Ten riders decided to ride out to Longnor via a hilly route in order to train for the Legbreaker event next week. We rode out to tackle Gun Hill which warmed everyone up and then headed in to Wincle and up the climb to the cross roads before dropping in to Sutton where we turned on to the Cat And Fiddle road. One rider commented that the pace was civilised which was the wrong thing to say as three riders heard this and set off to race to the top. Myself, Liam and Simon battled it out to the top while trying to navigate through the fog and roadworks which caused a few issues. I thought I might just beat Simon to the top but on the final corner, he raced past and there was nothing left in my legs to attack again so well done Simon and Liam for a great climb. Barney had a snapped chain to deal with near the top which was soon dealt with and we re-grouped. Two riders pulled out due to one feeling ill so they returned to Leek via the Goyt valley. Meantime Ant A set off for Longnor in front of the group. We continued to drop down on to the Leek-Buxton road and on past the race course before dropping down by Glutton Bridge and in to Longnor and the cobblestones cafe where we found Ant A enjoying a coffee. After the hard climb to the Cat And Fiddle, a few riders felt the need to carb load with a full English breakfast!
It was decided to return to Leek via Hulme End and the Manifold Valley although there was some confusion when we dropped in to Hulme End as we turned left instead of right and headed towards Alstonfield before turning for Whetton where we dropped down in to the valley and headed along the track and through the tunnel which was fun. Here we turned off for Butterton and Oncote where we faced the final climb to Morridge. I was chatting away to Jamie at the front and trying to encourage him to keep going up the last incline when Simon flew past so only one thing to to do, attack! We arrived back in Leek at 2.30pm after a tough, fifty mile ride. Thanks to Paul H for leading the ride and for all the riders who made fun out of me, yet more reasons I ride with Leek CC, thanks guys! Congratulations to Rob Howson for winning the recent Manchester Wheelers Hill Climb at the Brickworks with a time of 6.34.9!
Written by Club rider Nick Avins