News, updates & trivia
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The News items that are below date back some time - there's been little added since 2012. That's not to say nothing has happened - the website has been live and seeing thousands of visitors - it's just that I've not got round to adding news etc.
I've reinstated the old news items just for interest, if there is any.
[The previous version of the software automatically added a little date icon when articles were published - I'll try and get that to work going forward]
All of a sudden it's nearly the end of June ... although the weather suggests otherwise! Lots of riders on the road and listed in the calendar, for some reason there's about a week in mid-August when nothing is listed - other than that the days have been filled from the start of April to the end of September.
If you are riding this year do please add your ride dates ... and send your Journal to list on the website ... the statistics are showing massive numbers of hits and on Journals as riders look for ideas, routes, experiences etc.
I've just been on our "Boys' Outing" ... eight of us went to Northern France and Belgium for a week: managing to visit a WW2 rocket launching site (Eperleques), a canal boat lift (St Omer) and lots of WW1 trenches, cemeteries etc - and staying 3 nights in Ypres/Iepr. Lots of fun, lots of beer - but only about 250 miles of cycling. The cycle faciliteis and signing in Belgium were a revelation - superb! [There'll be a report on our cycling club website soon - with pictures - I'll publish a link in the News when it's live]
And finally, I must mention the Eurotunnel Bike Service* - excellent : it's a mini-bus and trailer that takes 8 people and their bikes - they load it up, riders sit in the mini-bus and it goes on le Shuttle through the tunnel in 35 minutes ... and great value at £32 per person return.
* If you've read our Wine-ding Down Through France report you'll know that we should have used the service September 2008 but the tunnel caught fire as we were on the train from London to Folkestone!
After all those long winter evenings spent planning (and possibly agonising over) routes the End-to-End cycling season has started in earnest with lots of rides listed on the site's calendar - from now until October there are very few days when there's no ride listed.
When you ride do pleases think about sending a Journal to the site - new riders use the resource to plan their rides .... and don't forget to send your listings for accommodation, cycle shops etc ... and anything else that you think may help future riders : it'll all be added to the site to continue to compile what appears to be the definitive resource for the UK's greatest cycle-touring challenge.
.... and as a reminder of your ride why not treat yourself to one of the special edition E2E cycle jerseys (see the SHOP link)
So, the holidays have passed and we're into the season of diets and planning End-to-End rides . . . I've seen a sudden spike in the number of website hits and people ordering the Route Pack, the JOGLE & LEJOG CDs as well as a few seasoned End-to-Enders that have ordered the book and are planning to tackle the ride, Wine-ding Down Through France.
My own cycling activity for 2012 is starting to look exciting : firm plans to ride with the club EVERY Wednesday, and hopefully every Sunday too ... a Boys' Outing to the WWI museums and trenches etc in France & Belgium in June - not forgetting organising the MacRide and Shakespeare 100 fund-raisers [see www.macride-events.org.uk for details of these great rides]
PS : Don't forget that the very special offer is still open for the superb Telegraph Road E2E cycling jersey
All of a sudden it's December and yet another year has flown by . . . with lots of riders having enjoyed (hopefully) an End-to-End ride - the season seems to start around late March and continue into October.
The website is getting high volumes of hits, which is good, but I'd really like to see more Journals to list ... and to help would-be riders, The Directory feature for accommodation, cycle shops, tea rooms etc needs YOUR input - please take a moment to send the details (there's an online form) for places you have used.
I'll probably not be writing anything more before the end of the year - so have a great holiday season, and if you're planning YOUR BIG RIDE for 2012 don't forget to look at the mass of resource here on the Cycle : End-to-End website
... and finally, a big thank you to everyone that has contributed their ride dates, journals, directory suggestions . .. and made a financial contribution with a donation or purchase of the books, CDs and route pack.
PS : I do this as a hobby, and to put something back into cycling ... my other obsession is running the MacRide series of cycle events - see www.macride-events.org.uk for some great rides, raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Just 2 days, but a different ride - about 100 miles from Windsor - Stratford-upon-Avon, fully-supported with overnight B&B accommodation included.
Starting at Stratford-upon-Avon riders will be taken by coach to Windsor with bikes carefully packed in a van (or go straight to Windsor) - set off with a led ride through Windsor Great Park before the real start at the Eton bridge ... and then at your own pace for the rest of the ride.
All the details and online entry at www.macride-tour.org.uk
Rob, the webmaster (and MacRide Events organiser)
The MacRide Events, which I organised as a volunter, ran from 2005 - 2016, raising over £800,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support
Today sees the last day of the last ride listed on the Ride Calendar for 2011 - I'll be doing some analysis to publish statistics and tivia here later in the autumn.
If you have ridden the E2E in 2011 do please : send your Journal/Blog to publish; join the Roll of Honour; send any recommendations for entries in The Directory
... and if you plan to ride in 2012, do send your dates for the Ride Calendar.
The online survey is still live - please do take a few minutes to complete it for your ride ... the statistics will be published to help and encourage others to take on the fantatstic End-to-End ride.
Picture : December 2010 from my office window in Stratford-upon-Avon ... hopefully not as much snow to restrict cycling this winter!
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