Wednesday, 10 March 2010

VeloCake Development Team - Cross Training.

So today was the day that the VC Development Team (Team Ted) finally got round to business - some cross training.

With Mikey now the proud owner of a new CX stead it was time for a real adventure, it was time to do some off road miles.

A plan was hatched.

On waking, the world outside was cold and cloudy so after some procrastination and fettling we packed up the car and took a short drive to Portreath on the north coast. By now the sun was out but it was still cold. A quick stop to browse at a LBS - The Bike Barn - and a natter with the very nice staff (One of whom, was extremely impressed with my bike.) before we set off on our mini adventure.

We haven't done this route since last September and that was on MTBs at a much slower pace with my family, so I was excited to see what I could do on the lovely Yeti and Mullertons was looking forward to thrashing around on his Trek.

Admittedly, the route we picked was a fairly flat route but it was perfect for me to practice riding on skinner tyres over lumpy bumpy and loose rocky trails, without suspension to ease the strain. Thankfully, the tracks were dusty and quiet which made for a perfect ride and we made short work of the 9miles, along the old tramways and through quarries to the south coast at Devoran.

Once in Devoran, it was time for lunch. The sun was now blinding and warm - there wasn't a cloud in the clear blue sky. Our first stop was at the waters edge to watch the world go by and eat our cheese and pickle butties and a Tunnocks biscuit. We then migrated to the local pub beer garden to eat some cheesy chips and sample the local ale. It felt like a warm summers day. After half an hour sitting enjoying the warm sunshine and peacefulness of the quaint village we headed back.
                                  Cross training, VC style.

Sadly, the wind had picked up making our ride back a little harder, especially as we both now had full bellies, but again we made pretty short work of it and we were soon back at the car. I couldn't believe how quickly we had completed the full ride and how easy I had found it...

At this rate I am sure that I will have graduated into a fully fledged VeloCaker soon.


I'm not really gay said...

huzzah for blue sky riding days and cross bikes and beer, may the good lord bless us with many more this summer

al said...

You'll need far more miles under your tyres to be a fully payed up member my love.

Look at me!

Good luck for tomorrow Katy Kins.


trio said...

Sounds like my sort of training!

bikemonkey83 said...

Sounds lovely. Wish I was there

Mediocre Pete said...

This is dust fest