Cycling where we live, in the South Pennines can be a bit of a chore. The hills are BIG! It’s rare you see someone riding that isn’t in ‘all the gear’ as you have to be pretty dedicated to keep it up. But you are rewarded with some of the most spectacular scenery and feel-good climbs you could wish for. There are some epic rides that take you across ridges & over hills where you can see for miles.
Today’s ride however was for getting around for work, which let me make use of the brilliant Route 66 (no not that one) – a cycle way that runs through the area. It’s where I started when I decided I wanted to get back into cycling, as rare for round here, it’s fairly flat! And for the first time in possibly 12 months, it was dry! So I arrived at my meeting relatively mud free. Bonus. Spring may just be on it’s way!
Details on Route 66 here: http://www.walkridesouthpennines.co.uk/cycle_inner.php?area=6&type=cy
Then onto a great film night at Hebden Bridge cinema put on by Singletrack Magazine (based in Todmorden). 2 superb films about cycling, one beautiful film about riding from from Cairo to Capetown (12,000km!) – “Where Are You Go” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NpubbAzKSY and one in search of the ultimate downhill – ‘where the trail ends‘ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZUsc1ewgUQ)
Great day for biking I think.