Sunday saw Bromley Cyclists head out on the famous London to Brighton ride. (Bromley Cyclists style of course!) There was plenty of interest in this ride in the week leading upto it, and the beautful weather made it a fantastic day.
The day started out well with a nice little warm up on the way out through Hayes and Biggin Hill with a nice gentle climb to Warlingham with beautiful scenery and views across the North Downs. This nice little warm up set us up nicely for the remaining journey to Brighton. Here the pace settled to a more human, and comfortable 15ish mph and we headed further out into the country side. After a few drink stops we reached the lovely village of Outwood where unfortunately we had to stop for a puncture repair, but all was not lost as “Steves Mums” famous banana and chocolate cake raised our spirits – Thanks Steve.
Back on our way we reached our lunch stop in Copthorne, which although rather extended due to slow service by the pub staff was very enjoyable and gave everyone the chance to catch up and get to know each other over a pint in the lovely sun.
It was then onwards – Brighton bound twisting our way through the Sussex countryside. We reached the bottom of Devils Dyke with some trepidation, however we were soon encouraged by Nev our ride leader that it looked worse than it was and after some of the hills we had already cycled up would be no problem! I’m pleased to say that everyone made it to the top, where a well earned breather was had by all. The views were amazing.
It was then the final 6 miles downhill to the sea. Brighton was heaving, but we managed to find a spot on the beach to relax and chill out after our 60 mile journey. Eve even went for a swim!
The perfect day was finished off by a lovely meal sitting looking out over the beach and a leisurely ride back to the station for our awaiting carriages.
It was great to me make some new friends and to catch up with those we know, I hope to see you all out on the other rides we have planned!