110 (ish) KM. 700 (ish)M Elevation. Moody Weather.
Back for La Vuelta. Muy Bien.
Photos by Nick Frendo & Peter Clarkson.
The first weekend of September, the penultimate stage of La Vuelta and the promise of an impending heat wave. Summer certainly isn't over just yet and we thought what better time to celebrate than a ride.
What better place to start and finish a day organised around the Tour of Spain than Vermuteria, an all day café bar in Kings Cross serving the very finest menu of continental fare.
Ok granted, we weren't treated to Iberian sunshine and riding through inner North East London is nobodies idea of a Grand Tour. But, the lanes were as good as ever, the group was on point and we even included a couple of roundabouts. Classic Vuelta.
Once out of central London and its sprawling suburbs, Essex unfolds. Arguably the most underrated home county, it's home to serious lane-age.
Not flat, but not lumpy, the roads twist and turn and keep you on your toes. With chats aplenty, the kilometers ticked off in rapid succession.
After a quick pit stop at The Chequers on Matching Green (home to one of the finest village cricket pitches in England), we headed back into town, where a veritable feast awaited us.
Vermuteria had created a special Spanish themed menu for the day. Chicken or Aubergine grilled and served on slow cooked rice flavoured with Jerez Sherry. The ideal dish after 4 hours on the bike. Along with Vermouth Spritz's and a few lemonades or varying percentage, it was the perfect accompanyment to the afternoon's racing over in Galicia. The riders over there could only wish for post race food this good.
See you on the next one.