|A snack at Glasson Dock,Morecambe Bay 108.6 k
Four Calder Clarion riders, Tom Butler, Johnny Croston, Matthew Dodsworth and Michael Vennard endured a long day in the saddle on Sunday’s Red Rose Audax organised by Halifax CTC’s Chris Crossland. All four completed the ride, a tremendous achievement considering their relative lack of miles prior to the event.
|The finish, Michael, Matt, Tom and Johnny.
Matt and Michael cycled the extra 20 miles home
The route took them from Halifax, through the Trough of Bowland, where Tom had a big wobble,to Morecambe Bay at Glasson Dock. They returned via Burnley and Todmorden. The audax included 2900 metres of climbing and it must have been a weary bunch of riders coming in to finish just before 7pm after a ride lasting 9 hours and 40 minutes. Michael and Matt however opted to cycle the 20 miles home to Ossett after the event.
The group had relied on John’s skills interpreting the route card to get them round and christened him “SatNav”. Most were particularly delighted to complete this ride after Tom fell off on the tramlines in Sheffield in last week’s club run when he suffered a large lump on his knee, John had fitted a new seat to his bike before he got the invite! and Matt must has just come back from his tumble at the ‘Big Off’ in Ackworth. All praised Michael’s prodigious and remorseless efforts, Tom describing him as “Like a machine, thumping the pace out”
See Michael Vennard’s account of Red Rose 200k ride on Calder Web Site: