And so it all begins again, the annual kick start to the road season seems to come round very quickly these days. Only seems like yesterday it was all turkey and mince pies 🙂
It was a cracking day for it which helps explain the 200 or so who participated in the various runs. A touch cold to start with a wee bit of a wind, but was a “tailie” home for those doing the anticlockwise “training”
Plenty of Wheelers in attendance (17 counted) and lots of other Dundee friends with a huge turnout for the clockwise steady groups.
After some cajoling, okay verbal abuse, Cairan relented and joined myself and fellow “Dundonians” Brian S, Louis C and Fraser Miller in the “fast group”. A good steady pace out and down to Newburgh and Bridge of Earn with everyone I think taking part in the work into the wind. The usual surprisingly steep “climb” up through Auchterarder (where we passed the steady runs going clockwise) was livened up by a certain Mr Sproul who was having a very good day. Roadworks / traffic lights kept us all together to the foot of the day’s climb where as usual the pace hottens up. The aforementioned Mr S took the prime with a group of 6 or 7 of us and we now had the downhill, tailwind section back. The pace back was too hot for me as I was running out of gears (curse of the compact) and legs, but managed to just about hang on to the end.
The food and chat afterwards in the hall were as always great. The rest of the riders all home safely and appeared to have a good time.
A big thanks to Fife Century as they always put on cracking events and getting the weather right this year was a bonus.
Next stop Kennoway, 10am start at Milton of Balgonie – see you all there……
Here’s my Garmin stats for the ride: