Well, I said I was looking forward to this one and it well lived up to expectations. We found an unfamiliar and exciting way of covering some well-known ground in superb late-evening sunshine. It made for what I hope was a satisfying farewell for two people who’ve been good friends of beCyCle in the last few months, and who we wish well.
The mood was relaxed at the start;
Someone picked the perfect moment to get a puncture, right at the start of the ride with the workshop handy, and while we were fixing that someone else arrived, bringing the group up to seven, which is a great turn-out for a Summer ride.
We set off along the familiar route out past the Harbour and through Torry to the lighthouse, then on towards Cove: and that’s where it got interesting. Instead of taking the predictable, easy tarmac route along the coast, we instead went for narrow, loose-surfaced, and twisty coastal path. To make it more interesting, six-sevenths of the group were on road bikes with slick tyres. Since it wasn’t so long ago that I used to wonder why everyone except me turned up on mountain bikes for a ride that is usually 100% tarmac, I’m not sure what to make of the fact that now that road bikes are nearly universal, we’ve been getting more and more adventurous when it comes to off-road routes.
It’s a lot of fun and a great technical exercise though, making a bike do something it was never designed for. Describing the joy of riding on this path is a challenge, not made easier by this somewhat blurry attempt to capture the feeling;
And probably not something I can put into words here. But I will remember this as one of the better Night-Rides, and I’d like to think we felt we’d earned the copious Tennent’s with which we celebrated our achievement in the Ferryhill Tavern at the end of the ride.
One last thing: there are those who come who want a faster ride, a slower ride, a longer ride, a shorter ride, a harder ride, an easier ride. Then there are those who come out and enjoy it for what it is, and they end up being the ones who make it what it is. Jez, you were one of those. Thank you, and all the best.