The weather was damp when we set off from the Fox Covert but the rain had stopped. We headed up to Seamer and then through Ayton and Ingleby Greenhow before the first climb of the day up Ingleby Bank. Greg was first to the top. It was climbing up here that I noticed how humid it was as the sweat poured from my brow.
We turned left at the top of the climb an made our way down Bilsdale to Laskill where we took the small road that takes you over to Hawnby. Climbing up the steep climb into Hawnby was interesting, a delicate balance of trying to get enough power to get up the climb but trying to avoid wheel spin.
We then headed over Snilsworth Moor to Osmotherley (more hills!!), where I stopped at the village shop for water as I was running low. A quick climb through the village and round Sheepwash (brief rain shower) and we headed back via Swainby, Potto, Hutton Rudby and Hilton.
Overall a great ride. Very warm and humid, which really sapped the strength from the legs. No wind though. Lots of KoM point for Greg and not many for me.
Another new route for me this one, never done that long hilly section from Laskill to Osmotherly. Some very interesting hills, and as you noticed Stephen, gear selection was sometimes a bit awkward for me 🙂
The damp, sometimes muddy ground through the odd farm was awkward to avoid wheelspin up the climbs, but a good challenge.
I mentioned to Steve im gonna get on to Ribble, and see if they can swap the 100mm stem for a 90mm one. I often get a bit of neck/shoulder pain on a long hilly ride, and I think im stretching a bit too much to get on the hoods.
Superb ride, and excellent for getting plenty of climbing in ! I was sweating more than any other ride i’ve done. With slow climbing, you just don’t get the breeze to dry you out. I was glad of a bit of light rain coming out of Osmotherly 🙂
Well, i’ve been on to Ribble. They don’t wanna know. They would have to charge for a new stem. I think their customer service is shocking to be brutally honest. My £1000 bike is less than a month old, yet they won’t simply change a £17 stem 😕 There’s been a few niggles that have annoyed me with Ribble. If the bike itself wasnt such good value, i’d be wishing i’d gone elsewhere.
I’m just glad its a relatively cheap fix… this time.
It is a great route, and I can’t deny being somewhat dissappointed at missing out on it. 😥
But we had a great day out on the MTB’S, and I’m going to make sure I get a few goes of this route in 2009 before the Winter kicks in, and so should you Grant, 😉 this route will kickstart your training off.