The inaugural Wednesday Run of 2020, on familiar roads to a familiar location, led by Malcolm, what could possibly go wrong?
Perhaps the weather for a start which was wetter than forecast but not to worry we thought as 7 set off from PC. However it wasn’t long (less than 1/4 mile) before the group was brought to a halt after one rider experienced an alarming shimmy from the front end of his bike. Unfortunately he had to return to PC but fortunately his car was parked there.
So 6 followed a straight path to Itteringham and thereafter Ingworth, Aylsham, and Tuttington. We soon joined the Skeyton Road and expected a smooth run up to North Walsham but the puncture gremlins struck twice and delayed us by 20 minutes or more. A quick courtesy call to the café was required but back on the road we passed through North Walsham and on to White Horse Common and Ebridge Mill. Shortly after, with Malcolm pressing on, a call went out that Stephen and Andrew were well off the back – another mechanical! The foursome was told to carry on and they arrived at the café to be met by Alan who was on another bike and wondering where we had got to! No sign of Andrew or Stephen during lunch so they must have headed back home after all.
The weather had cleared up quite well and the group of 5 followed a direct route back towards PC via Bacton, Edingthorpe, Paston Green, Knapton, Trunch, Bradfield, Lower Street, Thorpe Market and Hanworth, where there was a two way split as one half returned to PC and the other towards Thurgarton and thereafter the coast for one and North Walsham the other.
In spite of the incidents it was a good ride out and a quick update on Andrew and Stephen who did indeed head back but both arrived home safely sharing out their meagre rations on the way!
We’ve yet to hear the final outcome of Alan’s earlier mechanical but the favourite (if not at all desirable) is that the fork steerer had started to detach itself from the blades – just as well that the failure occurred at low speed!
Alan, Andrew C, Jane, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Stephen
45.5 miles PC to PC
Several riders exceeded 60 miles today but the gold star award goes to Jane.