Saturday, 7 August 2010

24 out with the clarion on the Saturday run

club run 7th august
The East Calder crew rode up to the Leisure Centre in Linlithgow for a quick jaunt around the new 2-up 10TT course, finishing up in the Cup Cake Cafe in Torphichen for some fine coffee and cakes.

24 riders were split into two groups, the faster Active group and the easier paced Social group for a ride up to Limerigg and Caldercruix, with the Active bunch finishing off with a tightly contested sprint at the 'Bordeaux style' 30-sign in Avon Bridge. It was narrowly won by new sprint king Craig Marshal (taking the crown from Mike Ewart who had to nip home early.)

After 30 miles at 19mph, the Active group split at Avon Bridge, with some heading home via Torphichen while the other half set off towards the Heights to get a few more miles in their legs.

Neil lead the group up from East Calder and said "Six riders met on Saturday at East Calder for the run over to Linlithgow. Neil Lovett, Rob Hemesley, John Craig, Steven Fleming and myself were privileged to be joined by Debbie on her new steed, the pristine white Merida!

In very pleasant conditions we took an easy run across to Lithgae to be met by 17 riders who had already assembled at the Leisure Centre.

Tobias, Dennis and Michelle opted to join us for the expanded Social ride whilst the remaining 14 went off on the active ride. The route headed off via Avonbridge towards Caldercruix on the new 10TT route, looping back round to return to Avonbridge, where Matthew, Donald and Andrew joined us. On a rare day there seemed to be no wind at all and after some initial gapping the bunch rode together well with multiple conversations to be heard!

Highlight of the day was definitely the Cup Cake Cafe - we will be there again for sure - in Torphichen to be followed by the lowlight shortly afterwards when a white van driver deliberately veered towards your truly, John and Debbie then swerved away at the last minute; our crime? Being there, of course...
Overall 53 miles at 13.8 mph - a very enjoyable morning's ride"

23 of the riders should be able to guess the answer to this week's where is it quiz as the two bunches passed by where the photo was taken...

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