Glider Club

A warm, sunny day with a light wind from the east. I decided a trip down the southbound route to Welford and back was in order. I’ve done the eastbound route a few times recently and couldn’t be bothered with it today.

Within half a mile of setting off, I realised that I’d got the clothing strategy wrong. I’d settled on shorts + long-sleeved top + lightweight cycling jacket, and I was already comfortably warm. I’d expected it to be cool in the morning, but it didn’t seem to be. However I couldn’t be bothered to go back and change so I pressed on. I was definitely too warm in the afternoon, but not intolerably so.

Rather than go down to Welford, I decided to take a left for the gliding club along Sibbertoft Road. I’d already done 31 miles and wasn’t particularly motivated to cross the Northamptonshire border. I thought I’d watch the gliders for a bit instead. This was thoroughly entertaining – I saw a glider come in to land only about 80 metres from where I’d parked the bike against the fence, and a small aircraft came down shortly afterwards. Best of all though was watching one of the gliders take off – it went up very steeply, like a Lightning jet taking off – within seconds the cable it was attached to was nearly vertical, so that it looked like a giant kite. Then it was disconnected and the end of the cable came down connected to a little parachute. The glider wheeled away to the west, like a seagull. It must have been 1500 feet up in about 20 seconds.

Disappointed to find the village shop / cafe at Gilmorton closed on the way back. I particularly wanted an ice cream and a coffee. But I snagged a bottle of Lucozade from the Co-op at Stoney Stanton further on. Unfortunately I pressed the “pause” button on the bike computer a little too long, causing it to split the track. The second part of the track after Stoney never made it to Strava so I’ve synthesised it and stitched it on. I made a slight Horlicks of it so that it looks like I detoured through Ashby Magna, but I didn’t.

Listened mostly to the women’s football on 5 Live and LBC.

Really nice to do that one again, it’s been a while.

64.59. 134 this month.

Twycross Bypasser

Warmer than I expected today so I didn’t want to waste an opportunity for cycling in shorts. I did a fairly perfunctory Twycross Bypasser. The sun came out, as if for my own convenience, ten minutes before I set off. But it only lasted half an hour.

Some new bike lights turned up from Amazon today and I fitted the rear one to the second Boardman. But I took the X today and was back before sunset.

31.66 miles, that’s 69 this month, not bad for three days in. Perhaps a Fondo on Sunday, when temperatures will be in the 20s around these parts allegedly.

Spon Lane

Gloomy afternoon and relatively cold, but I hadn’t been out on a bike since the weekend so I wrapped up warm, put a dutt on and withdrew Boardman II from the garage after work. I did a longish Twycross Bypasser with a bit of an excursion down the Dad’s Army route. Pleasant run out.

One odd thing – I fully intended to come home along Gibbet Lane but after 25 miles I realised I was pedalling along Bosworth Road. I didn’t even remember taking that turn. It’s not even similar to the Gibbet Lane turn; it involves a steep climb for a few yards just after you turn. I must have been on autopilot.

While I was pedalling along Bosworth Road, I noticed a Mitre football lying on the grass next to the road. Over the hedge to the left, some young lads were doing football practice in proper kit, with a coach. So I stopped the bike and booted it over, in the manner of Jonny Wilkinson taking a drop kick. I didn’t get so much of a nod of thanks. You would think the ball had returned itself, like a boomerang. I’ll just take it home next time and put it on eBay.

Speaking of football I quite enjoyed Denmark v Scotland on 5 Live.

I was caught without lights – I thought sunset was about 20:15 (I didn’t check of course) but nope, 19:55 this evening! Enough light to see but I definitely should have had a rear light on over the last couple of miles. The second Boardman is the only bike in the fleet without a permanent rear light fitted, I must fix that.

Anyway 37.70 miles, I’ll aim to do another 275 or so this month.