Sunday 27 November 2011

Dorset Miles, Bear Cross "Hardriders" Sunday Ride,

More than 20 of us at Bear Cross, bright sunshine but a strong south westerly wind made it hard at times. Down to Longham and along Ham Lane & out to Broom Hill, Higher Row & Horton Heath. On to Haythorne past Woodlands and down to Cranborne. Its a regular route for the Bear Cross group but usually tackled the other way round. Left in Cranborne, a good climb this one, before droppping down to Tidpit and across the A354 to start the long climb up to the Ox Drove above Broadchalke. A pothole broke a spoke, releasing the rear brake was a good running repair. Some brief respite through the valley to Bowerchalke and then gear selection is critical as the left hander ramps up to Cow Down Hill. Regrouping on the descent to Sixpenny Handley and it was back across the A354. The large group took casualties as the pace livened on the mucky lane through Monkton Up Wimborne and it was "noses on the brakeblocks" as we sped on to Gussage All Saints, Moor Crichel and over to Gaunts Common. Back into Wimborne and the traffic gets heavier and slower. Its a good route this one, with some good climbs, 3HRS 26 and the AVS is very respectable!

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