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.

Bike Ride - Sunday 13th January

This month's ride is this Sunday, 13th January. With luck the snow will hold off until Monday. The route on Sunday will be out along the Thames towpath towards Staines. From Staines we will bear south towards Thorpe and Lyne before turning back towards Chertsey and Addlestone. It's a relatively short route this month, about 17 miles, on mainly quiet roads with some stretches of off road paths. The route map is here: If you want to come, just turn up at the Hand & Spear at 11am. The next ride after this will be Sunday 10th February.

Bike Ride - Sunday 9th December

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

This month our destination will be Newlands Corner. The distance will be about 25 miles and is all on road. Some sections of the route will be on quite busy roads, so this ride is best for reasonably confident cyclists. There's also a bit of a hill up to Newlands Corner, but you'll only have to do it once and we'll be stopping for lunch at the top.

The route map is here: We will head out along Redhill Road and then parallel the A3 as far as Burpham, from there we cut through to Trodds Lane and up to Newlands Corner. The return will take us to West Clandon, Send, Old Woking and West Byfleet.

The hours of daylight are quite short at this time of year. While I do not plan to be back after it gets dark, we could easily be delayed due to punctures and/or breakdowns. For this reason please remember your lights.

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

The next regular ride after this will be Sunday 13th January.

Boxing Day

There's a possibility that I will organise an extra ride for Boxing Day, December 26th. If I do I will send out details a few days before. If you would be interested in riding on Boxing Day please let me know.

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