Last night was my second #June100 ride and I was going to make up as much mileage as I could. There was no avoiding it – I had to ride up Rooley Moor; it was hot sticky and the air was very still.
I swapped the tyres over to my trusty 2.0″ Michelin Country Trails as a prior downpour looked like it could have been a muddy ride but fortunaltely the dry period we’ve had meant that the rain just soaked away and the tracks were still relatively dry.
I decided not to ride straight up the cobbles at the start of the climb and fork off towards Prickshaw before doubling back onto RMR. Purely to add extra mileage of course! *cough*
As ever the climb was relentless and I used ‘stopping to take photos’ as an excuse to have a rest.
View back towards Rochdale and the 7 Sisters clearly in shot. I kept slogging away and it was a slow slow climb last night eventually getting to top o’leach about 30 minutes after i’d set off.
Very hot, sweaty and not photogenic!
Cycling up past the ruins of the old Moorcock Inn I saw a fairly large owl flying near the track. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to get a photograph of it. Nor, did I take a photo of the lower section of a lamb’s leg. Poor thing must have been got by foxes.
As mentioned previously, the air was still and all of the wind turbines sat still. It was a strange feeling looking at the magnificent structures.
I carried on and soon I was at Cragg Quarry
All I can say about this place is, it’s FANTASTIC! I only had time for a couple of loops around it, but it tested me. This can only be a good thing! I managed to do the descents that I aimed to do but failed on 1 which was very gravelly and due to a not clipping in in time/picking a good line resulted in a comedy ‘stuck’ moment where I couldn’t get off the bike as my foot was slipping and the bike was slipping. I had to reach behind me and release the seat post drop it and hop off the back of the bike. Oh well maybe next time i’ll get it right.
The key to that place is definitely momentum and choosing theright gears to attack the sections.
After that I carried on towards Edenfield and dropped down Sand Beds Lane
The worn cart tracks made for interesting riding as the back of the bike kept slipping away and I had to constantly correct the bike. A bone shaking ride down Gin Croft Lane and then a cautious ride back along ‘Owd Betts’ Edenfield Road.
2hrs 25 mins
No idea what average speed was as the sports tracker software cocked up again mid ride.