Monday, February 18, 2019

Pete Beyer's pics February 17th

We've conquered Cotmandene

Clean plates at The Star - that's a good sign

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Sunday 17th February

Having left Maureen and Bob at the Musette (vegan for the day) cafe, eight of us headed for Rusper. From the top of Cotmandene we could admire the view, watch a local exercising his rights by hanging laundry on the green and wonder how cricket could ever have been played there. After a short stretch of the A24 we turned into Chart Lane South, the good freewheel stopped by turning into Punchbowl Lane and passing the gin factory (no free samples). Tilehurst Lane, Roothill and Brockhamhurst Road led to Leigh and Norwood Hill. (Now the Time Well Spent chain no longer exists the Fox Revived has undergone changes and has gone 'up-market'). Taking Ifield Road out of Charlwood we soon passed The Gate, now a private house but a few years ago it was a public house of the same name. Soon we arrived at Rusper, destination The Star, where we were served good food pretty quickly. Ed and Graham had chosen an alternative route and soon joined us. Observant Wayfarers will have noted we included three freewheel competition hills in this route, unless they were busy admiring the many crocuses and snowdrops.

A direct route to Dorking was planned and it was thought a good idea to check on the menu at Henfold (elevenses are there on April 10th). Pete B enquired and emerged with the good news that we can be catered for if we give them notice. We all appreciated the resurfaced road from Newdigate to Four Wents pond. Threes were at Denbies but as we left the sky looked somewhat  doubtful, hope you all reached home dry.

Thanks all for your company, hope you enjoyed the ride on a very pleasant, sunny day.


One point Bob and Maureen, two points Lilian, Ed, Graham, Pete B, Vic, Dave W, Ged and Terry

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Lunch on Sunday 17th February....

....will be at The Star, Rusper.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Monday, February 04, 2019

Ged's photos February 3rd

Pete F
Two Petes
True grit
Bike 'n horse

Sunday 3rd February

We had eight brave riders turn up at Effingham Vineries for elevenses, but only four for the rest of the ride. It soon became apparent on climbing up to Ranmore that the minor roads were extremely dangerous. I think Torvill and Dean would have been more at home up there.
Once up on Ranmore we decided to head on to the Royal Oak at Brockham Green for lunch. (Whitedown, I later found out was closed anyway).
The road down to Westhumble was also sheet ice, especially on the bend at the top, so that involved another walk.
All in all a very challenging ride.


Terry's PS: 2 points for Petes (2 off), Ged and Terry. 1 point for Pam, Ed, Dave and Bob. 

Friday, February 01, 2019

Joint Ride with South Bucks CTC

Thiis year it is South Bucks turn to host the Joint ride. Th date will be the 5th of May and the general area will be around Denham.

I will post further details in due coures.


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Capel Teas 2019

From the website:

March    31
April      19, 21, 22
May       05, 06, 19, 26, 27
Jun         09, 23
Jul          07, 21, 28
Aug        11, 25, 26
Sep         08, 22,
Oct         06, 20,
Nov        03, 17, 24
Dec        01

Monday, January 28, 2019

Sunday January 27 2019

The long range forecasts were dire (zero temperatures, gale force northerlies) so every chance that the ride might end at 11s!

But overcast and raining when I awoke turned to blue by eight so after dressing off I went to Ripley. A direct route to lunch would have been under 10 miles so I 'stretched'. Six set off from Pinnocks heading north into the wind to West Byfleet then southwest along the Basingstoke through Woking to St Johns. Here we abandoned the canal and headed downhill to the semi-abandoned Robin Hood Road which led to Knaphill and the Mizen Railway. By now the skies were overcast and as we passed through Chobham we were bombarded by hail. Most choose to soldier on but Pam and Tony 'caped up'. We reunited in the warmth of the Red Lion (crowded and under new management) just ahead of Ray arriving from the opposite direction.

For no obvious reason, soups arrived long after roasts; nevertheless we were away by two. Twenty (sic) wind-assisted minutes later some stopped at Squires Holloway Hill for the first 'tea' of 2019.

Home after easy 46 miles; the wind showing its power only in exposed spots like Walton Bridge..

Two points: Graham, Dave, Pam, Terry, Tony, Vic
One point: Ray

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Cheam & Morden Annual Lunch

Sunday Feb 10th 2019

Post Christmas lunch is The Angel, Angel Road, Thames Ditton KT7 0AU, 2 course meal, menu choices nearer the time, bookings to Pam Jones or Ann Bath. 

Elevenses at 52 Whitehorse Drive, Epsom KT18 7LY

Cold ride to Chobham

Vic, Terry and Pam tuck into hearty nosh to ward off the cold and hail at times!

