Club runs discussion
That's a fascinating route, Paul: a Circuit of the Cat and Fiddle to complement the Circuit of the Edge? Worth keeping in the calendar as an annual Challenge Ride (bit like the old "Mile High" ride)?
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The fast group did this route a year or two ago when the cafe stop was at Peak View, so I thought we'd try it again.
It was made up on the fly last time so I had to rack my brains to remember all the twists and turns.
It goes up just about every climb close to Macc - Pym Chair's about the only one missing (but there's no reason why it couldn't be added!)
How good it was to be out on this ride! Thank you to Paul for creating the route again. 23 riders, 21 of whom made it to the brace of cafes. Two groups: Paul, James, Rich, Matt B the Younger, welcome again Hannah Bridger and Richard and Jamie Storey; Andy, Graham W, Feed, Jeremy, me, Dave Har, Andrew R, Warren, Eddie, Steve H, Brian R, Cath, Dave Hal, Mick, Joe and Tom B (who carried on after the cafe to return to Sheffield). In the end, three riders in the larger group descended Winnats, with the rest taking the Mam Nick loop. Then a different trio joined Paul's group for the ascent of Winnats, meeting us after we had mostly walked up the broken road of Mam Tor, before the glorious run down to Whaley. A great afternoon out, thank you to all my companions.
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The Orange Men and Women were out in force in the Peak District yesterday: 34 riders left the South Park car park, with 32 besieging the Vanilla Kitchen in Tideswell, which coped admirably, helped in no little part by the almost complete, and surely co-incidental, absence of any civilians, for who wouldn't wish to enjoy a quiet cup of tea in the company of nearly three dozen sweaties? Indeed, as we left, the manager surveyed her empty cake stands and remarked: "I won't need to open tomorrow". I'm glad that our considerable collective purchasing power did a little to boost this particular local economy and did something to assuage the nasty taste left by a couple of other customers who had the bad grace to leave without paying (a plague on them, let's hope that they feel truly ashamed and that their paninis or whatever stick in their gullets).
I played a first half '8-15-11' formation with an attacking front line of Paul, Rich, James, Mike K, Gordon, new member Hannah Bridger, Matt B the Younger and welcome to Steve visiting from Cambridge (we'll all come to you next week Steve). The midfield comprised Mick, Fozzie, Dave Board, two sets of fathers and sons - Dave and Joe and Mark and Robert, the latter's Uncle Andrew, Steve L, welcome to new member Christian Smith, Fred, Graham W, Richard R making a rare and welcome appearance without his knobblies, Nigel and Brian R. An initially strong defence of Greg, Paul AJ, good to see you back Jack thought we might have lost you to the NHS, Cath, Ben, Dave W, Warren, Andrew R the Second, Andy B, Dave Haley and myself lost two members before the battle of the Goyt but still managed to join the end of Group Two's cafe queue.
Phew what a club run. Loved it! Got home at 18.55 with the light and rider both fading. Great to have so many people out and so many in our smart club kit. Thanks to Paul for another great route and to him and Andy B for looking after this ride this year while I was getting the plumbing fixed (and I'm not talking residential here). I shall plan a flat ride next week (1 April) and, weather depending, a hilly one the week after (8 April). Then Paul will plan the rides up and including 13 May, after which it'd be great if we could have a few more people willing to plan and lead rides, since (a) I expect to be visiting my mother from time to time and (b) this is, after all, an equal opportunities club. Full GPS planning lessons available if you need them. Come on, it could be you! Please let me know.
Here I am catching up with the e-paperwork rather late (busy life, eh?). Last week's club run to Anderton Boat Lift featured 10 riders: Rich and Hannah formed a fast group, while my companions comprised Daves Lacey and Haley, Phil, welcome back Louis, Andrew, Vikki (just limbering up to run 18 miles the next day!!*!?*) and welcome to Simon Smith, not the old one that we know so well but a brand new one who we don't yet know so well. Welcome to the Wheelers Simon, not all club runs feature two broken chains (OK the same
chain twice) and one puncture resulting in cut fingers for two riders; sometimes they can be quite eventful.
Want a hilly ride this week? I've got one for you! The weather's looking fabulous and I'm itching to ride.
31 go to Longnor
I can tell you that the hills were at their very best today. I’m sure that Majorca, Spain, Italy, etc all have their charms but the Peak District in good weather is surely God’s Own Country. And I managed to go down some lanes that not only I, but even Cath (27 years with the club, can you believe it, must have started as a child), had never been down. First Dave Haley and Cath suffered impact punctures as we descended the hill after Burnthouse Farm out of Wincle, then after a further 10 yards a miscreant thorn enabled me to demonstrate my man-of-the-people, ride-leader-is-not-immune, credentials. So it was 3.50 when we reached my favourite café (now my even more favourite café after its inspired recent addition of soya milk to its beverage rosta), Dave having repeated the same trick as we descended into Longnor. This meant that, on our return, after the others left him, Cath and I at Flash Bar to go back via Axe Edge and the Cat, we three puncturees set out for Flash (for those who know me well will testify that I am unable to live with myself if I don’t follow the official route), realising with a sinking feeling that we had not one good spare tube between us….
Thirty-one riders out in three groups. Paul H, James, Rich, Gordon, Hannah, Dave Roberts and welcome back Sam Hudson. Thank you to Darren for leading Group Two: Mick, Russell, big welcome to new members James Harness and Mark Pilling, welcome back Mark Eastman, Dave Higham, Andrew Rowson, Dave Harbottle, Paul A-J, Fred and, collected en route in the suburbs of Wincle, Graham W. My companions were the aforementioned puncture victims plus Andy J, Andrew Rowe, Vikki, welcome back Simon R, Eddie, Steve, Jack, Dave L and Brian E.
Really great to see so many out in perfect cycling weather. We now have 196 members plus a sprinkling of U18s whose paperwork is being processed. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if we could get, say, half the club out on one ride? Please put Saturday 1 July in your diary. More details later.
No route posted, but here's the one to Minshalls from a couple of years ago:
Looking forward to first club run in a while as there's no football match to take my son to play in
Please wear your club kit if you have some, and fix your hair nicely as we have a special photo-call in the car park before we leave today. We're taking a picture to celebrate Cath and Paul's 50 combined years riding with the club. Yes, you read that correctly, 50 combined years yet they will certainly still be the most glamorous and well turned out riders in the carpark or anywhere in the Peak District for that matter. A professional photographer has been engaged at no little expense (well, no big expense either actually, thank you James). Don't be late or you may miss the shot. Me, I'd like half-a-dozen postcard sized; I imagine that autographed copies will one day fetch extraordinary sums on eBay under Cath n Paul collectibles (I'm working on a range of Barbie n Ken type dolls, re-launched with a cycling theme for today's sporting youngster).
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