Ten riders set out for Hack Wood Farm cafe at Radbourne, near Derby and giving me the opportunity to worship at the temple of beauty that is the lady owner! We set out along Ashbourne road and headed along Ipstones Edge before turning on to Ellistone road. Here at Three Lows, Phil G turned back as he was going to drive to Keswick at three am in order to take part in a one hundred mile time trial on the Bank Holiday Monday. The dedication of the true time trialer, hope it went well for you Phil. ( Please note he did not ask me to write this and I have no idea why a large bar of Toblerone was left on my doorstep) we continued in to Wootton and dropped down the fast descent in to Ellistone before turning for Norbury. Here we continued on to Cubley and Alkmonton and the pace picked up as we hit the flat section at Longford. This is strange territory for Leek CC as we are more used to the hills of the Moorlands so the sprinters took off. I kept Dave M and Rich C company as we rode through Longlane where we caught up with the sprinters and set off for Radbourne. We also passed Uttoxeter CC and it was nice to see parents cycling with their children. We arrived at the cafe to find it packed with other cyclists which was nice as was being able to find tables inside. Rich C was brave enough to ask “Two Sauces Simcock” for access to his supplies. Service was quite prompt given how busy it was although the waiter did have a long walk around to find us.
It was decided to return via the same roads as some riders had to be back early to spend time with the family over the Bank Holiday. We split in to two groups with myself navigating for one and Rob H leading the other. Nick D was in the zone and continued past the Norbury turn in to Rocester before realising his mistake and managed to catch up at Ramshorn which was nice before he raced off home for Gardening duties. We arrived back in Leek at one forty PM after a great sixty one mile ride in the rare sunshine and warmth. Thanks to all riders for taking time out to ride with the club.
Nick Avins Club Rider and domestic Cat tamer