Eight of us assembled in the bright wintry sun on Lemon Quay at 9 o’clock. This was good because it was forecast to be grey and misty. Advertised as 50-mile ride, and Lelant being only 20 miles from Truro, we needed some extra twiddles to make up the distance. So we headed out towards Mithian and then around St Agnes beacon in glorious sunshine, with perfect views down the coast as far as St Ives. After a small deviation to avoid the awful climb south out of Porthtowan, we dropped to Portreath and climbed its ‘wall’. At the top, we had to say goodbye to three of the peleton (John,Andy and Dom) (was my route-planning quite as bad as that?) so just five of us carried on down the coast road for coffee (and cake of course) at the ‘Birdy Bistro’ (We didn’t do much bird watching, by the way.)
An inland return route, to hide a bit from the north wind, took us towards Porkellis just before which Gareth punctured and just after which Martin left us for his return home to Constantine, and Jeremy to Camborne. Leaving just 3 of us (Gareth, Dave and myself) to do the remaining few miles back to town.
Well, it should have been 50 miles but turned out to be 55 (Jeremy’s suggested change of return added an extra couple!) and adding in my extra round-trip going back to help out with Gareth’s puncture, I ended up doing 57. All helping towards my end-of-year target…..