Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday 27th March 2011

Ohhhhhhhh what a lovely day.
Just a few lines on my ride into Kent which began from Carshalton at 9.10am.
Joining me was Janice,Jolanta,Ed,Paul & just before West Wickham......Dave.
Arriving in good time at Lullingstone Park Golf Club we sat outside in the warm sunshine in this peaceful spot overlooking the Darenth Valley.
The track down to the River Darenth was a little stony in places but perfectly rideable.
Under the viaduct at Eynsford then a steep climb to Romney Street and a short distance to Heaverham for lunch.
Another nice spot and if this was Surrey you could be sure of a packed pub.......but this being Kent plenty of space,although it's not 1pm yet.
Some lovely lanes to Shoreham where a closed museum(opens next weekend!) mean't High Elms was to be the tea location.

A fantastic day (not my

60 miles.

Nice little film on this annual event........

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sunday, 20 March

Runnymede - Binfield - Walton on Thames

Sunday March 20th

Including Canadian newbie Margaret from Morden the double figures at the start said it’s Spring! A northern route began at Hampton Wick gate now much easier for cyclists. Hampton, the Hanworth spiral and BP Sunbury would have been familiar to anyone on last Wednesday's B ride.
Then it was right into the back streets of Ashford and Knowle Green. Staines town centre was reached via the council offices. Instead of turning for Pooley Green, Ian who had gone to the front was last seen heading towards Thorpe. Meanwhile the rest endured a delay at the level crossing before Hummer Road lead the way to 11s at Runnymede. (Thanks Graham)

As I left my house in Egham my phone rang with a plea for help from Ian - he was lost, not far from where I live! At least I got one or two miles in before 11's. Oh my goodness, so many cyclist in the cafe, as Graham said, Spring was definitely in the air!
Our route took us up Priest hill which I always find a struggle so I, and a few others left the cafe before the faster/fitter riders! We then made our way into Windsor great park via Bishopsgate and out on to the A332. After turning right at the peanut roundabout we headed for Maidens Green. A right turn into Bishops Lane, then after a few more lefts and rights we passed Moss End Garden Centre. We then took the next right, left into Ryehurst Lane, up past the cemetery to take the
turn to Binfield to have lunch at the Victoria Arms. I had phoned earlier with our expected number and boy, didn't they do well!!
Tables had been put together to seat the dozen or so who were dining and the food was good and the service was incredibly fast!! There was actually seventeen of us at lunch, not all eating in the pub!

We were all ready to leave by 1.30. Our return route took us along a couple of bridle paths (I didn't hear any complaints!) Oh dear!
Jeff's rear mudguard did get mangled but I understand it had happened before - sorry Jeff! First bridle path was after the sewer works approaching Moss End and our next was after the Carnation estate.
The third bridle path led us towards Ascot Race Course. The weather was truly kind to us and it was a real pleasure cycling with friends in all these open spaces - for after the race course we headed for Windsor Great Park again, this time entering from Water Splash Lane, Ascot Gate to exit at Bishops Gate.
Irene (who's ride I was leading) had booked us in for tea at the Riverhouse Arts Centre cafe at Walton for 4pm, (closing at 4.30pm).
The previous Sunday it had taken Irene and I two and half hours to get from Binfield to Walton - hence - I was for ever conscious of the time all afternoon!!
Thus we could not dally for too long, so from this point we took a direct route to Walton. Down Tite Hill into Egham, where we just had to stop to answer natures call! We then continued along the Avenue to take the cycle/pedestrian path under the M25 into the Causeway to Staines, Laleham Road to Shepperton, Manygate Lane, over Walton bridge and so to tea - arriving at 3.50!!!
My apologies for going ahead of a couple of riders but it was very satisfying to know they were in the capable hands of Graham AND Ian was well looked after by Steve - 'cos Ian told us all at tea!!!
At least a dozen folks stayed for tea and cakes, sitting in the open air! Again,we had wonderful service! A huge pot of tea at one pound each and free top-ups of coffee!
As Graham said, 16 miles from Kingston to Runnymede - I know Francoise and Frank's total mileage was 64 miles: mine a paltry 50!!
Thank you Graham, and thanks to all for a great day out... Pam :)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Milano - SanRemo 2011

For those, including me, that missed the race on is the last 10km.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sunday, 13 March

Godstone - Cowden - Bletchingley

Report from Mike follows:

Sunday 13th March 2011

The best country lane

Spring is not far away – just before setting out I made a quick change from winter gloves to lighter mitts. Five of us set out from Cheam and rode up Farthing Down, past the spruced-up car park, in mild but cloudy conditions. We arrived in good time at Bletchingley but to no avail as we discovered the tea place would not open for another 25 minutes or so. Propping a message on the window sill we rode off to the CafĂ© Nova at Godstone garden centre where our numbers rose to eleven.

