160 km audax from Husbands Bosworth (Northants), around Rutland Water and back through the Leicestershire Wolds. Only about 20 registered for this distance, including Paul and I. Quite a few no shows - probably weather, quite right too, wish I had heeded the Met office. Started chilly but bright, no wind. Light rain about half way around, gradually increasing to steady medium for rest of the ride. Beautiful route (including sight of the Welland Railway Viaduct), picturesque villages, quiet lanes and lots of traffic free paths through cow meadows. Wolds is a misnomer, do not mistake the Leicestershire ones - they are not gently rolling - but huge big dippers! 6300ft of climbing, including a couple of defeats for me ! Normally ashamed to admit - but they were 17% and 20%'ers, in driving cold rain, back wheel slipping on greasy road -life is just too short!
8 out today. We headed out along the Trent valley to Kelham and Bathley, where Mike Hankin and friend left us. The rest of us (Me, Sue, Llew, Colin, Steve Perkins and Kev Humphreys), headed for Hockerton via Caunton with a tea stop at Newfield Dairy. Back through Southwell, Fiskerton and Hoveringham. A nice day out on quiet roads, but it was cold and there was a rising SW wind on the way back. 45 miles for me at just under 15mph.