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The sun comes out to play for the first ride of the season

Sun cream rather than waterproofs was the order of the day as we enjoyed the hottest day of the year so far for our West Sussex ride, which started and finished at the spectacular Mannings Heath Golf & Wine Estate.

After coffee and bacon rolls, 30 riders hit the country lanes of this beautiful part of the world. The rolling terrain with the odd hill thrown in for good measure ensured everyone felt the 40 miles in their legs, but the excellent company and superb countryside scenery of lakes, woods and some pretty villages ensured the time flew by.

After a halfway stop at a country pub to keep the fluid levels topped up, the various speed groups headed for home where an excellent meal was waiting. Mike Mellor of Quella Bicycle gave a fascinating talk after dinner about the Street Velodrome initiative, one of the most exciting race series in cycling, which he runs.

Thanks to VonCrank for again providing mechanical support on the day. A great start to the season with some excellent business networking has set a high bar for the next few BDOVELO events.