West Surrey CTC Newsletter No. 19 - January/February 1981

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WEST SURREY D.A. NEWS SHEET No19

A NEW YEAR is starting whether we like it or not, some of us are not amused at how rapidly they come round, let's all hope that it will bring better weather than the last one. At least we don't have to pay for it - do we?

Following the D.A. AGM on Nov: 9th, your Officers and Committee for 80/81 are:- President Bill Inder, Secretary Kathleen Parfitt, Treasurer George Alesbury, Runs Secretary Russ Mantle, Gillian Smith, Keith Parfitt, Les Moss and Harold Coleman. If you think that something should be done, or not done, speak to one of us and if it is practical we will do our best to oblige - spare time permitting of course. And don't forget that any offers of help are always gratefully received.

EASTER IN FRANCE * * * INTERNATIONAL CIDER RALLY, SAINT LO. Good company, food and wine, and a moderate pace - sounds like every tourists dream. Suggested plan from Ray Craig - Leave Southampton evening of Thursday 16th April, return evening of Monday 20th April - maybe it could be extended? Equivalent boat fares in 1980 were £27 return. Dormitory accommodation at just over £1 per night, meals at low prices. Contact Ray on Tadley 6867.

IT TAKES A MUG TO BRING A MUG - well I certainly wouldn't say a thing like that about BARRY ANNIS who was the only person to answer Gillian Smiths plea for members to bring a mug to the D.A. CLUBROOM, so that tea and coffee could be served. The result is that Gillians eyes light up at the mere sound of Barrys name now - he's no mug. If we all remember to take a mug Gillian will look like a flashing sign! "Ah well, what ever switches you on Ducky" as GORDON APPLEBY always says.

GRAB YOUR 1981 DIARY (CTC DIARY I HOPE) and fill in these dates:- Mar 7 - SLIDE SHOW, Apr 26 - 50 MILE RELIABILITY & D.A. BIRTHDAY TEA, May 2/4 HOME COUNTIES RALLY, KENT, June 7 - STONEHENGE & BACK 200km RELIABILITY, May 10 - SPEEDJUDGING & ROUGHSTUFF, June 20-21 - YORK RALLY, July 5 - 100MILE RELIABILITY, June 13 - MIDSUMMER SOCIAL, July 26 - *SUPER GRIMPEUR*, Aug - BIRTHDAY RIDES, Oct 11 - HILLCLIMB & FREEWHEELING, Nov 8 - D.A. AGM, Nov 14 - PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION, Nov 28 - ANNUAL DINNER, Dec 20 - CHRISTMAS TEA - and then its 1982!

*SUPER GRIMPEUR* what the devil is that? Well its a rather demanding Audax event, only 100km but made up of 6 laps of 10 miles, each lap including both Holmbury and Leith Hills. A similar event was staged in Yorkshire(I think) in 1980 and Ray Craig decided that we southerners should suffer in 1981. Chris Jeggo agreed and designed the course. Maximum time allowance is 7hrs for the 6 laps or 4½hrs for veterans, ladies or tandems to complete 4 laps. I can't tell you what the figures are for veteran ladies on a tandem but no doubt Dr Jeggo will confer with Ray to provide you with an answer.

Time for a GROUSE, some younger riders are still not turning up with properly working lights, knowing full well that it will be dark before they even get to "Tea". This is just not good enough, they put themselves at great risk, spoil the Clubs good name and throw an unfair responsibility on Runs Leaders; who like anyone else go out to enjoy themslves on a Sunday. In future don't be surprised if your lights are checked before the start of a Run and if they are not working properly, that you are told to put them right before joining the ride - and that could mean missing a ride. Also if you have partly used batteries bring spares and always have spare bulbs. To a motorist a cyclist without lights is nothing more than a "Moving Shadow" and you are the one who will get hurt. BE WARNED - FOR YOUR SAKE.

**D.A. CLUB ROOM** Guildford Rowing Club (near to the Jolly Farmer), 7p.m. JAN 21, FEB 18, MAR 18, APRIL 15, MAY 13, JUNE 10. DO COME ALONG AND GIVE KEITH SUPPORT(its time he had an operation). Besides the company of your fellow Club members to enjoy, there is Snooker, Darts and Samuel Smiths Beer. Don't forget BRING A MUG and WATCH GILLIAN LIGHT UP.

In my never ceasing quest to do something different on a bicycle(there is a limit) I fell off a "Penny Farthing" recently. It was so high up that I had time to worry on the way down! Any one know where I can get a set of stabilisers?
 
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