Wednesday 20th February, a Bright but Cloudy day saw 14 Cyclists, -with a new leader, (Steve J), leave via Portsmouth Rd & Track, Long Ditton, Giggshill Green, Weston green, Esher, Walton on Thames, Thames Towpath, the ‘Broadwater path’, Weybridge, Wey Navigation Path, Weybridge Rd track, Chertsey Meads, Chertsey, -where yours truly picked the wrong moment to look at a text, leading to an encounter with a Wooden post, thankfully no harm done to me, the Bike or indeed the Post, 😉-, the Twynersh Roundabout, Thorpe to Thorpe Green for lunch at the ‘Rose & Crown’, Virginia Water village, Windsor Great Park, & Virginia Water , & the Totem pole, (Photo), Egham Wick, Callow Hill, Trumps green, Lyne, Chertsey, Chertsey Bridge, to Shepperton for Tea & Refreshments at ‘Nauticalia’, Sunbury, Hampton, Bushy Park, Kingston Bridge. Total 37 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Steve D for back marking, others for marking corners, very special thanks to Steve J for organising & leading this ride.
Sunday 17th February, a bright sunny day saw 36 Cyclists, (is this a Record), but without our regular leader, who was suffering a heavy Cold, (he claimed his nose was ‘running like an Express, 😦), thanks to Mike for filling the gap at very short notice, so via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Worcester park, Sutton, Carshalton, Carshalton Park, Oaks Park to Woodmansterne, for lunch at ‘the Woodman’, with a small detachment continuing to Pistachio’s in Banstead, re-gathering, in Banstead, Burgh Heath, Tattenham corner, Epsom, the ‘Nescot Path, East Ewell to a very congested Nonsuch Park Cafe, for Tea & Bread pudding, then Worcester park, New Malden, Berrylands to Kingston. Total 29 Miles, thanks to Jon W for back marking & for the Photo, many others for marking corners, thanks to John D for the BP, and very special thanks to Mike F for leading at such short notice.
Sunday 3rd February. A cold, Sunny day saw 14 Cyclists gather for the first Challenge ride of 2019, leave via Skerne Rd, Latchmere,- with 1 person having Gear & Freewheel problems, deciding to leave us-, Ham Gate Richmond Park, to Sheen gate, Sheen, Mortlake, Chiswick Bridge, -with 1 extra Cyclist, managing to predict our route, so back to 14-, Chiswick, Acton, – with a visit from the ‘P Fairy’, the victim insisting on the rest of the party continuing, – Park Royal, Stonebridge park, Wembley, where an Icy Cycle path caused our Leader to have an unplanned dismount, (a useful lesson to others to take it easy), Preston, Kenton, Kenton Park, Belmont to Harrow Weald for lunch at ‘the Duck in the Pond’,-with the ‘P victim’ managing to join us-, followed by a ‘steady climb’, to Harrow Weald Common, (Photo), Hatch end, Headstone, Headstone Manor Park, West Harrow, South Harrow, Northolt Park (a former Race track, the reason the area is now known as ‘the Racecourse Estate’), Northolt, Northala Field,- with no enthusiasm for an ‘alfresco tea stop’, Greenford, Southall, Norwood Green, to Osterley Park for Tea & Bread pudding, Osterley, Hounslow, Whitton, Twickenham, Strawberry hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick & Kingston Bridge. Total 42 Miles, 1 visit from the P fairy, 1 other Mechanical, 1 Icy slip, thanks to Andrea for Back marking duties, & many others for marking corners, thanks to John for the BP.
Sunday 20th January A bright, Sunny but Chilly day saw 22 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Malden Manor, Worcester park, a somewhat busy Nonsuch Park, East Ewell, the ‘Nescot path’, Epsom, Woodcote, Ashtead Park- meeting a small detachment of the ‘Sou’westers’ in the opposite direction-, to Ashtead for lunch at ‘the Woodman’, Leatherhead, Fetcham, Bookham Common, Downside, Cobham, Fairmile Estate, Portsmouth Rd to Claremont Lake, (National Trust) for Tea & Bread pudding, (with a victim of the ‘P fairy’ swiftly repaired) Esher, Hinchley wood, Long Ditton, Surbiton, to Kingston. Total 30 Miles, 3 new faces, 1 visit from the ‘P fairy, thanks to Mike for Back marking, & many others for marking corners, thanks to John for the BP.
Thursday 17th January, a bright, Chilly day saw 7 Cyclists remember the different day, & alternative start, from New Malden, via Shannons corner, Raynes park, Cannon hill, Merton park, South Wimbledon, Wandle trail, Earlsfield, Wandsworth Common, Clapham Common, Vauxhall, to join ‘Cycle Superhighway 5, (CS5) across Vauxhall Bridge to Pimlico for an early lunch at the ‘White Swan’, Parliament Sq, to join CS3, (Victoria Embankment), to Southwark Bridge & CS7, (still mostly Blue paint), Borough, Walworth, Burgess Park, Camberwell, Loughborough Junction, Brockwell Park, Tulse Hill, Streatham Hill, Tooting Bec Common, (too cold for an ‘Alfresco Tea stop’), Tooting, Mitcham, Phipps Bridge, to Morden Hall Park Cafe for Tea & Cake, then South Morden, Morden Park, Morden Cemetery, Motspur Park, to New Malden. Total 32 Miles, thanks to Ellie for Back marking, & others for marking corners, thanks to Derek for the Dundee cake.
