An amazing nineteen riders turned out, no doubt nursing sore heads after Fridays night out. It was decided by our Dear Leader, Paul H to head for Longnor by a longer route so we rode out by Abbey Green and in to Meerbrook. Some riders were brave and climbed up big Thorncliffe while most went up by the more relaxed little Thorncliffe. Morridge was misty but as we turned for Warslow it soon cleared. We dropped in to Hulme End and turned for Sheen. Here Phil G stopped to take a picture while the group took advantage and sprinted off so we had to work hard to catch up. Dave M hoped we would turn at the foot of the Crowdecote climb but no such luck so that spoiled his day. We took a detour to take in Earl Sterndale and turned to head through Glutten Bridge and played dare with the traffic lights on the narrow section in to Longnor as the sequence is so fast. We piled in to the Craft Centre due to the large number of riders although one member did order in the Cobbles cafe and so had a lonely cup of tea! The police turned up which put the riders on their best behaviour, no arrests were made as they were simply enjoying a drink.
Some members decided to ride back to Leek via a direct route while those will less sense rode up Hollignsclough and Flash. Alex C and Tony C set a fast pace up the climb. At Flash, a few more riders set off home via a different route so we headed off by the back of the Roaches and dropped back in to Meerbrook. Along Abbey Green, “Two Sauces” launched a attack but his legs had other ideas at the top of the climb so he dropped back. We pulled over to re-group near Mill Street after a fun forty one mile ride. Thanks to Paul H for leading the ride and for all the riders who turned out.
Nick Avins, Leeks King of Obsolete.