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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: http://bit.ly/ZDJVwV 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: http://bit.ly/SJMwWt 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.

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.
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