b.o.t.t.o.m."Boys of Thame touring Oxfordshire's margins." That's how we started, in 2003.

Then we took on Berkshire, "Because every rider knows southern hills is really easy!"

After that it became a bit of a habit, so we carried on with Buckinghamshire, "Braking uphill causes knots in Nigel's gyrating hamstrings as mother should have informed riders earlier."

Then we cycled around Northamptonshire, and "Nailed oppressive rain, torrential hail and many punctures. Then on Sunday, horrendous inclines right to the end."

Wiltshire, "Well I like to sit here in relative ease!"

When we did Warwickshire, "We accidentally rode widdershins. It caused knee soreness here in rural England."

In 2010 we frightened ourselves silly and over three days did Gloucestershire. "Good Lord! Old united cyclists enjoying something that every remotely sensible human inevitably rejects entirely!"

Bedfordshire, "Barney's early departures find our riders dirty, sweating, hostile. Is revenge easy?" Or possibly, "Besides, everybody does fall off riding downhill, so hostility is really envy!"

Hampshire was a plaintive request. "Hopefully avoid mountain peaks so Hampshire is relatively easy?"

Dorset, "Dorset's often rural - sometimes even tranquil."

Hertfordshire, "Hope everyone's ready to fight over really delightful sandwiches. Have I ridden enough?."

Oxfordshire the second, "Only experts fall off roads doing sock hoists. It ruins everything."


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