The Bugle | Blast 404

Friday 20th September 2019

Environmental Edition





"Since the bicycle make little demand on material or energy resources, contributes little to pollution, makes a positive contribution to health and causes little death or injury, it can be regarded as the most benevolent of machines." - Stuart S Wilson



Today is the special climate change day when not just children go on strike to bring society and especially politicians to account for endangering our futures. Greta Thunberg has become the rockstar of the movement showing how you can get almost anywhere with a near zero carbon footprint.

Trains, boats but not planes - Greta is sticking it to the UN and the USA right now and elevating the issue to the top of the political agenda. Over 60% of the populations of Italy, France & Brazil strongly believe we have a climate change emergency. Even Trump's USA is ahead of the UK. I guess that might indicate why our government is putting into reverse many climate change mitigators - particulary when it comes to favouring polluting methods of transportation over cleaner including us, cleanest of all, cyclists.

The Mayor is trying to do his bit with London's first Car Free day on Sunday even including an opportunity to ride a classic bike across Tower Bridge:



T'is Greta's. How's your Swedish?



Big turnout Wednesday night. Very positive contributions including more Sunday Rides and Tina's Lifesaving lessons.

More on both next week when both Fran & Tina have gotten time to do their reports.

Meanwhile put Sunday November 24th in your diaries for our AGM preceded by the traditional Freewheel Downhill Race.



Sally is still writing up the Istanbul adventure and have been beaten to the line by David S and Marilyn's trip along the Dordogne last week.

A bit steep at times but countryside to die for. The story and some gorgeous pics here:



Saturday 31st August: Serenaded at the Minstrel Cafe in Edenbridge on Karen's hilly ride to Eastbourne:

Was it Tuesday 10th or Thursday the 12th that Des took his crew exploring Lingfield country lanes - not to mention the odd Hammer Pond? Read and deduce:

Saturday 14th September: A glorious day off-road to Bletchingly and beyond:



Saturday 21st September: Shurguard/501 Brighton Road 9.00am. The sunshine continues as we head via Knockholt to Shoreham air museum for tea. The short route returns via The Pilgrim's Way, Oxted, Marden Park and up the Zig Zag to the Wattenden Arms, Kenley. 46 miles. For those wanting a longer ride Stuart is planning to continue on into the wilds of Kent for a possible 100 if the wind drops. Bring lights just in case.

Sunday 22dn September:  Shurguard/501 Brighton Road 9.00am. Mark & Barry are away TT-ing so Tom V leads the ride. Mark was planning the Wandle Trail. What will Tom plan?

Tuesday 24th September:  Shurguard/501 Brighton Road. Rides to Stoke D’Abernon, Squires GC

09:30 Early Leader: Tim S
10:00 Steady Leader: Sue D
10:00 Relaxed Leader: Des D

Thursday 26th September: Meet Shurguard at 10:00 am. 
Destination: tba 



Thomas Moody, known affectionately as TomTom to us, could not ride by without stopping at this road signin Coulsdon!

And who was Sir James Moody? Answer here:



Back in 2006 two Anerley riders appeared in a TV programme. You may not recognise the one on the left but you will certainly recognise the one on the right. 

We can't make the recording public but there is a private showing for members here:

You will have to enter the password which is John's surname (all in lowercase). Enjoy!


FINALLY: Why there was no Bugle last week

We went on an environmentally friendly Tour of Britain. The Cotswolds, The Black Country and then all these yellow signs over most of West Yorksire which will literally close for three or four days next weekend. Flags everywhere and even this on the side of a pub:
More on the World Cycling Championships here:
Strange how their has been so little media pre-coverage of this event. 

Eventually we got to Scotland and not enough internet to upload the Bugle. Even getting the apology out broke the system as you probably gathered from the strangulated apology. Sorry.

Happy Cycling