12 OCT, The Barleymow, Walderton (11,13)
A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away....
A dark but dry Tuesday evening held great promise - a promise of ups and down and the triumph of good over evil...
So it was that 11 brave / foolhardy souls set off up Walderton Down for a decent warm up - and then enjoyed the thrill of the Adsdean descent at speed in the dark. With phasers set to stun, we used the force to avoid the dog walkers. (What were they doing out at that time of night) and reached the bottom elated - not deflated.
The RM then led the peloton in a circular route - leading almost back the way we came - and we enjoyed the Walderton Down climb - again - this time riding all the way to the Devils Humps at the top of Kingley Vale which afforded glorious views of the English Channel, the Champs Elysees and the Oracle at Delphi.
Slash riding his new bike with extra sharp pedals managed a minor light mechanical but brightened up after that.
Daisy had 1 rest and 1 attempt to hide in the undergrowth (2 falls to you).
The RM introduced a new bit of singletrack with lumps, bumps and roots aplenty before taking on the Spooky Wood bomb holes.
A sojourn through Wildhams Wood allowed us to enjoy a lovely flowing speedy downhill through the trees before heading up over the road, up the fire trail, to make our way back to Walderton.
But what is this in the distance, a vision of light and movement, the personification of good versus evil, Jedi Knight versus Sith Lord. There they were in the woods battling it out with their light sabres for the destiny of the universe. So we said hi and rode past.
Here is the 'Top' Lightsaber Video on TikTok:
And to follow - everything with chips - lovely.
Our Jedi knight riders were:
RM Cpt Frackbladder
Slash - mechanical
Daisy - 2 falls
St John of Tarmac - the Patron Saint of Eternal Uptimism
BigRing - no din
All meals and t-shirts apart from exceptions.
Thank you for coming.
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