Thursday, 22 January 2009

Rochdale Road Ride

We've just finished putting out this weekends Road ride around the hills of Roachdale, here's how it went.

Monday of this week I was talking to one of our stores in Manchester and casually asked about the weather. The response was that it was snowing! Keeping an eye on the weather all week, it was a pleasant suprise to finally get out riding today and have some sun. Indeed, I rode in 2 layers and without gloves, so it wasn't as bad as I originally thought. The Ride long route goes through Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, over towards Burnley, back to Hebden before doing a loop around Ripponden. The general layout is 3 loops and each has one big climb to master with long down hills to reward your efforts! The Long loop also has some small sharp climbs as well. As it's hilly around here and the weather being a bit iffy, we've cut back the distances a little bit. The long comes in at about 62 miles, but please don't think that's going to be an easy blat around the countryside. Especially if it's windy!

The GPX routes should be up soon, along with some photos from today. The knackered guy is Tony, he'll be manning the drink stations over the weekend so if he's asleep then help yourself to drink and food!!