A record number of riders (16) turned out on this overcast morn for a blast around the Paracombe loop. It was great to see so many new people join us this morning. Gus on his first ride out with the GG volunteered to be ride leader and sporting some stiff/sore legs I held the red light at the back. Despite a few light spinkles of rain, it was a nice morning for a ride with the smell of log fires in the air and reindeer popping their heads up to say 'hello' at the top of range rd north.
Thoroughly enjoyable ride this morning. Was great to get out with the group again :)
I was planning to ride this with you guys today - I love the look of the route and really need to get my act together re joining for a ride. After riding with GW yesterday though, my face had other plans. My broken nose left me in a world of pain after all the joslting and bumps of riding yesterday, so I had to give this a miss. I really like the look of your routes so can't wait until I'm able to get out to join you (Sundays are typically not good days for me to get out in the morning unless it's very early and that becomes less and less likely as it gets colder).
Looks like you had a great ride this mornign though - excellent turn out and brilliant that Gus made it out too :-)
I know it's a myth I actually ride a bike!
After a bit of a sleep-in (oops!) it was good to catch up and join the ride. A nice morning out on the bike and great to meet so many new people :)
Nice ride folks, thanks for having me. It was great to ride some different roads - roads I have passed by so often but never taken.
Here's a couple of pics including Gary from Star Cycles and his new bike built up overnight to make it out today.
Clockwise - Gary and new bike, regrouping at NE Rd, Paul rests after taking KOM points, more new bike admiration, the group at coffee and before.
Great ride Today despite hitting the deck on the hairpin on the way back. Had a lunch date in town so couldn't make the bakery for coffee. Thanks to those who helped me get back on the bike. I'm pretty bruised and sore now but nothing broken and the Colnago has just a few scratches that will polish out.
Having done ride leader duties last week (in only my first full GG ride - and 4th overall group ride) I decided to let someone else show the way this week - thanks Gus (good to meet you at last). Lots of new faces (for me, at least) & lots of new names to try to remember - the biggest problem is everyone looks so different without their helmet it's like trying to learn the names all over again!
Really enjoyed the ride today - thanks everyone. Glad to hear your not too bashed up David.
Wendy also enjoyed herself and will be back sometime when other commitments permit her to do so.
Hope to see you all again in a couple of weeks' time