Thursday, February 15, 2018

David Aylett Service of Celebration of Life

Well done Shirley & Collin for arranging the ride for David. Some 24 riders left North Cheam and entered the Crematorium through a back route avoiding much traffic. I think that David would have been pleased with the turnout including many from far and wide of his very old friends who came by car. The family provided refreshments afterwards at the Morden Brook (formerly the Beverly) which was also well attended by family and many of his cycling friends.
The following is a series of pictures(in 2 parts) of the riders, arriving, together with the cortege. The final picture is of Richard & Karen giving a tribute to Dad.

More pics to follow

Another interesting ride

Received a very interesting video from Ray Wren this evening. He has a rear 
facing camera on his bike and recorded this while cycling through Claygateon Wednesday

What we cyclists have to put up with!

How to change an inner tube in 45secs....

Hello Wayfarers,
A couple of weeks ago there was a bit of lunchtime banter about whether it was possible to change an inner tube in under one minute, well here is the proof! Should 45 seconds be the target for future roadside puncture repairs? 😜 MikeR

A Group 14th February

It was a good turn out considering the weather forecast. 15 of us rode out via Bookham, Bagdon Hill towards Leigh and Horley towards our destination, The Castle in Outwood. The southern wind slowed progress a bit and David J punctured about 3 miles from lunch, otherwise the ride went well, thanks to Geoff for back marking and others for corner marking. Thanks also to Geoff for the photograph below.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

B Group - 14th February

Sixteen riders left  the Vineries heading for Woodies Public House, New Malden. Our route took us through Ashtead Park, Horton hospital estate and Stoneleigh.

The food and service at Woodies was good, but the pub conservatory where we ate could have been warmer.

After lunch most riders went their separate ways. After a vote on the tea stop 6 of us continued to Hampton Court Palace for tea.

Not a very challenging ride but suited to the weather conditions and for everybody's home journey.

Thanks to the many corner markers and Steph for back marking.

Regards, Tony


A good ride from Tony Hooker today which, happily for me, ended up in New Malden:

An interesting meander near the old hospitals
~ Tim

Dieppe Raid 23&24 June 2018

Sat with Mark at elevenses today and he tells me that bookings for the Dieppe Raid is out. It's a few years since I last attended but I did say at Eric Ratcliffe's  funeral that I may well go in 2018. In the past I have taken my car with roof rack and up to 4 bikes via Dover/Calais. Any one interested in sharing? I would plan to go on Friday 22nd June and return on Monday 25 June either by ferry or Euro Tunnel depending on which is cheaper? If any one wants to make it a longer trip with extra B&B we can consider. I normally stay at the La plage anyone want to share? Don't be shy!

A Group 14th February

Grey and blowy at the start of Keith's ride today; wet and blowier by the end.  But a good gallop over the hills to Outwood, and back over the hills to Woodmansterne.  A pleasant chat over lunch, but no appetite for tea - time to go home.

A sporting ride, and perhaps the end of Winter...


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

B Group ride tomorrow

On our B ride from The Vineries we will have lunch at Woodies in New Malden and then onto tea at Garsons Farm Esher, no hills!!



Last Orders: Annual Lunch & Prizegiving

Our own equivalent of the Oscars, the Annual Lunch and Prizegiving is on Wednesday 7 March, at a new venue (see previous post here) which has been highly commended by various of our members.

If you have already booked and paid, please note that we can only accept cancellations up to 28 Feb
And if you haven't yet booked - please contact me as soon as possible.   To speed up the service, we are taking pre-payment of £15 for a fixed-price, three course food menu (drinks not included).

Tim will be in touch soon to ask your food choices (the menu is in the link above, and we've confirmed that this is the menu that will be used on the day).

