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

Bike Ride - Easter Sunday 31st March

Despite what I said last month, there will not be a ride this Sunday.

As a consolation there will be an extra ride on Easter Sunday 31st March. This will take the form of an Easter Egg Hunt and will involve cycling around the local area using clues and a map to help you locate "easter eggs". You'll be in a team of two or three and you can expect to cycle about 15 to 25 miles depending on how enthusiastic you are feeling. We ran it for the first time last year and it was tremendously successful, so we are doing it again this year.

More details will be provided nearer to the time.

The next regular ride after that will be Sunday 14th April.

Walton Bridge

Following some publicity in the local newspaper most of the lights on Walton Bridge are now working again. Many thanks to Charlotte of the Surrey Herald.

Muddy Lane

Do you know the path, called Muddy Lane, that links Byfleet to Wisley? If you do, and if you have cycled along it in the past then I would like your help. Muddy Lane is a very strategic route for cyclists heading south from this area, there are few safe alternatives.

It has been used without hindrance for many years, but recently the landowner has decided that cyclists are not welcome and is trying to prevent anyone from using the lane. We (the Woking Cycle Group and the Elmbridge Cycle Group) are intending to make an official change of use application, so that the right to use this lane is preserved. For this we need to identify people who have cycled this path at any time between 1983 and 2009. Did you, or do you know of anyone, who may have used this path during this time? If so, please get in touch with me, your help will be much appreciated.

Stolen Bikes - Guildford

On 20th February Vicki and Chris Holmes had their bicycles stolen.

Vicki says "Our garage was broken into and all our bikes stolen. It appears to be a targeted theft (no other garages were broken into and no other items stolen). As you can imagine, we are pretty devastated as this was a collection built up over many years.

We would be very grateful if you could keep your eyes out for any of these bikes (online, car boot sales, or out on the road) One of the bikes is unique and custom-made and therefore very istinctive, with personalised engravings. Photos below.

There's a REWARD and our eternal gratitude to anyone who can help trace these bikes."

Thank you
Vicki and Chris Holmes
Mobile 07803 297007

Make: ATUM22 Custom made titanium bike - unusual and distinctive

Distinctive engravings on frame (above)
Initials CRH engraved on head tube
Name engraved on seat post HOLMES

Make: Litespeed

Make: Giant Trance 2 MTB
Difference from picture below: bike had been fitted with gold hubs and cables, and white handlebar grips

Make: Ribble Road Bike
Difference from picture below: white bottle cages had been fitted

Make: Specialized Myka Pro MTB

Bike Ride - Sunday 10th February

This month's ride is this Sunday, 10th February.

Our route this time will be out through Addlestone, circling round to West Byfleet, Ripley, then West and East Horsley before coming back to Weybridge through Ockham and Cobham. The total distance will be about 25 miles and it's all on road, some sections will be on main roads.

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 31st March which is Easter Sunday, so we'll be having the second annual Vaguely Interesting Easter Egg Hunt.

Walton Bridge

This is just a word of warning about the conditions on and around Walton Bridge. As you probably know, a nice new bridge is being built and will be ready this summer. Meanwhile the conditions on the old bridge have become very hazardous for cyclists. They were never good, but there is now distracting construction activity, degraded road surfaces, frequent changes to the road layout and the street lighting seems to have totally failed. It is unlikely that conditions will improve until the new bridge is opened.

Walton Bridge is currently highly dangerous for cyclists. Please take care if you have to use it.

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