Prostate Pedallers Blog

Harpenden Oval Loop via Welwyn and Hatfield


This Saturday, the Pedallers met up at the Oval in Harpenden, normally reserved for the PP's Wednesday Wobblers rides. Riders arrived by car and bike with Paul cycling from Toddington Chase (!) and Mike cycling from St Albans. Top effort from both considering we had 25-30 miles to navigate and they then had to ride home.


With the sun shining and the temperature rising, the Pedallers set off at 9am and headed towards Wheathampsted. It was great to catch up with the other riders en route and we had plenty of time as we left Wheathampsted for Welwyn.


With the Welwyn roads navigated we turned towards Hatfield and then towards St Albans as we picked up the Alban Way. This disused railway line offers a great route for walkers, runners and cyclists with many of the old platforms intact. While this was mostly true today there was a 1/4 mile section that was water logged and when we say that we mean very waterlogged - at least a foot or so deep. Nothing stops a Pedaller Pelaton and we forced our way through. We came out a lot more wet than when we started the ride and there was talk of trench foot as we still had another hour or so to cycle!


The idea today was to cycle back to the Oval Café for a catch up and an update on our Cherbourg trip in June. However, the best laid plans....the café was closed for some urgent refurbs so we decided to re-route to Croft Farm. The cyclists were joined by Charles and Mark and Andy ran through all things regarding our Cherbourg trip - 110 miles to Caen along the five D-Day beaches - only a few weeks to go before we board the ferry!


The route had a mix of everything with some off road, single tracks, cycle paths and roads - thanks to Slim for organising! A great day, great weather, great 25 mile route, great catch up and great coffee and selection of cakes on offer.