The extended Epsom Downs loop was my suggestion and the five riders who arrived at the start all seemed to be happy. Gordon (warm enough not to be wearing his gaiters). DeeDub, Southside Jonny and Elliot joined me. Navigational problems prevented James from getting anywhere near us for the start although I did get reports today he was sighted near the Sawmill at some point on Sunday morning.
We headed up Alsation at a fairish pace and straight on towards Headly, passing under the M25 and up passed the Pony Club. Popping us out on Ebbisham Lane. SSJ questioned out loud why there were so many Ebbishams in Epsom. Well, SSJ, I did just google it and there was a Manor of Ebbisham in 933 that was granted land in Espom by the then King, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epsom. Never say you learning nothing by reading our ride reports!
We we soon heading up towards Tattenham Corner and then back across the race course to head home via Ashtead. Given our early time of something like 9:45 we felt tea at Bike Beans was going to be too early so we decided to visit the old haunt of Box Hill. We rode along Stane Street and then up onto Mickleham so we could have some Paranoia and Tank Slapper before climbing up Juniper Bottom.
Arriving at Box Hill I felt very out of place with a 2.2″ tyre. Carbon framed, 23mm shod steed were everywhere and I think ours were the only 5 MTBs up there! I also think there was one family without bikes at all! Anyway, I can report that the flapjack was excellent and of a decent size.
While eating and chatting it became apparent that Elliot had not ridden China Pig before so while Gordon and myself head off for family duties, the other three set off to educate Elliot. Early return for us all but a nice old fashioned XC ride that I enjoyed very much.