Following on the heels of the ride North of the river, last week, the groups got even more adventurous on Sunday, requiring transport to the start and finish of the route – Stroud – Whilst maybe not the first place you would think of, it provided a fantastic start point for this years ‘Car Assist’ ride in the Cotswolds.

Having taken in The Tumble and Gospel Pass, a year ago, the riders were looking forward to slightly less climbing, however only half a mile from the start doubts set in when faced immediately with a 2km climb up Butterrow Hill – however after conquering the 10%gradient, the climb eased and soon the riders were met with blue skies, sunshine and scenic countryside views and, a few ‘bumps’ aside only a slightly undulating profile for the remainder of the 100km. The quiet roads which were in a good state of repair compared to those locally only served to add to the experience

Coffee and cake (or scrambled eggs / hash browns and toast in some cases) was taken at Chedworth Farm Shop – the free filter coffee refills also proved popular

After coffee some long, gradual descents led to some beautiful, traditional Cotswolds villages and more quiet lanes, before returning to Stroud alongside the river

All in all a great day out and highly enjoyable ride – a lot of preparation and effort was required to make this happen, so a big thank you to the organiser as well

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