trees, but less so in the afternoon as we braved the badlands of South Ascot, Sunningdale and Wentworth on our way back to Chertsey and the newly opened café at Walton Bridge, where we met a dozen or so West Surrey CTC riders returning from a towpath ride to Richmond Park.  

Not a very hilly ride at 1424 feet of ascent, but we covered 41 miles and still arrived back for tea around 3.30, thanks to excellent corner marking.  Thanks to all for your company, and especially to Mike Barrett for back-marking.

A Canterbury Tale

A few days ago I was fiddling around in my workshop, and my old Lynskey caught my eye.  It was fitted with the tyres and wheels that I had bought for Flanders, and looked, well, purposeful.  What it needed was a decent ride...

Thinking it over, I decided that the Pilgrims Way would be a good target - some lanes, some track and very little traffic.  I've had a look at parts of it a few times over the years, but have never ridden the whole thing.

Taking a look at maps, and then at some of the standard literature on the topic, I decided that the 'whole thing' was a bit of a stretch.  The standard work on the Pilgrims Way is Belloc's 'The Old Road' of 1910.  It's a nice book, and a good read, but a critical look at maps, and particularly satellite images, gives plenty of scope for debate.  Belloc asserts a route from Winchester to Canterbury; satellites support Farnham to Canterbury, the western part being pretty diffuse.  From Farnham to Reigate you can see bits and pieces, but from there on it becomes more and more continuous, so that made part of my choice.

In essence it's an ancient trackway, with carbon dating evidence in places going back to about 400AD.  The bit that concerns me is a 'sill road', running along the lower edge of the chalk escarpment above the cultivated (or cultivatable) land below.  Spring Bottom Way is part of it, landscaping for the Titsey estate interrupts it, then it's the Pilgrims Way from there most of the way to Charing, with gaps every now and then for Chevening and so on.  So I decided to start at Titsey, which is handy for me.

For several miles the route is a pleasant country lane, but quite suddenly, just past Chevening, a little piece of the real thing appears.  Just a hundred yards or so, but a great indicator of things to come - and, indeed, how things were.

The surface is chalk, or chalky, trodden smooth by thousands of pairs of feet.  It's a bridleway, but there's not a great deal of evidence of horse traffic, and the overhanging trees would make it uncongenial to ride on any but the smallest horse.  There's not much sign of wheeled traffic, either - wheels make grooves, and the only grooves are the occasional trenches made by tractors.  But, on a dry day, it's great to walk or cycle - the wetter its gets, the worse it will be.  Damp chalk is slippery, the tractor trenches will fill with water, so it's a ride for a dry summer's day.

On into Kent, on a combination of lanes and increasing stretches of old track.  It's easy to follow and enjoyable to ride.  The first major obstacle in the route is the crossing of the Medway, a wide valley, marshy in parts.  Maps and satellite images show four regular crossing routes, North to the bridge at Rochester, South to the ford, later a bridge, at Aylesford, or two crossings by ferry at Upper Haling and Snodland.  The Upper Haling ferry survived until the 1960s, but there are no ferries now, so I went for the bridge at Aylesford.  It's a pretty, ancient bridge, now closed to motor traffic, and a road runs from Aylesford back up to the track on the hillside.  For most of its length it is fairly flat, rolling along between the 300' and 500' contours.

The next part is excellent riding; mostly track, interspersed with quiet lanes.  I saw very few cars, a handful of pilgrims and loads of partridges.

Just North of Charing I elected to leave the track and to take to country lanes.  It looked to me as if the ancient track passed Charing and then turned over the hill towards Canterbury.  Certainly, that's what the A252 does, and I had no particular desire to ride on it.  So, a wiggle through some very pretty lanes followed by a bit of cycleway led me through the city walls into Canterbury.  

I asked a passer-by to take a photo of me, just about where Tommy Godwin stood in 1939 - I've put a snap of him in the archway.  Then it was time for lunch, in the Buttermarket Square.

Getting back was easy - trains from Canterbury go either to Redhill, and thence to Dorking, or to direct from Canterbury to Victoria, so a couple of hours later I was back home delighting Maggie with the wonders I had seen.

A good ride for a dry day - 60 miles from Titsey to Canterbury.  I made about 12 mph, more on the lanes and less on the tracks. You need nothing special in the way of bike, and I've got a gpx track for any who are interested in the detail.


Monday, August 22, 2016

A group ride 24 Aug

We will leave Weybridge and wend our way through the woods to Windlesham (The Sun) where we'll wolf down their wares, weturning to Walton.   Warning: weather will be warm, so bring water!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Advance warning: website changes

At the end of August our current website hosting facility will be withdrawn, so the website will change.    Three things you should know:

  1. The website address will be the same
  2. The website will have the same contents - blogs, rides lists, etc
  3. It will look different, and things will be in different places
We hope you like the new site, which will appear in a couple of weeks.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Easy Riders - 17th August

Ashtead: Bike Beans café. -  Marquis of Granby, Scilly Isles.

