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Bike Ride - Sunday 3rd September

Our monthly ride for September is on Sunday 3rd September and we'll be going to Richmond Park.

The ride will start at 10:00am outside the Hand & Spear pub near Weybridge Station, and will be about 25 miles of good going a mix of main roads and a few gravel paths.

From Weybridge we take the direct route to Kingston along the A317 into Esher and the along the Portsmouth Road cycle superhighway into Kingston. After a loop through some back streets we reach the Kingston Gate to Richmond Park. Heading anti-clockwise around the park perimeter we pick up the road that passes the White Lodge and then leads us to Ham Gate. From there it's through Ham to the Thames at Teddington where we will stop at the Anchor for lunch.

From Teddington we will cut across Bushy Park and then through East Moseley, skirting Island Barn reservoir to enter Walton along Rydens Lane. From Walton it's back along Oatlands Avenue to Weybridge.

The full route is here: https://www.strava.com/routes/10421798

The route is on main roads in several places so not recommended for absolute novices. There is a section around Island Barn Reservoir which could be a bit tough going for a road bike, but otherwise the route should be fine for any kind of bike. The total distance will be about 43km, which is a bit over 25 miles.

If you want to come on the ride, you can just turn up.

Our next ride will be on Sunday 8th October.

Ultra-marathon

Many thanks to all those who made a donation to Woking and Sam Beare Hospices in support of my ultra-marathon. The total raised now stands at £1,911.87 which I am delighted about.

Bike Ride - Sunday 13th August 2017

Our ride this month will be a short picnic ride to Hampton Court.

The ride will start at 11:00am (an hour later than normal) outside the Hand & Spear pub near Weybridge Station, and will be about 15 miles of very easy going. This is a great route for less confident riders.

For our Woking friends, there will be a secondary start point at the Bedser Bridge by the Light Box in Woking at 10:00am. This will join up with the main group in Weybridge at 11am.

From Woking the route will follow the Basingstoke Canal and then the Wey Navigation to Weybridge. From there we follow the Thames towpath all the way to Hampton Court.

We will stop in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace near the Tiltyard Cafe for a picnic. You will be able to get a cup of tea and something to eat at the cafe if you don't want to bring your own picnic.

The return route will be the reverse of the outward route.

The total distance will be about 15 miles round-trip from Weybridge and 30 miles round-trip from Woking. The full route is described here: https://www.strava.com/routes/9927099

The route is nearly all traffic free, and the towpath is mostly good going although there are a few places which are a bit rutted and may have puddles if there has been recent rain. A mountain bike or hybrid would be the best choice of bike for this ride.

Our next ride will be on Sunday 3rd September, which is the 1st Sunday of the month not our normal second Sunday slot.

Ultra-marathon

You'll be pleased to hear that I completed my ultra-marathon run in a time of 17h45m. It was a really gruelling 60 miles (100km) with 1,350m of hills (the height of Ben Nevis). Thank you to everyone who was able to make a donation to support the Woking and Sam Beare Hospices. You can see some photos and the result of the fund raising here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/georgejames2017

Ride 100

Congratulations are also due to Keith who took part in the Ride 100 last weekend and completed it in 6h15m. You can read his story and make a donation to his chosen charity here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/keithagnew

All day bike ride - Sunday 9th July 2017

This Sunday is our all day ride, we will be starting an hour earlier than normal and going to Shoreham-on-Sea.

The ride will start at 09:00am outside the Hand & Spear pub near Weybridge Station, and will be about 50 miles with a return by train.

Starting from Weybridge, we head along the Basingstoke canal to Woking. Then we take the back road to Jacob's Well and through the Riverside Park Nature Reserve into Guildford. We pick up the Downs Link trail on the far side of Guildford and then it's almost dead straight and flat all the way to Shoreham. Our coffee stop will be at the Milk Churn cafe near Rudgwick and then we will stop again for lunch in Shoreham.

For those that want to start from Woking we will be at the Bedser Bridge in front of the Light Box at approximately 09:45am.

The total distance will be about 50 miles. The full route is described here: https://www.strava.com/routes/9461583

The route is mostly off-road, but with a hard packed surface that is good going in most places. A mountain bike or hybrid would be the best choice of bike for this ride.

If you want to come on the ride, you can just turn up.

Our next ride will be on Sunday 13th August. If the weather is good then it might be a picnic ride.

Ultra-marathon

In two weeks time I will be attempting to run a 60 mile ultra-marathon. I'm raising money for the Woking and Sam Beare Hospices and I would be ever so grateful if you were able to sponsor me - it's a very good cause - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/georgejames2017

Bike Ride - Sunday 4th June

Our ride this Sunday is very straightforward. We are heading down the Basingstoke Canal and back.

The ride will start at 10:00am outside the Hand & Spear pub near Weybridge Station, and will be about 30 miles.

Starting from Weybridge, we will cut through Brooklands and join the Basingstoke Canal at its very beginning. It's then towpath all the way to the Basingstoke Canal Centre in Mytchett where there's a lovely cafe that we will have lunch at. The return route is just the reverse although there is the option for the more adventurous to take the short-cut over Tunnel Hill ;)

Total distance about 30 miles. The full route is described here: https://www.strava.com/routes/8966831

The route is off-road, the towpath is very good going in most places but a bit rough with puddles in one or two spots. A mountain bike or hybrid would be the best choice of bike for this ride.

If you want to come on the ride, you can just turn up.

Our next ride will be on Sunday 9th July and will be an all day ride so we will be starting a little earlier.

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