Sunday, 13 April 2014

Cheaper By The Dozen

Twelve cyclists turned up on a sunny but blustery Sunday morning for the seventh consecutive training ride. The route took the group along Beresford Road, up the Avenue and along the old railway line towards Holywell Dene.

The short ride along to Monkseaton Drive was followed by the now familiar journey through Wellfield, Earsdon and Shiremoor before joining the Reivers Route to head southwards to the Royal Quays and Coble Dene. The Spanish Battery was the next objective but the climb up from the river had to be conquered first.

A brief pause at the top allowed loins to be girded for the slow grind up to Tynemouth Priory.
 The next section through Tynemouth into Cullercoats was ridden on the road, not the most enjoyable part of the day, but arrival at the newly opened Cullercoats Bike and Kayak centre made up for that.

By rejoining the cycle route the final part of the 22 mile trip was completed in increasingly windy conditions.