The normal 9am ride was slightly reduced in numbers, and consisted of a few riders who’ve been absent all winter. Perhaps the sight of an orange ball in the sky tempted them out??
It still wasn’t warm enough for summer attire, despite what some obviously thought, as the 9 riders set off up through thorncliffe heading for the Derbyshire dales, and hopefully the fountain cafe at Bonsall near Matlock.
It wasn’t long before Dan Noble’s freewheel decided it was too cold to work properly, so his ride was curtailed early on as he headed back home for a bacon butty etc.
Dropping from the mermaid, through Warslow and Hulme End towards Hartington, a constant easterly wind was in our faces, and this set the tone for most of the outbound journey. At Hartington, Steve Robinson decided it wasn’t as warm as his base in Chiangmai for the previous 6 months, and turned tail for home.
Down to 7…..
A fairly uneventful remainder of the out leg saw us head past Friden and down to Winster, where we turned for Bonsall, and to find the cafe in a suntrap away from the wind.
After sampling their culinary delights, a few riders decided to head back via a more direct route, whilst Rich and Alex Coates , along with Jamie “der panzerwagen” Jeffrey and myself, turned off for Longcliffe and Fenny Bentley, with the aim of coming home via Thorpe, Ilam, Throwley Hall and Calton.
The climb finally shut Coates snr up for a few minutes (maybe he was enjoying the views, I don’t know!!) and as we swept down into Waterhouses, a more scenic way back than the main road was chosen; cauldon and then Ipstones edge, before the last few miles back into Leek.
Written by Club Rider Phil Gayes