Bike Ride - Sunday 14th July

As promised, this month's ride will be an all-day Mountain Bike trip to Swinley Forest near Bagshot. Swinley Forest has recently opened a series of fabulous new mountain bike trails, graded from green through red and running for over 20km throughout the forest.

If you have a mountain bike and only use it to fetch the shopping then this is a great opportunity to discover how much fun it is to ride on a high quality purpose built trail. The sections vary in difficulty so there is something for everyone whatever your ability and confidence.

There will be a choice of meeting points for this ride. You can either make an early start and cycle out from Weybridge or Woking, or you can drive there and meet us in Bagshot. The three options are:

1. Meet at the Hand & Spear, near Weybridge Station at 09:00 (not our usual 11am start time).

2. If you are coming from Woking, meet at the Six Crossroads Roundabout (junction of the A320 and A245) at 09:45.

3. If you want to skip the ride out there, meet at the start of Vicarage Road in Bagshot at 11:00. There's usually plenty of free on-street parking around here:

From Vicarage Road we will head into the forest and pick up appropriate trails depending on everyone's ability and skill levels. Lunch will be at the Look Out Discovery Centre and we will head back from Vicarage Road at about 4pm or whenever everyone is good and tired.

The route map is here: Total distance from Weybridge to Swinley Forest and back including one full circuit of the trails will be about 40 miles.

If you want to come, just turn up at the Hand & Spear, near Weybridge railway station, at 9am on Sunday, or be at Six Crossroads Roundabout at 09:45, or meet us at 11am at Vicarage Road in Bagshot.

The next ride after this will be Sunday 11th August.

Bulgaria Bike Tour

In September, there will be a week long bike tour in Bulgaria. Starting from Sofia we'll be taking a 430km loop around the hills and mountains of the south west of the country. If you are interested in joining us please let me know. More information is available here:

Walton Bridge Cycle Links Consultation

Earlier this year Surrey County Council won £1m funding for cycle safety improvements in Walton-on-Thames. Their proposed scheme comprises shared use cycle paths along the main roads from Upper Halliford, across Walton Bridge, towards Elmbridge Leisure Centre.

The public consultation period for this scheme has just started and will last until August 19th. This will be your only opportunity to comment on this scheme which is planned to be completed by Christmas. This link will take you to the detailed proposals and a feedback form. Alternatively, if you let me know your thoughts I will pass them on.

Bike Ride - Sunday 9th June

In a change to the advertised programme there will be no Elmbridge Cycle Group bike ride this Sunday.

The next ride will be on Sunday 14th July. Depending on weather conditions and other factors this is likely to be an all day off-road Mountain Bike expedition to Swinley Forest.

And the ride after that, on Sunday 11th August is likely to be an all day ride along the Thames to Marlow or Henley. Details will be announced nearer the time.

If you are looking for something to do on your bike this weekend then I have some suggestions:

Locally, there will be the Woking Cycle Festival on Sunday 9th at the park in Woking. Details here: Or, if gardens are your thing, I can wholeheartedly recommend a guided cycle tour of the London Open Garden Squares. Saturday or Sunday. Details here:

Steve Jones adds:
Others may wish to consider the Kingston Cycling Campaign leisure ride on Sunday - similar in concept and execution to your rides. But perhaps a little longer and a little slower.

Here's the website:

The ride starts at the Market Place in Central Kingston (by the statue of Queen Anne) at 10:30, From Woking/West Byfleet/Weybridge the train will take one to Surbiton and its just a couple of miles downhill from there.

Pub lunch, tea and free bread pudding to wash it down with. A sociable bunch of cyclists...just turn up and be made welcome

I'll be there and 'Brooklands Tony' will most likely be there too.

Muddy Lane

Thank you to all those who have helped with our Muddy Lane campaign. Particularly those who have filled out an evidence form. An extra special thank you to those who have helped with all the research, meetings and paperwork. On June 1st we submitted the application for a Map Modification Order to Surrey County Council accompanied by a two inch thick folder of testimonies and supporting documentation. Included were over 50 evidence forms, some going as far back as 1926 and demonstrating the unencumbered use of Muddy Lane for at least 20 years.

