Weekend Round-up: 26/27 March 2022PhillBrown
With the sun high in the sky and not a cloud in sight, it was a stellar weekend for riding bikes… With half the usual suspects off on a training camp in Spain, it was a reduced turn out of only 14 for the Saturday endurance ride. Splitting into two groups for safety reasons, newly elected Racing Secretary Joe Shepherd joined the first group on the road and reported:
The second group split up across the course and stalwart Matt Smith was the only one to make it to the mid-ride stop. Chapeau Matt.
Sunday regular Robert Nuttall reported on the Sunday Endurance ride:
The team was led by Phill Brown who, having averaged 32kph on Saturday, set a quick pace. However he perhaps forgot that the Sunday team need 3 Weetabix and several coffees before they can sustain that kind of speed! With Bolderwood looming and a steep gradient, it was time to engage the low gears. On recovery at the top, a sharp right and a downhill spin brought us to Emery Down and Minstead. A lovely part of the forest made all the more so by the beautiful weather.
The ride was still at a brisk pace, thankfully causing no problems. We passed through Bartley and at the T junction in Ashurst we turned left onto the busy Lyndhurst road. Within half a mile we took a right turn, away from the traffic, and passed Longdown Dairy Farm. A straight road together with a tail wind enabled us to pick up the pace en route to Beaulieu. No donkeys around to cause an obstruction so on to Brockenhurst and a welcome stop at Setley Ridge tearooms where we enjoyed coffee and cake.
A thoroughly enjoyable ride with great company.
Joe Shepherd was left flying solo for NFCC at the first round of the Southern XC Series after Catherine Pascoe who was also due to ride had to miss out due to illness – fingers crossed for a speedy recovery Catherine!
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