"The West Surrey Cyclist" - Issue 11 - Summer 1988

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Front cover - very similar to Issue 1
Inner front cover - advertisement - F. W. Evans Woking Cycles Limited
Editorial - by Helen Juden
DA Committee 1988
News and Notes
International Biketoon
I Have Seen the Concrete Cows of Milton Keynes - by Roger Philo
Advertisement - Pirbright Hall teas
Letters to the Editor -
- from Ian Parker
- from Roger Philo
Holiday Time - advertisements
Notices -
- 100 or 50 mile rides
- Tourist Trial
- Tri-cyclathon
National Bike Week - West Surrey CTC
Advertisement - Tour of the Hills
Events Programme (Runs List, July - September)
Midweek Rides
Coming Soon to a Clubroom Near You !
Easy Rides
W Surrey CTC 60th Birthday Celebrations - by Bill Inder
The Home Counties Rally - by Marguerite Statham (Kent)
"Every Club Should Have One" cartoon - "The Wildlife Photographer"
Ladies' Mini-Weekend to Alveston - by Gill Smith
Advertisement - Dairy Time Cycling Rally, Mildenhall
Chiltern 120km Spring Populaire - by Roger Philo
Postal Subscriptions
Advertisement - Cross Country Cycling Club of Surrey
The North Hampshire '50' - by Marguerite Statham
Advertisement - Fern Financial Services
A Sponsored Ride - by Joy Adams
Benstead Cup 50 Miles Reliability Ride - results
'Wanted' ad.
Inner back cover - advertisement - Pedal Pushers
Outer back cover - advertisement - Get On Your Bike

Selected items transcribed from the original printed copy:


Number 11, Summer 1988

We're off to sunny Spain, Chris and I, hence the early appearance of this magazine and the runs'list.  In spite of the usual last minute panic it seems to have come together well (I'm writing this with fingers crossed, hoping the photocopier will work better than last time) thanks to many contributors, including some new names.  I'm particularly grateful for Marguerite's persuasive powers which succeeded in amassing more than enough articles by the earlier deadline.  Perhaps someone will tell us how she cajoled or coerced them to write !

The runs' list is brimming with events and rides to suit all tastes, which the committee has worked very hard to bring together, so let's hope that new recruits will find them enjoyable and join us regularly.  If you pass on some of your pleasure in cycling to newer riders, we'll soon be a bigger and more vigorous club able to offer a greater variety of activities to please more of the people, more of the time.

I havn't been 'on tour' for two years so I'm really looking forward to our trip to the Spanish Pyrenees.  I'll write about it for the autumn magazine and hope that you, too, will share your touring experiences with our readers.  How about an 'international issue' for next time?

Helen Juden

Copy for the autumn magazine by Sunday 11 September

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DA Committee 1988

Same as in Issue 9 except that Social Secretary Ann Greening has moved to The Tile House, Barrs Lane, Lower Knaphill, Woking  GU21 2JM  Tel. Brookwood 2193.

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Congratulations to David Pinkess and Helen Gill on their recent engagement.

Very many thanks to Bill Inder who has organised the Wayfarers for so many years.  Its no easy task trying to "do" a runs list on a tight time schedule.  Bill has introduced cycling to many people - including Marguerite - and his knowledge of cafes, pubs and places of interest will always be useful.  You may cycle at a more sedate pace nowadays, Bill, but we will always be pleased to see you, and even chat to you, at the start, coffee, lunch and tea!

Marguerite Statham has 'taken over' the Wayfarers so all complaints to her please!

On the first Sunday of each month there will be an easy morning ride as well as an all-day ride.  Can anyone offer to either lead the morning ride back to the starting point or take the all-day ride to lunch and tea?  Please help if you can - I can't manage it all on my own!  On the THIRD Sunday of each month (as often as possible) a train-assisted ride will be made to a 'place of interest'.  Already in the 'pipeline' is a trip to the New Forest and a ride on the Watercress Line.  If some people would prefer to organise an ordinary ride on these occasions please let me know. The more we have to offer newcomers the better.

Good luck to Roger Philo on his End to End, starting at Lands End on Saturday 25 June and finishing at John O'Groats on Saturday 9 July.  Roger reckons that he will need at least 50 Muesli bars to keep him going.

Roger did look up train times to see if he could get back in time for the Tour of the Hills on Sunday 10 July but unfortunately there wasn't a train early enough!!

Don't forget the swimming and excellent tea at Jenny and Mike Harlows, Fox Hollow, Sutton Place, Abinger Hammer on Sunday 17 July from 3 p.m.  An afternoon for ALL the family.

