“The West Surrey Cyclist” - April - June 2003

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Contents:

Front cover - very similar to previous issue
Inner  front cover - West Surrey CTC District Association - the same as in the previous issue except that John Ostrom (Paragons) 01483 726292 has replaced the late Jim Cheatham as a Midweek Wayfarers ride leader.
Editorial front matter - as in previous issue
Riding Around - with the Editor
With a Little Bit of Help From My Friends - by Ian McGregor
Safety and Courtesy in Group Riding - by Roy Banks and Harold Coleman
Get the Magazine Delivered for £3 a Year
Bike New York 25th Anniversay - by Bob McLeod
Reliability Ride - 27 April 2003
Jim Cheatham - 1933-2002 - by Richard Ellis
Postscript by Barbara Cheatham
Campaigning and the Right to Ride
Surrey Cycle Maps “Within two years” - from a CTC press release
For sale
Overheard on a Ride
Organisers - Please Take Note
Randonnées in France
Dates for Your Diary
Outer back cover - advertisement - Carradice

Selected items transcribed from the original printed copy:


RIDING AROUND

with the Editor

I NOTED with pleasure the excellent turn-out of 60-plus at the West Surrey DA gathering at Seale when Phil Liggett, the CTC’s national president and well-known TV cycling commentator, sent the ceremonial pump on its way to start the Club’s 125th anniversary commemorations.

Phil is doing a great job for the CTC and cycling in general.  He pulls in the crowds whenever he appears at a CTC event and rides with us whenever he has the time.  Perhaps his status as a “celebrity” (a word I am sure that Phil would hate but it happens to be the case) has something to do with his pulling power.  No matter, he does the business and he is a great ambassador for cycling here in the UK.

That is the point that I wish to emphasise.  Phil Liggett’s job takes him to the top races and cycling events internationally, notably to the Tour de France, the Cape Town Argus ride in South Africa, Australia and Malaysia, his broadcasts being received by enthusiasts and casual viewers internationally.

By his very presence and the warmth of his personality he extols the virtues of cycling in Britain.  The underlying message is if such a nice guy and international jet-setter as Phil Liggett likes cycling in Britain there must be something in it.

We know this to be the case, even in traffic-blighted Surrey.  And the growth of cycle holiday companies in the British Isles aiming their tours at Americans and others wanting to get a true feel for our country proves it.

As we anticipate spring and summer, let us all become ambassadors, saying a hearty hello to every cyclist we meet, especially if they are visiting tourists.  How can you know whether they are from abroad?  - Simple, they are better dressed than us!  And if they are towing a trailer they are probably American.


LET us hope we have good weather and another bumper turn-out at our own West Surrey 75th anniversary party based at Seale Craft Centre on Saturday June 21st.  See “Dates For Your Diary” in this issue for details and get your cheques in to Rosalind Banks.

Just as important, please ask yourself if you can assist at the event, lending a hand for an hour or two as well as enjoying yourself during the rest of the day and evening.

Ros needs volunteers, about half a dozen on the day to help lead rides, man the information stand, and help with the catering.  Are there any catering geniuses among us, including cyclists’ better halves?  You are particularly needed to help the ladies out at Seale’s excellent cafe with making cakes, jelly, trifle, and the like.  Please phone Ros on 01483 751236 if you or anyone you know can assist.


ALSO on the subject of volunteers, please contact Phil Hamilton on 01483 772008 to help with marshalling for the reliability ride on April 27th - that is if you are not actually riding, of course.  This is always a popular event among our regular riders in all of our groups, which is why there is often a problem of obtaining sufficient volunteers to ensure it runs smoothly.


WHAT with all this traffic - yes, it really is getting worse at all times of the day - many cyclists are becoming increasingly concerned with matters of safety.  Roy Banks, our president, and Harold Coleman, our former president, have compiled some guidance for us all, in this issue.  Please read it carefully and act accordingly.


FORGIVE me, but this is a blatant plug for a firm of solicitors who specialise in legal representation for cyclists pursuing claims for compensation after accidents.

I believe Cycle Aid (freephone 0808 100 9995 any time) were the UK pioneers in this field.  They certainly acted efficiently and positively on my behalf following an accident in June 2001 and I can recommend them.  Don’t expect speed but you can expect good advice and thorough, detailed work.


