There were 7 of us at the Clock Tower on this misty but mild morning. We felt a bit sorry for Malcolm going off on his own - no takers for the slow group this week, although some were tempted by the idea of a ride for coffee at Dinton Pastures! The other 6 decided we would take a ride towards Beaconsfield as 3 of us are heading up that was for a 200km Audax next Saturday.
On this misty Sunday morning would the group hammer round at summer pace or follow the general recommendations to easy off during the winter. Things didn’t look promising as Tom turned up wanting to borrow a pump and had a broken spoke in the front wheel. Stuart still has his extra wide tyres which appear good at through up more muck than 23mm tyres. Heathers expectation was for lasting an hour before bailing out. Sam came by car. Besides myself, Dan and Mike were also raring to going.
A highly motivated team of 8 turned up at the golf club to today’s dash around the Chilterns. With myself, Brett and Stuart present there was concern we were in for another fast ride. Before setting off, a round of insults / criticisms was got in with most of them aimed at Stuart. I missed last weeks ride, but sounded likes Stuarts new BMC complete with cable operated disc brakes didn’t stop very well. Brett turned up without water bottles, so we set of to Holyport all hoping for early bacon butties which never materialised.
On this gray but mild late October Sunday a group of around 11 turned up. I didn’t do a full count to be sure. Dan and Tom who have been out with the Clock Tower ride decided to join us today. The route suggested was the classic route to Pishill with a detour at Stoner.
I am not sure we can really call ourselves the medium paced run at the moment - we have just done 2 very quick weeks compared to our usual speed. Last week we did a variation on the reliability ride- and managed a pace of just under 18mph, and I thought that was a fluke....but maybe it wasn't...
Today’s Bird Hills ride was combined with the club hill climb event. Sarah arrived at the golf club for the first time today along with Dan. Mike wasn’t feeling well so went home before starting. Colin and Stuart were also present. If others turned up, sorry about the lack of a mention as I went straight to the Clock Tower. Sarah Looked in bright spirts after her first ride with the Bird Hills group back to her usual starting point at the clock tower.
Reading the Bird Hills group write up of Sunday mornings ride, I thought I had better write the Clock Tower version up - as it was somewhat slower. Having said that, we were not hanging around too much...
On what was a gorgeous early Autumn day for riding, 7 turn up at the golf club (Dan, Mark, Matthew, George, Stuart, and myself). After shorting out the excuses for poor performance during the ride, it was decided to do the standard Pishill route with an extra loop at the end to allow those struggling or with time pressure to peel off.