We did our ride today. For obscure reasons, all three of us were on classic bikes with friction gears, and it was none the worse for that.
Des was right on all counts, obviously. By chance, we are staying a short freewheel from the marked start, so we began by flying round the northwest coast with a howling tail-wind. The east coast is more built up and therefore less attractive, but the aim was to see the whole island. We did use that cycle path; I share Des's ambivalence about such things, but it meant we could get a break from motorists trying to join our little three-man peloton.
The climbs out of St Peter Port were fun, even with drivers still trying to get in on the act. At Saumarez Park, we met the ladies for lunch as arranged. Then back to St Peter Port for the big one.
The second half is hillier. We used that back road to avoid Forest Road. Trying to be clever and use a parallel road down to Petit Bot didn't work; I knew it came out on the road we were avoiding, but assumed that the bottom bit might be two way. No such luck, so we walked down the last couple of hundred metres. The climb up was well worth it though - just the right gradient to really attack, and probably the best climb of the day.
I think the route designer agrees that the west side is the best bit. That last section twists and turns all over the place in its attempts to make the best of the area. Sometimes you'll do a loop into the hills of some miles, only to emerge 100m further along the sea front than previously. We were just following my Garmin, so kept kidding ourselves it was a straight run along the coast road now, only to head off on yet another little diversion.
And the Guernsey VC are a rapid lot. They were to put us in our places I think - uphill or flat, forever zipping by at twice our speed
Good ride anyway. Thanks for the advice.