Well I thought I was leading the ‘C’ group but once I arrived bringing two ‘B s’ with me another 5 ‘B s’ turned up plus the reason I was there 4 ‘C s’ turned up plus quite a few more just for the coffee.  We finally left at 11.30 am to Leatherhead where Brian decided he would like to take advantage of the lovely weather and do a longer ride to Denbies.  We continued to Stoke d’Abernon, right into Blundells Lane to Birds Hill Estate, right & left to New Road (completely dry) to Claygate, Coverts road, Church Road, Oaken Lane, left Littleworth Road & right on Littleworth common where again as dry as concrete, over traffic lights to Pub where everyone enjoyed lunch in the ample gardens.

After lunch I put tea to the vote it was decided ice cream in Bushy Park,  so thank you everyone.  I see Lynda is having lovely weather at the Birthday rides lets hope they miss the deluge that is coming Friday & Saturday.

Thank you to Dave Ward for being a great  T.E.C.


17 Aug - A Group - Caterham to Knockholt

A lovely summer's day and a large group gathered in the sun in Caterham. After a short wait for the late arrivers, sixteen of us set off eastwards down Burntwood Lane, across the A22, and up through the grounds of Woldingham School.

This provided a sudden change from the busy roads of suburbia to quiet country roads which were to last for most of the rest of the ride. Beyond the school the road has been re-surfaced which brought us to Gangers Hill before the leader had woken up and warned everyone of the sharp left turn up the hill. Apologies to all who suffered.

As the lunch venue was now only 8 miles distant a few meanders were taken from the direct route to work up an appetite.

First to Chelsham and then up Beddlestead Lane. At the start of the rise there is now a col marker in memory of a local cyclist who died recently aged 52 (photo courtesy of Simon).

Then around Tatsfield and over to Cudham before arriving at The Three Horseshoes, Knockholt. After a warm welcome and cold re-hydration most ordered from a wide range of baguettes although a few went for their famous pies. More sitting in the sun ensued.

After lunch we descended Sundridge Hill and then cycled along the Pilgrims Way before climbing back up to the ridge. Here we met Ian and Ed ,on their way home from the B group ride with tales of Toy's Hill - too far and too steep for us on a hot day!

Tea was taken at Woldingham Garden Centre, again sitting in the sun, before we all headed home - most eschewing Burntwood Lane for the flatter back street routes via Purley.

A ride of quality over quantity with only 21 miles to lunch and 12 after.

Thanks to all, especially Colin for back marking and all the corner markers.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

B Group - 17th August

The B ride had been planned so that it would take us further east than the B group had been for quite a while. In fact for many of the riders we were covering new ground. The weather was fabulous and we made our way east along the North Downs ridge.

We made it down the inappropriately named ‘Avenue’ with its gravel, large stones, hollows and fallen tree, truly a ‘technical’ descent. Once we had crossed the A25 we climbed up to Toy’s Hill for a pleasant lunch at the Fox and Hounds. We then made our way westwards back towards Bletchingley, Redhill and via Wray Lane to the summit of Reigate Hill.

In total we climbed 2623 feet. Well done and thank you to the ten riders who took part, especially the final five to make it to Reigate Hill and to Tim G. for back marking.

John A.

10 opinions about how to get around a tree blocking the road
A nice pub with good sandwiches
John A (leader) with Tim G (Back Marker)
16.4 miles to Lunch, 19.5 miles to Tea
John's Ups and Downs

A glorious day out to Southwold today

Wish you were here,

from Wayfarers at the Birthday Rides in Framlingham.

~ Steph

Friday, August 12, 2016

A Group - August 10th

It seems that people ( mostly) do read the blog and more had arrived at Hookwood ny 1030 than we had in total last year. Eventually there were 14 of us setting off for Horsted Keynes , the largest group for a few years and it was good to see so many turn out.

Outward we followed the same route as last year, leaving Horley along Haroldslea to Smallfield and then Bones Lane and the A22 to Felbridge where the traffic gets heavier every year. We were soon back on country roads to Saint Hill and then a left for the long drag up Legsheath Lane. Hindleap Lane produced no deer to scare us this year though the ford at the bottom of Twyford Lane surprised a few fast descenders.

A good lunch and chat with the E Sussex followed on the green outside the Green Man. The food flowed steadily from the kitchen but with so many of us it was 2.30 before we left.

