Only 8 out, must have been the weather forecast of strong winds? 1 group of varying abilities went north into the wind firstly via the Trent valley, then Southwell, Hockerton & then to Caunton, left & left back onto the Eakering/Bilsthorpe road. The road to Bilsthorpe was always going to be slow into the wind and the group split periodically before regrouping (this included a front derailleur issue). John stayed with Michael with the others slightly ahead. The turn away from the northerly wind at the Bilsthorpe turn was welcome. Hexgrave cafe was closed but Farnsfield cafe was as good as ever. Tail wind home, Greaves lane preferred (but perhaps not the steep section) as opposed fighting the cross winds on the back road towards the A614. The wind blew everyone from there all the way back and i couldn't resist setting the fastest time of the year from Epperstone to Gonalston on the back road. (that won't last for long once the Parrots have been down it!)
a day ago
Not many out today, perhaps due to the cold weather. Only 5 in our easy group and we headed for Hickling via Orston, Elton, Barkestone and Harby. Martin hit a new pothole near Orston, but we were quickly back on the road after fixing the puncture. A nice ride in the Autumn sunshine though it was cold - around 5 degrees C with a keen SE wind.