50 miles with North Cheshire Clarion

Dark clouds and rain first thing this morning as I set off to the North Cheshire Clarion Sunday club run meeting point.  My knee was still sore so I put a support on it to see if that helped.  By the time I arrived the rain had stopped but the clouds still looked ominous.  There were 14 from the club and the ride took us east through Bucklow Hill, Tatton Hall, Knutsford, Mobberley, Alderley Edge and Nether Alderley.

After some impromptu off-roading (don’t ask – not best attempted on 700×23 tyres) we stopped at the Wizard tea rooms for a slice of cake and a coffee.

Coffee and walnut cake!

The weather was pretty nice at this point but as we set off back it got darker and darker as we headed west through Peover and Pickmere.  After a good few weeks of being very lucky with the weather the heavens finally opened with about 5 miles to go.  By the end of the ride my knee was aching quite badly and we were absolutely soaked through.  But it was a good 50 miles – 15 mph average and 2305 kcals used.  Not a particularly lumpy ride – only 1222ft of climbing

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