The Bugle | Blast 406

Friday 4th October 2019

Speedy Edition




"I ride because going downhill at 40mph makes me feel wild and free" - Emily Kachorek



Or 1899 to be more precise. Then the Anerley had some of the fastest riders in the world - but none as fast as Charles “Mile-a-Minute” Murphy. Yep the first bicyclist to break the 60 mph barrier.

He did this by slipstreaming a train along a track of rough wooden boards laid on the sleepers. He rode into the record books on what he called "a maelstrom of swirling dust, hot cinders, paper and other particles of matter".

Charles’ record stood for a long time because no-one else had the necessary combination of fitness, fearlessness and a friend with access to steam locomotives. 

Nowadays (or last August to be precise) following a friendly Porsche Neil Campbell achieved 174 mph - see Bugle 401.

Read a fuller account of Charlie's exploit here:



Today's contestents for the fastest human powered cycle (unassisted by trains, boats or planes) was featured on yesterday's eponymous BBC Radio programme from Liverpool University.

That means no slipstreaming and hence success depends on losing as little energy through drag as possible. The search is for the perfect aerodynamic bike. This is their School of Engineering's answer - Arion6 - albeit with three wheels.

The totally enclosed recumbent cyclist has two screens - one giving them their speed, cadence and other important data information. The other is linked to a tiny camera so they can see where they are going!

Arion5 last month broke the world record for women with Yazmin Tredell achieving 56.42mph. Almost as fast as Charlie:

Next year they hope to hit 70+ on the Nevada desert.



... is a little disappointed by the speed of sign-ups for her lifesaving courses. There was near two dozen hands raised at the Club Meeting last month but we have only received bookings from:

Sue Di, John Di, Mick K, Mark H, Graham D, Jo S, Vince H, Stuart G.

Did we miss you out or are you being a bit slow? Please reply asap to this newsletter with your phone & email contact details and preferred date (Saturday 16th or Sunday 17th November.

A reminder of the details and Tina ...

The training session is a 3.5 hour course that covers choking, management of an unconscious patient, signs, symptoms and treatment of heart attacks, recognition of cardiac arrest, basic life support (CPR) for adults and how to use a defibrillator.

I am also going to add a brief trauma session at the end. This will be an optional extra for anyone that wishes to stay but please be aware that there will be some graphic images so do not feel obligated to remain if it's not your thing!!  

This session will cover management of head & chest injuries and how to recognise and manage a catastrophic bleed. 

The training will take place at Croydon Ambulance Station, Primrose Lane, Shirley CR0 8YY. Initially there will be 2 sessions:
Saturday 16th November 09:30 - 1300
Sunday 17th November 1300 - 16:30

There is a maximum of 12 people per session and ride leaders will get preference in the first instance. 



Following the success of dividing the Tuesday Rides the last Club Meeting decided to do likewise with Sundays. There will now be a 'Speedy Sunday' and a 'Steady Sunday'. Not to mention the occasional 'Des Invitation' to get up to Speed (or Steady).

The 'Steadies' were supposed to start this Sunday but it clashes with TT-ing and an appaling weather forecast. Hence  they will begin Sunday week (13th).

Julia is the 'Sunday Steady' organiser and will be leading the first at 9am on the 13th to Denbies via Ranmore Common. She promises to have you home for lunch by 2pm. Stuart won't do that on November 3rd 'cos it's the traditional London-Brighton Veteran Car Chase (in slowmotion) but you can bail out at Crawley if the carbon monoxide and soot is getting to you.

Please put them in your diary. It also leaves you an opportunity to lead the 20th & 27th October rides. People did out up their hands at the meeting. Now is not the time for cold feet.

Please consider volunteering and if you haven't led a ride before or feel a little unsure we will guarantee you a wingman/woman so you don't have to worry about doing the wrong thing/going the wrong way.  Just sit back and enjoy giving back a little to the club.

Contact Julia direct or by replying to this email.



Thanks to Croydon Cycling Campaign for tipping us off about the Green Croydon Fund. Projects must take place in Croydon, and should deliver an environmental benefit linked to at least one of the following priority areas:

  • Environmental protection
  • Green living
  • Sustainable lifestyles
Cycling would nicely fit all three!

Outcomes should ideally include one or more of the following:
  • Reducing social isolation and creating a greater sense of community involvement
  • Creating an environment where our young people thrive and reach their full potential
  • Providing volunteering opportunities, particularly hard to reach groups
Put your thinking caps on if our club could be part of this. For example Croydon through Lunar House is the epicentre for refugees trying to get settled status in the UK. Until they get that they may not be allowed to work but have plenty of time on their hands and little to occupy them. I know of one group of Afghanies who kill time by cycling.

A chance to keep fit, explore our countryside and get to know the locals and accelerate their integration. There must be many more who benefit this if there were bikes and buddies available.




Saturday 28th September: As you can see - a hard ride and a message for you all at the end of a journey to Tanhouse Farm, Box Hill and The Jolly Farmers:



NB Tom V is not able to lead rides for the next month or so. Peter R need cover for his Tuesday 09:30 rides.

Saturday 5th October: Shurguard/501 Brighton Road 9.00am,. This week Pete S is off to Horne Golf club for tea. Out via Farthing Downs, Bletchingly and Outwood. Return via Crowhurst, Marden Park and the Zig Zag.  38 miles.

For those with a stronger disposition Stuart may be heading onwards after tea for a late lunch in the art deco decadence of the Hummingbird Cafe at Shoreham Airport. Back late so bring lights. Around 100 miles.

Sunday 6th October:  Speedy & Steady CANCELLED. Bad weather forecast. Slow is also CANCELLED as Des is off on holiday.

Tuesday 8th October:  Shurguard/501 Brighton Road. Ride to Knole Park
09:30 Early Leader: Tim S
10:00 Steady Leader: Stuart G
10:00 Relaxed Leader: John D

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



Just along the A25 from Bletchingley this road forks up to Tilburstow Hill. Not a nice address if you are a dogowner. Indeed the Hotel along the road appears to have changed its name to Raby's!



It was supposed to be the World Cycling Competition in Yorkshire last week. But it turned a tad soggy. Watch with amazement what happens when you mix speed and water:



Today's lunchtime  BBC Radio 4 Celebrating Speed programme is a delightful compedium of bicycle evelopment in the 1890s leading to Charie “Mile-a-Minute” Murphy's achievement. From the BBC website:

Sir Ian Blatchford and Dr Tilly Blyth continue their series exploring how art and science have inspired each other. They focus on responses to a new love of personalised transport and the thrilling exhilaration of speed brought about by the humble bicycle.

As Tilly reveals, the exquisite yet simple design of John Kemp Starley’s Rover Safety Bicycle ushered in the 1890s Golden Age of Bicycles – an affordable means of social mobility for all. For a new movement of Avant Garde artists – the Futurists – the energy and velocity of the humble bicycle came to symbolise Italy’s rapidly changing industrial, emotional and moral landscape.

Ian visits London's Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art to examine Umberto Boccioni’s Dynamism of a Cyclist, in which man and machine appear almost as one. The bicycle became star propaganda for the Futurists, whose manifesto set out to challenge traditional society and instil a new disruptive order amidst a future based on technological advance, new freedoms and the ever accelerating pace of modern life.

Catch up and listen to it again (14 mins) here:

Happy Cycling