Only 2 for todays ride. Holiday season is upon us and most currently away. Only Myself and Jenny for a swift start at Cheam Station.
Ride started out at a steady pace from Cheam heading out through the usual route of Epsom and up past the hospital. Being bank holiday weekend the roads seemed a little busier than usual but we were quickly though the Hussle of the high street and out on the Surrey roads.
Our route for today (With thanks to Trevor, Stolen from his Strava account) was fairly flat but did still have a couple of tests in them. We made quick work of the hill just past the hospital on Woodcote Green Road. Its a small climb but gives the legs a good test. After I had only just completed an FTP Ramp test the day before my legs were screaming a little louder than usual today but a good talking to made them understand there was work to do.
As there was no pickup from Leatherhead today I decided to bypass and instead head over to Headley Via Hurst Lane. With an Average Gradient of 7% it’s a hard climb. No Personal best today on this one. Once we reached the top though we had a good couple of miles of easy riding through Headley Lane and round the back of Dorking up Pixham lane.
Once we reached the top of Pixham Lane we crossed over Reigate road and up the Punchy Punchbowl Lane. For me was a 3rd best time. This has always been one that gets the better of me. Not sure why but it’s a good tester for Legs, Heart and willpower so I was happy to see an improvement from a couple of weeks ago. Maybe the thought of a cookie and coffee coming shortly spurred the extra work on.
After Punchbowl the rest of the route was all downhill leading past Cedarwood Farm in the back of Brockham and out onto the Village Green for our coffee stop for the day.
Our Return route just followed the reverse with the exception a short extension out of Brockham towards south onto Red Lane then back round to Punchbowl Lane.
Thanks to Trevor for the route and to Jenny for the company. Hope I didn’t bore you with my waffle.
Numbers for the ride
Elevation: 652m (2142ft)
Average Speed: 13mph (22km/h)
Link to Coffee Stop: The Reading Room (No Website but Trip Advisor Link)