This week's Trail Tuesday was slightly different and a lot less trail-y. Myself, Rob and Eddie decided to hit up the annual Ride The Lights in Blackpool. The idea behind the event is to close off the main road down the promenade to cars so cyclists can ride the length of the Blackpool Illuminations, we didn’t really know what to expect but knew we’d have fun no matter what.
We met at Morrisons in Blackpool at about 7pm, pieced our bikes together and set off to the start of the Illuminations. Myself and Rob were on our mountain bikes, Rob on his Specialised Demo 8 and me on my Whyte G-150, Eddie on the other hand was on his Pinarello single-speed road bike.
We hadn’t anticipated just how many people would be out that night but it didn’t phase us, we took the ride at our own pace and made our first stop under the South Pier for a snack and a drink.
After our break we started to lose the natural light so I grabbed as many pictures as I could before we completely lost it. As we headed towards the tower we manly stuck to the tram lines to avoid the main crowd and having to weave in and out of other people. Our next stop was outside the tower, we stopped here to get some pictures for Instagram and to see what was going on as there was a stage set up and music playing.
From the tower we headed further on but on a slightly different path, we diverted down the coastal path away from the main road and accidentally ended up in at the far side of Bispam. We promptly turned round and headed back along the road to the illuminations, by this time is was about 9pm and the promenade road was only closed till 10pm to we set off at a rather fast pace. It took us probably 5/10 minutes to get back to the road closure, we carried on our pace most of the way back to were we started.
As we made our way back to the tower myself and Eddie were side by side when a roadie came barreling up behind us, we moved out of his way but didn’t expect Rob to be tyre to tyre with him imitating him as they passed. We picked up our pace to catch up but rob gave up the chase shortly after. We sailed past the tower without stopping but did have another snack stop under the South Pier.
After our second snack stop we slowed our pace and had some fun on our way back to the cars. We found some baks that made nice take offs and had a few runs each at them and had a go at some Urban Downhill on a stair set as we passed the Pleasure Beach. By the time we got to the end of the road closure they were just starting to open it up to cars again. We didn’t really hang around and made haste back to the cars where we packed away and parted ways.
Ride The Lights was a welcome break from the usual mud and sweat that comes with Trail Tuesday and all 3 of us said we’d do it again. I highly recommend taking part next year, it an easy ride and extremely enjoyable. You don’t have to be an avid cyclist, or have the fanciest bike, you can take part no matter your age or skill level. Did I mention it is FREE? All you need is a bike and some lights to take part!
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