Despite the BBC weather report showing 5C, at 8:30, there was widespread black ice. Peter Farnfield, our Chair, posted a delay on the start to 10 am. Unfortunately, some riders missed the posting (on Facebook and the Web site) and braved the ice to arrive for 9. Fortunately the Golf Club is open early for coffee, etc. At 10, some riders decided to play safe and drive to Tanhouse Farm,others rode there on a loop via Charlwood. Philip G and I took a short ride direct to our destination. It was the coldest ride I have taken this year; there were reports that in places the temperature was as low as 1.5C.
Tanhouse Farm looked after us royally. Mince pies. mulled wine and two braziers piled with logs, to thaw out the frozen extremities. The place was alive with cyclists, there must have been at least 50 other bikes parked, their riders eyeing our refreshments enviously.
Best wishes to all for the festive season.