“The West Surrey Cyclist” - January - March 2007

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Contents:

Front cover - a special ‘Bicycle Icycle’ design
Inner front cover - West Surrey CTC District Association 2007
Editorial front matter
Riding Around - with Editor Geoff Smith
Points From the 78th Annual General Meeting - by Geoff Smith
Cycling in Jordan - by Richard Ellis
Organised Cycle Rides  January - March 2007 - the Rides List
National Climate March - by Claire Hooper
Shere Joy - by Paul Gillingham
Get Your Kicks on Route 22 - by Claire Hooper
Repairing Inner Tubes - by Chris Jeggo
Drink-driving - by Chris Jeggo
All-day Sunday Intermediates’ webpage
Dates for Your Diary
AGM Feedback - by Bob McLeod, Rides Secretary
Inner back cover - Benstead Cup - Events, rules and trophies
Outer back cover - Using Mobile Phones while Riding, and . . .
. . . DA Personalities - Eleven - Peter Clint

Selected items transcribed from the original printed copy:


WEST SURREY CTC DISTRICT ASSOCIATION 2007

PRESIDENT  Rico Signore  01483 822240
SECRETARY  Jeff Banks, 6 Arreton Mead, Woking GU21 4HW.  01483 772616  jeff@labaule.freeserve.co.uk
TREASURER  Tim Bar  01483 825691
RIDES SECRETARY  Bob McLeod, 23 Beresford Close, Frimley Green, Camberley GU16 6LB.  Phone 01252 835321

COMMITTEE MEMBERS  Geoff Smith 01483 769051;  Peter Callaghan (Chairman) 01483 770902;  Chris Jeggo 01483 870218

VICE-PRESIDENTS  George Alesbury, Harold Coleman, Chris Jeggo, Clive Richardson, Roy Banks

MAGAZINE EDITOR  Geoff Smith, 2 Julian Close, Woking GU21 3HD.  Phone 01483 769051

ARCHIVIST  Chris Jeggo  01483 870218

CTC AREA RIGHT TO RIDE OFFICER
Peter Clint  6 Pendennis Close, West Byfleet KT14 6RX.  Phone 01932 340564

RIDE LEADERS

SUNDAY RIDERS  Clive Richardson  01428 724390
GUILDFORD AND GODALMING WAYFARERS  Peter Fennemore  01483 300689
MIDWEEK WAYFARERS  Rico Signore 01483 822240;  Roy Banks 01344 842676;  Sybil Preston 01483 837839
WOKING WAYFARERS  Anke Blackburn  01483 765837
FARNHAM CRN  Liz Palethorpe  01252 792187


WHAT WE ARE

The CTC (Cyclists’ Touring Club) is the national organisation for all cyclists in the UK and Ireland.  It has more than 55,000 members and is the oldest and largest cycling body in the UK.
It has a network of district associations of which the West Surrey DA is one.
It campaigns for both road and offroad cyclists.  Membership includes third-party insurance, legal claims advice, travel and technical guidance, on and offroad route information, and a bi-monthly national magazine.

CTC headquarters:  Parklands, Railton Road, Guildford GU2 9JX.  Phone 0870 873 0060
CTC website:  www.ctc.org.uk
West Surrey DA website:  www.westsurreydactc.org.uk
DA history website:  http://homepage.ntlworld.com/chris.jeggo/wsdahist/histarch.html

DON’T JUST SIT THERE, WRITE SOMETHING

CONTRIBUTIONS - articles, letters, product and services comments - are welcomed by the Editor.  Please send them to Geoff Smith, 2 Julian Close, Woking GU21 3HD

Word-processed pieces should ideally be in A5 format ready for the printed page and justified both sides in 12 point Times type.  If printing out in A4 please ensure type is 16 point Times.

DEADLINE FOR NEXT ISSUE:  March 1st
Get those cycling stories into the Editor now


RIDING AROUND

With Editor Geoff Smith

HIS Eminence The Director, Kevin Mayne, and CTC HQ staff made a party of humble West Surrey DA stalwarts welcome with tea and buns at the open day in October to mark the opening of the plush new national premises at Railton Lane, Stoughton, Guildford.  I for one enjoyed the trip around the offices and emerged unscathed but asking myself the question of whether or not my subscription is value for money.

