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Bike Ride - Sunday 12th October 2014

This month's ride will be this Sunday 12th October. We will be riding from Weybridge to the Tower of London where you'll get a chance to see the #TowerPoppies which are 888,246 ceramic poppies marking the centenary of the start of the First World War. On the way we will pass through Covent Garden where Alex Chinneck's floating building is currently on show. The return will be by train from Waterloo although some people may choose to cycle back. The route will take us from Weybridge to Kingston, then through Richmond Park and on to Putney, Brompton Cemetery, Exhibition Road, Hyde Park, Constitution Hill and the Mall before arriving at Covent Garden and then on to the Tower of London. The total distance will be about 25 miles and is mainly on roads or good quality paths, so any bike should be suitable. The full route map is here if you want more detail: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/555862816 We will be meeting at the Hand & Spear, near Weybridge Station at 9:00am. Note, this is an hour earlier than normal. If you want to come, just turn up, no need to let me know. If you are planning to cycle back from London don't forget to bring lights. The next ride after this will be Sunday 9th November 2014.

Bike Ride - Sunday 10th August 2014

This month's ride will be this Sunday 10th August. This is the day of the big RideLondon cycle events, so our route has been chosen to give the opportunity to see some of the day's activities. In particular, our route has been designed to intercept the professional riders at the top of the hill climb on Ranmore Common. They do two circuits of this section of the course, so we will have two chances to see them pass. We will be meeting at the Hand & Spear, near Weybridge Station at 12:00 noon. This is two hours later than normal as the roads in Weybridge will be congested with riders on the London-Surrey 100 for most of the morning. We will cycle out through Cobham and Effingham up to Ranmore Common. There we will be able to find a prime position to watch the professional riders tackle the steep climb up from Westhumble to the top of Ranmore Common. Our return will take us back through Bookham, Effingham and across Ockham Common back to Weybridge. The route will be about 25 miles and is on-road all the way so any bike should be suitable. The full route map is here if you want more detail: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/497324908 If you want to come, just turn up at the Hand & Spear at 12 noon on Sunday. The next ride after this will be Sunday 12th October 2014. There will not be a ride in September.

Bike Ride - Sunday 13th July - Easter Egg Hunt

Our next Elmbridge Cycle Group bike ride will be this Sunday 13th July at 10am. Instead of a normal ride, this month we will be holding the much postponed third annual Easter Egg hunt. 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. Since it's the day of the World Cup final you'll actually be looking for soccer balls rather than easter eggs. There will be no fixed route, but expect to cycle around 20 miles or so depending on how many short-cuts you know or can find. The route will be mostly on-road and mainly in or around Walton-on-Thames and Hersham. The start will be at the usual place, outside the Hand and Spear pub near Weybridge Station at 10am. We should finish back at the same place by about 1pm, for a late lunch. If you want to come, just turn up. The next ride after this will be on Sunday 10th August, the day of the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100.

Ride to Shoreham-by-sea, Sunday 29th June

An extra ride for you this month. This is an all-day ride from Weybridge to Shoreham-by-sea, returning by train. The route will take us to Woking, Guildford and then follow the off-road Downs Link path all the way to Shoreham. A mountain bike or hybrid is most appropriate for this ride. We will be making an early start, 7:00am at the Hand & Spear near to Weybridge Station. There will be a second pick-up at Woking Leisure Centre at 8:00am. The ride will take about 8 to 10 hours so would expect to be in Shoreham by about 5:00pm. Return will be by train, costing about £25 and taking about 2 hours to get back to Weybridge. If you are interested in coming on this ride please contact me by email so that I know who to expect on the day. The next ride after this will be Sunday 13th July 2014. Weather permitting, this will be the re-run of the Easter Egg Hunt, rebadged as a soccer themed treasure hunt as this is the day of the World Cup final.

Bike Ride - Saturday 7th June 2014

This month's ride will be this Saturday 7th June. Saturday not Sunday. We will be meeting at the Hand & Spear, near Weybridge Station at 10:00 am. The route will take us west along the river Thames to Staines, then to Dachet and along the Jubilee River to Bray. After lunch at the Bray Lake Watersports Centre we will return via Windsor and Virgina Water. The ride will be about 40 miles, generally flat and mostly on-road. The full route map is here if you want more detail: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/433916130 If you want to come, just turn up at the Hand & Spear at 10am on Saturday. The next ride after this will be Sunday 13th July 2014. Weather permitting, this will be an untimely re-run of the Easter Egg Hunt which was abandoned due to heavy rain in April.
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