10 August, 2014 from Connor Downs Organiser Chris Rayne
Audax Kernow riders 1, Ex-hurricane Bertha 0.
Despite the repeated ominous weather forecasts, 14 riders turned out for the Connor Downs events and were rewarded with a bright and breezy ride – no gales, no rain, no floods, no carnage. Some even reported more tailwinds than headwinds all the way round, though it was still a day that called for some serious work and smart riding. Serious and smart eating naturally follows – the riders on the Celtic Coastal were able to brunch in the sun at the Apple Tree Café, and everyone enjoyed a good spread back at the Arrivée.
10 August, 2014
Starting from Connor Downs Organiser Chris Rayne
A pleasant tootle around the Celtic peninsula of West Penwith, featuring dramatic moorland and coastline views via the hamlets of Zennor & Morvah, the coastal villages of
Newlyn & Mousehole, and the town of Penzance with its breathtaking views of St. Michael’s Mount as you circumnavigate the Bay.
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Our ride started early, with about 25K to put in to get to Connor Downs for 9 o’clock. We were pleased with progress after several weeks off the tandem and with the captain still in recovery from LEL, and arrived in good time for once to find the hall buzzing in anticipation of a good ride and a sunny day.
The long hill out of Connor Downs to the A30 crossing is reasonably tandem-friendly and all was going along very cheerily until what would normally be an easy front mech change turned into a nasty snarl up and a fight with a greasy chain. This, luckily, is men’s work – the Butlers stopped to lend a hand and eventually we were back in business and pushing hard to catch the field at the Coombe checkpoint. A bit of faffing here and a couple of poorly coordinated starts saw us off the back again, and we enjoyed most of the rest of the ride in glorious isolation and at a very modest pace. Continue reading