Saturday June 29th was the date for the now traditional excursion to
Surrey to ride the route of The Legs of Steel. The 2013 squad consisted
of Martin Harris, 2013 All-comers road race champion Terry Butcher, Adam
Jones, Michael Dean, Dan Jenkins, Marmotte-bound Russell Whitford, Peter
Wilson, 2013 Ladies Road-Race Champion Hayley Williams and Dan's riding
partner Dave (sorry, don't know Dave's surname!).
The convoy met at
Rayleigh (thanks Halfords for use of your car park) at 7:30 and we
arrived at Box Hill a little before 9am. The temperature was still quite
low so most started the ride with arm-warmers or wind-proof jackets, but
these didn't last long as the temperature and gradients warmed up. The
route began with a chilly descent of Box Hill before climbing up from
West Humble to Ranmore Common and immediately dropping down a fast
descent into Dorking.
Special mention to Adam Jones for being the only rider with a steel frame and a standard double (everyone else was on a carbon or aluminium frame with a compact) and to Hayley Williams for being the sole lady rider. She was faster than most of the men up the hills.
I am already looking forward to next year's trip....
Route Map (pdf)
Southend Wheelers enjoying the Surrey Hills