We headed out via Sandy Lane and Moscow Lane to Burrough Hill. We had to pause on the climb up the hill as Steve's inner tube chain stay protector lost a cable tie and wrapped itself round his cassette forming an elastic band trying to pull him backwards!

Once sorted we carried on via Somerby and Pickwell to pick up the bridleway to Cold Overton. It was the first time I had been out this way this year and I had forgotten about the short but relatively hard road climb up to Cold Overton at the end of the bridleway!

From there it was tarmac to Knossington and on to Owston where we took the bridleway across to Somerby pausing for a jelly bean break at the convenient bench at the top of one of the climbs. 99% of the time we ride this bridleway in the other direction. I can see why! The grassy climb up from the bridge was horrible.

From Somerby it was head down into the headwind back to Burrough Hill, down to Home Farm and then as fast as possible back along Sandy Lane focusing on getting back to the pub! After about 20 miles in just over 2 hours the pints were very welcome. Lots of the route was tarmac but it was once again a bit of variety in our regular local riding and it involved quite a bit of climbing.