Stragglists Blog

Posted 14/4/2018           

 

                     So far so dry but it's going to get a bit wet on the way home, chaps.

Hi Stragglists,
 
Looking out at 7 o’clock last Sunday morning and seeing steady rain the decision, at least in the Cockle household, was made for us. Forget it. Anyway, I had marmalade to make and the prospect of being in a warm and dry kitchen seemed a more attractive prospect than going out in the cold and wet. Not many other group members were keen to go but Mike and Duncan were up for a ride and, as the rain petered out by 9 o’clock, they were on their way to Windsor and the Cinnamon Café. So a dry ride into Windsor looked like they had got it right. That is until they made their way home and drizzle turned to rain and so another wet Sunday afternoon came our way and got our two rouleurs wet. Wet conditions seem to be the norm for this spring which is bad enough but trying to avoid huge chasms that have appeared everywhere along our roads has made life for Surrey road users of every kind a challenging task. Fortunately, for the weather at least, next week is going to warm up considerably.
 
A midweek WhatsApp message from Duncan brings every cyclist up short with his account of a very near miss that befell him when a car blasted past by undertaking a row of cars at traffic lights and nearly taking Duncan with him in the process. As cyclists, we should be looking at everyone and everything for any possible problems but when something suddenly pounces from a rider’s blind spot, avoiding action is all but impossible. All I can say is to be as conspicuous as possible. I really do hate these ‘cool’ cyclists in their all black strip blending into their surroundings and why I love to see a brightly coloured Stragglist jersey. I must say that I like to get to the Angel where we can join together and I feel a bit safer riding as a group. With these grey skies continuing, at least a good rear light is essential. Even on sunny days, riding along dappled country roads can cause problems for other road users so a judicial light might not go amiss.
 
Brighton Ride Next Week 
It looks like third parties and the forces of nature were on our side to postpone our trip to Brighton which is going to be next Sunday 22nd and the midrange forecast looks very good. We have checked the ticket prices and they are back to being sensible which you should book online beforehand. For organizational purposes it would be good know who is interested in going. There’s no commitment but if you would let Sue, Mike or me know sometime that would be helpful. Unfortunately, Mirella is unable to make that date so she won’t be taking group three. She will, however, be taking a ride on the following week on 29th
 
Charity Places for Ridelondon
I have been approached by an anti-poverty charity called Turn2Us that gives help to those who need it when times get tough to see if anyone wants a place in this year’s Ridelondon. They are offering an entry fee of only £25 and a fundraising target of £425. There are twelve places on offer so if you’re interested, contact Kesh at keshini.mauree@turn2us.org.uk
 
Sunday’s Ride
 As I said above, the weather is set to explode into warm sunshine next week but, of course, it’s going to wipe its feet before getting here and Sunday looks like being another grey day. At least it should be dry and reasonably mild and good luck to those who are heading off to take part in this weekend's New Forest sportive. 
 
Happy cycling,
 
Ray

 

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