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2014 Events

These are special "open" events in 2014 for the whole club and for non-members.
  • 8 April: Founders' Day Rides.
  • 15 May: Circuit of Bedford. 
  • 3 July: Tour de France Demi Etape.
  • 7 July: Tour de France visits Essex.
  • 20 July: Sights of London.
  • 19 August: Surrey & Sussex 100 km.

See below for details of how to enter these events.  Click on the PDF links to download entry forms. Curly brackets {} should be omitted when using the email addresses.

Non-members are very welcome and free membership* for the rest of the calendar year is offered to riders who have never been members (please hand a completed membership form to the ride organiser).  *Excludes 7 July event.

Completed Events:

Apr 2014
Two events were held on 8th April 2014, similar to last year's events.

Founders' Day Ride in the Sussex Weald

Around 30 riders in four groups left Tanhouse Farm Shop, dividing to ride the North or the South loop, according to preference, to meet again at The Six Bells, Newdigate, for lunch.  More details and a slideshow can be viewed on the Surrey & Sussex Section pages. Read more...

Tue 8 April: Founders' Day 62 km Ride
 Start:  Anywhere on the route and follow directions to Tanhouse Farm for coffee 10:00 to 10:30. 
 Time:  Groups leave Tanhouse Farm at 10:30 am
 Route:  A 'figure of eight' route centred on Newdigate in splendid Surrey/Sussex countryside.
 Distance:  62 km
 Entry:  Free route map & directions if you notify the organiser by 26 March.    Further details:  PDF
 Organiser:  Valerie Taylor   Email: valerietaylor321{@}

Founders' Day Competitions in St Albans
Founders' Day 2014
This year the St. Albans Section Founders Day events consisted of two events - a Route Planning & Cycling Competition in the morning and a Freewheeling Competition in the afternoon.
  After last year when the maximum daytime temperature barely got above freezing, this year the weather was kinder - dry but with a stiff northerly breeze.
View Slideshow.

Route Planning & Cycling Competition
:  The morning event consisted of a team-based Route Planning & Cycling Competition, the purpose of which was to visit as many places as possible from those in a list provided in the time available.  Each team consisted of 2 or 3 people and there was an aged-based handicapping system.  Each team had twenty minutes to plan their route.  Confirmation of each place visited was achieved by answering a simple question.  Each location attracted a variable number of points according to its distance from the event start/finish points.  A total of 10 teams took part (28 people) with teams riding distances ranging from 12 to 28 miles in a 2 1/2 hour period.  The winning team was Terry Kent, Steve Rogers and Richard Inglis who visited 11 locations in 21 miles.  Two teams tied for second place, one of which was an all ladies team.

Freewheeling Competition:  After lunch 30 riders took part in a free-wheeling competition which was won by Roger Bowman.   Download full results sheet.

Thur 15 May: Circuit of Bedford
 Start:  Start and Finish at Thurleigh Farm Centre (OS153  TL 068585). 
 Car Parking, Toilets & Café. 
 Time:  9:30 am
 Route:  Circumnavigation of Bedford through quiet lanes.
 Distance:  100 km or optional 86 km
 Entry:  Fee of £4.00 with S.A.E. to Trevor Randall by 1 May - proceeds to charity.    Entry form:  PDF
 Organiser:  Trevor Randall.  Email: randall.trev{@} 

Thur 3 July: Tour de France Demi Etape
 Start:  Stondon Massey: Bricklayers Arms (OS167 TL585005)
 Time:  Any time between 9 am and 10 am.
 Route:  Ride part of the Cambridge-London stage of the Tour de France 4 days before the professionals do.  View route.
 Distance:  100 km
 Entry:  £3.00 with S.A.E. to Peter Sears by 27 June, includes tea/coffee at The Bricklayers Arms from 08:30.  Entry form:   PDF
 Organisers:  Essex 'A' & Mid Essex sections:  Rod Scott (07780 976935); Peter Sears (01245 475310).
 Slideshow:  View slideshow

Mon 7 July: Tour de France visits Essex
 Great Waltham: 
tour caravan arrives at 12:00, riders from 13:45.
Gt. Waltham was on the route and has a sharp bend right in the village centre which made an interesting viewing point, obviously that’s where Chris Mills (Essex A sec.) was. 

There were various places doing food and drink including a ‘pop-up pub’ in the Village Hall run by the well known local real ale pub the Compasses, Littley Green.  There was a Cycling Trade Fair, Hogroast, Pimms Tent, Local Arts & Crafts, Picnic Areas, etc.  A Tour de France memorabilia display can be seen at The Stores pine shop in the village centre, it’s well worth a look. On the day you could even hire a roadside seat in the churchyard for £10!  Download the Tour de France guide for Great Waltham.

Sun 20 July: Sights of London
 Start:  The Pavilion Café, Victoria Park, Crown Gate West  E9 7DE
 Time:  10 am. (Contact me if interested in a feeder ride from Gidea Park Station leaving at 8am sharp).
 Route: The ride goes out along the Regent's Canal towpath, the quieter back streets and makes use of off-road cycle routes and greenways. Much of the route is traffic free. 

You will see many of the famous London sights: The Royal Parks, Buckingham Palace, The Mall (closed to motor traffic on Sundays), Westminster Abbey, The London Eye, Tower Bridge and The Tower of London.  You will ride a section of the cycling super highway through London's Docklands East London. We will have a bring-your-own picnic lunch in Hyde Park and finish where we started, at the Pavilion Café, Victoria park.
 Distance:  25 miles
 Entry:  £3.00 with S.A.E. to Bernie Curtis by 6 July.  Entry form:   PDF
 Organisers:  Essex 'A' section:  Bernie Curtis (01708 347226);

Tue 19 Aug: Sussex Weald 100km
 Start:  You are invited to take part in this ride from Southwater Country Park (near Horsham). Cafe at start. Free parking.
 Time:  Any time between 9:15 & 9:45
 Route:  The route follows a scenic circuit between the Forest Ridge and South Downs. OS map 198.  Suggested elevenses at Cuckfield, lunch at Bramber, tea at Barns Green.  Download entry form (doc), route description, further details, map 1, map 2 and a GPX file.
 Distance:  100 km
 Entry:  No fee, but entry by 5 August is essential. Entry by email is acceptable - see entry form for details required.  Entry Form: PDF.
 Organiser:  Valerie Taylor