“The West Surrey Cyclist” - October - December 2004

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Contents:

Front cover - very similar to previous issue
Inner front cover - Editorial front matter - very similar to previous issue
West  Surrey CTC District Association - as in previous issue but with addition of Richard Ellis’s email address.  Also, the Intermediates are without a leader.
Riding Around - With Editor Geoff Smith
Overheard
Organisers - Please Take Note
Tour of the Hills - by Bob McLeod
The Intermediates:  Do We Have a Problem?
New DA Jersey at L’Étape - by Dennis Clarke
41 Go On a Charity Ride - by Mark Waters
Brooks Saddles - by Paul Holmes
Signs Damage
Germany Journey 2005 - next year’s DA holiday
Stonehenge 200km and Danebury 150km 2004 - by the organiser, Mark Waters
Dates for Your Diary
AGM & Luncheon
Surrey Scorathon May 16th - report by Keith Chesterton
Looking Good ..... in Our New DA Shirts
Outer back cover - Committee nomination form

Selected items transcribed from the original printed copy:


RIDING AROUND

With Editor Geoff Smith

BACK in June, The Times editorialised on how the Government was asking the nation to engage in “moderate, pleasant exercise” as a means of promoting fitness and social well-being.  The message was to go for a walk, or - inevitably - get on your bike.

The editorial praised the cycling aspects of the “Walking and Cycling Action Plan”, with its encouragement of cycle lanes, special maps, and designated routes.

But of walking, it said that the Transport Department’s revelation that a fifth of people never walk in excess of 20 minutes represented “nothing short of a minor human tragedy”.

So hard luck, the walkers.  The message is, we on our bikes are obviously doing the right thing.

Our Runs Secretary Bob McLeod put our attitude to riding better, perhaps, by sending me what he called “a life motto for us older folks” (although it need not be “older”, Bob) gleaned from the internet.

It read:  “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming:  Wow...what a ride.”


AS with politicians and journalists, the standing of rides leaders among the community is often precarious.

So this is to place on record the thanks of a small West Surrey DA group, including me, which rode with Charles Green on a special Saturday afternoon tea-time ride to set the stage for a trip on the Real Ale Train.

It turned out to be a little gem of a ride, just 26 miles deep into the network of North Hants country lanes west of Alton.  Traffic was light and the sun was shining.  It was altogether not far short of being idyllic and an excellent overture to what lay ahead.

Charles prepared well, scattering interesting pieces of historical info among his vocal directions through Chawton, Four Marks, Swelling Hill, Gilbert Street, Ropley, and peaceful rolling fields near Cheriton which were once the site of a major Civil War battle.

It was one of those well-structured routes which could have been devised only by someone with sound local knowledge - and who was prepared to check it out thoroughly beforehand.

A surprising bonus was tea and home-made cakes halfway round specially ordered in advance by Charles at The Ship in Bishop’s Sutton.  The pub opened just for us.

The group, joined by others from the DA, went on to enjoy a convivial three hours on board the Mid-Hants Railway’s Watercress Line Real Ale Train steaming between Alton and Alresford.  An excellent afternoon and evening, if I do say so myself.


OVERHEARD

At Shere Village Hall (Tour of the Hills HQ):
“Is that Phil Liggett over there?”
- “No, it’s Derek Tanner.”


TOUR OF THE HILLS

By Bob McLeod

I thought these few lines might persuade other members of our DA that they could also help with some of our events.  I think that it has been shown that one doesn’t have to be an expert to help out and that it can give just as much satisfaction as competing.

My wife Pauline - bless her - cannot even ride a bicycle, unless it is the back of a tandem, but she organised, cooked, prepared, washed up and attended to the demands for refreshment from over 150 ravenous cyclists and it was considered that she did it to perfection.

My only qualification for being the organiser was that I had ridden the event in 2000 (not necessary).  My mentors Mark Waters and Roger Philo ensured that everything was done correctly.  Mark checked out the course and updated the route sheet for this and the Tour of the Greensand Hills.  Roger Philo was there on the day to ensure that all went smoothly.

The control marshals, Ian McGregor, Tim Bar, Jeff Banks, Peter Clint, Keith Chesterton, Chris Jeggo, Don Jones and Doug Johnson either already work on the committee or are regular helpers.  In addition to their manning more than one control in most cases they also arrived at Shere at 8am to set up the hall and then stayed until 7pm to clean up.  We also ran the Tour of the Greensand Hills on that day which Derek Tanner looked after.