WITH A LITTLE BIT OF HELP FROM MY FRIENDS

By Ian McGregor

In 1995 I retired after forty years of a life of crime.  I thought “What now”, as you can only do so much digging and decorating.  I was approaching the dreaded “Big 60” and despite the fact that the last time I had ridden a bicycle was as Mr Plod of Weybridge in the mid-fifties I went out and bought a mountain bike.

At first it was a not-so-quick dash to the shops discovering that new hills had suddenly sprung up en route.  Then came the first and nearly the last challenge, along the towpath from Stoke Bridge to Send and back on road through Sutton Green, at the completion of which I was shattered.  Still, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained”, six months later I was ready to go off on my first expedition in Scotland.  My wife bought me membership of the CTC as a birthday present and with their good advice and excellent route maps I cycled around the coastline from Aberdeen to Inverness visiting Elgin, where I had been brought up, before travelling down the Great Glen to Fort William and on to Oban, where I crawled aboard the night sleeper south.

On my return I invested in a Ridgeback hybrid which turned out to be a good choice.  For the next three years I went out for gentle weekly spins with a female friend, often being passed by cyclists from the local DA who sped around at an immense speed, and whom on a number of occasions we had overheard chatting in country pubs in highly technical terms and of great feats of endurance.

Then came the watershed.  One day towards the end of last September my neighbour Richard announced that he had been out with the CTC’s Wednesday Wayfarers, and I agreed rather reluctantly to go with him on the next ride which was to start at Bentley station.  It came as a very pleasant surprise to find at the coffee stop that the members were not a bunch of super-fit athletes but were an ordinary cross-section of people who apparently were bonded by the fact that they liked each other’s company and enjoyed pleasant cycle rides.  Listening to the various conversations it appeared that one member who was not present was both a journalist and local councillor.  I can remember thinking, “That’s double dodgy”.  Everybody was most welcoming and immediately made me feel at home.  The tranquility was somewhat shattered when a further group of riders led by a foreign gentleman roared in having unbelievably ridden all the way from Woking.  Despite their superior appearance they also were very friendly and far less menacing than when I had watched them speed by with steam up.

I was hooked and became a regular Wayfarer.  (Richard,with his new bike, despite many promises, has yet to re-appear.)  Wednesday became a day to look forward to with new friends offering advice and slowly teaching me that there was more to cycling than just pounding the pedals.  There were unwritten rules to be followed and members had a duty of care towards each other, although I was taken aback by Jean’s dare-devil descents on the steepest of hills.

After about six rides I made a bad mistake and found that I had gone off with the wrong group and spent the whole day, with encouragement from Phil, struggling along behind this Iron Man Rico.  I survived and have struggled along with the group ever since, secure in the knowledge that if I puncture or blow up Phil or some other old hand will be there to put me right.

As things moved on it was hinted that I would benefit from another new bike.  I had an abundance of advice on hand to guide me.  Some said that expense should be no object, others that you must have “Campo”.  “Buy a road bike.  No get a tourer”.  The most important offering was to ensure that I got the right gearing.  My Scottish upbringing found the financial implications hard to accept, and after much deliberation I decided to go for a Dawes Audax, probably greatly influenced by the fact that the Bike Shed at Crediton were advertising £200 off list prices.

After a final chat with Chris JUDEN I was off on the train to Exeter followed by a short ride to Crediton where I received excellent attention and became the owner of the bike with the biggest granny gears in Surrey.  The Yellow Monster was delivered to my door three days later.  When Frances saw the drop bars she said I must have taken leave of my senses.  Other comments from my non-cycling mates were of a similar if more colourful nature.  This hurdle over, I continued to be advised by Geoff SMITH Snr and The Del Tongo Man to spend my pension before it had arrived, “change this, change that, get new pedals”.  When will the spending stop!