We quickly turned right down Church Lane to take the Sussex Border Path to Broadhurst Manor. My "benign" bit of offroad did start with quite a steep descent which some felt was not quite as advertised but we were soon on the flat track by the fishing lakes. From here the return tt Brockham was fairly direct through Turners Hill, Copthorne, Shipley Bridge and Horley. Eigth of us stopped at the Strood Green Shop and Cafe for tea where excellent cake and copious amounts of tea were served. A plaque on the wall remembered the work of the Beecham laboratories which used to be sited in Brockham.
Thanks to Colin for back marking and to all the corner markers.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

B Group - 10th August

When I arrived at Elleray Hall and met Tim he mentioned that the rides from Teddington are normally well attended, well he was certainly right!

25 of us left the hall and proceeded to pass through Bushy Park, over Hampton Court Bridge and on to Box Hill by way of Thames Ditton, Chessington, Epsom and Headley. On the way some decided to make their own way to the pub for lunch, Ed had a puncture and was OK for us to go on so our numbers were a little reduced by the time we arrived at the Running Horses in Mickleham having joyfully negotiated the climb up ‘Box’ and then the decent via the hair-pin bends.

We arrived a little later than usual at the pub but the staff were more than happy with that as they had said the pub was very busy so when we got there we were able to have their attention, the food being served promptly.

I decided to adjust the route to ensure we would be in time for tea so whilst some again decided to make their own way from the lunch stop the remaining riders climbed up ‘Little Switzerland’ on to Leatherhead and then to Epsom Common. We arrived at The Old Moat at 3.45pm, just in time for tea and cakes or scones.

The weather was great and the company the same.

As always, thanks to Jennie for back marking and all the very important corner markers.


David and Jennie played a trick on anyone who might have been expecting our ride from Teddington to be a flat one. There were several ups and downs including one of the most enjoyable assaults on Box Hill we have made for a very long time.

 ~ Tim

A Group 10th August

Brian led us on the annual pilgrimage to Horsted Keynes, to meet our friends from the East Sussex CTC and, as it happened, a number of other CTC riders.  A pleasant lunch on the green outside the pub, resplendent with its Winged Wheel plaque, of which the landlord is proud.

Back to Strood Green for tea, good cakes again on the green, and, thanks to the miracle of the internet, we were able to watch Chris Froome win his bronze medal.

42.5 miles elevenses to tea - a good summer's day.


Monday, August 08, 2016

B Group ride - 10th August

After all the hills of last week Wednesday’s ride will hopefully pose no problems,
20 miles to do before lunch, including Box Hill, at The Running Horses in Mickleham. Only 13 miles to tea at The Old Moat, opposite Horton Country Park, but it is more ‘lumpy’ than the morning session.

A prompt start at 11.00am please, nearly all on road and the weather I’ve seen looks OK.

Looking forward to it.


Friday, August 05, 2016

A ride to Horsted Keynes Aug 10

A long ride for those who live north of the river but it would be good to see a reasonable turnout to meet the East Sussex CTC. We will be meeting at Tesco Hookwood about 1030. Since we wont be huge numbers lets meet in the coffee bar just inside the entrance ( well it was last year) rather than the cafe upstairs ( I will check upstairs for the bacon sarnie addicts).

Please dont underestimate the time to get to Hookwood ( on the outskirts of Gatwick/Horley). We need to leave at 11 to give us a relaxed ride to lunch. 19 miles to lunch and then a new route back. With Fanny's closed I'm going to come back through Horley and assuming modest numbers stop at the shop/cafe in Strood Green near Brockham ( 23 miles). If the weather stays kind there will be a short, worthwhile and fairly benign offroad section just after lunch. Fishermen take their cars along it though admittedly their tyres are wider than ours.

For those who think its a long way then the return route and tea stop make it possible to train it home from either Horley (to Clapham Junction via E Croydon) or from Dorking.

A Group, 3 Aug 2016

A lovely route from Jeff on Wednesday: we are pleased to have you back as a leader Jeff!

Thursday, August 04, 2016

A Group, 3 July, 2016

Cobham - Rowhook - Denbies 

A chequered peloton
 A hiccup having imposed an unwelcome hiatus in my weekly cyclotherapy, it must be more than twelve months since I last led an A Group ride. My thanks to Brian for taking a gamble! The group has some new faces and is impressively strong. I therefore thought that I should plot a modest, pancake ride, as flat as possible. So a chevron-free ride it was. Within one mile of leaving Cobham, I was having to fight off sympathetic offers to take the headwind. This did not sound too promising. With a bigger group than I am used to, we were soon obstructing traffic on Downside Road. Oh dear! Are we going that slowly? Let's have some gaps and remember our Ride Guidelines. Where is Company Sergeant Major Barratt to drill us?
Soon I caused a flutter by improvising a diversion along The Drift, to take us to West Horsley and Shere Lane, rather than East Horsley and Chalk Lane. No matter. Both have an upward angle of inclination. Then it was down Coombe Bottom, impeded by timid motorists. They shouldn't be allowed on the roads. Soon through Shere to Burrows X, then S down Lawbrook Lane, past The Windmill and Pitch Hill to Ewhurst. A few flat miles direttissima due S along Horsham Road soon brought us to our lunch stop, the Chequers Inn at Rowhook, with not a drop of sweat to be seen on any brow. Although a baguette-free zone, the ciabattas were pretty good and worth waiting for, as we dined on the front porch.

