Another Sunday and another ride with like minded Moles as we snatch a mainly dry ride from the treat of rain.
BigAl had suggested a longish, hardish ride of riding over to Holmbury AND playing about while we were there. It’s a ride we’ve done before but it’s still full on and if you weren’t on full form you were going to suffer.
Ray rode passed my front door as I was exiting so we rode up to Bockett’s together to find a collection of Moles although rather worryingly BigAl was missing. I later realised that this was more because I was early rather than others being late…. although rides are supposed to start at 8:30am with a 10 minute window for faffing rather than starting at 8:40am…there is a difference! Anyway, a total of 13 Moles assembled and once PaulM turned up I assumed we were all there and headed off. My GPS confirmed this was after 8:40am but we still left without JohnR, who caught us up and Tony who ended up having a solo ride. Eager or what!
Well perhaps a little too eager as we lost TurnerGuy somewhere around Ranmore.
Conditions were somewhat grip limited with some of the usually corners beginning to adopt their winter status but overall you could ride with summer tyres and a slightly less cavalier attitude to cornering. We headed for White Down in order to get a move on. The newly arrived JR plucked what can only be described as a flint ‘fang’ out of his rear tyre and was debating whether to put a tubeless repair in until he saw Barrie watching and then decided a tube was the best option. Soon on our way again we cut across Abinger Roughs and the A25 before popping out behind the Volunteer Pub
We took the steep climb up from the Youth Hostel turning but a low hanging branch soon turned it into a walk for most. This popped us out close to “Babe in the Tree” and we cut across Telegraph to head up the trail to do Secret Squirrel. Now, SS in the dry was excellent this year but in the rain and wet of the recent few days it was more challenging to say the least! Still a good trail and that left us up to climb back up to do some more trails which I’m uncertain of the names of.
Here we unintentionally split again as enthusiasm got the better of the lead riders and a turn got made leaving Kevin on his own and JR, Keith and (?) in a small group, all of whom eventually made it to BKB. We also made out way to BKB and had a good blast going down there. “Energy bar”, a kind of flapjack with seeds and fruit was my cake of choice from the Village store before we began our weary push home. In a moment of weakness I had agreed with BigAl to do the nasty climb up to Ranmore from Abinger Roughs. I think this probably ranks a BC1 of a climb on the MarkyMark climb classification system. However, once up it’s the normal route home.
Something in the region of 25 miles from the car park in total and a massive 2200 calories burnt.