NorthEnd ride to The IceCream Farm (with a RoadRace thrown in)

Not what I had in mind today as I had planned to do Cliffs CTC ride to Panorama which I was looking forward to. It was scheduled for a 9.30 start so I knew something was amiss when I was the only one there.

As it was the North End were going to watch the finish of the roadrace at Saighton so I tagged along with them.

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As you can see it’s a fine day, this was one of the few times on a North End ride that it was possibble to take a picture. If I was with the CTC I could be off the front and still have time to get a decent frontal shot. Not a chance with these guys, it’s seen as a personal attack.  There is a big difference in riding style and pace. Club riding is the next step for me and it is a totally different level to the CTC rides I have been doing for the last year.

I’ll recap for those that don’t know me or what’s happened over the last year. A year ago I joined the CTC to ride with a group, before that I rode on my own as every Tom Dick and Harry used to pass me. This isn’t as bad as it seems I was out there learning the craft. If your as overweight as I was you need to do the basics first which is getting your basic level of fitness up. I’ll stop now as this needs a separate post of its own rather than a ride post. Riding on your own will give you the chance to get to know yourself possibly for the first time, a chance to explore a few limits and make a couple of mistakes out of everybodies eye.

Back to the ride, Tempo leads off and it is up to the rest to catch up. It’s a more disiplined approach and if you dawdle your not going to be on the ride.

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Dave, I’ve got some pictures of the race finish if you want them.

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With the race over with a mix up over the bell for the final lap it off to the Ice Cream Farm. There were a lot of what are now familiar faces at the Ice Cream Farm. I thought it would have been packed now the kids are on their summer holidays but it wasn’t so.
Seafood bagguette for me and a cold drink.
Really great weather for the ride back to the Eureka.
Not what I expected when I set off for the Eureka but another great day.

Link to MotionBased Player

Link to Google Map of ride

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