News

6 August 2018

6 August 2018

Dear All

I’ve still had no response to my query about whether people not taking part in Jim’s Bath-Bristol expedition want to have a local ride on 2 September – always assuming anyone wants to offer one.   I’ll wait to see if anyone does – otherwise the September rides will be on 16th and 30th.   Any offers for any of them?

If you’re not too familiar with the cafe in Hove Park – the starting point for the next ride – check out the blog https://brightonandhoveclarion.wordpress.com where you will find a little map Graham that has supplied.

Jim tells me there are people who actually want to join us – and pay their subs(!) There is now just one way we do this – which is a lot easier than in the past. The link needed is the membership mojo at https://membermojo.co.uk/brightonandhove-clarion-cycling-club

BHF London to Brighton ride

I’ve recently received this message from Alan of London Clarion and their Bike Ride Team

In 2019 London Clarion have decided to enter a team for the British Heart Foundation London to Brighton ride. We already have a few signed up. I have just emailed Bob the details I wondered if you could let your other members know and tell them they would be more than welcome to join us. We will end up getting at least a dozen.

You can join their team via this link the registration link.

Alternatively, if the link does not work, your can search for the team name on the sign up form.

Best wishes

The London to Brighton Bike Ride Team

That sounds like a great idea – at least for the fitter and more energetic!

The Latest on Julian and Leon

I’ve spoken to both of them on the phone in the last few days. Julian is waiting for a brain scan this week and has, he feels, been able to make little progress since the last time I reported – but he remains hopeful. Leon is also coping and feels optimistic about the way his treatment is progressing. We are thinking of them both.

Ian

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News – 24 July 2018

25 July 2018

Dear All

I’m delighted to report that Graham has volunteered to take on a ride on 19th August. Thanks, Graham. Sikka also volunteered – just a bit too late. Perhaps one of the September rides?

So far I have had no response to my query about a possible alternative to Jim’s Bath-Bristol weekend on 2 September. If anyone would like to offer a local ride for that date please let me know.

You’ll see that I have added ride dates for the rest of the year in the ‘Future Rides’ grid.   Should help forward planning, I hope.

Reading Jim’s report on Sunday’s ride it struck me that we may have to consider providing some protection for him if it is read by any irate inhabitants of Hailsham. Praising Bebble’s Langos may not be enough to deflect their righteous anger!

The Latest on Julian

I phoned Julian to see how he was getting on. Like me you’ll be distressed to hear that after making some slow but steady progress when I last reported in this newsletter, things have not gone well – to put it mildly. He had another stroke on 8 July which has put his recovery back a long way.

And as if that wasn’t enough while shifting him from bed to trolley or vice versa the hospital porter managed to dislocate his shoulder. He’s been told this may result in a ‘frozen shoulder.’

Let’s hope for something better to report next time he appears in this newsletter.

Ian

 


News

16 July 2018

Dear All

This message from Leon is very worrying, but I know he is anxious that we don’t contact him with sympathetic messages. He knows, I’m sure that we all wish the best possible for him and are thinking of him.

Invisible Members

The warm weather has been so welcome over the last week or so and I hope you’ve been safely enjoying it while it lasts.

Some of our more senior members of the Brighton and Hove Clarion seem to be spending their Sundays relaxing or are unable to join the local group rides due to illness, unfortunately I’ve also become one of the invisible members. It is with great regret that I will need to remain unavailable to lead or ride for the unknown future. The reason; my cancer has returned and is being quite destructive. I will be back on Chemotherapy via a PICC line, a mobile device with a belt mounted pump. This, it is hoped, may slow the cancer’s progress, but not stop it unfortunately. My cancer has caused me to lose more body mass and the chemo will no doubt to that. So there we have it. It’s now fingers crosses that, who knows with some good fortune I may be able to attend a short ride sometime and be my usual grumpy self again.

