Stragglists Blog

Posted 24/6/2017

                   All the groups manage to regroup at Fernygrove Farm

          And resting up in an idyllic spot and away from the hot tarmac

Hi Stragglists,
 
Phew, that was hot. Funnily enough, the best thing to do when the thermometer hits ‘sweltering’ is to keep peddling as you create you own cooling breeze. It’s when you come to a halt and all is calm that the heat builds up and beads of sweat make their presence felt. Despite the heat or, perhaps, because of it I was delighted to see that all three groups had a good compliment of riders and when I saw the pictures that Mirella and Dave sent to me of the groups taking it easy at the coffee stop it all looked like the makings of a perfect summer’s ride. Speaking personally, the heat was turned up a bit too much for me during the week so I was pleased when yesterday arrived with some slightly fresher temperatures.
Cycling back from a ride along Ockham Lane which is between the Black Swan and the Hautboy last Tuesday, the road surface looked particularly shiny and lumps of tarmac lay by ruts along the road. The surface was soft to the touch and it was obvious that, during the weekend, the road had become all but liquid. We now have another damaged road; this time not caused by the usual frost and rain but by the searing heat.
 
Hotel Room for Ridelondon
Danka has a hotel room booked that is opposite the start at the Olympic Park but because she will not be riding in the Ridelondon 100 this year, she is offering it to anyone who would be keen to use it. The cost is £99 and she would like to know by Thursday July 6th, ideally by the end of June. If you’re interested, contact her on 0794 654 7016.
 
Sunday’s Ride 
Yes, you ‘lucky’ people, Sue and I are back but only for this week as we, together with several other Stragglists are converging on Dartmoor for the Dartmoor Classic the following Sunday. It also means that you’ll be let off receiving a blog next Friday. This Sunday looks like being brilliant weather for riding so we are going to make our coffee stop at Polesden Lacey and throwing in one or two hills along the way.
 
Hope to see you at the Angel.
 
Happy cycling,
 
Ray                                       

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