A glorious Sunday morning, ideal for a cross country blast to Reigate. This week 10 of us started and 10 finished up where they should be!
Matt, Keith, Mark, Mike, Paul, Paul901, Barrie, Roo, David and myself started out from Bocketts farm and set a fast pace down towards the back of the Leatherhead Leisure Center. The pack soon split into two as I found a good pace again and we gathered ourselves up at the base of Alsation to brief Paul901 on what was ahead. Mark did an excellent job of keeping Barrie tucked in second as he led up through the narrow, vegetation lined cutting.
A brief pause to let the back markers catch up at the gatehouse and off we set again towards Headley. My Spider with Bonty XDX tyres to was proving to be a fast steed and with Matt taking it easy (don’t worry, he couldn’t keep that up for the whole ride) I kept towards the front of the pack and tried to keep Barrie (on his SS) in my sights.
Barrie was further slowed just after Headley by a puncture and offered to catch us up, so we set off again towards Reigate with Mark leading and me sweeping up the tail markers. Some great sideways action on loose sandy trails and before long we were at up on Colley Hill.
Here Paul901 opted to take the direct route to the tea room while the rest if us headed down the chalky slope to ride round the foot of Gatton Park and torture ourselves up the final climb. Keith pushed me right to the end on this climb but we reached the car park to find a closed tea room. Closed for refurbishment mid season; riiiiight…
With options limited we took on what supplies we had before deciding to head back to Headley Heath car park and try the mobile tea room there. Luckily it’s mainly downhill and the pace was quick with the only danger coming from golf balls as we crossed the golf course. The mobile tea room proved well worth the extra wait though and I’ve done a short review of that on another article for later this week.
Refueled we set off through Secret Singletrack which was also in ideal condition before the bracken gets too high. One early corner proved too fast for me as I ploughed straight into the undergrowth, failing to trouble the turning ability of the tyres but overall the whole section flowed. With this rapidly followed by Alsation on the downward leg speeds were probably too fast and Matt jumped the road close to perfectly as witnessed by Mark.
A cracking ride and Paul901 now has a new perspective on mountain bikes having originally decided to buy his Whyte 901 to slow down a bit…whoops!