Destination: Rushfield Plant Centre at Poynings, foot o the South Downs.
From the golf club, cycle over to Bletchingley to meet Dave Gill by the Wyite Harte in the High Street at 09:20 (or go direct there).
Destination: Teapot Island at Yalding.
A ride heading out at 9am to get a few miles before heading up to watch both the Catford CC and Bec CC hill climbs... this will carry on into the afternoon but you have the option to head back so please make sure that if you join you're confident finding your way home from either Yorks Hill or White Hill Lane (just off Titsey Hill). Also, bring food or have a plan to purchase locally... Ride will be led by either Keith or Adrian or both!
It was cold when four of us left the Golf club for the Sunday Steady but dry with sun forecast.. At Smallfield, we joined up with three more riders from Team Cake. We then headed out for Lingfield, Marsh Green, and the climb up to Mark Beech. Dave Gill was suffering from sciatica in his left leg and decided to head back to Caterham via Chiddingstone. The rest of us wound our way through the small lanes to climb up to Fordcombe. Fortunately Roger Hopkins chose a sunny interkude to pick up a puncture so the resy of us could bask in the unexpected warmth and discard a top layer.
When September come round it’s time for my favourite race of the year. This is primarily because it’s the only race I’ve ever won, but its still strangely enjoyable, even though it’s a tough one. There’s something fun about racing on trails you know so well and ride regularly. No course preview needed here!
My turn again to organise a ride. I spend a lot of time at Mercers lake (my kids are Sea Cadets), it’s just round the corner form my place, and it seemed like an ideal place to meet, and so it was, that at 9:30 13 of us were present and correct to roll out of the park for an old skool xc ride.