Leon

I was really upset not take part in the ‘Round the World’ challenge. I had registered and fully intended to take part. My knee/leg problems of earlier in the year seemed to have gone away and I was even thinking I might offer a ride for 19 August.  Then I had a relapse and all that went out of the proverbial window.  I intensified my physio exercises and still hoped I’d be OK on the day – even put my cycling gear on when I got up that Sunday morning.  But it soon became evident that I wasn’t  up to it. But my sponsors all agreed to send the cash in, so the cause didn’t lose out Thanks, Roger, for doing a lap for me, (see below)

Ian

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The Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge – Sunday July 1st

Roger’s Report

What glorious weather! One of the hottest days of the year (so far!), but with a moderate breeze from the north. Perhaps not the conditions you would choose for a lengthy ride through the Sussex hills, or a (communal) attempt to cycle almost 70,000 laps of the Preston Park velodrome.

But it was the day of the Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge. So, plenty of cyclists donned their helmets (compulsory) and their lycra (optional) and their sun cream (sensible) to help raise funds for Brighton Housing Trust (BHT).

Clarion was well represented. Mick did the big one, the 58 mile “Living Coast” ride. It started at the velodrome, heading east to Newhaven, then Lewes. Wivelsfield Green, Hurstpierpoint, Bramber, Shoreham and back to Preston Park to receive a well-deserved medal.

Meanwhile Jim and Graeme did the 30 mile “Devil’s Dyke Loop”. This one headed north to Poynings, Fulking and Small Dole where it joined the 58 mile route for the ride through Shoreham (with its tempting train station) and the final stretch along the coast back into Brighton.

Meanwhile back at Preston Park Ann, Suzanne, Richard and myself (with moral support from Fred) were slogging round the velodrome helping to push the total number of laps towards the 69,215 target – allegedly the equivalent of the World’s circumference. Impressively, Graeme also added a few laps when he had completed his 30 mile route.

One of my 30 laps was for Ian who was all set to join us on the “Round the World ride” but had to drop out because of a continuing problem with his leg.

Of course, there was the group photo, taken in front of a shiny Brighton and Hove bus, displaying the club name on its route indicator!

A very enjoyable day full of good humour, good will and hopefully a useful boost to BHT’s fund-raising efforts.

 

Roger


29 June 2018

Dear All

We seem to have most of the summer covered now – except for 19 August.

You’ll see that there is a final appeal below from Roger for everyone who can to take part in the ‘Cycling Around the World’ event on 1 July. I’m not up to coming out on a regular Clarion ride at the moment – though I hope to get fit enough before too long. But I should be able to manage a circuit or two of the Preston Park track. Any of us could find ourselves in need of the sort of help First Base provides; it’s a really good cause. As that Phil Ochs song back in 1963 later made famous by Joan Baez has it – ‘There but for fortune goes you or I’

Latest on Julian – Wendy Reports
Jim and I visited Julian on Saturday, and were pleased to find him walking quite nimbly just with a walking stick. The physio had visited the previous day and really put him through his paces!  She got him to walk from his flat all the way to Hove Town Hall and back, which had left him rather tired.
 
During the conversation Julian mentioned how tiring it can be when he has to go for a hospital appointment as he relies on hospital transport, and the ambulance also collects other folk and drops them home, so he can be left waiting around. A recent trip meant that he was out for over 4 hours, which was quite an ordeal. It occurred to me that if he were to circulate an email advising of dates and times of appointments, Clarion folk with access to a car might be happy to offer Julian transport, thus also getting to spend some time with Julian, which as we know, is always a pleasure.  

I think that’s an excellent idea – wish I had thought of it! Since receiving Wendy’s message I’ve talked to Julian on the ‘phone and he’d welcome any offers of help. But he has no appointments due for some time at the moment so I can’t pass on anything in this newsletter. But if you can lend a hand in the way that Wendy has suggested, please email him at arkell@arkell.info

Ian

Cycle Challenge Sunday 1st July
Just a quick reminder that the “Round the World Challenge” is rapidly approaching. It involves completing as many (or as few) laps as you choose of the Preston Park Velodrome. All laps will be counted and if the total for all riders reaches 66,792 then we will all have jointly cycled a distance equivalent to the circumference of the World!

