Some great pics up already, look forward to seeing the rest.
Anyhow, back to yesterday.
Awoke early Sunday, scraped the ice off the car and drove West from the West Midlands to the East Midlands ride @ The Long Mynd in Shropshire. Geography was never my strong point, can only assume Shropshire is a part of the East Mids in the same way West Berlin was a part of West Germany.
Compass based confusion aside arrived early for more or less the first time ever. Good to see old and new faces and a fine selection of bikes as ever.
By the time we headed out the skies were blue and the temperature was heading in the right direction although it was still crisp. The first slog up cured any cold issues but was more than rewarding. The view from the top of the Mynd was classic stuff, This Is Why indeed
Progress was normal for a retrobike ride, plenty of chat, banter, the odd mechanical and plenty of mutual bike appreciation (and stem criticism). Good to see JB666's Demon. It may be modern but surely it's retro in spirit, top work
Not sure if we'll see it again after DSPs entendres.
The pub stop for lunch arrived soon enough but ended too quickly. A fine choice of public house, it would've been easy enough to imbibe another bowl of chips (after eating Daj's - cheers
) and pint or four.
Luckily Rob had arranged a 20 minute climb after lunch to warm us up and help digest that pub grub. Soon enough we were back on the top and heading down the awesome single track descent at Minton Bach (sp?). Karma dictated my rather impolite and impatient overtaking attempt on 3 or 4 riders ended up with me in a ditch. A road spin back saw the group back at the car park, muddy, tired and with a pint of Church End's excellent ale in hand.
Looking forward to Cannock already.
*Rob (rc200ti), Ed, Phil and the rest of the East Mids lads for putting on an excellent ride. Great route, great terrain, great pub and great weather. Win!
*Drystonepaul for masterminding the 2012 Event Series.
*Bikefood for their excellent support once again in 2012.
*Spencer and Church End for the apres ride ale.
*The British Fell Runners. Their easy going banter provided some light relief. Hope we get an invite to their Christmas Dinner