West Surrey CTC Newsletter No. 35 - September/October 1983

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WEST SURREY DA NEWSLETTER No.35

West Surrey's 'TOUR OF THE HILLS' 7th August - within the 121 starters there were riders from as far afield as Bath and Macclesfield, and many more came down from London.  They all seemed to enjoy themselves, praising especially the West Surrey members who gave their time to man the check points, act as marshals and provide refreshments.  A lot of new friendships were made, even amongst West Surrey members - a considerable number of the 27 who wrote "West Surrey" as their DA were out with us for the first time.  The new medals designed by SIMON DOUGHTY proved very popular, 76 being sold to successful riders, including gilt versions for 40 of the 46 riders inside 5 hours.  This was fortunate as we had only purchased 40 of the gilt medals!  Bert Bartholomew, who was just a few days short of his 72nd birthday, amazed us all again.  A great day; well done Simon for the organisation, and all who helped and rode.

PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION ..... categories are: l. Land and Seascape; 2. Club Life; 3. Record and General; 4. Novices - any subject for those not previously placed within the first three in any category; 5. Prints - any subject.  ENTRIES ARE FREE but with a maximum of four for each category.  All entries must be with Russ Mantle no later than 16th Oct.  Please put in your slides and prints even if you don't think that you have a chance of winning - without your entries there is no competition and no show.

Keith and Kath have been touring in NORWAY with our old friend Ole Skaane.  This should mean some good slides to look forward to, as Kath 'takes a good picture'.

Several DA members rode in the CTC NATIONAL 400KM Audax event.  Once again the weather was good and the organisation excellent.  In September the real men (Simon, Ray and Kevin) are off to ride the PARIS-BREST-PARIS - all 1200km of it.  Ray has trained by riding the National 24hr and l2hr time trial championships, and should be guaranteed a comfortable PBP riding one of the new Moulton AM7s.

My test of NUTRAK TRACER TYRES has ended rather quickly.  One split on the wall whilst fitted to the back wheel of my Claud Butler, after only 200 miles of the Land's End to John O'Groats trip; the other split similarly after some 400 miles on the front wheel of my Hetchins, which is always very lightly loaded.  I replaced the first one with a SPECIALIZED TOURING TURBO 11/8" folding tyre which coped with the last 900 miles with little apparent wear.  This folding tyre is ideal as a spare to take when on a tour.  On my Hetchins I now have a pair of SPECIALIZED TOURING II 11/8" covers - they provide a lively ride and give promise of a long life - time will tell.  Simon has a small stock of Specialized tyres available at the HQ Shop to callers only.

The TOURIST TRIAL on llth September should mean an interesting and enjoyable day for all participants.  It takes quite a lot of effort to organise so please support it and give yourself the chance of winning the BERNARD HOWELL MEMORIAL TROPHY - a handsome silver cup.

9th October sees those old favourites the HILLCLIMB and FREEWHEELING events come round again.  NO DA MEMBER SHOULD MISS THESE!

Before the Tour of the Hills I fitted a set of CLARK'S EASY GLIDE CABLES to Judy's bike.  They have a Teflon coated inner cable and a nylon tube within the outer casing, thereby ensuring smooth cable movement and corrosion at least delayed.  They are like the Aztec cables but seem to be far less prone to stretching.  Judy reported much improved braking.  The set includes cables for front and rear gear mechanisms and is available in a range of colours at about £3.60.

Looking ahead, do make sure that you keep 26th November clear for the DA DINNER.  A new venue this year, the Refectory, Guildford Cathedral, and an accomplished twosome to provide the live music.  More details in the next Newsletter.

Back to the 'Tour of the Hills' - one or two riders collected some cuts and bruises, in spite of the warning given to "Take Care", including Alan Wey of the Weybridge Wheelers who fell off on the 'roughstuff' track joining Pitch Hill to Horseblock Hollow.  The greatest excitement though, came when a young fellow on a brakeless roadster (with a gun slung across his back!) descended Tanhurst Lane at near supersonic speed, passing between the ascending and very frightened Ray Craig and the left hand banking.  He finished in a rather bloody heap some yards further down, where he was kindly tended by Tim Staton until an ambulance arrived.  Ray Craig was definitely upset by his brush with disaster as I caught and dropped him shortly after.

Anyone looking for a new touring cycle but unable to afford the price of the latest models, might like to consider a 1-year old Claud Butler Sovereign on offer by the trustees of a recently deceased CTC member.  The model was first introduced in 1980 when it was retailing at a recommended price of £249 and the specification includes: 531 tubing and forks, l.f. q/r alloy hubs, 'Staral' rims, Campag Rally rear mech, gear ratios from 34" - 96", Weinman '999' centrepulls, Brooks B17 saddle, chromoplastic mudguards and rear pannier rack.  The machine on offer has a frame of 21½" and was purchased in July 1982 for a bargain price of £220.  Lloyds Bank Trust Division are offering the cycle and inviting a reasonable price: contact Mr P A R Cole, at their Guildford Trust Branch, PO Box 15, 74 North Street, Guildford or phone 67262.  Anyone wishing to view the bicycle should contact Mrs S Good at 52 Luckley Road, Wokingham, Berks.  A bargain there for anyone who's interested.

l8th September - train assisted run to the ISLE OF WIGHT.  A great day out taking advantage of the reduced fares.  Keith is in charge, but Sealink have refused to let him steer their boat across to the Island.  Never the less, Keith is the man to contact for details - Guildford 60776.

23rd October - another train assisted run organised by Keith, this time to the NEW FOREST, which should be beautiful with the Autumn colours appearing.

THE THURSDAY NIGHTERS are off for a weedend on the Isle of Wight on lst October.  There should be a fund of stories resulting from this trip, and some very good Cross Toasts at our Annual Dinner?


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