I still have much to learn, and appreciate all the advice and encouragement I continue to be given.  Joining the DA has given life a new dimension.  I have met two old friends, Bryon ALDEN and Harold COLEMAN, with whom I played rugby at University Vandals nearly fifty years ago.  I set myself three challenges for the year, the Reliability Ride, 100 miles in a day, and the Tour of The Hills.  All of these I have completed, but only due to the help so willingly given by my new colleagues, from the sage Bill THOMPSON in respect of Audax rides to Don JONES who abused and harassed me during The Tour as I crawled up Horseblock Hollow and Coombe Bottom.

Joining the Wayfarers has, to sum up, probably made me a lot fitter and possibly a good deal dafter.  I have had enjoyable and sometimes for me very demanding rides with friendship, fellowship and the occasional pint of beer thrown in.  Who could ask for more?  I only wish I had taken the plunge years ago!

To complete a rewarding twelve months I went in September with Wally and his friends to Calvados, which proved to be a very enjoyable experience;  the ten members in the group including Wayfarer Sybil bonded well.  It remains a mystery as to how Sybil got up the steeper hills with pannier bags which nearly broke my back when I got her bike off the train at Portsmouth.  Perhaps it was the eight blankets and mandatory cup of smelly tea in bed each morning.  We were most fortunate to have with us Jason, a young South African chef who certainly enhanced our self-catering menus.  The cycling highlight was an eighty-mile ride with the younger element to Honfleur, from which I returned tired but unbowed.  I did pay attention in class and might now be able to maintain the Yellow Monster, and as a result spend a little less time and money at Pedal Pushers.

The only thing left to say is “Thank you” to the Wednesday Wayfarers.

P.S.-  The “Political Hack” has turned out to be O.K.


SAFETY AND COURTESY IN GROUP RIDING

By Roy Banks and Harold Coleman

Year 2002 must go down as one of the worst in the D.A. for accidents resulting in serious injury or worse.  There have been some of these when cycling in a group, and some close shaves with potentially dangerous near-accidents including a number of riders.

Accordingly we recommend the foilowing:-

  1. Those at the front give warning of any dangerous road surface before they have got to it - not as their back wheel goes past it (by then it can be too late for those following to react) - by calling out the nature of the danger (‘hole’, ‘drain’, ‘loose’ etc) and/or pointing to it.  Those following to, in turn, pass the warning down the line.
  2. Warning given from the front of any other dangers, such as parked cars or other obstructions, with the call of ‘On the left’ or ‘On the right’ as appropriate.  An alternative used by racing clubs when training works well by waving with your hand, to indicate to the following rider that he/she should pull out from the side of the road.
  3. Warning to be given from the front of slowing and, especially, of stopping and, of course, passed down the line.
  4. Where road conditions demand, riders to be in single file;  as is demanded by the Highway Code.  Unfortunately, this seems to apply nowadays in all but the country lanes, and sometimes even then.  Single out in an orderly manner by creating space by adjusting speed.
  5. a.  Warning of oncoming vehicle by call of ‘Car down’
    b.  Warning of overtaking vehicle by call of ‘Car up’.

Never suddenly slow down or brake when riding in a group.  If your hat blows off or some other problem, ease out gradually when safe to do so.  It is likely that someone at the back of the group will retrieve anything dropped anyway.

We are not advocating military-style regulations, we should all enjoy our cycling all the time, but the requirements outlined are simple and have been used by Club cyclists for over 100 years.


BIKE NEW YORK 25th ANNIVERSARY - MAY 5th 2002

by Bob Mcleod

6AM Sunday morning found me, i.e. UK Bob, and my cycling companion from our TransAm and EtoE trips, NY Bob, driving into Manhattan along the Long Island Expressway.  The road was very busy;  apparently it always is.  We overtook several cars with bikes strapped to them;  warnings of speed cameras had little effect on NY Bob.

My wife and I had been invited to stay with Bob and use his house as a centre for touring.  The Five Boro Bike Tour was to be the only cycle event of the holiday so I was determined to enjoy it.  I had checked out the web site www.bikenewyork.org/ where I could have registered if Bob hadn’t already done it for me.  This event started in 1977 in a very small way;  it was to be a day trip around the five boroughs to practise safety rules that students had been learning under a programme that the education department of NYC had set up.  It was organised by the American Youth Hostel association and local bike clubs.  That first event had about 250 participants and two police cars, one at the front, the other following up the rear.

