Always enjoy these write-ups, thanks Paul
Few things, I think this is understatement of the day:
The weather on the way up the motorway wasn't really living up to the pictures posted on the announcement thread
If I could just remind you of the advertising material:
..and the reality (pretty sure that's the same track):
Charlieboy in 'rides a modern bike on a retro ride' slur shocker!
Even more worthy of note though - CharlieBoy Smiling On A Climb Shocker!
I can only assume I've just gone face-first into the snow slightly out of shot!
HarryCrumb packs his parachute for the return journey
Did anyone else feel Martin's pack (matron)? I could barely lift it! And still he can calmly chat away on the climbs while I gasp for breath...
Finally, the track began to point downwards and a great section of gravity assisted riding followed, as we ploughed and played our way through the snow.
Ploughed and prayed
I think you meant
Another stop to regroup revealed that Edd wasn't the only one who was having trouble with his Syncros seatpost. This time mr_ship discovered a crack across the bolt hole on his Syncros titanium post.
Must apologise to Mr Ship at this point; I totally thought Martin was joking as he pointed out the crack, it being seconds after Ed's seatless arrival, sorry Rich!
And t'other Paul
Well off we went, me with my friend Gay Abandon
Pretty sure you were more than 'just good friends' by half way down that hill
then some Mr Lee for it is he! signalling frantically that something was ahead. A great thanks then to MrLee who had the foresight and wits that when it was/could have gone wrong he thought about those behind. I thank you.
Was this the frantic leg-waving manoeuvre?
I thought he was just emptying his shorts...
Right enough of this, thanks again for a great day out, all done in true RetroEpic spirit, at one point I could barely ride for giggling uncontrollably as the bikes refused to track anything like straight and we all snapped out of line all over the place!
Last mention to Lee for turning up when he really should have been wrapped up in a warm bed convalescing, proper grit, top man
Almost feel ready for the Whinlatter Challenge now...