Are these names familiar?  Yes, they are mostly always doing these duties.  Please volunteer next year to help out.  You will be looked after, ask Roberta who is the only new recruit apart from me and my wife that we had this year.  Extra marshals at the controls means that the riders get through quicker and it means that some of the regulars could ride the event now and then.  Help with the catering would be wonderful, it would mean that there would be a steady supply of clean cups and plates and a chance for a sit-down for someone.

Having said all this you will think that I’m a hypocrite.  Pauline and I were unable to go camping with our six grandchildren this year and we have promised them we will be with them in August 2005.  We might just be around to help on 21st Aug., the date for next year’s TOH, but I would love to take part again before I get much older.

Oh yes, the event!  It was as popular as ever;  we were fully booked with 150 places by Wednesday 11th.  The entrants must be getting fitter as more than 75 finished within 5hrs 30 mins which entitled them to a gold medal.  If you are unable to help but want to ride remember to book early as there were no entries on the day, apart from a few spaces remaining from cancellations.

I have had several nice comments about how well the event was run but pointed out that it was entirely a team effort.  My thanks once more to the dozen or so who assisted both on the day and in the months preceding.


THE INTERMEDIATES:  Do we have a problem?

THE suggestion that there are two Sunday intermediate riding groups operating under the West Surrey DA banner has been put in a round robin email by Vice-president Chris Jeggo.  He claims that the one that exists on paper offering 50-60 miles all day at a moderate pace has one potential regular member - himself.  The rest go for significantly faster morning-only rides, often avoiding the designated coffee stop.

“Call me old fashioned, but I think it is more important for club riders to go at the same pace than to wear the same jersey.  The latter merely gives an appearance of being a group,” he writes.

He concedes that changing times and changing life patterns might mean there is now no longer a call for moderately-paced all-day Sunday rides with advertised coffee and lunch stops, but makes the plea:  “Let’s not give up just yet.”

He believes the DA should continue to offer such rides but separately from the present Intermediates, “who appear to remain viable as they are”.  And he will consider organising such rides, perhaps monthly to start with, next Spring.


NEW DA JERSEY AT L’ETAPE

By Dennis Clarke

PICTURE the verdant greens of lush pasture, the golden hues of ripening wheat in the summer sun, interwoven with the tarmac-black stripe of a road running through it.  Yes, I’m talking about the new DA jersey.

I’m also talking about the Limousin countryside in central France, the setting for this year’s Etape du Tour.  This is the day set aside each year for cyclosportif types such as we to ride one of the stages of the Tour de France a few days before the professionals do it.  This year it was the 148 miles from Limoges to St Flour and was the first outing for my new jersey.

Because it identified me as a West Surrey member, it invited comment from some of the other Brits on the road along the lines of “bit different from the Surrey Hills, eh?” or “not quite the same as Box Hill on a Sunday morning, is it?”  And I had to admit that it was rather different;  long, steady climbs (unlike our short, sharp ones), closed roads, well stocked feeding stations and lots of local support for the 7000 starters.

It is a highly enjoyable if somewhat strenuous experience and, yes, I did finish - just under one and a half hours inside the time limit.  The new jersey flashed across the finish line 11 hours and 1 minute after leaving Limoges.


41 GO ON A CHARITY RIDE

By Mark Waters

My initial thought when I entered for this ride was, Mark, you don’t do charity rides - they’re for people who need some encouragement to ride their bikes - I don’t!  However, a ride from Canterbury to Reims over three days with all back-up services laid on and forty other people to share the experience with sounded rather good.  In addition, it was a good excuse to go and see my old mate John, who runs the House of Anguish (Agnes), an ancient coaching inn close to the centre of Canterbury.

The ride started on Thursday 6th May with 378 kilometres (236 miles) to ride in three days.  Wednesday evening saw me down in Canterbury staying at the aforementioned establishment and enjoying a good sleep in a comfortable four-poster before a very early breakfast - we were all due to assemble in the cathedral precincts at 6.30am.  There were a few sleepy heads amongst us as we received Canon Condry’s blessing for a safe, dry and enjoyable ride before we set off along the Sustrans route to Dover.  It was great to be away and riding some beautiful lanes in the early morning sunshine.  These early miles were quite hilly so we got some early practice in on keeping together.  The organising committee had it all planned out;  Reg and John were the front riders and they were responsible for making sure we followed the right route.  Mark (I think) was the back marker, sweeping people up, and Nigel seemed to spend most of his time pretending he was in England on the other side of the road racing up and down the peloton keeping everything in good order.  It worked extremely well and they did a marvellous job.  It’s not easy keeping a disparate group of 41 cyclists together, some with state of the art bikes, others with bikes that weren’t really up to the job and often with legs out of the same mould!

