Last Saturday saw a healthy DV turn out of 10 in spite of a cold (1degC) start.
A magnificent 7, including Nigel, Olivia, MattW, MalcolmK, Boysie, AndrewW, and new boy Leo, headed out via Cobham to Ripley for some cake-fuel before heading over Staple Lane to ease the cake guilt. Circling back via East Horsley made for a nice 30mile route.
A supposedly faster group of me, Dr David and Rob had intended to do a c.50mi route to Shere round Cranleigh back around outskirts of Guildford, but that plan was thwarted by one broken chain. So we went first back to Thames Ditton to repair that, and then out through Esher, Cobham, Plough Lane, Hungry Hill, Staple Lane. From there the plan was to go down towards the A25, circling back to climb up Coombe Bottom.
However, a surprisingly slippery hairpin caught out Dr David whose head was very glad to have been protected by a helmet (note: Dittons Velo are helmet fascists. We wear our brains on the inside of our heads, we find they work better that way). David’s hand was not so lucky – taking the impact as he fell – he’s now sporting a nasty swollen sprained thumb. Thankfully no breaks. The speedy 23mm Vittorias will now be swapped for the more grippy Gatorskins, says David.