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.