We soon reached Dover, where customs obliged us to carry our bags through and on to the boat - why?  Adequate breakfasts were obtained at exorbitant P&O prices to fortify us for the 50 or so remaining miles - well kilometers now - to our first night’s stop.  The weather continued fine and the terrain was flat as we left Calais and followed the (tarmac) towpath of the Canal du Nord.  The less than scintillating but nevertheless pleasant countryside was more than compensated for by the opportunities for conversation with other riders along virtually traffic-free roads.  I had forty people to get to know and I’m pleased to say I think I managed to talk to at least half of them over the course of the trip.  And what a great bunch of people!  There was John and Cliff, with their sons Finbar and Hugh (10 and 13 respectively) stoking their tandems, Mary, a regular CTC tourer, Beatrice, a formidable, but very amiable, local campaigner, Mark, who runs the Marlowe Theatre, Nigel the judge, Colin the council Chief Executive and Steve the musician, to name but a few.

Accommodation was mixed, but very adequate.  Our first night, just outside the pretty town of Aire-sur-la-Lys, was in a fine large house, converted into a hostel for school groups.  We would have loved the showers to have been even slightly warm but, well, it added to the fun.  The meal was good too - and there was wine!  In a hostel?  The local bar, just down the road, did good business too.

The second night saw us in St Quentin, a town of some size, and we were living it up in the Ibis Hotel, right opposite the cathedral.  And in Reims, some were in another Ibis, while the cheap-skates did the hostel thing again, only this time it was en-suite twins!

Back to the cycling, which just got better and better as the scenery improved.  Unfortunately the weather didn’t.  Having enjoyed a day and a half of sunshine, as we approached the Somme, just as we were tucking into our lunchtime baguettes, the heavens opened to the accompaniment of thunder overhead.  It seemed appropriate at this moment to be given a very mild insight into what those poor blighters must have had to put up with in the trenches.  As far as we were concerned, the ride had suddenly become real.  And this was a ninety-mile day!

The rain didn’t stop.  It was quite amusing seeing 41 cyclists trying to huddle together under a small gazebo, trying to eat their baguettes;  I guess we were lucky to have had that much sun really.  And besides, we had wonderful back up, including the Lord Mayor and Mayoress themselves, whose charity initiative we were riding for.

It was quite clear after about 30 minutes of huddling that it wasn’t going to stop, so with the exception of one or two, the rest of us set off in the rain bound for our second night’s stop at St Quentin.  The scenery improved and well, we were having fun, so it wasn’t all bad!

Surprise surprise, it was raining the following day when we got up, the massive church (cathedral?) opposite the hotel providing a suitably sombre backdrop.  But you get used to rain and, with some of the novice riders not uttering a single (audible) whimper at the thought of riding a further 70 miles in it, it would have been most inappropriate to have whinged.  And in the event, it really wasn’t too bad a day.  The scenery improved even more and it continued fairly flat until we reached the lunch stop at Laon which is built on top of a small plateau.  We had the usual old French town cobbles to wobble gingerly over;  picturesque narrow streets and few visible inhabitants set the scene - it was a typical wet Saturday in France.  Then we arrived at the Place de I’Eglise to find the café doing a roaring trade with members of Reims Cycling Club tucking into a full lunch, complete with wine, pudding and coffee, having ridden out from Reims that morning into the teeth of a headwind.  Now they were to provide our escort for the final leg.

We actually had two sizeable hills to climb, but the usual gentle French gradients made even these lumps relatively unremarkable.  We stopped at a roadside cemetery to ponder over all the graves of unknown soldiers;  some were so young.  It had stopped raining for a while.

As we entered Reims along the N31, the rain set in and the cars swooshed by but we had a police escort to allow us uninterrupted passage - an exciting experience, particularly for those who hadn’t previously had the pleasure of riding through red lights with the motorcycle cops, klaxons blaring, holding up all the traffic;  so there was much merriment as we rolled along the final few kilometers to our destination.

A few hundred yards from our ultimate destination - the extremely grand ‘mairie’ of the great city of Reims - we were required to remove our waterproofs to expose our sponsored cycling jerseys.  So we were keen to arrive!  This wasn’t long coming:  more cobbles and much clapping from the throng gathered on the steps.  As quickly as we politely could, we dashed inside to find the loos, hoping they had hot air dryers to warm up cold extremities.  They did!  Then it was on to the reception complete with mayors, deputy mayors, town twinning officials, schoolchildren who had recently visited Canterbury, speeches by many and, of course, champagne!  Well, it was Reims after all!

