“The West Surrey Cyclist” - July - September 2006

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Contents:

Front cover - very similar to previous issue
Inner front cover - West Surrey CTC District Association - same as in previous issue
Editorial front matter - very similar to previous issue
Riding Around - With Editor Geoff Smith
Going Solo - by Claire Hooper
A History of the Tour of the Hills - by Chris Jeggo
Organised Cycle Rides  July - September 2006 - the Rides List
Tour of the Hills 2005 and 2006 - Tim Bar brings us up to date
Mayday in Sussex - by Derek Tanner
From the President - by Rico Signore
Looking Good ..... in Our DA Shirts
Hard Tracks, Fine Tracks - Scorathon 2006 - report by Keith Chesterton
Reliability Ride - The Event (and the mockers) - report by Phil Hamilton
2nd Guildford Charity Bike Ride
Dates for Your Diary - (only the changes from previous issues)
DA Personalities - Nine - Bob McLeod

Selected items transcribed from the original printed copy:


RIDING AROUND

With Editor Geoff Smith

I HAVE been having some fun pitching riders against each other in verbal battles of various aspects of this cycling life - well, it makes a change from skirmishes over politics.

It started with a little bit of commissioning (honorary, I swear;  no money ever changes hands in this mag) on the simple matter of how to remove and replace tyres from rims.

Did I say simple?  The resultant article stirred up passions among many readers.  I made haste to request a follow-up piece on whether or not it was worthwhile repairing a punctured tube, and then just how many patches one should bother applying to said item before replacing it.

That, too, has produced a fair amount of reaction, I am pleased to say.  Everyone, it seems, has a firm opinion on when a tube’s day is done.  One patch, or 25, or no patches at all?  You name it.

There is only one person who can give us the definitive answer, none other than the CTC’s Technical Officer, Chris Juden.  Chris graciously granted me an audience and immediately opined there was absolutely nothing wrong with having ten or so patches on a tube.

He agreed with our Phil Hamilton that it is best to repair inner tubes in bulk as the patch adhesive loses its stickiness in a matter of weeks once the tube nozzle is pierced.  Do one repair at a time and half or more of your adhesive will invariably be wasted, he reasons.

So Chris recommends settling down with a good film on the TV and working through a pile of damaged tubes conveyer-belt-style.  That is certainly good advice.

But another contentious situation arose when it came to the actual amount of adhesive to apply.  I mentioned that Lionel Joseph, a distinguished West Surrey veteran cyclist and the CTC’s hon. historian, had given me the tip that it is best to apply two coats of adhesive to a repair - letting both dry thoroughly, of course, before applying the patch.

Definitely not, retorted oracle Chris.  Use as little of the stuff as possible.  The more you use the more the chances are of a firm seal not being formed.

Oh well, at least we can patch away as often as we like on the same tube.  I passed that on to Phil Hamilton only to be told that that was all very well but too many patches, particularly those passing over each other, could affect wheel balancing.


NOW here’s another problem.  What about tubes tearing at the base of the valve, usually occurring when you are pumping a tyre up to high pressure?  Chris Juden wrote in the April-May Cycle about this extremely common frustration and mentioned applying a simple washer made from a bit of old tube with a stretch-to-fit hole for the valve made with a leather punch (or ordinary office letter punch?) to give more rigidity.

Lionel Joseph told me it is more effective to add a tube nut filed down to half thickness and pop that over the rubber washer under the rim, as per these pictures he has kindly sent in.


GOING SOLO

By Claire Hooper

Last October I finally did something I’ve fantasised about for ages - going away on my bike for more than just one day.  Admittedly it would still be only a weekend, travelling from Petersfield to Littlehampton and back, but I’d spent weeks thinking about different routes and what I would take with me.  Bed and breakfast was already booked and paid for, so I was committed to going.

After a last frantic run round on Saturday morning, writing notes for different members of the family (all either out or asleep) I set off with thumping heart, trembling fingers and butterflies.  Would the family fall to bits without me?  Would I spend all my time getting lost?  Would the weather be awful?

