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Archive for January 2008

New Year’s Day by the Thames

Posted on Thursday 31 January 2008 by Richard Philpott

New Year’s Day by the Thames

On Dave Newman’s Thamesside ride on New Year’s Day, photo by Dave himself (with apologies for the delay in publication).

Somewhere in Herts and Beds with Keith and Naomi

Posted on Sunday 27 January 2008 by Keith Butcher

We spun out on a beautiful sunny Sunday through Hertfordshire and along the Essex borders to Furneaux Pelham for lunch. With a very non-dictatorial (read ‘idle’ if you will) leader, Stephen and Ken (the only fixie on show) lead for quite a bit of the day, and the rest of us just bowled along in the January sun, soaking up tea and cake at the Westmill tea shop and then back to Stevenage.

With only one puncture the four mad folk who cycled out clocked up 140km, the others did about 100km, which seemed about right for the day as the sun began to set over the picturesque landscape of Stevenage as we reached the station.

Ten Central Londoners

Posted on Thursday 24 January 2008 by Nick Bloom

Ten Central Londoners
by Sue Dorey and Simon Binning

Ten Central Londoners
Went out with Roger Cline
He shouted “Look – a Henry Moore”
Then there were nine more »

Slightly weird placenames

Posted on Monday 21 January 2008 by John Snuggs

SWTrains decided we couldn’t start from Basingstoke, so we ended up on the very slow train to Liphook. Perhaps Farnham might have been a better option, but then we’d’ve missed out on some of the better bits of the ride.

Nine decided to place their Sunday in my hands – Nick, Camille, Linus, Roger Cline and Kate, plus Chris and Julie, Sophie and Omar from Serpentine CC.

When we finally got to Liphook, we headed north and west at a wind-assisted pace more »

Short sharp chilterns

Posted on Monday 21 January 2008 by Charlie Keep

The weather on Sunday was a bit better than had been forecast earlier in the week, which was a relief as I didn’t much fancy a proper drenching. We had a decent turn out of 12 to start with only one early abandonment meaning that the attrition rate on the ride was a healthy 8.33%.

There are a couple of points at which the route got “a bit cyclo-cross” in the morning as we wended our way from Amersham up to Wendover before turning southwards to go past Chequers and towards Great Missenden. There were even a couple of impromptu water features to keep everyone on their toes, more »

Bob’s 4 star ride 20/01/08

Posted on Monday 21 January 2008 by Bob Davis

Bit of a weird day really, but it worked out fine in the end.

The idea was to go into the Chilterns and have a (unofficial)hill-climb race. Bit stupid in January, but it was OK because it didn’t happen! more »

John’s extra one

Posted on Friday 18 January 2008 by John Snuggs

I’m planning to organise a ride on Easter Monday, 24 March (yes, that’s right, the day after my Easter Sunday ride).

The plan is to go somewhere south and/or west of London by train and ride back towards London with a tailwind. Details TBA – depends on engineering work. Watch this space.

Current favourite is train to Rowland’s Castle then ride to Guildford through some seriously good scenery and seriously quiet places.

Avoiding the headwind home … the hard way!

Posted on Sunday 13 January 2008 by Richard Philpott

The broken crank On Sue and Simon’s two-star ride this morning we all noticed the strong tailwind and inevitably talked about having to face the headwind on the return to Stevenage. As we turned into the pub (the excellent Fox and Duck at Therfield) on the stroke of twelve I inadvertently found a novel way of avoiding it — my crank neatly shearing off halfway down! more »

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