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Hill Lovers, Spartacus And A Kid On a Scooter


I am beginning to think that within Cottingham Road Club (CRC) we have a secret society, a Fifth Column or maybe it is even a religious cult.

The members of this cult have unhealthy appetites and try to corrupt others to partake in their perverted pastimes.

You can spot them if you know what to look for.

They have crazy, wild looking eyes, greet each other with a funny handshake, draw each other close and whisper their evil motto ……..

” I Love Hills !! ”

Yes I am of course talking about the unholy abomination that are……. The Hill Lovers. Dah ! Dah ! Dah !

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The hills are alive!

I’ve got my notes next to me, the first line is ‘set the scene..’
So here we go..

It was a coolish sunny morning in late March, the wind of late had died to naught and tension was in the air. The thoughts of many throughout the week had been focused upon this day – for today we ride!

And where do we ride you may ask – well to them there hills, that’s where..

Today’s club ride was all about spring – we’d ordered good weather and a favourable wind to go along with our hilly start to the season and luckily someone had remember to pay the weather God[s] as they duly delivered, the sun had enough warmth to allow the uncovering of some very pasty pins.

Sun == shorts


Our route took us NW to Market Weighton then North towards the hills.
We planned to split into two groups at Burnby, one for a shorter 42 mile route while the rest of us head on to Bishop Wilton.

I looked at the weather forecast the night before and worked out that the route would be doable in shorts – coolish on the way out and warming through the day. Spring weather indeed.

Our I’m-in reminders told me that we were to expect 15 riders, this would be a great turn out but on the day we started with 21.

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Why do we look for hills?

Good question, only another cyclist could understand the reason for cycling nearly 30 miles so they can descend a hill to only turn around at the bottom and ride straight back up.

Which is exactly what today’s ride was all about.

Oh – and coffee, I’d be lying if coffee wasn’t a motivating factor.

The forecast for today’s ride was sunshine, strong winds and maybe a few showers on the way home – but it was to be warm, much warmer than of late.

I decided that as I’m from northern stock this equated to cycling shorts, no leg warmers for me!

Today’s group consisted of 5 ladies, 1 new starter and a total of 20 (more info on the club statistics page)

We gathered at the Humber Bridge Country Park to do what all cyclists across the globe do when they get together – talk about bikes, hills and the weather.

Ready to set off – look at that sky!


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