Definitely yes, I have to say, in terms of the national Cycle magazine, albeit a puny shadow of The West Surrey Cyclist, and the comfort of knowing I have third-party insurance built into my membership, let alone the unfailingly positive reception one gets when talking to individual members of staff about this, that and the other.

But the question also set me thinking about the various financial scales of membership and who exactly pays what for what.  I recalled our Treasurer Tim Bar suggesting at Committee that instead of the West Surrey DA receiving a capitation fee based on membership dues received from our area - a handsome £156 in 2006, £147 in ’05 - perhaps we should pay HQ a sum from our funds!  There was not a lot of support for that, as you may have surmised.

Anyway, at my time of life, I now find it significant that “senior citizens” are asked to pay less for their CTC membership than ordinary working cycling types.  This obviously harkens back to times when oldies had nothing but a couple of valve washers to rub together and applied a minimum of 20 patches to their inner tubes.  But what is the scene today?  From my experience of our very own riding groups, it is the younger ones who have little spare dosh and have to make do with ancient heaps which do nothing but embarrass the seniors’ gleaming Condors, Treks and even Bromptons.

So. based on my observation of the obvious financial well-being of retired and early-retired riders in the West Surrey - all right, I know I am asking for replies stating the opposite - perhaps our worthy, sometimes cash-strapped organisation should consider doing away with the “seniors” concession.  Keep lower dues for the youngsters who have not yet entered the rat race and the unwaged who are, hopefully temporarily, without the readies coming in.  Otherwise, chuck it, as our contribution to the UK’s troubled economy - not enough workers to support the retired - that we hear so much about.

Or perhaps again, invitations to renew membership at the lower rates should draw attention to the CTC Charitable Trust to which the difference between the two rates could be directed if the senior members might be persuaded to be so inclined.


PHIL Hamilton’s pieces on bicycle maintenance and repairs always set me thinking.  However basic the advice, there is surely no such thing in our wonderful world of cycles and cycling as stating the bleeding obvious.

Thus my appreciation of his piece on chain lubrication in our previous issue (October-December 2006).  But can anyone answer me this one?  When I was replacing a chain recently I recalled hearing advice not to lubricate said new chain at all until it was well mucky after a downpour or two.  Indeed, if the bike is used only in fair weather, this could mean no lube for several weeks.

The reason given for this is that the new chain comes to us sealed in its own protective coating.  But if this substance is so good, why is it not available on the general market as an alternative to aerosol lube, whether it be “dry”, Teflon-coated or, Heaven forbid, filthy old oil?


POINTS FROM THE 78TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

By Geoff Smith

::  Membership as allocated by postcodes within the West Surrey area is 1,179 compared with 944 in the previous year.

::  All established rides groups continued to thrive, with the Midweek Wayfarers and the Sunday Intermediates (Woking) attracting the largest number of members and newcomers to a wide variety of all-day Wednesday and Sunday morning rides.  Average Sunday attendance was 7.5 riders and the Midweekers average exceeded 17 from a pool of more than 70 more-or-less regulars.

::  The Sunday Riders section was without leader Clive Richardson from June for the rest of the year.  He was hospitalised after an accident with a car but hopes to be back in charge this year.  Geoff Smith (jnr) deputized with competence and long-distance rides ranged into the Isle of Wight, Berkshire and Oxfordshire as well as much of Sussex and Hampshire.

::  Guildford and Godalming Wayfarers ran half-day fortnightly rides from Farncombe or Guildford library with some all-day excursions.  There was a mix of on-road and some off-road tracks with total distances ranging from 20 to 40 miles.

::  Farnham CRN group met at Farnham Maltings on specified Wednesdays and Sundays to cycle to a pub for lunch.  Average attendance was up to 16 on Sundays and eight on Wednesdays.

::  The newish All-Day Sunday group continued to thrive under its formula of assembling at various venues around the DA area and stopping for coffee, pub lunch, and tea.  Pangbourne, the New Forest, Isle of Wight and the remoter parts of Hampshire were visited.  A weekend in the Peak District was organised and members also attended the Welsh Festival of Cycling.

::  The Woking Wayfarers continued to offer a few hours of the most leisurely-paced cycling on Sunday mornings.  As well as visiting familiar cafes and trying to vary the routes as much as possible, it was sometimes possible to look at something specific.  For example, this year the group visited two private gardens open under the National Gardens Scheme and also the RHS at Wisley on two occasions.

