The CAT and BEC hill climbs, one of the best days of the year!

​Sunday the 8th of October was magical on Yorks Hill and White Lane.​ It’s a fabulous cycling tradition, which normal mortals would perhaps struggle to understand. Young and old turn out, to compete or watch the spectacle of extraordinary men and women, boys and girls, give the year a final blast of their absolute, utter best.

It was also special because Chris Filewood, whose season was interrupted with news of his diabetes in August, made a stunning comeback. He made a promise to conquer the problem and enter both the Cat and the Bec, and he did both today in style! This is the stuff of legends! Bravo Chris! We are in awe of your drive and spirit! Incidentally, Chris was 18 last month and is no longer a junior, though for some arcane reason, CTT are a bit slow acknowledging this.

Three groups left Nero’s for the jaunt along Pilgrim’s Way on a beautiful, bright and unusually warm autumn morning and it was fabulous to see our T1 team led by Duncan and Amanda, make a special effort to ride out to support our climbers. Arriving at Yorks Hill there was the usual buzz of excitement, masses of spectators, competitors warming up…and the riders crossing the finish line, some in obvious and alarming pain!

Mikey Weavers of EGCC helps pin Chris’s number on…

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First up for us was CHRIS HEWITT and he was flying through the screaming, cheering crowds. He was going so fast he was a blur. I took a better camera to the BEC in the afternoon…

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Now to get an idea of the speed – and noise of the crowds – watch this very brief video of Chris Filewood blasting up the hill…


Nick Martin of EGCC gave it all he had and collapsed just after the finish, this isn’t uncommon! I checked he was alive (just) before taking the photo!

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He recovered quickly and was able to smile with Chris…
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Hoorah for iphones…
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THE BEC AT 2pm and the weather was still perfect, first Oxted rider up the dreadful White Lane was JANE SHRUBB.
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Quite a few of us men in the club don’t have Jane’s steely determination. Watchout for the Press Gangs end of next summer…
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Chris Hewitt was next up, this time I had the right camera – and he was flying…

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​Next was Rich Heath but I think his wife took a better shot than me!
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And finally Chris Filewood again, look at this for sheer effort!
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AND NOW A VERY SPECIAL TREAT…Austen, doing this very same hill climb, in 1986!!
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We’re waiting for the full and final results of today’s magnificent efforts but of course the minutes are seconds are, pardon the pun, secondary – it’s the taking part that matters! 
And NEXT YEAR  a lot more Oxted riders are going to do just that. And any who can’t will need a doctor’s note to be excused from supporting!
Onwards and upwards,

Oxted CC in Majorca – a very successful trip!

TWENTY TWO Oxted CC members jetted off to Majorca for five days for our annual training camp and cycling holiday, staying in a superb hotel in Alcudia.  Once again, SunVelo provided superb bikes and great ride leaders. We were split most days into four groups, riding also with members of other cycling clubs. The roads and routes were fabulous and the weather was perfect. We didn’t want to come home! We will be organising more continental trips in the future, watch this space.

A glimpse of one of the rides:



The Kentish Killer Sportive

ELEVEN OXTED RIDERS battled it out in the Kentish Killer sportive today, a tough event with huge hills. 526 riders finished the 70 mile route, 243 finished the 45 mile route. The KK is one of the best organised sportives in the south with a great HQ at Brands Hatch motor racing circuit. Here’s a ‘Relive’ graphic of the route LINK.  And a few of us relaxing afterwards…

A sociable ride to the Chiddingstone Tea Rooms…

Jane and Amanda, riding ‘Doreen the Dawes’ tandem led an enjoyable social T1 group today comprising Pat, Frank, Neil and Toby, aiming for cuppa at Chiddingstone tea rooms. ‘A lovely route, through Old Oxted to Hurstgreen and Staffhurst Wood, then Edenbridge and then our destination, the pretty Tulip Tree tea rooms’

A fairly fast Sunday ride of 40 miles…

We had four groups riding on Sunday, a ‘T1’ social ride of 25 miles, a ‘T2’ group of 35 miles, a fast ‘T3/4’ group doing 40 miles and a T5 race training group of 60 miles. Here’s a glimpse of the T4 ride: CLICK HERE

And a quick stop for a photo…

Oxted CC at the Old Portlians CC Reliability Trial

Oxted CC at the Old Portlians CC Reliability Trial Sun 5th Feb. Two distances 68km and 100km. We had twenty riders in all and great times achieved by everyone, no dramas, not a single puncture! Thanks to the Old Ports for a great event.


