Richard Clark, Way of the Roses – Day One

My preparation for SIA’s Eastern European Adventure

We left morecambe at 9am.  Sunny day to start with and an easy ride out to and through Lancaster on the cycleways which included a visit to Lancaster prison.  Unfortunately, they released us to head into a 23 mph head wind which we had all the way to the end of day one.  To be honest it was an absolute killer, have never riden in such a wind.

We climbed 4000 feet including one ascent from Settle of 1400 feet so with a headwind we were almost stationary trying the climb.  Fabulous downhill journey to recover where I reached 38.3mph taking the trophy for day one. I won by 0.5mph so day two will be interesting.

Amazing scenery and a great experience but aching more than I or any of the group expected.

Now having a beer and relaxing before heading off tomorrow at 9am for day two with the day ending in York.

Read how the second day went.