Friday, January 25, 2019

C&M annual lunch - 10 February

C and M New Year's Lunch - 10 February

See link below for details

For those last minute dot commers who have not yet signed up for lunch at the Angel, Pam will be available to collect your menu choices and cash at the MWW elevenses on Wednesday, 30 January. She will also be at the C and M elevenses on Sunday 27 Jan and Sunday 3 Feb. Please do not leave it too late.


Sunday, January 20, 2019

Sunday 20 January 2019

Five of us (Bob, Graham, Lillian, Ed, Vic and me) tackled the long drag up to elevenses at Polesden Lacey on a sunny but very cold morning.   Keith arrived just as we were setting off.   As some of us were suffering with the cold I cancelled the planned, hillier itinerary, and we took a shorter, flatter route, but still with some pleasant roads, giving at least the illusion of rurality, towards lunch at Epsom.  At Fetcham Mill Ponds we paused briefly to admire the bird life, including a cormorant, then we spotted Colin Quemby as we were leaving Ashtead, so it was a more than usually eventful ride!  At lunch Ann Bath and Mike Morley joined us and we chatted on until it was time to head our separate ways home.  Thanks to all for your company and for braving the cold!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Quiz results! - Group Riding Skills

A while back, we offered the chance to join an exciting quiz on Group Riding Skills.

The results have been carefully analysed and tabulated by our independent scrutineer, Mr Google, and they make interesting reading.  Click here to see them.

A taster of the results
Here are the Group Ride Guidelines...

Monday, January 14, 2019

Puncture repair withe the master looking on.

Lunch at Wetherspoons Uxbridge

The motley crew.

Sunday the 13th Jan

A good turnout a Squires Fulwell and most were there early. Dave was having his full breakfast as usual and was not joining the ride. Ed, Lillian, Graham, Ray. Ann Bath came just to 11's just to promote the C&M annual dinner. Ged, Pete Betts, Paul and Brian Bent.

It was an urban ride but I did keep away from as many main roads as possible. We followed the Crane River trail and then over Hounslow heath. Just after this I punctured. Onto Hayes and Hillingdon nearly to the A40, then back roads into Uxbridge. The usual Wetherspoons fare and a relaxed lunch.

A slightly short route back but still across Hounslow heath and the river Crane. Just before Fulwell the group fragmented and made their own ways home.

A delightful ride through some of West Londons premier Flytiping hotpots. But tempered by good company.


Wednesday, January 09, 2019

C&M Lunch 10 February

For details, please scroll down. It is there somewhere.


Monday, January 07, 2019

Jan 5th - Addlestone - Windsor

Ed and Vic braving the rough stuff
A modest ride today, to check all the bits are still working after New Year excesses.  Luckily, they were.   Eight at Addlestone, and three in Vietnam (no points for them), on a day that was forecast to have deep cloud all day, but satisfyingly the sun came out as we were getting ready to set off to Windsor.   Bob left us there to head straight home.  Familiar roads led us to Ottershaw, Foxhills Road and then through Lyne to get to Trumps Green and on to Virginia Water - well, not on it but around it, at a very leisurely pace to avoid the multitude of families, dogs, and children with Christmas bikes or scooters.   Then - a bit of a surprise to me - the road by the Guards Polo Club was closed as it is being re-routed (to create more space for polo, I guess).  We decided to brave the horse track, which was made up of compacted sand - ok in parts but at times it was easier to cycle on the grass.    All survived to make it to lunch.
After lunch there wasn't much appetite for tea, so we all started off together but Lilian and Ed caught the train from Windsor, Vic left us heading for Wraysbury, and David and Graham left us as we approached Ashford.   Tony and I stopped at a very welcoming café, the Golden Grill, a distant relative of the Golden Café where we started the morning, and a possible future elevenses stop.
Thankyou all for your company.

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Cheam & Morden New Year Lunch - February 10

Lunch Details

In the midst of a bleak mid-winter, C and M seeks to cheer everybody up with a New Year lunch.

This year, once again, it will be at that historic cycling venue: The Angel, Angel Road, Thames Ditton, KT70AU. Invitations are invited from members of C and M as well as from members of MWW and Beginners.

Menu choices for the 2 course lunch @ £11.50 are:

Roast Lamb
Roast Turkey
Angel fish Pie
Cottage Pie
Nut Roast (Vegetarian)


Caramel Apple Pie
Raspberry Cheesecake
Ice Cream Sundae


If you are game to join in, menu choices and a cheque or cash should be provided to:

Ann Bath: Telephone: 07751 308105 or on a C and M ride. Ann hopes to be out on 13th and 20th Jan and Feb 3rd.

That is not either/or. Both are required. Do NOT leave it too late.