Once all that was over, we had to find our accommodation.  This took a little time but we eventually found it.  The van carrying our luggage didn’t fare quite so well and didn’t reach the hostel until 7.45.  We were due at the Hotel Universe for a slap-up dinner at eight, so suffice to say it was all a bit of a mad panic, but we made it, albeit somewhat late.  The meal was very good and there were more speeches and everybody was presented with certificates and medals and a good time was had by all.

The following day, we spent a lazy morning breakfasting without a time deadline, which made a pleasant change - and the croissants were quite superb!  Then some of us went for a walk in a local park followed by, guess what, another reception and yet more champagne, after which we just about had time to walk into the centre of town to look around the truly magnificent cathedral with its Chagall stained glass windows, and get a bite to eat before the coach arrived to take us home.

All in all, it was a great trip and not really marred by some very indifferent weather.  It was still raining when we got back to Canterbury at 7.30 that evening.

I got to thinking about charity rides.  I think there is a large group of people out there who ride these on a regular basis but don’t belong to CTC and wouldn’t think of going on a ‘club run’.  Why?  My trip had given me a possible answer:  there is a great feeling of camaraderie, of purpose coupled with the knowledge that there are others probably as pathetic in cycling terms as you are.  And, if the worst came to the worst, there was always the sag wagon to climb into.  Maybe we should think about this when we attempt to recruit new members.


BROOKS SADDLES

By Paul Holmes

A Brooks B17 that I had had for 3 or 4 years failed recently.  One of the saddle rails had snapped.  Being fairly new and nicely broken in, I was very reluctant to ditch it, so instead sent it to Brooks at Birmingham, asking if it could be repaired.  Chris Juden helpfully suggested that this might be a possibility.

Anyway, a couple of weeks later the saddle was returned, with a new backplate and rails, and a ‘with compliments’ slip!  Brooks hoped that I would enjoy many more miles on their B17.

After this amazingly good service I began to think about why more club members don’t ride B17’s.  They aren’t expensive.  About £25 for a handcrafted leather product seems pretty cheap to me.  Plastic Italian competitors are often a lot more expensive.  While Brooks saddles do need breaking in, once you’ve managed that they give virtually a lifetime’s service.  A spot of Proofide occasionally is all they need.  Failure is genuinely pretty unusual, unlike many modern saddles, where torn or collapsed tops are commonplace.

So what is the problem, - why aren’t we all riding Brooks?  Perhaps it’s weight?  Lightweight plastic saddles normally weigh about one pound, whereas a B17 weighs about two.  Really though, this weight penalty isn’t going to affect most of us.  Anyway, there is a Brooks Titanium available for the weight fetishist, which is no heavier than most modern designs.

So there we have it.  Case proven - to my satisfaction anyway.  My bikes all have Brooks saddles now - have yours?  Support a British cycle firm, buy a quality product that will last years, and improve your long-term cycling comfort - get a Brooks.  And no, they haven’t paid me to write this!


SIGNS DAMAGE

CYCLISTS are asked to advise Surrey County Council of damage to cycling and cycle route signs they may encounter.  Contact cycling officer Alan Fordham on 08456 009 009 or by email alan.fordham@surreycc.gov.uk


GERMANY JOURNEY 2005
Usual formula, third time round, June 4th - 15th

Yes, Geoff Smith and Rico Signore proudly present their third continental extravaganza for your delight.

We offer a 12 day (11 night) cycling, walking, and sightseeing holiday, inclusive of all travel and half-board accommodation from Woking and Guildford to visit our Black Forest twin towns in Rastatt (Woking) and Freiburg (Guildford), taking in a stay in the beautiful Ardennes and part of the lovely Vosges region, for approx £800.

The proposal is to travel by luxury European Bike Express coach all the way with secure facilities for bicycles and lounge-style accommodation for passengers.  The coach will stay with us throughout the holiday to facilitate sightseeing and walking opportunities as well as cycling.

We will have three nights in Bouillon, Provence of Luxembourg, Belgium, before proceeding to four nights in Rastatt and four nights in Freiburg.  Our twin town enthusiasts and municipal officers will host us socially during part of the holiday, including an escorted bike ride or two.

