9:00 Club Ride - Figure of Eight to Leger Lakes with some Cheeky hills….

Riders - Pete, Jenny, Paul, Lawrence, Mick and Gary

After volunteering to be ride leaders, we then had the issue of plotting a route.
Planning the route round the café stop – we decided to stop for a brew at Leger Lakes (a firm fav with 9.30 TVC) so we plotted a figure of eight route to incorporate the cafe. 

On our way in to Tickhill we saw Gary heading out towards Malpass, oh dear, he was the only rider who had RSVPed with ’maybe’. Oh well it could be a husband and wife ride out.
Martin Bowdler cycled into the cricket club, the sole rider on the 7am Clumber Ride, but unfortunately he couldn’t join us the 9am ride.
Phew a few minutes later, Paul turned up (after already cycling round Conisborough and up Clifton hill) followed by Gary, Lawrence and Mick, we had a posse of six. 

Heading towards Malpass we saw several 9.30 riders cycling towards Tickhill, last few long rides before Mallorca. We rode up Malpass and right along ‘technotube’ through Firbeck, no left turn for Kidd Lane (saving that hill for later), we waved at Leger Lakes on the way past, then we then swiftly passed through Laughton and Laughton cum Morthern, avoiding the many potholes to Ully. Nice bit of downhill, but what goes down must go up and there was a cheeky little hill out towards Aughton. Pete then lead the ride through Swallownest and down to the A57 where we got split into 2 groups at the traffic lights. Right at the roundabout and up another cheeky incline towards Wales where we regathered before a speedy descent past Rother Valley. Up into Killamarsh and up again to Highmoor, left turn Clyde towards Woodall and Harthill. We then took the flat route to Kiveton where we turned right and faced yet another cheeky uphill – Dog Kennel Lane into South Anston. Through the traffic lights and up again into North Anston, lots of puffing and panting and use of granny gear, after regrouping we made our way through Dinnington and towards Laughton for a well-earned coffee and cake. 

Unfortunately, many people had also had the same idea and it was outside seating only. Oh well it was reasonably warm, Mick had reduced 1 base layer and Pete had removed his sleeves. The chat over coffee/tea was remarkably diverse – hoovering walls, drug dealing, benefit of cycling wearing pop socks and the fact that llamas have soft lips!

After refuelling we set off back down into Firbeck and up Kidd Lane (Jenny moaning she hates hills, even though she’d planned the route), along into Letwell, Gildingwells and Woodsetts. Left at Woodsetts then left again on Owday lane towards Carlton in Lindrick. Ah ha, straight back to Tickhill…. nope, we turned right at Oldcotes and then left towards Styrrup (yet another couple of cheeky hills) to Bircoats and Harworth then it was head down for home.

If you liked the route – Jenny planned it, if you hated it then Pete planned it.