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Central London: More reasons to be cheerful

Posted on Tuesday 19 February 2013 by Martin Hayman

1 Brilliantly sunny and still morning

2 Ferrari-red Cinelli bike more »

Round about Sevenoaks: Reasons to be cheerful

Posted on Monday 18 February 2013 by Martin Hayman

1 Usual Suspects joined by 2* rider Mark and young dudes Michael and Tom

2 Fast train ex Charing X to Sevenoaks with loads of room for bikes

3 Distaff member Ruth joins at S’oaks with new Condor Baracchi, rah!

4 Hit 30+ kph freewheel within a minute of leaving the station

5 All up after climb of Star Hill to Knockholt more »

The John Snuggs Memorial Rides

Posted on Tuesday 12 February 2013 by Nick Bloom

Following a very good turnout of cyclists to pay their respects at John’s funeral, we gathered again to remember John as he would have wanted – with a sociable ride and an animated lunch. The weather forecasts had been dire, and it was a tribute in itself that so many showed at Liverpool Street – almost 30 across the two rides. I decided to take the cautious option for the 3* bunch – train to Manningtree for a slightly damp and breezy 40km following the cycle routes round Great Oakley, Little Bentley and Ardleigh. Meanwhile Sue and Simon led the 2* pack in from Mark’s Tey, and were waiting for us when we got to the buffet. Breakfast, Butties & Beer (with perhaps a sneaked fag by the bike shed). Not only did the buffet exist in some misty past, but so did we, as fond remembered faces returned, many from a time of the Snuggsy 2/3* – do please come back again.

In the Manningtree Station Buffet

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Super Softies Ride to Thame

Posted on Monday 4 February 2013 by Charles Harvey

This was a select ride. Three of us met at Princes Risborough and another, who had missed his train, joined us at Thame so we had four on the ride in all. It was billed as a super softies ride and was the easiest that I have ever led, 25km, almost all flat and traffic free.

The Bishop’s Palace at Thame

After leaving the station we headed directly for the Pheonix Way. This is a former railway line that closed in 1963 and is a straight line route going direct to Thame. We had some fun getting to it as the road at Horsenden was awash with water after heavy rain earlier in the week. more »

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