Sometimes rides go perfectly to plan, sometimes they don't. This was one of the times they don't. With a huge ride planned going to Ladybower reservoir with some big climbs before and after, we headed out to Glossop. Upon arrival, we discovered that Max had developed a frayed gear cable that looked ready to break. Will took him off to find a bike shop to get it fixed, knowing they could both fly up Snake Pass and catch the rest of us who would be making our way up it. As we reached the bike shop, Dan discovered his cable had also broken so him and I also called in at the shop. Arriving at High Peak cycles in Glossop (FB, Twitter) we managed to get both cables fixed (and Max's chain which snapped as he rolled up to the shop door) in no time and for next to nothing! With Tarn and the rest of the group well on the other side of Snake, our group of four set off to catch them. Will and Dan set a solid tempo up the hill and with a bit of chain-ganging on the descent around Ladybower reservoir through Hope and into Castelton we caught the rest of the group at Three Roofs Cafe where they were filling up on coffee and cake. I was a little worried our delay would mean missing the rugby kicking off at 4 but my Garmin's ETA of 3:15 calmed my nerves, plenty of time to shower and rush to the pub.
After a quick breather for our chase group we set off towards the vertical rock wall of Winnats Pass. With a lot of grinding of gears and pedals we got to the top of the climb and set off back towards Manchester. Arriving in Whaley Bridge, we debated heading back via the flat yet busy A6 or to do some more climbing via Whaley Lane over to Disley. With a mix of enthusiastic yeses and quiet grumbles we took the harder option, John Brett and Will immediately threw the gauntlet down and raced off. After rejoining the A6 we sped back into Stockport where Max's bottle jumped out of it's cage and nearly took half the group out. As I lead Max back through the busy traffic I came across Ed who had punctured on the road side. While we replaced his tube I looked at the time, 15:20 and at the far side of Stockport? Things weren't looking good. Luckily enough, traffic was light and the wind favourable so we stormed back, reaching Levemshulme at 15:40 and home by 15:45. My legs were too dead to get to the pub but I still managed to sit down in front of the telly at 15:57. Despite the setbacks I'd consider the day a complete success.
The B rides are also maintaining their popularity with 18 joining Rhys for a ride into the peaks. Splitting up into two groups (with the help of Eden and Rachael), they headed towards Blaze Hill. Everyone went up individually, giving their best effort and after reconvening, had a breather at the top. The fast descent following Blaze resulted in a tyre punctured and after a quick repair, they made their way towards Macclesfield. As with the A-ride, coffees and cakes were consumed at the café stop (this is one of, if not the most important part of road cycling) at Flora Tearooms near Henley and after a photo, the group headed back towards the city. Just to make sure he isn't getting complacent, we thought we'd test Rhys' tube changing skills by leaving some nails on the road. No worries, he passed.
Rhys also took another group of six out to Jodrell Bank on Sunday on what was a serene, faff-free ride with another sneaky cafe stop.
Location: New mills, Shooting Cabins and Wormstones
Weather: Mild and dry
Author: David "In Charge" Nobles
Summary: "4 snapped chains and a bent phone"
The initial steep climb caught Paul and AJ out, both who snapped their chains (Tom - Obviously way too much power going down and not poorly maintained bikes right?)! Having fixed Paul's, we started mending AJ's then we dropped the parts in the grass at the side of the road! We search for 10 minutes for the missing link to no luck! AJ took my bike and rode up the hill to get more parts from the others, who had continued up the hill, snapping my chain on the climb up (Tom - Wow maybe we should get these guys on the track!). 1 hour later we summit the 1 mile climb out of New Mills and continue down the single track descent! At the bottom I snapped my chain (Tom - Christ Dave how much can you squat?)! 200 yards further down the road Matt Kottara missed a turn off without being noticed. After half an hour of searching and waiting for him, AJ and I found him crying on a park bench! The remaining 15 miles of the ride was going really smoothly until Jake took a spill over the handlebars and pretty much bent his phone in half. All in all, a great 7 hours out in the peaks despite only spending 3 hours on the bikes!
Due to the schools being in half-term we're sorry to say that circuits this Monday won't be on, however they will be on the following week (at a new time of 7:15pm) so do not worry!
Posts about Wednesday road rides will go up Tuesday afternoon so keep an eye out.
So that's it for now, and despite all that happened it seems like everyone (except maybe Jake with his poor phone) had a great time which is what we want!