After last week’s visit to the Welsh mountain, the hilly theme continued this week with May’s Captain’s Challenge – The Hilly Randonee – 1600m of climbing over 100km taking in some of the regular Mendip climbs. The ride headed out of Clevedon with one of the few flat sections, picked up additional riders at Congresbury en route to Sandford to start the days climbing – a deceptive hill to Shipham, quickly followed by the short, sharp incline of Longbottom.
What goes up must come down – Cheddar Gorge – and onwards to Draycott and upwards again Westbury Quarry Climb (luckily not Draycott Steep) before back down Ebbor and coffee at Wookey Hub (some of the best flapjacks around according to one of the group)

Despite the temptation to stay relaxing in the sun, the ride continued back to Wookey and up Old Bristol road, before dropping down the other side to Harptree, followed quickly by The Wrangle (you should experience it, if you’ve never tried it) – a brief respite on the legs across the top and down Two Trees before the undulation back roads to Redhill and onwards to Wrington, for the final climb (Wrington Hill) and back home

After the first TT of the year last week (good turnout and some decent times in the wind) enabled the light to be checked, the regular start time will now be 1930, with registration from 1900

Go on give it a go – fun, challenging and you will want to do it again (and again) to beat your time – open to non CDRC members as well

This week saw the first ‘car assisted’ ride of the year – with a trip to Wales (although the assistance was limited to getting there not support during the ride)

The Famous Five (fast group) met in Usk, for a 140km round trip via Abergavenny and Hay, including The Tumble and Gospel Pass, whilst the Secret Seven (intermediate Group) opted for a shorter 95km, by starting in Abergavenny and then heading over the Tumble and over Gospel Pass

The weather was fantastic, enabling the stunning scenery to be enjoyed, although at points on the two climbs, this wasn’t foremost in many minds.

Also worth a mention of the coffee stop at The Mill in Targarth which lived up to its reviews and ratings

All in all a fantastic ride, great day and something we will look to do again (the car assist that is)