A Group ride 14th February

We will be riding from the Vineries in Effingham to The Castle at Outwood, about 21 miles.
There is a short section of rough track, but short enough to walk if necessary.
Tea at Oaks Park about 15 miles from lunch.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Details about riding to David's funeral

Dear friends,

David's funeral will take place next Thursday, 15 February, at 4.40 pm at the North East Surrey Crematorium, Lower Morden Lane.    We suggest meeting by the Tesco/petrol station on the London Road (A24) opposite Langley Avenue where there is space for a dozen or more cyclists.   From here we will ride via the Hamptons to cross Green Lane and follow Pig Lane to the back entrance to the Crematorium.   There are no Sheffield stands so bring good locks! 

We will see you outside Tesco/petrol station ready to leave at 4 pm.

If you cannot contact Colin or me, Lynda is the alternative.

We do not know if there is a wake or gathering planned for afterwards.


Wednesday, February 07, 2018

B Group - 7th February

After enjoying our tea and pastries which Ged had provided for us to celebrate his significant birthday eleven of us took off from the RBL into the sunshine, straight down to East Horsley where we crossed the A246 and turned up into Chalk Lane, respite at last from the traffic and bumpy roads. We turned right into Green Dene and proceeded to the top where we plummeted down Combe Bottom and crossed into Shere for a toilet stop which nobody seemed to need.

Up Sandy Lane and left after the bridge we meandered through the various Hoe Lanes, encountering a surprising amount of traffic. Instead of carrying on down the hill to the Horsham Road we turned right at the top of Hoe Lane into the small lanes which skirt around Sutton Place, a brief but most enjoyable excursion. At the bottom we headed south through Holmbury St Mary and on to the Parrot Inn at Forest Green, arriving at just before one o'clock.

There was a little bit of confusion about a couple of orders but we ate well, soup and assorted sandwiches, and quite a lot of chips. I tried to warn everyone about the perils of eating too many chips before a big climb and managed to give away many of mine. However the advice fell mostly on deaf ears and, to prove me wrong, Christina, who probably ate more chips than most of us, romped up Leith Hill Lane after lunch, beating the rest of us to the top. That is a pretty tough climb for B Group; one or two walked up part of it but I was very pleased that nobody actually conked out completely. After losing Brian and Steph briefly we regrouped at Coldharbour, opposite The Plough, before our descent to Dorking.

Before we reached the one-way system in Dorking we turned right into Hampstead Road, through to the Horsham Road, left then right into St Pauls Road and through Cotmandene to emerge  onto the High Street. This was the second entirely unnecessary excursion of the day, a tour through some scenic parts of Dorking most of us didn’t know existed.

We reached Leatherhead by 4 o’clock, observed the lack of activity in Annies and went around the back for tea and coffee at Costa Coffee. By this stage we were down to four, Brian, Sue, Terry and myself.

For this time of year this was a very ambitious and very enjoyable ride but the downside was that for a group of us riding from Leatherhead to home would have been a lot of miles and not a great experience in the dark. However several of those who didn’t come with us joined a small gang of Uxbridge Loiterers for a happy day pedalling in and around Windsor Great Park with lunch in Wetherspoons.

Thanks to everyone who came out for this hard but fabulous day in the hills, and especially to John Austin for riding as back marker. We owe something to the fine weather too which greatly contributed to the esprit de corps and enjoyment of our splendid countryside.

~ Tim

28.7 miles
Over 2000 feet of climbing

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

A group ride Wed 7 Feb

The forecast is lovely (apart from the temperature).We will start at Cobham and do part of the classic “May Flyer” route via Staple Lane, Albury, Wonersh, Busbridge, Loxhill to the Three Compasses at Dunsfold for lunch (25 miles from Cobham). Then on to Peaslake via the dreaded Bar Hatch Lane and a few miles on the A25 to Denbies for tea (or via White Down & Ranmore if people want more climbing and to avoid the A25). Total 43 miles from Cobham and approx 2800ft of climbing.

B Group ride tomorrow

We will be heading for the Surrey Hills through to Shere and on to lunch at the Parrot Inn in Forest Green. After lunch, a challenging climb up to Keith Hill, followed by the roller coaster route through some of our favourite undulations and down to Dorking. Tea will probably be in Leatherhead.

Please ensure that your brakes are in good condition.

See you in Cobham

~ Tim