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Bike Ride - Sunday 12th January 2014

Happy New Year. This month's ride will be this Sunday 12th January. Please note it will start earlier than normal at 10am. We will be heading South towards East Horsley this month. We will meet at the Hand & Spear, near Weybridge Station at 10:00 am. The route will take us south via Downside and Effingham Junction to East Horsley and beyond. Returning back through Ripley and West Byfleet, with a lunch stop probably at the Queens Head in East Clandon. The ride will be about 25 miles and will be all on-road. Boats may be required if the road between Ripley and West Byfleet is flooded. The full route map is here if you want more detail: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/343317467 If you want to come, just turn up at the Hand & Spear at 10am on Sunday. The next ride after this will be Sunday 9th February 2014.

Bike Ride - Sunday 10th November

This month we will be heading West towards Eton before returning via Windsor Great Park.

We will meet at the Hand & Spear, near Weybridge Station at 11:00 am. The route will take us to Staines, Stanwell, Datchet, Eton and Windsor. After lunch at a pub or cafe we will head back through Windsor Park, Virginia Water, Lyne and Addlestone. The ride will be about 30 miles and we should be back in Weybridge by 4pm depending on our pace. The route map is here if you want more detail: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/321036699

The terrain on this route is varied, some of it is on-road, some of it is traffic free paths and tracks. A sturdy road bike or hybrid should be suitable for this ride.

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 January 2014. There will be no ride in December.

Christmas Dinner

In lieu of a December ride everyone is invited to join us on Friday 6th December at the Hand and Spear for the Elmbridge Cycle Group Christmas Dinner. If you wish to come please let me know by Thursday 14th November so that I can make reservations.

Bike Ride - Sunday 13th October

This month we will be heading East for a relatively short 25km (15 mile) ride through Wisley towards Effingham and then back through Downside and Cobham. The ride will start at our usual meeting place outside the Hand & Spear, near Weybridge Station at 11am. The terrain on this route is virtually all on-road apart from a couple of expedient short-cuts. A road-bike or hybrid would be most suitable for this ride. The route map is here: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/306787185 If you want to come, just turn up at the Hand & Spear at 11am on Sunday. The next ride after this will be Sunday 10th November.

Bike Ride - Sunday 11th August

This month we will be heading West for an all day ride along National Cycle Route 4 to Maidenhead and beyond.

We will meet at the Hand & Spear, near Weybridge Station at 09:00 (not our usual 11am start time). The route will take us to Staines, Egham, through Windsor Great Park, Windsor and Bray to Maidenhead. If there is time and enthusiasm we will push on further before lunch at a pub or cafe. The return route will be broadly the same although we may vary it for a bit of variety. The ride will be about 60 miles and we should be back in Weybridge by 4 or 5pm depending on our pace.

The terrain on this route is varied, some of it is on-road, much of it is traffic free paths and tracks. A hybrid or mountain bike would be most suitable for this ride. The route map is here: http://bit.ly/193V5C0

If you want to come, just turn up at the Hand & Spear at 9am on Sunday. 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 Sunday 13th October. There will be no ride in September as I have other commitments (see below).

Marathon du Medoc

Some of you already know that I've been training for a marathon for the last few months. This is a particularly unnatural activity for a cyclist. Someone even asked, when they saw me running, if my bike had been stolen. So on September 7th, I'll be running in the Marathon du Medoc in southern France. Several people have asked about sponsorship. I've decided to support the Woking and Sam Beare Hospices. If anyone would like to donate to this deserving cause please go to my Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/MarathonDuMedoc13 Thank you.

Bulgaria Bike Tour

There's still a couple of spaces available. Let me know if you are interested. Details here: http://bit.ly/184G16I

Walton Bridge Cycle Links Consultation

The public consultation period for this scheme runs until August 19th. We have so far studied the plans, ridden the route, and met with David Sharpington the Programme Delivery Manager to understand more about the thinking behind the scheme. We already have a large number of comments and observations which we will be compiling into a report in the next week or so. Keep an eye on our website if you want to see early drafts of our feedback. If you have any comments or suggestions please let me know.

And finally, if you think that Walton Bridge is a boring name for the bridge that was opened on exactly the same day that Prince George was born then there's a petition you can sign: http://chn.ge/1335bhO

Bike Ride - Sunday 14th July

As promised, this month's ride will be an all-day Mountain Bike trip to Swinley Forest near Bagshot. Swinley Forest has recently opened a series of fabulous new mountain bike trails, graded from green through red and running for over 20km throughout the forest.

If you have a mountain bike and only use it to fetch the shopping then this is a great opportunity to discover how much fun it is to ride on a high quality purpose built trail. The sections vary in difficulty so there is something for everyone whatever your ability and confidence.

There will be a choice of meeting points for this ride. You can either make an early start and cycle out from Weybridge or Woking, or you can drive there and meet us in Bagshot. The three options are:

1. Meet at the Hand & Spear, near Weybridge Station at 09:00 (not our usual 11am start time).

2. If you are coming from Woking, meet at the Six Crossroads Roundabout (junction of the A320 and A245) at 09:45.

3. If you want to skip the ride out there, meet at the start of Vicarage Road in Bagshot at 11:00. There's usually plenty of free on-street parking around here: http://goo.gl/maps/zWJZn

From Vicarage Road we will head into the forest and pick up appropriate trails depending on everyone's ability and skill levels. Lunch will be at the Look Out Discovery Centre and we will head back from Vicarage Road at about 4pm or whenever everyone is good and tired.

The route map is here: http://bit.ly/12j000t Total distance from Weybridge to Swinley Forest and back including one full circuit of the trails will be about 40 miles.

If you want to come, just turn up at the Hand & Spear, near Weybridge railway station, at 9am on Sunday, or be at Six Crossroads Roundabout at 09:45, or meet us at 11am at Vicarage Road in Bagshot.

The next ride after this will be Sunday 11th August.

Bulgaria Bike Tour

In September, there will be a week long bike tour in Bulgaria. Starting from Sofia we'll be taking a 430km loop around the hills and mountains of the south west of the country. If you are interested in joining us please let me know. More information is available here: http://bit.ly/184G16I

Walton Bridge Cycle Links Consultation

Earlier this year Surrey County Council won £1m funding for cycle safety improvements in Walton-on-Thames. Their proposed scheme comprises shared use cycle paths along the main roads from Upper Halliford, across Walton Bridge, towards Elmbridge Leisure Centre.

The public consultation period for this scheme has just started and will last until August 19th. This will be your only opportunity to comment on this scheme which is planned to be completed by Christmas. This link http://bit.ly/16nCDAB will take you to the detailed proposals and a feedback form. Alternatively, if you let me know your thoughts I will pass them on.

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