The first sunday clubrun of 2018 saw us visit a new cafe in Retford due to our original plan of visiting Gamston airport cafe having to be aborted due to closure. We found this to be a great cafe with lots of recent memorabilia from the Tour of Britain. The service was excellent and they helped us to celebrate Dan`s birthday by lighting a candle on his teacake!
As you can see they provided us with bike racks which were then covered by CCTV which was visible whilst we enjoyed a cappuccino.
If any Fusion members visit new cafe`s or have ideas on new locations then please make them known
On Sunday 17th December it was the annual Xmas clubrun which gave some of us the opportunity to add the spare tinsel, baubles and lights onto our winter bikes. Although the plan to meet some of the youngsters at Millers Dale was firmly "put on ice" it failed to dampen our spirits and the day ended with some fantastic tasting pies at the Blue Stoops in Dronfield. A "BIG THANKS" from us all go to Adam for organising everything for the day. If you have any pictures from the day then please send them in...
The clubrun on Sunday 30th October saw the A group visit a new cafe at the National Stone Centre in Wirksworth (Nr Cromford). Following an invite by e-mail to visit we were not left disappointed as the "Gastro Pod" has outdoor tables, ample and safe space to store bikes as well as a fantastic view.
The clubrun was a 60mile round trip taking in Youlgrave, Biggin and the climb up to Wirksworth from the Via Gelia. On the way home we decided to take in one of the toughest climbs in Derbyshire, Rowsley Bar. Average Speed for the ride was 16.5mph.
Darren, Andy, Bruce and Dan looking "fresh" after completing the coast to coast route in one day. This included riding through torrential rain which contributed to numerous punctures. 151miles in one day is a fantastic effort but include 12,000 feet of climbing and it turns into a mamouth effort. WELL DONE LADS
Sunday 9th July saw the club take our annual pilgrimage to Cleethorpes for Fish and Chips on the seafront. With a group of 11 riders setting off from the meeting point to the first cafe of the day at Gainsborough, it was clear that this could be an even faster ride than in previous years. With Barry riding home solo and Matthew & Ryan grabbing a lift it left 8 riders to enjoy Fish & Chips on the seafront and then to complete the ride with a 19.2mph average speed over 131 miles. Photo taken by a random "fisherman"
Sunday 21st May saw the A group visit Langsett Café and take in the roads used by "Le Tour" and the "Tour de Yorkshire". It also gave us chance to wear our new club kit whilst climbing a total of 1,900 meters on smooth roads. The route included the climbs of Bradfield, Wigtwizzle, Ewden Bank and Midehopestones.
BIG THANKS to Dan for organising the design, order and delivery of the new kit.
Adam was happy to provide evidence that Ewden Bank (aka deliverance) was taking its as toll on some riders
The last weekend in April saw the Tour de Yorkshire visit local roads again as every year seems to get bigger and better. The 2017 event did not disappoint and with over 1 million watching from the roadside on Sunday`s queen stage it did exactly what it was designed to do, destroy the field. After riding over to the Strines on his own in the morning to sample the final 15km loop on closed roads, Richard enjoyed watching big hitters grimacing and being minutes down on the eventual winner Serge Pauwels.
It was great to see Sky`s young pretender Tao Geoghegan-Hart leading the chasing pack and local rider Tom Stewart dropping last years winner Thomas Voeckler due to the noise and roar of the local crowd. As for Harry Tanfield well he needed a push from the Bramhall`s but don`t tell Gary Verity! ssshhhh
Trevor went to Harrogate to meet our namesake Womens team "Fusion RT" at the finish. They were unable to beat Queen Elizabeth but all looked like they enjoyed themselves in a tough 1 day race. Great team name ladies!
The B Group took advantage of some dry roads to see the breathtaking views from Longstone Edge last weekend. One of those places we take for granted being able to ride in the Peak District every weekend. Daryl paced Trevor up the climb whilst Jane looks comfortable tackling it on her own.
Photo`s courtesy from Les whilst taking "a breather"