This morning saw seven riders assemble on a damp cool morning that seemed to threaten some rain. Changeable weather was not the only incident awaiting.
Present were: John B (leading and on time today!) Chris F, Dom, Andy, Nigel, Paul and Martin.
After the post mortem on how we managed to give Martin the slip last time at Heligan, we set off via Falmouth Road, Calenick, Kea hill towards Perranwell Station. Before reaching Fropool was incident 1, a puncture for Nigel with the inevitable delay for repairs. Under way again, we went via Pulla Cross toward Stithians Reservoir. Paul was having some trouble with his winter bike that was complaining about only being brought out in bad weather. He elected to leave us at Penmarth and make his own way home. Shortly after that as we approached Porkellis, Dom received a phone call that apparently meant he had to abandon as we couldn’t find him when we searched for him (hope everything’s OK, Dom).
So then there were five- we made steadier progress now via Nancegollan, Godolphin Breage and finally down to Porthleven with glimpses of heavy seas lit by shafts of bright sunlight that broke through the heavy clouds. Martin left us at this point to carry on to Constantine.
The planned new coffee stop was closed (!) so the remaining four piled into Nauty but Nice as the rain began falling. Progress had been slow but we didn’t rush as the rain was now heavy and best experienced from the warmth and comfort of the cafe with carrot cake, coffee and chat.
Eventually the rain eased and we headed off around the harbour and climbed to gain some great views over the lively sunlit sea. We went through the Penrose estate, through Helston centre and (after nearly being taken out by some crazy driver) briefly onto the Falmouth road before turning left towards Wendron then Porkellis again, Carnkie where Nigel bid his farewells, Stithians, Pulla Cross and Frogpool again, Cusgarne, Bissoe, Penweathers and back to Truro. So the original seven had dwindled to three.
We covered 50 miles, but with the various delays it was around 2:30 when the remaining riders arrived back in Truro!
Amongst other subjects (sportives, Milook, the the terrain of Exmoor, guitars, Prog.Rock..) we discussed the (hopeful) establishment of a TCC Intermediate ride which would aim to be run at around 11-12 mph for 30-40 miles, one of which will be on 7th December to Gwithian. Please encourage all riders of suitable ability (and faster riders who are happy to “downshift”) to come along as it would be great to get this new ride off the ground.
Report Written by John Butler