With a slight precipitation in the air I headed up to meet with the Moles at the Farm.
I arrived to find a healthy gathering that eventually grew to consist of 11 riders. Barrie made his comeback ride after a nasty fall some weeks ago, Keith was back after a heavy workload and StevenD joined us for the first time after being a long time commenter on our site. Making up the 11 riders were Erick, Ian, Lee, MarkW, DaveW, D’Andy and Tony “It’ll be alright”.
After asking if anyone had any ideas or routes Lee piped up about Gatton Park and I happily agreed as there’d be little chance of anyone damaging themselves on that route! I set off at a fair pace while D’Andy followed on his Green Pace.
Going was good to dusty for most of the way and I can’t say much that hasn’t been said before other than it’s a great cross country route.
Erick seems to be picking up the pace a bit and closing the gap in terms of speed and fitness. Barrie doesn’t seem to have been affected too much by his lay off, judging by the way he led MarkW up the final climb with Tony making a late run after them. I was pleased with a steady 4th place.
Several “panoramic” views were noted on at the tea shop although I still feel one was a funny shape. I’m not sure about the new management at the tea room. Drinks and cakes seem a bit expensive with £2.75 for “homemade” cake tipping the scale. Maybe in future we carry on to Ali’s Cafe at Headley.
So on the way back the pace was again fast and green and approaching Headley there began some debate as to wheather SS was going to be rideable. Enter Tony with his, now, immortal phrase “it’ll be alright”. Actually it was. The 2nd half had seen a strimmer and proved to be a flowy as ever.
We took in “Life on Mars” on the way back (we did it on the way there as well) as it seemed to be the concensus that it flowed better the other way. Wel the concensus weren’t wrong! Nice trail with some very tight corners but some good flow as well.
23 odd miles with DaveW looking like he’d have 40 by the time he got home and I guess D’Andy would be on a good total as well. Nice to see new riders and and returning ones! Good ride.