Tuesday, 28 February 2012

February Mixed Social Ride Report

With the worst of winter (hopefully)behind us it seemed high time that we organised another mixed social ride. With the testosterone left behind, it was a ride to enjoy. No need to worry about average speeds or distances covered, it made a nice change.

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The Runners & Riders

And what a day we picked. Amazingly warm considering it was still February, and it even tempted Scott and Mart to bare their knees and go with shorts. I however, opted for a more conservative approach.

With the inevitable last minute pre ride faffage complete we were off, and were soon heading out of Shifnal towards Cosford. I’d put a route together with the aim of avoiding any serious climbing, and it was nice to spin along and have a chat with some of the newcomers to the group.

Old habits die hard though and on the rise up to Boscobel House there was a cyclist in the distance getting ever nearer. It seemed too good an opportunity to miss, and off I went. As I got closer it was hard not to notice the bike he was riding. A stunning late 90’s steel Cinelli. 100% original, and sporting the original Campag kit. Just lovely! I had a chat with the guy and complimented him on his bike. I used the opportunity at the top take a few pics and we were soon all back together.

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Not So Fresh Now
From here we headed south through Pattingham and onto Seisdon, before turning westwards towards Claverley. We were well past the half way mark and it seemed the perfect place to stop for some refreshments. And what were they serving in ‘The Plough’? Yep, Enville Ale! I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a nicer pint. It would have been far too easy to stay put and spend the afternoon there, but we had to get back on the bikes and finish off the ride.

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Mid Ride Re-Hydration
Through Worfield and Badger, we said goodbye to Marika in Kemberton, before the rest of the group headed back to Shifnal. As with all good rides we finished off in The White Hart for a couple of well earned beers. It was in the Pub that Andy F showed off his answer to leggings that don’t want to stay up, “Rock on Tommy!”.

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A fine figure of a man!
A great ride; we must do these sorts of things more often.  More Photos can be found here and Ride details coutesy of Garmin Connect below.

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