Under a foreboding sky (one for you there, Mike B), thirteen riders met at The Liberty for the new 9am ‘summer’ start. I wonder if anyone turned up at 9.30am?
We headed off up through Brynhyfryd
and down to Carmarthen Road, where we were briefly held up by dodgy traffic lights. A swift journey through Waunarlwydd where guest rider Martin punctured, before heading to Gowerton and up the Wern. Gary was going well and thought he had the climb in the bag. Unfortunately what he thought was the top wasn’t the top and Paul E beat him to the summit in Three Crosses.
A quick regroup and some dodgy dirty jokes from Jeremy D and we headed over Welshmoor which was a new route to a number of riders. A fast pace through Llanrhidian, where the main group turned right to Cheriton and Simon H and Rob carried on past Oldwalls for a quicker route home.
A cracking pace up Kyfts Lane to the top of the hill saw Paul E at the top first again (putting this in for the record cos it never usually happens). Down through Burry Green, through Burry and Llanddewi where the pace was fast. We regrouped just after the junction but unfortunately this is where we lost Bob, Andy and Dave. Now I know that Dave Gs leg was playing up and he decided to take it easy home via a coffee stop in Shepherds. Hope the leg’s not too bad Dave.
The rest of us pressed on through Scurlage and down into Port Eynon. Most people had coffee and cake in the caff, but Martin decided a massive plate of chips was required to make the world’s biggest butty. How he polished that lot off is a mystery.
Whilst there we were told to move our bikes cos they were blocking one small sign for the caff, and that was after spending probably £30 or more! Just to add to the atmosphere it started to rain but luckily this didn’t come to much. Up the hill from Port Eynon and Gary showed a fine pair of climbing legs getting to the top first.
We then headed back along the South Gower Road towards Kittle where riders made their own way back home. It was supposed to finish with ‘Trevor’s Tour of Tycoch’ this week, but as Trev and the boys were doing the Tour of Flanders we couldn’t be arsed.
A good morning on the bike, with most riders covering about 50 miles and 3,000 ft of climbing. And no real rain!
Riders in Wheelers kit: Jeremy D, Gary W, Jon P, Mike B
Everyone else: Paul E, Chris B, Stuart H, Andy D, Bob H, Dave G, Simon H
Guest riders: Rob Morton and Martin Turton