Ride report, Sunday 1st May

PhilJ led this ride and writes:

It’s not often we have a 100k ride on our schedule but this turned into one today. The odd U turn or two added a few extra miles onto the original distance getting us over the magic number.

Mark Faulkner returned after four years away and brought along friend Scott Dukes for the ride to Kineton.

Most of the ride out was in earlier than expected drizzle but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the nine out today. It was pretty familiar roads too, until we arrived in Fenny Compton and Avon Dassett over the Warwickshire border some time into the ride. Avon had a bit of a hill here and there, the first real challenges of the ride out and not far from the destination.  Arlescote was picturesque and cut through the bottom of a hill perfectly for us. Kineton appeared soon after with the Gilks Garage Café on the same road.

Cycle parking was excellent on the large purpose built cycle rack. The host having been a keen road cyclist himself. The food and service were excellent too. The extensive menu giving us quite a choice of fuel for the way home. Pancakes, breakfast baps, burgers, soup etc. We tucked in.

Leaving the café, a surprising route through a housing estate before we exited on the other side. Further on, further confusion about the route. Several navigators each proposing their own solution to get back on track. Reluctant to retrace our steps we continued onwards making a detour through the village of Knightcote Bottoms. Fenny Compton signs appeared again and we were back on route. Until Priors Marston that was where another U turn was required. We were soon grinding up the unavoidable climb overlooking Hill Farm at the top.

Pressing on, Preston Capes was up next. Well down first then back up as PeteB’s route dropped us into the depths of the village before asking us to climb out on a leg shredding hill. Chapeau to everyone for getting to the summit, quite visible and intimidating from a way off. Great views just about made up for it as we cruised along towards Stowe and the A5. Banbury lane provided the last of the elevated roads as it had done on the way out.

Great riding from everyone today, particularly on a tough ride back.

PhilJ

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