::  In her report, Woking Wayfarers leader Anke Blackburn commented:  “Our group attracts quite a few young ladies as new starters, though their enthusiasm is often short-lived.  Perhaps this is down to an absence of enough young men in our group.

::  Eight DA events counted towards Benstead Cup points, with the flagship Tour of the Hills attracting 202 starters (plus 30 paid-entry no-shows).  Twelve marshals were deployed on the course with six volunteers running the catering.

::  Fifty-two riders endured the 50-mile Reliability Ride in the rain.  The 75 and 100 miles Reliability Rides were revived in September over delightful routes but there was a disappointingly low turn-out.

::  Rain also dogged the Stonehenge/Danebury/Elstead rides but this did not deter 84 cyclists starting.  The Surrey Hills Saunter attracted 19 to do battle with the March cold (in recognition of which the 2007 event has been renamed the Bicycle Icycle by organiser Mark Waters - or should that be Icicle?).

::  Chris Jeggo won the Benstead Cup for all-round attendance, support work, and riding performance in DA events.  He also took the Bernard Howell Trophy (veterans), and Bill Inder Trophy for Sunday attendances).

::  Other awards included:  Ladies Benstead Shield, Roberta Shore;  Junior Benstead Cup, Amy Juden;  Keith Parfitt Pot (organisers and marshals), Mark Waters;  George Alesbury Tankard (Midweek Wayfarers attendance), Ian McGregor;  Bert Bartholomew Trophy (oldest DA rider in 50 miles Reliability Ride), Ron Richardson.

::  Treasurer Tim Bar reported that total net assets “in a fairly successful year” had increased to £3,250 from £2,504, with events income up by £326 and magazine costs down (again) by £65.  He thought spending say £100 or £200 on a local project “of benefit to cycling” would be a good idea.  This was backed by Secretary Jeff Banks, who said a debate on the matter among DA cyclists would be useful to the committee.  “We are not talking big money here, of course,” he added prudently.

::  In his report, Jeff Banks noted:  “The annual report continues to serve as a reminder that the West Surrey DA is alive and well and, despite some local authority cynicism towards two-wheeled transport, it provides some evidence of an increase in take-up of cycling as a leisure pursuit.”

::  Readers should note that the Wooden Crank for the biggest blunder during the year was NOT AWARDED.  Suggestions should be reported to the committee which, according to tradition established over many years, may, or may not, make a decision...

::  On my count, 33 members attended the annual general meeting at the Bird In Hand, Mayford Green, Woking, on October 21st.  Some dispersed afterwards but others were joined by spouses to make 24 enjoying lunch afterwards.  All very gratifying for the Committee but there were many notable absentees.


CYCLING IN JORDAN

By Richard Ellis

THINK of Bedouin tents, biblical history, desert, the Dead Sea, Lawrence of Arabia, mountains, mosques, ancient temples at Petra, Roman and Greek ruins....and you have a good idea of the country!

Add Jordan’s borders with Israel, Lebanon, Syria and Saudi Arabia and you know roughly where you are.

Our 14-strong cycling group on this appropriately named “Exodus” tour was international too - a Syrian journalist from Damascus, a well-travelled USA couple from San Diego, mother + daughter originally from Hong Kong, plus the Brits.  Curiously, our group had a full complement of UK medical people - an A&E doctor, a psychiatrist, a physiotherapist and administrator.... which was comforting.

Our 8-day cycling adventure started in Amman, the bustling capital in the north, where we met up with Mustpha, our local Jordanian tour leader - in charge of admin (coach, back-up lorry, accommodation, information) - and our cycle leader Paul from Lebanon - who was in charge of our hired mountain bikes.

Next day, to avoid the city traffic - lorries, cars, buses, carts and donkeys - we bussed out to Jerash in the north, briefly taking in the sights of the Graeco-Roman ruins there, before being issued with our bikes.

To everyone’s horror they were all in very poor condition - being locally “sourced” (from a skip?) and consequently a source of many mechanical problems every day, instead of the promised latest Specialised Rockhopper models.

