Most of us cyclists struggle their way riding through all weathers from autumn through to late the next spring just dreaming of days like today; and indeed yesterday for that matter.
We gathered in glorious summer sunshine; there were a total of fourteen riders for the Ride Steady group, there were no riders for the Ride Easy and six for the Ride Well; so a pretty good turnout having regard to the fact that there were a number of cycling events going on in the area today.
We gathered in Norman Park near the Hook Lane car park enjoying the luxurious warm sun. The Ride well Group was led by Sticky and Rob and headed off towards Biggin Hill. The plan being to ride out for ¾ hour, have a coffee for ½ hour and then ride back. I have heard nothing of the group since they set off so I can only presume that all has gone well and they are now back indoors watching the Tour de France on the telly.
Assisted by Spencer and Linda I led the Ride Steady group to the Sponge Kitchen at the Chinese Roundabout in Eden Park and then back again. We were pleased to welcome Sam and his Mum and Dad. Sam is just beginning to do the transition to on road cycling and he seems to have got the hang of it very well indeed. Sam and his family are going to join us on the FreeCycle Ride on 3 Aug. This is part of the Olympic Legacy Rides which includes the London Surrey 100 and the London Surrey Classic Rides along the route of the Olympic Ride last year. We were also very pleased to be joined by Isobel and Emma – regulars on our Last Sunday of the Month Rides.
There were some serious hills on today’s ride and I must say I was very impressed with everyone for their efforts; in particular the youngsters who shot up the the hills like jack rabbits. Not a single moan was heard.
Well done to everyone. Total distance c.10 miles