2019 off to great (and bracing) start with Liskeard Ladies and Liskeard Velo Rides – Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th January, 2019

For our Liskeard Ladies’ route click here (25 miles with 472 m climb).  Liskeard Velo route to follow.

It takes quite a lot to persuade me to get out on the bike twice in a week end and especially in January but a combination of settled weather, promises of not too many hills, and wonderful company were an irresistible combination and a recipe for a great week end of cycling.

For our  eight Liskeard Ladies this was a roll down the Draynes Valley to Jamaica Inn (lovely to have Gayle with us on her hybrid); a good old  catch up over coffee and scones by the fire in their Smugglers Bar and then back down along the beautiful Colliford Lake route.

For our twelve (yes, twelve!) Liskeard Velo cyclists this was a day out led by Ian along the ridgeway to Bethany, across the A38 to Bake, (where the group picked up some of us who had opted for a shorter even less hilly route) and then along through Narkurs and Crafthole to our café stop at the lovely  Cliff Top Café, Freathy.  Then along the cliff road and those lovely views to Rame Head.  Finally back again and into Seaton for a closer look at the sea and home via Hessenford and Castle Motors.  Such a pleasure to cycle in the continuing dry weather and with such a great group of companions before we move  into our various programmes for 2019.

 

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Saturday 27th October, 2018 -Liskeard Ladies ride out to Duchy Nurseries – beautiful café stop in Duchy greenhouse -and roar of sudden hail storm!

For our route click here  25 miles and 560m climb (narrative below pics)

 

With an uncertain weather forecast and the first cold weather of this autumn, eight Liskeard Ladies exchanged pleasantries with their Easyrider counterparts (heading off to Darite for their bacon butties) before setting off towards the Royal Duchy Nurseries via Herodsfoot.  Lovely to have Corinne and Jude with us.  Beautiful autumn colours shown off by sunshine made this ride a real pleasure and we made it to our café stop in the dry.

Ann WB had booked us tables in the Duchy greenhouse making for a spectacular setting and we happily tucked into the sort of cakes and delicacies we had all promised ourselves we would not be tempted by.  And then ……  was this the most noisy and most fierce hail storm in history?  Amazingly, within a couple of minutes the temperature dropped by 10 degrees and we were all sent scurrying into the gift shop where we could both warm up and get some early Christmas shopping ideas.

Geoff had miraculously appeared as we were ordering our coffees and was able to give a lift back to Jude and Susie (no denying that our Ladies’ group still very much welcomes our male ride supporters!) and the rest of us sailed back along the A390.  Another enjoyable and memorable ride – thank you, everyone!

Wednesday 24th October,2018 – sunshine AGAIN for last of our scheduled day time social rides – belted galloways and some AGM reflections ….

For our route please click here   14 miles (21k) and only 280m climbing!

What a lovely ride again – we missed Gail and Susie, who have been out this autumn on all of these – but so nice to see Anna, Al and Amanda – and enjoyed the sun for our gentle zig zagging ride along and up to the Tea Rooms at Minions.  Had our pic taken with the herd of belted galloways grazing there and enjoyed a bit of a chat post CTC AGM about possible new club kit, etc.  Lovely to see Corinne and her husband, Lionel (apologies, Lionel that I somehow missed you in the pic!).

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October, 2018 – CTC Cornwall Long Autumn Ride with overnight stay at Hayle – cycling through all weathers; beautiful views; and not too many hills!

For our Sunday route click here.  101 km (60 miles) and 1124 m climbed.

For full write up, see Ann W-B’s blog on Liskeard Velo FB page – but this was a spectacular ride with staggeringly beautiful views.  I had been anxious about taking part, having been unwell for a couple of weeks beforehand, but it was so well planned, I was able to enjoy all of it.  For Pete and me, Saturday was a downhill ride from Four Lanes to Hayle in a bit of wind (just had to hang on more tightly at the gateways to tackly those extra strong gusts); and Sunday gave us the least hilly route through the length of Cornwall to date (thank you, David!).  Lovely to enjoy supper the night before with all the group and with Anna.  Look forward to this ride becoming an annual event, perhaps.

 

Autumn Day-time Social Ride – beautiful autumn colours; and John joins the “outdoor girls” for their jaunt to Tredinnick farm cafe

For our route click here   19 miles (380m of climbing)

Having huge fun with these autumn rides – this one warm, sunny and stunning autumn colours and, note, less than 400m of climbing!  Great to have Connie with us.  John making fun of the Kinahan lightweight bike; tea on the terrace at Tredinnick (hence the staff asking him if he was with the “outdoor girls”); AND FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER – we had to wait while a train passed at the crossing down by the cherry pickers!

 

Wednesday 26th September – first of our day-time autumn social rides – sunny splendour, beautiful berries and … inevitably, the cream tea at Jamaica Inn!

For our route  click here36 km (24 miles)  316 m climbed.

 

I really loved this ride – a gentle stroll through the autumn countryside and only 316m climbed.  Only hazards were meeting up with my dressage trainer (Marc) on his horse and stopping long enough for a tractor driver to call out,  “Run out of petrol, ‘ave ee?”  before disappearing round the corner chuckling.  Next week our café stop will be The Halfway House, Polbathic.

Saturday 1st September, 2018 – Liskeard Ladies indulge in trip to Island View Café, Hannafore

For our route click here  40 km (28 miles) 500 m climbed

Lovely gentle ride into Looe via Duloe and Tredinnick.  The perfect relaxing coffee break overlooking Looe Island with the usual chat about ‘all-sorts’ (a great chance to catch up on everyone’s summer adventures) – and then back along the Looe Valley road and St. Keyne well.  A charming start to September.  So lucky to be part of this group!