Club run reports - 15th March

Club run reports - 15th March

15 Mar 20

Category 6 ride led by Mike East

The prime number of seven starters reduced to six before departure due to a split tyre. A strong tailwind made for accelerated progress outwards via Datchworth, Aston and Luffenhall. Mill End Tea Rooms as excellent as ever, and no panic buying, not even on the Bakewell tart.

More challenging riding from the headwind on the return via Walkern, Bennington, Watton and Stonyhills. 

No riders lost this week, nor any punctures. Personal protection zones respected throughout. Great company over 31 miles.


Category 2 ride led by Nathan Brede

The category 2 ride went out to Gamlingay,  Bedfordshire over 75 miles,  averaging 16.4 mph with 3120 feet of climbing. There were 3 riders.
The route became very tough due to a south-westerly 19 mph wind; when we got to the mid-way point and turned for home at Gamlingay, the headwind took its toll on the group. It became a mind over matter ride and we just ground out the miles.
This route will make a great club summer ride for people who like long mileage. We think we all enjoyed the ride but were glad when we had finished.


Category 5 ride led by John Farnham

Yet another windy Sunday where the sou'westerly blew the unsuspecting eight-some (+ one very young member in the sprogwagen) with considerable ease out through the Hadhams, Pelhams, Berden and Wicken. However the road up to Arkesden proved to be a lot more challenging. This rather set the tone for most of the run into the tea stop via Duddenhoe End and Langley Upper & Lower Green. Rumbling tummies where soon filled by the excellent food served up at Poppy's Tea Barn. Any tea room sporting a chandelier must be a venue worthy of Wheelers’ patronage! The return leg into the wind was shaping up to be a real slog but in the end the twisting route and plenty of high hedges made it bearable. Even the rain held off until we were climbing out of Much Hadham and then didn't come down too heavily until we arrived back in Ware. 50 miles. No punctures, mechanicals or tumbles and only a few moans and groans about doing 5 more miles than scheduled.