It certainly wasn’t in Petersfield, so I headed straight past its market for the South Downs.  Had I known then how few teashops (ANY shops!) or pubs this route included, I would have stopped to buy.  Anyway, within three miles I passed through Buriton and started climbing a lane which steadily became steeper to the point of walking backwards;  too early to have warmed up to a 1-in-5, so I pushed to the top where I met a lady out practising for a mountain-walking event in the Lake District and a postman in his van who asked if I’d just cycled up.  I didn’t lie.

The next 90 minutes were well worth the climb, although I spent a fair part of the time walking as the surface was too loose/muddy/rutted for cycling on a Raleigh Pioneer.  The weather was sunny and clear, with immense views on the northern side and beautiful rolling slopes to the south.  I was surprised to find that in places the path was on the edge of an almost sheer drop, where I travelled at the level of the treetops.  I hardly passed another person all the way to where the path crossed a road near Uppark, which sadly was invisible from the road.  I soared down a pretty valley and along quiet little lanes to East Marden and the first B-road since Petersfield, stopping occasionally for a snack.

It was a bit disconcerting to find that 16 miles and 2 hours of travelling had only taken me 7 miles from Petersfield - definitely time to hit a bigger road and cover more miles.  In a glorious downhill swoop I shot straight past the only pub for miles, and cycled happily down the empty B2141 as far as the Lavants.  By now I wanted a stop, but the pub there was shut for refurbishing, and the OS clearly showed no other for at least three miles.  I’d also mucked up the plan to ride past Glorious Goodwood at the top of the Downs, so instead I sprinted down the road alongside Goodwood racetrack at the bottom.  The weather was deteriorating, and after trudging up a hill to the Goodwood Sculpture Park (so expensive I didn’t go in), I finally reached a pub in Halnaker in the midst of a heavy shower.  After half an hour the rain had stopped and there were still three hours till I was expected in Littlehampton, so I headed for Arundel with lots of interesting weather to watch - big clouds were sailing on both sides depositing heavy showers, but I kept arriving in places they’d just left.  I trundled down footpaths through woods, and zig-zagged through villages in an attempt not to get lured onto the A27 to Arundel - it looked like a motorway.  At Fontwell I watched horse-racing (three riders down!) from the tradesmen’s entrance with a man and his son, until thunder rumbled close by.  Through Westergate, Eastergate and Walberton to Binsted, where I picked blackberries with a lady cyclist who conducted me down off-road routes to the Arundel-Littlehampton road.  Thank you, Janet, for sharing your local knowledge about the places we cycled past, such as the shrine built by Laurie Lee’s wife in their garden.

Arundel loomed in front of me, a true mediaeval citadel on its hill.  After an hour strolling round the town I enjoyed the final few miles of the trip with the sun setting on my right and a nip in the air.  Past Ford prison - is it Open if it has flowerbeds? - and over the river at Climping, then down Littlehampton’s smart riverside to the B&B, opposite the fully-booked YHA.  I spent a self-indulgent evening showering and washing kit in my own bathroom, taking myself for a sunset walk by the sea and to an Italian restaurant, then on the bed watching TV and knitting gloves.  And eating anything I could find at regular intervals.  I knew cyclists needed regular feeding, but I’d previously only needed food to keep the pedals going round;  today I’d also found that hunger while cycling made the difference between enjoying the ride and feeling despondent and tired.

I woke at 7 the next morning, raring to go, but breakfast was booked for 9 o’clock so I went to church in the meantime.  Breakfast then didn’t appear till 9.30, coinciding with two more cyclists who’d opted for a later start.  The meal wasn’t a success, partly because they were monosyllabic except when one helped himself to my coffee and the other told him off (we were all at a communal table), and partly because the breakfast was overcooked and strangely flavoured, so I shan’t recommend the establishment.  I finally raced away at 10 a.m., back up the river, over the bridge, through Climping and past several farm shops to Bognor seafront.  It was a lovely morning and I made the most of the uncrowded promenade through Bognor, ignoring pedestrians who made pointed remarks about illiterate cyclists.  I hadn’t seen any ‘No cycling’ signs where I joined the prom!

