65km 400m, light cloud, cold (3-4C)
Despite the good weather, only four seasoned cyclists arrived at the usual meet point for a planned run to Shere (Jim, ‘Lil Nick, Mick and Andy). With Jim on his single speed, a last minute change of route to the Polesden Lacey, Box, Bike Beans loop was agreed.
A sensible pace out for the most part, with the cold keeping a lid on any ‘excitement’. Lots of care was taken on the descents with a lot of wet leaf litter and debris on the roads, although, going up, Jim pushed fairly hard. We had one unscheduled stop near Westhumble with a puncture for Mick giving Lil’ Nick a chance to rearrange his modular leg covers.
Onto Box Hill where Jim again pushed hard, making it clear that this was a late bid for the ‘Hard Arse of the Year’ award where Stefan has been the lead contender since our last visit to Shere.
We headed out through Headley on to Bike Beans for a raspberry slice and coffee. On the way, Mick had a second mechanical, loosing a bottle-cage bolt.
Back into the cold, for the run home via Epsom (Wheelers Roundabout route) where there was a touch of sprinty silliness from Nick and Andy – Andy, having been schooled by Chris on Saturday, keen for some form of redemption.
What we learned (and relearned) today;
- Raspberry Slice at Beans is delish
- Jim on a single speed — in the hills — is still the pacesetter
- Bottle cage bolts should be checked more regularly than anyone does
- The Surrey roads are (still) falling apart
- Nick can’t find decent winter cycling tights in the correct size (this point could be expanded on, but the reader is instead advised to seek Nick’s explanation)
- Andy needs to do more Yoga