It was wet last Sunday and wet again this week but on both Sundays I rode into HQ and found other Wheelers wanting a ride.
Last week nine turned up and we rode together to Gwithian. Robin took us down the Argal dip and through Stithians to Redruth. It was a flat out sprint from Redruth to Portreath and as I struggled to stay with Robin quite soon Ben, Phil2 and 4, Amanda, Emma and Dene zipped past me! Paul and I caught them up as they stopped at the new toilets on the side of the road near the harbour and then they over took me again as we climbed the hill to North Cliffs.
Soon Gwithian appeared through the gloom and we descended for coffee and cakes at the NT cafes. Talk of camper vans and foreign trips followed and soon it was time to return via Carnell Green and Stithians for a welcome hot shower.
This Sunday Robin, Ben and I joined a different group of Jim, Alice and Pete with Margaret and Martin on their tandem, the M and Ms back from their epic 1600 mile trip to Perpignan and back! We rode much the same route but this time through Halvasso and missing Portreath, much to my delight! At Gwithian everyone was game to go on to St Ives and we soon were hitching our bikes to the railings and ordering hot food and drinks from the Balcony Cafe in the centre of St Ives. We all made it to the top of the hill just past Tate St Ives and returned via Halsetown and Nine Maidens. We split at Penmarth with Jim and Pete returning home while the rest of us found refreshment at the Star Inn.
For at least two of us it was our longest ever cycle and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride.
Thanks Robin for looking after us and leading the way.
70.2 miles for me
Phil Samuel…. feel free and ride….even in the wet!