Steve W went off with three ladies and tried out his idea for a freewheeling competition - watch out for this. The main group of seven rode out round Noseley, Great Glen and Kibworth to meet up at the cafe. On the way we passed a farm with two donkeys and a very young foal. This prompted someone to ask if you could milk a donkey and, if so, could you make cheese with the milk? Funny what you talk about on rides. Here's a photo of Greg looking every inch a modern Cyclist.
Quite a pleasant day, with a cool start, but it warmed up nicely later on. Steve took a small 'easy' group out by the direct route, while the main group went on a rather more hilly ride to Uppingham, Wing and along to Edith Weston and then we twiddled about around Lynton and Preston. Somewhere along the way we managed to lose Neil. We went back to look for him, but no success. If you're reading this Neil - sorry! In future I plan to give everyone a card with my mobile number on it so that people don't get irretrievably lost. This week's photo shows four happy riders post coffee and cake.
After a rather inauspicious start, weather-wise, things warmed and dried up, resulting in quite a pleasant day. Pete Wilson and Nathan went off on a training ride, promising to meet us at the cafe. The 'standard ride' went via Rothwell, Harrington, Kelmarsh, Clipston and Foxton, round the Langtons to Medbourne.
Steve Wickham, meanwhile, lead the Womens' Ride (with a few men tagging along) for a slightly easier ride. When we all met up at Cafe Neville there must have been about 25 of us all together, with at least 10 women riders. It was good to see this level of support for our inaugural Womens' Ride and we hope that there will be many more of them. The sun shone warmly while we supped and ate in the courtyard ready for a (fairly) gentle ride home.
Everybody seemed to arrive at the last minute for today's ride. I had selected my kit in the hope that it would warm up, which it never did, really. It was good to have the company of Kiera in full team kit and very tasty bike, who brought her friend Haddi with her. The route was quite hilly, taking in Uppingham, Belton, Knossington and Cold Overton. After that, it levelled out a bit after Wissendine to Wymondham, where we met up with Steve W who had brought another group on a rather gentler route. The ride back was mostly into the teeth of a stiff breeze through Market Overton to Empingham, and back through Morcott to home. Today's photo is a view from the back of the bunch.