A headwind combined with a sore bottom (I’d been a bit blasé about Vaseline) persuaded me to abandon the intended detour round Chichester Harbour and just head straight for Chichester.  It was an unpleasant route, six miles of heavy traffic and wind, so I decided to get it over quickly and do it in under thirty minutes;  I felt quite smug when I did, too.  After the disappointing breakfast I was ready to eat a foot-long tuna baguette as I wandered around, accompanied by the sound of the choristers in the Cathedral.  I’d never been to Chichester in nice weather before, and the time passed very quickly.  I felt close enough to home now to buy some little (lightweight) presents for the family, so they’d let me go again, and then set off westward.

The empty road rolled along the bottom of the Downs, parallel with the A27 which was packed.  By now I was tossing up whether to go to Havant for faster, more frequent trains or to Rowlands Castle for less frequent, slow ones.  I passed through the middle of the biggest pig farm I’ve ever seen;  it stretched for about a mile along both sides of a dull, windswept road, and contained dozens of pigs in assorted shapes and sizes.  This part of the route was through slightly drab, dull countryside, and I was starting to feel quite tired, so I headed for Rowlands Castle;  Havant offered more scope for confusion as it was bigger, and I didn’t know which of its two stations I needed.

The final few miles passed quickly.  I rolled into Rowlands Castle with enough time for a welcome coffee, a circuit of the village green, and an introduction to the mysterious Permit to Travel tickets available, confusingly, from something like a car-park ticket machine.

On the train I had leisure to think about the weekend.  So many enjoyable moments in so little time;  I’d stopped to read the map umpteen times, but I’d never got lost;  I’d met pleasant people;  the bike and the weather had been fine;  and I’d never been bored or lonely.  I’d been able to stop when I chose, change the route originally planned, and please myself entirely.  I would definitely recommend going alone to anyone who’d love a weekend away but can’t find anyone to ride with.  After all, Sussex is hardly distant or dangerous!  If I can do it, a middle-aged woman not quite five feet tall, anyone can.


A HISTORY OF THE TOUR OF THE HILLS

By Chris Jeggo

IN my April 2005 article I described how Ray Craig introduced Audax rides to W Surrey DA in 1978.  I joined Audax UK in late 1979 and during 1980 we read about the ‘Super Grimpeur’ event in Yorkshire, starting at Pately Bridge, five and a bit circuits requiring six ascents of Greenhow Hill, 7100 feet of climbing in 96 km.  Now Yorkshire does not have a monopoly of hills, so in 1981 Ray and I organised the Surrey ‘Super Grimpeur’, six circuits starting at Forest Green, climbing Leith Hill via Tanhurst Lane, then Sutton Abinger, Hoe Lane, Peaslake and Holmbury Hill, rounded off with a seventh ascent of Leith Hill!  With 7900' of ascent in 100 km this amusing little saunter proved popular and the Weybridge Wheelers continued to run it up to the early 1990s.

Early in 1982 there was a telephone conversation between Harold Coleman and me which went something like this.  “I’ve been thinking about the Super Grimpeur.  A circuit event is not really for tourists, an event that never repeated a climb would be better.  I’ve sketched out a route and would like to know what you think of it.”  “That’s amazing!  I’ve been thinking exactly the same and I’ve sketched out a route, too!”  Well, my route had slightly more climbing than Harold’s - I was trying hard to maximise it - but Harold’s was more practical, easier to navigate and marshall, so we chose his and ran the first “Tour of the Hills”.  It has been running ever since, so this year’s will be the 25th, a silver milestone.

“Never climb the same lane twice!” said the ad. in “Cycletouring”, which attracted 49 entries that first year.  Starting and finishing in Guildford, there were 13 major climbs totalling 5300' in 100 km, qualifying for an AUK ‘Grimpeur’ medal, or a ‘gold’ brooch for finishing inside 5 hours.

In 1983 the organiser was Simon Doughty, who started riding with WSDA and has gone on to make cycling his career.  He revised the route to include 15 climbs totalling about 5700'.  “Notable additions are the legendary Horseblock Hollow and the notorious Tanhurst Lane”, said the event handout.  121 starters resulted from his flare for publicity.  He had special event medals made and secured sponsorship from F. W. Evans in the form of water bottles to be given to successful finishers, of whom 46 got under 5 hours.

