Woking Midweek Wayfarers Group 4 Ride ~ 7 June 2017

Those chasing dreams rode all the way from home to the south coast and back, and well done to them – a good 100 miles probably. And not without problems either: Don broke a spoke but was saved by  Petersfield Cycleworks who sold him a new wheel – and still he, William, Martin and Matt arrived before the train-assisted bunch (yours truly included) made it to coffee at Stansted House.

This is a ride eagerly anticipated by many each year. Why, you may ask? The answer is easy: we all love the Bosham Ferry crossing. And it wasn’t long before we reached it.

We weren’t entirely sure how much spray might land on our bikes during the short crossing, since it was really quite windy, but there was no need to worry – it wasn’t that bad. As you can see, it was a glorious day, if a little chilly in exposed places.

On the other side we set off again, with John Murdoch choosing an excellent route as ever. It’s nice and flat round here and we were lucky to have the wind behind us for most of the ride. After riding through Birdham Pool we soon arrived at our lunch stop, the Crown and Anchor at Dell Quay, where we enjoyed crab sandwiches and other delectables.

View from the bar

Getting to Dell Quay from Birdham Pool


… or maybe waiting for it!

We followed the delightful Centurion Way northwards until we could go no further – unsafe tunnel, so we came off it and back on to roads, at which point the group split, some heading for Petersfield and their cars, whilst others headed homewards intent on cycling all the way. These were those who had cycled down plus one – me!

The tailwind greatly enhanced our journey homewards through Singleton, Cocking, Selham, Lodsworth, Lickfold, Wormley, Hambledon (and a welcome cuppa at the shop) after which we went our separate ways. It was a great day, all in all, and how fortunate we were to enjoy excellent weather following two days when you just wouldn’t have wanted to go riding.

Below are a few shots taken on the ride home, followed by a map showing my ride.

A reviving cuppa at the Hambledon Village Shop

To view the route in detail, please click on this link: https://www.strava.com/activities/1025387614

High Turnout for Elstead Audaxes

Warm and sunny weather prevailed for the three Audax events [Stonehenge 206k, Danebury 152k and Elstead 112k] run by club members yesterday.
Eleven club members swelled the high turnout of 94 entries.

Audax Rides from Elstead on Sunday 4th June

This Sunday there will be three Audax rides organised by West Surrey members based at Elstead Village Hall.
The ‘Nearly Stonehenge 200k”, ‘The Danbury 150’ and the ‘Elstead 100’ will start from the Village Hall at 8, 8.30 and 9am.
Food and drink will be served at the start and finish. Route sheets will be available at the start as well as GPX files on the AUK website. Entry on the day for £7.

Woking Sunday Riders

Please note that the ride on Sunday 21st May from Boots in Woking is cancelled as there is no ride leader available on that day.
Good wishes to all
John Wills