With Matt doing his Lord Lucan and other Moles engaged in Secret Ops there were just 4 Moles that made the ride this week. With no plan and just a nod from Kev and James I headed up to Bocketts where I found Chris waiting. Kev soon joined us and then we saw James riding up the tarmac drag. Having decided in the meantime to do a Reigate route we decided not to be mean and headed down the tarmac to head him off.
A group of 4 means the ride can be kept tight and I did my bit by leading up Alsation and effectively blocking Kev from coming past. No records broken on the climb but we stayed at a steady pace for most of the ride. Passed Ali’s van which was there but not open yet we thought we might be back there soon. Things didn’t quite pan out that way.
Although there was mud in the usual places we were setting a good pace and quickly arrived on Reigate Hill. Weather was generally sunny with mixed cloud making it ideal for riding. We dropped down into Gatton park and did our usual route followed by a steady climb where a runner paced us up the slope. we stopped briefly at the car park but by then we’d already started to hatch another plan.Given we’d made good pace I thought we might extend or change the route back and head towards Walton on the Hill and then to Epsom Downs with a plan to take tea at Bike Beans Cafe in Ashtead. This met with general approval and the only doubt in my mind was what the route would be after we went around the gold club at Walton Heath.
Luckily we made enough right choices so anyone looking at the GPS trace would have no idea we were making it up. Out first stroke of luck was to follow a permissive ride after hitting the main trail past the golf club. A little further along we heard a regular tapping sound from James front tyre and a mighty thorn was causing the problem.
Luckily Barrie wasn’t there to give words of encouragement but his shadow hurried Kev and James along while I stood there and refused to touch the muddy tyre in such warm conditions! Soon sorted we hit the main road and were soon out into Walton on the Hill. A short road section and we were back on our route around Epsom Downs.
From there we were heading back to Staine Street and then to Bike Beans. Having not been there for many months it made an interesting change. There were some general comments that the sugar content of the flap jack was a little on the high side but the coffee was considered excellent and my hot chocolate hit the spot. I’d also like to mention that we have a cycle cafe opening in Bookham very soon, Domestique Cycle Cafe so I look forward to being able to report on them soon as well.
All in all a great ride and some 27+ miles covered.