In 1984 the event was included in the D.A. Tourist Competition, the first year this competition was run.  Then in 1985 Simon wrote in “Arrivée” (the AUK magazine) “West Surrey navvies have been steepening the climbs and building new ones”, while the handout said “a new route taking aspiring Robert Millars, Van Impes and other hard-riding cyclists and mountain goats over the best hills in Surrey”.  F. W. Evans again sponsored the event generously with vouchers to be handed out to successful finishers.  That year’s Annual Report said “There were 98 entries, a figure which would have been far exceeded had the weather been better.  The coldest, wettest August day for over 40 years played havoc with the field, and only 34 finished.  This is an event we can be proud of; and it’s profitable too!”

Roy Banks took over in 1986, when 86 started but only 46 finished due to exceptionally wet and windy weather, so for the next two years the event was switched to July.  In 1988 Roy had to bow out of event organising for medical reasons, so Clive Richardson and I took over at short notice.  There were complaints that the course was over distance, and “approx. 100 km” turned out to be 110!  So that’s how Simon managed to increase the climbing to 5800 feet.

In 1989 Ian Parker took over for the next three events, devising a route that was navigationally less challenging but not much less hilly.  In 1990 the event merited half a point in the Audax Altitude Award (AAA) scheme, and suffered 7 hours of torrential rain, according to Russell Smith in “Diary of an AAA” in the Spring 1993 “Arrivée”.  Russell goes on to say that the weather was ideal in 1991, when the 115 km event merited a whole AAA point, but in 1992 the roads were slippery and gravel-strewn from previous rain.

During the 1990s the route continued to evolve under organisers Roger Philo, Keith Parfitt and Harold Coleman.  It was held on “a perfect summer’s day” in 1995 and “an extremely hot day” in 1996, when the finishers included three on fixed wheel, our own Paul Holmes among them, and two on a tandem.  In the April 1996 “West Surrey Cyclist” it was announced that all events claiming AAA points would have to be re-registered with the AAA Secretary for 1997, involving either counting contour lines on a 1:50000 OS map or at least two independent cumulative climb readings from cycle computers with altimeter functions.  “Contours have not been counted for the current ToH route and the claim of 1930 m is based on one Avocet 50 reading for the current route and two for the previous, slightly different, route.  The organisers would prefer not to have to count contours so we need volunteers with Avocet 50s ...”  In 1998 one rider wrote to a Woking newspaper, describing the ride as “exquisite torture”.

In 2001, Tom Hargreaves’ first year as organiser, rain cleared but many riders abandoned because of many punctures.  “Cycling Weekly” gave the event excellent publicity with a double-page spread, two articles, three photographs, quotations, a list of finishers, and a plug for the 2002 event.  According to the DA Annual Report there were 97 riders, the low turn-out possibly being due to the recently lifted foot & mouth restrictions.  Incidentally, Tom’s fearsome route profile, resembling needle-like shark teeth, has become part of the event’s folklore.

“Cycling Weekly” again did us proud in 2005, as described by Geoff Smith in the previous magazine.  One of their reporters was James Shrubsall, who first rode the event in 1988 at the age of 13.  You may read his “West Surrey Cyclist” account (Autumn 1988) on the internet at http://homepage.ntlworld.com/chris.jeggo/wsdahist/mag8810.html


TOUR OF THE HILLS 2005 AND 2006

Tim Bar brings us up to date

The TOH05 was another success for the club.  With numbers limited for the second year running we ended up fully booked with 153+1 (I felt I could not refuse Mark Waters’ application even though he was technically too late!).  Tour of the Greensands (TOG) was also a success with 30 applicants - causing me to run short of forms.  The weather was yet again excellent.  I turned away about 20 or more people once we reached the total target of 150 (yes a few slipped in somehow).  This was not a nice experience as I felt we disappointed a good few riders.  In addition there were about 25 “no-shows” on the day.  This meant that we could have taken the extra with no real impact on our catering and team resources.  Having said that, the Club has not experienced a TOH event with a full 150 people turning up on the day plus 30-40 riders on the TOG so the true impact on resources and catering has not been tested.  Last year we ran the event with 14 full-time and 3 part-time club members (including me).  This required quite a lot of juggling with the marshalls so that we could man the check-points appropriately at each stage.  My thanks those who helped on the day and particularly those who manned two check points.  The fastest time last year was 4 hours and 2 minutes;  The slowest 7 hours and 13 minutes.  There were no reported accidents - an excellent safety record.  One person rang in to say he was lost and did not like the route sheet.  One member of the Cycling Weekly team also got lost and then found his way back onto the route and somehow finished in a time of around 4 hours and 7 minutes - now why can I not cycle like that?

