Friday, May 31, 2019
Thursday, May 30, 2019
A couple of matters I'd like to bring up.
Firstly, a client of the Day Centre had difficultly manoeuvring his mobility scooter up the entrance ramp due to bikes secured to the railings. I appreciate it's handy to lock bikes to the rails, but this shouldn't prejudice essential access. I've contacted the Day Centre Manager to apologise for the inconvenience caused, and hopefully we'll try to secure a better arrangement in the future.
Secondly, as Hans's report indicates, we had a frustrating run home from Little Kingshill due largely to the absence of a corner marker at a very busy, critical, 4 exit roundabout. A puncture soon after compounded the difficulty, resulting in an already much-delayed return being extended way beyond normal timings.
So I would like to remind Wayfarers about Ride Guidelines - found on the CTC South West London Information Hub, particularly the guidelines found in Ride Leader / Back Marker Guidelines. As it says, corner markers should to mark the turn 'until they are confident they have seen the back marker'.
It is also good practice for all of us to swap mobile numbers, not just back marker and leader. Using live location on Whats App may also help to pinpoint anyone stranded and enable quicker regrouping. To be explored!
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Monday, May 27, 2019
Tour of the Hills, which takes place on Sunday 18 August this year, starting 9.45 from Shere Village Hall (near Guildford).
The Tour of the Hills is an Audax event organised by West Surrey CTC and is the club’s most popular annual cycling event. This year will be our 38th year running the event and we look forward to welcoming even more riders from all over the South East (and beyond) to enjoy what the roads of Surrey Hills can throw at you.
In case you need reminding, the Tour is a 115km route and takes in 2,300 metres of steep ascent on 14 major climbs including Box Hill, White Down, Greendene, Coombe Bottom, Winterfold Hill, Leith Hill and the infamous Barhatch Lane. (For comparison, the main routes up Ventoux involve barely 1,600 metres ascent!) Many club riders find this an irresistible challenge, and a great day out.
To soften the assault on the legs, and make for more of a fun day out with your cycling mates, entrants should have over 100 other riders to share the experience with, regular controls staffed by friendly marshals doling out plentiful supplies of water and jelly babies (if you're lucky), not to mention generous helpings of home-prepared food at the beginning, middle and end of the ride. The number of riders who compliment us each year on our carefully chosen, nutritionally appropriate food speaks volumes about the effort we take to ensure everyone is well fed and watered. And all this comes at an entry price of just £8 for Cycling UK, Audax and British Cycling members (£11 for non-members).
I hope you can share information about our event with members of your club. I’m attaching a pdf file containing at-a-glance details. Full details and entry instructions can be found at:
Saturday, May 25, 2019
We shall be heading North West to lunch at the Rising Sun, Hurley, a few small lumps and bumps along the way but nothing too strenuous.
I have been asked if we can pre-order to make things easy for us and the pub. Please see the attached menu and email me with your menu choice ASAP email@example.com
Sun Pub Hurley Menu
Friday, May 24, 2019
After 18 miles, we arrived at our lunch stop, The Scarlett Arms at 12.50pm, where we sat in the garden enjoying the early summer weather. Service at the pub was swift, the food was good, particularly enjoyed by John Bassett who had the Chicken and Leek pie.
Fed and watered, we left the pub before 2 o’clock, which was great as we had 21 miles to do before afternoon tea, which we decided to change to the Headley Village Tea Room.
Forest Green, Ockley, Capel and Newdigate, along well known roads, at the latter we took Henfold Lane, where incidentally we saw the Alternative A ride going in the opposite direction; this caused us to climb up Punch Bowl Lane.
This latter was also a prelude to climbing up and over Box Hill; that achieved we crossed the Headley Common and onto the Tea room for well-earned teas or coffee and of course cakes, Victoria Sandwich and Apple Cake. It was so warm and peaceful sitting outside that really, none of the nine that had stopped wanted to leave.
Thanks to those that marked corners that enabled the ride to keep moving along at literally just under the 10mph mark, and also to David J for back marking.
Going into Horley the route originally from Mark went under the railway lines to the right, Brian suggested we try it out, on the other side the High Street had road works that appeared to indicate that it was being converted to a pedestrian area.
For the day of the Trivets ride after talking with Mark it would be best to continue along Station Approach and turn right over the bridge, passing the station on the left then entering Victoria Road, a familiar route when going to Weth'spoons.
There is also a small diversion through an estate but my suggestion is that we continue on Vicarage Lane and turn left at Lee Street, this again is a familiar route to most groups.
We followed on the designated route and ended up back at Brockham for lunch at The Royal Oak, food quickly served and tasted good.
OK, after lunch it was down to five of us to ride out the West route, road surface along Old School Lane a bit patchy around the farm area but this is soon past, we continued on the route as far as the Horsham Road and decided we would turn right to Walliswood, into Standen Lane, Mole Street.
We thought better than to go over Leith Hill and turned right on Forest Green Lane to Capel, Newdigate, Shelwood Cross and the familiar route to Strood Green where we stopped for tea.
I would like to say thank you to those that joined me on the ride, Brian G, Peter B, Alan I, Ken D, Dave F, Geoffrey S and Patrick W.
A good ride and good company
PS thanks to Mark for the route
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
I have informed Janice that I will not be on her ride, I will instead be checking out the Trivets 100k routes, if any As would like to join they are most welcome. 10.30 leaving Dorking to ride for start at Brockham.
Lunch not arranged but will be at Brockham, the routes are on the website provided by Mark.
Monday, May 20, 2019
Sunday, May 19, 2019
The answer is quite a lot! Our committee in April looked at your responses and, without making any formal decisions, thought it was worth pursuing. (An extract from the report, updated, is included below).
We've already had two longer rides in April and May. Now it's time for a longer - and faster-paced ride. The full details are included in the announcement for the 22nd May A Group ride from Dorking below.
Saturday, May 18, 2019
However she won't be at Dorking this coming Wednesday (22nd) to deliver it to anyone.
She will be in Datchet for elevenses on the 29th so if you will be riding with B Group on that day and would like her to bring your new kit with her please contact her first.
For everyone else she will bring all the new kit to Cobham on 5th June.
Our lunch stop was at The Kings Head Roehampton. 23 enjoyed their meal, the service being good.
Fully charged we continued down past Wimbledon Tennis Club across Wimbledon Common, through Richmond Park, across the Thames at Teddington and on to our tea stop at Hampton Court Palace; by then our numbers were down to ten.
Thanks to John for back marking and the corner markers.
(29 miles, Elevenses to Tea)
|On the Grand Union Canal, heading towards Brentford|
Friday, May 17, 2019
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
|Tea at Newlands Corner.|
|Lunch - surrounded by pigeon lofts enclosing the pub patio.|
|Some of the 16 at the Lion Brewery.|
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Monday, May 13, 2019
About 24 miles to lunch, and 25 miles to tea.
Two off-road sections - the Hogs Back into Guildford, and the old drove road into Newlands Corner. (Both drying-out nicely and do-able on slicks).
If we're quick we'll see the Giro at the Giro - but the pros are only doing 140k from Frascati to Terracina on Stage 5, so they may have finished before we get our cuppa.
Prompt start from Elleray Hall please.