I am unsure when this happened but it has been decided the ACR will now become the official 9am Club Ride. This was never the intention of the ACR to replace the Club Ride for it was only formed by liked minded cyclists who wanted a long ride once a month at a slower pace.
Recently a few of us have been worried about the lack of numbers on the 9am rides, but we need not worry about this ride as 10 cyclists met in Lemon Quay for the ride to Cripplesease, (Paul, Dom, Gareth, John B, bearded Chris F, Damien and myself….and three new recruits, Martin, Josh and Nigel).
The route took us at a nice steady pace through Threemilestone, Chacewater and Carharrack. It is always difficult in October to decide what clothing to wear, the day began quite cold, but as the day went on, the temperature increased so the coats were coming off. Unfortunately one of the cyclists was dressed for winter (with the gloves, cycling trousers and shoe covers) and he did look a little uncomfortable.
We continue pass Four Lanes, right at Nine Maidens School and then followed the road through Blackrock and Praze. After Praze Dom, Josh and Martin turn right and headed towards Carnhell Green and Gwithian to cycle back to Truro (hopefully Josh and Martin enjoyed their first experience with the Truro Cycling Club and will join us again). The rest of us continued onto Leedstown, joining the B3302 to Hayle.
We turned left after cycling over the A30 and cycled down Water Lane (a new road for most). The route took us onto Lelant Saltings (where we admired the properties), pass the West Cornwall Golf Course, climbed by-passing Trencrom and Trink into Cripplesease.
We were made very welcome at the Penderleath Tea Rooms. Bottled water was placed on our table and we all enjoyed the homemade cake and overfill coffee whilst looking out over the countryside. Discussions took place over the opening of a new coffee shop on Lemon Quay and how it is hoped to use this to attract new members into the club. It is difficult to decide the best for everyone, but the group around the table wanted to lure other cyclists to attempt the Club Ride so they were happy to give a 9.30 start a go on the 1st/3rd Sunday or 2nd/4th Sunday (when the café opens) to see if this will entice riders into the club.
The return journey took us down into Lelant, through Hayle on the St George’s Walk and then up onto the North Cliffs. On the top of Portreath hill before the decline, I left the rest of the cyclists (after John B had his arm twisted to lead a Club Ride on the 16th Nov!) and headed back to Camborne whilst the rest continue their ride to Truro. We all had a great time with good company, a worthy route, decent weather and a first-class coffee stop.
Writer of report: Jeremy Bond (57 Miles)
For the route, go to the following link:- http://www.strava.com/activities/206426793