Once again a Hare and Tortoise Group were formed with the intention of meeting up at the coffee stop at Rosliston and then again at the Great Northern to discuss war stories.
Great thanks are due to Sarah and Duncan G for plotting and leading the route and keeping everyone together...NO-ONE EVER gets dropped on a Social Ride..not even doddery OAPs like me :-)
It was a glorious sunny day and there were originally about 17 on the Tortoise Group though a few peeled off on route as they needed to get some serious interval training done in readiness for the Club TT season starting next week.
I am expecting great things from Sasha, Jen, Mark and Nick as they made their excuses and left.
The Social Rides are noted ( at least they are now after the first epic mountain adventure where nearly everyone collapsed ! ) of being fairly flat and on those inclines that did occur Phoebe G was there to give encouragement as she waited for us oldies at the summit.
Sarah was acting as Pathfinder and ignoring the cries of the GPX Garmin Gang, resolutely stood by her principles and kept consulting some paper thing covered in squiggly lines, which led to a great mystery tour and an off road section which made Paris -Roubaix look like a ride for wimps.
It did however have the added benefit of creating extra distance allowing Carrick to achieve his first ever metric hundred ride.
We did however all manage to return safely with no mechanicals and as we reentered the City Boundaries riders peeled off for home with the remnants enjoying a well earned drink at Ride HQ where we were soon joined by the Hare Squad
A great day out in the saddle at a pace and distance comfortable to all..truly an All Inclusive Social Ride.
Thanks Sarah and Duncan.