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Archive for March 2014

cHilly Chilterns: “With the Beatles”

Posted on Wednesday 12 March 2014 by Brian O'Reilly

As I cycled up “Abbey Road” and over THAT zebra crossing on my way to Marylebone Station to lead fellow cyclists for a spring jaunt in the ‘cHilly Chilterns’ the miserable winter weather seemed a thing of the distant past. It was thus that the words of “Here comes the Sun” came to me.

The fine weather certainly proved an incentive for people to get out. Thirteen turned up, not bad for an early March ride! With everyone in a ‘sunny’ mood (and in good shape!) we set off from “Norwegian Wood” – sorry Chorleywood ! Very soon the hot weather meant we had to “Wait” while people stripped off layers like “Sexy Sadie”! They obviously couldn’t “Carry that Weight”. more »

Luton–Ireland–Luton via the Greensand Ridge

Posted on Monday 10 March 2014 by Martin Hayman

Not much blogging has been done lately, I was reminded Sunday, and it is true, not even our recent successful participation in the Hell of the Ashdown has been reported here.

(In fact a report with fetching photos was posted on the CLCTC Facebook Page, which instantly renders it invisible.)

Some of the supposed hell-riders were up for it again last Sunday, for Damian’s ‘Luton Irish’ ride (so called because it traverses Ireland, a tiny hamlet). One advantage of this area is that it’s served by a quick train out of St Pancras that conveniently picks up north Londoners at West Hampstead and Hendon; though no longer so handy for leader Damian McNamara, who has de-camped from Willesden to Streatham. Another is the large number of quiet, well-surfaced lanes, in part along the Greensand Ridge.

The party assembled at Luton was a bit of re-mix, two riders never having met more »

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