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Posted 18/1/2020          



         Sue looks suitably unimpressed as I give Duong a good seeing to

                             Group Two and her chaperones

The result of last week's stormy weather on Crittern Lane 

     (thanks to Vince for sending the picture)

Hi Stragglists,
It wasn’t that I was confronted by a Group Two waif and stray at the Angel last Sunday. I brought her with me. Mrs C. to be precise. The Group One boys (and girl) were lined up. Mirella and her team were ready for the off but Sue was looking to have a Wilhemina Nomates of a ride so I contracted myself into accompanying her. No problem; that setup has been in situ for nearly twenty years so one Sunday morning was not going to do any harm. It also meant that I wouldn’t be holding onto the shirt tails of the young bucks and they could chase each other around the country lanes without concerning themselves with having a pensioner grinding away with them. Mind you, it did amuse me when, at coffee, 'young' Dave, as I would call him, said that he and Mike, as the elders of that group, were hanging on for dear life. A smile and an inner sigh of relief was probably my only response. Two became three for Sue and me as we picked up Phil along the way and everyone throughout the groups seemed to have had a good ride.
Sunday’s Ride
As you will have seen from the picture above, the wind and rain have played their part during the week but the weather has settled down, sunshine is what we have to look forward to but, with it, comes a lowering of the temperature which seems appropriate for this time of year. It’s possible that Crittern Lane has been cleared by the weekend but a considerable amount of rain has fallen lately so I thought it might be prudent to play it safe and head for Tan House Farm but taking the old route through Epsom rather than the debris-strewn roads around Leith Hill. This is the route  This does take you up Little Switzerland on the route back but the valley cycle lane along the A24 could be taken if preferred.
Hope to see you at the Angel.
Happy cycling,

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