Mince Pie route: 36 miles (58 k); 840 m climbed. (Pics further down – below narrative)
This year, we had to manage without Ed, who had organised the ride as usual but, because he is recovering from an op, could not be with us on the day. We did miss his cheery presence but our thanks to Simon and the ladies on mulled wine and mince pie duty who kept everything running smoothly at Carrharack. Please get well soon, Ed, and we look forward to seeing you next year!
And then huge thanks once more to Wendy Wallis and her team for that amazing spread at Higher Lanner Farm, near Helston, and in brilliant sunshine too – no one knows how she does it but it is so enjoyed by all who take part in this delightful pre-Christmas audax. Thank you!
I always think Ed’s Mince Pie and Mulled wine audax is a great way to enjoy Christmas celebrations in December with our fellow Cornwall cycle groups – everyone is so friendly – AND and an enjoyable way to keep our winter fitness ticking over. This year, six of us from Cornwall CTC rode round the route together led by David B, who had kindly researched and memorised the route leaving us to focus on the cycling and able to take in the views (Last year Geoff and I had to keep stopping to read our route instructions and so the whole process had been considerably slower!). Amazingly, a third of the way round we bumped into Andy and his Penzance group, also out in the area and just about to go for their cafe stop. Great to see them having fun too – such a lovely part of the world!
The only disappointment this year was that the road surface for about a five mile stretch from Fraddam had deteriorated considerably since last year making it extremely uncomfortable on road bike tyres (a reflection of the rain in July and August or just poor workmanship?) but I would not look forward to cycling over it again and so am hoping that either the road gets fixed or that Ed can find us a more comfortable diversion for 2018.
Finally, a big thank you again to everyone involved for making this such an enjoyable day out.