The traditional middle weekend off is no more with this new event hosted by Perth United CC.
Some idiot (me) had the bright idea to suggest riding out to the start at Murthly. A fair few Wheelers met at Millennium Hall at 9:15 for a social ride out and sign on at the Uisge Restaurant at Murthly. There were long and shorter routes for faster and steadier groups, catering for all. Time for a coffee and then just before 11am the fast group were called out to the start. PUCC had a very nice start clock and an official flag waver set us off bang on 11am.
A fairly frenetic pace as we sped along back towards High Kettins and the first slope of the day saw some shelled out the back. The group then pretty much stayed together all the way round at a tempo, but not brutal, pace. Route was good, rolling rather than monster hills, just the usual state of some roads to contend with. We kept it steady over the lumps and all were working well to speed us along back to the start and a wee dig at the end to see us over the finish line.
Thanks to PUCC for hosting this event, all went very well and hopefully be a permanent fixture on the calendar. They even managed to organise fine weather for a February morning.
The steady groups then all came home safely as we enjoyed the post event buffet of soup, sandwiches and big cakes 🙂 Have to say the ride back wasn’t filled with joy as we battled sore legs and a headwind at a relaxed pace. If I suggest riding out next year, talk me out of it or organise a bus back 🙂
Garmin stats (include sitting around at the start and end, so around 2:53 moving time @ 19.9mph for the actual reliability run):