Saturday 9th of May saw the launch of Hampshire’s new Scout Ambassador, James Ketchell, with a ride around various Scout huts in Hampshire meeting fellow Scouts and undertaking a few challenges en route. We thought this would be a great opportunity for the JOGLE team to meet up, support James and gain some valuable experience of group riding.
We met up on the Friday evening for a productive team meeting and stayed the night at Ferny Crofts, 0630hrs on Saturday was the less than welcome alarm call and by 0800hrs we’d sorted our kit out, filled our faces with porridge and were ready to depart along with James, the Ferny Crofts Gold Team and the other Scouts who were supporting him. Our route took us from Ferny Crofts across the Hythe Ferry through Southampton and on to Testwood Lake, here we left James to one of his challenges and headed out to Lyndhurst and back where we were able to practice our group riding and change overs. It took us a little while to get ourselves organised but by the end of the loop we were beginning to get the hang of it.
We rejoined James and the rest of the riders and headed for Romsey Scout Hut for a very welcome lunch, from there we headed to Chandlers Ford, then on to Whiteley and eventually ended up at Lyons Copse where the ride finished with tea and cakes! We covered around 60 miles over the course of the day, met some great people and ate some lovely food. As our first training ride together it was very successful and helped to iron out some potential issues, we’re now looking forward to our next group session in the Lake District, bring on the hills!
More photos from the day can be found on James’ Flikr page here