Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Happy Birthday Irene

I realise most of you will be working tomorrow (27/8) but if not a slice of cake is yours if you pop into Weybridge Day Centre tomorrow morning. See Wayfarers blog for image.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sunday 24th August 2014

He ordered a full english but ate my breakfast bap

"Not the best.........bread not crispy enough"

Eggs Benedict

Sea Lane cafe

Dave mends his puncture within sight of a crowded Sea lane cafe

The Mulberry Tree - Goring-on-sea

Stooks cafe,Newbridge

A unseasonably VERY cold  late August early morning 8° but that didn't deter five hardriders.
Typically, I set off way too fast for most and was soon getting a severe telling off (b*llocking) as we passed the "West Sussex" sign at around 8.40am.
Happy to slow down we were soon tucking into W'spoons' breakfast bap and drink (£2.29).
There was some confusion about Daniel's order but it meant he ended up eating a full english and a breakfast bap!
Also typically, Jeff arrived as we were leaving 9.40am but Stenying and the South Downs beckoned.
To be fair, any folk wishing to meet up on a coast run are unaware of where we'll be at certain times so from next year, I'll carry my mobile so organising a rendezvous would be simpler.
Apologies to Terry & Richard who missed us at Horsham.
So continuing south through Southwater, Dial Post, Ashurst to Stenying 10.40am.
I picked the first cafe I saw and that was the Sussex Produce Company.
Two chevrons a little way apart led us up onto the delightful road that drops down to Sompting.
I elected a short detour to Lancing to pick up the coastal cycle path (midday) and arrived at the designated lunch (Sea Lane cafe - Ferring).
This was the first disappointment of the day because it was way too busy with the queue for food out of the doorway.
After the photos we set off in search of lunch but got no further than 100yds...........a thorn puncture for Dave.
Fish and chips for me at The Mulberry Tree pub £4.99.............the plan B lunch stop.
Then Clapham, Storrington, West Chiltington, and the long road north to tea at Newbridge.
It was 4.15pm by now and Stooks shuts at 4pm on a Sunday...........but remarkably the owner called us back in offering tea and cakes but no coffee.
We were less than satisfied with the poor quality, overpriced cakes (my stem ginger traybake was too dry) but beggars can't be choosers and perhaps the free cheese scones the owner offered helped restore faith in this establishment!
Some chose to go their separate ways as far out as West Chiltington (Jeff) .........Dave (Friday Street) and I took flight from Janice & Paul at Blackbrook deciding the climb to Headley (pain) for the downhill run into Epsom (gain).

A coolish day for late August 20° but mostly sunny.
Probably 100 miles but for me it's always about quality over quantity.
An enjoyable dayout that for the most part went as planned.
As I write, on this Bank Holiday Monday........it's raining of course!

Take a look at these three short films of cycling in six cities around the world.........but don't bother with London, we've heard it all before.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

No room at the Inn!

Sunday the 17th

As Fairoaks aerodrome is in an area little trodden by C&M I thought a trip further West would be a change. Going West of Camberly and through Sandhurst we skirted Bracknell just touching the edge of Wokingham. Finally reaching our lunch destination the Jack O'Newbury pub at Binfield only to be told by the landlord that there was no room for 6 weary cyclists! (Graham had his sandwiches) The Garden was completely empty and the Sun was out and we offered to sit outside but no we were turned away!

Luckily there was a much more amenable pub (The Stag & Hounds) at the junction of Tilehurst lane and Forest road. Our hunger abeited and our thirst quenched we set off for tea through Moss End, Maidens Green, the peanut and and the delightful views in Windsor Great park and the welcome descent of Crimp Hill to tea at Windsor farm shop.

Jeff having only sampled the soup for lunch feasted on pasty, cake and cappuccino to fuel his long ride home. Ed was headed for Weatherspoons in Staines for his tea.

The weather was generally on our side, windy at times with only one stop to shelter under trees and a generally sunny afternoon. 74 miles for me and most likely the shortest of the group.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sunday, 17th August

Fairoaks - Binfield - Windsor Farm Shop

The mamil friendly Stag & Hounds offered excellent fare to the hungry C&M, who were rejected by the cyclist-hostile Jack O' Newbury. When in Binfield, we now know which hostilery to avoid.
Most of us had the good sense to eat when food was offered!
 I'm sure that Tony will provide full details of his flight plan from Fairoaks Aerodrome and novel, hedge-hopping  approach to touch down at Binfield.
P.S. Grateful thanks to hawkeye Neil for spotting the typos. Gold star.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sunday 10th August 2014

A VERY WET DAY........but three managed to survive!

