Was ready to put the Merida through its paces 🙂 Chose my fave route down to the coast via Gateshead and Newcastle through Gosforth and Seghill to Hartley and Seaton Sleuce.
Fast tail wind most of the way, had a short wait at Blyth for some energy, thanks to Mams flapjacks for that 🙂 (y)
Now head wind all the way along the coast but still managing to keep good pace, bike feeling “canny”, faster than my old BH hybrid.
Ferry over to South Shields where I stopped for some chips, at the Blue Marlin. Headed along the coast to Roker, lots about, quick coffee and back via East and Middle Herrington, Penshaw, Lumley and Fram.
Pretty good ride, slightly quicker and back felt ok, well started to niggle near end but pushed through.