This is my first outing with the YOGi 12s and hopefully the weather will continue to be kind to us as we move into October, although early forecasts are for rain and strong winds…… typical!
We will meet at B&Q as usual and then head out through Plympton to Newnham Park where we will turn left and head up the first climb of the day. After the descent and subsequent second climb up to Wotter, we will bear right at the crossroads and head out past Cadover Bridge following the road before plunging down into the valley, across the River Meavy and back up Gratton Lane into Yelverton.
We will aim to leave Yelverton no earlier than 10.00am which should allow those not meeting us at B&Q to join the ride at this point.
We then head out of Yelverton and make for Walkhampton, where we turn sharp left in the village towards Horrabridge. We leave Horrabridge via Jordan Lane and follow the rolling route across to Morshop. Turning right at the cross roads with the main B3357, we will head up the climbs of Pork Hill and Rundlestone. Rundlestone also marks the highest point of the ride at around 1425ft.
The café stop will be at the Fox Tor in Princetown, one of the most popular YOGi hangouts.
After refreshments, we will head back down the main B3212 towards Plymouth taking care not to overshoot the left turn at the Burrator Inn where we will take the road out to the reservoir. After crossing the dam we leave the valley via Sheepstor village and head back up the short climb to Cadover Bridge and Wotter before going down into Newnham again, along the main road through Plympton and back to YOGi Headquarters at B&Q.
The ride is around 54 miles and will be at a conducted at a 12mph average pace.
It should be noted that the 12mph pace reflects the ride as a whole. If the road conditions and rider abilities on the day allow (and it is safe to do so), the pace could well be higher to make the most of any good stretches of tarmac.
We will however not leave anyone behind and will aim to regroup at the top of the major climbs so that riders who are perhaps making the step up from the YOGi Leisure Ride for the first time can take advantage of sheltering in a group and not struggling individually.
Hope to see you there.