Six riders set out to Jodrell Bank, passing through Rushton Spencer and on to Bosley lights before turning down towards North Rde. We then rode along towards Marton and Goostrey before turning off for Jodrell Bank where we met up with riders taking part in a Sportive. Nice to see so many riders out on a Sunday. We arrived at the cafe and found the bike shed full so the tall riders simply lifted the bikes over a hedge for security, no fun being short at times. “Two Sauces Simcock” took his fill of the cafes supply and I sampled the shortbread which is highly recomended.
The ride back to Leek took us through Marthall and past the Wizard pub and on to Nether Alderly. We again met up with a large group of riders and here we were almost taken out by a badly driven Land Rover Discovery pushing past riders. The weather turned and it started to rain on and off for the rest of the ride but it did warm up which was nice. Rob led us along some new lanes to bring us back out on to Gawsworth and back to Rushton Spencer. The pace picked up with Rob and Andy in the lead. Dave Magnier was suffering at this point, not surprising given his sore throat which was getting worse. Myself, Dave and Phil and Chris stayed together in a little peleton to keep us together on a busy road. Rob and Andy waited in the Rudyard lake lay-by before joining us. For some strange reason, I found myself in front on the flat but before I could panic at this, Phil Simcock made an attack and flew past as did Rob and Andy. The pace picked up as Leek was in sight. We arrived back in Leek after a fun forty eight miles. Thanks to Rob Howson for leading the ride and for taking us on new roads and exploring Cheshire.
Writen by Club RIder Nick Avins