Sunday 17th February 2013 Middling Ride
Report by Chris W
Kingskerswell arch was crowded this morning. 30 riders looking forward to to an Easy or a Middling ride in the fine sunny weather. When the sun shines South Devon is the best place in the World ( in my opinion ). The coffee stop today was the Pickwick Cafe at Teignmouth. The Middling ride headed off along the main road cycle path to Newton Abbot, then used the Pen Inn cycle path through to the beautiful new bridge over the river Teign. Following the cycle path round the perimeter of the race course, we crossed the road to pass Kingsteignton Church, continued to the cross roads above Chudleigh and on to Ideford and Bishopsteignton before taking the main road into Teignmouth. What a good cyclists cafe the Pickwick is. 30 of us were served very promptly at a very reasonable price with free top ups of coffee also provided. Ten Middling riders then continued the ride uphill through the quiet residential streets of Teignmouth joining the main road to Dawlish at the top of the hill. Before long though Jacky Whatley found that her brakes were binding seriously on the rim of the rear wheel. A collision with an unseen pothole had put enough force on the rear wheel to cause the rim to bulge outwards thus fouling the brake blocks. This was an Mavic Open Sport wheel fitted just a year ago. Not good! Jacky and Chris Whatley set off on a very slow ride back to Torquay while Mike Taylor kindly led the group on to Exeter Basin. Lunch was enjoyed in ideal sunny conditions. Nick Nichols then led the group west from Exeter using the old A30 to the point where Geoff Sharp took over to lead along the ridge road and then down to Dunsford for afternoon tea. Mike Taylor did without the afternoon break preferring to get going back home to Brixham before nightfall. After the usual nice Dunsford Tea House experience the riders then headed down the valley to Kingsteignton and home. A good ride in the sunshine. Lets hope we get lots more like it.