A very good turn out for the Rides Leaders course. A very interactive morning helped clear up a number of points hopefully this will lead to safer and more satisfying rides. Thanks to Sam for organizing this very worth while day.A short ride followed led by Katrina who entertained us with a selection of cake that can only be described as stupendous and unforgetable. Thank you Katrina.

Thanks to Bob for Sunday. Again unseasonably cold with a stiff wind from the North East There were two groups to Coffee at the very busy Queen Elizabeth Country Park. We had to forgo Elsted because of numbers, but enjoyed lunch in Petersfield, a first for some. Our return took us through the home of the cycling poet of WW1  Edward Thomas, at Steep. A cycle ride he undertook from London to Somerset is documented in his book ‘The Pursuit of Spring’ and there is a memorial to him at the church in the form of an etched window by Whistler. At present the leaves on the trees and hedgerows have that first flush look and the yellow of the rape fields is approaching its height.

A brief stop at the Sustainability centre saw us buffeted by stong crosswinds on the descent. Two Kites demonstrated their mastery of the air with their effortless flying skills into the wind

Thank you to Marcus for leading the first group Thank you to everyone for your company on quite a demanding day, 72 miles back to Romsey, among some great British countryside.