Friday saw Megan and I doing our best to promote our Ladies Group on Liskeard FM – a big thank you to Christine and Barry for organising this for us. We had been well briefed by David Byfield and did our best to stay on message but before we knew it the conversation had strayed to sore bums and HRT. Oh well! Christine chose us three pieces of music to play during proceedings, one of which was Fat Bottomed Girls – good job we all have a sense of humour!
Saturday was our much-awaited ladies group ride to Connie’s home in Widegates for our Ladies Christmas celebration. Seven of us cycled the thirteen mile route via Rose Craddock and Menheniot in high winds, but well protected by the high hedges. Lovely to have Anna and Jo with us. Absolutely wonderful to arrive at Connie and Steve’s barn conversion home with its staggering views along the valley running down to the East Looe River. Their home was cosy and warm and had a kitchen table groaning with home made goodies and piping hot mulled drinks on the stove. It was great too to meet up here with Cindy, David and Geoff. A huge thank you to Connie and Steve for making this a really memorable celebration.
Sunday was the Mulled Wine and Mince Pie Audax ride from Carharrack near Redruth. A number of us had been struggling with sore throats and colds through the week (thank you, Geoff) and this time it was David Byfield who was forced to take a day off from the cycling. Connie, Steve, Geoff and I had no such excuse and made our preparations. In summer, I am quite happy to get up early for a day’s adventure with either the bikes or the horses. 5 am on a wet dark Sunday morning does not have quite the same appeal. Geoff and I went to give the horses some breakfast and put them out in the field with their warmest rugs and some hay. It was so dark that they could not see it without us guiding their noses to within 3 inches of the stuff.
Once it was light we stopped feeling sorry for ourselves and it was great to meet up with familiar faces among the 70 starters for this event at Carharrack – it was still raining inspite of a dry forecast but nevermind. The route was approximately 35 miles in an anti-clockwise direction from Redruth, with an information point near Fraddam (where we had to write down the mileage shown on a particular signpost) and a refreshment stop at Higher Lanner Farm, near Helston. This was truly amazing and we tucked in with great enthusiasm before setting off back towards Four Lanes and on to Carharrack. Here we were greeted with the mulled wine and mince pie of the ride title and a good chat with the women from Falmouth Wheelers who had been very supportive all the way round. Our verdict: a great route, wonderful food and amazing value for a £3.50 entry fee. A big thank you to the organisers (Ed and his team) and to Steve for leading us safely round.