Big Al’s Turkey-tastic Leisure Ride, 27th December 2014.
Big Al is leading the ride this weekend and having survived the Christmas blow out it’ll be time to get back on our bikes.
The ride this week will be a more relaxed and TOTALLY TURKEY FREE ZONE with cycle paths and tunnels the order of the day……
We will meet at B&Q as usual, check out the new Christmas bikes and then make our way out of Plymouth using the traffic free Plymbridge cycle track. After emerging from the first of today’s four tunnels we now ride to Clearbrook on the new section of cycle path, which bypasses the hill. We re-join the cycle track at the little hump backed bridge and head out to Yelverton.
From Yelverton we head across the main road to join ‘Drake’s Trail’ heading down over Gem Bridge, through the Grenofen Tunnel and into Tavistock where we will have our café stop at Bob’s.
The café stop comes at around the 13mile mark.
Suitably refreshed (with anything other than turkey) we will head back to Yelverton via Drake’s trail and through our third tunnel of the day. At Yelverton we will return to B&Q via the cycle track and our fourth and final tunnel.
The ride is around 26 miles long with very few up and down bits thanks to the new cycle path section and will be conducted at the usual 10-12mph average pace.
As it is Christmas, there will be the opportunity to bring along family and friends who have perhaps had bicycles (or tandems!) for Christmas and I will have a couple of kids in the trailer.
Whilst this ride is open to a wider range of abilities it will still be the YOGi Leisure Ride and the pace and distance will be similar to normal so please make sure everyone is capable of the distance and pace.
Early forecasts suggest it’ll be a rather chilly 7deg with cloud and a 25mph NW wind gusting to 44mph, but very little of this route is on open moorland and the cycle tracks should afford us some shelter.
Have a great Christmas and hope to see you there!!!