17 April 2018

Dear All

You’ll see that I have now added the agreed ride dates for June, July and August to the ‘Future Rides’ grid. Clearly it will be necessary for anyone planning a ride to check train availability nearer the time.

Latest from Julian

I phoned Julian at the weekend to get an update.

He is making slow progress; he is to have hospital visits soon for an MRI brain scan, and probably also for his left shoulder and arm, and assessments of his stroke and neurological condition.  Only then may he be given an overall diagnosis and hopefully a prognosis.

I believe Wendy is planning to visit him later in the week. You can contact him via

Message from Mick

Those of you who were at the AGM will know that Bob Harber gave me a book by my professional cycling namesake – Michael Barry. It is a fascinating insight into the less than glamorous life of a professional cyclist who while racing for Lance Armstrong’s US Postal Service team got dragged into doping. He also raced for Sky  with Brad and Cav. If you would like to read it let me know.

From Becky at Bricycles

The Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge, July 1st  Last year a number of Bricycles members helped marshal the Mayor’s Charity Bike Ride. This event is being run again this year as the “Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge” on July 1st .

Can anyone spare 2 – 3 hours (or more) to marshal? The organisers would be very grateful and so would Bricycles because this year Bricycles would receive £10 for every marshal who is a Bricycles member! Ideally, marshals would be able to independently get to the allocated marshalling point.

If you would like to marshal or if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch withChris Todd Mob: 07889 302229 Otherwise you might like to ride and raise funds for homelessness! Event on Facebook <>

 And – just to remind you again– from Jim

 Please let Jim know if you are planning to come on the ride on 29 April. The pub is very busy and would like to know approximate numbers in advance.”




3 April 2018

Dear All

The weather stayed reasonable for once. Excellent turnout for David’s ride. Sikka and Tessa have taken on the next ride on 15th April but have had to change the route because of a late alteration in the train availability on the day. Wendy and Jim will take on 29 April, Any offers for May? I’ve tried to check train availability but on the national rail enquiry website it says that there is no confirmation of engineering works for the May dates. So if you’re planning a ride make sure to check nearer the time.

Losing People on Rides
I feel more than a bit of a fraud writing this. Since I started to have real leg problems in the middle of last year I haven’t been able to contemplate coming out on a ride – let alone leading one. And it’s got a lot worse in the last few weeks so that sometimes I have been hardly able to walk – let alone ride the bike. I’m having physio for the problem and hope that I’ll be able to think about becoming active again later in the year.

But chatting after the AGM the other week, several people mentioned that there had been quite a few incidents on recent rides where people got left behind or lost. So it seems appropriate to rehearse again how in earlier days we managed – usually – to avoid this. Basically, we had 3 rules.

Rule One. As ride leader try to adjust the pace to the speed of the slowest rider. This isn’t always that easy in practice, so therefore something else is needed.

Rule Two Stop at every junction where the route takes a turn and wait for everyone to catch up. When there were only a handful of people on the ride it was always easy to see that everyone was there – but it became difficult with greater numbers. Hence;

Rule Three. Get someone to act as ‘back marker’ who makes sure to ride at the rear of the group. That way the leader can quickly see that everyone is still there. But this only works if the back-stop is really careful to make sure they are the last rider.

If you’re a Cycling UK member you may have seen this from the current Cycleclips. Even though I’ve not been riding much recently I’ve certainly noticed plenty of potholes and rough bits of road around our area. But the following was new to me.
We’ve recently discovered that potholes have cost 156 local authorities £43.3 million in compensation claims alone in the last five years, with the average motorist receiving £841.26 per successful claim, and the average cyclist £10,963.15. But there’s a human cost too, particularly for cyclists, who are far more likely to be injured; time spent home from work, the emotional and physical toll of what happened, and the fear of getting back out on the road. What’s the answer? We say fix it first – before investing new roads.

Couldn’t agree more.


Message from Sean – David Eales Memorial Amsterdam Ride
The David Eales memorial annual ride is in support of a charity which was set up by his family and friends when he passed in 2015. This will be the third outing and I am seeking support from the comrades in my new hometown of Brighton&Hove. Please let me know if you intend to join me in this venture

I knew David Eales for a number of years before his untimely death in 2015 through a rare and mysterious condition. He was the heart and soul of the cycling community in West London who set up the Ealing! London Bike Hubs which promoted safe cycling and cycle maintenance classes for all. This included work with charities, deprived communities, young offenders and ex-service personnel. Which through his efforts skilled those people into new employment opportunities. This ride via London – Dover -Dunkirk – Amsterdam is a celebration in his memory and also to raise charitable funds in support of the dedicated charity set up by his wife and family, the SJS awareness foundation. Moreover the ride will be memorable and extremely enjoyable. Below are the dates and main route information from the organisers. For more details see

The core of the ride begins at Dover on the evening of Friday, 14 September 2018. We’ll all ride from the ferry terminal at Dunkerque to a large hostel complex near the port. Arrival in Amsterdam is scheduled for the afternoon of Tuesday, 18 September.