Two expertly shot videos in HD with audio can be found here:


and here:


Spotted in first video - Graham Watson (photographer).
Spotted in second video = Dave Brailsford (driving Team Sky car).

In addition,I saw myself on the telly!!(Very good live BBC one television coverage).

Monday, August 04, 2014

A tentative plan..............LondonSurrey Classic

After 11's....... a short hop/walk/cycle to The Barley Mow at West Horsley http://www.barleymowhorsley.com/home.html
then a climb (Crocknorth Lane) onto Ranmore Common to see the riders pass the first of two laps at approx 3.40pm.
Tea would normally be available at Ranmore church but assuming the volunteers are unable to get there due to road closures we may knock tea on the head.

Sunday, 3rd August

 Dorney - Hambleden - Windsor Farm Shop

11's at Dorney Court Kitchen Garden
I was rather concerned on Sunday that all who wished to cycle with C+M would not have seen  the notices saying that I had changed the elevenses venue from Boulters Lock to the Dorney Kitchen café - but with the assistance of Tony and Graham, the message had been received!
Nine of us gathered at the cafe, Bob stayed and did his own thing, Alan continued with us until he peeled off to go back to Osterley, which left Janice, Neil, Jeff, Graham, Ed, Vic and myself to ride across bridges and through lanes to Hambleden for lunch.  Bray, Waltham St Lawrence, Upper Wargrave and Henley led us to Mill End to cross the lock and weir to continue the final mile to the Stag and Huntsman public house. The service was good but...food is quite pricey!   No sandwiches, the soup was definitely a starter size serving 
and it was £11+ for the child portion of spaghetti with bacon and cheese, plus a pint!  Four of us ate at the pub and the others either had their own or bought sandwiches at the village shop.
 We left Hambleden around 1.30. going over the weir and lock, up to Remenham Hill and then we took a  route some have done before!  Through Cockpole Greeen and Warren Row to the A4.   Left and then right to White Waltham where this time we did a right before a left to take the A3024 more or less all the way to Windsor.  Tea was taken at Windsor Farm Shop/Coffee Shop where there was a very large display of vintage vehicles, plus a display of vintage bicycles manned by Bill and Margaret Squirrel and other members of the V-CC  (Veteran Cycle Club).
Here we split.  Jeff continued, no tea stop for him as he had many more miles to do,........Janice and Graham left after tea and cake, Neil sort of wandered away...then Ed, Vic and I left. I had but a short distance to my house but I went into Staines with Ed and joined him for refreshments in Wetherspoons.  
I only did 58 miles but Jeff cycled 95 miles - and goodness knows what Janice, Ed, Neil and Graham did!!??
Thanks every body for it was a good day and many thanks to Vic for helping with the route plan
 Pam :):)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Change to 11's for Sunday the 3rd of August!

11's will now be at Dorney Court Kitchen Garden Centre 
and NOT Bolters lock (Jenners cafe). 

The ride will need to leave 11's promptly.


Sunday, 27th July 2014

Newbridge - Smock Alley - Capel
Eight Bikers at Ryka's

Stooks Café at Newbridge Garden Centre

Ryka's bikers' café at the foot of Boxhill was Sunday's novel congregation point. This provided a relaxed downhill for the leader, not quite the last to arrive, closely followed by Neil, sporting a new brilliant orange shirt, with glowing cheeks to match. After allowing a decent five minute margin of error for possible late arrivals, we turned our backs on the temptation of the zigzags and headed  along the cycle path for Punchbowl Lane and a steady southward spin to Newdigate and Rusper, then crossing the rail-tracks at Warnham for Broadbridge Heath and the new bricks and tarmac of Newbridge, absent from older O.S maps. There may be a hint in the name. Newbridge Garden Centre, beside the River Arun, contains an unsuspected pearl, a gastronomic hybrid tea named Stooks. Add it to your tea-stop database; you may cycle far to match it.

A light shower did ruffle our late breakfast but soon passed. Graham arrived for tea but departed with Ed and Terry, while the rest of the group set off via Bashurst Hill and West Chiltington Lane along many a mile of undulating lanes to arrive at the village of W. Chiltington and soon thereafter at the minimalist Smock Alley and the Five Bells. We arrived early; the pub was not busy but the eccentric 'patron' still found serving an almost insuperable challenge. This is the only pub that I know that serves sardine sandwiches, bravo! When Pete (TFB) F was asked which cider he wanted, he asked for the one which came out fastest! Daniel ordered a plowman's, appropriate for Smock Alley, not his usual roast, but could not resist the challenge of a 7% cider, which fortunately did not leave him legless for the return. We dined in tranquility in the secluded garden with no climbing frames or children, though Neil said 'no' to food in anticipation of a 2pm BBQ in Guildford. We hope that he arrived in time for more than a burnt offering.

