A fine group of Stragglists at a fine location - Winkworth Arboretum
Wasn’t it fun when we were kids to watch pet gerbils or hamsters whirring around on their exercise wheels. How did they manage to get their little legs to go so fast? Well, as adults, we were treated to something quite similar last Sunday and all due to battery failure. Mike is a pretty good exponent at turning over the old pistons at a healthy cadence but his newish high tech Cannondale had a slight malfunction. To be fair, the problem was due to a certain amount of operator error as the battery on his electronic gear changers failed. Why? Well, batteries do like to be charged up once in a while and this particular battery was gasping for juice. What happens when a gear changing battery fails is that it goes into get-you-home mode which sticks the chain into the small ring at the front, resulting in furious leg blurring pedal work but it got him around and allowed us to keep him behind us for a change.
While we were merrily cruising along – and trying not to fall into an epileptic fit at the sight of those spinning pins - towards Winkworth Arboretum, Emma, Dave and Duncan were also making their way to rendezvous with us via some very hard hills in preparation for the Dartmoor Classic. Crocknorth , Pitch Hill and Barhatch were on their testing menu. More about that later.
‘All For One’ Film
This is the last reminder that the film that profiles the Green Edge pro team is going to be shown at the Odeon in Kingston next Thursday, June 21st at 6:30pm. There are a few tickets left to see a film that should show what really goes on inside a world pro team so if you’re interested in seeing it you can book seats at https://tickets.demand.film/event/4575
Sunday’s Ride – Some tough Hills
The trio I mentioned above climbed some of the most difficult hills in Surrey because Duncan and Emma know what the Dartmoor Classic is like. Tough. The Dartmoor Classic is one of the best sportives in the cycling calendar but one of the reasons for its popularity is the accomplishment felt when you have finished climbing the endless hills on the Medio and Grande routes to get to the point where you can finally steer the bike back down off the moor and into the valley. To give you a taste of what it might feel like and to get some climbing training into your legs, we are going to climb some hills on Sunday. Newlands Corner, Coombe Bottom, Crocknorth to name but three. There will be more so consider yourselves warned! I hope you can make it especially if you’re travelling to Devon in a couple of weeks.