Paul warned everyone to take care on the descents, so gingerly at first but with growing confidence on the good tarmac roads, we swooped down into the Jordan rift valley opposite Jerusalem, which we could just see in the far distance.  Guess what!  On the way down, Paul fell off on a U-bend opposite a Bedouin camp and had to go to hospital to have his extensive gravel rash and cuts treated....  We continued leader-less, and then toiled up the steep foothills passing olive groves towards our night’s hotel stop at Madaba, famous for its ancient mosaics and 6th century map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land.

Next day we (and subdued Paul) cycled a short distance to nearby Mount Nebo, reputed burial place of Moses and ancient church with more mosaics, before a fantastic and breath-taking descent of 20 miles down to the Dead Sea (below sea level).  Here we rode another 10 miles along the shore, before bathing/floating in the famous waters and covering ourselves with therapeutic and invigorating “mud”.

The temperature here was well over 100 deg F.  A quick shower and bus up into the mountains and south to Petra and our hotel - our stopover for two days sightseeing one mile away in the re-discovered ancient 6th century BC city.

I’ll leave the guide books to describe the much photoed “Treasury” building in Petra, at the end of a half-mile narrow rock chasm - the entrance to this ancient city, and the many rock-carved houses and temples along the valley overlooked by equally ancient monasteries above.  Lots of walking and climbing - making a change from the bikes.

On our second day there, we cycled in torrid heat to the entrance of nearby Little Petra, miniature version of Petra, but not so busy.  An Italian film crew was there setting up biblical village props but made no offers to sign us up as extras!  Highlight of the evening out in Petra was a fire at our restaurant just after finishing our meal.  Waiters rushed to find the fire extinguishers and we escaped before the electricity failed - but unfortunately we had already paid the bill!

Earlier start next day to avoid the heat on our first real “desert” cycling experience (62km) going south towards Aquaba and the sea, through traditional Bedouin country - past many nomadic goat herds - still involving some steep climbs and descents, and for one breathless moment I mis-read the apparently smooth road surface climb ahead and skidded on loose gravel at x mph without falling!  (Our lunch stop is featured at the West Surrey DA website photo gallery).  Then onward along a featureless desert road, till we were picked up by the coach and “driven” a short way into Aquaba on the Red Sea, a cosmopolitan city with key shipping of exports and imports from otherwise land-locked Jordan.

Next morning a chance to do some snorkelling in the Red Sea, or stroll along the promenade watching the locals and holidaymakers and their families bathe in the sea.  Quite a sight to see fully dressed Muslim ladies frolicking and splashing their husbands and kids in the water.  Early lunch followed by short drive to the start of our last cycle ride (30km) to the Wadi Rum oasis, where we picked up 4x4 vehicles to Bedouin encampment for evening meal and to sleep under the stars (yes, I did).

Final day was taken up by an exhilarating 4x4 ride, over and down sand dunes in Wadi Rum between the many towering rock outcrops, and visiting T. E Lawrence’s stone house/HQ from where he attacked the Turks in WW1 and passing by the old rail track blown up by Lawrence.... before returning to Amman by coach and flight home.

Now for bike statistics you’ve all been waiting for - courtesy of the US couple from San Diego, who monitored our progress throughout the trip with their GPS.

Cycled 120 miles in 5 days, sometimes in heat over 100 degrees F.

Almost all roads were tarmac, but some rutted or potholed (like home!) so harder work on those knobbly mountain bike tyres.

One road surface registered well over 120 degrees.
The steepest descent ... a drop of 1535ft in 2.4 miles (brakes still smoking).
The stiffest climb ... an ascent of 466ft in 1.28 miles (legs still hurting).

Memorable descents (Yeeeeeeha)

North of Amman to Jordan Valley .... drop of 4275ft in 29 miles.

Madaba to Dead Sea ... drop from 3921 ft elevation to minus 1200 ft (below sea level) = 5121 ft in 20.5 miles.

South of Petra to nearby Israeli border ... drop from 4264ft elevation to minus 550ft (below sea level) = 4814ft in 22 miles.

Needless to say, this was an unforgettable experience, spectacular in parts, friendly people and no hassle from street traders;  food was above average - we ate in restaurants and hotels - apart from one case of food poisoning (our medic - he treated himself!)

Lunches eaten by roadside from back of lorry were basic but mustn’t grumble!  However, we all complained bitterly about the bikes - and got our bike hire money back when we got home plus a £50 voucher for another Exodus trip!


