Stragglists Blog

Posted 17/8/2019           

                                             A sunny day for a sunny group of Stragglists

                                                           and there are more

                                                    and more at the village store in Abinger Hammer

Hi Stragglists,
Considering the recent unsettled weather we’ve been having, last Sunday turned out to be another lucky one for those of us on two wheels and on the road. And what better place to stop at than one that was name-checked on the Ridelondon BBC programme – the village store in Abinger Hammer. Although the three groups went off in various directions we all came together within minutes of each other like well trained flocks of racing pigeons at the café where the ladies at the store dealt brilliantly with the seventeen of us.   
Velo Life Café
I first heard about the Velo Life Café in the Chilterns from Vince quite a while ago. It’s a very popular coffee stop destination for cyclists and a group of Stragglists went over there on Ridelondon Sunday. The trouble is that it’s become so popular that local residents have made so many complaints to the council that it had to close down. I could understand if the café was a repro of the famous A1 Café. If hoards of motorbikes were to come roaring through your village that could become intolerable but I can’t quite comprehend how groups of pedal-powered cyclists could make life so intolerable for locals. I’m not sure of the present situation but the café might well be open whilst legal arguments are processed. This is a link to the story if you want to read more Velo Life Debate
Next Third Wheelers Ride  
The mountaineers among us are off to Ventoux next weekend with some taking on Mont Ventoux so you’ll have to struggle along for the next two weeks without a blog from me. Mirella will be taking the Third Wheelers on a 44-mile route to Elm Nursery. This is the route
Club Kit – Orders Required
I have been asked by only a very few members about club kit. Three is a pretty small number so more orders would be very helpful. So far those who definitely want kit are Claire, Vanessa and Lewis. I hope to put a list together during September so if you do want a summer/winter jersey, gilet or shorts please send me an email so that you can be added to the list. I still have a few neck tubes that will come in useful once the colder weather arrives.
Sunday’s Ride
Mike sent a message to join him and Sarah at the Antelope in Surbiton after Sunday’s ride to celebrate their recent birthdays. If you want to go bring some extra money for a drink and you can even grab some lunch there if you wish. In response, I asked Mike if there was a route he would like to choose and he suggested going to the Cinnamon Café via the ‘Four Witches’ to Windsor. This might cause consternation within the hillbillie group (the new nickname for those whose main purpose in life is to climb hills) as there are only four lumps along the route as the name would imply. Whether they will join us for the ride I don’t know. We’re hoping that this is right. Sue and I have never ridden this route and it was mapped by referring to someone’s Strava ride. We should have a sunny ride but the wind could be quite strong.
As is usual with a ride to Windsor we will be starting outside Zizzi’s in Hampton Court.
Happy cycling,


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