Sunday 20th

Sun 20th Apr 2014

Mark S reports on his most recebnt ride out.

Rothbury Sunday 20th April 2014

Lee 
Louie
Mark R
Mark S

4 of us set out today to do a classic route clockwise around Rothbury, Northumberland.

A beautiful sunny day had us shedding jackets and gilets at the first climb on Whitton Bank Road at the stone tower. Best to come prepared with our geordie weather though.

Mark R led 99.9% of this one as the gpx route Mark S had picked out unknowingly was the one which took you over unrideable crags and was a bit rubbish so thanks to Mark R's knowledge and experience the day turned out great doing the best route possible around this picteresque area of Northumberland.

The route went roughly climbing up skimming the edge of Garleigh Moor - Dove Crag - Simonside to take in the view and Lee's Jelly Babies - Tosson Hills - top of Chartner Bank descent which was ridden as fast as you dare on this very fast and loose track which left us all with big smiles at the bottom.

Lunch break was at 12:30ish by the Chartner mansion house where Mark led us once again to the left sticking to cycle routes and bridleways via Thropton, Bickerton Knowe, Ryehill and upto Ship Crag where Mark R had the only off of the day coming over the crag on the bouldery/stony path leading down via the routey steep way eventually back to Rothbury.

Weather was great. Ride was great.

Look forward to doing this ride again sometime soon.

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Next Sunday Ride (plus other odd days) - See our Facebook page.

Next Night Ride: Thursday as usual.

Thursday nighters are 10-25 milers, 7:00pm start at ASDA East car park, Benton, 3-3.5 hours and generally OK for fit new riders but you need decent lights you can see with, NOT CANDLES. You MUST wear a cycle helmet.

Sundays are generally much longer, 8:00am to 10:00am starts from ride venue ending around teatime, and much harder rides.

Other ad-hoc rides are always being organised, see our Facebook page. Gloves, waterproof coat, snack and drink recommended. Carry basic tools.

The Best Bike in the World arrives at ASDA!

Well, not actually in the store, but outside in the car park on Thursday night, and it was John Rivers who turned up with it, lucky s**! And as if to prove it's pedigree it resisted all of Matt Holmes' attempts to wreck it on a sharp-edged, very high kerb!

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