Not many fancied the Dutch hills today, so only five riders set out to tussle with Storm Malik. As so often on such blustery days, the cross winds proved to be nearly as testing as even the more exposed sections of headwind. Jim suffered a rear wheel puncture before reaching PC, so the small bunch detoured to pick him up before heading for Bessingham, Aldborough, Erpingham school, Ingworth, Moorgate, Itteringham Common, Oulton, the hidden detour round Oulton Manor, Heydon Park and Salle, where Geoff was gathered up on his direct route to the cafe. After a chatty refuelling break in the cafe’s new hut, the return route looped out further north west in order to pick up some substantial tailwind. Back to base was via Kerdiston, where the bunch stopped to chat with Mrs Mc and the dog out for a walk, Themelthorpe, Foulsham, Hindolveston, where Jim headed the short distance home, Nethergate, Briston, where Neil headed for home, and conventional ways back to Red Barn Lane for the final split. The latter section was effortlessly fast, aided by a big wind up the back end.
Group: Neil Mc; Mark; Jim; Harvey; Brian. Geoff was at Reepham and Malcolm was at Coltishall; any further claims should be submitted by Monday evening.
Distances: 50 miles to 63 miles. The 63 had a perceived effort feel of a genuine 75 plus, so anyone who feels short distanced today can add an extra 20.63 per cent to their logged total.
One puncture (flint in rear Conti).