Today I was told that I had to be out of the house all day as Ali had stuff to organise for my birthday. So I arranged to meet Vickster for a ride out Calderdale way. We met the far side of Rochdale and I decided that I was going to take Rigger, after the peaks ride I am getting braver at taken him places other than my local rides and with people I don't always ride with. I also decided to ride there, Ali had offered to come and pick me up after the ride. I always forget how much slower I am on the road of rigger so I arrived a little late, fortunately so was Vickster so it worked out fine. While I was waiting in the car park there was a steady stream of cyclists, I think it was an Evans ride. We set off and fortunately were going a different way to the Evans ride. Although the hills were hard most of them I was getting up, just the few steep sections where I skidded out. On most of them even Vickster on her geared bike was struggling although she was determined to get further than the singlespeeder. After the descent into Waterford, brilliant! I realised that my front tyre was a little flat. I tried putting some air in but five minutes later it was going down again so I put a new tube in. I'd been told a 26" tube stretches fine so I had just being carrying them - too lazy to fix my punctured 29er tube. It does but it took two of us to get it in so I might be carrying 29er tubes in future when I ride on my own. After that it was a mixture of nice rocky base or really muddy riding, punctuated by a million and one gates. Before a cheeky track across the moors took us to Todmorden, since we both had lights and were starving we stopped for food even though it was getting late. Huge toasties and lovely chocolate cake (for me Vickster was being healthy?) and we were on our way. Only my front light decided not to turn on. Up the hill it was fine, we were mainly walking or riding two abreast. At the top we realised the descent was singletrack, another try and it came on, phew! Dropping down there was a bit of walking but mainly riding. It was nice when we could see the reservoir where the car was parked. Crazy me then cycled home!
58.79miles @ 7.9mph