Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Sunday, January 29, 2006
The location can be found on multimap here
A number of people have expressed their intention of going: Pete, Simon & Jen, Jake, Ron & Doreen.
Anyone else like to join them.....?
If you need any further info contact me.
Amy passed the invite on - she says:
"Roger Chambers (East Surrey CTC) has organised a cycling quiz at their/Addiscombe clubroom on 8th February, Addiscombe v CTC and other clubs. 8.15 for 8.30. No charge but apparently there are prizes. Please get a team together and come along."
A couple of websites for you.
If any one is interested in doing some Audax rides this year and clocking up a few miles then have a look at http://www.audax.uk.net/cal/index.htm
I've been using this free website for a couple of weeks now to log all of the rides that I have done. Great idea to help the training and climb the websites leader board.
Thursday, January 26, 2006
KINGSTON PHOENIX ROAD CLUB
CLUB EVENT DATES 2006
No Date Event Dist Course Start Closing Date
(1) Sun 19th March Medium Gear 25 G25/47 08-30 Thu 9th March
Sat 25th March ** SCCU Sporting 10 G10/46 14-00 Tue 14th March
Sun 26th March ** SCCU Sporting 25 G25/48 09-00 Tue 14th March
Sat 29th April KPRC Open Events 10 G10/42 13-45 Tue 18th April
(2) Wed 3rd May Evening 10 G10/42 19-30 Thu 20th April
Sun 14th May ** Norwood Paragon 25 G25/53 06-30 Tue 2nd May
(3) Wed 17th May Evening 10 G10/42 19-30 Thu 4th April
Sat 20th May ** SCCU 10 G10/57 06-00 Tue 9th May
(4) Sun 21st May I/C 10 G10/42 07-00 Thu 11th May
(5) Wed 31st May Evening 10 G10/42 19-30 Thu 18th May
(6) Sun 11th June I/C 25 G25/53 07-50 Thu 1st June
(7) Wed 14th June Evening 2 up T.T.T. 10 G10/42 19-30 Thu 1st June
(8) Sun 25th June Kingston – Worthing 46 GS/476 06-00 Thu 15th June
(9) Wed 28th June Club Championship 10 G10/42 19-30 Thu 15th June
Sat 1st July KPRC Open Event 15 G15/42 14-00 Tue 20th June
Sun 2nd July ** SCCU 50 G50/53 06-00 Tue 20th June
(10) Wed 12th July Evening 10 G10/42 19-30 Thu 29th June
Sun 16th July ** Bec C.C. 25 G25/53 06-30 Tue 4th July
Sun 23rd July ** SCCU 100 G100/59 06-00 Tue 11th July
(11) Wed 26th July Evening 10 G10/42 19-30 Thu 13th July
(12) Wed 9th Aug Evening 10 G10/42 19-30 Thu 27th July
Sun 13th Aug ** Anerley C.C. 50 G50/53 06-00 Tue 1st Aug
Sun 20th Aug ** ECCA 12hr E2/12h 05-00 Tue 8th Aug
(13) Sun 3rd Sep Hilly 12 + Hill Climb 12 GS/281 09-00 Thu 24th Aug
Sun 10th Sep ** SCCU 25 G25/53 07-00 Tue 29th Aug
(14) Sun 17th Sep Consolation 25 G25/47 08-00 Thu 7th Sep
Club Events Other Than ** £2
The 10 Events **. If five or more Phoenix riders enter, will be classed as a Club Event. But must be entered individually on a Cycling Time Trials, entry form. Obtainable from the Time Trial Sec.
Sunday, January 22, 2006
A very brisk pace back had Mike struggling up the hill to Malden Rushett. But I note that he was not too far behind.
Anyway I decided to join in the fun. Pete Mitchell held the opinion that this would be easy, I figured that after hijacking the roadies last week by taking them over part of a the lap around Hungary Hill, that this could be a new game, and if the pace is to slow and these guys are slacking, I will do something about it and report back to Sergeant Pete.
So there I was on Saturday with a brand new MTB. Not a spot of dust on it. The roadies went away, with our new conscript Heather (welcome). While we set off on the softer ground. First problem is that the stupid gears are different to what I am used to. After a bit of fiddling I soon found a gear that worked and didn’t leave me with a gear so low that I hardly moved. However there are plenty of people on the ride with off road experience to advise cadence and gearing and position.
The only real fear I had was dealing with soft mud. If you hit this on a road bike with skinny tires, you normally come to a complete stop very quickly. Not so with the magnificent beasties fitted to my GT. You hit the mud and the tires just sink slowly in. Providing that you keep peddling you (should) soon find yourself on the other side. Of course if the person in front of you stops peddling and err stops, then you have to quickly get a foot down. But I soon found that restarting on very soft ground almost impossible. Some of the climbs proved interesting as the rear wheels struggled to get grip. Pete I can report that this is hard work.