NATIONAL CLIMATE MARCH

By Claire Hooper

On November 4th the National Climate March, part of the Campaign against Climate Change, took place in London.  It was supported by the WI and ‘Green’ organisations including Sustrans.  Organised rides converged on Trafalgar Square from Oxford, Cambridge and Greenwich.  Another ride started at Lincoln’s Inn Fields and took a five-mile route through central London, stopping at the Australian Embassy and Downing Street to deliver letters of protest, and finishing at a rally outside the American Embassy.  Participants carried placards on their bikes and their clothes, and were urged to make as much noise as possible by any means, which included an air horn, hunting horns, whistles and of course bicycle bells.  The two-hour ride, mostly at slow walking speed, took place along roads closed to traffic with a police escort.  The disruption to motorised and pedestrian traffic gained the attention of the general public, and culminated in a rally at Trafalgar Square, attended by an estimated 20,000 people.  600 bikes have much more visual impact than the same number of pedestrians, but it is too soon to say whether the event will achieve the desired results.


SHERE JOY

By Paul Gillingham

It was a Wednesday morning in mid March.  The trees were bare and the snowdrops still in their splendour, but the sky was blue and the sun shining and there was an unmistakable breath of spring in the air.

We were in the slower group of Midweek Wayfarers who had set off from Ripley en route for coffee at Jordan’s Caravans.  On the edge of Shere we were joined by Anke, who had arrived by train in Gomshall early and had made a detour to Shere.  “Follow me,” she said, “I’ve got something to show you.”

Being a group always ready to ‘stop and stare’ we were happy to follow her into the village, albeit this was a detour from our destination in Gomshall.  Turning left at the pub and into the church square, we were met by a fantastic sight.  The church was covered in snow!  So too was the graveyard, the surrounding houses and the path opposite.  We parked our bikes and crunched through the snow to the fields beyond.  Everything was white and in the middle of the field to the left, thick with snow, was an ancient cottage.

Nearby was a film crew and it soon became apparent that this totally convincing snowscape was in fact a film set.  The white stuff on our cycling shoes, which covered everything the eye could see and had the feel and texture of snow, turned out to be synthetic.  The ancient cottage was made of a tough polystyrene and was so real that even tapping its lichen-covered walls you couldn’t believe they weren’t solid brick.

It turned out that Hollywood had been in Shere for the previous six weeks.  They were making the film “The Holiday” starring A-list stars Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Kate Winslett.  The film is a romantic adventure involving a house-swap between LA-based Diaz and the Surrey Englishwoman Winslett and was due to be released in the UK in December.

One of the delights of cycling with the West Surrey DA is coming across the unexpected.  We certainly did that on that balmy day in March when a White Christmas came to Shere.  As we left the set and trundled towards Gomshall with ‘snow’ on our tyres we all shared a feeling of unreality.  The magic of Hollywood was broken only when we entered the down-to-earth world of Jordan’s Caravans, to be met by the fast crowd ready to depart with mutterings of ‘Where’ve you lot been?  In a dream world as usual!!!’

The snow of Shere was a dream world, but so was the rest of the ride.  After lunch at the excellent “Parrot” in Forest Green and the long climb to Peaslake we decided on tea at the Village Store.  Sitting on plastic chairs outside, basking in the sun, we all felt the excitement of spring on the way after months of winter.  It was hard to believe that we had been deep in snow that same morning.

There is a postscript to this story.  It transpired that a bird had crashed through the windscreen of Cameron Diaz’s limousine as she sped along the A3 to Shere.  Only the quick thinking of her chauffeur and her bodyguard following in the car behind got her to the set on time.  But as we cyclists might have said, she’d have been better off on a bike!


GET YOUR KICKS ON ROUTE 22

Claire Hooper investigates the newly-inaugurated Guildford-Farnham and Christmaspie cycling routes

The newly-official Sustrans Route 22 begins at Guildford’s town bridge.  I intended to follow it to Farnham so, having found a nice new blue signpost, I set off straight up The aptly-named Mount.  For pride’s sake I tried not to walk up the very first hill and kept on trying for a measured mile, since it didn’t flatten out until it left Guildford behind.  The road then became a broad path along the hilltop, with a good firm surface even after several days of wet weather.