Those who have opted for the extended ride will leave London before dawn on Thursday, 13 September.

This means that, assuming you don’t currently work weekends, you should apply for 17-18 September off work, and also 13-14 September if you want to ride the UK segment.

Think about time off to pad for late arrival or a short stay to enjoy Amsterdam after you arrive!


And a Message from Jim

I have been looking at possible dates for our Bath/Bristol weekend. It will involve staying three nights (Fri/Sat/Sun) and there will be two rides – one from Bath to Bristol along the well-known Sustrans cycle path, and one along the “Two Tunnels” route that runs southwards from Bath, then back alongside the canal.

I will do a detailed practice ride in a few weeks, but for now the important thing is for you to book your accommodation. I’m assuming at least some of us will want to stay at Bath youth hostel, as before, and that requires booking pretty soon, as otherwise it might get booked up.

The best weekend to go for, on the basis of the availability of the youth hostel, is Friday 31st August to Monday 3rd September.
I am aware that some of you will not want to stay in the hostel, but you should be able to find a hotel in town, though I can’t guarantee that it will be cheap! For those who don’t mind hostels as such but don’t want to stay in a dormitory with strangers, there are private rooms available, with 2, 4 or 6 single beds. These private rooms are all in the main building, well away from the annexe, which, as you’ll know if you’ve stayed there before, can get noisy. So you might want to team up with someone and go for one of those. (The Google Group may be useful for making such arrangements if you are in it.) They have 3 private rooms of each size, but it’s not possible to work out from the website how many of these are already booked. You can book online at

Travelling by train to Bath is easy – there are two direct trains per day from Brighton and Hove, and an hourly service is available by changing at Portsmouth. By travelling on Friday and Monday, we should avoid any engineering works.

If you are planning to take part in this weekend ride, please let me know ( It will go ahead regardless of how many people sign up, but it would still be good to know how many will be going.



21 March 2018

Dear All

Well, once again we have been defeated by the weather. I’m sure that Angela and Wendy did the right thing in cancelling today’s ride and I hope they will be able to offer it again at a later date.

The weather is most peculiar at the moment. Sue and I arrived in Vienna just at the beginning of last week when there was still little lumps of frozen snow and grit all over the pavement but a couple of days later we were sitting outside a café enjoying the sunshine. I do seem to remember – I think from Simone de Beauvoir’s novel The Mandarins which I read many decades ago – that as the Second World War ended early in May 1945 it was snowing in Paris. So freak late winter weather is not unprecedented, it seems.

Let’s hope that it will keep away on 15 and 29 April. It’s possible that I or Roger have already had offers for one or both of these dates. If so, please forgive me for losing track and let me know again. If not – anyone wish to take either date on?

Julian tells me his recovery looks like taking a long while. We wish him the best possible. He can be reached via

2018 AGM
Just to remind you that the 2018 AGM will be on this Wednesday at 31 Bristol Gate, Brighton starting at 8 p.m.

Here, once again are Mick’s directions for getting there. He adds that parking restrictions stop at 8 pm

“Bristol Gate is the road that leads up to A&E. If you carry on past A&E, bear right and we are the last house on the north side of the road. So any bus going to the RSCH will work. As for parking this is usually very difficult to impossible, although at that time of night may be OK but perhaps best to park in Manor Road and walk up the twitten between Manor Road which runs westwards on the south side of the Manor Road Gym, past the scout hut and we are the first house on the right. One car can park in our driveway. Bikes can go in the garage.”

Sad News
I have just learned of the death of Denis Pye author of Fellowship is Life. The National Clarion Cycling Club 1895-1995 which, in less than 100 pages, gives a lively and well-illustrated account of the first century of the Clarion CC.


News and AGM

7 March 2018

Dear All

Ian is away so I am looking after this newsletter.

It’s never an easy decision to cancel a ride, but I’m sure it was sensible of Sikka and Tessa to do so last Sunday. Let’s hope they are able to re-instate it soon.

Our next ride will be led by Angela D and Wendy. Let’s hope the current spring-like weather is still around on the 18th.

Roger (

Messages from Ian:
Any offers for the April rides – especially the April Fool Day one?

Julian is now home and continuing his recuperation. He can be reached via

2018 AGM
As previously announced, the 2018 AGM will be on Wednesday 21 March at 31 Bristol Gate, Brighton starting at 8 p.m. I’ll send out the agenda (let me know if there’s anything you want to include) and the rest of the necessary papers when I return from holiday a week before the meeting.