We will return via Calais and our “traditional” stop at a hypermarket to enable us to stock up on liquid souvenirs before the ferry crossing and home.

Those who took part in the very successful Swiss Odyssey holidays in 2001 and 2003 will know that an excellent standard is maintained throughout and that all interests and needs are fulfilled.  So do not delay, let Geoff Smith know of your interest and that of your family and friends by contacting him at 2 Julian Close, Woking, GU21 3HD.  Phone 01483 769051.


STONEHENGE 200km and DANEBURY 150km 2004

By Mark Waters

I was asked to submit my report on these two rides, but it’s not really appropriate for the magazine, being a bit dry and dull, so I’ve re-written it in an attempt to give readers an insight into the rambling thoughts of an event organiser.

These two, now well established, rides took place on 28th March, the first day of British Summertime, so everybody had to endure an early start, which might account for the number of ‘Dee-enN-eSses’ (did not starts)!  The weather, whilst not as good as last year, wasn’t bad at all.

The routes were exactly the same as last year, the principal reason being that I am, sadly, no longer the long distance rider I used to be, so I never feel quite up to riding the event and seeing if any improvements or changes could be made.  No amount of poring over maps can be a substitute for actually riding the route.  In fact, both routes are very pleasant as they are and credit must go to the original route designers.  I have often thought how good it would be if Andover could be avoided, but otherwise the route passes through some very pleasant countryside with only a few small towns needing to be negotiated.

The start once again was at the Youth Centre in Elstead, after which both routes go through Farnham and out through villages to Whitchurch, where the first control is situated and which Phil Hamilton invariably looks after in his extremely capable way.  It’s also here that the routes split:  the Danebury 150 heads down to Danebury Hill Fort (not surprisingly!) and thence to Stockbridge where riders can take lunch.  It continues to New Alresford’s Watercress Line railway station, which is always interesting.  The Stonehenge continues west to Amesbury and the popular Friar Tuck café before veering south just before Salisbury and passing through the Winterslows and crossing the River Test near Kings Somborne.  It then passes north of Winchester before reaching New Alresford.  Both routes then follow the same route back to the starting point via more lovely lanes.

One factor which needed dealing with this year was the Alresford control.  This control is open until 7.30pm for the Stonehenge and I hadn’t even thought to check whether the station was still open at this time.  Of course it wasn’t, so an alternative ‘proof of passage’ had to be organised.  This wasn’t easy since I didn’t want to drive down there, so Peter Coulson, the Audax UK rides secretary, and I devised an information control based on a question to which we knew there would be a ‘no answer’.  “Which brand of gas does the coal merchant in the station forecourt sell?” was the question and we hoped that there would be no sign or evidence of gas being sold, in which case the answer would be, ‘no evidence of gas being sold’ or words to that effect.  Fortunately, the plan worked.

Organising events is fun but there’s a fair amount of work involved.  They would be impossible to run without the help of volunteers and my thanks must go to the following who lent a hand on the day:  Bob and Pauline McLeod were at Elstead both in the morning and evening and I couldn’t have done without them.  Phil Hamilton kindly ran the Whitchurch control with Jeff Banks’ assistance.  Roland Masset, unable to ride owing to a bad knee, also kindly helped check in riders back at HQ, and Rebecca Lucas assisted with the catering both in the morning and evening and kept me company until the bitter end, which was late - the final rider came in just as the finish control was closing at 22.12.  There’s an amusing story here:  this poor chap’s wife needed the car so he had ridden up from Fareham, leaving home at 3.30am in the morning, to reach the start by 8am.  He got lost about seven miles from the end, finally getting in at the time stated above.  He then rang his wife asking her to come and collect him, only to find that she was waiting at the other ‘Elsted’ near Midhurst, so he had to ride back up to the A3 and then wait for her.  A long day!

The turn-out for the event was good and it is interesting to note that there were two more riders on the Danebury than on the Stonehenge - a ‘first’ possibly - although in fact we ended up with one more finisher on the Stonehenge.  Statistics for the ride are shown below.

I am going to look into the possibility of running the events later in the year since this is what the DA Committee seems to want.  It depends to a great extent on available dates in the AUK calendar and whether my availability coincides;  if they do not, the organisation may have to be passed on to someone else.  Having recently spoken to Peter Coulson, it would seem that 22 May is about the only date available where there is no clash!

The Stonehenge route would provide a very enjoyable two-day ride over a weekend with the middle night being taken in Salisbury, where there are numerous B&Bs and a YH.  If any reader would like a route (which I will adapt to include the short extra distance into Salisbury, then do please get in touch with me (01483 414307).