Today, 25 years on, there would be more than 30,000 riders and the roads and highways would be closed to cars.  Of course the roads are only closed in blocks for sufficient time to allow the ride to pass through so it was important to be at the start at Battery Park by 7am ready for the off at 8am.  If you are late you are sent on a shortened route.  Bob held our bikes while I grabbed bagels and coffee from an enterprising store that was doing a roaring trade at a speed that is the norm in NY.  We then continued en masse on foot to the start.  Our way passed Ground Zero so the crowd was rather subdued as I guess we were all lost in our own thoughts.

It must have been 8.15 before our section of the crowd had sufficient space to mount our bikes and ride past the start line stage where “their legendary” commentator Bruce Morrow (I must check if he is related to Ed) was the master of ceremonies.  The mood now was back to normal and spirits were high as we cycled up Broadway, 6th and 7th Avenues into the famous Central Park where we met our first “hills”.  Anyone who cycles with me would know that by now I would need a pit stop;  there it was, rows of those little cabins.  I was “relieved” to know that I wouldn’t have to hide behind a tree in the park.

The northern boundary of the park is Harlem.  Today it is almost respectable, even Clinton has an office there and from this year even the taxis are supposed to take you to Harlem if requested.  Although the riders are predominantly middle class whites, there were numbers of coloured cyclists;  often they would be the ones with large music centres strapped to their bikes providing a festive air to the event.  Although not speeding we were making our way gradually through the slower riders.  For the most part this was easy as the roads were generally 3 to 4 lanes wide.  We would pass young families including little tots on tiny bikes who must have only just learnt to ride.  Naturally there were also the maniacs weaving their way through at full speed but they were a tiny minority.

The whole thing was extremely well organised - after 25 years it should be.  At potential danger points like sharp bends and steep bridges there were marshals with loudhailers to encourage us to slow down.  This didn’t always work.  I must have witnessed a dozen accident scenes, although only a couple seemed to require an ambulance.  There was another chance for accidents if you happened to hit one of the enormous inch thick sheets of steel that are used to cover serious potholes;  fortunately the weather was dry and sunny else those sheets would have been death traps.

I could certainly recommend this tour as an excellent way of seeing NY which is of course more than just the island of Manhattan.  The route via 5 bridges to the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island gave a wide variety of magnificent views of the famous skyline.  Perhaps the best view though is from the Staten Island ferry that took us and all our bikes back to downtown NY;  this 30 minute trip passes fairly close to the Statue of Liberty, which is now closed to the public so why go any closer.

The 40 miles had taken us about 8 hours;  this was mainly due to collecting our free bananas, crisps and other snack foods at the several feeding stations, plus the occasional pub stop.  Consequently we had some daylight left to follow the Hudson River Greenway northwards.  This is shared by skaters, joggers, pedestrians and cyclists and on this sunny Sunday evening was fairly busy if not a little dangerous.  The really exciting bit for me however was the return trip in the gathering dusk.  First weaving through pedestrians at the Zoo in Central Park and then down 5th Avenue winding our way amongst buses and taxis.  Not for us the cycle lane that goes south along Broadway, nor would we use a cross street unless it was against the prescribed traffic flow, quite the norm amongst NY bikers.

My memory of that day is however the people;  they were all so outgoing and friendly.  I knew from Bob how hard it was for many of them to see their altered skyline without pain but they bore it well on that day.

P.S.  Check out the web site for pictures.


RELIABILITY RIDE - 27 April 2003

ONCE again the time has come to think about the DA’s 50-mile Reliability Ride.  As in previous years the routes will start at Pyrford Common Car Park and CTC HQ Godalming;  with nominal start times of 0800, 0830 and 0900 for ride times of 5, 4 to 4.5, and 3.5 hours respectively.  All participants and helpers should therefore be gathered at the Holmbury St Mary finish by 1pm to enjoy a social luncheon, and a leisurely ride home.

Hopefully all our active members will wish to support this event, and it would be appreciated if those not wishing to ride could assist with the marshalling duties.  To volunteer, please call me, Phil Hamilton, on 01483 772008, and I will give you details.

Without entrants it isn’t worth organising an event, but without helpers I cannot run the event.