Here’s Mick’s directions for getting there again. He adds that parking restrictions stop at 8 pm:

“Bristol Gate is the road that leads up to A&E. If you carry on past A&E, bear right and we are the last house on the north side of the road. So any bus going to the RSCH will work. As for parking this is usually very difficult to impossible, although at that time of night may be OK but perhaps best to park in Manor Road and walk up the twitten between Manor Road which runs westwards on the south side of the Manor Road Gym past the scout hut and we are the first house on the right. One car can park in our driveway. Bikes can go in the garage.”

Easter Meet
Ian Clarke has sent us a correction to the earlier messages already circulated:

My mistake, the venue of the National Clarion Annual Conference is not at the main hotel, but at Hadleigh Park:

10 am Conference (AGM) at Hadleigh Park  Essex, SS7 2PP

Please ensure your delegates are informed of this important bit of information.

News about Cycling UK campaigns – see also letter to Joyce below

Dear Ian,
Cycling UK has a long history of campaigning for cycling – not just in cities and towns, but also off-road and on road in the countryside. Following this tradition, we’ve written up our vision of what cycling beyond the Green Belt could be like in future, and we’re hoping you’ll help us bring it to life (see Headlines).

Obviously, we don’t want to see our options shrinking anywhere so, if you haven’t already, please add your voice to the thousands protesting against an outright cycling ban on a stretch of the A63 near Hull (Headlines/Act now).

Also, as we’re determined to get the best out of the rail scheme HS2, we have just petitioned against the Parliamentary Bill for Phase 2a (as we did for Phase 1). We need the infrastructure to be ‘cycle-proofed’ and construction work to keep cyclists safe (Other stories).

Amongst all the multitude of other news this month, we’re particularly pleased to report that the Department for Transport has funded our Big Bike Revival for another year – keep watch on our website for more! (Headlines).

Cherry Allan, Campaign News Editor


Message from Joyce who has received the following letter

Dear Joyce,
Ever since our foundation in 1878, we have fought tooth and nail to acquire and maintain the right for cyclists to use the highway. Now in our 140th year, we’re still fighting.

This time it’s Highways England who are seeking an order banning cyclists from a road, the A63 near Hull. The reason: cyclists can’t keep up with the motor traffic!

Cycling UK needs your help to put an end to this ill thought out proposal.

Let’s not kid ourselves, the A63 is not a road most of us would choose to ride on for pleasure, but that’s not the point. It might be the A63 this time, but if cyclists are banned from this road because they’re too slow, where will it end? It could be a road near you next!

At Cycling UK, we’re worried this will be the thin end of the wedge – that’s why we need your support. We have already submitted a detailed response to Highways England’s proposals, but we need them to realise just how many other people oppose their plans.

Highways England are not accepting objections sent by email, so we’ve made it really easy for anyone to object.  All you need to do is head to our website, fill in the required details, click “next” and you’ll be taken to a template submission which also allows you to add your own views. We will then print off your objection and deliver it along with our final response to Highways England on the consultation deadline of 12 March – by bike of course!

Over 4,000 people have already sent us their objections, but we need as many as we can get to make it clear to Highways England, and anyone else who thinks about banning cycling, that cyclists Say No to No Cycling.

Take action now!
Many thanks for your support.
Yours sincerely,
Paul Tuohy, Chief Executive Cycling UK


20 February 2018

Dear All

Ian is away so I am looking after this newsletter and the next.

Jim was planning to lead the next ride (from Hastings) on 4 March but now finds that he can’t do it. Many thanks to Tessa and Sikka who have stepped into the breach with a different ride (see below).

Roger (

Two messages from Ian:

Sue and I went to see Julian at Sussex County at the beginning of last week and I’m pleased to report he is making some progress – albeit slowly – in getting back some use in his left side and is finding the physio helpful. He asked us to pass on thanks to all who have sent him best wishes. He’s still in the Donald Hall Ward in the Barry Building but best to check his location by email ( before going.

2018 AGM
I have consulted Anne and Mick who are hosting the AGM this year and we have finally settled on Wednesday 21 March. So this is to give formal notice that the AGM of the Brighton and Hove Clarion Cycling Club will take place at 31 Bristol Gate, Brighton starting at 8 p.m.

I have consulted Mick about how to get there and this is what he says, “Bristol Gate is the road that leads up to A&E. If you carry on past A&E, bear right and we are the last house on the north side of the road. So any bus going to the RSCH will work. As for parking this is usually very difficult to impossible, although at that time of night may be OK but perhaps best to park in Manor Road and walk up the twitten between Manor Road which runs westwards on the south side of the Manor Road Gym past the scout hut and we are the first house on the right. One car can park in our driveway. Bikes can go in the garage.”

