A Sunday roast was the last thing on my mind as we made our way to the Angel on what was a really cold morning which had a particularly icy edge to it. What I also wasn’t thinking about was that any roasting that was going on was going to me and, by all accounts, other fellow Stragglists. Being wrapped up against the early morning elements meant that as we climbed Newlands Corner at 13˚C with the sun shining down, we all got pretty hot. Not that I’m complaining because we soon cooled down as we descended the other side and then as we rode through Ripley the temperature dropped to 8˚C. Not quite sure how that happened in such a short space of time and distance but it did. The two groups that were riding might have been smaller than the massed groups from the previous week but they were perfectly formed and we even had Andrew and Mark back with us which was a real treat. Meanwhile, out in the wilds of the New Forest, other Stragglists battled against the wind of the open heathland to complete the biannual New Forest sportive.
There’s only one place to be during the Easter weekend and that is in Surrey. Riding around the Surrey Hills when everyone else has left for the weekend is a real pleasure. It’s why we go out on Good Friday as well as Easter Sunday. Last year we took a trip over to the Old Post in Nutfield. It’s a very good café but it doesn’t open on Sundays so it’s our annual opportunity to take groups over to it. We did this last year but our return ride after the break was horrendous as driving rain came in and stayed with us all the way home. This year it’s going to be very different. Temperatures in the early twenties are on the way for what one weather forecaster said was going to be a sparkling weekend. The Third Wheelers will be out too so prepare yourselves for some beautiful spring cycling. See last week’s blog for routes. As the fine weather is going to see us right through the weekend, we thought that an al fresco coffee stop at Peaslake would be perfect for Sunday’s ride. This is the suggested route https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28243743
Hope to see you at the Angel.
Happy Easter cycling,