The TOH05 was given a three-page article in Cycling Weekly and the coverage was very favourable.  This is a tribute to the Club members’ effort on the day to make the event a good experience for the riders from check-in, efficient and helpful marshalling and excellent processing/food at the finish.  CW suggested some route changes that I am still considering.  They mentioned that it would be nice to avoid the main road back into Dorking after dropping off Box Hill.  The press coverage will mean an increased number of applicants this year - the first application arrived on December 31st 2005!

For TOH06 I have set a a target application limit of 200 and will budget for 40 on the TOG.  If we experience a level of “no-shows” of, say, 20 then we need to be able to cater for 220 people.  The implications are:  1) a further revision to the staggered start to allow for the impact on the early check-points,  2) 4 marshalls for each of the first three check-points,  3) an extra person or two to assist in the kitchen (making 3-4 catering staff in total).  In all I expect that the club will need to provide 14 marshalls, preferably 4 catering staff and 3 people to assist with signing-in and checking back the finishers.  Some helpers will be able to do two jobs so the actual total will be about 20 people.  So if you would like to help on the day please give me a call on 01483 825691 or email me at tim.bar@ntlworld.com.

Lastly, it is Harold Coleman’s 75th birthday this year and he is intending to cycle TOH06 in celebration - one of the reasons I decided not to add two more hills.


MAYDAY IN SUSSEX

By Derek Tanner

The Mayday event is traditionally acclaimed for its poor choice of hostel.  Enthusiastic newcomers complain if it is at the bottom of a hill, meaning an early morning climb, while the thinking members complain when we start at the top of the hill because they have all day to think of the end of the day return.  But this year we hit the jackpot.  Alfriston Youth hostel is almost exactly halfway up the hill.  So with everybody happy, Chris Jeggo set off to lead for the first view from the top of Cradle Hill and then from the top of South Hill.  Fortunately Dave Williamson, being a forward-thinking individual, had obtained four pages of tea stops from the local DA which usefully diverted us into the Exceat tea-rooms almost at sea level.  More local knowledge led us behind the phone box at West Dean and from nowhere appeared a cycle track that neatly avoided the busy A259 to take us to lunch at East Dean.  From Birling Gap you can only go up to Beachy Head.  Tea back down in Jevington and by the end of the afternoon we found the busy A27 at Polegate.  Not being horses or mountain bikers we struggled on the cycle route as we headed back towards the Long Man at Wilmington.  But the right decision was confirmed when we only managed to recross the A27 after several minutes by the lucky coincidence of a left-turning car immediately followed by a cycle-friendly motorist who slowed the traffic sufficiently for us to make a mass run for it.  It was busy at dinner in the youth hostel, helped by a large church party and a group of scouts.  Forward-thinking Dave came up trumps again with a box of wines from the back of his car, and things quietened down considerably after everbody else got bored when Dr Who ended on the TV.

Sunday started wet and spirits were low.  Derek picked up the theme and headed off in the lead to Pevensey Levels.  Most of the waterproofs had been discarded by the time we stopped for coffee in the shade of Pevensey Castle.  Keeping close to the coast with the wind behind us, the sun was out and we sped towards Battle.  Returning via Windmill Hill we thought we would try our luck to shortcut through the grounds of Herstmonceux castle - but we didn’t get very far before we were redirected to a more appropriate route by the overly helpful jobsworth collecting money at the gate (we never did get as far as finding out much the entrance fee was - but we guessed it was probably excessive as they clearly didn’t expect bikes and there didn’t seem to be many people there anyway).  But we did well and got an excellent view as we passed by and back on to the levels.  By now we were running late and had to resort to tea in the petrol station in Hailsham.  Revived, we massed for a brisk run back to dinner against the now head wind.

