I am soooo glad I opened this thread, how long ago was it, must have been at least seven pages ago?
My question was why did we not ride on the road, why were we funnelled onto a narrow, rough laneway, known as Hopes Rise.
The unspoken thought was, that in 2010, the ride up Oliver's Hill was a pleasant surprise. The surface is smooth, and at 7.00 am on a Sunday, there was plenty of room and no traffic. It was easy to maintain a rhythm, which I have found difficult on Hopes Rise.
I would never contemplate riding up Oliver's in traffic. Riding down is another thing however, because you can maintain the speed limit, and are easily visible.
I wanted to clarify my thoughts, because there has been so much discussion, both on and off topic. One post even said we rode up Oliver's in 2010 because of an incident on the downhill side, what?
Use the paths......a good route.