Posted by: audaxing | May 12, 2014

Blowing along the Old Roads

The weather was clearly going to be poor. It’s the wind. It was gusting to 50mph.

I had got up at 5am to get to the start of the Old Roads 300km audax from Honiton. I got there more or less on time but started after everyone else, I was faffing.

Caught the group and was riding along with Mikey, Chuffy and Barbara

The first bit was into a headwind as we were heading west towards Exeter. After Exeter we carried on towards Oakehampton. There was some heavy rain and side winds on this bit.

Road out of Exeter

Road out of Exeter

Road out of Exeter

Road out of Exeter

Chuffy

Chuffy

After Oakehampton, the route went to Barnstaple. After that we were heading east – so with a tailwind. Past Swimbridge and the Jack Russell pub, past Fileigh where I worked for a while. The route took us onto the B3227 out of South Molton, a road which I’ve ridden on lots. I used to commute along there a couple of times a week to get to Fileigh.
Once you’ve climbed past Muckford Farm, if there is a tailwind (and there was- a massive one) it’s nice and fast over the top.

Muckford Farm

Muckford Farm

Barbara passes Muckford

Barbara passes Muckford

We stayed on the B3227 all the way to Wiliscombe.

the delights of Wiveliscombe

the delights of Wiveliscombe

After this it was onto the Somerset levels to Cheddar. Of course then the wind was against us and the last couple of stages were pretty tough.

I finished at a reasonable time and Ian the organiser had laid on some nice stew at the finish at his house.

A good day out


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