Monday’s start was possibly damper than Sunday’s and we started by sheltering in the smallest church in England at Lullington.  David Jupe stopped to mend a puncture while Libby waited patiently with us, innocently keeping their pump dry.  It was beginning to dry up as we crept into the Exceat tearooms again to sit in front of their roaring log fire.  It was sunny by the time we got to Seaford sea front.  Against the wind today we followed the new cycle track along the promenade and through the new Ouse Estuary park to Newhaven where we found a traditional roadside café for a traditional high-cholesterol lunch.  A few more miles dodging on and off the (today even busier) A27 we stopped at a highly recommended tea stop from Dave’s list.  Then it was time to think about going home.  Finishing off with a couple of miles on the A27 was less than pleasant and not to be advised - but it did lead past the English Wine Centre.  Here we took advantage of a free wine-tasting offer and left with panniers bulging with “something for later”.  Those of us staying the extra night were left to drink the wine that we were not able to fit into one of the leaving cars.  With only seven residents, evening meal at the hostel was almost akin to a 4-star hotel.

The weather the next morning was superb.  Being in no hurry, the final three set off following the Cuckoo Trail, NCN 21, and the Worth Way.  After sharing a coffee stop with some ramblers at Horam, an excellent lunch after a gruelling climb to Rotherfield and tea in East Grinstead, we even had time for a coffee in the arrivals hall at Gatwick before catching the train for the last leg home.  Lastly and most importantly for the forward thinkers - the popular vote for next year’s venue from the 9 members present is Dorset and the hostel at Litton Cheney (Dorchester) is in the frame.


FROM THE PRESIDENT

Rico Signore

WHEN Harold Coleman wrote in our magazine that as far as he, or anyone else, could recall (if that is possible?), the 50 miles reliability ride was always held in dry and sunny conditions, guess what happened?  - This year it was drizzle all the way.  What are the chances that this has put the mockers on the event for the next 25 years?

Many thanks to Keith Chesterton for an excellent Scorathon event.  It must have taken a month of Sundays to think up and check all the clues.  However, for me and a few others the length of the course and number of clues were just too much to digest in one morning.  There certainly was no time even for a coffee break if you wanted to finish within the stipulated four-and-a-half hours.  In future, a shorter route with fewer clues will make life easier for the participants (and for Keith).  A running time of around three hours, finishing around lunchtime, would suit most of us admirably and perhaps attract a few more participants.

At the moment the Giro d’Italia, one of the world’s great stage races, is under way.  Listening to British Eurosport I happened to hear the commentator, Dave Hammonds, praising and recommending the CTC to all cyclists.  He not only lauded the efforts of the CTC on behalf of the cycling fraternity but also explained in detail that membership includes not only insurance but many other advantages such as shop discounts and the bi-monthly Cycle magazine.


HARD TRACKS, FINE TRACKS - SCORATHON 2006

By Keith Chesterton

This year’s start at Horsley Station made it harder than previously for me to find little, unused roads, so I incorporated a number of hard tracks to link up small roads.  I rediscovered the fine tracks across Bookham Common going to Bocketts Farm and will be using them in future.

As usual, looking for clues made me find a lot I didn’t know were there, the distances on the Hautboy Inn sign and at Horsley Station among them.  Most clues were easy but Paradise in Ockham baffled a few.  The Rev Paradise is the name of the vicar at the church.  There were several ways people could have reached Telegraph Tower on Ockham Common but my clues encouraged using Ockham Lane and Pointers Road on quiet tarmac virtually the whole way.  It was Admiral Black who opened it formally.

I was disappointed that only five people tackled the hilly last third of the route.  The organisation that supports the historic bus shelter on Ranmore Common road (at the junction) is the Long Distance Walkers Association.  Next time you are there, have a look.  Chris Jeggo did a perfectly judged ride, visiting all the clues and finishing in 4hr 30min.  He just mistook the bus shelter or he would have had a maximum.  Others were out for a different sort of enjoyment:  having more leisurely rides.

This was my seventh Surrey Scorathon and the 21 entrants on a rather gloomy day made the effort worthwhile.  I haven’t decided where to start the event next year but I will reduce the length a bit to encourage more to enter.