As you will have seen from the Rides Programme, elevenses on the ride on 10 February will be provided by Ann at: 52, Whitehouse Drive, Epsom, KT18 7LY. Even if you are not on the ride, you may care to drop by on the way to lunch. TUE's will be required.

We look forward to seeing you there.

(Pam's Little Helper)

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

New Years Day 2019

A good turnout for the first day of 2019. People arrived in dribs and drabs over a 2 hour period. Around 25 plus all told.

Great chat and banter. Nice to see Jeff T, Ray Wren and Daniel. Ed led a few from the Spring Tavern and Helen T arrived with some of the easy riders.

Eventually it was time to leave and a small group headed to the Bell at Molesey for lunch. I accompanied them as far as Teddington and headed home after delivering a newsletter to Alan Anderson. A very Happy New Year to you all.


Monday, December 31, 2018

New Years Day Social

10.30 at the cafe in Richmond park for a Southwest London CTC social new years day coffee and chat.

Cafe in Richmond park
Click picture

Annual Mileages 2018 - The sands of 2018 are fast running out

Annual Mileages Jan 1st - Dec 31st 2018

Member Mileages 2018
Old hands will know that, at this time of year, we request members to submit their mileage record for the past 12 months: that is, from Jan 1st to 31 Dec 2018. We keep a running total on the MWW blog under the tab 'mileage'. Perhaps you have never noticed it.

It is of individual (and sometimes sobering) interest to see one's annual and cumulative mileage and it is of value to the Group to be able to report how many miles our members have ridden.

Please therefore take the trouble to remind yourself to take note of your annual mileage for 2018 before the witching hour of 59.59.23 on 31 December and then to send it to me by whatever communication method you feel most comfortable with. Apologies to W. Churchill for ending that sentence with a preposition, up with which he would not put. Pigeon post most welcome. 


Otherwise, a grubby piece of paper will suffice, if identifiable.

For the male and female member (those are at present the only categories that we recognise), who clocks up the greatest annual mileage, your achievement will be recognised at our annual lunch. There will also be recognition for the member who has cycled more miles in 2018 than any other member.

Please note that entries will only be eligible for a prize from members who are regular riders with at least one section of the club. 
 Do not forget to write down the mileage on your Cateye, Garmin, Cyclometer or whatever BEFORE you reset it to zero for 2019.

I look forward to receiving your mileage, however modest. It is unlikely to be less than mine.
Happy New Year to all.


Sunday, December 30, 2018

Sunday 30 December 2018

A damp and gloomy morning didn't deter no less than twelve of us from gathering at  Squires Garden Centre, Stoke d'Abernon.   This included Daniel, warmly welcomed back after quite a long absence, and Ray Wren.   Everyone except Maureen continued to lunch at Leatherhead, Bob and Ray beating the main group.   Well, I did improvise a rather circuitous tour of the back roads of Cobham, Oxshott and Leatherhead to ensure the group a good appetite for lunch.   Many opted for a manager's special turkey meal to keep up their protein intake!   

There was no consensus after lunch and we all set off in different directions, fading into the gloom!
Despite the miserable weather and the short distance, it was an enjoyable ride in good company, so thanks to all.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Sunday the 23/12/2018

The day before Christmas eve and it dawned wet! I left home about 9.15 and the rain had stopped. About half way to Squires at Long Ditton I had to stop and take off my rain top as the weather was very mild. On arriving at Squires Dave was already tucking into a full English and Bob had also arrived. Slowly the throng arrived,Simon, Paul, Carolyn, Pam and then Ed, the days leader.

No rush today and we lingered at 11's only leaving around 11.30. A lovely route to Wetherspoons at Leatherhead with no rain. Very local knowledge from Ed saw us arrive in good time Dave had left us at 11,s and Carolyn left us at Leatherhead before lunch.

Again we lingered over an enjoyable lunch. On departure Ed and Simon headed towards Ewell while Pam, Paul and I headed for Cobham where Paul turned for home and I followed Pam along Seven Hills road towards Walton, we parted company at the mini roundabout near Whitelys village and I head for Molesey and Hampton stopping briefly at my Sons before heading home in the dark.

Although a dank and dismal day a good ride with cheery folk.


Friday, December 21, 2018

Winter Solstice


In celebration of the the winter solstice and and the approach of Christmas, I have taken the liberty to insert a new page in our attendance record to include attendances from October 2018. I'm sure that Lisa will forgive me.

I have referred to ride reports to identify attendances. Unfortunately, October 21 is an embarrassing vacuum, which C&M abhors. Any help in filling this vacuum will be most appreciated. Please also check the other dates to confirm that they are accurate. I would not want any dispute to be referred to the European Court of Justice - pre- or post-brexit. That might take a long time.

In the meantime, may I wish you all a Very Happy Christmas