We then took the back roads through Bank Newton, Rathmell and Lawkland to Cold Cotes where we met Rick and Bob, plus the Ilkley CC group who'd ridden over a few minutes ahead. This is where the racers come off Ingleborough, their first "peak" and hit the road before heading off round to Whernside.
We saw plenty of thrills and spills, with some seriously muddy boys and girls riding down the slippery grass bank to the road.
We hung around for about an hour, and watched the majority of the field come through. Towards the end we saw the bizarre spectacle of Steve Brock and his mobile mechanic set up - which looked more like the two wheeled equivalent of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Still - it keeps him happy...
|Steve and his Heath Robinson bike...|
Then today it was time to try out my new single speed Genesis bike. Fortunately Herb wasn't with me as I was late setting off, and also whilst it's great fun, and the simplicity of the thing is very satisfying, it pretty much has a maximum speed of 20mph on the flat, as the 42-18 gearing is just about low enough to get me up the hills on the "valley" way to work and back, it's a bit high for powering along the flat bits.
Still - I shall persevere, as once I've cracked the single-speed bit I'll flip that back wheel and give fixed a go.