Sunday 11th December. A mostly bright day saw 17, no 1 more has snuck in, 18 Cyclists left via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton, Hanworth, River Crane path, Twickenham, -having to negotiate the delightful Street fair/ Market in St Margerets- Richmond Bridge to Richmond for lunch at the White Cross, (with some confusion with a chaotic ordering system) then Richmond Hill, Richmond Park to Roehampton gate, Roehampton, Putney Heath, Wimbledon Common to the ‘Windmill tea room’ for Tea & BP, then Wimbledon Village, Copse Hill, Malden Golf course, Norbiton to Kingston. Total 22 Miles, 1 visit from the ‘P fairy’. Thanks to Bob for Back marking, & to John for the very special Bread Pudding.
Sunday 20th November. Part 1, a very overcast day, with strong Winds, but otherwise dry day, saw 8 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Thames towpath to Hampton Court, Molesey, Esher, Claygate, Chessington, Tolworth, Old Malden, to New Malden for lunch at Woodies- where due to delayed taking of orders, the Leader took the opportunity to repair his Puncture-, continuing via Berrylands to Kingston. Total 16 Miles, 1 new face. Thanks to Ellie….and John for Back marking. 1 Puncture.
Part 2, with the wind now a stiff Breeze, we said goodbye to 3 & hello to 2, so 7 Cyclists left via Portsmouth Rd & the new Cycle path, (still partly shared with Pedestrians, because of ongoing Path & Landscaping work), Giggshill Green, Weston Green, Esher, Walton on Thames, Thames towpath to Molesey, for Tea & BP at Molesey Cricket club, then Hampton Court Bridge, Bushy park, Hampton Wick & Kingston bridge. Total 13 Miles, 1 new face. Thanks to Ralph for Back marking and to John for the Bread pudding .
Sunday 6th November, A bright Sunny start, with increasing Cloud as the day progressed, with a late Shower to Dampen the mood, saw 18 Cyclists, leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Motspur park, the Joseph Hood Park, West Sutton,- where the first visit from the ‘P fairy’ and a failed repair, led to 1 person saying farewell & heading for the Train,- Cheam Village, Nonsuch Park, East Ewell, Epsom, Ashtead Park to Ashtead for lunch at ‘the Woodman’, after some confusion with 1 order, a slightly delayed restart via Leatherhead, Fetcham, where a ‘strategic decision’,led to a shorter, but slightly hillier route, Stoke D’Abernon, Cobham to Claremont Lakes for Tea & BP, then Esher, Hinchley wood- where the 2nd visit from the ‘P Fairy’, and a very gallant John E willing to help the victim, the remainder of group continued in the by now steady Rain-, Long Ditton, Surbiton to Kingston. Total 29 Miles, 2 Punctures.
Thanks to Will & Jon for acting as Back markers and others for marking corners, also thanks to John for the BP.
Sunday 23rd October, a mostly bright Morning with more cloud later, saw 18 Cyclists Remember the alternative start from the Fountain, New Malden, (see if you can track how many Parks & Commons we traverse), via Motspur park, – where a severely snagged Chain, caused Andrea to abandon the ride, 😦,- West Barnes, Morden, Merton park, South Wimbledon,- where we were joined by 1 extra Cyclist-, Graveney River Park, Tooting, Tooting Bec Common, Streatham hill, Tulse hill, Brockwell Park, Dulwich, Dulwich Park, East Dulwich, Peckham Rye Park, Nunhead to Brockley for lunch at the ‘Brockley Jack’, then Ladywell Fields to join the ‘Waterlink way’, via Catford, the Pool River Park, Lower Sydenham, Cator Park, Clock house, Maberley Park, South Norwood Park, Norwood, Heavers Meadow, Selhurst, West Croydon to Wandle Park for Tea & BP, then Waddon, Beddington, Beddington Park, Hackbridge, the Wrythe, Benhilton, Pyl Brook path, Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Park, Motspur park to New Malden. Total 33 Miles, 1 new face, I make it 14 Parks & Commons !
Thanks to Steve for Back marking, and many others for marking corners, and as always, thanks to John for the Bread-pudding.
Sunday 9th October. A bright Sunny Morning, with a Chilly breeze, saw 19 Cyclists dodge the ‘Fun runners’, via Skerne Rd, Towpath, Aerospace estate, Ham, Ham gate of Richmond park, to Sheen gate, East Sheen, Mortlake, Chiswick bridge, Grove park, Chiswick green, Acton, Acton park, West Acton, Park Royal, Stonebridge park, Wembley, Preston park, Kenton, Belmont to Stanmore for lunch at the ‘Duck in the pond’, afterwards a steady climb through Harrow Weald, to Harrow Weald Common, where John D suffered a slip, resulting in a few grazes, then Headstone lane, Headstone Manor park, West Harrow, W. Harrow Rec., South Harrow, Northolt to Northala Fields for Tea & BP at ‘San Remo’ Cafe, having dodged the Shower that had left some sizeable puddles, (could we get back to Kingston without more Rain?..), Southall, Norwood green, Osterley Park, (with Rainbow), Osterley, Worton, Whitton, Twickenham, Fulwell, Teddington, – where the Heavens finally opened-, Hampton Wick, Kingston bridge. Total 43 Miles, 2 new faces.
