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Bike Ride - Sunday November 11th 2012

The next Elmbridge Cycle Group bike ride will be this Sunday 11th November at 11am. This month the ride will take us south into the countryside towards Effingham and Bookham, then looping back through Cobham and Esher Common. The distance will be about 18 miles and is mostly on road with a couple of short sections on good quality tracks and paths. The route map is here: http://bit.ly/UxKINc Lunch will be at the Medicine Garden - unlike last month's ride, I have personally checked this venue for suitability ;) If you want to come, just turn up at the Hand & Spear at 11am. The next ride after this will be Sunday 9th December.

Bike Ride - Sunday 14th October

The next Elmbridge Cycle Group bike ride will be this Sunday 14th October at 11am.

This month the plan is to do a 20 mile route that loops up through Shepperton and Feltham then skirt the airport towards Stanwell and back through Staines Common and Chertsey. As usual we'll be meeting outside the Hand & Spear pub, near Weybridge Station at 11am. There's a detailed route map here: http://bit.ly/UHMW2u The ride will be about 20 miles at a leisurely pace.

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

The next ride after this will be either Sunday 11th November or more likely on Sunday 18th November which is a slight deviation from the usual schedule.

Cycle Wales for the Brompton and Harefield Hospitals

Two weeks ago a group of eight of us cycled the length of Wales to raise money for the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals charitable funds. The trip was very successful with everyone completing the whole 250 mile route that included quite a few big hills. The fund raising has been particularly successful with over £5,350 raised so far. There are some photographs of the trip here: http://bit.ly/SRCePg

Bike Wars

The Olympic euphoria for cycling has been and gone, it's back to school for many this week and we are starting to see the old cyclist battle lines being re-occupied. Here's a round up of some good and bad from this week. Firstly, an upbeat article from the Surrey Advertiser on Monday (featuring a few quotes from me) about the potential for an Olympic cycle legacy in Surrey: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/s/2119810_cycling_routes_needed_for_olym... Sadly this was followed on Wednesday by news of a cycling fatality on Rydens Road in Walton. I don't know the details other than a skip lorry and an elderly cyclist being involved, but there's no excuse for a fatal collision on a road like this in good weather and broad daylight. On a further downbead, Richard Nye, the editor of upmarket glossy publication the Richmond Magazine, which is owned by Sheengate, has disgraced himself by saying that the only good cyclist is a dead cyclist in this month's editorial Here, page 9. He then claims to have shouted "Bastardo! Cycling Swinehunt! (sic) Two-wheeled son of Beelzebub!" at somebody while stuck in the discomfort of his own traffic jam. This is a great pity as Sheengate ran a very nice article, featuring one of our recent cycle rides in the July edition of the Elmbridge Lifestyle Magazine. I'm pleased that not all of Sheengate's editors share the same attitude as Richard Nye.

Bike Ride - Sunday 9th September

The next Elmbridge Cycle Group bike ride will be this Sunday 9th September at 11am.

A couple of months ago we planned to check out the new Bike Beans cycle cafe in Ashtead. Due to terrible weather and some mechanicals we didn't get any further than Wisley. So, with the weather looking a lot more promising this Sunday we are going to try again.

As usual we'll be meeting outside the Hand & Spear pub, near Weybridge Station at 11am. Heading out towards Downside, Fetcham and then skirting Leatherhead. Lunch will be at the Bike Beans cycle cafe in Ashtead. We'll return via Ashtead Common, Oxshott and Esher Common, so there'll be a bit of slightly off-road riding through the commons. There's a detailed route map here: http://bit.ly/Ly5IAx

The ride will be about 25 miles at a leisurely pace.

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

The next ride after this will be on Sunday 14th October.

Cycle Wales for the Brompton and Harefield Hospitals

In two weeks time, Chris Dallas and a few other regulars from the Elmbridge Cycle Group will be raising money for Brompton and Harefield Hospitals charities by cycling the length and breadth of Wales. That's about 250 miles and 3,500m of hills over 4 days of gruelling saddle time. Starting in Holyhead, finishing in Chepstow and crossing three mountain ranges.

The ride is for a really really good cause. Chris's son Elliott was born with a heart condition and, over a very long and worrying time and many surgical operations the Royal Brompton performed miracles for Elliott. Chris now wants to give something back for the wonderful care Elliott received. If you've enjoyed any of the Elmbridge Cycle Group bike rides in the past a small donation would be a great way to show your appreciation and help these hospitals carry on their very important work.

You can read Chris's whole story here: http://www.justgiving.com/teams/rbhtwelshcycle or you can make an online donation via Just Giving to any of the following:
Chris: http://www.justgiving.com/rbht-welsh-c2c
Norman: http://www.justgiving.com/Norman-Johns1
Barbara: http://www.justgiving.com/Barbara-Rossouw
George: http://www.justgiving.com/CyclingWales2012

Surrey SuperCycle

Another fundraising event coming up is the Surrey SuperCycle on Sunday September 16th. Anyone can take part in this one and raise money for your choice of a dozen different charities. The event takes place at Dunsfold Airfield near Cranleigh where you'll be able to cycle anything from 1 to 100km on the famous Top Gear racing circuit. Open to everyone including children, young people and those with disabilities. You might even meet some people there using it as last minute training for a ride through Wales ;)

More details here: http://www.surreysupercycle.org.uk

Bike ride - Sunday 12th August

The next Elmbridge Cycle Group bike ride will be this Sunday 12th August at 11am. The weather forecast is good, so rather than stopping at a pub for lunch we will be having a picnic this time. Please bring sandwiches, or whatever else you'd like to eat and drink As usual we'll be meeting outside the Hand & Spear pub, near Weybridge Station at 11am. The route will head south-west past St Peter's Hospital and out over Chobham Common to Windlesham Arboretum which is little known, but a bit of a hidden gem. We will stop here for a picnic before heading back via Windlesham, Chobham and Addlestone. The detailed route map is here: http://bit.ly/NlanYn The ride will be about 25 miles at a leisurely pace, suitable for road bikes. If you want to come, just turn up at the Hand & Spear at 11am. The next ride after this will be on Sunday 9th September.
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