Cycle Orienteering, Romney Marsh, Sat 19th Aug

On 22nd July there was a cycle orienteering event held at Cobham. Three of the entrants were Meridian Members, with Dave Collier coming 2nd; full results can be see at Results of Event. It was a low key and fun event aimed at families with off road bikes.

A similar ‘on road’ event is being organised by Saxons Orienteering Club later this month;
see Orienteering Details

This will appeal to a broader spectrum of riders – particularly those with road bikes and a more ‘competitive streak’. Why not compete with your friends, or take the family for a day out in Kent?

Riccione, Italy Sept 2017

     Riccione 2-9 September 2017.

This trip is being organised by Bob Craig.
Rides have been added by Barry B.

He has contacted the Hotel Poker Riccione who are offering a twin/double room for Euros 350 and a single for Euros 385 for the week, plus Tourist Tax of Euros 1.50 per person per day. For this you get

  • Welcome drink
  • Breakfast Packed lunch if needed
  • Dinner with water and wine included
  • Bike storage and workshop
  • Free laundry for bike kit
  • Free rescue within 10 km Free WiFi
  • Heated outdoor pool.

EasyJet flights from Gatwick to Bologna are currently priced at £162 return including luggage. The hotel will arrange an airport transfer or cheaper option train from Bologna and free transfer from station to hotel.

The hotel will provide 20 riding itineraries with maps and have also offered to organise rides to a medieval village ( Mondaino ) for a pasta lunch and possibly a trip to a Formaggio di fossa ( cheese ) farm.
Bike hire is available and I will source details soon.
All in all incredible value. Please add your name to the interested list ASAP or contact me for any further information.

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Time to decide is running out. Please go to the website and register if you are at all interested.
Transport to Bologna is your own responsibility, but I am trying to arrange something from the airport to the hotel and will let you know when I have prices.

Bob Craig
Contact by email  (Contact No: 161)

Routes for Riccione prepared by Barry

I have prepared the following routes for the A and B groups based on ride from other years. From past experience we will be able to get back for lunch each day except the day when we go to San Leo  ( if that is what people want to do). On that day I suggest we have lunch out in San Leo.
I suggest you download these routes to your Garmin devices. To do this – click on the link – look in the top RH corner for Export and follow instructions. I have planned a ride for each group for everyday. It would be nice if both groups go to the same destination on the same day as we might meet for coffee. It is not necessary to ride everyday and we might want a day off some time in the week.

A rides                                                                                  B Rides
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Montefiore                                                                             Montefiore
Pesaro                                                                                     Pesaro
San Leo                                                                                   San Leo
San Marino                                                                            San Marino
Sogliano al Rubicone                                                            Sogliano al Rubicone
Urbino

Comments from Bob Hazell
Certainly great value. I went there on a Dave Sims trip some years ago. The hire bikes, the rides and the guides were brilliant. The hotel buffet was extraordinary!

Shoreham Evening Walk

 Fri 14th July: Shoreham Evening Walk

There will be an evening walk around Shoreham on Friday 14th July. Meet in The Crown public house car park at 5.30 for a prompt start. The walk will be about 4/5 miles in length and we can have refreshments in the pub afterwards.
Please let me know if you are coming via the Blog or by e-mailing me on birkins78@gmail.com

Mountain Bike Orienteering

Sat 22nd July; Cobham

Organised by  Dartford Orienteering Klubb. In addition to cycling, Dave Collier is a regular participant in local orienteering events. His club is arranging a one-off ‘Mountain Bike Orienteering’ event; it is a ‘fun event’ open to families and cyclists of all ages and abilities. Meridian members will be particularly interested to note that OAPs can enter for the reduced rate of £5.

I am tempted to participate on my electric bike; it would be good to see some familiar faces. For further details see the following page.

Diary Note: Club Quiz Night – Fri 29th Sept

Following on from the very successful quiz night last year, Cathy and Heather have booked Shoreham Village Hall for the 29th Sept. The format will be as before
– Bring your own drinks and nibbles
– Tea and coffee available at bargain prices
– Fun guaranteed.
– Tables of 8
– This is a non-profit event; ticket prices not yet fixed but will not exceed £5.

Put the date in your diary and invite your friends and colleagues along to make up tables of 8. Smaller groups welcome – we will make up complete tables on the night.
Further details will be added to this post in due course.

SCOTTISH BORDERS HOLIDAY: DUMFRIES

DUMFRIES HOLIDAY Sunday 25th June to Sunday 2nd Jul

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If youscotlandr holiday diary is not full why not join the group of 10 who have already booked for a interesting week’s cycling round the Dumfries area of the Scottish Borders. We have a selection of rides to Gretna, Anna, Castle Douglas & Forest of Ae. We are,also hoping to take a train to Kirkconnel 180 metres above sea level for a down hill cycle to return to Dumfries almost at sea level.

At the hotel there is a swimming pool and gym free to guests.

Any queries please talk to Mike and Rosemary Wakefield, contact carassisted@meridiancyclingclub.co.uk

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  • DATE; Sunday 25th June to Sunday 2rd July
  • HOTEL: Cairndale Hotel and Leisure Club Dumfries
  • TARIFF: Twin/Double £455; Triple £420 Single £595 This for 7 nights per person to include Full Scottish Breakfast and 4 Course Table d’Hote Dinner.
  • LEISURE FACILITIES; Free use of indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym plus WiFi
  • BIKE STORAGE; Overnight in hotel.
  • CAR PARKING; Hotel Car Park
  • RAILWAY STATION; 5 minute walk
  • CYCLE RIDES Approx. 40 miles but not quite as hilly as the rides on the Denholm holiday The local trains or our cars may be used for 1 or 2 of the rides.
  • RIDE LEADERS; Rides to be for B and B+.
  • A RIDERS If any A riders are interested in joining us we will help them to organise suitable longer rides.