Jim Cheatham 1933-2002

By Richard Ellis

I’m sure that you all know of the sudden death of Jim last December - leading a large group of West Surrey DA on a wintry Wednesday ride from Windsor Great Park to the lunch pub nearby.

Jim was a cyclist all his life - from teenage days in Birmingham, joining CTC cycling tours and hostelling weekends.  His great love of travel took him and his family all over the world, stimulated no doubt by early cycle solo touring expeditions.

He was educated at George Dixon Grammar School in Birmingham and went on to attain a BSc Physics degree from London University.  After graduation, he joined Wiggins Teape (paper manufacturers) at their research and development organisation in Beaconsfield.  During those years, he rode with the South Bucks DA.  In 1966, he joined the Daily Mirror Group of companies as a specialist in the printability of paper.  This move to London prompted the family to move to Surrey.

Unfortunately in 1980 it was necessary to undergo a quadruple heart by-pass operation.  He made a good recovery and was soon back turning the pedals with maximum efficiency and minimum of effort.

Jim was essentially a touring cyclist who loved the countryside and visiting places of interest, especially riding to the top of hills to view the landscape.  He was a renowned free-wheeler too - and took a great interest in other aspects of cycling, especially the Tour de France.

Judged by the huge turn-out at his funeral, Jim was loved and befriended by not only his fellow cyclists, but also his friends, neighbours and associates from his picture-framing business.  Jim brought me back from the long-lost world of teenage cycling of the 1940s, taught me how to ride again, and opened up a new world of travel and touring.

He is sorely missed.


Postscript by Barbara Cheatham

I have been overwhelmed by the number of telephone calls, visits, and in particular the many, many kind and thoughtful letters of condolences and sympathy expressed to me and my family, following Jim’s passing.

Jim would have been surprised by the fond regard and esteem in which he was held and the widespread appreciation of his commitment and work on behalf of the West Surrey DA.

As you know, he thoroughly enjoyed his cycling and also the chats with you all both “en route” and in the many Surrey/Hampshire coffee stops and pubs.

I am particularly pleased to tell you that over £600 has been raised and given to the British Heart Foundation.  Many thanks.


CAMPAIGNING AND THE RIGHT TO RIDE

Peter Clint is now our Right to Ride [R2R] representative.

In taking on this duty he will be campaigning to maintain and develop safer and hopefully more pleasant opportunities for cyclists to move about the country.

This is particularly important at the present time as new road schemes are planned for Surrey and elsewhere, and as our representative he will through the body of the CTC have access to the ears of councils, county councils and indeed government bodies.

Currently Peter is on a steep learning curve, which has involved him in assimilating a large amount of information, as he takes on board CTC policy.

As a R2R representative, Peter is only one of many working in a similar fashion throughout the country.  Each representative has his own area of responsibility, and in this instance Peter’s territory lies between Weybridge and Woking.

Peter has said that he is determined to do his best to influence events in conjunction with all the bodies with whom he is now in touch, and if there are any matters which you feel are of importance, which affect your ability to ride within Peter’s territory, please feel free to write in detail to Peter who will do his best to ensure any valid views are placed before the appropriate authority.  Should there be any other matters outside his area which concern you, you may still contact him, and he will ensure these are passed on to the relevant R2R representative.

This appointment is a valuable addition to the West Surrey D. A’s ability to influence events affecting cyclists, and whilst everything that is done is largely governed by the limited resources available to local and central government, every now and again such campaigning can make a difference.

One of Peter’s first duties has been to keep a watchful eye on the imminent development of the A245/A320 corridor between the A3 roundabout at Cobham, which runs down the Parvis Road, through Byfleet and on down Woodham Lane towards Woking.

This route forms an important link across the county, and whilst Peter was given an opportunity to make some input in the early stages of the planning, along with the Woking Cycle Users Group, unfortunately the consultants who were appointed by the Surrey County Council neglected, despite his effort, to allow him to review the final document before it went to press.

With the assistance of the Woking Cycle Forum, a group represented by cycle lobbyists, Woking Councillors and Surrey County Council staff, of which Peter is now a member, he was given the opportunity of reviewing the consultants’ document, and after considerable work has prepared a critique thereon, a copy of which has been given to Surrey County Council.  It is hoped even at this late stage improvements for cyclists can be made, particularly as the project will be actioned in stages over the next three to four years.