Even if we don’t reach that total (which may well be the case), we will hopefully have raised some funds through sponsorship for First Base, which is Brighton Housing Trust’s drop-in centre for street sleepers and others who are “vulnerably housed”.
You need to register to take part, which you can do here. If you can, why not join me and Suzanne at 12 noon, when we will be adding our few laps? The rules of the challenge say that you must wear a helmet!

If you can’t make it yourself, perhaps you could sponsor me or one of the other Clarion members taking part. Just let your chosen rider know the amount of your sponsorship (a fixed sum – not an amount per lap) and, if you’re a tax payer, give your address (including postcode) to add Gift Aid – at no extra cost. Or, your chosen rider may be using JustGiving (I’m not).
Hope to see you on 1st July!

Roger


News

14 June 2018

Dear All

I’m standing in for Ian this time around.

Congratulations to Graham, whose first ride as leader sounds as if it was much appreciated by those who took part. See Tessa’s report below.

And now some bad news – commiserations to Sue (Priest) who has broken her wrist ad is therefore not able to ride for some time. Sue was to have led the next ride, but clearly she won’t now be able to. So, unless someone else can offer something at this late stage, there will be no ride on 24 June.

Don’t forget the Cycle Challenge (details below). I have some sympathy with Jim’s decision not to ride repeatedly around a cycle track – I hope the country ride goes well. The advantage of the round the world ride for me is that you can give up whenever you’re ready, and still know that you’ve contributed just a bit to something much bigger.

Don’t forget that the main point of all the rides on 1st July is to raise money for good causes, whether it’s Brighton Housing Trust or, as Angela (D) has pointed out, Friends of the Earth. So everyone who is taking part in one of the rides on 1st July needs sponsors!

Enjoy the rest of the newsletter – and don’t miss the next instalment of Ian’s Clarion history at the end.

Roger

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Cycling round the world!

The circumference of the world is 40,075 km. That’s equivalent to 69,215 laps of the Preston Park velodrome.

So what?

Brighton Housing Trust (BHT) has issued a challenge to the cyclists of Brighton and Hove (and anywhere else). Let’s all cycle around the track until we’ve jointly done the equivalent of once round the world!

Why?

You guessed it – fund-raising, but it is for a very good cause. BHT runs First Base, a drop-in centre for rough sleepers and others with housing problems. It provides help with healthcare, training, learning and accommodation. Everyone is welcome and there are early morning sessions for rough sleepers. Last year 508 people were helped and 220 cases of homelessness prevented.

Guess what!

First Base needs funds. So, if you’d like to help, get yourself some sponsors and bring your bike to Preston Park on Sunday 1st July (not a Clarion ride day). In fact, how about a Clarion get-together at 12 noon?

The boring bit!

Click here to register (£15 fee) and print a sponsorship form or create a JustGiving page.

Other rides and charities are available

If riding round the World isn’t exciting enough for you, BHT is also raising money with two country rides on the same day (30 or 58 miles). Click here for details. Angela (D) has pointed out that you can also use these rides to raise money for Friends of the Earth as well.

Roger

 


News

30 May 2018

Dear All

My computer crashed at the end of last week and it’s only just been fixed. I think I’ve managed to catch up with replying to emails – but if anyone still hasn’t received a reply please get in touch again.

You’ll see that I’ve left Jim’s piece on the Bath-Bristol ride in September for at least a second time.

Poor (not so) old Simon Yates- but what a performance for someone barely in his mid-20s.

Clarion History
I ended my end-of-the-newsletter piece on Clarion history with an account of how I learned that the Cycling Club was still going decades after I assumed it had died out. This has inspired Bob to tell us about his first unexpected encounter with the CCC. And here it is:

Ian

If your Clarion riders at Bourne YH were indeed en route to Skegness, you are forgiven for being hazy about the year, as Easter Meet was at Skegness in each of the years 1971, 1972, 1977, 1981, 1987 and 1991.

