The Winchester Wanderer

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This weekend, 21 Horsham Cycling members enjoyed a lovely weekend near Winchester. Two main groups cycled there on Friday. Others went by themselves or on the train. Our venue was Spartsholt College were we had nice accommodation with a bar and restaurant.

Saturday was taken up with rides in the area with John Chaplin and Ian Hiscock leading an 80 mile ride to the New Forest and back. We passed the Lyndhurst Park Hotel where we had stayed on a previous Spring tour. (2013 I think) Sad to say it was derelict and boarded up. The things that happen after a Horsham Cycling trip eh?

Colin Ward led a ride to Romsey at a more leisurely pace. With the group stopping at a French Restaurant for lunch. It was good to see Richard and Steph out on their tandem. This year we didn't have too many mechanicals, unlike last year!

However, it has to be said that one unnamed rider had problems with a rattle at the front of his bike. Handlebar stems, bearings etc were suitably adjusted and tightened but the noise didn't go away. After 10 minutes of head scratching the problem was discovered to be a Mars Bar bouncing about in his crossbar bag! No complaints though as the group had a brief rest . .

Both evenings were spent socialising in the bar. Big thanks to Fiona who had organised a game on Saturday night. This involved guessing peoples names by firstly describing them, then describing them with just one word and finally describing them with no words but actions only. A close run contest but Morag's team won. Great fun!

Then the ride back to Horsham on Sunday. All in all it was magical weekend that attracted both Sporting riders and Social riders. Thanks to everyone for making it such a great weekend . .

Ali Bruce