Club Jerseys can be ordered from Marguerite on Woking 63289 before Sunday 31 July:

Long sleeves - no printing - £14
Long sleeves with "West Surrey CTC" - £17.85
Short sleeves - no printing - £13
Short sleeves with "West Surrey CTC" - £16.85
Tracksuit tops with full length zip with printing - £18.85
Money in advance please.  No money - no jersey!

We hope to organise a 'club invasion' on Gillian and Hamish on 27-29 August so keep the dates free.  Some will be train-assisted, some car-assisted, some may choose to cycle all the way - the choice is yours.  Book B&B accommodation via Roger (Worplesdon 233381) or Marguerite (Woking 63289).  If you wish to use a youth hostel, make your own arrangements.

Its not too late to come on the Ladies weekend 6/7 August - phone Hazel Shiels on Camberley 61770 - but hurry!

Chris Greening is organising another weekend open to all - 17/18 September.  Do make an effort to come.  His last one in Somerset was superb.  We take this opportunity to thank you, Chris, for all the hard work you put into these weekends.  Chris is also toying with the idea of a week in Cornwall next year so watch this space!

Many thanks to Ann Greening for making a splendid cake for our 60th birthday.  The cake was in the shape of a short-sleeved DA jersey with green, yellow and white marzipan used to make the design.

Thanks to Clive Richardson, Ian Parker, Hamish Smith (yes, he did come 100 miles to stand in his favourite spot, the Cranleigh bus shelter) Marguerite Statham and John and Joan Ostrom (drinks & biscuits at Wisborough Green) for helping with the Club '50' Reliability ride on Sunday 10 April.  23 people entered and 21 finished including Claudia Whittle who started first and finished last but gallantly completed the course, cycling on her own.  Isn't that what it's all about?

Roy Banks has resigned as Events Organiser although he is still helping Chris Jeggo and Clive Richardson run the Tour of the Hills on Sunday 10 July.  Many thanks to Roy for all his hard work over the years.

Marguerite is resigning as Secretary at the end of this year so please ask around now and see if you can persuade anyone to take on the job.  There really isn't too much work.  Marguerite wishes to concentrate on leading the Wayfarers and encouraging newcomers.

Easy family rides are now being organised from Guildford.  They are shown on the Runs List and coded with a letter F.  Contact Dave Whittle on Guildford 576067.

A new cafe has opened in Alton.  Called the Apple Crumble, it's run by cyclists and welcomes riders 11.30 - 5.00 on Sundays.  The cafe's in Normandy Street, off High Street at the Farnham end; Tel. 541176.

The Triennial Veterans Rides will take place on 11 June 1989 at 10 different locations in the UK.

The Petal Power ride, our fund raising event for the Surrey Wildlife Trust in National Wildflower Week, was a great success with about 50 riders and newspaper coverage.  The riders were very complimentary about the route devised by the CTC and some of them have subsequently enquired about our rides.  The SWT was pleased with the day and expects to raise about £2000, so the event will probably be repeated next year.  It's just a pity that more of our own members stayed away: thanks to those who did ride for helping everything to go so well.

South West London DA 100 mile and 100 km reliability trials are on 26 June.  Start Epsom Clock Tower 8.30 - 9.30 am.  Entries to Andy Coxhill on 01 393 0386.

Cheam and Morden Section are promoting a map-reading contest on 17 July.  Start at the Patio cafe, Dorking, 10.30 am, bring OS map no.187.  Entries to Bob Eberhard, 21 Eastdean Avenue, Epsom, Surrey.  Tel. 03727 20609.

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One rider's view of the Northants & Milton Keynes DA Tourist Trial.

I caught the 7.55 train from Woking to Waterloo, cycled across central London, and took the train from Euston to Milton Keynes Central, the start of the event.  Here I met Ian Parker, the only other West Surrey entrant, who had driven to the start.  Ian's start time was about 20 minutes before mine so he set off while one of the organisers checked that I had lights, tool kit, first aid kit, a spare inner tube and spare cables.

The first section was map reading and that was my first problem.  The entry form said OS sheet 152 was required and this was a map I had bought when I lived in North London, although I never got to cycle far enough to use it.  I opened the map.  Where was Milton Keynes Central station?  Where, indeed, was most of central Milton Keynes?  Evidently not built in 1977, the revision date on my map.  Still, the directions on the route sheet were fairly clear and I did not have much trouble finding my way at first.  I could not see anything useful to do about the car with its lights on in the station car park and decided to ignore the possibility that it was a subtle courtesy check.

