The retro rides aren't (usually) hard core at all. We're a friendly bunch, happy to stop and chat about old bikes and stuff on our rides. So don't worry about the pace! Please come along to one of our SW retro rides
Would you know the Mendips or Quantocks well enough to lead us around a ride up there in a month or two?
Me lead a ride? Ha ha ha ha. Sorry, but when I used to ride in a group, going up hill I was usually the one at the back trying to keep last nights meal inside
Downhill was different, although I was more stupid than brave.
Most of my recent riding on the Quantocks and in West Somerset has been on horseback (up to six or seven hours a day
), so not a lot of use there. But with a bit of homework and pondering over the maps, I could certainly sort something out on the Mendips. It's been quite a few years, so I'm pretty rusty on routes, but I know the area well, so I'm certain we could sort something out.
How far / long do you usually ride for?
There's a cafe and a bike shop at the bottom of Burrington Combe, with a bridleway dead opposite up onto the hill (can't remember the name) so there's possible starting / finishing point.
There's also a bike shop in Cheddar, but I don't fancy the gorge for a warm up. My 'roadie' son says it's easy, but then I'm not longer 23 and as fit as a greyhound, so he may have a slightly different perspective to me.
I'll start looking at the map, PM me an e-mail address and we can have a chat about it.