Today was brilliant cycling weather- just wish I could have got out in it but the best I could manage was 250 miles in a car.
But the schools have broken up and Mum & Dad have taken the plunge and taken the kids on holiday. As I live on the coast- I think most opf London has come to my area. No pics I am afraid but I must have seen 20 or so cycling groups out today.
The only serious riders I saw were 3 groups of riders with all the right gear on- Massive great big panniers fitted and MOuntain bike gearing to get up our slopes. The rest were in groups of 5 or 6 on sensible grade Mountain bikes or hybrids. Obviously down on holiday and they bought the bikes with them. Did not see one single rider pushing a bike uphill so they must have had some degree of fitness with them.
All were riding sensibly- albeit sometimes slowly- and surprise surprise- I did not see one single car driver get annoyed with them. The only Bike causing a problem- in the singular- was one I caught at the start of a 12% hill. He wasn't causing the problem- but the car immediately behind him was. The driver would not overtake so one long line of cars travelling very slowly behind a bike. And when I finally caught a look at him as I passed- he was an Older rider -probably in his 60's. Probably a lot younger though but aged considerably after the cafe stop at the bottom of the hill. They do a good full breakfast there.
So if you are coming to the UK for a holiday- Bring your bike. Everyone seems to on one at present.