Hilly one this Sunday
By user12625760 on Jan 30, 2005
Next week it the Redmon Cycling Club Reliability run, which since a few of your number are members we usually enter. So this week JC decided we should go around the hilly part of the course. Only one more than last week for the trip but it was nice weather, not to cold, not to hot.
Once again this meant out through Esher, Oxshot, Malden Rushett to Epson and up onto the Downs. At this point we joined the course which then goes down into Langley Vale, up past Headley Church but instead of going over the Heath it goes right and down through “Little Switzerland” between Box Hill and Nower Wood down towards Mickleham. . I've only heard it called “Little Switzerland” by cyclists, which I think suggests they should get out more as nice as it is in would need to be “Microscopic Switzerland” to not got caught by the trades description act. It is however a nice descent particularly if you can do it with a few people of like mind, ie fast. Today however there was so much muck on the road that following anyone close was no fun at all unless you like mud in your Eye.
At the bottom took a left into Dorking, round the one way system and up one of the nastiest hills in Surrey to Coldharbour. Another lesson in not showing off as we past a man in is fifties on a not very flash mountain bike on the way up, well most of us did, there are some fit people out there.
Then it was down from Coldharbour to the A29 and a short blast along to Ockley, then right to Forest Green to Holbury St Mary then Abinger Hammer. Another blast along an A road via Gomshall to Shere.
Shere contains the Lucky Duck Cafe which is a very frequent stop for us, they fill the tea pot up for you and the food is good. The only problem is that it is in Shere, which is a delightful village but between it and home are the North Downs. From there we know the way home blindfold. Up Coombe Bottom, with it's nasty sting in the tail, plus we are all full of food. However is a great drop down to East Clandon with a maginficent view across West London, and another one of those bends where braking is not required.
Then to Ockham, Matyrs Green, Cobham and out the back of Cobham though Fairmile to Esher for the same sprint as last week but we were spread out at this point so there was no competition. Next week the course if I recall correctly leaves Cobham towards Stoke D'Abernon Back to Molesey a bit Late which I blame on the hills.
Writing this I realise what great names the villages in Surrey have.
53 miles at 15.8mph, not bad with the hills. Next week is the Reliability run so we will have to take a van over to the start at Rose Hill and therefore won't be in Molesey