Dearnford Lake for lunch with Tim and then back home via the New Inn for a Raiders meeting


I’d arranged to go for a ride with Tim this week as I needed to get out and get some miles in the legs and Tim was off work. Always great to have company on rides too!

The weather looked better on Friday so we arranged to ride out to Dearnford Lake for lunch.

Tim rode up to our house from Newport and we set off just after 11am. I’ve got my new 11-34 cassette on my Roubaix today as I want to test it in advance of the sportives starting, so we arranged our route to go up Marchamley Hill as that’s about the toughest test round these parts (and not particularly tough if I’m honest!).

The 11-34 seemed to be geared pretty much like my usual 11-32 apart from the get out of jail granny 34 tooth ring. It was seamless to ride and Marchamley Hill was super easy as I could just spin my way up it.


A bit later in the ride Tim picked up a puncture and we stopped for him to pop an inner tube in his tubeless tyres to get him round the rest of the ride. The culprit tuned out to be a small shard of glass that put a hole in his tyre that the sealant just could not seal in time. Just goes to underline the benefit of carrying spare tubes, even when running tubeless tyres (which I run on the Roubaix too).

At the cafe I had a lovely “tart of the day”, which was cheese and tomato today and absolutely delicious. I even had room for a small slice of lovely pecan pie too.

The plan was to ride back home, shower and get changed and drive down to Newport for my 4pm meeting with the Nova Raiders Committee members at the New Inn.

Needless to say with a slightly extended lunch, we were running late so I opted to ride all the way back to Newport with Tim and go to my meeting, via a quick chat in Nova Cycles.

We had a very productive meeting and by the time we’d done, it was dark, so I headed off home with my lights on.

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