About 40 riders turned out for the 15mph/45mile social club run ahead of the Christmas party. As a VC167 member who mainly rides alone, I really enjoyed riding with so many others wearing the club kit! I had an hour’s hard riding, south from Durham, into a headwind, to get to Newton Aycliffe and meet up with the club. From there we rode in a loop west to Staindrop, over the Tees at Whorlton, back through Aldbrough St John and into Newton Aycliffe.
There must have been more than 50 of us who met up for a Christmas Buffet at the Cobblers Hall public house in Newton Aycliffe. £12.50 for a fantastic buffet and real-ale! We had an award ceremony for Gordon Panicca who’d scored over 100 points in the 2015 audax season. It was nice to see Graham Wanless recovering from his broken leg too. Some of the VC167 riders were squeezing a 200km audacious cycling event into the ride/lunch day out.