The scene could have been borrowed from a Scandi-Drama as a surprising number of riders gathered in the gloom and rain. The BBC weather application had promised an extended dry spell and we had all fallen for it.
Leaving Truro via St Georges Road and Goosebean Greenway we crossed the A390 and swept down to the tennis club. Ironically, the ford was dryer than most of the rest of the road. Climbing to Besore we descended gingerly to Twelveheads before turning right to Chacewater. Richard had to be called back at this point as he had decided that he wanted to tackle the climb up to Smokey Joe’s instead.
Station road out of Chacewater took us to Blackwater, from whence we turned right at the ATV centre up to the oddly positioned Chacewater Cricket Club. Soon we were on the long straight towards Mithian with the wind on our back, when Hugh had to leave us.
Turning right at the Miner’s Arms and bearing lett up to the main Perranporth road, which we followed briefly to turn right down to Bolingey.
Lunch at the Bolingey Inn was typically enormous but Niq required a second bowl of cheesy chips as his first portion ended up on the floor due to a Gordon Ramsay moment in the kitchen.
After lunch, Niq went his own way and the remaining six headed up Quarry road, when John and Jude left to return for John’s cycling helmet.
Soon we were in Goonhavern, where Ian headed off for St Columb, leaving just 3 to follow NCN 32 back to Truro
Distance 24 miles
Average speed 9mph
Ascent 2667 feet
Descent is presumable the same, or at least that’s what we decided during the lunchtime discussion
Rod Tinson, Hugh Bryson, Richard Moore, Ian Cook, Niq Carter-Rowe, Jude Lawrence, John Flowers and Dave Bennett