Surrey Hills Day Ride
On Friday 17th September, a group of 24 riders gathered at Burrows Lea Country House for the Club Peloton Surrey Hills day ride, the first in a series of long overdue UK-based day rides which are running over the coming months.
Burrows Lea Country House
The planned route
As always, there was plenty of on-road support with a Ride Captain in each group and a support vehicle, which took the lead re-checking the route and setting up the morning coffee stop. The medic and mechanic were also on hand at the start, half-way and finish points.
A packed lunch, including a cream tea, was served back at Burrows Lea Country House, along with ice cold beers!
“I was very pleased to take part in the first ‘live’ Club Peloton event since the COVID situation brought everything to a standstill.
The atmosphere was a little tense with no one quite knowing what to expect or what behaviour was okay or not when cycling within COVID restrictions. Great to see so many old friends (some old and some who just look old) and get out of the home office back on a bike. Lots of stories of life and work in the last six or seven months were shared.
We were spoiled with beautiful blue skies and although we started out feeling pretty cold we ended with a very nice packed lunch and BEER sitting out in the sun. The new format of being allocated in fixed groups of six from the start and throughout the whole day was easy to manage and actually worked really well. For me the biggest improvement was having a fixed base location and riding two different circuits from there, one before a very good cup of tea with plenty of fine cake mid-morning and one after. Also being able to leave your kit in one place made the logistics very easy, not only for the riders but even more so for the crew.
In fact I didn’t hesitate to book the next event coming up in Bristol. Hope to see you on the 16th Oct!”
For some riders this was the first time they’d been out riding in a group since the beginning of lockdown, so not only did the ride provide many with a chance to get back on their bike but also the opportunity to catch up and network with old friends and the Club Peloton team.