Good to see Paul D and Richard back on their bikes yesterday joining myself, Brian, Chris, Phil Haigh, Neil King & Steve T, plus a great turn out from 3RT, several young guns from Kirklees Cycling Academy and representing the Imps, Hoppy. In an attempt not to get dropped before Fixby Roundabout Brian and I led the 20+ peloton out of Brighouse, being joined by several more riders before we adjourned for breakfast at 3 seperate cafe's in Holmfirth.
The next leg of the journey over the Isle of Skye tested not only strength and fitness but with a strong and blustery cross headwinds, bike handling skills were at a premium. Once down into Saddleworth we were treated to tail winds and refreshing rain for the rest of the journey to The Works at Sowerby Bridge where Mr Gower was waiting to relieve us of £6 for the 2014 club subs (£5 off 1st jersey for new members).
Only 6 weeks to the North West Passage so training begins this coming Sunday, 9am Denholmgate or 9.30 Keighley. The cyclist formally known as Padiham Chris has suggested we follow the same route as last year - Kettlewell and back down the eastern side of the valley to the café at Hebden, then home over Addingham Moorside - sounds like a good plan to me.