Hills, Thrills & Lovely Cake

For the first time we managed to get together and get out on our bikes. We set out with the intention of covering some 25 miles, including a few hills and a stop for coffee!

Warlingham and out into the Surrey/Kent border is a pretty hilly area, you can’t leave my house without having to go up a pretty steep climb on your return. Despite riding on the flat most of the time, Adam was determined to get some climbs under his belt so he came over to my house and we set out from there. I think it’s fair to say that Adam found out the nature of the terrain round my way pretty early on but enjoyed hurtling down Titsey Hill immensely!

I was enjoying getting to grips with my new bike on a longer and more challenging ride, it was brilliant to push it around the Surrey roads to see just how different it was to my old Specialized hybrid bike. All credit to Proops, he kept going and we rewarded ourselves with coffee and cake at the Westerham Cyclery.

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Standard Poses

We’d never been to the Westerham Cyclery before but I shall definitely be going back, it’s great. As well as the drop in cafe there is a bike shop and a workshop. There are secure bike racks and free locks to borrow from the main desk which is great if you’re only planning a quick stop on your ride and don’t want to carry round a heavy lock. We took our choice of drink and slice of cake and set out back towards home, still with around 10 miles to go and the largest climb of the day.

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We Both Made It Up Clarks Lane….Eventually!

It’s a tough climb up Clarks Lane at any time, let alone nearing the end of a ride, but there is nowhere to hide on the route (no pavements or stopping areas) so you have to get through it. I’d done the climb a few times so I knew what to expect but it was a bit tougher for Adam – he made it though so that was a massive achievement in itself.

I really enjoyed the outing and, despite it hurting quite a bit, Adam was pleased to get some hill experience into his legs. Our motto of the day was borrowed from Jens Voight – “Shut Up Legs!”. We just about managed to beat the weather so that was a bonus and we managed a very respectable 26 mile trip.

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Pre Hill Selfie

I think we both realised we’ve got lots to achieve before the Paris trip but, thankfully, we’ve got lots of time to do it!

Looking forward to the next outing already

Iain

About iamiain

Nearly 40, cycling newbie, hoping to conquer London To Paris in 2017
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4 Responses to Hills, Thrills & Lovely Cake

  1. Good stuff fellas keep it up! When it comes to preparing for multi day endurance rides, there’s no substitute for racking up miles in the legs!

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