Sunday was the Newport Cycling Club Reliability Ride, starting at the Infants school in Newport. The weather looked to be absolutely awful, with torrential rain forecast for the morning, and then lighter rain after that.
One by one the Raiders dropped out of the ride and I was wondering if I’d be the only one! As it turned out, there were 2 others there when I arrived so we had a quick chat before setting off.
My legs were still a bit shot after the velodrome exertions last night, so I decided to get dropped by any groups and just pootle round the route doing my own thing and at my own speed.
The rain on the ride down from home and on the first part of the route was awful and I was pretty soaked, despite my supposedly rainproof (and expensive!) kit. It did settle down and almost stopped just after Eccleshall.
The route was mainly on busy main roads, so at least the roads were clear of debris and there were not as many potholes as you normally see on the lanes round here.
I opted to stop for a coffee and cake at the Priest House in Audlem as I was going past it anyway and wanted a nice warm drink to warm me up. Then it was an easy pedal down the main road to Market Drayton and onwards to Newport, via Cheswardine.
In Newport I stopped for obligatory refreshments at our sponsors pub, the New Inn.
Then it was an 8 mile ride home and a nice warm shower.
Route: click here