Sunday, December 30, 2012

Bikes for Snowy Roads

Maggie and I are in Zermatt at the moment, enjoying a family Winter holiday.  It's a car-free town, which is nice, and quite a few people use bikes to get about, despite the snow and ice.

The pictures show a couple parked at the ski-lift this morning.  The Cannondale is pretty typical of what people use - it's an old mountain bike with mudguards and snow tyres.  The white bike has an electric motor in the front hub, which makes going up the numerous hills rather easier.  There are quite a lot of these around, too.  The black plastic tubes at the rear wheel of each bike are to hold your skis - you just stick them in.

The road outside our chalet is pretty steep - steep enough to ski down - but every morning you see plenty of bikes whizzing down to town or to the lifts.  Easier than walking, really.

Happy New Year and an enjoyable 2013 season to all.


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Sir Wiggo Gold

OK not the best picture I know but the best I could do after the criptic comments about how he looked from the tele picture when he won BBC SP12. I guess that KPRC congratulate Wiggo as I do and to think Tim used to race against him as a 16yr old schoolboy at Cristal Palace. Well done Sir Wiggo!
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Thursday, December 27, 2012

American Pie Night 20 Dec 12

And a very good night was had by all. Well done Jake as ever for encouraging!
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Friday, December 21, 2012

Posting problems


I don't know how you do it - and you are by no means the only person to have this trouble with posting pictures - but it's not something that I have managed to do, so I don't know what goes wrong.

The blog post below is looking on your computer for the pictures, which means that the rest of us are only seeing blank squares, I guess the pictures never uploaded to the blog.

Do you want to try a repost of the pics (and then I'll transfer your text to it and delete this and the other post) - or do you want to email me the pics and I'll post. Although the emailing hasn't been terribly successful because most of my friends that use picasa to email pics to me all seem to have it set to send tiny pictures...



Well done Jake for encouraging the "American Pie" night well attended. The photo's are an impromptu impression of the night. apart from the first photo which was rather contrived and exhibited the odd inscrutable smile! The food was good!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

KPRC Xmas and New year rides

This sat mountain bike ride will end up in Wetherspoons Epsom after Polesdon Lacey if anyone wants to meet up. Dec thur 27th 10.30 mb ride from Horton to meet up with Girls ride which leaves Banstead at 10. Not sure which cafe we will meet up in as yet, or pub :)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Wiggins Wins


Bradley with wonderful wife - weel done to you both!

From all @ KPRC and the rest of the cycling world wheel done - U R a Star! and a credit to your Nation GB and the rests of Cycling GB!
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CTC Midweek Wayfarers Xmas Lunch 12/12/12

One of those memorable days (12/12/12) long to be repeated. Here is Ron also long to be repeated enjoying his time at his affiliated club CTC MWW annual Xmas lunch at J.D.W'spoons (along with Doreen not shown) with Graham Hill and the redoubtable and lovable Vic White in the background. Though this is unconventional I know (but then I am a "Mad Hatter" as christened by the redoubtable "Pete Mitchell") I would like to pronounce that I voted for Ron at the KPRC AGM in the secret ballot (not so secret any more!). I am also aware that I may have upset a number of members over my suggestion that the AGM should approve the adoption of lifetime members. See my comments on the Forum! Wishing all my fellow KPRC members a Happy Christmas and a very succesful cycling 2013! Cheers also to Bradley Wiggins about also later!
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

AGM Paperwork

Click on the images to see a larger - and readable - version!

Annual Reports: click here

If you want to discuss anything on the forum, then do so here


Sunday, December 09, 2012

Saturday Morning Vineries 8 Dec 12

Poor Toni @ it again yet another puncture, he is always so unlucky but a least he had a pice of private lawn on which to repair it at Oxshot - you should have seen the look from the Chelsea tractors as they drove by!

Once at elevenses we were treated to "Bellringers" as the Campanologist's played away. The catch of course was to donate some cash to a good cause!

Meanwhile Ray had made it all the way from Fetcham I think he has decided to take it easy untill Christmas so he can start the season next year fully rested! Quit a reasonable turnout approx 13 on road and 8 off-road!
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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Ex President Ron & Bondi Beach

It was good to see Ron looking well and attending the club room on Thursday night. He was clearly getting back his sparkle! He mentioned Bondi Beach and said he was surprised how small it was and it remminded me of my last trip there in November 2009. My impression was that the beach was rather large and the "Sheila's" even larger. I suppose it's all in the eye's of the beholder. See below!

Anyone interested in more pictures I would be happy to oblige! What's this got to do with cycling you may say well I was on my mountain bike at the time! Andy how about a Thursday evening off-road! 
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Monday, November 19, 2012

Notice of AGM 2012

Kingston Phoenix Road Club
Hon President: B E Powney, Esq

Notice of the Kingston Phoenix Road Club

2012 Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the 2012 Annual General Meeting of the Kingston Phoenix Road Club will be held on Thursday 13th December 2012 at the Worcester Park Athletic Club, Green Lane, Worcester Park, Surrey; commencing at 8pm sharp.

