Monday, November 25, 2013
Sunday 24th Novenber Ride Report
Although overcast the temperature was mild, the breeze was light and the roads were dry so there were none of the problems caused by low sun reflecting off wet roads that we have had to endure most of the week. We made good progress over to Gargrave, Bank Newton and Halton West. We then went to Tosside via the little used back lane through Grunsagill. Richard has been in semi retirement recently and so far I had been impressed by his riding but Grunsagill was a hill too far and he adopted the rarely successful tactic of riding 50 metres off the back of the bunch. We regrouped before Tosside but I had forgotten just how undulating the road is from there to Slaidburn and he again slipped off the back, a jumping chain adding to his woes.
At Slaidburn we enjoyed excellent bacon butties in the upstairs restaurant (table cloths and waitress service) -the bacon being as good as any I've ever tasted.
Our return journey took us to Bolton by Bowland via Threap Green and then to Gisburn. There had been much discussion about which route to take from Gisburn and we eventually settled on on the road over Greystone to Blacko, not everyones choice though as Richard had the presence of mind to do a U-turn half a mile up the 1st climb, return to Gisburn and stick to the main roads for his return.
Mel set a cracking pace on the long climb up to Greystone with myself, Damien and Steve just about hanging on - boy, was I glad when the summit was reached ! At Blacko,we turned left managing to avoid the easy riding through Barrowford and Colne and made our way to Laneshaw Bridge up the longer and steeper lane up to Colne Edge.
I was relieved when Steve lost contact up the Herders as this gave me an excuse to take it easier as Mel romped away in lone splendor, Damien, who had initially chased after him, eventually adopting a similar tactic to me.
We had decided that The Lamb Inn at Leeming would be our day's watering hole. Damien set off up Penistone Hill from the reservoir at Stanbury determined to set a Strava record before Nairo Quintana gets there next July, unfortunately his saddlebag held him back and once again Mel danced away to take the honors.
The Lamb Inn proved to be a good choice for re-hydration driving Steve to resort to his credit card to keep the beer flowing (at least he hasn't resorted to Wonga)
Posted by petehorne at Monday, November 25, 2013