An impressive 67 riders signed on for the third BJW Reliability Ride of the 17/18 season.
Christmas excess and a bitter cold North Easterly wind did not deter them from taking on the challenge of the January 75M ride.
With the temperature hovering around 2 Deg C at the start the rising sun was a welcome sight as we headed towards Blandford via Cowgrove.
Normally topping the St Johns climb at Shaftesbury indicates a few miles of respite and recovery. Not today. A relentless cold headwind from Shaftesbury along the Chalke Valley all the way to Combe Bissett challenged all the riders. Personally I don’t think I’ve ever been been happier to turn right, head south and take on the Combe Bissett climb!
A few DNFs with riders taking a shortcut home, more riders than usual getting back to Merley very close to the cutoff time – it was obvious the headwind had taken its toll.
Well done to all the riders.
The next Reliability Ride will be on Sunday 4th February with 100M and 100km options.
Tim Smith (BJW)
Tim Smith (Salis Tri)