Sunday 6th February, a very blustery day, but otherwise dry, apart from 1 short afternoon shower, having a record 27 registered for this Challenge ride, but with 5 cancellations, also 1 of group 1 missing the start, but arriving in time to join group 3, leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Motspur park, North Cheam, the Wrythe, Hackbridge, -group 1 joined by 2 more Cyclists-, Beddington Park, Wallington, Waddon, South Croydon, – with the long climb to Sanderstead, leaving 1 member of group 1 deciding to ‘de-layer’ some clothing-, Hamsey Green, Warlingham, to Old Farleigh for lunch at ‘the Harrow’ (Vintage Inns), after a surprise presentation Card & Evans token to John E for his impending 80th Birthday the next day,
-group 1 missed a turn, (maybe it was more scenic, 😉), thus enabling group 2 to take the lead-, Fickleshole, West Wickham, Shirley, Ashburton Fields, Woodside, Heavers Meadow (Photo group 1), Thornton heath, to Norbury for Tea & Bread pudding at the Moon under Water (Wetherspoons), -somehow group 3 missed a turn for the Tea stop-, Mitcham Eastfields, -where groups 1 & 2 became 1 super group,-, Morden Hall Park, Merton park, Wimbledon Chase, Raynes park, New Malden, Norbiton, to finish back in Kingston. Total 44 Miles, 1 new face, very special thanks to Bai & Carl for leading groups 2 & 3, thanks to Mike L, Chris F & Andrea for back marking each group. Thanks to John D for the BP.
Map :- www.plotaroute.com/route/821611 (the Red dotted line, shows the more scenic route followed by group 1).