Route 22 rejoined the road just before the A31, then rolled down to the Watts Gallery, where I stopped for a coffee.  The sign at the entrance said it was shut until 2pm and indeed it was, but I walked round the building anyway and found that the café was open seven days a week.  I recommend the date and walnut cake!

One coffee (and free refill) later, I followed Route 22 into the edge of the Loseley estate.  Signposting was excellent, even in the middle of a wood, and I followed the track across Puttenham Common and past the golf course, slaloming around large puddles.

Signposts led me on through Puttenham and towards Seale, up the pretty valley I’ve previously only come down, a known route made unknown by cycling in reverse.  The sun finally emerged at the Seale craft centre.  I continued as directed, on through Runfold towards Farnham, and kept going because no signpost directed me anywhere else.  Stopping for a drink, I discovered a pannier string so firmly wrapped round the back axle that the wheel wouldn’t move.  I had to cut the string off with a penknife.

Just as my route was about to join the A31 another sign directed me off down a drive to a farm, through a gateway and on to a damp, puddly track under the A31.  I squeezed through the gap next to the field gate, reflecting that Sustrans had chosen an awkward route for wide loads, then realised that the gate was unlocked and you could drive the proverbial bus through there!  However, I also found my first Christmaspie sign, which was exciting because I’d had no idea where the Christmaspie route (CP for short) went.  Having followed Route 22 to the edge of Farnham where it ends, I went into the town in search of information.

East Street Cycles seemed a good place to start, although they hadn’t heard of the Christmaspie route.  “But we do have some maps!” they said helpfully, pointing out the new issue of Surrey Cycling Maps.  I was delighted to find the CP route clearly marked on Map 4, so I thanked them and left to study it in the Hop Blossom Pub.

Lunch over, a promising road below the park led me out of Farnham but dumped me on a dual carriageway I’d never seen before, where I spent fifteen minutes trying to get back to the first CP sign.  Thereafter CP stuck with Route 22 as far as Tongham Lane, then in Tongham itself turned on to a disused former railway line and the most surprising part of the route.  From here to Wood Street Village CP bisected the area between the A324 and the Hog’s Back, along a lovely chain of (tarmac) lanes and (rough or puddle-strewn) bridleways.  It seemed to be miles from anywhere, but very short of CP signposts.

Christmaspie had cornered the market in signs, with five between there and Flexford, up to the point where the track turned abruptly left to duck under the railway.  However, the CP sign this time pointed at a knee-deep rushing stream, where the path should have been.  Had we had THAT much rain?

I retraced my tyre tracks to a parallel lane, and trundled on along soft, rutty farm tracks for what seemed like miles as the sun sank and so did my energy levels.  Thankfully freewheeling down to rejoin CP, I hoped fervently that there’d be no more streams:  there weren’t, but there was a kissing gate in which I managed to wedge the bike.  After much puffing and swearing I finally lifted it over the top and, after five minutes in a horrid little muddy wood, heaved it over a stile too.

All that stood between me and Wood Street Village now was a bit more woodland, where I got lost again but was pointed in the right direction twice by rather startled ladies walking dogs.  Easy!

It was definitely a day of two halves.  Route 22 was a lovely ride, easy to follow and a ride to enjoy, with good stopping places and diversions.  CP was pretty, traffic-free for long stretches and an interesting new route through familiar ground, but it was impossible to follow without a map and, as I found, liable to problems after heavy rain.


REPAIRING INNER TUBES

Chris Jeggo responds to earlier deliberations in the mag on how often inner tubes should be repaired

A HUB bearing is too tight if, with the cycle upside down, the weight of the valve cannot rotate the wheel so that the valve moves from level with the hub down to the bottom.  So, my question is, how many patches do you have to stick on to your inner tube opposite the valve to balance it before you start worrying about further patches unbalancing the wheel?


Chris Jeggo also writes ...

