Club run to Isfield Station
The new 9 o’clock start times seem to be proving popular, with five
other riders sitting in the bus shelter at Turners Hill when I arrived
on Sunday morning. When I suggested a route to take though, I was booed
off the stage as it involved about 1300ft of climbing! The more
favoured alternative was to take Richard Woodwards less savage tried
and trusted route to Isfield Station – purveyors of fine mugs of tea,
bread pudding & bacon sarnies.
So it was then that we set off at a fairly moderate pace towards
Sharpthorne when it soon became obvious that Roy was not happy as he
started to drift off the back. By the time we had climbed out of
Twyford, Roy decided to call it a day and turned for home. Home, being
Woldingham meant he still had quite a ride ahead of him anyway. We bid
him farewell and continued on our way.
After a right turn in Chelwood Gate, we headed south past Sheffield
Park and through Newick. We were soon on the route of the Barcombe road
race circuit which seemed to stir Marek up as he and me started
sprinting for the tops of the many hillocks along this road. Mareks
excuse was that he was in training for the Hillingdon Winter Series. We
all grouped up again in Barcombe however, and wended our way the short
distance remaining to the cafe stop where we re-fueled with lavish
helpings of tea/coffee/cake/bacon sandwiches.
After the tea stop, Paul & Richard decided to take the short route
home as Richard wasn’t feeling too great after picking up a cold during
the week. Marek, Alan & me wanted some more, so we headed for the
hills. We crossed the A26 and went up through Framfield and Hadlow
Down, across the 272 and on to Crowborough where we turned west and
over Kingstanding. That was followed by a blast down Kids Hill and a
time trial to Forest Row where we turned up the old railway track to
Grinstead where Marek duly punctured, 20 yards before the end or the
Feeling suitably spent, we all made our own ways home, which for me
still meant crawling back over Turners Hill.