Sunday 6th January. A largely overcast day, with a couple of brighter spells saw 19 Cyclists ready for the first ride of 2019, leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Clapperstile gate, ( with 1 extra catching the tail at the 2nd attempt), Teddington, Teddington Footbridge, Thames Towpath, Petersham, Petersham gate, Richmond Park, Sheen gate, Palewell, Barnes, Towpath again, to Putney, – where the chosen lunch stop was already stuffed with Football supporters prior to the Fulham/ Oldham game-, with a small group electing to have lunch at a Cafe, the main party continued to Wandsworth, with option 2, not having food, -alas 1 person realising they had left a Pannier at the 1st stop-, option 3 ‘the Garrett Tavern’, more than satisfying our needs, with all the lost sheep back with the group, the Wandle trail, Earlsfield, more Wandle path, South Wimbledon, Merton park, Lower Morden to the Wyevale Garden centre for Tea & Bread Pudding, Morden Cemetery, Joseph Hood Park, Motspur park, New Malden, Berrylands, to Kingston. Total 27 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Amy for back marking & others for corner marking, thanks to John for the BP.
Wednesday 12th December. A cool day, with Sunny spells, saw 9 Cyclists, leave via the Portsmouth Rd track, Hinchley wood, Littleworth, Esher, Fairmile, Cobham, Downside, Bookham Common, Fetcham, Leatherhead, to Ashtead for lunch at the ‘Woodman’, Ashtead Park, Epsom, West Ewell, Chessington, to Long Ditton for Tea & Refreshments at Squires Garden centre, Surbiton, to Kingston, Total 28 Miles, thanks to Ellie for back marking duties.
Sunday 9th December. A day, with a heavy Shower finishing before the start, Bright Sunshine, mixed with heavy Clouds, saw 24 Cyclists leave the Market place via the Portsmouth Rd track, Giggshill green, Western Green, Esher, Claygate, Chessington, Bonesgate path, Tolworth, Malden Manor, to New Malden for lunch at Woodies freehouse, adding an extra 6 people that had somehow found the Pub independantly, 😉 afterwards, John announced the winner for the best attendance on this years rides for John E, Roger gave the award for best support Rider to Jon W, Bai said a very big thanks to the Leadership from Roger, the Catering to John D & Derek, some decided to stay for more refreshments, some headed for Home, but 16 were insistant that more Cycling was required, so via, Berrylands, Tolworth, Long Ditton, Thames Ditton, a very busy Hampton Court Roundabout, Bushy Park, Fulwell to Squires Garden centre, for Tea & Bread pudding, with darkened Skies, Teddington, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge. Total 24 Miles, thanks to Steve F & Amy for back marking duties, and many others for marking corners, thanks to John D for the BP.
Sunday 25th November. Part 1, a mostly Cloudy, chilly day saw 22 Cyclists leave via Skerne Rd, Lower Ham Rd, Aerospace estate, Ham, Ham gate of Richmond Park, to Petersham gate, Richmond Bridge, Ducks Walk, -pausing briefly to see the Memorial Plaque for Charles Lightoller, the most senior Officer to survive the Titanic -, thanks to Rob for the news
Charles Lightoller , St Margeret’s, Isleworth, Whitton, Kneller Gardens to Twickenham for lunch at the ‘Prince Blucher’, Strawberry Hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick & Kingston Bridge. Sub Total 12 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to John E for back marking & many others for watching corners.
Part 2. Still cold & Cloudy, farewell to 10, & welcome 3 fresh faces, so 15 Cyclists left via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton Court Bridge, Thames Towpath to Walton on Thames, Ashley Park, Burwood Park, to Hersham Garden centre for Tea & Bread Pudding, Hersham, Esher, Weston green, Giggshill Green, Portsmouth Rd & track to a very busy Market place. Sub total 16 Miles, Total 28 Miles, thanks once again to John E for back marking, & others for marking corners, thanks to John D for the BP
Sunday 11th November, on a mostly bright, Sunny day, would those who signed the Armistice 100 years ago have expected a group to find a War memorial to reflect for the 2 minute silence, then Cycle onward, yet 18 Cyclists, went via Cranes park, King Charles Bridge, Berrylands, New Malden, to pause at the ‘Malden & Coombe War Memorial, for the 2 minute silence, afterwards, Andrea read a few words from ‘They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:’, by Laurence Binyon , Lisa also reminded us that in modern Wars, it is the Civilian population that bears the brunt of hostilities, with that, we resumed our journey, via Motspur park, Cannon Hill, Morden, Merton park, South Wimbledon, Tooting, Tooting Bec Common, to Streatham Hill for lunch at ‘the Crown & Sceptre’, afterwards, finding a heavy Shower had dampened the Saddles, (I’m getting good at timing lunch to avoid the Rain, 😉 (see Midweek ride to Northolt)), Tulse Hill, Brockwell Park, to Brixton Windmill, Clapham park, Clapham Common, Wandsworth Common, where Mags pointed out the location of the ‘Royal Victoria Patriotic Building , Earlsfield, to Wimbledon Park for Tea & Bread pudding, Wimbledon Village, CopseHill, Malden Golf course, Mount Pleasant, Norbiton to Kingston. Total 26 Miles, thanks to Andrea for Back marking duties, & many others for marking corners, thanks to John D for the BP.