With other commitments, work trips and illness it was a depleted peloton today. It was great to see Nick S on his first Corallian ride waiting for me at Wantage.
With the temperature at -2°C a few of the lanes out to Fyfield were a bit frosty but no real danger and I was soon impressing Nick with my knowledge of the back streets of Oxford. Elsfield hill was the first little test and with the Sun gaining altitude it was actually starting to get quite warm. The views from the road down to Forest Hill were magnificent.
The tougher test of Ladder Hill came immediately before the highly recommended Mill View Garden Centre where bacon sandwiches were consumed.
We made great progress to Sandford and over the Thames and picked up the pace through Abingdon to Steventon and back to Wantage taking turns at the front.
A really great ride, a good natter and such a good route that I will have to do it again in the summer when more riders will be able to join me