Good weather brought a good turn-out for the Sunday ride, with Anthony, Ben, Mick, Francois, Penny, Mark. Alison and Alex (see photo) meeting in Richmond Park for a taste of the PRL route. There were a few serious bikes on display, but nevertheless we took it easy on the route out through Ripley and on to Newlands. It was getting a bit competitive on the climb up to the cafe stop at Newlands, where Jim’s cycling group had met to cheer us on.
After coffee a quick descent back on the Dorking Road towards the Abinger Hammer turning towards the dreaded Leith Hill. Much is made of this hill – the highest point and toughest climb of the ride. But it is not an impossible climb and we all made it to the top. The descent is a good long downhill, but beware – it does get narrow in places and the road surface is not good in some of the steeper stretches where visibility is affected by the canopy of the trees blocking the sunlight. Tony suffered a puncture after hitting a pothole, but he soon fixed it and we were on our way to Dorking. Box Hill was a breeze after that and the pace stepped up on the return ride to Kingston with some good group riding all the way back to Richmond Park.
Arrived home in time for the kids to treat me to a Father’s Day tea. I hoovered up an awful lot of cake…