Last year I said I did not want to try a night ride because I found it too hard to balance on the bike in the dark. This year, following a winter of evening rides with the CTC, I felt more confident and five of our Liskeard Ladies and a further three of the Lynher Velo (sub groups of our Cornwall CTC) put in our entries.
Geoff provided transport to the start at Tor Point in the horse lorry and the promise of food for if and when we finished. We had all selected the 56 km route – definitely long enough for us because, of course, it wasn’t flat. Both light and visibility are very important for night riding (obvious really) and so we were all required to have two sets of lights on our bikes (yes, Steve) and spare batteries and high viz (yes, Pete!).
The organisers had arranged brilliant sunshine, truly amazing views, a spectacular sunset over the sea from Rame Head, then, unusually for a sportive, sausages and roast potatoes at the refreshment stop in Seaton. Finally they laid on a wonderful moon to accompany our ride back. When we were on the main road, I used both my front lights and loved the way this lit up the whole road making a faster ride a whole lot safer.
The five “girls” crossed the finishing line together at about 12.30 am but it was about 2.30 before we all arrived home – still a lovely event and well done to all!