Monday, 19 October 2015

Ride to Godstone on Saturday the 17th October

  10 , including a tandem, were ready at Nonsuch Mansion for this ride. It was overcast with a chilly NE wind and stayed that way most of the day, unfortunately muting the Autumn colours, but no rain fell.
  The ride is urban along the back of Sutton and Wallington, across Purley Way and through South Croydon and then becomes more suburban along Croham Valley Road. This was a long incline to the crossroads at Selsdon but the road surface is good quality and we had a following wind.
 Up to the top of the Downs at Farleigh, where you hit a more rural setting, it was a bit more lumpy to stretch the legs and we rolled through Warlingham and the descent to Marden Park down Bug Hill at 17%. This was accomplished without incident and the ride along the valley past Woldingham School never fails to please.
  We then swooped down over the M25 to Godstone and arrived at Knight's Garden Centre cafe after a ride of just over 2 hours. There was some muttering from the cafe staff about so many (9!) turning up without prior notice, but we all got served eventually and it was pleasant to get out of the cold wind.
  After riding up to Bletchingly we descended past the Golf Course to join Sustrans route 21 at the foot of the Downs to rejoin the road just before Merstham. The ride up Markedge Lane to the now closed Fanny's Farm further tested the legs, as did the final climb up Rectory Lane to Woodmansterne where the majority peeled off.
  The ride was Approx 35 miles, with no punctures rather surprisingly considering the road surfaces in places. Thanks to Stephanie for back marking.

  All day rides on the third Saturday each month during the winter months will still take place except for one in December and I will announce details on the Blog a week or so before.
  I will draw the line at ice, snow and heavy rain and gales but otherwise remember, there is no such thing as bad weather, only wearing the wrong gear.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

AGM notice

The AGM for CTC South West London will commence at 11:02 in the Hersham
Amenity Hall on Wednesday 11th November.

The date and time coincides with Armistice Day so we will observe the 2
minute silence before the meeting starts. Please be in the hall by 10:50 to
ensure you that you have time to find a seat before 11 o'clock.

Signing in and distribution of the agenda and other paperwork will take
place after this moment of quiet.

Should you arrive late the silence will be observed in the cafeteria and
throughout the premises by the staff and regular clientele of the Day

It is the custom to award the Arthur Jessop Shield to recognise outstanding
achievement in the club. If you wish to nominate someone for this award
please communicate with the secretary or a member of the committee.

Tim Court

Friday, 9 October 2015

All day ride on the 17th October.

The last ride of the traditional cycling season will leave from
Nonsuch Park at 10am on Saturday the 17th October with a destination
of Godstone.
  The route will be via South Croydon, Selsdon, Farleigh and Warlingham
and that stretch will include some hills. Thereafter, a fast descent
of Bug Hill takes us through the scenic Marden Park, where the trees
should be in full colour, and down to lunch at Knights Garden Centre
in Godstone.
  We will then ride through Bletchingly and Merstham before ascending
the North Downs to Chipstead Bottom and Banstead.
  There will be some hills, so this is not a ride for the inexperienced,
but I will maintain an easy pace and no one will be dropped on the
climbs. The distance is around 30-35 miles and we should finish by
4pm. Lights are not needed unless it is raining.