Sunday, August 12, 2007
No blog posts for ages, blame it on work, trips to London (but not to le tour) work on the house and a chest infection that refused to go away for weeks. Finally managed to up the miles on the last 3 weeks leading up to Phil and Friends today. I’ve been going out to Hope and back every Saturday morning, joined in on the CTC ride last week (we rebelled on the way to Bolsterstone and made our way straight the Strines, sorry Ruth).
Woke up a 7 today, pulled back the curtain hoping to see the wet weather that was forecast and the sun was shining brightly, damn ill have to do it.
Met an old chap at Malin bridge, he looked like a veteran of many club runs so we twiddled our lowest cog up to Stannington at a fair old lick to get to the start.
Signed on then met Tim from the CTC rides (one of the Strines mutineers) and we started off. Straight away we met another Tim , Tim “the Duracell bunny” Hess so we hung about while he signed on. Tim (Hess) had clearly decided he was going to tackle to ride at a much faster pace than us; he must have had a fresh set of cells on board so he got on the tail of a faster group at Bradfield and disappeared into the distance. I was taking it very easy to make sure id last the distance so we were often overtaken.
Nice long run down to Ewden Beck then onto the first real climb of the day. Took it easy as I knew the climb went on a bit, near the top Jon Cotton, Dave Bailie and young James flew past us. Rain started on the way to Holmfirth so we all caped up and pressed on to the breakfast stop. Dave John and James already there. Chris Buck who mailed me about the route turned up next soon followed by Andy wild on a borrowed cyclecross bike and some other familiar faces from PP rides.
Rain stopped so Tim and I set off up Holme Moss, it’s a long drag but it seemed to go ok. Took it easy but by this time we finally started to catch and overtake some other riders. No 55mph descent from the top today, far too greasy after the rain so came down in the high 20s with the brakes on
On the Devil’s elbow road and we seemed to pick up good speed and were overtaking quite a few riders, maybe the slow start had paid off. Into Glossop in heavy rain, saw Dave Baillie’s group bikes at the café but we opted to press on. The Chunal climb wasn’t as hard as I remembered from before and we made good speed but the same could not be said of Hayfield and Chinley. We were down to a slow crawl now and the Dave Bailie group came past us like we were stood still and promptly disappeard into the distance.
Into Chapel, quick snack and you know the worst is over (if you’re doing the 100k that is!)
Slight tail wind up Rushup edge, first sign of the bonk at the top so the little climb up to Mam Tor had me in a bit of trouble. Stopped for more snacks then the downhill to Edale and the next feed point, opted not to visit the jolly Rambler pub this time round. By this time the sun was back out and we made good speed down to Hope then on up to Moscar, forgoing the chance of pint at the Ladybower.
Fastest part of the day for me, the top road back to Stannington, didn’t even have to stop when the chain bounced off on a pothole and back to Lomas Church Hall, 75 miles, 6 ½ hours and nearly 10000 feet of climbs.
Found that Dave Ballie and co were still there having refreshment, James has to refuel every 20 miles so he must have hollow legs. Swift pint of shandy in the pub and back to Walkley.
Very pleased that the ride didn’t seem too bad this year, although Chinley and Chunnel are still awful, and very pleased not to be doing that extra 30 mile loop this year, maybe come back for that in 2008 if Im better prepared
So if you have never done Phil and Friends , you are prepared to grind up a few long hills and you have a compact or a triple chainset you should be Ok Must email Tim Hess and see just how quick he got round