Started off a reasonably nice day – not too cold but a bit windy! The wind was WSW so the first section of the ride to was subject to crosswinds, but after Belmont it was pretty much behind for the next 20 miles or so. From Belmont I pretty much rode on my own, albeit being in the same general vicinity as a couple of other riders for much of it. The temperature was dropping all day and after Downham it started to hail, which into a headwind is particularly painful. It didn’t last long and stayed pretty dry until the official finish at Owd Betts. Riding home I got soaked – icy rain and hail for the second Sunday running. Thankfully only 10 miles. Oh, and my HR monitor packed up half way round, as it appears, did my cadence sensor! Overall it was nice to catchup with some people I’d not seen for a while, albeit briefly, and the route itself is interesting, so an enjoyable day.
Ride stats : 78.5 miles in 4hrs 44m at 16.6mph. 6,124ft ascent.