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Tuesday, 03 November 2009

Guildford Cycle Challenge

Charlotteville Cycling Club run the Guildford Cycle Challenge each September, and for the third year Witley were invited to supply travelling marshals. The event, which invites support for the CHASE Children's Hospice, consists of 3 alternative rides: a 30-mile fun ride for all the family, a 65-miler for more serious cyclists, and an 85-mile marathon including Surrey’s six biggest hills for the true enthusiasts (or lunatics, depending on your point of view).

Bernard Jay, Laurie Richards and Dave Kavanagh respectively took hold of these routes, which share a fair degree of common ground, touring on multiple laps to offer assistance where needed. However, as with our Long Distance Trial, the comparison with last year – when the previous week's torrential rain had left the Surrey lanes looking like a moonscape, and causing countless punctures and some minor spills – was very favourable, with fine, dry weather and easy going for all. Including the marshals!

There were some complications with another cycle race taking place on some of ‘our’ roads, a situation which should not have arisen, but which in the end caused no major upset. An accident at Holmbury Hill left one rider with an arm injury following a collision with a large 4x4 on a blind downhill bend – not often you see 3 police cars and 2 ambulances in a single track lane at one time! And then there were the usual stragglers in pubs! But all in all an enjoyable day out and a good encouragement for another Club with which Witley has a long standing connection. Laurie Richards


Witley Bonfire

Some 30 or so Witley members and friends enjoyed one of the favourite social events of the year at Frank & Di’s in Normandy. The weather was fair for the occasion after the rain earlier in the day. Barry Taylor had put a lot of time and effort into the construction of the bonfire for which many thanks Barry) and it paid of with a blaze of which Reg would have been proud.

Soup and flapjacks were provided by Di – as usual the hospitality was fantastic. Fireworks apart, a high point was the reintroduction of an old Witley tradition (for those who remember the days of ‘Merry Harriers’ bonfires) – the combustible piano. Kindly donated by the Mairs, the unfortunate instrument’s ivories were tinkled by Bradley until the heat became too intense. So well played Brad!

Thanks to Paul Matthews for the pics.


Natterjack Enduro

Once again, the Natterjack was a packed event and the Army did a great job organising it all for the riders.

Barry Taylor was setting off the riders for the second consecutive year and had even the quads riding over the stage to start the day. Some of the riders went for a sneaky wheelie over the stage, one or two I believe gave the rider a bit of a surprise! There were very few penalties at the start, with only a couple of riders having trouble getting their bikes started but these were quickly remedied and everybody was off in just over an hour. At the end of day one, the class leaders were Christophe Nambotine (Championship), Rheinallt Davies (Expert), Frazier Norrie (Clubmen), Carl Tiley (Veteran), Will Duggan (Quads), Alun Davies/Rees George (Sidecar Championship), Alister Nevill/Sharon Nevill (Sidecar Clubmen) and Gordon MacPherson (Sportsmen). Michelle Cutler


Don’t forget:

The Reg Bowker Trial will take place at Chawton Park on Sunday 13th December. Neil is in charge of the course and Michelle is Secretary. If you can help, please keep the date clear and look out for more details in the next edition or on the website.

No further details as yet, but Rob Carey and Arnaud Didey both successfully completed the 2009 ISDE in Portugal, Rob with a Silver and Arnaud with a Bronze. More on this next time...






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