The team assembled at Spiros in Hawarden at 10:00 am like the cast from the Usual Suspects:
Martin & Liz, Mike M, Ray, Tony, Clive, George, Dave H and Jim.
There was a general atmosphere of disinterest for a long ride so I proposed a shortish trot to Llanasa for lunch and back (about 40 miles) leaving us back in time to catch the cycling at the Pleasuredrome. All were in favour so we set off at a steady pace for Northop, Halkyn, Whitford and Llanasa.
Service was a bit slow but we didn't mind as it was heaving it down outside and I'd left my helmet on my handlebars! Dim move, but we all make mistakes! The route back was up that interminable hill towards Trelawnyd, over the A55 and up towards Babell and Windmill. The group split at that point with those eager to see Victoria Pendleton in her lycra leading the way with myself, Dave, George and Mike following at a more sedate pace. A slight detour from Halkyn Hill allowed us to miss the little narrow lane, at present full of mud so George assured us, and back to Northop, then Hawarden.
40 miles, with 60 for those from Chester, and we still got home for 4 pm.