Leek CC’s Hill Climb took place on Gun Hill and we had a good turn out of riders and supporters which was great considering the weather was chilly and damp. Chris Evans turned up intending to see us suffer but we were not standing for that and soon persuaded him to have a go and being the great rider he is, he did attempt it. All riders times will be posted on the main web site so I will concentrate my efforts on recording the ride. Twenty riders decided they might have enough energy to ride up to Longnor. We rode up to the Buxton road where Jason Kenny was spotted riding past on the Rourke ride. We rode past Roach End and on to Flash. Two riders turned off here and the rest continued to Flash Bar where we re-grouped and rode down in to Longnor. Cobbles Cafe was packed but some riders found seats while the rest went to the Craft Centre. Riders took advantage of the free coffee re-fils although Rich C seemed to have been served a cup of coffee grinds much to our amusement.
There was a suggestion of riding more miles but this was met with a silence so we decided to simply ride back the direct route as the hill climb had robbed us of energy. We rode back via Fawfeild Head and Newtown. Myself, Paul and Stuart had fun overtaking each other on the climb to morridge. We re-grouped at the top and rode down to Buxton road where we met up for a post ride chat. We arrived back in Leek at 1.50pm after a modest twenty six mile ride but given the painful efforts we all made on Gun, it was enough. Thanks to John, Ruth, George and Phil for setting up and helping make the hill climb a success.
Written by Club Rider Nick Avins