Despite changeable weather (and by that I mean wet), Sunday saw the inaugural North Cheshire Clarion audax. The start was held at Lower Whitley Village Hall, with plenty of packing and a welcome selection of tea, coffee and breakfast awaiting the riders.
The route itself took us through flat Cheshire Lanes before heading over towards Macclesfield and the Goyt Valley and some hills!
The hills were made trickier by the wet conditions, especially a 20% section near Wildboarclough, and the descents were a bit hairy at times but it was all good fun. Then it was a fast roll back to HQ.
The two cafe stops were at the Wizard tearooms and Gawsworth Hall, both of which were welcome, and with marshals waiting to stamp brevet cards.
My legs were suffering at the start so I ended up being towed by Anthony. Bizarrely, after the hills my legs felt okay.
The selection of food and cake at the end was second to none and did the Clarion proud – many people pitching in to provide it. The day was superbly organised by Andrew and his team of helpers and for a first event, even though I’m biased, it was absolutely first class.
Ride Stats : 72 miles in 4hrs 34m at 15.7mph average. 3032ft climbing, average HR 144bpm and 3737kcals energy used