Our route 22 miles; 700m climb. Liskeard to Looe via Duloe and back along Looe valley
Those of us who have been in hospital will recall being told to get plenty of rest following a significant operation. Connie will certainly have been told the same following her operation just two days ago but it seems this wasn’t going to be enough to stop her joining the Liskeard Ladies on their January ride. No sooner had we arrived at the Cornish Bakers in Looe (following a pretty ride through Dobwalls and along the ridge road through Duloe before dropping down to Sandplace and along the valley road) than Connie was skipping around outside and waving at us through the window, looking incredibly well and as if she had never seen the inside of a hospital.
Once we had recovered from our surprise, it was of course great to see both her and her family with Steve and Henry being welcomed into this all women group as our January support team – indeed, having Connie back with us was the nicest possible way for us all to start 2017.
After eating our fill of pastries, pasties and cake amid much talk of new year diets and the like, we waved goodbye to Connie and co and set off back along the Looe valley road, up to the St. Keyne well, down the other side and along to Moorswater before bidding farewell and going our separate ways home.
On this ride I had been trying out my new bicycle – and was pleased to do the trip without mishap. The upgrade for me was to move from my first road bike to a carbon bicycle with ultegra group set. Three years ago, I would not even have considered trying a road bike. I am hugely proud that in the two years our women’s cycling group has been running, eight members have grown in confidence enough to buy new upgraded bicycles. Wonderful!