Chilly weather but wrapped up we were warm!

A good turnout on Saturday but the frost put a few people off on a sunny Sunday. Jane had a good team for her T1 ride and Chris Filewood was joined by a number of hotshots for the fast ride but the T3 ride was just two of us. Many Oxted riders went out later, not taking chances with the frost.

Jane: ‘The T1 was of five riders including Michael on his first ride and Amanda back on the tandem with me. Plus Max and Toby. We followed the route that we did last week, Tandridge Lane to Lingfield, over to Marsh Green and through Edenbridge, then Four Elms and Pootings to Dairy Lane and the Itchingwood loop and home. We chatted to a man with a recumbent bike. Due to an injury, Kingsley is unable to ride a two wheeled bike. So, as OCC is such a friendly club we invited him to ride with us! Thanks Toby for taking the picture and Max for looking out for us all’.From right of photo: Michael, Kingsley, Max, Amanda and Jane…


Another great weekend for Oxted!

Sunday 27th we had local rides, a group at Herne Hill Velodrome and another group on the Kingston Phoenix adventure, read on! A slightly earlier photo…


Jeff Walker: “It was great, probably 30 years since I last raced at HH and it all came flooding back, albeit at a lot slower pace but still with burning lungs! Wayne showed his inner racer and fitness winning the Australian Pursuit. We both enjoyed a couple of wins in the four man pursuit – I was glued to wheels and hanging on for dear life (as is the norm now). For an introduction to track riding it was perfect with some basic ”tips and try” type laps. Even for those with some experience, a little bit of competition allowed everyone to get properly into the afternoon”.

Wayne: “I agree with Jeff! It’s 3/4 years since I was there and it was great to go back, if anyone fancies a try there’s the Saturday skills session anyone can do. I’m keen to go again”.

Also on Sunday we had a keen group doing the 56 mile Kingston Phoenix Reliability Ride over Box Hill and Leith Hill. Here’s Rob Moir’s report…

“Five intrepid Oxted riders joined the Reliability Ride today. Trying to avoid having to read printed directions and get the route onto a Garmin proved to be a problem for a couple of us initially but we got there in the end! 

So, five of us had the route on various Garmin devices and promptly turned right leaving the start at Holmwood Village Hall instead of left much to amusement of other riders, not a good start for team Oxted!

Six miles in and we had our first puncture, or at least Duncan did, great. This turned out to be a Godsend as in fact we had missed a turning by 100 yards, this is going to be a long day. Slime! What a saviour, as Duncan readied to change the tube he mentioned there was Slime in the offending one. Pump it up we said, pump it up he did and it lasted the remainder of the ride and probably will all winter, brilliant.

There were 6 notable hills on the route, some of them I knew, Leith and Box, some of them I didn’t, Whitedown Lane, Ranmore Common and Shere but the conditions were good and Pete’s brand new Garmin said ‘GO’ at the approach to each one so we knew when they were coming.


56 miles and 4,500 ft. of climbing some of which we had to double back on ourselves (correctly this time) but I saw some of the country I hadn’t seen before and in great Oxted company. Thank you Bill, Duncan, Pete and Andrew”.

Here’s a link to their ‘Relive’ moving map: HERE 


Saturday 26th saw three groups head off on a chilly but dry day. Toby’s T1 team consisted of Gavin and Jo, Jane, Pat, Jeanette and Max.  Said Toby “The route was a mixture of previous rides that I have been on and circles Oxted so you can always opt out and turn back. The route is just over 25 miles and was enjoyable for all those who took part”. 


Remembrance Day rides

There was a terrific turnout this morning for the Remembrance rides. We headed out east along Pilgrims Way and then in a big loop to arrive at Warlingham Green just as a long column led by a military band arrived at the Green. The traffic was stopped in all directions and hundreds of people listened to the service and stood in silence at 11am.

More OCC folk were at other Remembrance events, some of them brave ex-servicemen and women, who thankfully lived to tell their tales. Neill took a photo of us at Warlingham…