Sunday, October 19, 2014

19 October 2014, The Day of the AGM

 Reigate - Stamford Green - W. Ewell
No room at the Inn for Neil and Paul

The top table
Our thanks to Ed for hosting the AGM

 The serious business of the day

A tribute to Simon Legg & the FNRttC

It is 2 years since I did my last FNRttC. Simon has decided to go to pastures new but I decided that I would try and take part in his last two rides (Bognor & Southend). Frankly I found this it a big challenge and as Simon suggested I am getting past it and I am sure that my wife would agree it happened 20 years ago! Not withstanding that I made it and will do my utmost to get to Southend a ride I have never yet done!
Before the start on 10 Oct for Felpham I met a friend in London and after a few pints (too many) I came across the Bomber Command Memorial which I have not seen before. Personally I think it is appropriate and clearly the Queen felt the same! See photo's below along with a dawn stop near Arundel where we waited for a multiple puncture culprit! There is always one and he was a very nice chap!

Friday, October 17, 2014

More photos from Sunday 12th October ride

Resting after a hill climb

Kent countryside

The Blacksmith's Arms flowers

The Blacksmith's Arms flowers

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday 12th October 2014

Mini disaster at the start.
My water bottle (not bidon) had leaked into my musette causing my Nokia 3210 circa 1999 to flood with water.
As I write, it's drying off but the chances of it actually working again seem slim.
I led three to Purley then the quiet A22 to the "Ann Summers" r/b.
Uphill past Woldingham station and the North Downs Golf Club.
From there you're just a short distance to Westerham via the long downhill sweep.
Cyclists were coming from all directions...............not suprising since this was the "hill climb" weekend with the Catford CC's Yorks Hill just a stones throw away from our elevenses at Chartwell.
Friend of Dave, a nice chap called Ian was nearing the end of his twice yearly stay in the UK and was due to fly back to South Africa this very evening after emigrating there.
A 10.10am arrival at the deserted café allowed for a leisurely alfresco break on this bright early autumn day as first Bob then Ian and finally Daniel made their appearances.
A long downhill to Brasted swiftly followed by Hogtrough Hill to The Blacksmiths Arms at Cudham for an early lunch.
The pub has a history going right back to 1628 and has one of the most lavish "smoking areas" I have ever seen with books and a tv too.
Apparently the garden has won awards which doesn't suprise me.I've never seen so much colour in a pub garden in early October as witnessed today.......probably due to the warmest September since 1910!
We were at the Bec CC hill climb shortly after it's 2pm start and Daniel not suprisingly and perhaps wisely aimed straight for the tea & cakes............I queued for 20 minutes at 3pm.
In one of the biggest crowds that this event is ever likely to see, most were here for just one see Garmin-Sharp professional rider David Millar ride his very last cycle event and first hill climb, before retiring.
His wife (Nicole) also rode joining many more women,juniors and vets.
A whopping 142 riders and he was number 130............about 4.15pm.
ITV's cycling front man Ned Boulting told the PA guy he would ride next year..........possibly a joke but who knows?
Dave's time was 2.03 and the winning time remained at 1.53 as we headed home. (update in due course).
Light rain and a strengthing wind meant many left before the last rider (including us).

The garden at The Blacksmith's Arms

David Millar's wife

ITV's Ned Boulting

It's Millar time!

The journo's were on him straight away

STOP PRESS............Winner - Jack Pullar of Starley Primal Pro Cycling (1.49) for the third time in as many years.
David Millar was 21st..........Nicole was 137th (3.23)
Her tweet :
If you want to see what 700yds uphill looks like.......unnamed rider has a helmet cam:

William Fotheringham's article on David Millar in The Guardian

Monday, October 06, 2014

Sunday 5th October

Rudgwick and Capel

Holy Trinity Rudgwick
The King's Head Rudgwick

The devout pilgrims of C&M wended their way first to Holy Trinity at Rudgwick and then to the Church of St John the Baptist at Capel. Quite incidentally, their devotion was rewarded at the King's Head with crayfish tail sandwiches washed down with ale and at Capel with temptations not to be resisted.
Five pilgrims attained the Holy Grail at Capel, three fell by the wayside

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Sunday October 5 2014

Either longer breaks or extra miles would be needed to prevent an premature arrival at Capel. I settled for the latter.

Of the eight at a crowded Tanhouse Farm, five rode forth to Rusper, Capel and Ockley. After a mile on the B2126, we turned into Mole Street but not for long. The Gosterwood Manor Farm road has fine view of the Greensand Hills (that's my excuse) and at one time must have been paved. Now it's "patchy" west of the farm but even the editor came through unscathed! In Forest Green we encountered backmarkers on Cycling Weekly's Box Hill Original Sportive. Still too early for lunch we changed directions heading northwest from Walliswood to Hurtwood Park Polo Grounds and south past the Wheatsheaf to Ellens Green and more backmarkers. Bob and Ed now rejoined for a leisurely lunch having taken shorter routes to the King's Head in Rudgwick. After the morning meandering,  we settled for a crow road to Capel.

A bright but autumnal day with a chill which persisted until ten and reappeared before three. Around 75 miles door to door (only a third between 11s and tea).

