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A tale of ice, no fire.

A tale of ice, no fire.

It was high time for an off-road adventure after a January hiatus, so 5 of us went fairly local and met up at Macclesfield Forest on Saturday last – at least we did once the initial Google maps confusion was sorted. Amazingly though, with all expected riders well on time even this slight delay meant […]

I scream, you scream, we all scream f...

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream

The starting point for this months MTB away day was Trentham Gardens, Stoke-on-Trent. It was riders choice as I had two routes planned and was happy to navigate either of them. However, for two of us, Rob and myself, the starting point was Middlewich. On our way to Trentham we would meet up with Steve […]

North Mancunian Misery.

North Mancunian Misery.

It’s been a while since I’ve written an off-road blog shamefully, particularly when viewed against the journalistic volume and quality of the road oriented contributors here abouts. I’ll make an excuse that our mountain bike jaunts are best illustrated with shots of a train of colourful riders swooping down dusty trails into dramatic vistas, but […]

With the benefit of hindsight….

With the benefit of hindsight….

…on Saturday 15th October we had what was nearly a perfect club MTB ride. I’d found a route on the Internet around Rivington Pike and the attendant reservoirs, which are just outside Horwich in Lancashire that looked like it was spot on for a sensible day out. Nice distance, a reasonable amount of climbing, not too […]

Castleton Carousel.

Castleton Carousel.

‘Why is it called the Castleton Carousel?’ Nick asked me as we pushed up the fifth tasty climb of the day. My thought was it went round and round in circles, (one large, one much smaller included for a stupendous final decent back into Castleton) but as we were approching 4000ft of climbing his suggestion […]

Lift up – plummet down.

Lift up – plummet down.

On the face of it there’s not a lot to report about a day out at Antur Stiniog. You arrive, chuck your bike on a trailer, ride to the top of a hill in a minibus, tear-arse down to the bottom and repeat, (x15) until it’s time to go home. Or you are broken. Or […]

An off road weekend of ups and downs....

An off road weekend of ups and downs. And more ups.

The dates chosen for this year’s club off roader glamping weekend coincided with the ever popular Borderland Rotary Mountain Bike Challenge, so in democratic fashion I deferred my choice of the Scottish borders for the Welsh ones and last Friday evening eight of us arrived in Llangollen for the traditional MTBing triumvirate of eating too much […]

Green Jersey Gravel Rush.

Green Jersey Gravel Rush.

Four of the gang rolled out to Clitheroe yesterday to take part in what was billed as an on/off road sportive organised by a cracking little Lancastrian bike shop, The Green Jersey.  You might have cottoned onto the term ‘gravel bike’ which is a new attempt for companies to part cyclists with their cash genre of […]

Rebels without a route.

As I left the house this morning for the traditional monthly Delamere ride, I was secretly hoping that due to the weather forecast everyone else would have sacked it off and I could just ride home. The chances seemed to improve when I arrived too as the forest was officially closed, (OK mate, I’ll just […]

A trip to the Dog and Monkey.

A trip to the Dog and Monkey.

No, it’s not a pub, (though a pre-Christmas pub lunch is on the cards for the final off road ride of the year, see the calendar) but the names of the two MTB trails at Cannock Chase forest. Follow the Dog and the Monkey Trail. It’s only just over an hour away but for some […]

Return to the Howgills

Return to the Howgills

We’d postponed this ride from September so a few of our fat tyre’d brethren could join us to revisit a popular ride from some years ago. In the end there was only Eleanor who had done this route before, with Tim, Iain, Jim and myself completing the gang. The usual start time of 10am suffered […]

Video and vegetation.

The turnout on summer MTB rides can be a little low sometimes, what with only having a smaller pool of riders to begin with and holiday commitments, but it seems like most of the regulars were keen to make the most of a pleasant day and we started off with 11 riders, (three new, nice […]

9 hours ago

Enjoyed watching some great racing in the last of the series at Oulton Park tonight!

Great to see two former runners , both coming into bike racing late in their competitive years coming out top in the over 60s competition . The most consistent over 60s being awarded the Dave Astles memorial trophy !

This year the winner being Geoff Rawlinson twice British age related marathon champion beating Alan Forrester winner on 2 previous occasions of the series. Great riding gents!.
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10 hours ago

Many thanks to every who came to help, race and support the series, another successful WVCC event 😃🚴👍 ... ’Expand’’Hide’

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10 hours ago

Blummin windy race tonight, spent most of it on my drops to be as small as possible!! I only dared take a drink once and when I did I squirted so much in my mouth it came out of my nose 😤 !! It still stings...

Anyway, thanks to everyone for organising such a great series. The whole event is a credit to the club!
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2 days ago

Just seen the start sheet for this w/e 25 on J2/9. Numbers 9,10,11 - Colin Carthy, ALISTAIR Stanway, Paul Conner!! With Steve Marlow of number 62😀 ... ’Expand’’Hide’

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2 days ago

Hi folks.
The Giordana kit has left the factory now and is due in later this week. For those with money still to pay I’ve sent you a reminder on message / email.
I’ll post on here once it’s in to sort collections.
As we will also be keeping a kit stock I will find a way to keep a kit list online so you know what we have and how much it is - including any existing Bioracer and all the club socks we have too!
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Upcoming Events

Jun
20
Wed
2018
10:00 Winklies Ride Out
Winklies Ride Out
Jun 20 @ 10:00 – 14:30
A 10:00 for a 10:10 depart.. an easy, no one gets left behind run. Usually head out into the wind so we have a tail wind home.
Jun
23
Sat
2018
10:00 Training Ride
Training Ride
Jun 23 @ 10:00 – 15:00
Hatchmere X rds for a 10am sharp depart.. 10:01 we’ll be gone..
Jun
27
Wed
2018
10:00 Winklies Ride Out
Winklies Ride Out
Jun 27 @ 10:00 – 14:30
A 10:00 for a 10:10 depart.. an easy, no one gets left behind run. Usually head out into the wind so we have a tail wind home.
18:30 WVCC Club 10 TT – Guardian Cup R...
WVCC Club 10 TT – Guardian Cup R...
Jun 27 @ 18:30 – 21:00
The Guardian Cup is a season long competition based on a points system. The cup is awarded at the club dinner, and goes to the club member who has the most improved times throughout the[...]
Jun
30
Sat
2018
10:00 Training Ride
Training Ride
Jun 30 @ 10:00 – 15:00
Hatchmere X rds for a 10am sharp depart.. 10:01 we’ll be gone..

Club meeting times

Sunday runs:

09:30 - Winnington Park Rugby Football Club - see calendar for updated start times (Most runs 10:00 during the winter months)

Tuesday evening (informal - usually a small gathering!)

20:00 onwards - Winnington Park Rugby Football Club

Wednesday runs:

10:00 - Hatchmere

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