A few miles into the route I stopped at one junction and was joined by Ian, who had got slightly lost.  He had borrowed OS sheet 152 from the library and left it at home.  We continued on the route together.  The next instruction was to take the Redway leading SE from a roundabout.  With a completely overcast sky, no compass and an out of date map, we picked the wrong Redway.  Fortunately, the way we went was a later part of the route and we met some other entrants who showed us the direction of the loop we had missed out.  We went back and found the answer to one of the questions on the route sheet but failed to find any roads named after Scottish golf courses. We then returned to the point where we had met the other entrants in the event and set out on a track along the side of a field.  The A421 had been moved but the stream and the power lines had not so the map was useful in ensuring we had got the right track.  Unfortunately we had, and it was muddy.  Very muddy!  Very sticky mud!  I could not even push my bike more than a few yards without the mudguards getting so clogged that the wheels would not turn.  After removing the mud a couple of times and trying to find relatively less muddy bits, I realised that the only thing to do was to carry the bike most of the way.  This looked like a curious piece of organization; check at the start that all entrants have bikes with full-length mudguards and then send them down a track that is only rideable on a bike without them. The explanation given at the end of this section was that the track had been fine the day before.

There was a general and local geographical quiz at this point which I answered while trying to clean enough mud off my bike to make it rideable.  I had not been asked at the start if I was carrying a pair of rubber gloves but I was glad I had them.  I scored 6 in the quiz, Ian got 6½.  Ian set off first on the next section, which was pace-judging.  This was easy, tarmac surfaces and a road layout that had not changed since my map was printed.  I think I even got within a couple of minutes of the 35 I said I would take for the section.

At the end of the pace-judging I got the instructions for the next section.  Roughstuff!  Yes, another muddy track.  The mud on this was just as sticky so I carried my bike most of the way.  This took some time and the people on the check at the end of the section had gone by the time I got there.  This was a problem because the instructions for each stage were being handed out at the end of the previous stage.  Then I noticed that the instructions for the first section gave the grid reference for the lunch stop.  This was only two miles away and turned out to be a village hall.  Had lunch been arranged at a pub it would have been shut by the time I got there.  As it was, the organisers merely had me scheduled to leave at the time I arrived.

This did not leave much time for the next set of questions, four of which could be answered just by studying the map, the rest only by going to the locations indicated by working out the clues.  Ian and I did this section together and again my out of date map was a handicap as some of the features mentioned in the clues were not shown on it.  Consequently, we went wrong and did not find the post box we were supposed to get the monarch's initials from.  We did find another postbox and wrote down the initials on the basis that we had a one in three chance of getting it right anyway.  We did not find out until the end of the section that there had been a checkpoint at the postbox so the fact that we got the initials right probably did not improve our score.

Another quiz, this time agricultural.  The last section was the observation test.  The route sheet was fairly clear and there were now about 6 of us riding together, including one MK resident, so we did not have much trouble following the route.  As for the questions at the end about the things I was supposed to have observed, I only got two right, and one of those was about the concrete cows, which were rather difficult to miss.

We thanked the event organiser, Margaret Lowrey, for an interesting and enjoyable day and Ian got some advice on organising our Tourist Trial.  I had some tea, cleaned some more mud off the bike and took the train home.

Addendum. Ian promises there will be no muddy tracks in our Tourist Trial.

Roger Philo

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TW20 8EW.
31st MAY,1988.
Dear Editor,

I'm afraid I find it necessary to write this letter to you, because frankly I am disappointed with the majority of our members.  But first of all I would like to say thank you to all of our members who took the trouble to participate in our recently held charity event.

I'm disappointed because out of our active nucleus of West Surrey riders, which I am led to believe is about 50-60 riders, only about 25% of that nucleus took the trouble to support the recently held charity event.  Now I appreciate that a percentage of the remaining 75% of our members may have valid reasons for not being able to participate but I will take a lot of convincing that the whole 75% had.  A lot of people went to a lot of trouble to ensure that this, our first charity event for a couple of years went off as smoothly and professionally as possible.  But if our members could not find the time, or take the trouble to support this very worthwhile event, I am disappointed with them.

After all there has been a lot of talk within the membership lately of various ways to try to increase our membership.  But if our current riders cannot support our events, which are to all intents and purposes public relations exercises, what chance have we in increasing our membership.  Now I know that this letter is going to offend and annoy some of our members and that some members will say that I have not supported some of our events in the past, this I will not deny.  But I for one have decided that the time for complacency has passed and that it is time we all tried a little harder to ensure that the club will celebrate further anniversaries.

