So while Susie is sunning herself in Spain and pretending to get some serious training on those Spanish hills, Liskeard Parade saw twelve (yes, twelve!) cyclists assemble for the first two of their Easter week end rides.
Liskeard Easy Riders, led by Dave Ball, had an enjoyable social outing to Darite Village Hall for their warming coffee and bacon butties – while six of us tackled the first of our spring training rides.
This ride was ably led by Amanda. The aim was to cycle close to 30 miles without stopping for a coffee break. I had been more nervous about joining this ride than about taking part in most of the other things I do. This was only the fourth time this year I had been on a bicycle and knew I would find it difficult to keep up. However, although I found I was bringing up the rear all the time, I was proud I managed the whole ride without a stop (drinking as I went along and having a gel on the hoof too). Amanda slowed the ride after each hill to allow me to catch up which meant that we did all arrive back in Liskeard at the same time. Much as this was a very different sort of cycling for me I did feel, even as we went round that this was making me fitter and that it was well worth while.
And then, when we arrived back at The Parade, we all agreed at that stage we had earnt a coffee and snack (yes!). We went down to try Crumbs (used to be Seasons) where the manager kindly allowed us to put our bicycles in her courtyard. The food was very good – a whole range of cakes and savouries – I had egg and bacon; others had poached egg on toast, etc. It wasn’t long before our cycle group was joined by another three cyclists from Plymouth – meaning the café was accommodating ten cycles – excellent!
All in all, I would encourage anyone who is wanting to improve their speed and endurance a little this spring to have a go at one of these training rides. The next is 7th April, led by Neil.