It was a typically summers day when Anthony and I set out from Marple. That is, wet and cold. After an abortive start because I had to return to the car, adding 2 miles on, we were soon hitting the lumpy stuff as you can see from the profile. We stopped at Astbury Garden Centre café after 30 miles for breakfast before quickly coming to the foot of Mow Cop. I think it’s a measure of our fitness that both of us made it up with relative ease. In fact it seemed a lot shorter than the last time I was here, although the ramp is still a beast of a climb. There were a few other cheeky climbs on this ride including one little horror show near the end up a very steep concrete cobbled road. In Anthony’s own words, it nearly killed him as his wheel slipped off a raised piece of concrete, he lost traction and barely unclipped in time. As it was, he pulled through, albeit with cramp affecting him. I have to say I couldn’t ride for laughing at the indignant way in which Anthony relayed this story to me.
The only other real drama on the ride was getting horribly lost when the route went off-road. I’m not a big fan of audaxes that go off-road as GPS struggles to follow it and following the instructions on the route sheet was seemingly leading us in the wrong direction. We ended up carrying the bikes down some muddy track and across a stream, before we abandoned the idea and went back to the road. If I wanted that I’d go MTB-ing. It probably cost us an hour’s time.
Overall a decent ride – the weather improved in the afternoon, unlike Anthony’s mood – but I guess you can’t have everything 🙂
Ride stats : 79.43 miles in 6hrs 14m @ 12.7mph. 7,692ft of climb. Average HR 127bpm, 3935kcals used