Saturday, 4 October 2008
One day I'll learn...
Since I am no longer riding Dusk till Dawn this weekend I decided to ride out and join the CD ride, it was starting just south of Holmfirth so I plotted a round trip. On the outskirts of Rochdale I punctured the rear wheel, I managed to get it fixed quicker than I expected and was back on my way. It was getting windier and windier and I was glad of my second buff to cover my face on some bits. As I was climbing the hill towards Holmfirth I went past two guys, I assume they were triathletes as one of them had tri shoes on. They were both on nice bikes and I said hello on my way past and about five minutes later one of them came back up to my shoulder, there was no sign of his friend - what is it with boys??? By this point I began to think I would be a little late so sent a text as I had said I wouldn't be there. When I got to the meeting point there was no sign of anyone including cars, a check of my phone showed a missed call and a text. The ride had been cancelled!!! I should check these things before I leave home!!! So I ate a sandwich and continued on my route. At this point I ended up grovelling into the wind, at one point I was riding downhill at 3mph!!! I was ready to ring Ali to come and collect me then, especially when I ended up on a main road for a bit. After a while I came across some toilets in a car park with an ice-cream van selling hot chocolate, so I sat down with a warm drink and some more food and started to feel better! Getting going again it was still as hard and as cold but I was feeling better. It wasn't long before I was on the outskirts of Ashton and I was warming up so the waterproof came off. Then it was a case of weaving home and I was back about 2pm.
A hard days riding and I didn't need the extra loop, I would definitely have had to get a lift home if the CD ride was on!
77.6 miles @ 13.3 mph I can't believe I was quite that fast as the wind was a nightmare!