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Archive for August 2008

Hon Sec: Challenge met.

Posted on Thursday 28 August 2008 by Camille Savory

As you may know, the Hon Sec has something of a fix-ation. And a fondness for audaxes. So what better than the ‘Fixed Wheel Challenge’? Target:25 fixed points, a point per 100km of audaxing completed sans derailleur. Sort of like a coffee-shop loyalty card, except no free coffee. Thermos of tea, maybe? After a very very long time, he’s done it, with the ‘West London 3/4’. A rolling Rocco special. Not flat. Ouch. And over-distance, natch (legit this time, it was 150km). When presented with his award by the men in white coats, Nick commented ‘I just couldn’t stop’.

The Phoenix Way to Thame

Posted on Wednesday 27 August 2008 by Charles Harvey

Fortunately, we had no repeat of the problems of the 2007 ride. The trains were running normally and there was no need to find another ride quickly without proper reconnaissance. It was raining when the train arrived but the weather forecast said the weather would improve so we rode into Princes Risborough for a coffee. Sure enough, by the time we had finished coffee the rain had stopped. We rode on the Phoenix Trail, a Sustrans route along a former railway line, for about six miles to Towersey, spent half an hour at an art exhibition linked with the nearby Towersey Folk Festival and then rode on to Thame for lunch.

After lunch we visited the Thame Museum before riding via Moreton to Tetsworth on a route that started as a paved road but became an unsurfaced byway. Then it was via Adwell, Postcombe and Sydenham to a tea stop at the Inn at Emmington before returning to Towersey and the Phoenix Trail back to the station.

Glorious Chilterns

Posted on Monday 25 August 2008 by Richard Philpott

On Sunday Peter Turner led a two-star ride from Beaconsfield through the heart of the Chilterns, lunching at the Whip Inn (overlooked by the windmill at Loosely Row) and with afternoon tea at Great Missenden Church.

Here is a selection of photos by Elaine McKnight: more »

The Birthday Rides

Posted on Monday 11 August 2008 by Nick Bloom

…a celebration of the Freedom Pass.

A simple 3* ride, from Chalk farm to Newton via Hertford North, with with an easy escape home from Cambridge. Or so we planned before checking the trains. No Hertford North service. No Cambridge service. Hum. Plan B, with an added C, and D on the return. more »

Muswell Ills

Posted on Friday 1 August 2008 by Martin Hayman

Martin Hayman was the only Central London member to ride the Muswell Hills 200k on July 27th, his report follows:

This was the first time out for my new bike, the Dave Yates lugless. The bike however was the least of my problems. The worst proved to be…well just about everything else really. I’m afraid I didn’t have a very good day of it. Things started quite well, I was at the départ in East Finchley in plenty good time and we all set off at 8:00 am in a cheery pack, I suppose three dozen of us. I was with the lead group until just after we got outside the M25 (via the M25/A1(M) interchange…interesting). more »

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