Eleven riders set out for Audlem via a new route to avoid Stoke. We set off via Rudyard but lost two riders here who missed the turn. Sorry boys but we did try our best to chase you down. We climbed up to Congleton and in to Astbury before reaching Rode Heath and Alsager. As some riders had brought out their Summer bikes, we rode along some mud covered lanes which caused a few choice words to be uttered! We rode on through Balterley and Hankelow before reaching Audlem. Here we enjoyed endless cups of tea and coffee as we were well looked after by the owner who is used to supplying the needs of Cyclists. Of note to Phil ” Two Sauces”, Heinz was testing a new single bottle with both brown and red sauce thus saving time.
We headed back via Norton in Hales and Muckelstone and Coates Heath. Here, Dave M, Steve B and Rich C decided to head back via a more direct route but it was nice to see Rich c back out after a painful TT fall. We carried on to Swynerton and Barlaston. The pace proving to be tough for myself as I was right at the back but rode on. We reached Rough Close where much needed stop was made for a sugar re-fill before carrying on to Meir Heath and Werrington and Wetly Rocks. At Cheddleton, we stopped to chat and thank Rich C, and then returned to Leek via Leekbrook, a 70 mile ride all in. Thanks to Phil G for both leading the ride and for providing me with a map to help write the log as I had little idea of the route taken.
Written by Club Rider Nick Avins