Five cyclists met outside Wetherspoons (Chris F, Chris R, Julian, Rich and myself) for a ride to Plymouth. It was agreed from the offset we needed to take the shortest route possible as rain was forecast for 2pm so we needed to cover as much distance before the rain began.
The ride towards Bodinnick Ferry was quite fast as we were being carried by the fair wind behind us. After the ferry came this very steep climb, I wasn’t even going to attempt cycling it, so I enjoyed the leisurely walk from the ferry up the hill.
Rich was able to take us to Looe through some country lanes where Chris F took us to what may be the best bakery in Cornwall (Martins Dairy) for coffee and cake. Julian was lucky enough to sit next to a bucket catching water from the air conditioning device. He enjoys sitting next to a drip!
Then came the steady climb out of Looe, down into Hessenfold and along the valley to Seaton, after which came a heavy climb out of Downderry. The road towards Crafthole was nice and fast, with magnificent views overlooking the Rame peninsula.
Before Millbrook I turned left to Torpoint while the rest continue to the Cremyll ferry and I met up with my fellow cyclists at Plymouth Station. This is where we discovered we were missing a cyclist!?! Where was Chris F? We both thought he was with the other group! So while Chris R and Rich took the next train, Julian and I waited.
While the first group was leaving the station for the journey home, Chris F was still cycling around the Cornish countryside. We discovered he chased the faster group, but lost them missing the Cremyll ferry so rather than waiting for the next ferry in half hour, he cycled to Torpoint. Unfortunately Chris F got caught by the rain but he arrived at the train (a little wet) with 2 mins to spare!
What promised to be a wet finish, ended up being a great ride with blue skies and a nice westerly wind.
Report written by Jeremy Bond. 55 miles. Average speed 14mph