Ride Reports

Saturday 27th August 2016

B2 100 miler over Cross O'Greet- By Phil Durrigan
Ten MAMILS made up the B2 group, half of whom of pensionable age as we tackled the 100 mile Cross of Greet challenge

. Two Steves, two Martins, one each of Vincent, John, Bill and Dave, guest Shane and yours truly.
We opted for the anti-clockwise route through Longridge, Ribchester and Whalley, and lunched at Waddington before the climbing began at Bolton-by-Bowland. A long steady climb brought us out above Slaidburn from where we started the long slog up the south side of Lythe Fell and it's summit at the Cross of Greet.
We arrived, in fact just in time to "greet" the B1 group who had climbed from the opposite direction. I am sure that if we had arranged to meet at this eponymous point it wouldn't have happened and this typified the whole day which, it must be said went without a hitch.
The weather was just about perfect, the surrounding countryside idyllic and the views from Lythe Fell were stunning, including all three of "The Peaks". We reluctantly dragged ourselves away as time was tight and we were less than half way into our epic journey. The downhill swoop was fast and furious and we were soon passing through Wray to cross the Lune at Hornby and via Gressingham to Arkholme.
From here we headed west along undulating roads and via picturesque villages to reach Silverdale and chance for a second brew stop at Leighton Moss. We headed home from here with 70 miles on the click passing through Carnforth to re-cross the Lune at Halton. Approaching Scorton the only hiccup of the day occurred when Martin S calculated that we were destined to ride only 98 miles if we stayed on course so a quick detour up Wagon Road/ Tinkers Lane rectified the matter. A fantastic day out in good company - not bad for a group of pensioners and their carers!

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