Yours sincerely,


Footnote:  Ian asked for his letter to be reproduced in full and says that he will be pleased to answer anyone's queries.  Ed.

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Dear Editor,

As leader of the Intermediate group ride from which David Pinkess, in the last issue of the magazine, complained of being dropped, may I explain what happened.  I had indeed been thoughtless, when I put down Outwood on the runs list as the lunch stop.  27 miles for a winter afternoon ride with tea set for 4.15 was a little too far.  Consequently, when David and Helen found that the Dog and Duck was only serving full meals not bar snacks and left us to go to another pub I told them we would be leaving early, although I did not specify when.  As I thought it would take about 2½ hours to get to Bramley we left at 1.45, which was before David and Helen returned.  I knew they could find their own way back and since they had appeared to be slightly fitter than the rest of us in the morning I expected that they would soon catch us up.  As it turned out they took a different route through Horley and we did not see them again that day.  The rest of us were delayed by two punctures.  One was caused by a split tyre we could neither repair nor replace, so two riders left us to return by train from Horley.  Another two riders left us at Newdigate, as the pace required to get back to Bramley in time for tea was a little fast.  So of the 9 riders at lunch, all intending to stay out all day, only 3 made it to tea and we didn't get there until 4.40.

Roger Philo

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100 or 50 mile rides  11 September

Try the 100 mile reliability ride in 7, 8, 9 or 10 hours.  The route passes through beautiful Berkshire, crossing the Thames and going up to the Chilterns.  If you would like to join the group aiming to get round in ten hours, you will have to start from Mayford Green at 7 am in order to arrive at Addlestone for the 5 pm tea.  Roger Philo will be pacing the ride so that you make it in 9 h 59 min, so give him a ring on Worplesdon 233381.

However, if you would prefer a leisurely, easy paced, 50 mile ride, choose one of the following starting places and be there at the more realistic time of 9.15 am.  John Widley will lead a group from Addlestone Station to coffee at Saville Gardens, and Marguerite will lead the Mayford Green group to coffee at the same place.  Lunch will be at the Beehive at White Waltham (OS 175:850774).  Please let Marguerite know, in advance, if you wish to buy lunch as the landlord would like a rough idea of how many lunches might be needed.  During the afternoon we will spend a while at Jocks Recreation Ground, Bracknell, where you can buy 'threeses' before arriving at Addlestone for tea at St. Augustine's Church Hall, Albert Road.

Marguerite Statham, Woking 63289

Tourist Trial  25 September

Start:  Victoria Arch, Woking 9.30 am
Map:  OS 187, Dorking, Reigate and Crawley
Entry fee:  25p
Tea:  The Paddocks, from 4.30 pm
This is a Benstead Cup Event

Tri-cyclathon  16 October

Freewheeling, Tourist Hillclimb and Pace Judging all in one day !
Start:  Central Library Guildford 9.30 am
   or:  go directly to event HQ - car park by junction at top of Horseblock Hollow (187:074425)
Refreshments:  at event HQ 10.30 - 11.30 am.
Freewheel:  from part-way down the hill, 11.00 - 11.30 am
Hillclimb:  11.30 - 12.15 pm
Lunch:  Windmill PH, Pitch Hill
Pace Judging:  2.00 pm onwards from Peaslake British Legion (187:088453) 2 mile circuit via Burchets Hollow, Jessies Lane and Pursers Lane.
Entry fee:  £1 for all three events including refreshments, paid in advance;  £1.50 on the day.
SPECIAL PRIZE for best overall competitor
Results available at tea, Newlands Corner 5.00 pm.

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SUNDAY 12 JUNE Stonehenge 200km in 14 hours (or less)
Phone Chris Juden, Godalming 25794
also Easy ride - start CTC Headquarters, Godalming at 9 a.m.
Phone Keith Parfitt, Guildford 60776
TUESDAY 14 JUNE Mid-week Wayfarers meet at Littlewick Road/High Street roundabout at Horsell at 9.45 a.m.  Phone George Alesbury  Weybridge 843285
also Evening ride:  start CTC HQ at 7.30 p.m..  Phone Chris Juden (above)
WEDNESDAY 15 JUNE Meet the South West London riders at York Green Cafe at Weybridge at 10.30 a.m.  Phone George Alesbury as above.
THURSDAY 16 JUNE Meet at 'The Fox' at Rickford (Worplesdon) at 8.30 p.m. for a friendly drink.  Phone Bill Inder Woking 72074
SATURDAY 18 JUNE Doctor Bike.  A free safety check at Guildford Rowing Club, Shalford Road, from 2.30 p.m.
SUNDAY 19 JUNE Easy ride to West Humble.  Meet Woking Victoria Arch (the Market) at 9.30 a.m.  Contact Roger Philo - Worplesdon 233381

Hard, medium and easy-paced rides are held every Sunday and easy-paced rides every Tuesday.

