Moreton-in-Marsh – Winchcombe -Snowshill 87km

“I’m riding a sportive” said the cyclist standing by his gleaming carbon bike and popping a couple of tablets in his water bottle. “What are those for?” I asked. “Oh they help with cramp. D’you want one?”. “No, I don’t dope…..” I said. He hesitated, looked at me, was about to say something, when I interrupted him…”You do realise they will be taking a blood sample at the end of the event……”. The expression on his face changed, and I left him to ponder his situation…..I got on my bike, turned to say goodbye, and I knew he had sussed my little ruse.

The forecast for today had been dire, and everyone set off on their chosen routes with expectations of getting very wet. Many did, but those of us who headed west stayed dry all day, even enjoying several hours of late sunshine. 

My route was titled ‘Off the Edge to Winchcombe’, meaning there was a dramatic 17% descent with a hairily tight swithback half way down……both fun and scary at the same time.

But once off the Edge, there was no other way back to Moreton-in-Marsh but to laboriously climb back over it. A local passed it off as being nothing at all, but that was the reaction of a motorist whose only experience of climbing is changing down to a lower gear and going a bit slower…..with no physical penalty to pay. I gave him a smile and prepared myself for the 3km climb up to Snowshill……

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About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on August 8, 2017, in Cycling UK and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. We love this area! Went from Chipping Campden, through Snowshill to Winchcombe and beyond on the Cotswold Way.

    • Beautiful area…..and very lumpy! The Manor at Snowshill was particularly intriguing……I see the signs for the Cotswold Way several times every day, in the wind, rain and shine…..😁

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