Sunday 10th December. A cold, nay Freezing, wet day, with occasional patches of Slush under Tyre or foot, saw 10 Cyclists brave enough to leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Malden Manor, Worcester park, West Ewell, Bonesgate path, Chessington, (now ahead of Schedule, after earlier taking a short cut), Claygate, Hinchley Wood to Thames Ditton for a very welcome lunch at ‘the Angel Inn’, (with very heavy snow now falling outside, we were also joined by 10 other Cyclists, who didn’t brave the wintery conditions). After Bai said a few words thanking our Leader(s) for the Rides this Year, also thanks to John D & Derek for all the Bread Puddings throughout the Year, Roger then said thank-you to all the ‘Support Riders, be they Back Marker, Corner Marker, Ride Leader or even E Bike carrier, (down the stairs at Brondesbury Park Station), a new award for ‘Ride Supporter’ of the Year was given to John E for all his Back marking on Rides over the Year. With many deciding to head for Home, 4 Cyclists continued via Weston Green, East Molesey, Hampton Court Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton Hill to Fulwell for Tea & Cookies with Mince Pies, then Teddington, Hampton Wick & Kingston Bridge. Total 21 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Jon W for back marking, also thanks to John E and Steve & Therese for the Mince Pies, thanks to Roger for the Cookies.
Sunday 8th October, a mostly bright day saw 25 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton, Hanworth, Feltham, East Bedfont, Stanwell, Stanwellmoor, Poyle, Horton, Datchet, Jubilee River path, (with many runners enjoying the Windsor Marathon), to Dorney for lunch at the ‘Pineapple’, sadly a very long 1.5 Hour wait for the food, together with malfunctioning gents loo mean it’s very unlikely we’ll be back anytime soon, so a delayed departure via the footbridge to Monkey Island, Fifield, Cranbourne, Woodside, Cheapside, Blacknest gate of Windsor great Park, to Virginia Water Cafe for an earlier than planned Tea & BP, then Virginia Water village, Lyne, Addlestone, Victory Park, Weybridge, Weybridge Park, Oatlands, Walton on Thames, Esher, Weston Green, Giggshill Green, Portsmouth Rd track to Kingston. Total 48 Miles, thanks to John E once again for back marking & many others for corner marking and thanks to John D for the Bread Pudding.
Sunday 24th September, Part 1. A bright Sunny day saw 20 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Motspur park, Joseph Hood Park, North Cheam, Cheam Park, Nonsuch Park busy with ‘Poppy Walkers’, & Joggers, Stoneleigh, West Ewell, Horton Country Park to Chessington for Lunch at the ‘William Bourne’, then the Bonesgate Path, Tolworth, Surbiton to Kingston. Sub total 17 Miles, 4 new faces, thanks to Jon W for back marking & others for marking corners.
Part 2. With increasing Cloud, we said farewell to 12 and hello to 5, fresh faces so 13 Cyclists left via the Portsmouth Rd track, Giggshill Green, Weston Green, Esher, Walton on Thames, Ashley Park, (with 1 very annoyed Motorist), Thames Towpath, to Molesey for Tea & BP at Molesey Cricket Club, more Towpath, a very congested Hampton Court Bridge, Bushy Park, Kingston Bridge, to Kingston. Sub total 15Miles, Total for the day, 32 Miles, 2 new Faces, thanks to Derek for back marking & many others for marking corners, also thanks to John for the Bread Pudding.
Sunday 10th September. A bright morning, with some light drizzle, and some gusty Wind later in the day, saw 20 Cyclists leave via the Portsmouth Rd track, Long Ditton, Giggshill Green, Weston Green, Esher, Walton park, Walton on Thames, Weybridge, Brooklands Park, Byfleet, Wey Navigation, Pyrford, Woking, Goldsworth Park, -where our Leader claims he was distracted by a ‘lost sheep’, who wasn’t really lost at all, but in truth he should have been paying more attention-, 2 yes two wrong cul-de-sac’s, before the right path was found to Knaphill for lunch at ‘the Royal Oak’, with a slight delay for some of the grub, then Chobham, Dunstall green, where a large Pothole, caused a visit from the ‘P fairy’, Homewood Park, Bretlands, Addlestone & Victory Park, Portmore Park to Walton Bridge for Tea & BP at Gino’s, then Walton , Molesey, Thames Ditton Portsmouth Rd track to Kingston. Total 40 Miles, 1 new face. Thanks to John E for back marking duties, & others, especially Jon W for marking corners, thanks also to John D for the Bread Pudding.
Alas the Camera failed to record the picture from Homewood Park. Thanks to Tracey for her Photo’s.
Wednesday 16th August, a bright Evening saw 9 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, where a touch of Wheels led to a slip for the Leader,( but no injuries), New Malden, Malden Manor, with a pause to inflate a rear Tyre, Worcester park, (with a missed turn leading to a long forgotten path), Stoneleigh, Nonsuch Park, East Ewell, to Ewell Village for refreshments at ‘the Wheatsheaf’, then Hogsmill path, West Ewell, Tolworth, Berrylands, the Bittoms to Kingston. Total 15 Miles. Thanks to Jon for Back marking duties.
Wednesday 19th July, a warm Evening saw 7 Cyclists, leave via Skerne Rd, (with 1 extra Cyclist catching the tail), Lower Ham Rd, Aerospace estate, Ham, Ham gate of Richmond Park, to Roehampton gate, Putney Heath, Wimbledon Common, to Wimbledon Village, for refreshments at the ‘Crooked Billet’, then Copse Hill, Malden Golf Course, New Malden, Norbiton to Kingston. Total 14 Miles, 1 new face. Thanks to Ralph for Back marking.
Kingston Council have announced 2 New Consultations, both open until 17th July, the first is an extension to the Portsmouth Rd segregated track, along Kingston High St., with some shared Space. The Second is the long awaited New Malden to Raynes Park link. Both Schemes will be beneficial and should be supported.
Here is the link http://www.kingstonconversations.co.uk/
Sunday 18th June. A bright & Sultry day saw 14 Cyclists ready for Part 1, leave via, Surbiton, Long Ditton, Hinchley Wood, (where the Leader had a visit from the ‘P Fairy’, swiftly repaired), Littleworth Common, Esher, to East Molesey for an early Lunch at ‘the Bell’, then Thames Ditton, Portsmouth Rd track to Kingston. Total 12 Miles, 1 Puncture.
Part 2 Still quite Steamy we said farewell to 5, hello to 4, so 13 Cyclists, were ready for the off, (but 1st a faulty valve meant a Tube change), leave via Skerne Rd, Latchmere, Ham, Ham Gate of Richmond Park, to Petersham Gate, (where shortly after leaving the Park, 1 of our party helped a ‘Damsel in distress’, not of our party, replace a tube), Richmond, Richmond Bridge, Ducks Walk, where yet another visit from the P Fairy, (again swiftly fixed), Isleworth, Whitton, to Knellor Gardens for Tea & BP, then Twickenham, Teddington, Hampton Wick & Kingston Bridge to Kingston. Total 12 Miles, 1 Puncture. Thanks to Mick for Back marking (& Puncture repairs), many others for Marking corners, thanks to John for a superb Bread Pudding.
Wednesday 17th May. A very wet Evening saw a surprising 7 Cyclists willing to brave the elements leave via Skerne Rd, Thames Path to Ham, Teddington Footbridge, Teddington, to Hampton for refreshments at ‘the Roebuck’, thankfully by the resumption the Rain had ceased, so a quick dash across Bushy Park to Hampton Wick & Kingston Bridge. Total 8 Miles. Thanks to John E for back marking.