An early 8.00 start with a drive up to stavely saw 6 LRCC riders on the road for 9.00 for Leanns ride in to the Lakes, the day was looking great with the sun shining but a cold chill in the air, the cycle way led out of stavely and up the first climb of the day up the back lanes towards kirkstone pass the views in to the lakes were stunning, my legs felt so heavy i was starting to regrett the 2 beers and 2 glasses of red the night before, on up kirkstone pass the first and only mechanical of the day as trev droped his chain and it jammed and twisted two links trev put to work and soon had it sorted and gave me a chance to to fill up with food and drink, a swift cold decent soon had the groupe setting a great pace on through patterdale, and up matterdale common in lovely sunshine which felt great as cold bodies started to warm up, leanne had worked out a route that would keep us off the main A66, through quiet lanes and the cycle way witch soon had us in to keswick, and on  to brathwaite, to start the long climb up whinlatter pass, i was feeling good now finding my legs i managed to keep the riders in front in view, whinlatter is a great climb nothing to hard but very sustained all the way to the visitor centre, here we had our cafe stop with hot soup and drinks with lashings of carrot cake, after the cafe stop it was down whinlatter
taking the first left on to a delightful quiet lane later joining the buttermere road onwards to the next objective newlands pass, but for now it was warm sunshine and amazing views, this felt so good, the newlands pass start is very steep and had every body scrambling for there lowest gear but it soon turns in to a brilliant climb with a sting in the tale at the very summit, a fast decent with soon had us down and another right turn had us once again on very minor roads in to keswick, the climb from keswick up to castlerigg circle is not to be taken lightly it certainly had my heart rate monitor bleeping, round the lovely lane of thirlmere reservoir, over dunmail raise with speeds down in to buttermere sneaking up towards 50 mph, then trev winding it up for the ambleside sign had me gasping on the back unable to hang on, but at 63yrs old what the hell, i thought the climbing for today was over as we cruised along at a very swift pace but trev turned up to troutbeck bloody hell that is one hell of a climb doesn’t even get a mention in the fred, then undulating roads back to stavely what a fantastic ride, stats 85ml tm 6.07 av 14mph cal 3850 av hr 133. great day out in great company. Leanne trevor tinner sean matt and myself Howard.