Contact the secretary - M Statham on Woking 63289

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Day rides take place weekly on Tuesdays, some details are given below but for more information contact George Alesbury on Weybridge 843285.
Tue 14 June 9.45 am Littlewick Dinton Pastures G.Alesbury
Tue 21 June 9.45 am Ripley Dunley Hill J.Ostrom
Tue 28 June 9.45 am Chobham Sunninghill R.Richardson
All lunch venues to be arranged on the day of the run.
Meetings with SW London Midweek Wayfarers are arranged as follows:
Wed 15 June  York Cafe, Weybridge Green, 10.30 am
Wed June 24  Old Mill, Gomshall, 11.00 am

Evening rides leave CTC HQ Godalming at 7.30 pm every Tuesday for an easy ride on local lanes and tracks before finishing at a pub.

Midweek Special  *****

On Tuesday 26 July there will be a special trip to the Royal Victoria Country Park near Southampton to visit 'Cycling through the ages', an exhibition of the delights of a bygone age of transport ...(bygone ? - Ed.)...  Contact Marguerite for train times and more information.

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West Surrey CTC clubroom is held every fourth Wednesday at Guildford Rowing Club, Shalford Road, Guildford (near the Jolly Farmer PH on the A28l).  Doors open 7.30 pm, event starts 8.00 pm.
29 June Midsummer Barbeque and social - you bring the food and we'll help you to -b-u-r-n- cook it !
27 July NO CLUBROOM - closed due to holidays.
24 August 'Madrid to Malaga' plus 'Delightful Dorset'
a slide show double by Russ Mantle.
21 Sept A Land fit for Cyclists?  CTC Planning Officer, Mark Jarman, confronts the issues and shows what must be done to keep cycling - and cyclists - alive in Britain.
19 Oct 'Sun, snow and cycling'  a slide show by Chris Juden of late November in the glorious Swiss/Italian lakes.

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Sat June 18th 2.30 pm Wheatsheaf Hotel, Chobham Road, Woking
Sun June 19th  9.30 am Woking Market (morning ride)
Sat July 2nd 2.30 pm Wheatsheaf Hotel, Chobham Road, Woking
Sun July 3rd 9.20 am Woking Market (morning ride)
Sat July 16th 2.30 pm Wheatsheaf Hotel, Chobham Road, Woking
Sun July 24th 7.45 am Woking Station (all-day trip to the New Forest)
Sun August 7th 9.20 am  Woking Market (morning ride)
Sun August 21st 9.15 am Woking Station (all-day trip to The Vyne Country Mansion and Gardens near Basingstoke)

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The week-end of 23rd-24th April marked a milestone in the history of the C.T.C's West Surrey District Association - its 60th birthday.

At their Guildford clubroom on the Saturday members gathered for a special social evening the main features of which included a display of scores of black and white and coloured photographs taken on club events since the 1920's, and a fine selection of food dominated by an eye-catching cake in the shape and colours of the association's jersey - the work of Mrs. Ann Greening.

Sunday was a truly remarkable day with not a cloud in the sky from dawn to dusk, only the occasional vapour trails of passing aircraft marring the blue canopy.  Two special rides had been arranged, one of 60 miles starting from Woking, the other of 60km from Pirbright but both groups met at a garden centre in Crookham for coffee.

The first party, led by Roger Philo, then headed for their lunch-time destination at Swallowfield while the second group in charge of Marguerite Statham made for the village of Eversley for their mid-day meal in the sunshine.  Having travelled from Surrey into Hampshire then into Berkshire, both groups made their ways back into Surrey by devious routes and, in the event, Marguerite's ride, scheduled for 60km (about 40 miles from Pirbright) turned out to be well in excess of 50 miles by the time both rides finished at tea time in Addlestone.

Though Saturday's very cold easterly wind had eased somewhat, Sunday's afternoon stints were distinctly chillier than the mornings which were wind assisted.  But the continuous sunshine was enough for riders to dispense with gloves and woolies and it was a delight to be in the open rather than being cooped up in a car.  Nearly fifty members took part in the day's outings while thirty-eight stayed out to tea, the meal being followed by a short resume of the association's long history by D.A. president, Bill Inder.

