It's fair to say that on Tuesday we got beaten at our own game, with some (very welcome) fresh blood coming along to hoover up the top places on our second hill climb of the 2017 summer series.
New entrant to the series, Leon Gower from Gravesend CC, smashed the field away, the only man to go sub-2 on the fearsome College Road climb, taking 20 points in the process. Meanwhile, Kingston Wheelers' Miguel Pereira put his Deliveroo riding to good use and took home 19 points for second place.
Solomon put in a solid performance on the climb where he caused a colossal cock-up this time last year to go third, with Adam from Kiddy Mates On Toy Bikes (second best club name in London) securing fourth.
It was a bit of a dry night in the cake stakes, with only chocolate brownie putting in a showing, much to the chagrin of many die-hard lemon drizzle fans. Unfortunately, under the new 'not giving away unlimited cake for free' policy we've had to tighten up our baking belts. There will be a minimum of two cakes next week though.
Lamaison (5th) struggled to match his race-winning ride from last year on this course, claiming he was blocked by a Nissan Micra and that his dog ate his homework. Sixth spot went to Smith, whose one speed was not speedy enough on this occasion. Seventh went to Adam of KMOTB, who was polite enough not to pitch up to someone else's event and blow it out of the water.
1.57 seconds separated Evans, Owen and Woodall in eighth, ninth and 10th respectively. With Ford, then McGregor rounding out the men's classification. De Calbiac won the women's classification and takes a commanding lead in the series. Can anyone stop her winning the coveted Rapha Bib shorts?
Speaking of winning, Evans grabbed himself a new CycleOps Joule computer in the raffle, while Solomon won an RCUK bidon packed with Haribo. This week's subscription to Cyclist Magazine went to De Calbiac.
The night finished up, as all good rides do, in the pub.
We must thank all who donated prizes for the raffle, including Road Cycling UK, Dennis Publishing, Immediate Media and Cycling Weekly, as well as the security at College Road for not doing their jobs properly.