Church of St Nicholas Itchingfield
Our pretty direct route back was via Coolham, Brook's Green, Barn's Green and  Itchingfield, with no takers to visit the Parish Church of St Nicholas. We then retraced our route from Newbridge through Warnham and up Friday St. to the cake-laden tables of the Church of St John the Baptist at Capel. Who there should we meet but the trio of morning escapees: Ed, Graham and Terry, already rather cake-bound. Soon refuelled and refreshed, with eyes half-closed, we made Godspeed through Newdigate to Dorking, where from the Friends Provident building, each set his own compass bearing for home and hearth. Apart from a few drops of rain in the morning tea, the weather had been warm and clement with roads dry for a pleasant 70+mile  Sunday canter, which I hope the frisky group found as enjoyable as I did.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Sunday 20 July 2014

Seven left Hampton Court this time without incident(!) though we soon ran into traffic heading to the 30th Barrio Festival in Walton. After the towpath under Walton Bridge, we were joined by the ladies in Addlestone. Brox Road and the A320 provided a northern bypass of Woking. From Pirbright it was up and over to admire the Empress Eugenie's contribution to the Farnborough skyline. Richard and Terry were at The Tilly Shilling having come via Gatwick Express.

The onward route was somewhat more urban than our norm and paralleled the mainline (and M3), admittedly none too closely. Cove, Fleet and Winchfield and a final two miles dash along the A30 brought us to The Hogget near Newnham where Bob was waiting. Prompt service meant we could depart just after one thirty on a more relaxed and more rural route through Newnham, Rotherwick, Mattingley and Phoenix Green. We rejoined our outward route in Winchfield Hurst to be plagued by high flying birds over Farnborough.

There were minor deviations from the outward route here, and in Frimley Green and Pirbright which brought us close to the relics of Saint Edward The Martyr. Bodies now began to disappear though  most reached a new teastop, Mizens Railway, northwest of Woking.

Cooler than of late but somewhat clammy with spots of rain as I crossed Kingston Bridge. 80 miles door to door at a spirited pace.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday 13th July 2014

The Barn,Newlands Corner .......RIP

There has been a café at the top of Newlands Corner for over 50 years and although closed for a number of months,I did find this on the internet:

Some may be already aware of "Tillings" in Gomshall...........watch this space :-)


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sunday, July 13th

After lunch beneath the mediaeval Wetherspoon's Arch

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sunday July 13 2014

After briefest of showers just before ten, the weather just got better and better. Three of us arrived at Squires East Horsley before opening time! Soon it was four and eventually it became a dozen.

Ed, Terry and Bob opted for an easy route to lunch whilst seven headed for the hills. First on the menu was Shere Road and Coombe Bottom. Then it was along to Silent Pool and more ups and downs to Shamley Green via Farley Heath. NCN 22 is paved except it dips down to the canal and under the Downs Link so we struggled briefly to reach the A281. This is not a favourite of mine but soon we were along Brockwell Lane and Thorncombe Street and up Alldens Hill with just two cars to impend our progress. With time in hand we continued offroad past Gertrude Jekyll's house. It was no surprise to find the easy riders sunning themselves outside the Jack Phillips in Godalming.

Lunch and tea are separated by only eight miles so I stretched by meandering through Farncombe, past the crematorium and round the back of Chinthurst. At the Chilworth level crossing Jeff and Janice were for home via Coombe Bottom whilst the rest faced Halfpenny Lane before welcome refreshment at a very busy Newlands Corner. About 55 miles door to door.


Monday, July 07, 2014

Sunday, 6th July

The Blue Ship at The Haven

Splendid choice of route by Graham from Henfold, to approach The Haven from the south through lovely lanes undisturbed by internal combustion engines, though the Blue Ship  was also the destination for the British Two-Stroke Club.

Sunday July 6 2014

Our putative leader was in Yorkshire seeing his grandchildren/TdF so it fell to me to come up with  an alternative. Of the dozen at a very crowded Henfold, only five were out for the day. Naturally I had much to say on the topic "shoulder dislocations I have known".

We detoured through Rusper and then down Old Holbrook into Horsham. Once past a still dormant Rising Universe a right turn at Tower Hill placed us on lanes heading towards Barns Green. Here a large housing estate is starting to appear and evidently fracking may become an issue. Continuing past the (unseen) Frank Patterson home, we turned north for a short sprint along the A29. The last three miles were car-less;  our further reward - the Blue Ship and  a one o'clock alfresco lunch.

