5th August Rides for Explorers – Olympic Highlights

You read about it in London Cyclist and you watched the Olympic cyclists do it at high speed ; now experience it on the ground.

Meet Fountain Car Park;  Bushy Park at 10.00.

We follow a modified version of the Olympic Road Race course in Surrey. Unlike the racers we stop for coffee and lunch and have more time to enjoy the scenery of the Surrey Hills. About 50 miles. Quite hilly.

Route

Seven of us assembled in a rainy Bushy Park and the rain continued to our coffee break in Brooklands. By the time we had turned off from congested Byfleet to quiet Pyrford the rain had eased off and by Ripley we were enjoying sunshine that lasted for the rest of the day. As we climbed over the North Downs the sun was raising snakes of vapour from the road and the interested descent of Coombe Bottom was made more so by water lying across the road.

The seating in the stream-side garden had dried by the time we reached the Compasses Inn at Gomshall where a variety of food and drink were quickly provided.

The main road into Dorking allowed some good speeds and we passed an interesting new sculpture before taking on Box Hill.

We sped home via Headley and Tolworth getting back to Bushy Park by about 5pm. One of us then cycled back to Greenwich – chapeau Anna !