January 3, 2017 Leave a comment
The plan was a simple one. Brickkiln lane, Underdown lane, Donkey lane, pillow mounds and the Corton Hill descent. The reality was clag. Super clag. So much clag that an hours riding took 90 mins and I am puffed.
Cutting through the estate, as soon as I hit Brickiln lane and the bike began to load up I realised this was going to be a tough ride. It was supposed to be the better half of a circular tour; the three ridges – Oborne, Gryphon and Corton.
Turning the corner to Underdown lane progress slowed and chain, brakes, stays and forks jammed solid. Pedalling was hard, effort maximum and even a dip in the Yeo did little to remove the clag.
The byeway climb up to the reservoir beside Grange farm removed the tedium; I was already replotting in my mind. The spell on tarmac was well received and I jumped to remove soil and grass, largely in vain.
The Donkey lane was better, I had a view but as I entered the lonin at 5km the parimpleth of mud built again. The source of the Yeo is a long way under these conditions.
And suddenly I was out of the saddle and dropping over the scarp slope of the Oborne ridge. A quick nip across the Bristol road and up and onto a climb of a more grassy nature – the pillow mounds.
The other side of Sandford Orcas I climbed towards the Quarr, a far easier ascent noticing the golf course more readily from this direction. Home was not far away.
The ride took me 90 minutes but was much harder than I wanted and I felt I was pushing hard the whole time, I think next time a route into Oborne would be better on road.