Bill Inder

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After having changed my mind about three times I decided, in the end, that I would go to the Home Counties Rally.  I blew my tyres up, put the bike in the car and off I went bombing down the M25, the M26 and the M20 until I turned off for Chilham which is 6 miles SW of Canterbury.  I hunted around until I found a B&B fairly near then had some lunch in the Chilham Tea Rooms.  I then drove around the Castle grounds until I spotted some tents in a far off field.  This obviously was the place to find Helen and David, Claudia and David and Gerald and Roger.  As it was early afternoon and everyone was out and about I decided to motor into Canterbury.  I was very impressed with the modern shopping centre with lots of very old passageways leading off.  My only disappointment was I was unable to get into the Cathedral.  Whilst strolling around I met David and Helen and had a chat then, later, I met the Whittle family.  They all went off to complete their ride while I continued on my own.  I drove round some lovely lanes until I found an excellent tea spot near a Nature Reserve at Broad Downs.  I then drove back to the camp site to wait for the others.  Eventually everyone arrived and after some discussion Roger and I decided that we would return to Canterbury to get something to eat as we hadn't booked for the rather expensive dinner at Chilham Castle.  For some unknown reason after I had parked the car, I felt my bike tyres and I had a puncture!  I then had to listen to comments like "If your bike spends the day in the car and gets a puncture, what hope is there for you tomorrow when you take it on the road?"

I knuckled down and changed the tube myself and it was the back wheel.  So ladies I am now fully prepared for the ladies' weekend in August!

On the Sunday I decided to go on the easy ride.  We left Chilham square at about 10 a.m. and cycled along some really picturesque lanes with many ups and downs, passing through Shottenden, and Throwley Forstal before reaching Eastling for coffee.  5 miles further on we stopped at Lewson street where we had lunch, after which we rode along quiet, traffic-free lanes to a tea stop in Faversham where the 'hard' riders joined us.  They had been to Sittingbourne.  We returned to Chilham via Staplestreet, Selling and Neames Forstal, a total distance of approx 28 miles.

During the evening Roger and I met up with the Whittle family at the Barn Dance where we all had hysterics watching Gerald stand on the table and clap his hands and bend his knees almost in time to the music.

On Monday I was in no hurry to get home so I once more opted for the easy ride.  We set off in a north-easterly direction and passed through Bagham along Chartham Downs and onto Patrixbourne and across the fords where someone had fallen in the previous day and so to the Unicorn at Bekesbourne where we had lunch.  Several people had stopped at Howletts Zoo during the morning so we went back to meet them outside the zoo before cycling on to Canterbury for a cup of tea.  The last lap took us back to Chilham via Thanington and Chartham - a total distance of 29.8 miles.  By this time it was raining so after hasty "goodbyes" I threw my bike into the back of the car and set off home.

A very enjoyable weekend meeting and cycling with people from other DAs and exploring new territory.  Many thanks to Chris Bishop and the East Kent DA for organising the rally.

Marguerite Statham

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"Arrive early" we told Joan Robinson and Hazel Shiels - and they did!

I looked out at 8.45am on Saturday (7th May) and there they were with me and Hamish still in our dressing gowns.  However, after toast and coffee we got the bikes ready and were away, heading through the lanes parallel with the M5 in the direction of North Nibley then past Leyhill open prison, Tortworth Chestnut and Michael Wood.

We arrived a little early for lunch so we climbed the rough track up to the 111ft Tyndale Monument which offers a fine vantage point for viewing the Vale of Severn and we were more than ready for our pub lunch after the descent.

The afternoon found us heading for the Severn Estuary at Purton on the Gloucester & Sharpness canal and the girls were intrigued to see lines of old barges blending in with the surrounding greenery.

We arrived home by way of Berkeley Castle(§) and Rockhampton to a welcome pot of tea and biscuits.  After baths all round, Joan and Hazel took Hamish and me out for a meal at nearby Shepperdine where the pub looks out on the estuary but the evening was misty so we stayed inside.  Sunday morning dawned warm and sunny so, after a 'full English breakfast', we set off towards Chepstow.  Most of us had driven over the Severn bridge but few of our friends seem to have cycled so Joan and Hazel were keen to remedy that.  Once in Chepstow we made for The George for an excellent pot of coffee after which we started the climbing, past the Youth Hostel on the town's outskirts and on to Mounton, admiring the masses of bluebells in the woods.

Following another pub lunch in the garden at Shirenewton, we made for Alveston through Newton Green, thankfully mainly down hill.

I think Joan and Hazel enjoyed their all too brief stay with us and hope they will pay us another visit before too long.

