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