After a few weeks where getting out and off-road on my bike has had to take a back seat to “life” I have been out 3 times in 4 days – twice on the South Downs and once, with Patrick, up into the Surrey Hills. The weather has been so kind since last Thursday and the ground, for the most part, has dried up and is reasonably fast rolling – I just had to make the most of it. There are still a few very clayey claggy sections and some very dry and dusty sections in the sandstone. Whatever the conditions though the riding has been good – and for some stupid reason I keep wanting to challenge myself with steepish climbs and sections requiring increased skill.
Thursday’s afternoon ride seemed unreal in warm bright sunshine, only 14 hours after walking in the cold and rain along the canals of Manchester after seeing Bruce Sringsteen at the Ethiad Stadium. Saturday’s ride was pure fun and exhaustion, and yesterday’s ride was very slow 🙂