I will of course repeat all this nearer the time and send out the agenda etc a week or two before the meeting. Let me know if there is anything you would like to include.


And a message from Tessa:
I am looking for a second-hand Frog 55 bicycle with 20” wheels for my granddaughter. Does anyone know which bike shops in Brighton stock a good supply of children’s bikes?

If so, please email me
Thank you


6 February 2018

Dear All

I am going to be away for the planned dates of the next two newsletters. (I’ll be home in between them!). So, if you are reporting on the next ride (18th Feb – Sikka and Tessa) or 4 March – assuming it is claimed by someone – please send your report to Roger who will be sending out the newsletters. He is at I will try to send out a reminder about this just before each of the rides.

The same applies, of course, to anything else you want in the newsletter. Contributions are always welcome!

Jim has volunteered again – provisionally – to lead the ride on 18 March but needs to check the details. So we now need an offer for 4 March

Sue and I went to see Julian at Sussex County last week and I visited him again earlier this afternoon. It looks like he will still be in hospital for some time – though we all hope not too long. The perenial NHS shortages aren’t helping. He emailed me on Sunday saying ‘Full diagnosis awaits further MRI and X-rays… needing much more physio as staff shortages have caused many days with none.’

He’s now in the Donald Hall War in the Barry Building but best to check his location by email before going to see him.

2018 AGM
I have consulted Anne and Mick who are hosting the AGM this year and we have provisionally settled on Tuesday 20 March. However, it could be moved to the following day – Wed 21st – so I anyone has a regular commitment on Tuesdays please let me know by next week. I will confirm the date in the next newsletter.



29 January 2018

27 January 2018

Dear All

A much shorter newsletter than usual – partly because there’s no ‘last ride’ report since Tessa and Sikka had to cancel (but see below) and because I’ve been waiting for Jim – who stepped in at the last moment – to be able to confirm his ride for 4 February  (see below)

Also partly because it’s my birthday today (77 since you ask) and I’m under strict instruction not to wear myself out!

Tessa and Sikka have rescheduled for 18 Feb so now we are looking for offers for March.


Tessa and Sikka went to Eastbourne Hospital last Sunday to see Julian. Since then I’ve been in touch with him by phone and email and Sue and I are hoping to visit him sometime during the coming week.  He says ‘Quite a long rehab needed’ so he’s likely to be in hospital for a while.  He was moved in the middle of the week to the Solomon Ward, Barry Building, Royal Sussex County.

Easter Meet (1)

First a reminder from Ian Clarke. Nominations have to be in by 9th February.  So far  we are nominating only Bob for Standing Orders Secretary.  If anyone wants to suggest others please let me know in good time


Whilst some of our officers are still willing to stand for re-election, you still have the option to nominate alternative candidates for these posts, including the National committee (and National secretary).

However, we do have some clear vacancies with no current person in that office. It is essential for the Clarion to continue as you know it, that we find volunteers for these important roles:


Expected to be the chairman at three committee meetings (usually held centrally in the UK) and the annual conference at Easter. This is an important role that helps ensure that the constitution, democracy and fairness are held up and that all relevant views are heard. David Bisset has done a perfect job of this role, but will not be standing for re-election.

Membership secretary

With the completed roll-out of the Clarion-wide online membership system, this roll has completely changed in the last 18 months. We now need a person with strong computer literacy skills and good diligence to oversee the support and administration that section membership secretaries need. This is quite an impressive role that would look good on anyone’s CV.

Boots and Spurs editor  

It would be hard not to be proud of yourself, if you were the person behind this fabulous and award winning magazine. Well, we are all proud of Matthew Ball, but now we need someone else to take on the magazine otherwise it will not carry on. We need a creative, organised and dynamic person to pull together all content and images, and lay them out in an impressive magazine, and then pass it over to the printer. (the printer is already in place, and they organise the mail merge)

I ask everyone who receives this email, to consider carefully who could be suitable candidates for these roles.

Easter Meet: A message from Alan Kiddle

I just wanted to draw to your attention that one of Tom Grooms relatives will be officially opening the Easter Meet this year. Purely by coincidence they live close to Southend and made contact as they were researching their family history and suddenly saw that we were holding the Easter Meet in Southend! Alex and I and the rest of London Clarion are really hoping that you and other members of B&H will be able to attend Easter this year as it’s the first time it’s been in the South for many years.Tom Groom was of course, more than any other individual, the founder of the Clarion Cycling clubs back in the 1890s. Later he had a weekly column in the paper with the rather modern-sounding title Cyclorama and is today commemorated every year with the Tom Groom trophy awarded to the section which has “given the most meritorious service to the National Club”.(see some early entries in the ‘history’ section for more details)