Monday, 21 June 2010
Fathers day ride
Up and out early on sunday, last ride for a while so was planning to do one I did a couple of years back, trying to squeeze in all the local downhills. 1st stop winterhill, down san marino was ace I remember riding this years back, early 90s rigid steel bikes, stems so long your bars had a different post code, used to take about 6 or 7mins with a stop halfway to rest your arms, took just over 2 today. Then I had to climb back up, Matts been doing some silly fast runs up here so I thought I'd time myself. Spun up in middle ring most of the way but near the top where I should have been putting the power down I was busy keeping my lungs inside my chest and dropped to granny. 11:58 I'm pretty happy with that for now. Down the shoulder and over spittlers edge (bone dry) to great hill. Not done the full hit since last year, it was awesome, top excellent as ever, middle has finally dried out after about 4years, bottom was well sketchy - superb. Chased (and caught) a roadie up moor road, down the phone line, saw Matt at the reservoirs, rivi was busy. Ice cream run, pike, kennel run, a pretty quick run down wildeswood should have had me finished but instead of riding up chorley old rd I ended up exploring near Akon village again and ended up at montcliffe quarries. Down through walker fold wood and barrow bridge and home absolutley shagged, felt a lot more than 34miles, reckon the san marino beasting burned quite a few miles from my legs, 5400ft of climbing is not bad tho. Beautiful day, fantastic ride, makes you really appreciate stuff.