DRINK-DRIVING

SOME of us who went to the Welsh Festival of Cycling came across a stone monument beside the A40 2½ miles east of Llandovery.  The first part of the inscription reads:

“This pillar is called Mail Coach Pillar and erected as a caution to mail coach drivers to keep from intoxication and in memory of the Gloucester & Carmarthen mail coach - which was driven by Edward Jenkins on the 19 day of December in the year 1835, who was intoxicated at the time & drove the mail on the wrong side of the road and going at a full speed or gallop met a cart & permitted the leader to turn short round to the right hand & went down over the precipice 121 feet where at the bottom near the river it came against an ash tree when the coach was dashed into several pieces”


ALL-DAY SUNDAY INTERMEDIATES

- now have a webpage.  Follow the link from the DA ‘Runs’ webpage, or
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/chris.jeggo/wsdahist/all-day-intermediates.html


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

JANUARY 1st :  New Year’s Day Rendezvous for all riders and rides groups, Seale Craft Centre (all morning)

MARCH 4th :  The Bicycle Icycle, 63km, starting at 4 Quarry Hill, Godalming (OS186/SU958435), 10.30am  (Mark Waters 01483 414307)

MARCH 24th :  Phil Hampton Memorial Rides, 30 and 50 miles.  Medstead Village Hall, 10am.  (Caroline Brodie 01420 563535)

APRIL 22nd :  Reliability Ride, 50 miles.  Pyrford Common car park, Woking, or a Godalming site to be decided, starting 8am-9am (Phil Hamilton 01483 772008)

MAY 6th :  Isle of Wight Round the Island randonnee

MAY 20th :  Stonehenge 200, 207km, 8am;  Danebury 150, 150km, 8.30am;  Elstead 100, 115km, 9.30am;  Candover Caper, 87km, 10.30am ;  Farnham-Alton-Selborne, 75km, 10.30am;  Selborne Saunter, 55km, 11am ;  Two Cafés Ride, 26km, 11am;  One Café Ride, 23km, 11am - plus an off-road ride 11am.  All from Elstead Youth Centre.  (Mark Waters, 01483 414307)

AUGUST 19th :  Tour of the Hills, 110km, 10am;  Tour of the Greensand Hills, 53km, 10.30am.  Both from Shere Village Hall.  (Tim Bar 01483 825691)

SEPTEMBER 9th :  Reliability Rides, 75 miles and 100 miles, Pirbright Village Hall car park, 8am-9am (Rico Signore 01483 822240)

OCTOBER 27th (provisional) :  Annual general meeting and lunch, Bird In Hand, Mayford Green, Woking.  Coffee 10am, meeting starts 10.30am

Please send details of local upcoming events to the Editor in writing, with a contact name and phone number.  Inclusion on this page cannot be guaranteed or taken for granted but receipt of details in writing will definitely help.  A preliminary news item, advertisement, or article publicising the event, will also be welcome to be considered for publication in the mag.


AGM FEEDBACK

By Bob McLeod, Rides Secretary

THANKS to all who brought their pictures, whether just for display or as entries to the competition.  It was encouraging to see the notice board looking so good.  Jeff Banks had an excellent collection of photos mounted in a simple plastic frame that could be displayed on the wall, so leaving more space on the board.  Jeff was also our judge.  His decision was Paul Harrison for the best club photo of the year and Richard Ellis for the non-club photo.  It should be possible by now to see them on the website.

If you did not come you missed an excellent display including some quite embarrassing shots of your fellow cyclists.  You may also have missed a very good meal and, if you had won, a free drink.

Ian McGregor said some nice things about Jean Tedder, who had an accident while on her bike and has had to give up keeping the attendance register for the Midweekers.  Jean was unable to be at the AGM so I would like to add my thanks here for providing an annual listing making it so easy for me to put into the Benstead Challenge Cup spreadsheet.  Jean, we are eager to see you back with us again soon.


USING MOBILE PHONES WHILE RIDING

WITH one committee member of the five present in dissent, the committee agreed at its October meeting “that the use of a phone whilst pedalling on the road is unacceptable and irresponsible bad behaviour.  It endangers fellow riders, the individual himself, and also other road users”.

This followed receipt of a letter to the Secretary from Vice-president Harold Coleman in which he described the use of a phone by a member in a West Surrey DA mid-weekers group ride in September as “a deliberate act of foolishness ... repeated five or six times”.

He wrote that he dropped back for his own safety.  “For the future, I ask that the committee take this matter seriously and stamp on any attempt to repeat such practice.”


And finally....

DA PERSONALITIES - ELEVEN

Did Peter Clint
Do a stint
In fashion design
For the jerseys divine?

WE ARE running out of DA Personalities clerihews once again.  Please get some more in to the editor.  Anonymity of all poets is guaranteed.


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