Thanks to Bai for Back marking & many others for watching corners.
Sunday 25th September. Part 1, a mostly bright day with a Chilly breeze saw 23 Cyclists leave the finish of Kingston’s half Marathon behind via Skerne Rd, Kingston gate of Richmond park, the ‘Tamsin trail’, Ham gate, Ham, Ham house, Thames towpath to Richmond Bridge, (with a small detachment almost missing the ramp to the Bridge), Ducks walk, St Margerets, Isleworth, Whitton, Twickenham, Fulwell to Teddington lock for lunch at ‘the Anglers’, then Hampton wick & Kingston Bridge. Total 13 Miles, thanks to Jon W for back marking.
The ride was followed by saying a very fond farewell to Nick & Ruth who are moving to pastures new, we’re certainly going to miss all the Photo’s from Ruth, & I’ll also miss Nick’s sage advice.
Part 2. With 14 people saying adieu, but hello to 6 fresh faces, 15 Cyclists left via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Motspur park, West Barnes, Merton park, South Wimbledon, to Wimbledon park for Tea & BP, then uphill to Wimbledon village, Copse hill, Malden Golf course, Mount Pleasant, Norbiton, to Kingston. Total 16 Miles, 2 new faces, thanks to Mike F for acting as back marker.
Wednesday 14th September. With rapidly fading light, 10 Cyclists left via Kingston bridge, towpath to Hampton Court bridge, East Molesey, Esher, to Claygate for refreshments at ‘the Swan Inn’, then Hinchley wood, Long Ditton, Surbiton to Kingston. Total 11 Miles.
Sunday 11th September, a bright Sunny day saw 19 Cyclists leave via Kingston bridge, Bushy park, Hampton, Hanworth, Feltham, East Bedfont, Stanwell, Stanwell moor, Poyle, Harmondsworth moor to Harmondsworth for lunch at ‘the Five Bells’, afterwards a visit to the ‘Great Barn’ was enjoyed before re-mounting the Bikes to West Drayton, then Grand union canal towpath, North Hyde, Norwood green, to Osterley park for Tea & BP, Osterley, Isleworth, Mogden works, Twickenham, (where a lack of Trains meant those who hoped to get off early were thwarted), Strawberry hill, Teddington, Hampton wick to Kingston bridge. Total 31 Miles
Thanks to John E for back marking & many others for corner marking and to John D for the Breadpudding.
Sunday 21st August. A mostly bright day saw 20 Cyclists leave via Portsmouth Rd, (passing the steadily growing Cycle track), Giggshill green, Weston green, Esher, Walton on Thames, Ashley park, Walton bridge, Shepperton, Chertsey bridge, Chertsey meads, Addlestone, Bretlands to Lyne for Lunch at ‘the Royal Marine’- with some electing to move on to the ‘Virginia water Cafe’ as an alternative lunch venue -, then Trumps green, Virginia water, to reconvene with the rest of the group in Windsor Great park, and a busy Pedestrian/ Dog/ Buggy & Cycle path, via the ‘Totem pole’ to the Savill Garden gate, Egham wick, Egham, Staines bridge, Staines, then Thames towpath, Penton hook, Laleham, Shepperton, Upper Haliford, Sunbury – where the intended Tea stop at the ‘Walled garden’ had already stopped serving before 4pm-, so continuing via Hampton to Bushy park & the ‘Pheasantry’ for Tea & BP, Hampton wick gate & Kingston Bridge. Total 38 Miles, 4 new faces.
Thanks to Steve for Back marking, (and assistance from John) & others for watching junctions & John for the Bread pudding.
Casualty update : Andrew is fine but with a very swollen Wrist, he didn’t visit Hospital last night, but has had an X ray on the Wrist as a precaution. He still hopes to join us on another ride soon.
A bright evening saw 10 Cyclists leave via Kingston bridge, where an accident for 1 of our party led to us calling the Ambulance service, who rapidly sent a Cycle paramedic to assess the victim,- who was still feeling very dizzy, I will check on his condition later- the remainder of the group continued via Bushy park, Hampton, Fulwell, River Crane path, Kneller gardens to Twickenham for refreshments at ‘the Sussex arms’, then Strawberry hill, Teddington, Hampton wick to Kingston. Total 8 Miles, 4 new faces.
Thanks to Steve J & Jon for back marking