January 4th saw the start of our cycling year with a cold and frosty ride along the canal to Todmorden for lunch and then home. Admittedly, not the hardest ride we’ve ever done, but a good way of blowing a few cobwebs away after the excesses of Christmas.
Rochdale Canal approaching Todmorden
January 11th and 18th rides were abandoned due to the atrocious weather conditions as were the midweek MTB rides.
January 25th saw a big improvement in the weather and a hardy few set out from the Range, going up the valley through Tod., Hebden Bridge and on to Sowerby Bridge for lunch. The route home was through Ripponden and over Blackstone Edge with the inevitable gale force headwind making it seem a lot further than it is! In all we did about 40 miles.
You can tell by the smiles that we’ve done all the hard stuff and we’re nearly home.