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Ride Report - Clumber Park

A good group of 10 club members met for what turned out to be a lovely autumnal day. It stayed dry throughout which allowed us to enjoy a new route but with a familiar cafe.

The Route

The club's first ever run was out to Clumber Park, way back in March. We liked the cafe but the route we originally did left a lot to be desired. So not wanting to miss out on the awesome surroundings in the National Trust park we changed the route.

The route out used mainly b-roads. All of which were very quiet. We seemed to be zig-zagging all over the place, but this allowed us to stay clear of Worksop town centre and also all the busy dual carriageways between Whiston and Clumber.

The route would be be described as rolling with some great scenery to take in around Cresswell just before we entered the park.

Cafe Stop

The first time we visited, we arrived later and it was also Mother's Day so we struggled to find seating. On this occasion however, with our earlier summer start time we arrived before pretty much everybody else. We had a choice of seating to choose from and the food was good, reasonable priced and given to us quickly.

Group Riding

A good group of mixed abilities coped well with the rolling terrain. We stuck together even on the windy road back from Blyth. What we could do with working on is how we share the effort on the front. We don;t need to do it a break neck speeds as if we were in a team pursuit, but British Cycling have a nice guide on how to ride in a chain gang.

Overall a grand day out topped off by a pint in The Sitwell Arms. It's a route and cafe we'll be visiting again.

Our next club ride is this Sunday (30th Oct) to Low Bradfield. Plenty of hills to test those legs. Ade will be leading.