'This road is closed!!'...how many times did we hear this??
Here they come....
We caught the 0759 train from Barnham to Horsham, where Mercy met us and led the ride to Dorking via the quite lanes through Rusper and Capel. Approximate distance was 15 miles to Dorking where we made camp at the Cockerell or is it a Chicken ?? at the Dorking roundabout.
Not as many crowds as I thought there'd be and we had a very good spot to see the cyclists coming directly towards us and then passing us by...in a flash it was all over.
Very exciting atmosphere and the Belles who were wearing the official pink spotty tops were a media magnet with many photographers taking our photos! We'll be looking out for coverage in this weeks magazine and newspapers!
We didn't manage to see Mr Cavendish, but so glad to see he won the race!
Afterwards we headed on towards Dorking town centre for a piece of carrot cake at the Cafe Rouge...
As the race was over and the roads deserted for just a few cyclists we ventured onto the road hoping to cycle back towards the Chicken, but this was not allowed...This Road is Closed was the screach which followed us all along the road. What a shame Surrey Council didn't think to allow families and keen cyclists the opportunity to cycle part of the Olympic route once the excitement was over!
Again, the pink spotty Belles were approached, this time by members of the Surrey Council asking for details of our Club and making a note of our Blog address and Twitter address. We're famous at last!
Mercy then led us back to Horsham via a similar route - quite hilly and at one point we climbed up a 17% hill! As she mentioned....it was character building!
It was a fun day and so glad we made the trip. Finally getting home at about 3pm and those who cycled from Tangmere, we probably cycled 45 miles!
Well done and thanks to everyone who came out and thanks to Mercy who led the ride and gave me a day off!