Fake News?

I've noticed that the Meridian Cycling Club (https://www.strava.com/clubs/121283) has two websites (https://meridiancyclingclub.co.uk/ and http://www.meridiancyclingclub.com/). Is one of them fake news?

The answer is that https://meridiancyclingclub.co.uk/ is not really a club, but is run by a disaffected ex-member.

However, it is surprising that the following words appear on the the breakaway website, but are not there on the official website (see http://www.meridiancyclingclub.com/about-us.html):

"Along with many other members of the section Ray and Barbara strongly believed that compulsory cycling insurance was a necessity when riding a bicycle on the road. Unfortunately there was little enthusiasm within the other sections throughout the club, so the proposal was defeated on a number of occasions at committee level.

During 2006 the matter had come to a head, so in a final attempt to secure insurance throughout the club the Southeast section attended the Forty Plus AGM in large numbers. The outcome was that we were able to secure the election of Sidney Schuman as the new Chair and David Sims as the new General Secretary of the club.

Although David Sims was able to obtain competitive quotations for members insurance it made little difference to the other groups attitude.

On the way home from a disruptive AGM during October 2007 the decision to breakaway form the Forty Plus and form our own club was taken at Charing Cross Railway Station by David Sims and Ray and Barbara Ransom.

The following Wednesday we were meeting at Polhill Garden Centre where we advised many of our members of our intentions, there was some resistance at first, but following a meeting at High Elms Golf Club the following week it was agreed that we would breakaway from the Forty Plus and form our new club. The clincher for many members was when Gerry Kemp spoke in favor of the proposal giving us his full support. The irony was that we had not been aware that Gerry had wanted to breakaway from the Forty Plus for a number of years."

Box Hill Ride Report - 30th Mar 2019

Doing a Southwark Healthy Ride to Dawson's Heights is great, but how many of the Southwark Healthy Riders realise that by cycling just 20 miles from Dulwich Clock Cafe, the typical distance covered by a Southwark Healthy Ride+, you can reach Box Hill?

But this is where the bike politics comes in. It appears that LCC, Cycling UK and British Cycling have formed a cartel, with the Cycling UK group Pollards Hill Cyclists having been shut down, handing a monopoly of group cycling in south London to British Cycling. It would be great if LCC could challenge by this by being a free-rider, but it's hard work persuading them to do this!

However, despite all of this politics, there were four of us on this ride to Box Hill. Interestingly, one of had been a member of Pollards Hill Cyclists, which used to do rides in the region we visited on this ride. In case you don't know, Pollards Hill Cyclists (http://pollardshillcyclists.org.uk/history.html) was a Cycling UK splinter group from Greenwich Cyclists that was formed by Mark Dawson, who fell out with Barry Mason because he was "fed up with pedalling 13 miles to Greenwich for rides with London Cycling Campaign or jumping onto trains out of town for CTC outings".

We cycled out via Crystal Palace, East Croydon, the Wandle Trail and Nonsuch Mansion, where we stopped for coffee. We then went along the Hogsmill River and through the wooded Epson Common. There is then an excellent segregated cycle path which took us to Denbies Wine Estate, where we had lunch in the conservatory resturant,

After lunch we climbed up Box Hill, which is relatively easy as there is a zig zag road which reduces the gradient. At the top two of us decided to repeat the climb and we then returnde to Epsom Downs, where one of us left to get the train home from Tottenham Corner. The remaining group then returned to Epson, Ewell, Nonsuch Park, Mitcham and Tootling, where the ride finished.

Relive 'Cyclists in Southwark 5th Saturday Ride to Box Hill'


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