Sunday was one of the very few occasions that a Monument ride was cancelled with the heavy rain and winds leading to the Coast to Coast being cancelled (potentially to be rescheduled)
With the return from trips to France and fewer other commitments the number of riders out in the sun returned to more normal levels. It was also great to see the re-emergence of the Touring Group (who have now renamed themselves The Grupetto)
A slight variation on the usual route out through WSM saw a few extra bits of climbing thrown in for good measure to balance out before the blast to the coast and a busy Burnham seafront
A (slight poor) cake offering was chosen over ice creams before a last minute extension to the return route (via Wedmore) and a little more climbing (Cheddar Gorge) was agreed
It was good to see so many cyclists out (a sportive) and reassuring for the less fleet of foot of us that others found the gorge challenging as well
As we hit the summer holiday period, absences due to family commitments, hangovers, holidays, watching TdF and injuries abound with a much reduced Intermediate group opting for spin to Wells rather than the scheduled trek North.
Even then the initial group of 5 was soon whittle down by those that had sneaked out and had to get back, leaving just 2 to continue after the Cheddar Gorge climb.
Coffee and cake at Andres helped restore some energy before the lonely climb up Old Bristol Road and dash home to reach the Tour