Saturday, 7 March 2020

Saturday 7 March - International Women's Day Ride

An equal world is an enabled world.
#IWD2020  #EachforEqual

Twelve of us gathered at Morrisons for our 2020 Fabulous season-opener.  Great to see the friendly faces again and to welcome a new rider to our group.  We are signing Each for Equal.

Teresa took the eight-strong Further Faster group along the Alban Way, through Oaklands and up Nashes Farm Lane.  "There were some grumbles but we all cycled up it. We then went past Osprey onto Coopers Green Lane, back up Hammonds Lane and down into Sandridge.  We met many polite car drivers who gave way to us, and some who held back while we negotiated the puddles across the road. We went up Sandridgebury Lane and down to the Ancient Briton where we joined the Green Ring to Verulamium Park, and met up with the 5MTF group at Inn on the Park. It was a short ride of 12 miles, but good to be out in the fresh air, with no wind or rain!"

Rona and Angela took the Fabulous foursome off up Woodstock Road, and gathered up a late-running fifth at the top of Homewood Road.  "We enjoyed a gentle descent along Jersey Lane, which is hugely improved already by having a Greenspace Action Plan.  Whole sections have had the verges trimmed back to expose long covered tarmac, so the path is twice as wide as it has been of late.
Through Sandridge, then we headed up through Sandridgebury - mind the potholes!  Along Sandridgebury Lane, then left and right at the Harpenden Road, a wiggle  down to Batchwood Drive and the Green Ring took us along the Verulamium Park.  Our group arrived first and we settled in for coffee, cake and chat, being joined in due course by the further faster group.  We had covered nearly seven miles."
It had been a bit grey to start off, but the sun was out by the time we dispersed.  Wonderful to have such a good start to our 2020 Fabulous ride series. 
Our next 5MTF is on Saturday 4 April, and we will celebrate Hertfordshire Year of Culture #HYOC2020  - the April theme is Go Somewhere Local - like we always do!  

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