The Bugle | Blast 420

Friday 10th January 2020
Geriatric Edition





“Age and treachery will overcome youth and skill” - Fausto Coppi



Another record - the first cyclist to get our weekly accolade for a third time and, hopefully, not the last. Born in 1911 when the Anerley was only 30 years old and looked like this:

Frenchman Robert Marchand rode his first bike race more than 90 years ago under a false name because he was too young to enter – set a 105+ age group Hour Record created specially for him by the UCI, riding 22.547 kilometres  when he supposedly 'retired'. Since then he has continued setting records every year - and a couple of months ago pictured above doing a 20km to celebrate his 108th birthday.

Robert is slowing up a bit but an example to those of us who are trying to go faster or further - that our greatest reward might be simply to go on cycling longer. Way to go Des!

More info:



Meanwhile in 1911 at the Peugeot factory in Sochaux this rather elegant steed was built. It is supposed to be all original except for the tyres. That front oil lamp is mighty impressive if, as mentioned several times in the original Anerley Gazettes, not a totally reliable technology.

Peugeot has an illustrious racing history having been founded one year after the Anerley in 1882:




Surrey County Council (SCC) has launched a public consultation over whether it should continue to host events forming part of the UK’s biggest annual cycling event, Prudential RideLondon.

The current agreement for the county to host the event expires this year, and the consultation will help the council decide whether to continue to stage it during the following five years.


The races do mean closed roads and inconvenience for the inhabitants of several of Surrey Hill's villages and some are sure to make their feelings known. However, there is also a lot of support. To make sure Surrey CC get a balanced view do check out Surrey CC's page:

Should The Anerley as a club express a view? Maybe we can get Tom V to consolidate our views on behalf of the club.



Saturday 4th January: Six to Horne and a bit of a hiatus on the Haxted Road. One down but not out:



Saturday 11th January: 10am Shurguard, 501 Brighton Road
Short Ride: to Oxted for tea returning by Marden Park 25 miles
Longer Ride: to the Pond cafe Otford 45 miles
Both start together as far the Pilgrim's Way

Sunday 12th January: 10am Shurguard/501 Brighton Road
Speedies: Mark to Lullingstone Country Park
Steadies: Peter R to the Bluebell Cafe in East Grinstead
Relaxed: Des D to the Bluebell Cafe in East Grinstead

Tuesday 14th January: Shurguard/501 Brighton Road
All rides to Holwood Farm, Keston:
Speedies: 09:30: Leader Tom V
Steadies: 10:00: Leader Peter R
Relaxed: 10:00: Leader John D

Thursday 16th January Meet Shurguard at 10:00 am. 
Speedy: tba

The Fridays have launched their 2020 Night Ride Programme (including some day/week long tours). Have a look and if you  want to extend your riding in that direction. Don't be surprised if you bump into an Anerley rider. Hint - he likely to be at the back!



Is the ice cap melting or did the road namer get confused in Keston? Thanks, Des.



I wouldn't give this guy a close pass -
Today is Rod Stewart's 75th birthday. Sock it to 'em Rod. Ooops he did just that last week:

For those of you too young to remember he came to fame as the singer in The Jeff Beck Group and the The Small Faces back in the 60s. However, his greatest and funniest video wasn't made by him but by the unforgettable and unforgiveable Kenny Everett. Enjoy:

Happy Cycling