By user12625760 on Mar 11, 2007
Spring is springing. The weather for todays ride was spectacular so the nine riders who turned up were in for a treat. We went out via Cobham to climb Whtie down. At the top we lost one rider who turned back then after the decent lost another two, one had tickets for the England France match so had to be back early. Then we headed up through Holbury and then right to go past the Mullard Space Science Laboratory and then down one of the worst road surfaces around and onto Ewhurst Green then to Cranliegh. One rider had a slow puncture so we had to stop to add pressure until it finally gave out completely.
Then in Cranleigh we went to a new Cafe at Norcutts Garden Centre. The only problem was that it did not open until 10:30 which makes getting back by 12 a challenge that we failed to keep up to. However the Tea and food was good. Also the location does not leave use with an immediate climb after eating.
The return trip was fast. The rider who turned back at the top of White down would have kept everyone under control and without that steadying influence the return journey turned into a series of races followed by a wait for those who were dropped. Good fun but tells me that I'm not nearly fit enough. Need to work on this during the lead up to the ride to Canterbury. 60 miles had left it's mark but Canterbury will be twice that.