My intro came at Easter 1996. I took the train to Llandudno with David and Jeane Lepper, for the Co-operative Party conference.
I had my bike with me, so as to ride back to Brighton after the conference.

From Llandudno railway station I was riding to the Co-op Party conference hotel when a weather beaten mature cyclist caught me up, then greeted me with

“Eh up, lad, off to Conference?” I concurred.

“Right, follow me, it’s this way.”

We went in the back entrance of a sea front hotel, into a large room full of bikes and riders. Cries of ‘Boots’ and ‘Spurs’ resounded.

I guessed I was NOT at the Co-op Party Conference; so enquired further, liked the explanation of a cycling club linked to socialism, and signed up to membership there and then.

I was dismayed to have to go on to the Co-op Party Conference, but I did sneak round to the Clarion Meet again over the weekend.

Bob

Message from Roger – Cycling round the world!
The circumference of the world is 40,075 km. That’s equivalent to 69,215 laps of the Preston Park velodrome.
So what?

Brighton Housing Trust (BHT) has issued a challenge to the cyclists of Brighton and Hove (and anywhere else). Let’s all cycle around the track until we’ve jointly done the equivalent of once round the world!

Why?
You guessed it – fund-raising, but it is for a very good cause. BHT runs First Base, a drop-in centre for rough sleepers and others with housing problems. It provides help with healthcare, training, learning and accommodation. Everyone is welcome and there are early morning sessions for rough sleepers. Last year 508 people were helped and 220 cases of homelessness prevented.

Guess what!
First Base needs funds. So, if you’d like to help, get yourself some sponsors and bring your bike to Preston Park on Sunday 1st July (not a Clarion ride day). In fact, how about a Clarion get-together at 12 noon?

The boring bit!
Click here to register (£15 fee) and print a sponsorship form or create a JustGiving page.

Other rides are available

If riding round the World isn’t exciting enough for you, BHT is also raising money with two country rides on the same day (30 or 58 miles). Click here for details.

Roger

Bath-Bristol Weekend Ride: 1-2 September 2018
The weekend of 1-2 September will feature two wonderful rides. On the Saturday we will repeat the ride from Bath to Bristol that we last did in 2012, with some additional options. The Bath-Bristol cycle path was one of the first dedicated cycle paths to be created in the UK, and the route abounds with information boards about the area’s rich history. The basic ride will be about 25 miles long, but there will be longer and shorter options; as we have all day, we can take it nice and slowly (stopping to read the information boards is mandatory!)

The Sunday will feature the amazing Two Tunnels Greenway from Bath to Midford, which opened the year after our last visit. The two refurbished, dimly-lit railway tunnels on the former Somerset & Dorset line (one a mile long) create a unique experience which it is difficult to convey adequately in words. We’ll return to Bath via the Kennet & Avon Canal towpath, which we used last time. The circular ride is about 16 miles long. Being on old railway lines, both rides are largely undulation-free.

So far, six of us have signed up for the weekend, but we would welcome more.

Most of us are staying in Bath Youth Hostel, but of course there are plenty of hotels in Bath if you don’t fancy the hostel. It will be necessary to travel to Bath on the Friday in order to leave enough time for the Saturday ride. The return journey can be on Sunday or Monday. (NB the hostel is unfortunately on a hill, so if you are seriously allergic to hills you might want to look elsewhere.)

Participants book their own accommodation; if you want to stay at the hostel, you will have to book soon as it is currently undergoing a partial rebuild and has fewer beds than usual. But do contact me first (j.r.grozier@btinternet.com) as there may be spare beds in rooms that have already been booked by members of our group.

Jim.


News

15 May 2018

Dear All

Even more summer rides are now spoken for – but 10 June is still vacant.  Anyone? We’ll need a ride for description for the next newsletter, after Jim’s ride, if there is going to be one.

