Last BBT ride of 2007
By user12625760 on Dec 30, 2007
The last BBT ride of 2007 saw only four riders leave Walton (three left Molesey and we picked up a forth as we passed Walton Station) and we decided to head for Henfold Lakes, not least as I had phoned them yesterday to make sure they would be open. So it was out via Polesden Lacey, up the Zig Zags, where the man on the fixed wheel bike firmly put me in my place, about 50 yards back after the climb! Then down Pebble Coombe and to Henfold. One rider turned back at Fetcham as his new bike was not comfortable enough. The views from the top of Box Hill were spectacular as the day was just lovely.
The return trip was the usual via Dorking and Leatherhead and was uneventful except for dropping a rider in Oxshot as he just ran out of puff and did not catch us until we waited in Esher. I was knackered so was happy to only have one rider to contest the sprint into Esher1.
Ended up doing 55 miles. Average speed 16.25 mph, better than I thought!
1The thing about the “sprint into Esher” is that it is an unofficial sprint and is up hill. The trick is to not lead from the A3 roundabout up the initial rises into Esher unless you are feeling really strong so stay tucked in until some point, as late as possible, after the lights at the junction to Claygate and then give it your all. Today I let the other rider lead into Esher until just before the lights (as I started to feel guilty) and the damage had already been done. No need to sprint at all.