The Study has suggested an off-road shared cycle/footway be constructed along the south side of the A245 from the A3 roundabout to the junction of Sopwith Drive, and from that point a shared cycle/footway will run on either side of the A245 as far as the bridge over the M25.  At this point it is unclear what will happen along the section from the M25 to Byfleet Corner, however Peter is canvassing for the cycle/footway to continue on to this point.  From Byfleet Corner there is no provision for cyclists until Albert Drive.  It is Peter’s contention that this busy and narrow section is just the sort of area where the cyclist needs assistance, and to achieve this Peter is attempting to encourage the Consultants/Surrey C.C. to direct the cycle route right down Station Approach and left along Madeira Road, joining up at the junction with the Sheerwater Road and the planned shared cycle/footway from that point.

The route will then continue, turning across the Sheerwater Road at the traffic lights, leaving the A245 at Paxton Gardens, thereafter joining Priory Close and ultimately rejoining the A245 at Woodham Lane by means of a new access path to be created. The cycle/footway will then continue on both sides of Woodham Lane as far as the fiveways roundabout.

In his report Peter has made the point the cycleways will not be popular unless they go somewhere, emphasising the importance of linking the proposed cycle route with others.  To this end he has proposed that there should be a link to a new cycle/footway from the Seven Hills traffic lights down the B365 towards Weybridge and Hersham.  He has also proposed another similar link at Sopwith Drive through the trading estate towards Weybridge.  Also he is attempting to encourage the Council to link the cycle route from the fiveways roundabout down Monument Road to join the canal path and the existing on-road cycleway down Maybury Road to the centre of Woking.

Peter has strenuously pointed out that failure to provide a linked cycleway system will lead to usage being minimal.

Additionally Peter has raise a number of safety issues, and has also pointed out that shared cycleways will only work well if they are well defined, separating the cyclist from the pedestrian.

Watch this space for further developments.


Surrey cycle maps ‘within two years’

    - From a CTC press release

Cycle maps for the whole of Surrey will be published within the next two years, Surrey County Council has promised.  The maps, which will detail a county-wide urban and rural cycle network, will be produced as part of the authority’s commitment to improving facilities for cyclists through CTC’s Cycle Benchmarking project.

Measures to reduce both traffic speed and the number of vehicles on Surrey roads are also planned to increase safety and encourage more people to cycle and walk.  Surrey wants to increase the number of people cycling regularly including the proportion of children cycling to school.

Surrey CC is one of eight local authorities involved in the third year of CTC’s Benchmarking initiative.  The aim of the scheme is to help councils improve roads and facilities and increase investment in training, education and promotion, so that more people cycle more often.

York, Leicester and Edinburgh have led the way in encouraging cycling and have found that 20mph speed limits, the reduction of car parking space, advanced stop lines at traffic lights and extensive cycle parking facilities have been most effective in encouraging cycling.

Tony Russell, CTC’s Benchmarking project leader said:  “Each authority will learn from what others have done and finish the year with some excellent examples of how to get people into the saddle more often.”

Alan Fordham, SCC’s Cycling Support Officer said:  ‘We are in the early stages of work to promote cycling and it will take several years before the cycle network is complete.  We will do that together with schemes to promote cycling including the production of county-wide maps, the sign-posting of routes taking people from where they live to work, to local shops and leisure outlets, and development of Route 22 of the National Cycle Network which will take people from London to Portsmouth.  We also want to expand our Safe Routes to Schools programme and provide more cycle training for families.”


OVERHEARD ON A RIDE

THIS one was heard when I was on the Cork to Kerry Bike Ride in September ...

“My wife and kids have a name for my bike shorts.  They call them my Happy Pants.”

Please keep your ears open for other quips and quotes - and share them with others by letting the Editor know.  So far in this little series all the “overheards” have been noted solely by me.


RANDONNEES IN FRANCE

For groups of up to 15 --------- £125 per person.

24 - 29 April, 22 - 27 May, 19 - 24 June, 3 - 8 July, 14 - 19 August, 4 - 9 September.

