Five cyclists (Chris F, John B, Grant, Robin and myself) left Truro heading west against the wind. It was nice to see Robin for the first time, especially as he’s currently training for his JOGLE challenge later in the summer, so he decided to attempt a long ride, the longest in his cycling career to date! Robin choose the right ride as we were going further than our normal distance and it is always nice to have company when you tackle long rides.
As there was a westerly wind, we remained away from the coast and headed through the towns of Redruth and Camborne, and into the countryside passing Carnhell Green, Leedstown and St Hilary. At this stage, our gang of cyclists went down to four as Grant left us to return to Truro.
After a slight detour through Plain-an-Gwarry, the route took us through Marazion and Longrock, around the back of Tesco into Heamoor. When we eventually joined the main road between Penzance and St Just we were all getting tired. The climb out of Newbridge was hard work, however we knew we only had a few miles to go before we were sitting in one of my favourite cafes overlooking the great Atlantic Ocean enjoying a homemade pasty.
We left Geevor Mine which our energy levels restored and headed east for home. I do love the coastal road via Zennor. Yes it is a bit up and down but the views over the Atlantic were excellent and I enjoyed cycling the twisting country lanes especially when the skies were blue, the day was warm and you had the wind at your back pushing you along. On this occasion we were either in front or behind an old green vintage bus, which appeared to be following us.
We cycled through the small hamlet of Towednack and down into Lelant. For a teenager who has not completed many long rides, Robin was doing a great job especially when the cyclists he was with had just recently returned from their 470 mile trip cycling in the Highlands of Scotland so we were quite fit and accustomed to long rides (in fact it was nice to be luggage free!)
I left the group at Hayle to head back to my home town, while the rest of the group made their way to Gwithian and Portreath for the cycle back to Truro. I think a good time was had by all, and we all wish Robin all the best for his LOGJE challenge especially as the route includes the Yorkshire Dales and Dartmoor!
For the route please go to the below link.
Writer of report: Jeremy Bond. Mileage appropriately 75 miles