PS: This is a lot more fun.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sunday 28th September 2014

That'll be Dave,Moira (brother & sister) ,Irene & Alan
Graham's singing at elevenses is just a little tedious :-)

There was around 13 at Michael Jordan's Caravans basking in the late summer sun.
Very pleasant it was too.
Daniel was the last to arrive having been rush though, today was a day to linger.
No posh coffees here but tea & filter coffee satisfied the majority.
I detected a Canadian accent coming from the peloton - Dave's sister was over for a visit - welcome Moira!
The Downs Link provided a few miles of easy riding taking time for a photo at Bramley.
We're on the very platform that saw steam trains stop running 49 years ago.
NCN 22 was stony around Shalford as it snaked around houses to emerge in Shalford Park.
Food arrived quickly at this efficient "Spoons" tuna baguette & chips (£5.39) was delicious!
By now half of Dave's family had joined us but Pewley Hill beckoned.
Daniel rode his fixed and no-one climbed off.
Onto the NDW and a short stretch of rough-stuff with fine views down the valley, apparently it's the driest September for 65 years.
Early tea.........before three!
Substandard scone but okay tea albeit in a paper cup at this Tillings aquired place formerly The Barn now called the Cornerhouse café.
Everybody took the NDW homewards where we became aware of an enthusiastic 6 yr old pedaling like mad away from his parents.I was doing 10 mph and never caught him.
Janice decided that it was time to reel him in and point him back toward his elders."Mummy said I could ride as far as I want..............then turn round and go back"
By now his sister had appeared and we were satisfied he would eventually be reunited with M & D.
I found it quite suprising a young child could be allowed to cycle so far from his parents when it seems children go missing ever more frequently.

A very warm day...................Kew recorded 25C!
44 miles.

 Talk about near miss!

Monday, September 22, 2014

This Sunday's ride (change of lunch/tea)

This Sunday, 28th September, Michael Jordan Caravans will be the  elevenses.
Due to a party of 75(!) at The Sun in Dunsfold, lunch will be at W'spoons,Guildford.
Tea will be at the newly opened Cornerhouse café at Newlands.
ADVANCE WARNING - That means Pewley Hill and the NDW ............ little or no rain due but rough stuff all the same :-).

Sunday 21st September 2014

Sunday, 21 September 2014

 Runnymede - Marlow - Egham (PJ Tea Parlour)

The C&M's very own Dyson has reinvented the truly aerodynamic wheel. demonstrated at Runnymede. Carbon disc wheels, goodbye! Alan had to keep stopping to let us catch up - then he got bored. I hope that he has taken out a patent.
No, not you Vic!!
To the sound of gnashing molars, our venerable leader grinds out a winsome smile.

  Lunch in the sunken garden in somewhat wan and reluctant sunshine. Longs recommended.

 Our shy and retiring Pam makes an elegant entrance for the photoshoot
 I'm told this is a viewpoint, though Vic may be disapointed about the view. Where are the hills?

Beside the towpath we came across the Church of St Mary Magdalene, Boveney, adopted by the Friends of Friendless Churches. We should have lingered to find out more about this gem, but at least we can click on the link to discover a little of what we missed.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday 21 September 2014

Runnymede Cafe at the surprising early (for me) time of 1010 was the first stop. Within seconds three became seven and eventually fifteen had gathered. Vic's first lead drew an audience of twelve and started as expected: back road through Old Windsor, Datchet, Eton (full of coat-tailed scholars). But after Eton Wick there was a left by Dorney Court, and then on to Bray using the M4 northern footpath across the Thames. Over and later under the A404(M) took us through Cox Green and Pinkeys Green. After a delightful Lees Lane, an unpleasant but mainly downhill dash on the A308 saw us crossing (third time)  a very busy A404 into Bisham. Thus was Marlow reached unusually from the southwest.

The Marlow Donkey was our lunchstop, an honest boozer named after the train which stills runs between Marlow and Maidenhead. It was perfectly suited to our needs and we dined in the sheltered but almost deserted garden.

The return began with a climb to the Winter Hill viewpoint then downhill through Cookham and on to Maidenhead. Sustrans got us back to Bray where The Fat Duck is closed for refurbishment; the prix fixe at £220 on our next visit? To balance the ride, the southern M4 footpath delivered us to the Dorney rowing course. Embarrassingly we could find a way out other than onto the towpath to Windsor! One final crisis arose when the first five reached the M25 roundabout at Egham whilst the rest crossed the Meads to Pam's for tea. But any differences were soon forgotten.

It's appropriate that the autumnal equinox is tonight; it felt like summer when the sun was out but autumn when the northerlies prevailed. Around 65 miles door to door.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sunday 14th September 2014

Kennington Park

Ed Shard

A table..............finally!

Those poppies

A trip up to London in September must mean only one thing............The Friends Life Tour of Britain.
Seven of us enjoyed a new elevenses at Kennington Park (NB this establishment doesn't open until 10.30am on Sundays) then CS7 to London Bridge where we saw the time trial.
Blink and you'll miss Wiggo (winner with a time of 9:50.710).

After a disappointing hunt for a free table at The Liberty Bounds (some folk headed home) we eventually got a window seat thanks to MM and his (persuasive?) powers.
The main race of ten laps didn't start until 3.30pm which was a bit much especially as the time trial finished at 1pm!
We walked across the road and viewed the poppies around the moat of the Tower of London,read more here:

Our vantage point in front of the pub:

The view from our tea stop (Pret a Manger,King William Street):

Marcel Kittel won the sprint with Cav second (1:50.33).
Overall winner Dylan Van Baarle of Netherlands (Garmin-Sharp).