Surrey Scorathon - Sunday May 14th 2006

RESULTS

Name DA Time Points   Less
Penalties  
Total   Overall
Position
Chris Jeggo W Sy In time   930 - 930 1
Keith McClurey W Sy In time 920 80 840 2
Mike Waite S Bucks 4.39 750 36 714 3
Mark Beauchamp N Hants 4.44 740 56 684 4
Richard Ellis W Sy In time 650 - 650 5
Derek Tanner W Sy 4.48 650 72 578 6=
Sue Thorne W Sy 4.48 650 72 578 6=
Martin Hine W Sy 4.36 570 24 546 8
Andy & Judy Bridge   W Sussex   4.54 630 96 534 9=
Libia & David Jupe W Sy 4.49 610 76 534 9=
J Lowe W Sy In time 510 - 510 13=
L Gagnon W Sy In time 510 - 510 13=
Rico Signore W Sy In time 570 80 490 15
Jeff Banks W Sy 4.35 570 122 448 16
Les Toole W Sy 4.35 500 60 440 17
Peter Fennemore W Sy In time 410 - 410 18
Jean Curry S Bucks 4.48 500 122 378 19
Anne Tanner W Sy bike became unusable 20=
Ian McGregor W Sy out to help and a social ride 20=
 

RELIABILITY RIDE - THE EVENT (and the mockers)

By Phil Hamilton

BOASTS that the Reliability Ride had not seen rain for many years put the mockers on the weather on Sunday 23 April and most of the 44 riders were glad of their waterproofs.

For the statistically minded - we had one visitor (Bristol DA);  6 Ladies;  29 Veterans;  1 Junior and 2 non-CTC members:  all riders completed the 50-mile ride within the prescribed 5 hours.

Despite the weather, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, and we were pleased that some members who were unable to enter the event joined us for a pleasant and social lunch.

My thanks to all who participated and to my team of helpers, without whom the event could not have run.

The following will receive a certificate:

J Banks P Banks R Banks C Boarer C Boggon
C Brim P Callaghan M Carolan C Cavaliere H Coleman
L Deering R Ellis P Gillingham M Hine A Holbrook
D Hollebon (Ms)     P Holmes C Jeggo C Jenkins D Johnson
D Jones A Juden (Ms)     C Juden R Knight (Ms)     I McGregor
R McLeod C Moore (Ms)     E Palethorpe (Ms)     R Richardson N Riley
L Roberts C Shales R Shore (Ms) R Signore G Smith (Sen)
G Smith(Jnr) H Smith T Strudwick A Tanner (Ms)     D Tanner
W Thompson D Williamson          

All participants and helpers will be awarded the relevant Sunday Attendance and Cup points.


2nd GUILDFORD CHARITY BIKE RIDE

The second Guildford Charity Bike Ride will be held on Sunday 9th July 2006.  Starting and finishing at Bushy Hill School, Merrow, the ride will follow a route through Clandon, Horsley, Ripley, Send, Old Woking, Sutton Green, Jacob’s Well, Burpham and Merrow.

Three optional routes will be available covering 23, 17 and 10 miles respectively.

Organised by the Rotary Club of Guildford Chantries with sponsorship support from ALLIANZ-CORNHILL, the ride will raise funds primarily for the CEDAR CENTRE, Guildford’s new diabetes specialist centre based at Royal Surrey County Hospital.

Last year, with 70 riders taking part, the inaugural ride enabled the Rotary Club to raise £3000 for CHERRY TREES respite home for children.

The routes are suitable for riders of all standards, especially families and groups.  The ride starts at 10 a.m.  Entry fee £5 for adults, £2 for juniors (8-13).

Anyone interested in taking part should contact BIKE RIDE on 01483 770102 for an entry form or further information.


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

As in previous issues plus:-

JULY 9th :  Guildford Charity Bike Ride, choice of three routes, Bushy Hill School (phone 01483 770102;  other details elsewhere in mag)

OCTOBER 21st:  Annual general meeting and lunch - date confirmed


And finally....

DA PERSONALITIES - NINE

Bob McLeod
Should not be allowed
Such sartorial scandals;
Plastic bags in those sandals!
 

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