Cutting to the chase – today’s club run round Cheshire saw us start the ride in driving rain, which then proceeded to drive even harder, and end the ride in clear blue skies and sunshine. I’m guessing that’s the type of weather differential you can only get in this country.
I started the ride in Endura waterproof overshoes, Sealskinz waterproof socks, Madison waterproof gloves and my Club EnduraPro Windtex (waterproof) jacket. The rain was driving down, which coupled with the spray from the dozen or so riders around me meant that precisely NOTHING remained dry! We looped round Comberbach, Great Budworth, Pickmere and Knutsford before heading north through Mobberley and Dunham before the inevitable sprint to the Lavender Cafe for a well earned coffee and slice of cake. At that point we looked like a bunch of drowned rats, with water dripping off us as we trudged in.
Pulling damp and soggy clothes back on we ventured back out to find that the rain had stopped only to be replaced with a vicious wind – at times in our face, at times across us. This called for tightly bunched-up group riding which we did quite well, though I say so myself. The Sun came out and the with the aid of the wind was drying us quite nicely as we reached the end of the route.
Had to wash my bike for the second time in two days when I got home due to the rain. Is this the end of summer already?
Ride stats: 43 miles in 2hr 44m at 15.7mph average, 740ft of climbing and 1581kcals used