After a languid lunch, the question was: where now? Downhill of course, down Rowhook Hill to Slaughter Bridge, Strood Lane and Warnham, where we were briefly truncated at the level crossing. From here, the Group was on automatic pilot. North now through Langhurst and Cripplegate to Clarks Green, Capel, Newdigate and the familiar potholes of Henfold Lane and Punchbowl Lane to the traditional watering-hole of Denbies, where we found the B Group, already slaking their thirst and whetting their appetite for cake. We were not slow to follow their example, before soon heading homewards on a warm and breezy evening. Our distance from elevenses to tea was a modest 50 miles.

It was a pleasure once again to enjoy the leader's privilege of being at the front. I do hope that the pace was not too geriatric or pedestrian. No Garmin maps, I fear, as I rely on what is left of the old grey matter. My thanks to the patient peloton, the willing corner-markers and to Brian as TEC for efficiently keeping head and tail in touch.


B Group - 3rd August

Sixteen keen B Group riders departed from the RBL soon after 11:00 and thanks to meticulous regulation of our well synchronised collective cadence we all turned into the driveway of the Park Hatch just as the clock struck one. A miracle really, given the roly-poly terrain we had to negotiate to get there.

We rode directly to East Horsley then up Chalk Lane to join Green Dene. We do this frequently but it is always a pleasure to ride on these roads. After descending Juniper Hill we crossed the A246 to Shere then up to the top where we turned off through Brook towards Farley Green. A gentle but persistent climb followed, up through Winterfold Wood and across the Heath, before dropping down to Smithwood Common. It's hard to know why we in B Group never take this beautiful route; I think it's an old favourite for Cheam and Morden.

We sat outside in the garden at the Park Hatch and most had sandwiches, something they do well at this pub. We watched while part of the garden was being excavated to build the foundations for an extension to the pub.

We made our way to Ewhurst and turned North to climb the first of the afternoon hills, up to the Duke of Kent School before enjoying the road up the valley through Hurtwood to Peaslake. Further along the road we took Hoe Lane, up and over, through to Sutton Abinger and into Raikes Lane.

At the A25 Robin and the Tonys opted to take the direct route into Dorking while the rest of us carried on up the hill to pick up the muddy track known as NCN Route 22 where we carried our bikes around some big puddles to reach a more rideable stretch of the track and the Balchins Lane route.

Several of us stopped for Tea at Denbies where we managed to squeeze into the queue for cake and coffee just ahead of a large contingent of Jeff's A Group.

Many thanks to Terry for back-marking, to several who marked corners, and many thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the day.

~ Tim

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Pru 100 2016

I do not wish to block any MWW activity posts but just to let you know I finished on Sunday but in many ways it was a night mare. Apart from many accidents much of the hold-ups was due to riders that cannot climb hills get off their bikes, don't keep to the left to let more experienced riders through. I shall be complaining to the organisers and may not ride this event again unless a better screening/streaming process is introduced.

Taken after the finish at the Golden Lion where refreshments were provided by the Hospice movement. Did anyone else from MWW ride?

Wee Willie Winkie, whither shalt thou wander?

A Group
The intention is to head due south from Cobham and not stop until we reach the Chequers Inn at Rowhook.   Good food and beer, which has to be earned with a certain amount of gentle climbing. You may find that the ride-rusty 'leader' is simultaneously the TEC. He may therefore need a dedicated band of Sky-worthy team-mates, ready to sacrifice themselves to shepherd him up the inclines. DV tea will be at Dorking.


Monday, August 01, 2016

Advice for B Group ride this Wednesday

It will help if we can get away from the RBL very soon after 11:00.

Both the morning and afternoon rides will involve some hills. Please ensure that your brakes are in good order as we will be coming down some steep lanes with a certain amount of debris and the odd pothole. Remember to descend with care and not too close to the person in front of you. During the uphill stretches allow vehicles to overtake whenever it is reasonable to do so.

Lunch will be in Cranleigh and Tea will be at Denbies. On the way back to Dorking in the afternoon, when we ride along Raikes Lane and arrive at the A25 the official ride will carry on across the intersection, up the hill to join Route 22. This is a rough track so anyone not wanting to go that way can simply ride along the A25 for 1.8 miles and turn into Balchins Lane for the back route into Dorking, or else just ride along the A25 into Dorking and up to Denbies.

I'm optimistic about the weather.

~ Tim