The following DA riders took part:

Stonehenge:  Jeff Ellingham, Roger Philo, Richard Phipps, Clive Richardson, Geoff Smith jnr.

Danebury:  Peter Clint, Terry Crabtree, Gill & Ian Draper, Doug Johnson, Keir O’Donnell, Rudi Smith, Geoff Smith snr and Don Jones.

  Total
entries
of which, ‘on
the line’ entries
DNS DNF No of
Finishers
Stonehenge 46 7 9 2 35
Danebury **    48 11 7 3 36
** Non-compliance with regulations:  2
 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

OCTOBER 17th:  Sunday lunchtime special social gathering for all riders, friends, and rides groups, Black Swan/Mucky Duck, Martyr’s Green, Ockham

OCTOBER 30th:  AGM and lunch, Hoebridge Golf Club, Woking (Anne Etherington 01483 834716).  Book now!

APRIL 24th 2005:  Reliability Ride
JUNE 4th:  Stonehenge 200km/Danebury 150km
JUNE 26th:  Rough stuff
AUGUST 21st:  Tour of the Hills/Tour of the Greensand Hills
SEPTEMBER 25th?:  Tricyclathon


A. G. M. & Luncheon

Saturday 30th October 2004

Yes, it’s that time once again when we all look forward to short days, fog, ice and rain!

At least we have the Club A.G.M. and Luncheon to look forward to, and this will again be held at the Hoebridge Golf Club.

We are adopting the same system as last year.  Decide if you would like to come, we hope you will - choose your menu by inserting the letter appropriate to your choice in the spaces provided on the form overleaf, and return this page having printed your name on the form, along with your cheque in favour of C.T.C. West Surrey DA for £17.50p. Your cheque will be held until one week before the event, after which a refund will not be possible.

The A.G.M. will begin at 10.30 am (coffee/tea and biscuits will be available from 10 am) with the luncheon following at approximately 1 pm.

Lunch will consist of three courses of your choice, served at table, followed by coffee and mints.

The choices available are set out on the reverse of this page. Please choose and complete all parts of the form i.e. the names of all those wishing to come to the lunch, their individual choices, and return this together with your cheque to Anne Etherington at 35, Apers Avenue, Westfield, Woking, Surrey. GU22 9NB.

Please don’t leave everything to the last moment, it makes organisation so much more difficult, and remember your cheque will not be cashed until one week before the event, and you can cancel up to that time, in which case your cheque will be returned.

COME AND ENJOY A GOOD MEAL WITH YOUR FRIENDS

Please choose from the following :-

Starter

  1. Homemade Leek & Potato Soup with Croutons.
  2. Prawn Platter with Salad Garnish & Marie-Rose Sauce.
  3. Chicken Goujons with Spicy Salsa.

Main Course

  1. Escalop of Pork with Honey and Apricot Sauce.
  2. Supreme Chicken served with White Wine Mushroom Sauce.
  3. Minted Lamb Steak served with Red Onion Sauce.
  4. Sweet & Sour Vegetables with Pilau Rice.

Dessert

  1. Chocolate Profiteroles served with Cream.
  2. Black Forest Gateau with Cream.
  3. Lemon Torte served with Cream.
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Surrey Scorathon - Sunday May 16th 2004

by Keith Chesterton

My fifth Surrey Scorathon, from Bramley, was a straightforward event with easy clues but two steep hills - Mare Lane and Horseblock Hollow.

Not all participants were competitive, but it was close and one wrong answer decided the final positions.  Well done John and Jane Gilbe, who just stopped Keith McClurey “winning” for the third successive year - and thanks to all eleven who took part.

It was a beautiful day, with some pleasant lanes and tracks and I was very disappointed that it did not appeal to enough regular riders - or new ones - to justify the expense and effort.

So, sorry, this will be the last one I organise.

RESULTS

Name Time  Points  Penalty 
Points
Overall 
Total
Overall
Position
John & Jane Gilbe 4.08 850 16 834 1=
Keith & Simon McClurey 3.23 830 830 3=
Arthur Twiggs 3.56 770 40 730 5
Mary Clarke 3.47 550 550 6
Don Jones 2.55 480 480 7=
Chris Boggon 3.05 480 480 7=
Bob, Pauline & Samantha McLeod  3.52 130 130 9=

Note - 2 points were lost for every minute back over the 4 hours allowed, and points were deducted for a guessed answer.


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