A cracking morning for a wee ride round Fife, shame there weren’t as many Wheelers this week, honest you’d have enjoyed it. There were 6 Wheelers (I think) Cairan and me in the faster group and Davie Ross, Martin, young Mat and Gill P doing the steadier run and a fair few other familiar faces too. A good size bunch for all the rides (believe there were 110+ in total across the 4 runs).
A nice steady pace out to Colinsburgh and on towards Crail before left and blast up and down to St Andrews. There was a wee spill going round the hairpin bend in St Andrews at the Cathedral, very slippy road and there was a spill in exact same place in the following steady run! No major harm done and we were soon off again.
There was a change to the usual route as we missed out the loop from St Michaels to Tayport / Wormit due to the roadworks – maybe sacrilege but I think it worked better as battering through the villages dodging in between cars was always a bit hairy for me and this felt safer.
And as we approached Gauldrie the fun begins and the attacks started. A group of 12 ish got away and then down the really really dodgy descent to Hazelton and across the A92. This group stayed together up and over the lumps to Cupar and the Hill of Tarvit climb where we lost a few more. I was now barely hanging on to the back of the group as they attacked each other going over the final lumpy section, into the wind. I managed one effort on the front then that was it as Thistle Neil surged away with 4 others with about 3 miles to go. Thanks to Calum Grey and some traffic lights and a busy junction we did manage to get back on to them just at the end to roll in together.
It was a cracking run and the post ride buffet fab too.
I heard that young Mat, on his first official event as a Wheeler, had a tumble, hope him and the bike are both okay.
So that’s the 2 tricky away legs over, weekend “off” next week then the 2 home legs to go!
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