Sunday’s base training has proven popular, with an advertised steady 17mph+, it attracts fit, up and coming plus racing cyclist within the club.
The racing guys know it is not an eyeballs out ride whilst for others it is a chance to step up to the plate and interact with the experienced club racing members.
Collectively though, it is an opportunity for all to clock up those all important winter base training miles which will prove invaluable for the start of the next cycling season in the spring.
Rupert, Stewart, Lee, Peter, Barry and Chris joined me at the Hatch and it was decided that I would make up the route as I went along but with one stipulation. That was to take the team to lanes and by-lanes never fully explored by most of the gang before.
The route therefore involved Lonesome Lane, through Horley, Fernhill Road, the lovely church in Burstow at Church Road, Cross Lane, Dowland Lane, Effingham Lane, Turners Hill, Tulleys Farm, Copthorne Village, Shipley Bridge, Horley (again), Charlwood, Russ Hill, The Mount, Presswood Lane, Charlwood again, Norwood hill, Newdigate and home.
One stop only, at Rusper, at 1100hrs for the last post and minute silence.
50 miles @ 18.7 mph
Ride Stats (Thanks Peter for info)
Flat-ish ride but no messing, plenty of mud on faces but with pearly white, wide smiles in the middle introducing one ear to the other.