Ten riders out today for this years annual 100 km Challenge Ride.
It's a good introduction to our longer rides, as the pace isn't too fast. Today we also welcomed two new riders.
Leaving Whalley bus station, via Old Langho and Ribchester for our first coffee stop in Longridge, we could tell it was going to be another hot day.
Onwards through Broughton, Inskip and Elswick, we took a brief stop by Cartford Toll Bridge at Great Eccleston for some group photos. We then turned north to Stakepool before heading back west to Presall and finally our well deserved lunch in Knott End.
After lunch we followed the coastal path to Pilling, enjoying perfectly clear views across Morecambe bay and the distant Lake District, before heading back via Nateby to an overcrowded Garstang, where we had to fight our way through the milling crowds visiting the Ice Cream festival.
Once back in the open country side, we made good progress to Inglewhite where the Green Man was waiting with drinks and ice creams for our final stop of the day.
After that we returned directly via Longridge and Ribchester where we clocked out target 100km by the river Ribble, before the last couple of miles back to Whalley and home.
Congratulations to all those that entered and completed the challenge.