Last night was another great night for cycling. The sun was still shining at 6:30pm and the wind was down, making it an ideal night for a ride.
Kevin, Owen and myself left the store with Saracen RC rider Kevin Young and a relatively new rider on a Boardman road bike kitted out with Di2 – known currently as ‘Di2 Dude’. I scolded the boys last week for not getting this chap’s name, and I failed to do so yesterday! My apologies!
We five headed out to Worcester, leaving Martin and customer Hamish to get ready for their little local jaunt. I’m sure Martin will add to this ride report on Monday when he returns to work!
The Worcester Outing
The Worcester outing headed into town, turning right at the crossroads and heading up to the Stourbridge Road. There’s a considerable amount of potholes at the top of Stourbridge Road between the newsagents and the butchers so it’s worth keeping your eyes open.
Turning left at Perryfields we ride up to the Kidderminster Road, enjoying the pace being set by Owen. At the top we turn right onto Kidderminster Road to make our way towards the lanes. All but one of us got out at that junction, and the group slowed down to allow Kevin Y to catch up. Big mistake! He came sailing past the group, waving us all on, and once on the front he dialled the pace up a notch! You can always count on Kevin Y for a quick ride!
We turn left at Berry Lane, making our way into Droitwich. Berry Lane offers a nice little climb, and noting Owen’s cadence I change gear and spin quicker. ‘Speedy’ Kevin notes my change in strategy, and more than once mumbles ‘spin to win Hannah’. A nice little reminder that I’m doing the right thing!
Once at Droitwich we carefully manoeuvre the Droitwich crossroads, which are currently being plagued by a set of temp lets just by the Holloway, causing all kinds of trouble with traffic backups. Luckily we don’t have to wait for long before the lights turn in our favour, and we all start the climb up the Holloway.
The ride up that little climb is either steady or very quick, and thankfully last night it was decided that a steady pace up there would be best. At the top of the Holloway we turn left, and take that road all the way until we come out opposite the pub on the main strip of road.
Again, two of us got out of that junction first time around, leaving ‘Speedy’ Kev, Owen and myself waiting for traffic to pass. While waiting we spy a group of V-Sprint riders, between 6 or 7 altogether, heading towards us. A jovial greeting is had when they pass, and as soon as they do there is a clearing for our little group to exit the junction.
Our group and the V-Sprint gang shared the roads and the ride all the way from there into Droitwich. While there ride carried on closer to the heart of Worcester ours ends at the outskirts, as this is where ‘Speedy’ Kev lives and it’s the best point for us to turn around and start the journey home.
The return trip home was certainly a quicker ride, and by the time I hit Droitwich I can feel the strength in my legs escaping, while the boys just seem to be getting warmed up. ‘Di2 Dude’ hangs back a little, offering me a rear wheel to hook onto, but I tell him not to wait. I loathe slowing a group of strong guys down, and at the lights by the Chateau I tell Owen to do his thing and I’ll catch him back at home.
I hang on for as long as I can up the climb by the Chateau, but my legs are all spun out and just want to ease up. I reluctantly let them do their own thing and take the hill at a comfortable pace. Once at the A38 and past McDonalds though I tell my legs they are not getting off lightly. I drop to my drops, pop it in the big ring and cruise down the road.
At Webbs I turn off, pop my rear light on and then get back on course.
I arrived back at the shop, to find Martin, Hamish and Owen waiting. Martin makes a comment about the colour in my cheeks. Too tired for a rebuttle, Owen and I make our way home. All in all, another good ride, even if I did get blown out the back!
Riders on the Worcester outing were:
Kevin Sargent AKA ‘Speedy’ Kev