(§) Did you know that members of the Berkeley Hunt wear yellow jackets instead of the usual hunting pink and they are well depicted on the colourful inn sign.

Gill Smith

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This event, organised by the South Bucks DA, started fran Marlow at 9am.  As British Rail have decided that no one will want to travel from Guildford to Marlow on a Sunday and arrive before 9.15, I cycled.  Bert Bartholomew was already at the start when I arrived.  I decided not to wait for Helen Gill and David Pinkess, who had also registered to enter the ride and Bert and I set off at 9.  (I suppose that decision might have produced more material for the magazine.)

It was a fine day and the route sheet was mostly quite clear so the ride was pleasant, although a little hilly, and uneventful until we got to the secret control.  This was so secret it was in a car park partly screened from the road by a line of trees and bushes.  I would have ridden straight past without noticing it and Bert only spotted from the road that it was a refreshment stop.  He was halfway through his cup of tea before he realised it was also a control.

The route went on through Ford, Dinton, Chearsley and Chilton where Bert had a puncture.  He quickly replaced the inner tube and we continued to the control and lunch stop at Brill.  This was at the top of a hill, not a particularly steep hill but a pretty persistent one.  It was quite breezy at this point but the organisers appeared to have blankets available for those whose clothing was more suited to riding up hills than sitting on top of them.

About 10 miles after lunch I began to feel rather tired and slowed Bert up quite a lot as he waited for me.  Somewhere around Ewelme we came across a Tandem Club ride whose members included Joan and Lawrie Robinson and Hazel and Robert Shiels.  We were riding with them when Bert had another puncture, caused by a split in the tyre.  Bert carries two spare tubes and a spare folding tyre so this was not a problem, although we decided that my non-folding spare tyre would be easier to fit.  We continued to the 89 km control at Ipsden and a welcome cup of tea.

The rest of the route went through Nuffield, Cookley Green, Christmas Common and Fingest to Marlow and more tea.  Bert's Audax UK number, which is 12, caused a little surprise at the finish.  The man checking riders in said "I thought these numbers started at 100".  Our time for the 121km was quite unremarkable and I have in fact forgotten exactly what it was.  I wasn't looking forward to the 27 mile ride home and when Bert mentioned that the cycle carrier on his car would take two bikes and offered me a lift home I accepted gratefully.

Roger Philo

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Dear Sir

I am writing to inform you of our off - road cycling club.

We exist to provide countryside loving cyclists with an opportunity to socialise together and partake in a weekly series of riding activities in the rural splendour of Surrey and neighbouring counties.

Our main regular club run, non members being welcome, is known as the 'Scenic Surrey Cycle'.  It takes place on the fourth Sunday of every month, starting from Boxhill / Westhumble railway stn. car park at 10.00 am.  The circuitous routes vary each time.

In addition to a busy riding schedule we organise summer and winter holidays, parties and dinners.

A major club aim is to encourage a responsible and considerate attitude towards other countryside users, which helps create a spirit of good fellowship among all lovers of outdoor life.

We were originally established in 1986 as 'Croydon Cross Country Cycling Club', but have since altered our name to more truly reflect the area of our expanding membership and majority of riding activities.

Our membership is currently dispersed throughout Surrey, Kent, East Sussex, Berkshire and Greater London and ranges in ages from nine to sixty three.  New members are always welcome.

We would greatly appreciate a mention in any of your printed pages, possibly about our existence or details of riding activities.  If any enquiries come your way concerning organised riding in the south east, please do not hesitate in passing on our name, address or telephone number.

Yours sincerely,

Jason Smith

Principal Organiser.
Affiliated to _________________

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The North Hampshire '50'

Having spent every Sunday this year cycling round familiar routes I was looking forward to the North Hampshire 50 on 20 March.  I met Roger, Ian and Jean at Woking Station and off we went "train assisted" to Overton where we met Helen and David and 7 North Hants D.A. riders.  We clocked in and while Helen and David set off on their own, Ian Jean and I 'fell in' behind Roger who proved to be an excellent pace setter.  We were allowed 4 hours to ride the course with an
additional 40 mins for lunch.  So after about 2 hours and approx 25 miles we staggered into the pub for lunch, where we were clocked in and out so no dawdling was allowed.  After a "phew" miles it started to rain so out came the waterproofs -
it didn't stop raining for the rest of the day so we got drenched - shoes, socks, trousers, in fact everything!

