Cycle 104km. Club run to Henley

AM. Cycle 104km, steady, HR131(157)

My turn to lead the OCRC club run, to Henley and back. It was very cold but clear and sunny when I left the house (riding my race bike sans mudguards) to meet up with three others at Martyrs’ Memorial (Clive, Claire and Eamonn) for a 9am departure. We were pretty cold for the first few miles but soon warmed up over the climbs through Cuddesdon, and on to the long drag up the old A40 to Stokechurch where Tejvan has been doing intervals in preparation for the National Hill Climb at the end of the month – I don’t think our pace would’ve troubled him much, but our racing season is already over. Eamonn seemed keen to press on to the top though, overtaking two other randoms on the way up. Clive gave chase but Eamonn was already out of sight by the last corner.

Down the far side we quickly descended into fog and the temperature was probably 10 degrees lower in Henley as we rolled up to the Henley Tea Rooms (recently redecorated and looking very smart) for a welcome pot of tea and some jammy scones. On the way out of Henley, Claire led a spirited assault up the climbs through Stoke Row, trying to get generate some warmth, and the clouds parted and sunshine returned as we descended through Ewelme. I set a steady pace back along the flat lands to the roundabout at Cowley where I said goodbye to the others and turned for home.