Stragglists Blog

Posted 12/8/2017

                    Group one stop off at the top of Box Hill

                    While group two catch some sun in Ripley                                                 

Hi Stragglists,
The heatwave is over. Well it had to be, now that the school summer holidays have arrived but Sunday was an oasis amongst days that produced some pretty heavy showers. I hope both groups enjoyed their rides in the sunshine. Group one travelled to Box Hill via Ripley and Newlands Corner, riding past group two’s eventual coffee stop at Pinnock’s as they cycled up Newlands Corner in the opposite direction. Group two even managed to indulge in some mechanicals by sorting out a couple of punctures that befell Karen. Thanks to Gary and Trish for the pictures.
Nick’s Progress
You will be pleased to hear that Nick was discharged from hospital last Friday. He was full of praise for the staff at St. George’s but his good progress has allowed him to continue his convalescence in the comfort of his own home.
Ridelondon Registration
If you have registered for the Ridelondon 100 in previous years you will have probably already been sent a reminder email that the ballot is now open. If not, and you want to give it a go, go to this link
Don't forget that if you helped at the Hampton Court hub and want to be eligible for the places allocated for us supplying volunteers you MUST first enter the main ballot.

Redbull Time Laps
Duong and a couple of colleagues from work want to try this event that kicks off in Windsor Great Park at the end of October. It’s called the Red Bull Time Laps turns to night as teams of four take on this 25-hour challenge. They are looking for one more rider to make up the team. Alternatively, Duong would be delighted to make up a Stragglists team if there are three other Stragglists who want to give it a go. If you are interested in joining in, email Duong


Stragglist Neck Tubes 
Yes it’s still summer despite the recent rain and below par temperatures but autumn and winter is an inevitability when gloves, overshoes and other accessories such as Buffs come in useful. I have spoken to a company called Primal who can supply Buff-type tubes in club colours. They will cost about £16 and I need to secure an order of 25. As you might know, neck tubes can be used in many ways other than keeping your neck warm with some riders using them in the summer under the helmet. This is a preliminary idea of how the tube might look. If you’re interested, let me know.

Third Group Goes to Sussex
A few years ago we went to Sussex to ride a route around the South Downs and it was a great day out so Mirella is revisiting the area and taking her group this Sunday. This is the route These are the instructions:
Meeting time is 09:15 where Ferringham Lane meets the Paddocks near Ferring Stores where there are parking places. Postcode is: BN12 5NE. It’s a short ride from Goring by Sea train station. There are a limited number of trains from Clapham junction. Anyone from other groups are very welcome to join. If you’re planning on driving, it will take about one and a half hours from the Kingston area.  
Sunday’s Rides – Groups One & Two
We are going to meet as usual at the Angel for a trip that will be new to quite a few of you as we’re going to Godstone. It’s a great ride and the Green Rooms Café is a great one with a very friendly and helpful owner. This is the route Despite being a cool start on Sunday, the weather is looking good weather you are cycling in Surrey or Sussex.
Happy cycling,

  Please note: there is no covering insurance policy so every cyclist who rides in a Stragglist group does so at their own risk

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