A good bunch of 13 riders, including current National Hill Climb Champion Lynn Hamel, left Lancaster shortly after 9am to continue in the same vein as in the previous week. Steady winter miles.
Determined not to visit the busy A683 to Caton twice in one day, we opted to take the back roads to Kirkby Lonsdale via Halton and Arkholme. Steady progress was being made. The glorious day was almost confusing the group dynamics into thinking it was one Thursday evening chaingang. Thankfully, it was all very sensible. The miles piled on and quickly the group progressed past Sedbergh to Garsdale head where the group had to stop for a puncture repair. It was one of those rare days where Gasdale head didn’t feel like battling through treacle against the wind. Magic.
We missed the shortcut before reaching Hawes so off we went towards Ribblehead. Again steady progress was done in glorious sunshine. A quick regroup at Ribblehead and down to Ingleton we went. To my disappointment, a repeat performance of the previous week happened and unanymously proceeded to come back home without a cafe stop. Oh well, so far this year, we do not have any of the cake pictures that made the trademark of last year’s Winter B+ runs 😉
Then, on the approach to Caton, I have witnessed for the first time something very peculiar: The Lune RCC riders were plodding past Bull Beck picnic area at steady, one could even describe, slow pace. I looked at councillor Barrie who was riding next to me and remarked it was quite a strange situation with nobodyin the group riding tempo. He said someone is probably waiting for the right moment to make a move and take the glory. I replied “Well, if there is a time to go, it’s now. we both moved on our right” he went through and pipped him to the sign.
Thinking about it again, we may have witnessed the first non-contest of a Caton sign sprint in the history of a Lune RCC club run!
All in all, a superb winter club run, without doubt helped in no small way by some outstanding autumnal weather.
PS: Thanks to John Agnew and Clive Davies for allowing me to use their photos as part of the collection of pictures for this ride report.