Don’t let the name of this ride put you off. It’s called the Madness for purely historical reasons. I believe this course was once habitually ridden on a Wednesday afternoon after work so the pace was frenetic in order to get home before it got too dark. I wouldn’t know for sure – I was never invited along. In any case, the important thing to remember is that the Madness is not a ride; the Madness is a state of mind.
It’s also the course favoured by many ERC riders when they head to the hills on a Saturday or Sunday morning. It’s easily accessible by following the Midland train line and has plenty of climbing but doesn’t start with one long climb as many other hills rides do.
One of the easiest ways of getting to the hills…
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