Surrey Hills is an area just south east of London, known for it's scenic views from forested hilltops. The hills form part of the larger North Downs, which is a range of hills which runs east west, parallel to the South Downs. The past few times I'd visited Surrey Hills I mostly stuck to the area around Dorking and Box Hill, both of which are well known cyclist haunts for those in the London and Southeastern region. I had also ridden in the North Downs further east, which was more into Kent, famous for it's oast houses for drying hops. Each region is ever so slightly different from the other.
This time I decided to head slightly west near Guildford and through a few forests. As expected, this was a hilly ride, they don't call it Surrey Hills because it's flat... This was a reasonably short ride, however the scenery was second to none.
By coincidence there was a triathlon event at the same time going on the same route as me, except in the opposite direction. There were quite a few very tired looking people...
Particularly here, at the top of White Down Lane, which is a steep climb, probably about 18% for about 1km or so. Many of the triathlon competitors had to walk it.
Challenge Strada Biancas is just getting tiresome (excuse the pun), despite how nicely the ride they are just too fragile.
One thing I did learn, as you can see from the picture above is that road style clipless pedals don't like mud. Once I got a little bit of mud on mine they would refuse to stay clipped in, this doesn't happen with MTB style cleats. I already partly knew this but sometimes you never learn. Thanks for reading.