Calories burned: 841
Average speed: 24.6km/h
An impressive turn out of 20 riders gathered at the Red Lion in Yarnton. James Dipple of MEPC and Dave Thornhill of Ampersan Design explained the route and shared a safety briefing while we were all basking in the sun. Following brief introductions, we set off for a loop north west of Oxford towards Charlbury. This is the gateway to the Cotswolds and as we wound our way through the country lanes we took in the magnificent scenery. Our peloton of 20 riders was one of the largest to date and quickly stretched out as the conversations flowed between riders. But at each junction, we regrouped and it was a chance to set off again and to talk another rider. There was a great balance of entrepreneurs, investors and professionals from across the tech sector.
Prior to the ride, I had glanced at my iPhone to check the weather. 40% chance of rain over Oxford at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. The sun was shining and I ignored the warning. But by 7pm, the reality had set in – there was a 40% chance of rain. Having circled the dark grey patch above us, our route took us right into it – 100% chance! And it poured… Some well-prepared riders reached into their pockets to slip on some high tech rain gear, while the less prepared (myself included) fumbled around looking for somewhere to keep their phones dry.
But the weather did little to dampen spirits and with the true grit and determination that all entrepreneurs have in abundance, we smiled and pressed on to complete the 40km route. Back at the Red Lion, we tucked into some hearty burgers, curry or lasagne washed down with the celebrated Cornish Doom Bar ale. Our shared experience of pedalling through the rain strengthened the bonds between us. For many of us fair weather cyclists, it was a new experience!
Our next ride on 7th September will be the last for this season. We hope to see as many of you there as possible!