There was 20 riders out for this dry but very windy start from the Liberty Stadium. 3 uni riders Gruff, Mathew, Ned, one guest Lance and the return of Nigel (Ian Williams friend). We rode up through Brynhyfryd turning left down Manselton Rd to Cwmbwrla roundabout, up Heol y Gors. Turning left at top onto Gors Ave then right up Gwent Rd climb Gruff taking top position closely chased by Trevor, Jonny and Mark N. We all regrouped and carried on down to Tycoch, up hill then down to Gower Rd and on to Killay. Still no rain as forecasted. We climbed up through upper Killay, John, Gruff, Ned pushing ahead, not sure who got to top first I was to far back? We all regrouped at the top, pushing on towards Fairwood common Bob, Andy, Dave turning off at this point towards North Gower, the rest of us carrying on toward Swansea airport in to a headwind being pulled along by Trevor and Phil G working hard at the front. The group splitting at this point due to the pace being pushed out at front, down to Parkmill up the steep climb to Penmaen, where we regrouped again. Nigel turning back at this point, breaking himself back in easy until he gets back to form. On again the group sticking together through the winding lanes past Oxwich on toward Scurlage. The pace started picking up again ready for the sign with John and Trevor making a break for it, John just holding off Trevor to take the sign, then right towards Rhossili with Phil G giving us some advise about taking the Rhossili sign, it was the person who hides the most would take it, but no it came down to age with Gruff taking the sign from the chasing group, think we all wished we were 19 again!.
In to Rhossili café stop, when Nick C taking a fall to the tarmac, a gust of wind taking his front wheel causing him to loose control. Luckily no serious injury just a bit banged and shook up.
After re-mortgaging the house for hot chocolate and cake, it was back on the road again, Nick C feeling ok to carry on. Back the way we came to Scurlage bend, then heading left through lanes to Burry Green, left at junction up a small climb, then down hill, turning right across open common land and down a steep decent to Llanmadoc . Up the climb towards Landimore and then on towards the junction at Llanrhidian, turning left at junction heading towards Crofty . Jason K and Paul E turning right at the petrol station heading home. The rest of us pushing on to Crofty, the pace picking up again with Gruff and Ned at the front, with speeds up to 30mph causing the group to split. Mark N hanging back to help the guest rider, Lance, home. Into Crofty Leon turning off at this point. The front group still pushing on to Pen-clawdd with Jeremy D not far behind and Mark N and Lance still trying to catch up. The main group stopping in Pen-clawdd to wait for the rest. All regrouped we headed on towards Gowerton, at this point, the uni boys and Jonny turn off towards Killay. The rest of us carry on at a slower pace so glad the uni boys had turned off (youngsters), up in to Waunarlwydd onto Fforest-fach and home, getting caught in rain 10 mins from home. Nice finish to a ride.(He He)
Gruff, Ned ,Mathew (Swansea Uni) Lance D, Nigel
4- Mark N, Phil G, Trevor L, Ian W ,Paul E
3-Bob, Andy D, Jeremy D, Jason K, Nick C, Jonny W, John F
2-Adam N, Leon