A fast ride to Ruthin and back

Well that was hard...

Well that was hard…

Let's do the Old Bwylch, it's only just up there...

Let’s do the Old Bwylch, it’s only just up there…

Sweet and pretty...

Sweet and pretty…

Well having dithered about whether I was up to doing the long run or not, I decided to go for it, encouraged by the fact that John Keen (he of the “I hit the wall” forum post from last weekend) was doing it too and he might prove a useful ally at the back. A surprisingly large group set off, considering this was always going to be a very long and hilly run. Unfortunately for me, this wasn’t only a large group, it was also a very fit group, who blasted their way to Ruthin at super quick speed..so there wasn’t a lot of chat! Jim did a brilliant job of keeping us all together though. We rode through Waverton, Chester, up the Treuddyn hill (all at our own pace, everyone waited at the top) then down the lovely swoopy Nant-y-Garth pass descent to a new cafe out beyond Ruthin, which Iain knew about. By this time we’d done 50 odd miles at an average of over 17mph, and I was shot. Despite my idea that he would be an ally, John Keen had been no use at all as he’d been stronger than me and had taken up a position on all the hills about 100 metres ahead of me, a gap I couldn’t close despite the best efforts of my super-domestique to bring me up to him. In fact Kev had come in useful on several occasions as I constantly just slightly struggled with the pace and he had come back a few times to bring me up on his wheel to the bunch.
Anyway the cafe was lovely and very Cath Kidstone, they did beans for us, which I’m not sure fitted in with their “sweet and pretty” brand values but hey ho!
And so onwards. Iain had the bright idea we could return via the “old Bwylch”. I was keen on this in principle as I thought it would be quieter and prettier than the normal hill by the motel. It was indeed quieter and prettier… but it was also lethally steep, and many of our party were reduced to walking. (I have 30 x 27 gears so I didn’t really have an excuse, but still walked the bit up to the first switchback). Iain was first up, making the whole thing look ridiculously easy, Kev (having been released temporarily from domestique duties) was second, and I gather Stuart (who’s looking increasingly strong) came third. I did fine but was last, with my non-ally John taking up his by now traditional position 100 metres ahead of me. At the top I needed a “put my head down on my handlebars and try not to throw up” moment as I was completely b*******d.
We enjoyed the descent, but by the climb out of Loggerheads I was so tired that I allowed myself a “hand of God” assist from my super domestique – John, new boy Colin and Tony looked a tad surprised to see me sailing past them at speed, until they realised that I was getting illegal and entirely unethical assitance. Kev always does this for me on the way back from Llanberis and I feel guilty that I have the QOM up this stretch, considering it involved overt cheating!
We raced down the descent from the Rainbow and I just about kept up with the bunch into Chester, and so home. By the time I’d got to Delamere Forest my tank was empty and at this point John Keen took pity on me and kept me company through the bumps, redeeming himself at the final hour.
This was a memorable day out, with beautiful weather and scenery, great company, serious challenges and fabulous support from a very fit but generous-hearted bunch of people, namely navigator Jim, he-who-should-be-a-pro Iain, Kev my domestique, two Colins (one very new), Stuart, Jeff, a very strong new rider Mark, Peter (also quite new), Tony and my so-called-ally, John Keen. We picked up Alan Kemp in the last few miles, it was nice to see him but I’m not sure he appreciated my sense of irony when I told him the ride might have been too tough for him!!
Thanks everyone. My clock said 98 miles, average 17 mph and 1500 metres of climbing. And not one puncture or mechanical. Phew.

As a club, we’d like to wish Andrew Simpson @simmo_on_sport all the best for the future, with a heartfelt thanks for supporting WVCC all these years....

Upcoming Events

Dec
11
Wed
2019
10:00 Wrinklies Ride Out
Wrinklies Ride Out
Dec 11 @ 10:00 – 14:30
A 10:00 for a 10:10 depart.. an easy, no one gets left behind run. Usually head out into the wind so we have a tail wind home.
Dec
14
Sat
2019
09:00 Training Rides
Training Rides
Dec 14 @ 09:00 – 12:00
“Both Saturday Rides” 1 & 2 Meet 9:00 at Hatchmere Ride 1 – Training ride – off first at 09:00. Bangor on Dee with a cafe stop at Cleopatras. Through and off, average 20-21mph Ride[...]
Dec
18
Wed
2019
10:00 Wrinklies Ride Out
Wrinklies Ride Out
Dec 18 @ 10:00 – 14:30
A 10:00 for a 10:10 depart.. an easy, no one gets left behind run. Usually head out into the wind so we have a tail wind home.
Dec
21
Sat
2019
09:00 Training Rides
Training Rides
Dec 21 @ 09:00 – 12:00
“Both Saturday Rides” 1 & 2 Meet 9:00 at Hatchmere Ride 1 – Training ride – off first at 09:00. Bangor on Dee with a cafe stop at Cleopatras. Through and off, average 20-21mph Ride[...]

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09:30 - Winnington Park Rugby Football Club - see calendar for updated start times (Most runs 10:00 during the winter months)

Tuesday evening (informal - usually a small gathering!)

20:00 onwards - Winnington Park Rugby Football Club

Wednesday runs:

10:00 - Hatchmere

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