Thursday, June 07, 2007

Top Tables

John drove from Manchester while Al made the comparatively short trip from London to meet at Jon’s for this week's ride. It was a pleasant evening; the westerly breeze providing relief from warm, humid conditions. We plumped for our regular Goodwood ride since John was yet to do this established route – the last time we tackled it the ride was somewhat curtailed by technical difficulties. We thought we were in for a similar experience this week when, with only 441ft showing on the odometer, John’s gears ceased up before we reached the end of Jon’s road.

John’s gears seemed to fix themselves as we worked our way towards the trundle. Al had started his training regime this week in preparation for the Chichester Challenge and, with the recent Staunton Park mileage also heavy on his legs, struggled to keep up with the others on the familiar ascent - by the time the car park was reached Al was a full 90 seconds behind. After a breather we decided to push for the trig point at the summit rather than skirting through the field, stopped for our customary photo and admired the magnificent views of the downs on one side, Chichester on the other and beyond all the way to the sea and the Isle of Wight.

Jon, Al & John on top of the Trundle

After the steep descent off the trundle we picked up the road that skirts the race course. Goodwood looked magnificent with immaculately manicured lawns, flags flying and tables and chairs set up for the regular Friday evening racing. We joined the bridle path which follows the perimeter of the race course before descending to Charlton and the Fox Goes Free. John and Al had a pint of the intriguing and delicious Hidden Pint from the Hidden Brewery in Dinton near Salisbury. John enjoyed a pint of the local Ballards Bitter as we all marvelled at the monolithic garden furniture which had been installed (Below).


After polishing off our beer we remounted and climbed the road back up towards the trundle. Gluttons for punishment we took a slightly longer (and definitely steeper) route back up via the summit rather than using the short cut following the contours around the peak. We cycled around the ancient walled fort and regrouped at the car park at the top of
Claypit Lane. Al was keen to make up for his lack of pace on the ascent and managed to reach the bottom 90 seconds ahead of Jon who had reached the top first - revenge is sweet! At this point we decided to split up; with time marching on John was keen to get home but Al and Jon fancied a customary second pint in the Royal Oak.

The Jo(h)ns study the map at the Fox


Using the well-worn Goodwood perimeter track Jon and Al followed John’s tread-marks back to base after their beer. With no sign of John at home there was even more delicious spaghetti bolognese for the remaining two, washed down with bottles of Abbott Ale while watching ‘Hustle’ on the box. Al chose to stay over and, now that Jon has got rid of his lodger and with no Billy-Bob on the scene, finally got a proper bed!

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(Posted by: Al)

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18 Comments:

At 11:27 pm, June 08, 2007, Blogger TCA said...

Abbott Ale and an episode of Hustle - what more could one want! Looked like pretty good weather to sit out on those oversize tables! at least there were no outdoor heaters!

Good work fellas - trundle tastic

B.B

 
At 11:33 pm, June 08, 2007, Blogger TCA said...

and another thing, its sounds as though the standard of cuisine has gone up no end at Chez Parsons! He will be installing a jacuzzi at home next for your post ride activities!

 
At 4:40 am, June 09, 2007, Blogger Ju's little sister said...

Phew, sounds like a good hard reminder of the good times! Glad to see you back and in force.

Photo trouble though? I couldn't see them :-(

 
At 8:31 am, June 09, 2007, Blogger TCA said...

Photos tweaked, and data diagrams added.

BB, yes - under my expert guidance - Jon's cooking is improving, slowly but surely.

 
At 6:28 pm, June 09, 2007, Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Ooo, that sounded a hard one. Maybe you should try some of the Derbyshire Peaks around here?
Or you could following the footsteps (or rather horse's hooves) of Mr Darcy and try Lyme Park.

 
At 11:24 am, June 10, 2007, Blogger Ju's little sister said...

Hi TCA, thanks - photos awesome. That certainly is monolithic garden furniture!

 
At 7:31 am, June 13, 2007, Blogger simon said...

looks a good ride...

:o) I started night training... feels weird to be in the NAtional park with just a little light and only stars... creepy....no! down right SCARY!.....

 
At 9:52 am, June 13, 2007, Blogger TCA said...

Simon,

Night riding is a real thrill and something the TCA encourage. All manner of wildlife has been spotted on various night rides over the years. I suggest a good pair of lights ( see TCA site) will help with the night jitters. Sometimes though, just cycling blind is fun.

 
At 1:26 pm, June 13, 2007, Blogger Ju's little sister said...

Now that DOES sound exciting! Exciting enough to sit in the car with a good book waiting for the cyclists return ;-) You guys a braver than I, and good on you!

 
At 1:38 am, June 14, 2007, Blogger simon said...

I have bought a really great light set up... but I cannot do 50kph down hill even with the lights... so everythingis s..l..o..w..mo....

and you can laugh.. but i could not work out the gears in the dark, and then I thought someone was watching me ( we do have a few witchy people in our area for real!)...


And then it started to snow (well drizzle), and then when I got back onto the road some idiot turned their roo shooting spotlight on to me and I was completly "outa control" thinking i was going to get shot....


and then.... .

 
At 8:10 am, June 14, 2007, Blogger TCA said...

You've been watching too much Wolf Creek mate!

W

 
At 1:30 pm, June 14, 2007, Blogger Ju's little sister said...

That's brilliant!

 
At 10:45 pm, June 14, 2007, Anonymous spm said...

I trust it was traditional hob cooked spag bol!

 
At 10:47 pm, June 14, 2007, Anonymous spm said...

Looking forward to getting a call some time to make up for the infamous betrayal. As long as it isn't week beginning 25 June and w/b 9 July as I will be in elsewhere.

 
At 9:45 am, June 15, 2007, Blogger Maalie said...

I notice you don't have mudguards on those bikes. Don;t you get a bit mud-besplattered?

 
At 9:35 am, June 16, 2007, Blogger simon said...

I actually have a thing called a "crap catcher" whcih is a liitle guard to prtect the front derailer and chain...

I think guards are a good idea but not "fasionable"

 
At 9:55 am, June 16, 2007, Blogger Maalie said...

Simon, I have never been noted for my attention to fashion, style or image. Value for money, robustitude and and reliability are my key-words.

 
At 10:05 pm, June 17, 2007, Anonymous Mrs BB said...

Robustitude! Wow what a great word! I'm going to have to use that today :o)

 

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