With near freezing temperatures and the threat of snow, only 23 riders tackled the 63-mile route in the latest of the Witham Wheelers’ series of reliability rides on Sunday.
However the conditions remained dry and the hilly route, taking in Melton Mowbray, Tilton on the Hill and Oakham, ensured that everyone kept warm with the climbs coming at regular intervals throughout.
The riders set off in two groups that kept together until around half distance when the stronger riders from each group went ahead on the climbs around Tilton. Crispin Bridges-Webb completed the second half of the course on his own after losing contact on the earlier climbs.
This Sunday’s ride is a 100km route through the Vale of Belvoir to Long Clawson, before heading east to Little Bytham and back via Ingoldsby. First group leaves at 8.30am from Grantham Cricket Club in Gorse Lane, with a shorter ride available for the less ambitious leaving at around 9am.