I realise that not everyone who reads this newsletter is interested in cycling as a sport. But our friend Peter Roscoe might never forgive me if I failed to point out that Simon Yates, currently leading the Giro D’Italia, generally regarded as the second most important 3 week race after the Tour de France, began cycling – together with his twin brother Adam – in the Bury Clarion

Latest from Julian

I rang Julian yesterday to see how he’s getting on and whether he needed anything. He says he has lots of helpers and feels he is making progress albeit quite slowly. You can contact him via arkell@arkell.info

Proposed changes to the Highway Code

The following item in the current edition of Cycleclips rang a bell – or two:

Breaking bad habits

Is there any cyclist out there who hasn’t been passed too closely by an overtaking driver? Or been cut up by a left-turning vehicle? Or been ‘doored’ by a driver or passenger not looking behind them? These common acts of bad driving are very off-putting to experienced and budding cyclists alike, and we’re asking the Government to make some simple changes to The Highway Code to tackle them. Read more from our Campaigns Officer, Keir Gallagher, in the fourth blog of a series outlining some of the key proposals we’re making in our response to the Government’s review of cycling and pedestrian safety.

To find out what Cycling Uk is proposing by way of changes in the Highway Code go to Cycleclips on the  cyclinguk.org website.

Clarion History

As you may have noticed it’s a while since I included the feature I ran for several years ‘The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and Cycling in the 1890s’ in the newsletter. There are a number of reasons for this – I’ve been very busy with other things, I’m running short of material and for reasons I won’t bore you with it’s become more complicated to collect more.

Then I read the following in Jim’s email about Boots and Spurs – ‘Also there is the rich Clarion history that we have learned about from Ian – both the history of the cycling, and also the history of the wider Clarion movement.’   Well. I’ve done quite a bit on the cycling aspect – but not a great deal – in the newsletter – on the wider Clarion movement. So, encouraged by Jim, I’ll try to make amends.   I’m going to start this time with an account of how I came across both the paper and the cycling club. This will I hope, establish my ‘credentials’ for writing about all this.  Then next time – or, if not, sometime soon – I’ll give an account of how it came about that Blatchford started The Clarion at the end of 1891.

Ian

Bath-Bristol Weekend Ride: 1-2 September 2018

The weekend of 1-2 September will feature two wonderful rides. On the Saturday we will repeat the ride from Bath to Bristol that we last did in 2012, with some additional options. The Bath-Bristol cycle path was one of the first dedicated cycle paths to be created in the UK, and the route abounds with information boards about the area’s rich history. The basic ride will be about 25 miles long, but there will be longer and shorter options; as we have all day, we can take it nice and slowly (stopping to read the information boards is mandatory!)

The Sunday will feature the amazing Two Tunnels Greenway from Bath to Midford, which opened the year after our last visit. The two refurbished, dimly-lit railway tunnels on the former Somerset & Dorset line (one a mile long) create a unique experience which it is difficult to convey adequately in words. We’ll return to Bath via the Kennet & Avon Canal towpath, which we used last time. The circular ride is about 16 miles long. Being on old railway lines, both rides are largely undulation-free. If you need further convincing, take a look at the report from 2012. (Note that the tunnel pictured there is on the Bath-Bristol route – it’s not one of the Two Tunnels that we are doing this time).

So far, six of us have signed up for the weekend, but we would welcome more.

Most of us are staying in Bath Youth Hostel, but of course there are plenty of hotels in Bath if you don’t fancy the hostel. It will be necessary to travel to Bath on the Friday in order to leave enough time for the Saturday ride. The return journey can be on Sunday or Monday. (NB the hostel is unfortunately on a hill, so if you are seriously allergic to hills you might want to look elsewhere.)

Participants book their own accommodation; if you want to stay at the hostel, you will have to book soon as it is currently undergoing a partial rebuild and has fewer beds than usual. But do contact me first as there may be spare beds in rooms that have already been booked by members of our group.

Jim.