Club Run – March 17th 2019

“Start at the top and work your way down”
Orson Wells
myself and Andy Bain set up a exhibition at the Foxlowe on Wednesday night to promote the club at the screening of the documentary Bikes V Cars which was a interesting look at the battle between road users. I was very surprised to be given a trophy for Clubman of the year which is the first thing I have been awarded since a Merit badge at school back in 1983. It’s been downhill ever since!
Ten riders set out for Eccleshall via a very different route as we rode up Ladderidge and in to Denford and Cats Edge and then Werrington before reaching Caverswall. We headed in to Stallington and rode through the back streets of Stone and the main road before heading in to Eccleshall. Here, we had a little panic as we had taken a slight detour to the group and thought they were already in the cafe but then they arrived looking for us. We soon found tables and were enjoying coffees and cakes as well as the feast of beans on toast to fuel the ride back. As it was Saint Patrick’s day, there was Guiness cake and cookies on sale to celebrate.
We headed back through Sywnnerton and Barleston before passing through Stallington and Blyth Bridge and taking on the challenge that is Dillhorne Bank. My rear mech was playing up here and I struggled to reach the top so looks like a mechanic session tonight! We re-grouped and headed in to Cheddleton where we said goodbye to Dave M and headed back through Leekbrook and arrived back in Leek at 2.15PM after a fifty five mile ride. Thanks to all who helped with the free form navigation, it was a team effort. Thanks to Phil G and Dave M for advice on fixing the mech issue.
Nick A

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