The first Sunday morning for several weeks without ice and snow saw eleven B group riders wave the Dales destined A group, led by Ella, away from Dalton Square before setting out themselves for a more leisurely south easterly route. They rolled down the A6 to Galgate before swinging east into the lanes where the climbs encountered around the Dolphinholme road race circuit proved a good test for unfit legs and lungs.

Regrouping at the junction just before Marshaw provided a welcome breather before the Trough of Bowland climb was tackled. At the top numbers were reduced to nine due to lost shoe cleat screws for one rider and ageneral malaise by another. The rest of the group enjoyed the fast run down to Dunsop Bridge and the lanes along the Hodder Valley, through Whitewell and onto Chipping where the cafe was resisted.

Known as ‘the flat route’ there were still a few short climbs to be tackled as the group meandered through the mass of lanes which predominate in this area. Inglewhite, Claughton and then finally Scorton Priory cafe were reached with some tired legs in the group.

After refreshmenst and some banter, the group crossed the A6 to head northwards through Cockerham, and Condor Green. With a tailwind, a fastish pace was maintained all the way to Deepcutting on Ashton Road where the group dispersed back to their different homes; a hot shower and bike cleaning being their next occupation.

John B