We were just about to hit the next batch of soft ground south of Leatherhead when trouble occurred. Jens rear tyre had split along the sidewall. A crowd of scratching chins and furrowed brows soon formed, and eventually with a bit of British ingenuity a temporary repair was affected in the hope that she could continue. However after a mile it soon became apparent that all was not well and Jen might have to walk back. Fortunately we were not too far from Paul and Ken Days house. So Simon and Jen made their way there for tea, cake and a tyre to get home on. This left us with a problem, as we now had no run leader. Fortunately David Croggen took the leaders cap and armed with Simons map took our group onwards.
It was while we had stopped the first time that I had a call from our newbie Heather. Who had somehow got detached from the rest of the road ride. She had the instruction to follow the road straight on. Which she did not realising that eventually the rest had turned left in Cobham. Poor Heather had got almost up to A3 before heading back and calling me. Anyway well done Mark Mc for coming back to find her. Heather it will all be extra miles for you chart.
Eventually the Off roaders had found their way to Effingham, and a short tarmac ride to Café stop. We arrived as the roadies were leaving.
The ride back!
Ok what idiot gave me the map. As we were running so late David and a few others had to go back quickly. So I found myself the keeper of the map and run leader. Please bear in mind gentle reader that this is my first time off road. Accompanying me was Jackie, who was here because she has worn out her road bike, Grant and Chrystal. It seemed a good idea to head off into the woods. I figured that we would come out somewhere and only had to hold a straight line. The woods gave way to soft sand and soon people started to not pedal. Then there was this debate amongst the troops about me not knowing the way. “Not know the way!” I said to the mutineer, “I have the map”. What they didn’t know was that we were not on the map that I was holding. Eventually we found our way to the tower at the top of the hill. On the other side was mud road that took us on a little bridge over the M25 (it is not on my map at home). A quiet lane then took us across country to another series of tracks that eventually led us out to Stoke D’Abernon.
Not wanting to give up my new found hunger for all things dirty, I identified another path that would take us up towards Oxshot. OK we lost the path. But this very nice man with very fierce looking dog pointed out a path. Ahhh more mud and this time, styles! This led to a very muddy path that offered an equal chance of falling into fierce brambles or a barbed wire fence.
Sadly Oxshott marked the end of anymore serious mud and so we enjoyed a fast ride on Jackie’s wheel (boy was it fast!) back to the park where we had the last little taste of soft ground before saying our goodbyes
Next week I will find out about falling off.
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Also the Women's 100 Team Record: Jake Mitchell has, of course, been Jake Dodd for some years now........
Can't see the wood for the trees! No doubt there will be other corrections.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
I will bring them along to the AGM tomorrow, and to the Hand in Hand on 29th January. If you can't make either of these, just give me a bell on 0208 394 2665.
See you there!
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
We decided on a gentle ride due south looping around Leigh to end up climbing the Zigzag for a cup of tea at the Café at the top of Box Hill. Jackie, despite feeling tired was in very strong form and just rode away on all the climbs.
There we were greeted by a fine turnout from the London Dynamo who had 20 or so riders out all in club kit. Sadly we left them in disarray as one of them discovered a broken seat post as he picked his bike up for the return journey. I hope that he managed a safe and pain free ride home.
For those who were puzzled by the activity of people with Telescopes outside Horton Park on Saturday and Sunday. Well they were Twitchers (bird spotters) who had come to see a rare sighting of a pair of Waxwings. These are visiting from Scandanavia, and were feeding on berrys growing in the area.
Monday, January 16, 2006
Saturday, January 14, 2006
Very good turnout today 9 mountain bikers lead by Simon on a very, very muddy route that came out in fetcham with a short road ride to Stoke D'Abernon garden centre. Grant lead 8 roadies on the usual route but was highjacked by Andy Avis who took them up Hungry hill arriving shattered but happy! for an elongated coffee break with the others.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Monday, January 09, 2006
Friday, January 06, 2006
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Thanks to Si for planning and leading the ride helped by Andy and Paul.
Thanks also for the good company on route provided by Jen and Brian. Looking forward to my next opportunity to join you all which will be mid feb.
Monday, January 02, 2006
The roadies set off towards Oxshott and Esher, while the off-road alternative crossed Horton Country Park hoping to emerge into Chessington via the ancient Castle Hill but just missing!
Onward through Barwell Court and over the A3 via a surprisingly wide bridge considering the road status. Onto Claygate Common and Birchwood Lane (a muddy track!) circling round to Arbrook Common where we got severely bogged down trying to follow the electric pylons.
Once across the A244 the pylon route improves dramatically and becomes a lofty, undulating and sandy track. Ideal off-roading and good practise, especially for Joe B on his cyclo-cross bike.
A special commendation here to Brian Starey, our guest from the Clarencourt CC, who engaged himself wholeheartedly into our somewhat adventurous and inevitably muddy explorations. He was rewarded however, with a new route, thanks to Andy & Paul Day's local knowledge across West End Common offering fine views of the River Mole before a rapid descent, still off-road to Garsons Farm for 11s.
For anyone who hasn't tried it, off-roading is a fine way to enjoy your cycling through Winter.
Keep fit, have fun and escape the worst of the cutting winds and drizzling rain.
As Simon & Jen are going to Derby this coming Saturday to the CTT prize presentation, an off-road alternative is in doubt, but this is an opportunity for someone to take the reins and drive the off-road machine forward.