Six cyclists came over the brow of the hill towards Stithians Crossroads (Julian, Gareth, Chris R, Fionn, Josh and Chris F). It was nice to see Josh and Fionn for a second time returning to attempt another club ride.
After discussions on the current trend to purchase black bikes with their logos blacked out, we headed to the Lizard Peninsula. The downhill stretch from Edgcumbe to Gweek was quite fast and I had to admire the way Gareth handled his bike when faced with a truck going in the opposite direction. His bike was determined to throw him off, but Gareth mastered his bucking bike and I was impressed how he fought and managed to stay in the saddle. Gareth should try a mechanical rodeo bull, he appears to have all the skills needed to stay on!
At Mawgan, we entered the 1000 acre Trelowarren Estate which was an excellent off road route taking us through narrow lanes running through woods and offering us spectacular views over the valley towards the Helford River.
We cycled to Cury Cross Lanes and then took a country lane to Mullion where the cyclists were treated to a tour of the town. Then came the short ride to Poldhu Cove, where in 1901 Marconi send the first transatlantic radio signal to Newfoundland. I think my fellow cyclists were impressed with the location for the skies were blue, the sea was calm, the sun was shining and refreshments (coffee and cake) were only £3!?!
The return journey took some of us over the Mullion Golf Course (had to be careful cycling on a farm lane!) down into Church Cove which gave us good country air and a scenic ride heading to Gunwalloe overlooking the blue seas of Mounts Bay. We re-gathered at Helston with the cyclists who preferred the safe but non scenic route and headed to Porkellis via Hendra.
I left the group at Penmarth whilst the rest cycled to Truro via Penhalvean and Carharrick. As promised we had a ride with new roads, great weather, good company and a superb coffee stop location. I believe a good day was had by all.
Report Writer Jeremy Bond, mileage 53 miles, average speed 13.8mph