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...
Seven of us made it out on a chillier morning - autumn feels like its arrived. David D came along in his running kit to say hi before he went on to run the Maidenhead half marathon (which he did in 1 hour 43mins - well done!) and we had a chat about Gurpals 12 hour tt (196 miles - again well done!), and Dave B wanted to find a hill we had been down in the winter and do it again (but forgot to say that he wanted to go down it again....more on that later!)