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5th August 2017

Written by Marck Crick

Nobby & Cricky set off from Denchworth at 6am to beat the traffic as they headed off to The Isle of Purbeck, Dorest to utilise the unrelenting and breath-taking climbs of the Jurassic Coast. The two-hour drive flew by as Hinge & Bracket caught up with each other, lots to discuss due to Nobby’s recent ‘Lord Lucan’ style disappearance from the Peaky Climbers.

Parked up in Swanage at 8am the boys were soon on their bikes riding along the beach road and hitting their first testing climb up to Studland Village before pushing hard along Washpond Lane, cruel undulating B-Road which climbs 600ft in short sharpe rises all the way to Corfe Castle.

Now warmed up the boys pushed on through Church Knowle and then descended to Kimmeridge Bay in the brilliant sunshine before turning around and climbing back up to summit of the Purbecks. Tyneham Village was the next descent, a must-see experience of World War II, an entire coastal village evacuated in 1943 for allied troops to practice for D-Day and the residence never allowed to return.  

A spot of off-roading followed as the Peakies headed down to Warbarrow Bay for more stunning scenery and again turning around to take on the biggest climb from Sea level to the highest point of the ride, Lulworth Army firing ranges, which Nobby & Cricky smashed at an excellent pace.   

The new Cricky nutritional ride plan trialled at the London 100 was again proving a huge success, as he felt as fresh as a Daisey after 3000ft of climbing under his belt by 10:00am.

Speeding past Lulworth Castle, the duo soon was at the water’s edge again at the famous Lulworth Cove, getting an excellent front row table at the beach Café. Nobby topped up his sugar levels with a very large slice of moist Victoria sponge whilst Cricky went savoury with his favourite Beans-On-Toast with grated cheese.

Just as the boys mounted their steeds the heavens opened and for the next 30 minutes didn’t relent as they climbed back to the summit of the Purbecks. One last big climb stood in their way of the home turn, Kingston Hill and with an average gradient of 16% it didn’t disappoint but once nailed it was head down towards Worth Matravers and the renown Square & Compass Inn.

The rain timely stopped as the smiling cyclists demounted and sampled a couple of local ciders whilst listening to some live Folk music in the sunshine, but alcohol effecting Cricky in strange ways they decided to complete the last four miles before it became dangerous.

Superb ride with 5,300ft of climbing in a fairly short 55 miles of tarmac but endless gorgeous views of delightful Dorset, two very happy Peaky Climbers.

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