With fearsome winds set to batter the country, it was amazing that this ride could take place at all. With no less than six people dropping out, this left just two of us willing to brave the elements. We are reluctant to tamper with our rides programme too much, for fear of brand-breaking. However, on this occasion, although we had originally intended do a 60 mile loop ride to Chevening, we ended up just going to Holwood Farm Coffee Shop.
Not everyone was put off cycling - there was a group of Sidcup Cyclists who were passing through the Greenwich Foot Tunnel at our start time. There were also quite a few Lewisham Cyclists waiting at Le Delice to start their Battersea Ride.
At Beckenham Place Park we learned that the fence around the lake would soon be coming down, as they have installed some extra barriers there to stop people getting out of their depth.
At Shortlands we turned right and crossed under railway line to avoid steep climbs in central Bromley.
At Hayes, we were firmly in Bigfoot territory, but there wasn't any sign of Bigfoot cyclists, probably because it was too late for them.
The rain turned out to be more troublesome than the wind. There was a problem near Keston where buses weren't able to overtake cyclists because of double white lines, so we had to speed up to avoid holding up the buses.
We stopped off for coffee at the barn coffee shop at Holwood Farm and then returned to Penge, where the ride finished.