Only three cyclists (Chris R, Chris F and myself) cycled up Kenwyn Hill heading to Allet and Ventongimps. The weather forecast was iffy that day so only a few had the courage to tackle the elements. The roads were fine until we crossed the A30, for as we entered the country lanes, the roads became muddy with dirty water and various obstacles in our path.
Chris R tempted fate when he mentioned how good the tyres he used were…as three miles down the road he discovered he had a puncture! After replacing his tube, we cycled through Fiddlers Green, St Newlyn East and Trencreek heading towards the coast road.
I believe we were almost entering Watersgate Bay when Chris F announced he was missing a brake block on his back wheel so he could only use the front brake, which is fine..as long as he didn’t attempt an emergency stop!
We arrived at The Park cafe at around 11, the cafe was empty so the host was keen to talk about our travels, offering continuous coffee with cake, after all there were only three of us….then came the St Austell Wheelers! There must have been over 15 of them, all expecting coffee and cake. There were two groups both arriving at the cafe at the same time. As we sat with our muddy clothes, the wheelers hardly had any dirt on them. Must all had mudguards!
After my third cup of continuous coffee, it was time to head back home. As we cycled out of Mawgan Porth we mention how the weather wasn’t as bad as predicted. We spoke too soon as a couple of miles later we got caught in a shower.
The route home took us through St Columb Major and Road, Fraddon (to avoid the muddy roads) and the Ladock Valley where I was having a nice cold shower trying to keep on Chris F’s back wheel!
It was a great ride and we got back to Truro just after one where we had a quick chat about traffic management (how many times does a cyclist need to be told it’s the end of the cycle path!) before heading our separate ways
Mileage 43 miles. Average speed 14.1mph Writer of report: Jeremy Bond