A sunny picture of group one at Winkworth
If you have ever harboured ambitions to ride the teeth rattling cobbles on the Tour of Flanders I have just the training area for you. Although I’ve never experienced the Flanders cobbles and, to be honest, never really want to, there’s a stretch of road between Albury and Chilworth that must come close. Go up and down this road half a dozen times and your eyeballs will be rattling in their sockets for the rest of the day. It is truly terrible and must be one of the worst road surfaces in Surrey. If it is anything like the Flandrian cobbles it makes me even more determined never to indulge in that particular sportive. I do hope that one day – and hopefully in our cycling lifetimes – a very picturesque and rural stretch of England will be pulled into the twenty-first century by being given a road surface that doesn’t shake us and our bikes to breaking point.
A busy afternoon forced Sue and me to cut our ride short so we, in the company of Phil, returned home whilst both groups continued on to Winkworth and as I saw the golden jerseys disappear into the distance it was then that I thought that I should have taken a picture of us all. Fortunately, at least for group one. Mark had the foresight to do just that.
Group Three Ride Sunday 14th May
Don’t say we don’t give you plenty of notice about group three rides as Mirella has sent me her route for a ride to Tan House Farm in a couple of weeks. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20610422
Riding on Wednesday morning felt like riding on a winter’s day. There was a bitterly cold north wind and even dressed in full winter wear it was raw. Fortunately, the temperature is on the rise for the weekend as the annual pilgrimage to the Isle of Wight for Sunday’s randonee has begun. Meanwhile, we’ll be keeping the home fires burning by riding, as usual, from the Angel so you don’t have to feel left out. From the weather perspective it looks like both the randoneers and the Surrey Hills mob might complete the rides before any rain comes throgh. All the best to the randoneers and hope to see any of the rest of you at the Angel.
Please note: there is no covering insurance policy so every cyclist who rides in a Stragglist group does so at their own risk