The 4 intrepid cyclists start out from Marden Hockey and Cricket club in search of a flat ride to The Rare breeds centre in Woodchurch. The famous 4 hill dodgers were supposed to be up and down the downs for Anthony's lumpy ride. However the ride leader of the day was coerced into changing it to the cancelled ride from the week before.
Everything was going well, not much traffic, goodish roads for the time of year and weather was fine and the wind was hiding. The pace was quickish for the first 20 miles and a request to slow down came in as legs were suffering.
As the route was a hastily put together we decided that we would change it if required. I thought that would mean easier, however Ralph suggested we changed the Café to the Cosy Kettle in Ham street, none of thought it would mean hills and a farmers track.
We get to the Café and for the second time recently we had punctures, 2 this time literally as we arrived. The same thing happened the last time as we arrived. Perhaps this Café is cursed for Velo Forte.
Fully fed and watered we ventured back onto my original route and headed home, straight into Storm Ellen, Peddling in treacle was an understatement. and we were all struggling with the head winds. Paul B decides that we need another detour as it would be better for us, ironically past his house.
So now we are 3 and heading into the wind again. Paul G with the sprint win on his mind as Del absent due to a Horticultural excuse, decided to cut the corner early, about 2 miles early and rode off into the distance.
Myself and Ralph then limped home.
4 Riders (Ciaran, Paul B, Paul G and Ralph) 52.3miles, ave speed 15.2mph, Elevation 1,686ft, 2 punctures.