This application now joins the end of a queue of 25 other pending applications and will be dealt with in due course. The council will consider the application and submit their recommendation to the relevant borough's Local Committee for approval. This may take some time but I will keep you posted of any developments.

Bike Ride - Sunday 12th May 2013

This month's ride will be this Sunday, 12th May.

The route will take us south-east this month, to Downside, Ockham, East Clandon and West Clandon before returning via Ripley and West Byfleet. Total distance will be 25 miles completely on-road all the way.

The route map is here:

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

The next ride after this will be Sunday 9th June.

Woking Bikeathon

If you don't fancy riding with us this Sunday then you might prefer to ride with the Woking Bikeathon The ride supports the Woking and Sam Beare Hospices which is a very good cause, and, unlike our ride, you'll get a medal at the end.

Box Hill 2 Paris Challenge

If you fancy a longer ride, about 200 miles, then the Lifetrain Trust are running an organised ride from Box Hill to Paris at the end of June: This is a fully supported team event of about 20 riders. Participants will be expected to help raise money for the Lifetrain Trust but it looks well organised and another very worthy cause.

Bike Ride - Sunday 14th April

This month's ride is this Sunday, 14th April.

Our route will be out towards Claygate via Esher, and then looping around through Thames Ditton and Hampton Court returning along the Thames towpath. The distance will be about 20 miles.

The route map is here:

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 May.

Jumble Sale

The Veteran-Cycle Club are holding one of their Ripley cycle jumbles at Ripley Village Hall this Saturday, 13th April. There will be plenty of new and old equipment for sale. Doors open at 9am until 2pm with a £1 entry fee.

Muddy Lane

There has been an excellent response to my request for people who have used Muddy Lane to get in touch. Thank you very much. We need to collect as many evidence forms as possible to make a strong case for permitting cyclists to use the lane. If I have sent you a form and you have not yet returned it, could you please do so as soon as possible.

Second Annual Vaguely Interesting Easter Egg Hunt

The next Elmbridge Cycle Group bike ride will be this Sunday 31st March at 11am.

It's Easter Sunday and time for the second 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 11am. We should finish back at the same place by about 1:30pm, for a late lunch.

If you want to come, just turn up. If you have questions or need to contact me on the day my phone number is 0793-0320241.

The next ride after this will be in two weeks time on Sunday 14th April.


Team Score Place
Harriet and Lesley 26 Joint 1st
Carole and Barbara 26 Joint 1st
Chris and James 22 3rd
Norman and Sandra 20 4th

Woking & Sam Beare Hospice

Alex Shields is organising a sponsored cycle ride for the Sam Beare Hospice on 19th May. She is looking for people to come along and help with marshalling and check in at the start, finish and half way point. Generally being on hand during the event to help with any issues that may arise. (she thinks that people who are used to cycling and taking part in cycling events would be useful)

If you are interested in helping out Alex can be contacted on 01483 881 752, or Mart Speyers (who did the route and came up with the idea) can be contacted on 07939 084 888.

Surrey Wheels for All

This Saturday and during the next couple of weeks there will be Wheels for All sessions at the Sheerwater Track in Woking. This nationally recognised programme makes cycling accessible to all and provides a range of adapted cycles, making cycling an option for young people who find other forms of physical activity difficult.

They have a wide range of cycling equipment to enable almost everyone, whatever their ability or needs, to enjoy cycling. Come along if you want to try out one of their range of adapted cycles, or find out more about training or how to get involved as a volunteer or supporter of the project.

Where: Sheerwater Track, Blackmore Crescent, Woking GU21 5NZ
When: Saturday 30th March 10 am - 11.45 am, Tuesday 2nd April 12.00 – 3 pm, Wednesday 10th April 11.00 am – 2 pm, Sunday 14th April 12.30 – 3 pm
Cost: £2.00 per session

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