26 June, Barley Mow, (11,15)

On the 15th Jan 2019, there was an earlier failed attempt at the southern Two Peak challenge. This involves getting up and down Kingley Vale and then up and down the Trundle - and back to the Barley Mow within 2 hours – in time for pizza.

2 Peak Challenge done!

So it was with quiet excitement that 11 shabis gathered in said pub car park on a lovely summer’s eve to take on the challenge again, although the sky looked threatening to lightning and thunder – which explains the absence of Genghis the all powerful weatherman.

Smashie doing a smashing job gathering NoK details

Quiet that was until the arrival of Slumpy 2 who before the start of the ride had impressed with his immaculate rev control, impolite driving and innovative if inefficient parking (contrary to clear instructions) whereupon he had simultaneous heated arguments with Chuffy and the Chef (not a shabi nickname he really was the Chef) who said men can’t multi-task?

Big Ring's secret revealed - stretching!

After much chivvying, pre-ordering, providing of NOK details the bunch ascended Kingley Vale. Much huffing and puffing as it became clear that it was very humid and warm. Quite a sweat fest.

Achieving the route within two hours was going to be a challenge. But Chuffy fell into his optimistic stereotype – and set the pace - ‘of course we can do it’. Not the last stereotypical behaviour we were to witness that evening….

Briskly across the south side of Kingley Vale careered the bunch which quickly divided into those in a hurry and with focus - and those who have no cognisance of the passing of time….and the passing-up therefore of pizza.

Some more up and down before we crossed the River Lavant and Centurion Way and began the steep sheep hill climb, and the long drag up to the Trundle. Due to the decent pace and lack of stoppages the RM started to believe that it might be possible. Chuffy was never in doubt.

The temperature was around 50 degrees C.

One notable behaviour of the lead riders on both peaks was the effect of the heat and the altitude – whereupon they would disperse without instruction or direction and ride around the top of the peak with no discernible orientation or purpose. Giddy with joy at the glorious views over the south coast and environs, no doubt.

Polly Leading the pack

Goodwood as seen from The Trundle