On the short and very familiar way back (Rudgwick, Ellens Green, Okewood Hill) we were on auto-pilot  to reach Capel church and its cakes just after three.

75 miles plus on a day that got better and better - the only hint of rain disappearing well before I reached 11s.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Sunday, 29th June

13 Arrived at the Magna Carta tearooms for 11s.  10 carried on for lunch at  “The Green Man” Hurst,  cycling up Priest Hill into Bishopsgate, Windsor Park, peanut roundabout, Drift Road, Maidens Green to Moss End.  We then turned right into Bottle Lane then left up Ryehurst Lane to Billingbear, Straight Mile Road to Hurst.  
Food came very quickly and we left at 1.45pm. Carrying on to B3018 we turned right to Shurlock Row, back to Bottle lane to Mossend where we turned right and 1st left to Hayley Green, on to Ascot racecourse and back through the Park to the NORTH CAFÉ  where we all downed choc cake and scones.  A lovely day was had riding in all the quiet lanes.  Thank you all for your lovely company.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Cycling Time Trials 24hr National Time Trial

On 21st/22nd June Cycling Time Trials held their National 24hr time trial down in Sussex starting just down the road from Arlington Reservoir. Five riders from the Kingston Phoenix Road Club joined 70 others along with loads of helpers. The first rider off was at 12.01 pm and as I was number 63 and the last KPRC rider to start. Most of the riders were solo, but I did see one tandem and a few trikes. My start time was 1.03pm. I didn’t sleep on Saturday night, just had a few short breaks with caffeine and whatever food I felt like.

I don’t know when the official results are released, but this is what my Edge 510 recorded. My average speed from the start was almost 19mph which dropped to just above 18mph for the next three hours then by about 4pm to about 5am it was 17mph. After that it slowly dropped to 16.4mph.

Satnav summary

333.81 mi
Moving Time:
Elapsed Time:

Avg Speed:
16.4 mph
Avg Moving Speed:
16.4 mph
Max Speed:
30.9 mph

Elevation Gain:
4,256 m
Elevation Loss:
4,257 m
Min Elevation:
-11 m
Max Elevation:
87 m

I don’t know why but for some reason my Garmin Edge 510 decided to give up on recording the correct elevation at some point during the night circuit. Thankfully everything else seemed to work ok.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sunday 22nd June 2014

Dorking Leisure Centre was the familiar meet for the first coast ride for 2014.Surrounded by 60 members of the flourishing Dorking Cycling Club, an even 10 set off towards a fairly new 11's at Newbridge (basically Broadbridge Heath).
It was pleasing to see Terry had made the effort to join us, clearly still affected by his recent illness.We of course hope he slowly regains his strength and wish him well for the months ahead.
Most ate something..............which they probably regretted later.
The route south is straight,undulating and simple if your leading on a path that was first attempted successfully last year.
Chantry Hill on the SDW was the first test for most and the downhill rough stuff was certainly rideable if you kept on the grass.(personally speaking ofc)
We regrouped at the bottom which was now the Angmering Estate,an area with good roads and no visable cars.
We joined the main road at Clapham and the traffic soon appeared from every direction.
Another 20 mins of built up area brought us to the busy Bluebird café right on the beach at Ferring.
Bob luckily saw us before he had given up hope ...................it was 1.40pm.
The pictures tell a story.........namely huge portions of tasty grub.
We were away by 2.30ish but had to negotiate the hoards of people in Worthing to get to the Stenying road that goes up and over the South Downs.
Aware of the time (4.20pm) I decided to stop at Old Barn Nursery at Dial Post instead of  Southwater.
For me it was a painful ride home..........headache,sore legs and just plain and simple knackered.
Saw the two Pete's at the top of Pebblecombe.......................which I had walked,well there's always a first for everything.

Sunny and warm 24º with an afternoon tailwind.
Newbridge Garden Centre

The ONLY rough-stuff

Keith - Sea Bass

Lilian - Ploughman's

Neil - Fish & Chips

Jeff - pasta (eaten half of it?)

Graham - Half a Chicken

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Newbridge - Ferring - Dial Post

 Andy, Chantry Hill, okay; but do you call this a road?
Gathering at Dorking Leisure Centre
The TFBs tanking up for the starting pistol
On top of the world at Chantry

With Southwater a furlong too far, I believe that tea was taken at Dial Post. I opted for an early shower and headed home along the A24