Our Tour of Hertfordshire

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After the rain-swept last outing from Dunsfold in Surrey in May, a very healthy gathering met on Thursday 24th June in the sumptuous surroundings of Essendon Country Club in Hertfordshire.  The sun was booked and duly arrived, as did Harry Tanfield, professional rider with World Team Qhubeka Assos (as of last Thursday now Team Qhubeka NextHash) and a previous guest at the December 2020 BDOVELO webinar. Watch the recording of the webinar here.  

After some healthy banter on departure with the non lycra-clad golfing fraternity, the 'sports' group rolled out, followed at a healthy distance by the 'social' group.  The latter were very pleased with themselves to have maintained the time gap when they reached the Cafe stop after 27 miles at Ardeley, with both groups having had opportunity to network on two wheels and enjoy the fine lanes and vistas (and a short byway - some gravel is good medicine!) of the Hertfordshire countryside.

Harry swopped groups and the 'sporties', duly inspired by their time with him pre cafe stop and cake-fuelled, merrily tore along the return leg with its little 'KOM' hill challenge towards the end. The 'socials' similarly savoured the tailwind and some long gentle declines, before a well-timed (tactical?!) puncture to one of their number allowed all to pause and muster themselves before the KOM segment.  Fortunately Harry was on a “rest” day, so no egos were left bruised.  Then it was back to the Club and fluffy towels, showers and jacuzzi.

Harry then regaled us over lunch with reflections on his season thus far, the brighter prospects ahead and some eye watering statistics, from daily calories consumed, to resting and maximum heart rates (28 – 202 if you’re wondering), to weekly training hours and associated 'wattage'.  We can but dream….

And so we departed after a really convivial and reasonable exertive day.  We look forward to the next BDOVELO ride out of Mannings Heath Golf Club in West Sussex on Thursday 22 July 2021 - book early to avoid disappointment!

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