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24SundaySEPTEMBER

New Forest Tour

81 km  x5
Ride Category
Chris Walters
Andy Newell
Dave McMillan
Jez Kent
Nick Dunton
The group was packed with strong riders today, and the weather looked impeccable. The previous days' "rain at 3pm" forecast had slipped out to "rain at 7pm". A few discussions about the best clothing combinations were had, and then we were off.

The first leg to Beaulieu was dispatched with ease and fine conversation. The New Forest at this time of year is ideal - lots of cyclists, few cars, and plenty of wildlife roaming the roads. Our coffee stop proved to be warm enough to enjoy outside, which was a bonus.

Between coffee and lunch, the riding is varied to say the least - a couple of decent hills, some moorland, ornamental drives through the forest and a nice downhill with which to end (early) for lunch. Lunch was an unhurried affair, but most convivial and tasty.

Eventually we tore ourselves away from our nook in the pub and tackled the afternoon - a short sharp hill immediately after the zero-speed ford, the long drag up Roger Penny Way, and then the final dash through the woods looking for pigs, which proved elusive on this trip. Jez tried very hard to take a young donkey home with him though.

As we reached the finish, Nick commented that he could do with an extra 20km. This signalled the immediate onset of rain (spot on 3pm!) and Nick was therefore put in his placed by a higher power, and we settled on another coffee instead.

A fantastic day of very mellow riding with a solid bunch of Corallians - loved it!

21ThursdaySEPTEMBER

First Aid Training

 x13
Chris Walters
Adrian West
Andy Newell
Barry Gills
Des Higgs
Hugo Pile
Jenny Gower
Mike Fitton
Mike Holmes
Nick Dunton
Olivia Pile
Phil Stubbings
Terry Penn
An excellent evening delivered by Matt the paramedic!

It was superb that 30% of the club were able to make it for a perfect blend of common sense, theory and practical that was absolutely spot-on to give us confidence to be able to deal with the sorts of scenarios that could happen while on a club ride.

Some useful resources that were mentioned:
AED locations locally - Save A Life app for Apple and Android.
First Aid app - First aid for cyclists app for Apple and Android.
17SundaySEPTEMBER

Welcome Ride

49 km  x11
Ride Category
Adrian West
Chris Allen
Des Higgs
Guy Brenchley
Hugo Pile
Jenny Gower
John Groves
Joy Arthur
Louis Hall
Mike Holmes
Terry Penn
A good ride with a great bunch this month.

A warm welcome to Guy on his first ride with Corallian
15FridaySEPTEMBER

Pyrenees - Cauterets

45 km  x7
Ride Category
Chris Walters
Andy Newell
Barry Gills
John Talbot
Nick Dunton
Nick Stokell
Phil Stubbings
A full complement of Corallians today, for our last day, although we all did variations of the ride.

The climb up to Cauterets is relatively benign, save for the hairpin stretch that routes around a massive land slip. Nick S, John and Andy shot off up the Cambasque, while the stragglers had a coffee. Nick D decided to lounge in the sun, so the remainder plodded up the Cambasque, meeting the original ascenders coming down.

We all had lunch al fresco in Cauterets, whereupon Barry, John, Andy and Nick S went up the Pont d'Espagne climb - pretty tough by all accounts. The descent back down to Soulor from Cauterets is awesome - a deep river gorge, with a perfectly-surfaced serpentine road, that was also perfectly dry. Big grins all around.

Nick S took the opportunity to add a trip up to Gavarnie, as clearly two tough climbs is not enough.

The forecast rain did make an appearance for the second group down, but nothing too bad.

A fantastic last day to our holiday - everyone can be proud of their efforts and achievements this week!
14ThursdaySEPTEMBER

Pyrenees - col de Lingous

83 km  x5
Ride Category
Nick Stokell
Andy Newell
Barry Gills
John Talbot
Nick Dunton
The day after the Tourmalet was always going to be a bit of an anti-climax and the threat (certainty!) of wet weather tempered our enthusiasm. Five set out along the railway path on the least hilly of Chris's planned routes just as the rain started. At 9 km in the face of an increasing downpour and strong gusts the retreat was called into a cafe for a ponder over coffee. 25 minutes later we had resolved to continue (at least for a bit) in lighter rain.

Once thoroughly drenched the rain relented and we reached the day's high point and started the descent in low cloud, grateful for gps assistance. On reaching level ground Nick D, demonstrating the value of stick-on spectacle lenses, rode off the side of the road into a ditch. Happily he emerged without injury (except to his pride) or bike damage, and we soon reached the quirky Restaurant La Fayette in Bagneres, an establishment which also clearly functions as a downmarket 70s disco, replete with themed sub-divided zones and a slippery, uneven floor which proved problematic for a few sodden and be-cleated cyclists. A perplexed waitress failed to understand our quirky Britishness (i.e. how John could possibly drink cafe au lait with, rather than after, lunch) but nevertheless provided a pretty decent 10 Euro set menu.

Emerging After lunch into the dry but chilly afternoon we needed to warm up so set off with gusto. The route back followed more minor lanes, often with water-filled leats flowing alongside, and through picturesque villages. On entering the village of his name Barry made the most of the photo opportunity (see below?). Soon we were picking our way through Lourdes and back onto the railway path where John, Nick D and Andy decided to time trial back to Argeles.
All agreed, except Chris and Phil who made friends with marmottes and vultures at the zoo, that it had been a good day out, well worth celebrating with a few beers (after cleaning bikes!:( ).