Seven riders met up for the nine am group. One group rode over to the Spiders Web Cafe near Cosford and another rode over to Hartington. We decided to head for Bonsal to avoid the thick fog in the valleys. Dave M took the lead and decided we should ride part of the cancelled reliablity ride so we rode up Ashbourne road before turning for School Lane, Bradnop which soon warmed up the group. We dropped down in to Whetton and the Manifold Valley before climbing out and in to Milldale. We headed in to Parwich and the long climb to Longcliffe. Here the group took off while Ant A and myself took a more relaxed pace up the climb before the fast descent in to Bonsal which was fun. Adrian D won the climb to Longcliffe. While riding out, we were amazed by a strange orb in the sky which gave out heat and light, something we have not seen much of in recent weeks so we took the rare chance to sit outside in the warmth for the first time this year. Dave M had his Beans On Toast but felt the need for cake as well so must have been a tough ride.
We headed back via Pikehall, Hartington and Hulme End before tacking on the climb to Warslow. Here we re-grouped and Chris E decided to head back home by a more direct route. We headed up the long climb to Morridge where myself and Adrian D battled it out. We all met up on the top and had a rest on the descent in to Thorncliffe and arrived back in Leek at 1.50pm after a tough forty seven mile ride but all agreed the route was a enjoyable one given the views.
Nick A, Saddle sore expert, ouch!