Unseasonable weather

This week I’ve been away at the best conference: The High Polymer Research Group meeting, at Pott Shrigley, near to Macclesfield. Not only are there lots of old friends, and great topics of discussion, but also free afternoons, with lots of cycling on offer!

Despite the unseasonable weather, we managed to get out for three days in a row.

Three days, three rides

Monday (red)

First was a trip onto the Cheshire Plains for a ride up the cobbles of Swiss Hill in Alderley Edge.

“Swiss Hill is tough, probably tougher than you get in a lot of Belgian Classics,” says Ian Stannard. (Cycling Weekly)”

It was a fast group ride, with beautiful lanes, spoilt only by the lack of tolerance of the local drivers for bikes…

Tuesday (green)

Heading the other way, Rob and I headed into the hills, with fast descent to Kettleshulme, a big climb up to Windgather, and then back via the steep descent to Bollington.

At the top of Windgather climb

Wednesday (blue)

Final day of the meeting, so time to get a longer ride in. Again up into the hills, but further afield into the Goyt Valley. On the climb up to Windgather, Neal said “crikey, I’m glad we’re not in that” referring to a black cloud behind us; within seconds we were overtaken by it, and in snow, hail and blizzard for the rest of the day!

Neal riding into the blizzard

In a curious masochistic way, it was fun.

Near the Cat & Fiddle