Best ride for ages this evening. Work, half an hour at home then out. The sun was low in the sky as I left at 7pm and I was wondering whether to just do a quick half hour or let it run on a bit.
It only took me 12 mins to get to the first hill so I thought i’d do the circuit which includes moleman hill. It drops away from his cottage steeply then jinks left by a house where you have to brake lest something come around the corner and disaster ensues.
Totally glorious cycling through that fabulous rosy gold sunset light, seeing my silhouette against the road and hedges every now and then. Reminded me of some peachy cycling video featuring a sunrise ride with a beautiful carved bridge, water and that fresh, fabulous early morning light. I encountered three runners and two other cyclists. They all smiled and nodded. You could tell they were all loving being out too.
Reached 34.7mph descending moleman hill which is a record for me (it’s a 30mph limit – haaaa!!!) and 21mph on main road with, admittedly, very gradual slope (so not much to write home about). Still suffering on the hills which are just fecking uncomfortable but I’m at least attempting to resist changing down, which is working to an extent but is even more knackering.
Nice stretch of stripped road surface where the cars etc had to slow right down and I was just zipping by on the inside – one of the unexpected benefits from riding knobbly tyres on stripped off tarmac.
The reward was slowing on the bridge and seeing the river flat calm and smooth with wet mudbanks shining bronze in the last of the sunlight.
No, actually the greater reward was coming up the short sharp slope of the old Telford Severn Bridge and seeing the setting sun dead ahead level with the road surface. Amazing; like the sun was setting below the road.
26 miles. Average 14mph but I did dawdle by the river on the way back. It’s allowed sometimes. Oh yes.