The Bugle | Blast 409

Friday 25th October 2019

President's Edition




“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.” — John F. Kennedy

“When you ride a bike and you get your heart rate up and you’re out, after 30 or 40 minutes your mind tends to expand; it tends to relax.” — George W. Bush

“I hope that with a little maturity, with a little time, and with a little effort, the Tour de Trump will be equivalent of Tour de France” -- Mr. Trump in a 1989 interview for NBC where he expressed beliefs that he hardly saw himself as a politician



President Meike - of course. Congratulations on your 80th birthday last Monday. No longer cycling but instead inspiring others through leading the club and by example of those great Turnbull Tours with John:


Viv turnned up for the Tuesday ride sporting a spanking new steed. The Boardman SLR stands for Super Light Roadbikes - and it ceratinly was. It might well have floated off on iits own without that water bottle. More about Boardman's SLR range here:

And yes there was a President's bike brand. It belonged to the German/Austrian Daimler/Puch/Steyr group. Here's their headset badge:

More on this battered bike here:



A young Ronald Regan ...

Finally Barack Obama pulling ... ???
More here:


President Trump's breakthrough was chairing The (American) Apprentice.  Meanwhile our more civilized chair this week hosted an edition where the challenge was selling e-bikes. And sell they did with all sales records smashed. Watch it for yourself on iPlayer for the next three weeks here: 
(Thanks TomTom for the tip but is E.Fit really a good brand idea ;-)

... and Bill Clinton indoors ...



And another from TomTom who isn't our speediest cyclist but only because he hasn't met one of these on a Tuesday Ride (click image for link and keep the sound on).: 



Some 15 years ago I read a short notation, written at least 80 years ago in our club history. It just said:

Two keen clubmen, the brothers G.L and O.J Hopkins, left in 1906 for the wilds of Canada. They subsequently started a little town there and induced the Government to provide a post office and to call the place Anerley, so we are on the map in two places!”

Intrigued, I did a bit of Googling, which was the start of a long journey into the wild west. A journey which, due to the wonders of the internet and Anerley B.C’s place on the world wide web, is still continuing.

This week our club received an email from Canada, which said:

Subject: Anerley, Saskatchewan
Dear Anerley Bicycle Club,
I was wondering if you might be able to put me in touch with someone there named Des, who it seems authored your website's story "A Call From the Wild". 
It seems Des has been in touch with a Jim and Karen Hopkins, of Saskatchewan, who are ancestors of Oswald James Hopkins.  I'm doing research on the history of Anerley, Saskatchewan and would like to know more about O.J. Hopkins.
Thanks for your time.
Ryan Higgitt

So perhaps I should enlighten all you Bugle readers, on how my journey, following the wheel tracks of the two Hopkins brothers back in 1906, evolved.
But why not read it for yourselves at


Saturday Short 19th October: Three desert the extravagance of the NT Chartwell Cafe for the value of  Oxted's Weatherspoons:

Saturday Long 19th October: Two to Cambridge & back:

Tuesday Relaxed 22nd October: Rusper via this pass in Mallorca? Really? Follow Des here:

Tuesday Steady 22nd October: Sally forth to Rusper by more conventional means to meet up with everybody:



First a story from John D about our President and her friend.

One Sunday, as the Club were leaving the Elevenses tea stop, Meike (and John) arrived on their bikes and very indignantly reprimanded the Club for having departed the Purley start without them!  The truth then dawned when the Club asked whether they had perhaps forgotten to put their clocks back?  [A timely reminder for this Sunday!]

Saturday 26th October: First there is the rugby which will finish around 11am and then the rain comes in with avengence from 12 onwards so our off road plans are cancelled and will be moved to next week.

Sunday 27th October: NB LATER STARTS
Speedy: 10:00 Shurguard/501 Brighton Road. Mark leads to Tully's Farm.
Steady: 10:00 Shurguard/501 Brighton Road. Bob G to High Elms (to be confirmed)

Tuesday 29th October:  Shurguard/501 Brighton Road. Ride 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 31st October Speedy: Meet Shurguard at 10:00 am. 
Destination: tba 
Thursday 31st October Ride to Remain in Europe for an extra day: Has been postponed again by the EU Council of Ministers (apparently). Good or bad news?

ADVANCE NOTICE: Sunday November 3rd. Veteren Car Chase to Brighton (or just Crawley). Start will be early and weather dependent.



If you are a bloke and fed up with the abuse you receive on the road - you should read this and count yourself lucky:



Not a President - but a Royal Family and not a Range Rover in sight. How they do it in Holland. No helmets and no abuse ... 

Happy Cycling