Today’s ride marked the first proper, full distance ride, for me in a month. Although I don’t feel 100% fit I feel a whole lot better than the past four weeks.12 Moles turned up at the Farm. MarkyMark, Gary, Steve, PaulM, Kev, Karl, BigAl, Iain, DaveS, DannyP all showed up to join me as well as a returning Andy661.
The plan was simple and entailed our Classic Reigate run which is a nice even ride after you get up Alsatian. Speaking of Alsatian I managed to check with the owner of said canines that they are still the original dogs, still going strong. The trails were surprisingly dry in many places and unsurprisingly muddy in others. Big Al and myself took out singlespeeds out for a spin and, again, it’s a great route for these simple machines (less simple in Al’s case – Ibis Tranny)
Andy661 had a small chain issue but that was soon sorted and we were soon on Headley. Weather was mild for the time of year, obviously helping the drying conditions. The trip to Reigate was uneventful and we did the cheeky loop down through Gatton Park but with the standard climb. Luckily we got to the top of Reigate Hill in time to stop Gary buying any coffee as the plan was to head straight back to Ali’s on Headley Heath to enjoy the promise of hot eccles cakes (read bacon and egg roll in BigAl’s dictionary)
On the return leg I got distracted and missed the right turn over the M25 and hence ended up in the middle of the pack yelling at the others to stop as they went past another piece of prime singletrack. DannyP trailed me down this section keeping me on my toes as I did my best to set a decent pace. MarkyMark did a superb job of looking after the back of the pack.
Ali’s Cafe now just a stones throw away and Andy661 proudly said his superior power had dropped Steve up the final climb, at least I think that’s what he said as he collapsed! Only joking! While watering and refuelling I was hailed by Rich of the DoMTB group and I exchange Seasons Greetings with him and Wobbem. They’d detoured off their route to take in SS which was out next target.
Given the conditions SS was close to perfect in terms of grip level and I took close to 20 seconds off my previous best time down there although still some way behind DannyP and BigAl who were both on fire. It’s one of the best sub 2 minutes sections in the area in my book. So good, 10 of us did it again!
From there we headed straight back to the Farm where we all agreed it was a great ride. Quote of the day goes to DannyP;
Me – “You need to get out with us more at the weekend Danny”
DannyP – “Yeah, difficult, I still like my wife”
Kev and I left it there and rode down into Fetcham.