Having posted a route over Cleeve Hill, the leader of the B ride threw the group off upon reaching its base at Southam by swerving left for Bishops Cleeve. The fine weather produced a good turn out and persuaded a lot of independent riders (of bikes, horses,and even a recumbent) onto the roads. It also drew a good crowd for an event at Prescott Hill Climb but all were navigated without incident. After crossing the (incredibly busy) A46 we finally turned towards Tewkesbury, via Beckford, Conderton and Kemerton, where we joined the Tewkesbury half marathon route. Suddenly the front of the bunch was an attractive place to be as the runners’ supporters were cheering anything that moved – even us! We swung right at Ye Olde Black Bear and the lead out to Mythe Hill began, finishing at Browns Cafe. The President, fearing he’d lost one of the group, went looking for him. He should have known that Steve would find the fastest way into the cafe and had already ordered his coffee! Still, he consoled himself by reflecting that only by riding the same hill twice could one get a PB of the day.
After an enjoyable break, and with no consensus on a pub stop, the Tyndale riders headed for the Dragon Racing at Gloucester Docks, some took the direct route home on the A38 and the official B ride crossed the causeway to return via Forthampton, Chacely, and Tirley.