Monday, 31 March 2014

Beginners ride on Saturday 29th March

  Warm sunshine at last and a light southeasterly wind. Brian Bent led this ride to Epsom Downs.
Photo courtesy of Colin Quemby neatly captures the moment of departure from Nonsuch.

This was the last of the winter rides, the launch of the summer schedule begins next Saturday.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Date error in previous post

  I meant to give the date of the next all day ride as the 19th April, not the 18th.
Apologies for the mistake.

Second instalment of ride on the 15th March

  After a circuit of the Great Park ending up going around the lake, we stopped at the recently opened visitor centre near the Car Park on the A30 . It was even warm enough for some to sit outside.

  We then sped downhill to Virginia Water and via Addlestone to admire the new bridge at Walton. Thence to Hampton Court and  Five on the Bridge for a tea stop, where some peeled off. Via the South side of the Thames we were back at Berrylands for 4pm. I did 50 miles in total from home, so most must have done something similar. Thanks to Eddie and Tony for back marking.
  What a difference the weather makes! As I write this it is cold and grey with an East Wind. More normal weather for March.
  Incidentally, the cafe at Molesey Cricket Ground by the river has been refurbished, offering more seating, bike stands and access to the loo in the clubhouse. Definitely worth checking out.
  The next allday ride will be on the 18th April. Details will be published here soon.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Ride on the 15th March to Windsor Great Park

14 intrepid riders turned up at Kingston under cloudy skies , including one new grandmother, Stephanie, and minus Godfrey who went to Nonsuch Park by mistake.
We went via Cobblers Way through Bushey Park where the sun come out and via Hanwell, Ashford,  Staines and Egham to the BishopsGate entrance to the Great Park. This took just over 2 hours at a steady pace as I don't usually do coffee stops on these rides, and there were no mishaps despite the generally poor state of the roads.
In the Park we paused at the foot of Snowshill where a large group of riders from Dalston appeared in their Rapha gear and obligingly took a photo for us with the castle just visible in the background.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

The next Saturday all day ride

Day ride to Virginia Water on 15th March
Note that this ride sets out from the Kingston side of Kingston Bridge at 10am, not Nonsuch Park.
I aim to go through Bushey Park and via Staines and Egham to get to Windsor Great Park at the BishopsGate entrance.
After that it will be around the Park to the new visitor centre by the lake for a snack stop. There is outside and inside seating so a picnic is also possible.
Then it will be back via Virginia Water, Addlestone , and Walton to Kingston.
I estimate the ride will be about 40 miles with only one hill outside Egham and the occasional lumpy bit in the Great Park.
Trains are available at various places on the way back if it gets to be too much, but otherwise we should be back at Kingston by 4.30pm.