Besides the excellent autumn conditions, we had plenty to smile about: the monthly BBR rolling around; our first BBR to Kent and conditions barely mild enough to get away with a short sleeve jersey (SSJ). Hence the funky overstocks on display, but more so, because of the terrific company. The biggest BBR turnout yet, and how suitable it is to ride the Falling Leaves route through to the Garden of England.
Here are are some fun memories of the day:
Waterloo, as the sun rises. Cold, uncoordinated kit, but still smiling.
The BBR descends upon Cadence Cyclery in Crystal Palace. With friendly staff and the kettle on, we wait for the rest of the gallant brave to turn up and chew on their rocky cakes. Captain and NuStu haven’t seen each other in ages, and have to do a double-take just to be sure.
We’re getting very comfy with the new layout. Cadence have made it dangerously inviting that very quickly every chair in the store is taken. We don’t want to get a bad rep, and should really press on. Enter the Easy Rider, DC. Catching up will have to continue on the bike.
And the lesson for the day is: don’t ride a fence. Ride your bike. We look across the fields and see the centre of the city in the distance. It doesn’t take long to discover the open road around here.
Churchill’s home of Chartwell is a good place to explore, and a good place to sit down for yet another cuppa. The LBCC takes cycling seriously and good conversation is essential on a BBR. 4hrs and 70 miles later it’s we’re back in time for lunch. What a great way to do a Sunday ride.
The BBR is a chilled ride. The next one is Sunday 14 December 2014. We hope to see you there.