Twenty one riders turned out to brave the rain. The B group rode to Ashbourne and the Flower Pot Cafe led by Shaun while the A group rode to Carsington. We rode out via Ashbourne Road and up to Bottom House before turning for Ipstones Edge and down in to Ellistone and Norbury. One rider suffered a puncture in Osmaston so we split in to two groups. We rode in to Bradley and in to Carsington where the regulation sprint took past along the dam. We were glad to get in the dry and warmth and soon were enjoying coffee and cakes. Dan N decided to head back home.
Due to the rain it was decided to head back by a more direct route so we headed to Tissington and Thorpe before dropping in to Ilam and climbing up to Waterhouses and reaching the main road back to Bottom House and Leek. I pulled off at Bottom House to take in the view from Morridge of the mist and yet more rain. A team picture was suggested at Carsington but the mere thought of removing phones from waterproof jackets and pockets was enough to laugh off the suggestion and we await a dry day for another team photo.