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Posted 15/6/2019           

                                                        

  Roadies are becoming outnumbered by mountain bikers in Peaslake

                                        but we didn't do too badly 

                         with three groups of Stragglists being represented

Hi Stragglists,
 
I think we can consider ourselves very lucky last weekend. I’m not sure what counts as normal weather these days but the June day we had last Sunday might have been bright and sunny but not exactly warm, let alone sultry. On the other hand it was a lot better than the blustery Saturday that deposited heavy showers at times. And as for Monday. Well…I hardly remember a June day when it rained so hard and for so long. We were also lucky in managing to avoid all the mess that Surrey CC is making during their road surface dressing ‘incentive’ around the area. During our Peaslake stop we advised all groups not to follow the planned route that headed along Staple Lane and, instead, go right at the top of Combe Lane to ride down Green Dene. And I was very pleased we did because when we reached the top of Combe the road ahead was strewn with piles of gravel. So, despite Surrey’s intentions to give Surrey cyclists some perilous rides, all our groups returned home intact and unfazed.
 
Don’t Blow Your Nose at 40mph  
It was horrible to hear the news about Chris Froome the other day. The poor guy has smashed himself to pieces and a possible fifth win in the Tour de France is now a distant misty vision. Such a crash could be a career changer and many rungs down the ladder of importance is that it will lessen the thrill for us viewing public when the Tour begins because, by all accounts, he was in perfect shape for it. He was also likely to be dominant in the Criterium du Dauphine that is currently taking place. I’m sure all cyclists wish him a speedy recovery. A short film clip of him trying to put on a gilet while on a recce ride with fellow rider Wout Poels whose comment to not take any chances, as he was on a time trial bike with deep rimmed front and disc rear wheels and the wind was strong, was an unfortunate prediction of the disaster to come further along the road. A quick cyclist’s blow on a nostril left him with one hand on the flimsy TT handlebar and the wind took the wheel from under him. I know how easy it can be. At a more moderate 16-20mph a quick point to a hole along a country road for a following rider put my wheel into another hole and I, by some miracle, ended up spread-eagled on top of a grassy bank. The Stragglists are fantastic at calling and pointing and by all accounts, the best in the area, but having had a close shave at 20mph I will be keeping both hands on the handlebar when several hazards are around. At speed a loud call is the order of the day.
 
Third Wheelers’ Ride Next Week 
Mirella is hoping to take her group to Manor Farm in Seale next Sunday and I shall add a link to the route in next week’s blog.
 
Sunday’s Ride…from Hampton Court  
As I mentioned above, we were very lucky to have avoided all the booby traps that Surrey CC have tried to test us with so we thought we would go towards Windsor for this Sunday’s ride and head in a similar direction to our Saturday brethren. The Sunday groups haven’t headed out in that direction for a long time. A similar route has previously taken in a coffee stop at the Water’s Edge café but dealing with hoards of customers and unimpressive coffees we are returning to a very good café in Chobham called Pasha. For those of you who will be following the route on a Garmin, Pasha is at just over 27 miles and just before a left turn at a roundabout. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30269357 All groups will head off from outside Zizzi’s in Hampton Court.
 
Hope to see you at Hampton Court for a 9 o’clock start.
 
Happy cycling,
 
Ray
 
 

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