As it was the weekend of the Tour of Flanders it seemed very appropriate to do the Ronde Van Oust Lancashire as organised by @crossjunkie http://crossjunkie.blogspot.com/2011/04/event-that-isnt-event-rvol.html
What started out as a grey day in East Lancs turned in to a lovely sunny 50mile ride with a few sets of cobbles thrown in for good measure. Team VC had two riders out of the 60 ish, me and Steve R, its always good to meet another VC'er.
The route was somewhat of an unknown until we got over towards Burnley and Hebden Bridge where i knew exactly what was coming, 'The Buttress'. This is a 1 in 5 cobbled climb from Hebden Bridge centre up into Heptonstall, this was the toughy of the day and to be honest i didn't think it was rideable but it was, there was a dry line on the cobbles, it was there for the taking and it was took, cleaned from top to bottom be me and few others but as you can see from the pictures on crossjunkie's blog most walked / tottered there way up in road shoes.
After an awesome cake stop in Heptonstall provided by Sportsunday there were just 15miles to go to the end.
It was a great sight to see a line of riders strung out across the moorland roads as we headed back towards Colne and Barrowford to the finish. Overall an awesome day out with the best mix of social riding and cobbles.