Thursday, 29 December 2011

On Tour in Lancashire – Christmas 2011

With The Langster on the roof of the society’s support vehicle, we headed north for the annual Christmas celebrations at my SO’s parents’ place in Goosnargh, on the edge of the Forest of Bowland.

There are some truly wonderful cycling roads around Goosnargh, and pretty well all tastes are catered for. If you want hills, you can head into the Forest of Bowland, or if you want a flat and fast blast, you can head towards Blackpool across the Fylde plain.

It was fairly windy when we arrived in Goosnargh, but is was mild and dry. My choice of bike meant that is was going to be a Fylde plain blast, so after saying hello to the in laws, I was off. Although the block headwind wasn’t great, it meant that my return should benefit from a tailwind. I was feeling pretty good as I crossed the M6 and then A6. The quiet roads of the Fylde plain allow you to get into a good rhythm, and soon I was spinning along at a fair pace. If anything, the bike felt slightly under geared.

What was that in the distance? Oh yes, a catch opportunity, and what’s more they were sporting a YJA. Even though I do say so myself, this was a textbook execution of this most satisfying of cycling moments.  After wishing my catchee the season’s greetings, it was time to push on. It was like waiting for a bus when as I passed through Thisletown, I spied another potential target on the horizon, the blinking of his rear light acting like a strangely mesmerising homing device. The run up towards singleton is a straight road with an ever so gentle incline, ideal for reeling in my second catch of the day. As he got closer, i noticed the moniker that made this catch particularly valuable. Yep, he was an Assos wearer! Even more sweet!

As predicted once I turned back inland, the headwind turned into a rather lovely tailwind, and I wanted to take full advantage of it. Checking the stats on the GPS looked promising. In spite of the headwind this was looking like a quick one(for me at least). Woodplumton passed, quickly followed by Broughton. Under the M6 and one last push into Goosnargh. Comfortably the quickest ride of over 50km of the year!

A great ride, and certainly a good few calories burned before the excesses of Christmas day.

Full ride details below courtesy of Garmin Connect.

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