All motions for inclusion on the agenda, and any early nominations for Officers or Committee Members, must be lodged with the Honorary General Secretary at least 14 days prior to the AGM - no later than 30th November 2012. All motions shall be in writing and signed by both proposer and seconder. Any nominations shall also be signed by the nominee indicating their willingness to stand. Proposals/nominations by email will be accepted.

Annual Reports, Agenda and other information will follow closer to the date of the AGM.

Lisa Colombo
Honorary General Secretary

Current Committee                                                      Other

Hon President:                           Brian Powney              
Hon General Secretary:              Lisa Colombo              
Hon Time Trials Secretary:         Jake Dodd                   
Hon Road Race Secretary:          Simon Mitchell            
Hon Treasurer:                           Steve Hillier                  Holder of club clothing
Committee Member:                  Dave Brentnall             
Committee Member:                  Andy Pearce                
Committee Member:                  Ron Powney                
Committee Member:                  Grant Pyke
Frank Cubis co-opted as Club Events Secretary in 2012

Press Secretary:                         Dave Brentnall

Auditors:                                     Jen Mitchell & Nick Hostler      

Club subs for 2013 are due as of 1st November 2012 – ie Now!

See Steve Hillier or pay at the AGM – don’t forget wallet or cheque book!
Senior, 1st Claim membership is £15: Cheques payable to Kingston Phoenix RC


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Girls' ride Sunday 18 November

Here are some pictures from a very successful girls' ride today.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Gary Dodd Broken Arm?

Dear Jake,
I was out at the Vineries today and when eventually Daveb + 2 others arrived, Dave said that Gary had broken his arm! I am sure I can speak on behalf of the whole club and say how sorry we are to hear this! Is it the same arm as last time?
We all wish Gary a speedy recovery but tell him not to make a habit of it, it must affect his training schedule!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

"A" Ride 7 Nov 2012

A memorable ride in more way than one. Thank goodness there was no cyclist being overtaken by this lorry around the South Holmwood Roundabout! The moral of the story never get caught on the lhs of a truck, always overtake on the rhs!

Brockham bonfire - not much left! Did anyone go?

I know that we are not supposed to self publicise but this is me with my Mark Roy Trophy which Terry had kindly bought to Cobham for me after it was engraved. Unfortunately I did not have a panier as I was travelling light on my Fixi and struggled up Ranmore! Ray however came to my rescue with a light back pack so I managed to get the trophy home!

It had been my intention to go to the Chequers at Walton on the way home as it was one of Jeff's days on, if you will excuse the expression but due to a misunderstanding between rides leader Ray & me we went to Banstead for tea instead of Fanny's Farm. My consolation at the Chequers was that I met the lovely Helen and as Jeff never turned up he missed out! The moral of the story stick with the Fixi's for they are the salt of the Earth (or was it the Dearth!)
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Monday, November 05, 2012

SCCU Luncheon

A surprise presentation of a cup for my record ride in the SCCU '25' at their lunch yesterday.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

AGM 13th Dec

The clubs AGM is on thur 13th Dec down at the club room, in the back room. Worcester park athletics club Green lane . 8pm SHARP so get there early to buy a drink and sort out chairs. Try and keep this date free and attend and meet everyone else in the club.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Ron is back at home.

Ron is back at home. Great news!

Bus transfer Majorca

Steve Hillier is going to book a bus to take us all from Airport to Puerto Pollenca. Could everyone who wants to join the bus E mail Steve at so he can book a big enough bus?

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sunday rides Winter 12/13

Now it is November the sunday rides will start 9.30 to avoid morning frosts. Please check forum as there might not be a ride every week. If you want to ride , post it on the forum and then people will know there will be someone to ride with!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Ron update

Ron is now at St Helier in Sutton C6 blockC 6th floor cardiacare. Visiting 2.30 to 8pm. Getting nearer to home. We wish him well, he enjoys getting cards and news from friends.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Dream Machine Prostrate

Franks Dream Machine on it's side on the A25 Dorking and Dave below unfortunate enough to run up the back very hard due in my humble opinion solely to the fact that the motorist shown on the hatching was clearly in the wrong trying to overtake a group of cyclists riding very correctly in single file. His explanation was that we forced him into the hatching! B...ock's as far as I am concerned the Highway code says you should not overtake moving vehicles at a keep left bollard or the hatching afterwards. His contention was that we all started to turn right and it is true, we were following the leader a few riders in front who was clearly indicating to turn right but the motorist in my opinion was simply desperate to overtake these "Plebs" on the road without looking ahead and clearly seeing we were all about to turn right. All the motorists behind are clearly staying out of the hatching and not intent on overtaking. I for one would not let the matter rest but then I guess that is me!
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