So far we have had an expression of interest in this holiday from 16 members. Please will members wishing to come confirm by the date of the AGM 9th Nov. and providing we have an viable number we will ask you to book direct with the hotel and pay a £25 non refundable deposit.As there are a number of non cycling partners interested in coming here are some suggestions for activities/places of interest.

  • For those interested in walking please look at WALKHIGHLANDS DUMFRIES AND THORNHILL
  • For history visits in Dumfries may be made to Robert Burns House and Museum, Dumfries Museum and camera obscura in a tower.
  • Trains from Dumfries go to Annan and Gretna Green – big shopping centre here but you could find somebody to marry in the Blacksmith`s Shop now open as a museum.
  • Castles galore – Drumlanrig, Threave ( house castle and gardens) Sweetheart Abbey and Caerlaverock Castle a refreshment stop on one of the cycle rides.
  • If you wish to come on the holiday please reply to Rosemary or Mike Wakefield at carassisted@meridiancyclingclub.co.uk

Dartford Crossing by Bike

In recent months the procedure relating to cyclists wishing to use the Dartford Crossing has changed, the current procedure is shown below.

Cyclists are prohibited from using the A282 Dartford – Thurrock River Crossing, however there is a free-of-charge service to cyclists who wish to cross the river between Essex and Kent.

This service is available 7 days a week at specified times only.

These are
3am – 9am
10.30 – 2pm
3pm – 9pm
10.30 – 2am

This is a Free of Charge service to cyclists who wish to cross the QEII Bridge or use the Dartford Tunnel to travel between Kent and Essex.

Please report to the Essex Point (accessed via the dedicated cycleway adjacent to the M25/A282 clockwise Junction 31 entry slip road), or to
Kent Point (accessed from Crossing Offices roundabout, south orbital road DA1 5PR)

On arriving at either of these points use the yellow phone to request a pick-up. A suitably equipped vehicle will arrive to transport you, and your cycle, through the crossing.

CTC Photographic Exhibition. Sat 4th March

West Kent 75th Photographic Exhibition at Methodist Church Hall, Otford on Saturday 4 March.

We open at 5.30pm for viewing with the Presentation of awards and talk from 7pm. The illustrated talk ”Adventures & Discoveries in Scotland” is presented by our own Meridian member Mike Wakefield, who has travelled widely in Scotland and who is organising another holiday for us in Dumfries from 25 June to 2 July.

Many of you will seen the details on the flyer, that I have been distributing at coffee meetings. 96 photos will be on display including 23 A4 prints. The judge is Keith Evans FRPS. The digital images will be projected with commentary after the talk and refreshments.

I, (or Peter Scott), have tickets at £5, or pay £5.50 on the door. I will see you on the 1st March as I will be in Scotland next week! You may order ticket on the Blog or email me : peterhwoods@msn.com

Peter Woods

Computer Aided Route Planning

Tues 28th Mar

The intention is to provide worked examples of route creation using some of the different route creation software packages. Whether a created route is transferred to a device, printed as a map or a turn sheet – the principles of route creation are the same.

What we also intend to do is show how routes can be shared between individuals and how to transfer routes to and from a device.

Heather Sim’s son Simon has been approached and agreed that we can use the facilities at Grange Park School, Borough Green Rd, Wrotham, Sevenoaks TN15 7RD. The school has Wifi and so you can bring laptops or other devices in order to work through demonstrations.

The event on Tuesday 28 March starting at 5 pm. Tea Coffee and biscuits will be available courtesy of Heather and Cathy

A charge of £2 will include refreshments and enable us to purchase something for the staff as a way of thanks for the use of the facilities.

The session will end at 7pm anyone wishing to retire for further discussion at the local hostelry will be welcome.

If you have any issues with route creation or file sharing do come along. If you haven’t already given your name to me (eMail ref No 125) or Ken Dean (No 2) let us know.

Agenda
5pm 28th March
Grange Park School, Borough Green Rd, Wrotham, Sevenoaks TN15 7RD

1. Introduction Paul/Ken
2. Router Planning using Basecamp Malcolm McIntyre
3. Route Planning using Ridewith GPS
and Garmin Connect
GPX or Tcx – what’s the difference?
Ken
4. Route Planning using BikeHike
Saving & sharing files
Paul Godfrey

Paul/Ken

Xmas Lunch – Seating Plan and Menu Choices

Wed 7th December:         Shoreham Golf Club
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xmasThe arrangements for the Xmas dinner are as follows.

Layout by Table

Alphabetic Listing

 

We meet at Shoreham Golf Club at 12 noon in the bar. We have been requested not to enter the dinning room until the staff have completed the preparations at which time we will be asked to enter the room via the main entrance.
Group leaders should plan their rides to ensure that they arrive at around 12 noon.

Dress Code – ‘Anything goes’

xmasSome guests will ride, some will go by car; some will be in ‘civvies’, others in riding strip.

Timing

If riding home after the event, ensure that your bike is equipped with lights.