Tuesday, 18 August 2015

More photos from the ride.

Ride to Pyrford on Saturday the 15th August.

  Thirty-one riders left Kingston Bridge.  The group was split into two to ease passage along the tow paths.  All went well until we began the cut through Coxes Mill and the fruit farm.  The second following group became detached and also suffered a collision.  I hope Steve is recovering.  All arrived at the pub for lunch.  Harry accompanied Steve and Gemma to West Byfleet for the train home after lunch.   
  The afternoon proceeded without incident.  Thankyou to everyone who came.  Thanks to Harry and Tony Hooker for managing the second group.

  Steve went over the bars when braking suddenly and unfortunately has suffered a fracture of his radial bone in the right arm. He will be out of action on the bike for at least six weeks.

Monday, 10 August 2015

Regular riders - John French

  John has been riding with the Beginners since 2009, starting with riding from Beddington Park. He heard about the rides from seeing a notice on a tree in Carshalton. The impetus was needing exercise after a heart attack and finding attending a gym boring.
  At the time he had not been on a bike for 43 years since leaving the Addiscombe CC youth section when he was 17 and bought a motor scooter. In that time had had been a sprint athletics coach with Belgrave Harriers and also,ran numerous marathons.
  His current bike is a Schwinn Sportera 2013 model from Wallington Cycles. This has a lighter aluminium frame and carbon forks than his previous bike, a hybrid with suspension forks and he uses it for leisure rides along with tending an allotment. His favourite ride is to Ashstead and Bike Beans cafe.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Ride to Pyrford on Saturday the 15th August.

 On Saturday the 15th August Stephanie will lead a ride

to Pyrford Lock departing from Kingston Bridge at 10:00 am.  

We will follow the Thames to Weybridge and cross the rail bridge by Coxes Mill, cut through the fruit farm (toilet) join the Wey navigation at Byfleet, following the towpath to the Anglers at Pyrford Lock for lunch. The afternoon will take us through Wisley and Downside, towards Garsons Farm at Esher for tea. 

 Mostly flat towpaths, so riders on a road bike with small tyres will have a challenge at times, with a little uphill towards Esher in the afternoon.  The ride will be 35 - 40 milesMat an easy pace.

Friday, 7 August 2015

Barbecue at Pat and Mary Ryan's.

  The weather was fine for this, and many people enjoyed the fine food on offer. A big thank you to them for opening up their lovely house and garden again.