Getting into the swing of winter training now after having two weeks of resting up. This week has been about clocking a decent mileage through steady rides. After meeting up with Mikey and Luke in East Grinstead we trundled down to Lingfield then up Crockham Hill near Edenbridge. A consequence of always talking myself up as a climber is I feel like I have to show off to whoever I am riding with whenever the road rears upwards. Today I used Crockham Hill for this. Luke established a good pace on the front before I came through and slowly upped the pace so it didn’t look like an all out attack. I am very competitive even on training rides so I do have to admit I was pleased when I looked behind me and could only see Mikey about 15 seconds back. Very satisfying, and a 3rd overall on the Strava segment was also appreciated!
What was even more satisfying was reaching the Velo House in Tunbridge Wells after a series of nasty ramps. The Velo House is a personal favourite and for those who have been there before will understand why. Ample space for bike parking, delicious food and a cyclist atmosphere is perfect after a few hours outside in the cold. Coffee and banana bread went down very nicely indeed.
After that it was a swift pedal back to Forest Row, doing 78kms in the end.