Ride Report - Santa Ride
A record turn out for the first festive fancy dress club ride which broke a number of the rules of the Velominati but was a heck of a lot of fun.
The call went out for as many club members and friends of the club to get out on this ride as possible, the stipulation being that Christmas fancy dress be worn.
The response was incredible, with an 18 strong group taking to the roads of South Yorkshire and North Nottinghamshire.
A gentle 55 (ish) undulating kilometres taking the tried and tested route out of Whiston, up Royds Moor, through Thurcroft and out to the quiet country lanes of Laughton en-le-Morthern. We got plenty of waves, beeps of the horn and some frankly confused looks as a load of Santas, reindeer and elves made their way along the route at a surprisingly brisk pace.
It must have been a surreal sight for anyone out doing a bit of Christmas shopping. Making our way to Oldcoates, then through Styrrup and to Tickhill we soon realised that if we continued at the pace we were going at we would be too early for the opening of the ‘café’ we were due to stop at – the Travellers Rest in Brookhouse – so we eased off the gas slightly and had a more leisurely spin all the way to the pub.
That said, this was by no means a pan flat jaunt and the always testing 5% Abbey Lane climb left a few of the guys in the somewhat impractical Santa outfits with faces matching the bright red of the suit.
Soon after the welcome sight of the Travellers Rest appeared into view and we descended en mass to the bar, leaving the few regulars sat watching the football a little confused.
This is a great pub in a lovely location and would be perfect for a stop on a nice summers evening ride, but still did the job for us on a chilly December afternoon. We could have probably all stayed in there for a good few hours more however the mothership was calling so reluctantly rolled out to finish the last 10 or so kilometres back to the Sitwell where everyone enjoyed a beer or two, or a latte for those who preferred it (Greg highly recommends the little biscuit you get with it by the way).
In the main everyone stuck together even when the pace was ramped up by those eager to get to the pub for the doors opening, but it’s safe to say that Santa suits, Christmas jumpers and reindeer antlers are not the most aerodynamic articles of clothing to wear on the bike.
The main thing about today was having fun and it was great to see everyone with a smile on their face and getting into the spirit of things.
The next club ride out is a MTB session in Canklow woods on Sunday 18th Dec – it promises to be a muddy one.
Jonny will be leading.