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Cranleigh kit cropped.jpgCranleigh Cycling Club

Inspired by London 2012 and the Tour of Britain 2012, Cranleigh Cycling Club is a friendly and approachable club with a healthy membership.

Our aim is to offer a cycling club that promotes fun, safety, bike etiquette and personal development.

Regular organised rides, catering for all abilities, start from local venues on both Saturdays (Smithbrook Kilns, GU6 8JJ - please contact Beyond Mountain Bikes for latest ride update as they can be quite lively!) and Sundays (Cranleigh Leisure Centre, GU6 8AF), and explore the best cycling roads in the south. We also take advantage of some of the most envied off-road riding in the country and offer mountain bike rides on the last Sunday of the month. (cont below..)

Memorial Rides - Sunday 24th May 2015

Cranleigh Cycling Club is hosting it's second fund raising reliability ride event in memory of Finlay Marriott. This follows our hugley succesuul inaugeral event in 2014. 

Some of you will know Chris Marriott, who was a founder and committee member of Cranleigh Cycling Club. His 9-year old son, Finlay Marriott, tragically died in January 2014, from a rare and inoperable form of brain tumour, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). Through Finlay's Fighters, the group that Chris and his wife, Jude, set up in Finlay’s honour, over £100,000 has so far been raised to fund research, care and treatment via the DIPG charity Abbie's Army and The Royal Marsden Children's Unit. Although DIPG is, in Finlay's doctor's words "the worst possible tumour in the worst possible place", it gets less attention than it should as only 40 children each year are diagnosed in the UK. As a consequence, research into effective treatment is desperately under funded. There is currently no hope for children with DIPG; the typical life expectancy from diagnosis is just 12 months. Finlay's Fighters has done a huge amount over the past year to raise money and help make a difference. With your help we can continue to do so. Last year the club’s reliability ride raised over £1100 for the British Heart Foundation and this year, all proceeds from the ride will be donated to Finlay’s Fighters. 

All money raised, after expenses will be donated to Finlay’s Fighters. 

On Sunday 24th May 2015 there will be a choice of two rides: 

  1. Cranleigh to the Bay Tree Bakery Cafe in Petworth and back (approx 37 miles).
  2. Cranleigh to Shoreham Airport restaurant and back (approx. 70 miles). 

All riders will be rewarded with tea, coffee and homemade cakes in the Band Room back at the start point. This event is for all club members, any guests will also be very welcome.  

Date & Times 

The reliability ride will take place on Sunday, 24th May 2014. Please see the table below for departure times. Please note that we will not hold our usual rides on that Sunday, instead we would like as many club members as possible to take part in this second  reliability ride. 


The rides will start and finish at: 
The Band Room
Village Way
Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8AF 

The Band Room is opposite Cranleigh Leisure Centre which can be found on Google maps:,-0.488116,15z 

What is a Reliability Ride? 

A traditional reliability ride is where you the rider will have suggested routes to a destination and return only. You can ride solo or in groups but there is NO on course support and you are responsible for getting yourself and your bike back to the finish. There are NO course markers or marshals. Hot refreshments are served at the end of the ride. In order to get people arriving back at roughly the same time we will stagger the starts on each ride according to the time in which you believe you will complete the ride. These are the Time Standards. The skill in performing a reliability ride is to arrive back as close as possible to the time standard you have chosen. 

Ride Destination Distance Departs From

Time Standards (with 1hr stop)

The Petworth Pootle

Bay Tree Bakery Cafe at Petworth and return

37 miles 10am 5h 0m / 4h 30m / 4h 0m
The Shoreham Shuffle The Restaurant at Shoreham Airport and return 70 miles 9am 6h 0m / 5h 30m / 5h 0m


Please note that on a reliability ride you don't have to follow the suggested route. You can make up your own route, which may be shorter or longer. It's your choice! 


Taking part will cost you £5 only. Please follow the link to register: 

All money raised minus expenses will be donated to Finlay's Fighters. 


Safety is of paramount importance during the rides. Therefore the club's run and safety guideline attached to this email should be read beforehand and adhered to. 

We are looking forward to seeing you at our second Memorial Ride ! 


Cranleigh Cycling Club (cont..)

For our main Sunday rides we offer a variety of ride routes, distances and paces. Ride groups are formed on this basis and ‘batched’ according to a maximum size so as to be safe and manageable both from a riding perspective and from the perspective of other road users. An experienced ride leader is provided for each group. Besides being able to offer insightful tips and guidance (where appropriate), the ride leader ensures the group is managed safely and above all has an enjoyable experience. At Cranleigh Cycling Club we have a policy that “nobody gets left behind on a club ride”.

Our membership covers the full age spectrum of 14 to ‘beyond’ and is well supported with both male and female members. Our rides range from leisurely to fast with a number of members competing in sportives, league racing, time trialing or multi-day endurance rides.

Our focus in 2014 is to continue to provide a platform for our members to enjoy their sport at their chosen level of competitiveness, support and encourage responsible riding with a particular emphasis on increasing our profile for younger members.

Why not try the Club before you join? Just come along with a friend if you like, introduce yourselves and enjoy the club support.

If you would like to join as a member, it's easy - everything is online - just fill in your details and we'll send a membership confirmation as soon as we process your application. This will include a free OneLifeiD starter pack and various club discount benefits.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Steve Millier,