domingo, 16 de julio de 2023


Circumstances meant I ended up leading a ride following a route that despite having ridden it several times I couldn’t remember any of it, with a new coffee stop.

For some reason when Dai said Beeches Tea Rooms I thought of Seale Tea Rooms (🤷‍♂️). Even when he explained where the alternative coffee stop, JO.CO, was, in my mind, I was thinking of Seale Tea Rooms and his explanations made sense to me (kind of).

No wonder I was totally confused during the first part of the ride. I was constantly wondering how on earth were we going to make it to Seale. I probably should have checked the route at home.

I didn’t tell my riding mates I was completely lost though. My road captain skills don’t have the best reputation at the moment, I didn't want to unfairly damage it further. Also, having the route loaded in my Garmin allowed me to follow this “fake it until you make it” strategy. A sensible approach if you ask me.

By the time we passed by Beeches Tea Rooms I realized where I was and, somehow, I remembered Dai’s instructions (that is as close as a miracle as you can get) and managed to give the group the only navigation instruction the Garmin wasn’t going to give us. That was 20 road captain points there and then.

20 points that I lost when you have in mind the ride was announced as K2 and, in all honesty, we would have to rate it as K1.5. I, of course, don’t take any responsibility for that. It is Robbie and Seán’s fault (obviously) for being strong riders and pushing me into the dark side. I’m at the edge of submitting a formal complaint.

The way I see it, I could get them disqualified. They would lose all the KOMs they have taken during the ride and, crucially, the sprint at Horton roundabouts that Robbie took. All those wins and the huge reputation that goes with them would go to me. The only sensible rider of the trio.

I’ll talk to my legal team.

btw. JO.CO cafe is a great coffee stop. Great (strong) coffee, fantastic Portuguese cake.

The ride in Strava:

Take care
Javier Arias González

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