This change of elevenses resulted in an unscheduled encounter with Tilburstow Hill but from then on it was plain sailing, so to speak, past the Crowhurst yew and Lingfield racecourse to Dormansland. Shortly after we turned into Smithers Lane. Rolling past the farmyards, one or two hillettes, good views at this time of year and the delightful Furnace Lake this was unanimously declared the best lane for cycling in the south-east of England. Nine of us lunched in the garden at the Fountain pub, notable for its prominent CTC sign. It was a little chilly outside until the temperamental outside heater burst into life. Across from the pub the red phone box is now without its telephone but, with piles of second-hand books, continues in service as a library.

Avoiding the main road we rode to Mark Beech and a good long downhill stretch to Edenbridge. Darkening skies finally gave way to steady rain. Another change of plan, we decided to ride up Tilburstow again and back to Lamingtons at Bletchingley for tea. This was a good decision. It is a fine place for tea and the cakes are especially recommended. There will be another chance to sample them on 5 June.

From the gateway to the south I covered 74 miles, not bad at all for this time of year.

..............from Mike.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Ripley Cycle Jumble

The next date for Ripley's jumble is Saturday 21st May 2011.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Hilly 50k

Capel Teas (Sundays Only)

In essence they are fortnightly. Thanks to Bob the dates are:

Apr 3 and 24, May 1, 15 and 29, Jun 12, Jul 10 and 24, Aug 7, 21, and 28

Sep 11, Oct 2, 16, and 30, Nov 20

Monday, March 07, 2011

Sunday, 6 March

West Horsley - Riverside - Ockham Bites
Blast! Just missed them crossing the footbridge over the A25! They are behind the trees on the left.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Hilly 50

Well done Graham for an excellent event and for managing to gather so many cyclists to this great annual Hilly. Here you are at the finish as the last of the riders approach the end. Not sure if you were leaning on the post with exhaustion or just having a scratch but well done for riding out from Kingston and back and standing around in the cold to the end. Thanks to Ed for marshaling at Logmore Lane and to all the many helpers at the start for the signing on. Our special thanks go to all the riders who entered and took part, some 187, we hope you enjoyed your day. It was great to see so many participate from the FNRttC crew and we wish you all a successful 2011 season after this early season warm-up. Well done the tandem riders and also those on fixed especially if you got up White Down as I know one of you did who accompanied me. A special congratulations has to go to the old (young) man himself Ray Dare who at 84yrs finished in 2.1/2hrs. Phenomenal!!

Sunday 6 March

The temperature at nearby Effingham was 5C and with a north-easterly wind blowing it seemed considerably colder when ten of us left West Horsley Squires, destination Guildford. After a few hundred yards or metres east we turned north onto the bridleway which led to Lollesworth Lane, West Horsley. En route to Wisley airfield we passed The Hautboy, now scheduled to be converted into flats (Lady Harberton must be laughing in her grave). The airfield was approached via the bridleway through Bridge End Farm - carefully avoiding the free-range hens. The recent film crew left the airfield neat and tidy - another is due soon. Keeping to the lanes we passed The Anchor at Pyrford Lock then via Papercourt Lane, Old Woking and Jacobs Well and cycle lanes to The Row Barge, Riverside, Guildford. Baguettes etc are not served here on Sundays but we were allowed to have childrens portions of roast lunches, which most found sufficient. Having been advised of our coming the landlord had arranged a table (with tablecloth) in a separate bar, complete with real fire. Very pleasant ! Normal menu is available during the week - worth bearing in mind for a Wayfarers stop, possibly outside, riverside. There was a unanimous decision to have 3s at Ockham Bites, so after lunch we crossed the A25 via an interesting bridge then briefly rode alongside the A25 before joining the cycle route adjacent to the Wey and A3, leaving it north of Burpham and using the cycle track alongside the A3 to Ripley and OB. A dry day's ride, the sun was out a lot of the time but the last stretch was into a chilly headwind !


Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Sunday 6 March 2011

Lunch on Sunday is at The Row Barge, Guildford. They don't sell sandwiches, baguettes, etc on Sundays but will sell us childrens portions of roasts if preferred (as long as we eat up all the vegetables).

See you at Squires.