Team JMC’s Dan Wood recently took on the Way of the Roses challenge – Bridlington to Morecambe – read on for details on how he got on:
“East to West you got to be crazy you will have a head wind all the way”
The 170 mile route from Bridlington to Morecambe was planned for May to take advantage of the warmer weather and lack of winds, but somebody forgot to tell the weather gods so instead we got the coldest May on record.
The Friday was spent travelling to Bridlington before a 65 mile trip in
Brilliant Sunshine and warm Temperatures overcast and grey conditions but the strong tail winds on the flat helped to push us into York with drinking time to spare.
On Saturday we awoke to
Brilliant Sunshine and warm Temperatures rain and temperatures of 6 degrees with everyone feeling a little peaky after the previous day ride (and the curry and beers from the night before) with everyone a bit worried about the 85 miles ahead. A crash left us with a screaming man/baby down with a broken elbow, a bruised elbow a swollen elbow a little graze and a slightly buckled wheel. But no worries with a couple of twists of my spoke key we soon had a really buckled wheel (Sorry Sean), so after a trip to the bike shop and more tea and cake we were ready to go again. A 30 mile flat warm-up soon had us ready for the hills; well we thought we were ready but the 2 miles out of Pateley Bridge soon made us realise how unready we really were. 2 miles with an average of 10% climb with 3 spans of 20% soon sorted the men from the boys. But the 45 mph descent off the hill soon made up for it. The next few hours passed in a blur as a lack of energy and more hills left me in a dark place from which I thought I would never recover, luckily the lasagne and chips finally kicked in for the final hills and crazy descents into Ingleton.
Sunday awoke to brilliant sunshine and warm temperatures, yes summer had finally arrived. A brief (8 mile) detour finally found us back on the course for the final 25 miles, a few more hills and descents before we arrived back in Morecambe for fish and chips at Rita’s cafe.
A brilliant time was had by all, the course was superbly signed and the road surface was perfect. If you like bike riding this is definitely a route to add to your diary.
Scores on the doors,
184 Miles of cycling
19 Hrs of riding including breaks
16,000 ft of climbing (and descending)
15,000 Calories Burnt (20,000 Consumed)
1 split tyre
2 Broken Spokes
1 Buckled Wheel