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South Western Road Club Randonee

June 5, 2005

Today the Molesey BBT cyclist went to Cobham and rode the South Western Road Club‘s Randonée. Nice event, well organised with a 45mile and a 90mile run. The 90 mile run was actually 85.23 miles according to my trip computer. The weather was near perfect, except the wind, which seemed to be against us the whole way. The plan was for those of us doing the long ride together while at the same time trying to do a good time. The riders were dispatched in small groups five minutes apart and our group left at 9:15 with the idea that we would try and tack onto a fast group as it past us.

The plan was good as it went, except we went off to quickly and one of our number was dropped on the climb to White Down so we were down to three, but as is often the case in these rides we picked up another rider and pushed on through Holmbury St Mary over the hill. By now our group of four was working well though I did later think we went to fast at the point. At the first check point at Ellen’s Green, we just got our cards signed and pressed on. Our group grew to about eight, however the new four were absent from the front of the group leaving the work to the original four. The second checkpoint was at the cafe by the river at Amberley Station. Again we did not stop for food but pressed on again, reducing the group to five.

Somewhere between this checkpoint and the next, again at Ellen’s Green, we dropped the rider who had been tagging along without working at the front. At Ellen’s Green we were informed that we were the first group on the long ride to get there so we pressed on. The route back took us over the A24 to Newdigate. Just outside Newdigate the extra rider we had picked up got cramp and told us to go on.

The climb to Polsden Lacy, a 20% climb. It was hell but no one got off to push. Prior to the climb the three of us agreed that we would finish as a three and not race, good job to.

Finished before 2pm (not sure exactly when but the results will be out some time) and we were the first back, which was nice. My speedometer showed a time of 4:27:37 and an average speed of 19.1mph, which is much better than I expected. Amazing what riding in a group does.

Anyway a big thank you to the South Western Road Club for running the event.

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South Western Road Club Randonee

June 5, 2005

Today the Molesey BBT cyclist went to Cobham and rode the South Western Road Club‘s Randonée. Nice event, well organised with a 45mile and a 90mile run. The 90 mile run was actually 85.23 miles according to my trip computer. The weather was near perfect, except the wind, which seemed to be against us the whole way. The plan was for those of us doing the long ride together while at the same time trying to do a good time. The riders were dispatched in small groups five minutes apart and our group left at 9:15 with the idea that we would try and tack onto a fast group as it past us.

The plan was good as it went, except we went off to quickly and one of our number was dropped on the climb to White Down so we were down to three, but as is often the case in these rides we picked up another rider and pushed on through Holmbury St Mary over the hill. By now our group of four was working well though I did later think we went to fast at the point. At the first check point at Ellen’s Green, we just got our cards signed and pressed on. Our group grew to about eight, however the new four were absent from the front of the group leaving the work to the original four. The second checkpoint was at the cafe by the river at Amberley Station. Again we did not stop for food but pressed on again, reducing the group to five.

Somewhere between this checkpoint and the next, again at Ellen’s Green, we dropped the rider who had been tagging along without working at the front. At Ellen’s Green we were informed that we were the first group on the long ride to get there so we pressed on. The route back took us over the A24 to Newdigate. Just outside Newdigate the extra rider we had picked up got cramp and told us to go on.

The climb to Polsden Lacy, a 20% climb. It was hell but no one got off to push. Prior to the climb the three of us agreed that we would finish as a three and not race, good job to.

Finished before 2pm (not sure exactly when but the results will be out some time) and we were the first back, which was nice. My speedometer showed a time of 4:27:37 and an average speed of 19.1mph, which is much better than I expected. Amazing what riding in a group does.

Anyway a big thank you to the South Western Road Club for running the event.

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One Comment
  1. Sounds really interesting. I’ve only ridden in groups of 3 to 4 and all going back to the late 1980s. I still have to “renew” my bicycle—one of these days.

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