So while the G2 100 milers were enjoyed Rick's route to a ton, a nice sized bunch headed out via Smallfield and the Bones Lane route out to Newchapel. Caroline found a brake pad rubbing and on investigation we discovered some super-shoddy repair work done on her bike by a supposed professional mechanic.We could only 'make do' for her before rolling on to Lingfield and then Blackberry Lane, always love that name (yes, it was Ron Wood for anyone over the age of 45!). Onwards up the climb past Dormansland Station. Onwards past t'Hammerponds, Cowden and the hill that Mike reckons he always forgets.
It wouldn't be a proper Mike ride without a forgotten hill, detour or extra route though... that's why we love 'em!
How Green Lane and down to Chartwell Barns where our favourite teastop proprietor had (gasp) no cyclists in yet. That's a first... in June too.
We sat and noshed on sausage rolls. Good to see Maria looking strong again and enjoying the medium pace of the ride to its best. Roy was strong as ever with Alex and Dave all helping to make up a very well matched group.
When considering our photo options, Michelle - who lives in Edenbridge - remembered a driveway adorned with Jubilee festoonery and a few self-made royalties to boot (as in, as well, not 'to boot' given that HMQ is over 80). Laughter and we were off again via the time honoured Pooting return but this time a little jink right to go via Hurst Green then back down Tandridge Lane. A few of us upped the pace a little along Hathersham Lane knowing it to be a popular local Strava segment and everyone got back to the Drome with a perfect 45 miles on the clock and an average around 15mph. Thanks Mike. Lovely morning...