NEWS 2020

COVID-19 BREAKING NEWS - 16th September 2020

In view of the risk the COVID-19 virus presents to our elderly members, especially if they have ongoing health problems, the Committee has decided to cancel all meetings up to the end of the year at least. It is hoped that if there is sufficient interest it is proposed to use zoom for an online video meeting with a speaker in November. Please contact Steve Challis if you wish to express an interest in participating.

The Committee will regularly review the situation and keep you advised of any developments.


Life Cycle to Japan 2019 - A presentation by Patrick McIntosh

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At the club meeting held on the 14th January 2020 Patrick McIntosh presented a most interesting talk entitled “Life Cycle to Japan 2019”, complete with video footage and photographs, documenting his cycle ride to Japan, as part of his effort to raise money and awareness for the World Cancer Research Fund and St Catherine's Hospice.


In 2019 Patrick, 63, successfully cycled from Twickenham in the UK to the Rugby World Cup in Japan, raising awareness of the fight against Cancer. His message : get tested, eat well, exercise and never give up.


​Patrick departed from St Catherine's Hospice on 3rd May 2019 and rode to the World Cancer Research Fund in London, before setting off on the 5th May from the home of English rugby, Twickenham, for a 20 mile group ride to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.


In May Patrick crossed the channel from Harwich to Rotterdam and then cycled through Holland, Germany, Denmark and Sweden, following the 'North Sea Route' (EuroVelo12), Eurovelo 3 and the Sverigelede routes through Sweden. Patrick arrived in St Petersberg late May.


In June Patrick made the epic crossing of Russia in 83 days, following the historic line of the trans-siberian railway: Vologda, Kirov and Perm, over the Urals to Yekaterinberg and Omsk.


In July he made it through floods and the theft of his bike on the long open road from Novosibirsk to the far side of Lake Baikal, the world's largest freshwater lake.


In August Patrick continued around Lake Baikal and followed the China border through high mountains and some of the most remote regions of Siberia and finally down to Vladivostok, arriving well ahead of schedule.


In September Patrick arrived by ferry ion the west coast of southern Japan, cycling over the steepest climbs of the journey to the inland sea and then east to arrive two days before the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony in Tokyo.


The expedition lasted for 139 days (just over 4.5 months), during which time Patrick cycled for 127 days a distance of over 7200 miles with a total ascent climbed of 56,944 metres.