With hindsight probably more Red than Blue, particularly at this early stage of the season, and the morning's 61 km seemed quite tough!
It was chilly grey start as five riders set out from Wantage including Pete on his new steed, picking up Chris at the top of Chain Hill. Inevitably, given the terrain, the peloton was widely spread until Hampstead Norreys, where we failed (first of several times) to gaze into the clear waters of the R Pang. Decent discipline was then maintained until lunch at Hermitage where Hilliers GC Café had largely been taken over by cyclists. Pete felt that his new bike should not have to be left outside with all the others so locked it up inside the store - surprisingly there were no complaints.
After lunch a little brightness broke through the grey skies and we made rapid progress back over the downs to Brightwalton where Chris left us. We arrived back in Wantage about 1415.
Thanks to everyone for a very enjoyable, friendly ride - with a few fond memories of Lyn in our minds.