Like all the best plans, this one was hatched in the pub after a few beers on a Friday night. In the cold light of a Saturday afternoon, no-one could come up with anything better, so we met at Peaslake at 08.30 for D-Dub’s take on a ‘Dave Bus Classic’ route.
As well as D-Dub and myself; James, Elliot, Lloyd and Dom eagerly started the ascent of Pitch Hill from the Walking Bottom car park in a bid to combat the chilling effects of the freezing temperature. By the time we reached the top, our objective had been achieved and Lloyd was no longer regretting leaving his arm warmers in the car.
The descent off Pitch was via the first couple of ‘T trails’ and then ‘Death Star’, a trail I haven’t ridden in a long time. Apart from shaking out a few fillings (yet again I was on the rigid-forked single-speed), we all got down without mishap. Though before we got to the road James promptly shoved his fat-tyred Canyon into a deep wheel rut and found himself lying on the grass verge … much to our amusement.
At the top of Holmbury Hill, we descended into the village via Yoghurt Pots and Crack Pipe, and then the brick-strewn bridleway through Moosley Copse (according to Strava). From here we tackled the worst (or best, if you’re JR) climb of the day, from Upfold Farm to Starveall Corner. I don’t think I was alone in getting off and pushing up some of the steeper sections.
After a very welcome coffee and cake at Leith Hill tower, we took in most of Summer Lightning before heading down through Simons Copse to Broadmoor, and climbing Leith Hill once again.
We eventually found our way back to High Ashes Farm and the rapid ‘Mother’ downhill back to Holmbury. From here I had the pleasure of taking my single-speed up past the cricket pitch and up Holmbury Hill once again, before we took a final descent down BKB and back through Peaslake to the car park. According to Strava we’d packed in about 800m of climbing into a 28km ride. I spent most of Sunday afternoon dozing on the sofa.