With time running out and still several miles to go we came across a 'mountain' called White Hill.  I almost cracked, but for the first time all day my chain popped onto the small ring and I was able to keep riding.  Later I was told that
there had been a magnificent view from the top - just because they had time to look around whilst waiting for me!!  David and Helen joined us at this point: they had gone astray somewhere ...!

We cycled the last few miles convinced that we didn't stand a chance of being within the 4hrs.  Thankfully we arrived at the finish - Ian leant against a wall while I propped up another and watched in amazement as Roger bounced with excitement - we had done it in 3hrs and 59 mins.  What a pace maker!

Marguerite Statham

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Organised by and in aid of The Wessex Cancer Trust.

Marguerite asked me to join her on the middle distance ride of this event, advertised as 26 miles.  Knowing her to have a sensible attitude to both hills and coffee, I accepted.  I'd also planned to spend this weekend 'Christening' my new bike and thought that I could rely on her to be patient while I fumbled my way round seven extra gears and a totally different frame.

We left Woking Station at 9.35 and arrived at Andover just before the 10.30 start.  After a quick photocall the group was away - about a dozen in all from this starting point - most of whom disappeared into the distance pretty soon.  We persuaded the sag-wagon that we were not going to drop from exhaustion on the way, and so as to avoid being followed all the way to Salisbury Marguerite offered to remove the marker signs as we went.  Unfortunately most of them were tied to poles surrounded by nettles and brambles and since she was wearing shorts I had to climb into the hedgerows and wrestle with the granny-knots.

The weather was sunny, wet, windy and warm, and the countryside was very pretty.  We stopped for lunch at a pub in West Dean where the centre piece on each table was a collection of sauces in club colours - mustard, mint and horseraddish.  After an excellent lunch including an interesting green soup but bypassing the shocking pink icecream served to the table next to us, we continued towards Alderbury.

The end of the ride was at Longford Castle just outside Salisbury, an impressive stone building still inhabited by the owners.  We approached it by a bridge across the moat which was slate grey except where the breeze had whipped up white-capped waves and was occupied by a family of swans.  A scene that could have come from any time in the last four hundred years.

We arrived at 4.00 and were greeted with a Mars-bar each - a very nice gesture from the organisers.  Apparently about 150 riders had taken part in the event, most of them on the 16 mile ride from Romsey.  This is an annual event and we found it very well organised and marked:  (except that after lunch we found someone had taken over our job of removing the signs and had to resort to our O.S. and the supplied sketch maps).  The Wessex cyclists we met were very friendly and more than happy to point out the coffee shops along our route;  and the villages we passed were idyllic.

From Longford Castle we made our way into Salisbury to look at the Cathedral and Close, then on to the station and home.  We both agreed that we had had a lovely day, enjoying the change of scene, different hills and incredible weather - we had as much sun as we did rain but since both happened at the same time we got neither wet nor suntanned.

Joy Adams

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Times: 3½, 4, 4½, or 5 hours
Start: 8.00, 8.30, or 9.00 am at Jacobs Well
Finish: The King's Head, Holmbury St. Mary
Name Over 50 DA Time Comments
Gordon Appleby * W.Surrey 2.56 } Started at 8.00 am, first controls not open
Tony Bond * W.Surrey 2.58
Ann Daws * W.Surrey 3.15 New bike: 753!
Bernard Daws * W.Surrey 3.15
Clive Richardson W.Surrey 3.23
Robert Hannington W.Surrey 3.23
Harold Coleman * W.Surrey 3.23
Bert Bartholomew * W.Surrey 3.33 Oldest - 76 (punctured)
Guy Clark W.Surrey 3.48 Youngest - 14
Alan Holbrook W.Surrey 3.56
Chris Davies W.Surrey 3.56
Chris Jeggo W.Surrey 3.57
David Pinkess W.Surrey 3.59 } A kiss and a cuddle at the finish!
Helen Gill W.Surrey 4.00
David Whittle W.Surrey 4.01
Roger Philo W.Surrey 4.01
John Harper W.Surrey 4.04
James Harper W.Surrey 4.04
Peter Jolly Essex 4.14
Paddy Shea W.Surrey 4.25
Claudia Whittle W.Surrey 5.30
Steve Pack W.Surrey } Racing club members, packed at Cranleigh
Richard Bailey W.Surrey

23 participants (24 in 1987)

Hamish Smith: Cranleigh control
Joan and John Ostrom: Kirdford control, provided soft drinks and biscuits
Ian Parker: Finish control, lunch at the King's Head

Weather: sunny and dry throughout the day

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Young member wants 23" bike with 10 or more gears and dropped handlebars. Phone James Shrubsall, Tel: Brookwood 6594

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