After last weeks heavy rain, winter rides started properly today with six riders (Alan, John, Roger, Dave, Bix and me) heading off from Epsom in misty but dry conditions.
Heading out west through Malden Rushett and on to Cobham and then through the country lanes to Hungry Hill. First mechanical - Despite careful daily maintenance, Bix's freehub decided to give up and lose any drive. A push into Ripley left him waiting for his daughter's rescue and with the café closed I could see him eyeing up the local pub.
Down to five we retraced and rode on through to East Horsley and over the Col du Staple Lane tearing our group to bits and getting the heart rates pumping. Descending down (past a serious looking Cliff Dent going the other way) to a welcome coffee and cake at West Horsley Garden Centre.
Feeling refreshed we rode up Crock North, dodging the diesel covered roads for mechanical which two saw Alan test his puncture repair skills. Wearing snazzy latest gloves the repair was soon complete. Pic above shows Roger making everyone laugh with his tube folding skills.
Back on the road, for a fast descent of Ranmore and making straight for the Zig Zag and some more heart pumping toil. Over the top and mechanical three - John joins his Dad with a front wheel slow puncture but keen to get home, went for the pump and stop relay back to Epsom, instead of a tyre change. 50 miles from Epsom and thank you all for a nice ride - See you next time.
Saturday 6th December - (Dave's Christmas Lunch) 10.00am - Epsom (Lester Bowden)
Sunday 14th December - 9.30am - Epsom (Lester Bowden)
Sunday 21st December - 9.30am - Epsom (Lester Bowden)
Monday 22nd December - Guy Le Ray Cook - Christmas Ride -( Details to follow)