Sunday, 7 March 2010

Is a Ride by Yourself Still a Club Ride?

This morning at 8:45, the one in-town member of the TroisV met at his front door and rode a short, sharp hilly route in North London. The route ran from Pemberton Gardens in Archway, up the cavernously potholed Fairbridge Road, then up Hornsey Rise (being careful to spill sports drink on myself) into Crouch End, where for the first time, I cruised through without hitting a red light (which I paid for by getting every single red signal from the bottom of Alexandra Palace Park onwards). After Crouch End, the route climbs up and over the hill to Alexandra Palace, then runs back behind the park through a series of climbs ranging from very short and steep to longer and less steep up to Muswell Hill. From Muswell Hill there's a gradual climb up to Highgate, then across Archway Road and another climb up to Highgate Village. The reward is that you get to descend West Highgate Hill, carry along a nice flat stretch of Highgate Road to the turning for Gospel Oak, where instead of heading westward, I turned left, climbed up to Darmouth Park Hill, then a little way up that hill before descending down to a pub called the Drum and Monkey, where I will likely end up later this afternoon. 38 minutes of riding at an average of 13 mph. Not great; not bad. Un, Deux, TroisV!

Time to battle the loneliness of the long distance cyclist with two musical numbers:

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