May 2015

Tour of The Black Country

by Adam on 18, May, 2015

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A year ago a few of the fellows from the GA rode the inaugural Tour of the Black Country and what a rather splendid day out it was too. Well organised, run with good humour and a route that made a rather nice change to the usual sportive event.

In the event you may not have heard of this ride the organisers’ intention was to create a little Paris-Roubaix in the heart of the Black Country, instead of sending riders up the biggest hills the excitement comes from the sending riders off down roads formed from cobble, brick, compact soil… I’m sure you get the picture. No one can argue that this is not the type of surface the Guvnor was born to ride on.

From the two riders in 2014, such was the positive feedback members of the GA came from far and wide to get their wheels dirty with seven of us forming up on the start line for a day of tarmac, lumps and bumps.

It has to be said, if we were expecting a bit of “Peaky Blinders” we would have been very disappointed, rolling hills, picturesque villages. Not a mill, pit or foundry in site. Truth be told the only coal seen all day was in the little goodie bags we were presented with at the end of the ride.

Now, as previously mentioned the ride is rolling (mostly), there is however one rather noteworthy lump, Mt. Waltonberg a 1 in 4 climb with a surface comprising of both brick and polished, poured concrete. Whilst re-grouping at the top of the climb Mr Dodger asked a marshal if any other Path Racers had completed the climb, we were pleased to hear we were the first ones up, modesty forbids boasting but we were not passed by any other Path Racers for the remaining 50k.

In keeping with the Paris-Roubaix inspiration the ride ends on a velodrome, dropping onto the track from the “ambulance” road and a full lap of the track before a celebratory glass of fizz and the opportunity to congratulate ourselves on a job well done.

A few black and white snaps from the Black Country

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