Dunsfold ride - Our tour of Surrey
A healthy - and hardy - 25 riders gathered on the first fully supported BDOVELO ride of the season, to collectively blow away those months of solo riding and restricted socialising. Meeting at the excellent Sun Inn, Dunsfold, for coffee and pre-ride bacon sandwiches, there was evidently some trepidation as the wind started to pick up and those who had taken a last look at the weather forecast probably regretted it! In fact the impending wind and rain forecast for later might have influenced the decision as to whether to join the speedier of the two groups!
With the final briefings completed and decisions made on “social” vs “sport” groups, we rolled out onto a gently rolling route of c40 miles around the picturesque Surrey Hills. Rolling it might have been, but there were a couple of cheeky inclines thrown in for those who had disingenuously been putting in virtual and/or covert real hill reps during lockdown! (you know who you are – Ed.) After a brief re-fuelling stop for some (there must be a story there…. Ed.), we turned back into wind and headed for home.
Layering was definitely the order of the day, as the various weather apps were universal in predicting the moderate (read savage! – Ed.) winds and accompanying rain that thankfully held off, only evidencing themselves once we were all safely ensconced back in the pub and fighting for a spot next to the fire - on 20 May??!!
Post lunch, which was rounded off with sticky toffee pudding, earned under false pretences perhaps for some who did slightly less than the advertised 40 miles (we know who you are, and why….. no names! Ed.) we were regaled by Maurice Burton, owner of De Ver Cycles in Streatham, a British champion, 1974 Commonwealth Games contestant and a hugely accomplished Six-Day cyclist. Maurice gave us a fascinating insight on life as an elite cyclist in those times. His company was hugely appreciated both on the ride and after lunch; and it’s safe to say he’s 'still got it' on two wheels, as those who made the mistake of half-wheeling him found to their cost!!
So, mission accomplished - networking with great people on two wheels - in superb countryside and over a recuperative lunch.
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