Steady Ride 5, 31 May 2015

The weather forecast didn’t look very promising for 31 May – high winds and rain were predicted, but by 8.30 on Sunday morning it didn’t look too bad, so there was a very healthy turnout for Steady Ride 5 at the Market Place start point.

Off down the A167 to Nevilles Cross, then towards Brancepeth on the A690.  It wouldn’t be the Steady Ride without a puncture, and just outside Meadowfield we had the only one of the day – Robert Anderson having to stop for a quick tube change.

The hills started to kick in after the Brancepeth turn off, but it also marked the start of quiet lanes.  The local wildlife also joined in for a while, a young Roe Deer getting into a panic jumping fences and darting around bikes. It did find it’s way away from the road and back to safer territory.

The road heading out of Brancepeth also put us into the strong west headwind that started to take a toll – unfortunately it continued all the way through Tow Law and beyond to Salters Gate.  Once we turned the corner and started heading back East it was a different matter – it’s an odd feeling to accelerate up inclines!

A stop to refuel at Knitsley Farm shop saw us outside in the Courtyard (as we were a large group and due to the popularity of the location we couldn’t get a seat inside).  Shame it was a chilly day as it must be lovely in the sunshine. However, service was quick and the farm dog kept us company.

Back on the bike, there was time to get warmed up again before the final big test of the day – Lanchester Peth.  The wind was still at our backs and many set a PB up the Peth, so some tired but happy faces at the top.  From Burnhope it was a point for a split in the group depending on where people were heading back to.

Thanks to Mark Hewitt for planning the route and leading the ride.  Next steady ride scheduled for 28 June – more details to follow – keep an eye on Facebook / Website for further details.

Thanks to Jonathon Foreman for the photographs

  • Climb out of Brancepeth