Shillingstone back in time
With many of the BCC regulars testing themselves against the challenges offered by the Alps, it was left to a small group of six seasoned (the p.c. way of noting that many of us were not the youngest BCC members) riders to enjoy a slightly gentler ride down the Blackmore Vale, then stepping back in time with refreshments in the retro 1960s British Rail café at Shillingstone station. The weather was glorious; clear blue sky, not too hot, not too cold, and as promised by the ride leader, Dave Boyer, a tail-wind the entire ride. Once out of the hills around Bruton and Wincanton we drafted our way down the Vale, often a goodish pace in excess of 35 km/hour, returning at a slightly more sedate 32 km/hour, thanks to the extra weight gained at the café! When not drafting, the usual BCC banter emerged as we wound our way through the lanes enjoying the views of Hambledon Hill and beyond. And not a single puncture or mechanical.