There appeared to be a few things against tonight’s gathering, mainly it being properly Autumn and being wet and dark. Thankfully, Shane Townsend came up with a brilliant idea that got round both of these issues. Shane runs the bike shop at Hassop Station and suggested to his boss Duncan that we could have a ride on the hire bikes up and down the Monsal Trail. What a brilliant idea! All the bikes are the same so there is no advantage to having a better bike, they all have dynamos and lights so night riding is no issue and they had enough for all of us. Perfect.

We ran it as a time trial with 30 seconds gaps. Shane rode off up the trail on an electric bike to the end of the first tunnel and stamped everyones arms as they went past. It was about a 4 mile loop with a slightly rolling course and a fast turnaround at the far end. Duncan and Rob were kind enough to take care of timing, counting everyone off at the start and timing their sweaty broken bodies over the line at the end. For a flat and short course, everyone was completely broken. Balls out for quarter of an hour tends to have that effect.

With a pint at the end to quench our thirsts while we gave out prizes it really was a near perfect night. Sun and warmth were the only things missing.

So many thanks again to Hassop Station; Duncan, Rod and especially Shane. We’ll be back to food at the amazing Cafe too!

Great photos all courtesy of Dom Worrall, great work again lad, cheers!

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Place # Name Start Time Finish Total
1 6 Martin Baker 02:30.00 16:39.0 14:09.0
2 22 Nick Hamilton 11:00.00 25:39.0 14:39.0
3 9 David James 04:00.00 18:50.0 14:50.0
4 10 Tim Pearson 04:30.00 19:30.0 15:00.0
5 4 Farmer Jack 01:30.00 16:34.0 15:04.0
6 23 will swinden 11:30.00 26:37.0 15:07.0
7 18 Dave Griffith 09:00.00 24:24.0 15:24.0
8 13 Sim Hartely 06:30.00 21:55.0 15:25.0
9 15 Joe Bowman 07:30.00 23:00.0 15:30.0
10 21 Richard baybutt 10:30.00 26:04.0 15:34.0
11 7 Jolley 03:00.00 18:34.0 15:34.0
12 8 Lee Hawden 03:30.00 19:17.0 15:47.0
13 20 Oliver Cooper 10:00.00 25:55.0 15:55.0
14 3 Cheggers 01:00.00 16:56.0 15:56.0
15 1 Si Bowns 00:00.00 16:10.0 16:10.0
16 14 Joe Howard 07:00.00 23:18.0 16:18.0
17 16 Duncan Philpott 08:00.00 24:29.0 16:29.0
18 19 James Fuller 09:30.00 26:00.0 16:30.0
19 17 Paddy Baker 08:30.00 25:00.0 16:30.0
20 2 Matt Bowns 00:30.00 17:15.0 16:45.0
21 11 Christ Pearson 05:00.00 21:49.0 16:49.0
22 12 John Jones 06:00.00 23:14.0 17:14.0
23 5 Nick gosling 02:00.00 19:25.0 17:25.0