Leave Portsmouth 0800hrs Thursdays, arrive Caen 1500hrs.  Visiting the British Invasion Beaches and the Commando Museum.  B & B in an hotel near Troarn.

Fridays and Saturdays, touring/visiting local places of interest including flea markets.
Sundays, Randonnees with local clubs or touring club runs.  Or do an AUDAX Permanent Ride on foreign soil of 100 or 200 kms from the chalets if you wish.

Returning Tuesdays from Caen 1630hrs, visiting Pegasus Bridge Museum and/or the Merville Battery en route.  Arriving Portsmouth 2130 hrs.

Sheet sleeping bags/sleeping bag liners are required.  Food is not included.

Evening entertainment includes:  Barbecues --- Bike Maintenance Classes --- Videos/slide shows.

Details from:  Wally Happy, “Fervaques”, 2 Regent Close, FLEET, Hants. GU51 3NS.  Tel:  01252 621164,  Fax  01252 684716  e-mail  w.happy@ntlworld.com


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

SATURDAY JUNE 21st - West Surrey DA 75th birthday event and party based at Seale Craft Centre.  Three 25km rides - do as many as you wish - starting at 10am, 12.30pm, and 3pm.  Birthday Tea (£5) from 5.30pm followed by a film show (£1).
Rides open to all but tickets for the tea and film show are limited to CTC DA members and their partners and should be purchased in advance from Rosalind Banks, 75 Sandy Lane, Woking, GU22 8BG, phone 01483 751236. Cheques payable to West Surrey DA CTC

THIS IS OUR BIG CELEBRATION AND SOCIAL EVENT OF THE YEAR.  PLEASE SUPPORT IT AND BUY YOUR TICKETS EARLY

SATURDAY MARCH 29th - Phil Hampton Memorial Ride, Binsted Village Hall, 10am, a 50 miles reliability ride with profits and donations to the CTC Cyclists’ Defence Fund.  Registration:  £3.

SUNDAY APRIL 6th - Woking Cycle Users’ Group practical workshop and demonstration on how to look after, check and maintain your bike, 10am to 12.30pm, free of charge.  This will be in the front garden of Zinnia, Kettlewell Hill, Woking, the home of Gareth Davies, and will be under cover if necessary.  Probably adjourning to The Plough, Horsell, for lunch and possibly ending with an easy ride through country lanes afterwards.

SUNDAY APRIL 27th - 50 miles Reliability Ride (organiser Phil Hamilton 01483 772008).  Starts 8am to 9am at CTC HQ, Godalming, or at Pyrford Common.

FRIDAY MAY 2nd to MONDAY MAY 5th - Cycletouring weekend in Dorset, staying at Lulworth Cove Youth Hostel.  A variety of rides will take place on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, (organiser:  Tom Hargreaves 01483 851930).

SUNDAY MAY 18th - Scorathon and route-finding event from Bramley Village Hall, starting 9.30am to 11am.  Bring OS Landranger maps 186 and 187 with you.  (Organiser Keith Chesterton, 01483 563392.)

SATURDAY JUNE 14th - Bike Day, Woking Town Square, featuring veteran and vintage bikes, Dr Bike, and information on local cycling issues and rides.

SUNDAY JUNE 15th - Woking Cycle Users’ Group bike ride, (details Roy Benson 01483 740256).

WEDNESDAY JUNE 18th - Bike Week evening ride, Windsor Park, (organiser Derek Tanner 01276 474553).

SATURDAY JUNE 28th to WEDNESDAY JULY 9th - Swiss Rollers tour of Switzerland.  Possibility for two more participants.  (Organiser Geoff Smith 01483 769051.)

SATURDAY AUGUST 2nd to SATURDAY AUGUST 9th - CTC 125th Birthday Rides, Dorset, (organiser Della McGavin, CTC HQ).

SUNDAY AUGUST 17th - Tour of the Hills, Tour of the Greensand Hills (organiser Tom Hargreaves, 01483 851930)

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 14th - Make-A-Wish charity ride, Camberley to Portsmouth (details Bill Thompson 01276 25191)

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 21st - Woking Hospice charity ride (details Bryon Alden 01483 763297)

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 28th - Tricyclathon


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