Wednesday, 30 July 2014

The Way Of The Roses - Ride Report

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We made it!
Epic is a much overused adjective, but it really is the only way to describe the three days of cycling that 6 of the society have just been fortunate enough to experience. Granted, it wasn’t the longest ride we’ll ever undertake, and it’s certainly not the quickest. But, forget the numbers, is about so much more; the overall experience is what counts.

From Morecambe on the west coast of Lancashire, to Bridlington on Yorkshire’s east coast, this was a route that had a bit of everything.  It was however, the constantly changing views which were my personal highlight. From the Dordogne like features of the Lune estuary, to the rugged beauty of the Yorkshire Dales national park, the constantly changing vistas constantly threatened to overload the senses.
The riding itself was as spectacular as the views were breath-taking, and served to remind us all that some of the roads in this country are as tough as they come. Day 2’s climb out of Settle was particularly noteworthy and set the tone for 30 or so of the most testing kilometres I’ve ever enjoyed on a bike.

It wasn’t all about the riding though, and along the route we sampled numerous cafes, pubs, and restaurants. Particularly noteworthy was the quite excellent Lion in Settle. If you’re ever in the area and want a place to stay I can highly recommend it.
Ultimately, as with any great ride, it has to come to an end, and as we rolled into Bridlington my emotions were mixed. Elation, at having ridden what surely must be one of the finest routes England has to offer, was mixed with regret that it was all about to end.  Over a well-earned beer or two that evening, thoughts were already turning to what would be our challenge next year. One things for certain, whatever’s selected, it has got a very hard act to follow.

A truly epic adventure, and 3 of the finest days cycling I’ve ever experienced. I cannot recommend The Way Of The Roses enough.
Lastly a huge thanks to Anna, Tori, Katie, Nellie, and Johnny for making the trip so special. Thanks also to Tim and Ashley for coming and collecting us from Bridlington.
Vive la Velo