Thirteen riders braved the searing heat to ride to Hack Wood Farm at Radbourne. we set out through Thornclife, passing through bottom House and Ipstones Edge before dropping down in to Ellastone and Norbury. Passing Alkmonton, it was decided to start a chain gang for those riders who wished to take part and the pace soon picked up as we headed for Long Lane. Chain gangs are a great weakness for me but I had a go and had a great time bar a few little mistakes. We paused for other riders to catch up before riding on to the cafe stop. This was a ride of many firsts as it was the first time this year that shorts had been worn as well as fingerless gloves and we sat outside to eat.
We returned via Radbourne Hall, where at a Dinner party in the nineteen twenties the butler fell over as he was carving the roast due to being blind drunk, they knew how to party back then. We continued to the Longford-Hatton road where Rich Goghill took us along a new lane to bring us out in Boyelstone to avoid the mud on the road. We passed through Marston Montgomery and here Rob Howson and Rich Coates pulled off to head back via Wooton. We continued through Rocester and on to Winothdale where we rode some new lanes. The sprinters were in full form flying the flag for Leek and were lost to sight for us lesser riders. We passed through Kingsley and on to Kingsley Moor where a stop was made for drinks such was the heat. Once the riders were refreshed, we continued to Consal and Cheddleton where Mr Goghill left us, thanks for leading the ride Rich. The Leek based riders rode on, eager to get back home and after a tough seventy mile ride we arrived back in leek for ten to three. A great ride in the sun for once, we look forward to more warm, spring rides after the chill of Winter.
Written by Club Rider Nick Avins