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Steve Hillier
Apr 23

Fancy riding a velodrome? 29th June.




Hi everyone

The 29th of June is confirmed at Calshot, between 1800 and 2100.

We have space for 10 riders but at present I have only 5 confirmed. Please let me know if you would like to join us and please ask other cycling friends, not necessarily from KPRC if they would also like to attend.

I will send transport details nearer the date - we should be back by 2300.

Any questions give me a call on 07887625056.



ps here is a video of a few laps around the velodrome at Calshot

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