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Archive for June 2007

Fairfax Road Summer Party

Posted on Thursday 28 June 2007 by Nick Bloom

Fairfax Road Residents Association are holding a bicycle themed summer party this Sunday supported by Central London CTC. more »

Alternative London-Brighton

Posted on Wednesday 27 June 2007 by Charlie Keep

We set off from Clapham South and wended our way out of South London and gradually into the Surrey countryside. At various points on the way we were reminded of the mayhem and muppetry of the official London to Brighton by signs left over from the previous week pointing out the route and reminding us helpfully to “ride on the left”. Although having said that, later in the day I could have done with a reminder along the lines of “don’t pull out into the path of fast approaching vehicles coming in both directions”. A momentary lapse of reason which gave me pause to reflect on my mortality somewhat more than I would have liked to. more »

Suburban Breakout Audax

Posted on Wednesday 27 June 2007 by Camille Savory

Do it as your first, do it as your fastest, do it on fixed… Last year it was my first, I don’t do fast, so it had to be…

To ensure success, I had formulated a [cunning plan] and route-sheet marked with little arrows. Did it work? Well…

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Smithfield Nocturne

Posted on Monday 25 June 2007 by Camille Savory

Criterium racing Saturday evening June 23rd

Smithfield NocturneA pretty (good) crowd, sporting more than a little Rapha, and with a fair few Condors in evidence. A spectacular pile-up in the Regional race, and a creditable show of 4th by Ben Johnson, at least technically of Central London, in the All Stars. I arrived just in time to see the couriers do complex and secretive things, emerging occasionally for a dash around the square. Racing, but not as we know it. They do have a reputation to maintain. Then the heavens opened, more »

Jack Sharp Revisited with Kelvin Dane

Posted on Wednesday 20 June 2007 by Ken Peters

Sunday 17th June 2007

The ride-out crew, including the fixed brigade, was out in force again as six pedalled to Brentwood to meet Kelvin; on his debut as a 3-star leader. Today’s crew were Camille, Kate, Naomi, Keith, Nick and myself and we had a pretty uneventful ride to Brentwood, arriving just in time for a quick coffee stop before joining the ride. I say, ‘just in time’ but that was not quite right as we were riding down to the station when we met Kelvin leading the remaining riders who had already started. more »

The Unreliable

Posted on Monday 18 June 2007 by Camille Savory

‘Jack Sharp revisited’ led by Kelvin Dane

…and if that was the cleverly tweaked and navigated Jack Sharp reliability trial, I still have no idea who Jack Sharp was, except he must have been fast. Just count me as one of the unreliable, and save me the pain. Trial, it certainly was. But everyone else seemed to do fine. Think I’m suffering from over Essex-fixation.

Cycle Madness at the Rio

Posted on Saturday 16 June 2007 by Nick Bloom

Saturday 30 June 14.15
Cycle Racing Madness:
To celebrate the 2007 Tour de France coming to London, Friend of the Rio and keen cyclist Sean Singh-Marlowe curates a special programme of films. more »

Was Essex Flat Enough?

Posted on Tuesday 12 June 2007 by Ken Peters

The weather gods have been exceptionally good for my recent rides with CTC. Today was another day that was close to perfection in cycling terms with plenty of sunshine and a good crowd that eventually numbered sixteen.

As has happened recently there was a major riding out group that I managed to lead out from north London. Those that met at Finsbury Park station were Angela, Geraldine, Kate and Jeremy. The latter two were new to me more »

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