The day of the 75mile reliability ride started off with slightly 'inclement' (wordnetweb definition: "weather unsuitable for outdoor activities") weather; about freezing and sleet and snow falling. Despite this, about 30 intrepid (or stupid) individuals started out. However, some fell by the way side either because of mechanical problems, punctures or because they wimped out (you know who you are).
I was in the sporting group with nine other riders but in the frist 10 miles I was having problems with ice build-up on the cassette , see the picture. For most of the early part of the ride I only had one gear as all of the others were iced up completely and the chain just slipped on these. Others abandond because of the same problem. However, bisarly, others did not seem to suffer from this icing at all.
Luckily, the weather did become less severe and the bikes and riders thawed; It was still very cold though. On the high ground there was a sprinkling of snow on the fields and slush on the roads.
We stopped at the Silver Ball at Reed, which has shown some improvements. The service was very quick and my egg and bacon toasted sandwich was quite good. The toilets have also been renovated (rebuilt). I may even start leading rides there again!!! Tom joined us at the Cafe
On the way back, once we had reached Littlington, the sun came out and the temperature rocketed to 5C. A slight tail wind bushed us along and all 10 of us in the sporting group completed the whole course. Despite the poor weather, I almost enjoyed the ride. Well done to all those that finished.
Roll on the 90', lets see what the weather can throw at us. Remember, next week the sporting ride starts at 08.30h and the sporting+ at the normal time of 09.00h.
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