Recovery gentle spin out to Newport to meet the Raiders for a beer in the sun.


I’m the Chairman of the Nova Raiders Cycling Club, but with my busy sportive calendar, I never seem to get chance to ride with them, or even just have a pint with them.

Today was a rest day but the sun was out and I wondered about meeting the Raiders at the New Inn after their ride for a beer. It’s 7 miles each way from home and I could turn it into the perfect recovery ride after yesterday’s exertions in the Peak District.

I texted Jon Steer, who was leading the steady ride this morning and arranged to meet at the New Inn at 3pm.

I had a lovely ride down and was at the pub just before the riders returned. Great to catch up with everyone and especially those I’ve not seen for what seems like ages.

I did the usual on the way home and tried not to use the same roads as I rode down to Newport on. The sun was out and I was thoroughly enjoying my leg spin, so I ended up extending the ride towards Crudgington and then back home via Great Bolas.

Really enjoyed that and my legs feel much better for it.

Route: click here