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Bike Ride - Sunday 18th May 2014

This month's ride will be this Sunday 18th May.

We will be meeting at the Hand & Spear, near Weybridge Station at 10:00 am. The route will take us south to West Byfleet then along Newark Lane to Ripley. This is currently closed to vehicles so ought to be quite pleasant. From Ripley we'll head to West Horley and then, depending on the group's sentiments, up Shere Lane to the brink of the North Downs. From there we will turn back and, with a promise of downhill all the way, we will return via Effingham, Downside and Redhill Road. The ride will be about 25 miles and will be all on-road.

The full route map is here if you want more detail: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/416064620

If you want to come, just turn up at the Hand & Spear at 10am on Sunday.

The next ride after this will be Saturday 7th June 2014 (note this is a Saturday not a Sunday).

Oatlands Drive

The Elmbridge Cycle Group was formed in 2008 as the result of a mass protest about the safety of the chicanes on Oatlands Drive in Weybridge. In the last few weeks the last remaining traces of those unloved chicanes have been eradicated. The cross hatchings in the middle of the road, which forced cars to drive too close to cyclists, have been removed and a marked cycle lane now connects Weybridge to Walton and over the bridge to Shepperton. This is great progress and we are very pleased to see it happen. Enjoy cycling on Oatlands Drive.

Bike Ride - Sunday 20th April - Third Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The next Elmbridge Cycle Group bike ride will be this Sunday 20th April at 10am. It's Easter Sunday and time for the third annual Easter Egg hunt. I'll explain the full details on the day, but briefly you'll be riding in twos or threes and will need to navigate to various interesting places around the area where there will be some kind of "easter egg" to find. There will be no fixed route, but expect to cycle around 15 to 20 miles or so depending on how many short-cuts you know or can find. The start will be at the usual place, outside the Hand and Spear pub near Weybridge Station at 10am. We should finish back at the same place by about 1pm, for a late lunch. If you want to come, just turn up. The next ride after this will be in four weeks time on Sunday 18th May.

Bike Ride - Sunday 9th February 2014

Weather permitting, this month's ride will be this Sunday 9th February. Please note it will start at the new earlier time of 10am. We will be heading South East towards Ranmore Common. We will be meeting at the Hand & Spear, near Weybridge Station at 10:00 am. The route will take us east to Cobham then Fetcham and Bookham, past Polesden Lacey up to Ranmore Common. Lunch will probably be in Westhamble or somewhere around there. The return route will be through Effingham and Ockham back to Weybridge. The ride will be about 25 miles and will be all on-road. The full route map is here if you want more detail: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/355334925 If you want to come, just turn up at the Hand & Spear at 10am on Sunday. The next ride after this will be Sunday 2nd March 2014 (not the 9th as that will clash with the Surrey Half Marathon). The ride after that will be Easter Sunday, 20th April when we'll be holding the 3rd annual Easter Egg Hunt which is an unmissable event!

Bike Ride - Sunday 12th January 2014

Happy New Year. This month's ride will be this Sunday 12th January. Please note it will start earlier than normal at 10am. We will be heading South towards East Horsley this month. We will meet at the Hand & Spear, near Weybridge Station at 10:00 am. The route will take us south via Downside and Effingham Junction to East Horsley and beyond. Returning back through Ripley and West Byfleet, with a lunch stop probably at the Queens Head in East Clandon. The ride will be about 25 miles and will be all on-road. Boats may be required if the road between Ripley and West Byfleet is flooded. The full route map is here if you want more detail: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/343317467 If you want to come, just turn up at the Hand & Spear at 10am on Sunday. The next ride after this will be Sunday 9th February 2014.

Bike Ride - Sunday 10th November

This month we will be heading West towards Eton before returning via Windsor Great Park.

We will meet at the Hand & Spear, near Weybridge Station at 11:00 am. The route will take us to Staines, Stanwell, Datchet, Eton and Windsor. After lunch at a pub or cafe we will head back through Windsor Park, Virginia Water, Lyne and Addlestone. The ride will be about 30 miles and we should be back in Weybridge by 4pm depending on our pace. The route map is here if you want more detail: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/321036699

The terrain on this route is varied, some of it is on-road, some of it is traffic free paths and tracks. A sturdy road bike or hybrid should be suitable for this ride.

If you want to come, just turn up at the Hand & Spear at 11am on Sunday.

The next ride after this will be Sunday 12th January 2014. There will be no ride in December.

Christmas Dinner

In lieu of a December ride everyone is invited to join us on Friday 6th December at the Hand and Spear for the Elmbridge Cycle Group Christmas Dinner. If you wish to come please let me know by Thursday 14th November so that I can make reservations.

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