A great showing of 11 fit/fat dads, with a decisive route to conquer Hydons Ball and Hascombe Hill. A brisk pace was set out of Milford and across Hydestile woods, through Hambledon and up the side of Hydon’s Ball. What a jovial bunch!
The pace was only slowed by some particularly narrow – and steep – tracks that required some challenging bike carrying. But good team banter helped us all conquer the hills, and made the somewhat treacherous downhills just as interesting!
It was a bright crisp day and the downhill was fast. The route took us over some great trails around Hascombe and Hambledon woods, with a final push through some very waterlogged fields to the White Hart in Hascombe. Just look at the grim determination on their faces!
Those who continued on an extended route up Hascombe Hill Iron Age hill fort enjoyed more mud at the top, and then the fast drop down the side of the hill through the forest to the road and across to Parsonage Copse, some excellent fast up and downhill through Handon Copse and out along the Greensand Way to The Merry Harriers. The 40km route cut through Water Lane, Witley Lakes and finished at Gasden Lane. A beautiful morning’s ride!