I chose what I thought was the easier of 2 alternatives. This was the one with a longer approach to the main climbs to ease the warmup of my legs.
On hindsight I may have been better to go on the other route and just add a bit of level road before the main climb.
I was out for nearly 4 hours, riding for 3 hours 15 mins total miles 24.5. The climb up to Brimham Rocks is about 7.5 miles and to a height of 268 metres from about 102 metres.
My total height gain was 696 metres with all the ups and downs.
It took me I think 75 mins to get up to the 268 level, had a bit to eat, energy bar plus a gel before moving on.
At one stage on the climbs I was only travelling at 3.5 mph in the lowest gears available. At that speed you can quite easily fall over as its difficult to hold your balance. For some reason I had to go up a gear to hold my balance, donít know why it just did !
It was very hard during the climbs as there was a headwind of about 15 mph. I also found that my rear disc brake has a slight drag on the disc I assume with uneven wear.
Must replace my rear tyre before Wooler trip.
I also,lost a bolt out of my rear view mirror which was distracting having to keep adjusting the mirror New required.
I also found that the cleats bolted to my shoes need replacing as worn sufficient to prevent secure locking in to the pedals.
By the time I got to Ripley Castle (17 miles) I was well worn. I had a 15 mins halt, then headed home and decided to take in a pure off road 1/2 mile section, by was it gooey but I was able to stay in the saddle for all but 10 yards where the hedge caught my bars.
Iím glad to have done the ride. No problems at all other than needing increased fitness which I knew before I started.
Will try to ride again on Wednesday day and then at the weekend try to other route climbs.