Three groups were out on Sunday, the early and the early nine am and the short nine am group so quite a good turn out. The early nine am group, The Magnificent Seven, cue theme music here!, set out for Stenson Lock. We rode out along Ashbourne road and up to Bottom House and Ipstones Edge before dropping down in to Ellastone and Norbury. Here, Rich C suffered a exploding wheel rim but luckily was not on a descent. After making sure he was ok and was being picked up, we carried on to Cubly and Longford before turning for Hilton and on to Willington. Here we turned off and headed to Stenson and soon arrived at the cafe to enjoy coffee and cakes as well as the usual.
We decided to trust navigation to Garmin and this took us to the Derby ring road which was a little frighting in the traffic but we got round and carried on by Markeaton and in to Kirk Langley where we decided to get off the main road and head back via Long Lane and Longford again. To make a change, we rode through Alkmonton and on to Cliffton and on to Oakover where we headed along the Leg breaker route to Cauldon Lowe and back over Ipstones Edge and down in to Bottom House and arrived back in Leek at 2.40PM after a long, seventy seven mile ride. Thanks to Shaun for leading part of the ride.