2 new members joined us today, Andy and Saz, joining 7 regulars. We fancied something a bit different, avoiding the santas in Marlow! So, we took the A4 out of Maidenhead and turned left up Berry Hill, past Cliveden and to Beaconsfield. Everyone was staying together really well at this point, so after taking it steady over the M40 roundabout we zoomed down the hill into Wooburn Green and on to Bourne End. The pace started to pick up a bit and a few of us broke off and went ahead through Marlow (although I was dropped from the main group of Rob, John, Dan, Andy and Dave B).
For those of you out on the clock tower run this morning, just a quick note to say she is back from hospital - but unfortunately she has broken her hand. She sounded in good spirits, if in a bit of pain - the police women who drove her to casualty was lovely and stayed with her for a while.
She said she is going to get on the turbo trainer and keep her fitness up - she was really happy as she was keeping up well today - and will be back fighting fit as soon as she can.
I will write up the run soon for those who weren't there and are wondering what happened....
After we had all had our photo taken for the Advertiser this morning, having had the Birds Hill group cycle down to meet us, we split up into - almost - our usual groups. Dan decided to go with the Birds Hill Group - and Heather was also giving them a go. That left 7 of us - on 6 bikes.....Gurpal was on his second outing on the tandem with Katie from the Irish Paralympic squad who is training with the hope to get to Rio. Well....Gurpal wanted to do a steady flat run "of about 14-15 mph". Thats not quite what happened!
The Maidenhead Advertiser would like to do an article about the club and want to meet a group of members around 9am this sunday at the clock tower. It would be as good to have lots of riders present in club kit. The Birds Hill group will also swing by to increase the numbers, hopefully again all in club kit.
At 8:58 it looked like we might have a Sunday ride consisting purely of Dave’s as Dave B, Dave S and I stood in a cool but sunny station car park. However within 5 minutes we were up to 7 with Gupral, Lesley, Michael and Dan joining us. We decided to take a steady course to Twyford aiming to keep together as a group. Not long after Twyford we found a traffic jam in Sonning caused, not as usual by the queue for the bridge, but by a marching band heading down the street presumably heading to a Remembrance Day service. After Sonning we took the hill up from Playha
With the forecasting starting dry and rain later, 5 riders turned up hoping for a dry ride after getting soaked on the last two Sundays. Based on the clothes being warn, rain wasn’t expected. Les and Anastasia were nearly in full summer kit with bear arms and legs, I was similar but with arm and knee warmers. Colin had a full jacket and I can’t remember what Lucas wore.
Following last Thursday evening at the Maidenhead rowing club there was interest to get a group of members down to Palmer Park http://www.readingleisure.co.uk/palmer-park/ on the next couple of Thursday evenings to a session of group riding. The track is open to the public with the use of geared bikes only. Riders are able to ride the track at their own pace or join a group.
I hope to see you there.
What a difference a week can make. Just seven days after I wished I had brought some sun screen with me on the Boundary Walk, the prospects of getting distinctly wet confronted the three of us who turned up at the Clock Tower this week. Whilst the rest of you stayed warm and dry at home (with the notable exception of Sarah who bravely battled through a 77 miles sportive in Surrey), I was giving my new MDCC winter training jacket a try out, Dan came out on his new winter bike and a new David joined us for the first time.
There was a good turn out this morning, as 12 of us set off from the Clock Tower to do what is quite a standard route for us now. We were joined by 2 of our old friends who have been out with the Bird Hills group more than with us recently (Magnus and Mark) so we probably should have know what was in store...I just hope we haven't frightened Lesley off who was only riding for the 2nd time with us...