Set off just after lunchtime on the OCR Team Replica for a session of about 2 hours, or so I hoped. I was on the OCR as rain seemed very imminent.
I had no set route planned though I fancied heading over to Clay Bank and Chop Gate then Carlton, so a bit of climbing was in order, it would be a chance to test out the altometer on the new Garmin. 😀
Heading out from Stainton towards Stokesley the wind was right in my face and very, very strong. After about 3 mile I was in the mood for turning round, or at least heading out somewhere on the flat, as I didn’t think I could stick the wind and the climbs. 😳 😳
However, that’s not the Bulldog spirit that saw us Victorious in the Falklands. 😉
So, I pressed on through Stokesley to Kirkby, finally finding a pedalling rhythm that helped me overcome the headwind. Up Clay Bank, and now enjoying myself……. 😀
Fantastic pace down the other side and pleased that I managed to maintain it to Chop Gate against the wind.
Turning on to the Raisdale road, the wind was suddenly more at my rear than at my front and I managed a good pace on the climbs and was soon at Carlton Bank and tearing down the descent.
The Garmin was great and surprised me with the amount of climbing I had done so far. 😯
Through Carlton and onto Hutton Rudby at a blistering pace carrying my momentum on towards Hilton. I then turned for Seamer for a last little climb up to the village then through and on to Stainton and home.
A fantastic little ride that I ended up thoroughly enjoying. 😀 😀
As I entered Kirkby a very fine drizzle began to fall and I almost gave up on doing Clay Bank as the clouds in that direction were black and almost obscuring the tops. However, as I left Broughton the drizzle stopped fortunately and I pressed on. I was amazed that it was not raining when I descended the Chop Gate side.