When Allez Prestwich first started, we only did one ride a month. So, we had less rides to plan (and every ride was already new!), we had no kit orders to organise, and I, personally, had far more spare time than I do of late. Back in late 2014-early 2015 when the club started, I was still seeking to fill the creative writing void that ensued after taking a break from writing music and lyrics for a band I was (am?) in, and writing a blog for each of these excursions was a good way to flex the creative muscles. In the infancy of the club it also helped to document where we’d come from and showed the steady growth of the club; from a couple of mates that could just about pretend we were a club, to 17 people careering down Cragg Vale. The posts were ‘something to look back on’, which is what I did rather recently.
Route Link: CATRB GPX
Distance: 44 miles
Elevation: 3,300 ft
Moving time: Approx 3.5 – 3.75 Hours // Total Time approx 4 hours-4.25 Hours. (very approximate dependent on rider pace and general stops – allows for brief stops/traffic/mechanicals etc.)
Start: 09:00 at St Mary’s Flower Park, Prestwich
Post Ride: Simister – The Same Yet Inn. You’ll have earned it. 3,300ft of climbing and 44 miles in your legs. Ride ends here so please know your own way back.
Route is a 44 mile cracker over Blackstone and Saddleworth, taking in some familiar areas but with a few new climbs. Most notably, Ripponden Old Bank. 12% average gradient and cobbles. Ooch, ooch. Read more