Saturday Training Ride 25 February

I have a heavy week this coming week and so opted to not go on the hilly Saturday ride and headed straight for Hatchmere instead. From what I heard there were no takers at the club for the hilly ride anyway today. Llanberis must be in the air as by the time we set off, at least 20 riders had assembled at the cross roads plus we picked up Matt Ellis in Ashton. It was a pretty warm day but with rain threatening the whole time. We were riding in to a brisk headwind but dealing with this was not too difficult as we were doing 5 to 10 minute turns on the front. With so many people you only needed to be on the front every couple of hours if you wanted so the living was easy. Although it wasn’t summertime. As it is still not summertime it is perhaps worth pointing out the lack of adequate flappage visible on certain bikes. This leads to occasional scrabbling for the ‘best’ wheel to follow. Best in this case being the one that leaves you cleanest.

The ride kept together nicely and at a decent pace on the Bangor on Dee loop. At some point Matt Nowell peeled off having just wanted to stretch his legs for tomorrow’s race. When we got back to Holt, Steve and Paddy and 1 other (?) called it a day and went to Cleopatra’s. The rest of us were organised by Alan into a little through and off formation. This worked well for some miles although a few riders haven’t got the knack of easing off as they come through to the front which means the pace inevitably picks up. I would heartily recommend people watch and learn from more experienced riders, Alan being a fantastic example, he rides smoothly, always in the right place, is aware of the wind direction, I could go on. Anyway, watch and learn, it makes life so much easier.

Along the river a few took a direct route down the main road to 2 Mills. The headwind here, as is often the case, was pretty hard and there was a split in the group. Phil (bike, clothes and skin fixed from last week) jumped off the front, Chris G went over to him and I then pulled a few riders over to make a small group of a half a dozen or so. We worked well together all along the river, fighting in to the gale.

There was a re-grouping at Deeside and we wended our way to the always excellent Eureka .

Assorted delicious stomach filling comestibles consumed we set off although not before Sean (?) did a swift repair to his rear mudguard. The homeward journey was mostly wind assisted and Cheshire Oaks and the winding lanes to Mickle Trafford were swiftly despatched with a little bit of re-grouping at junctions. A puncture (not me this time thankfully) coming out of Mickle Trafford broke our rhythm for 10 minutes but we soon found it again with the wind helping a good deal. Things as usual got quiet on the run up to the forest with people variously planning strategies, praying and voicing reasons why they wouldn’t be fighting it out today (e.g. ‘My wife says i shouldn’t get a sweat on..’). As it was, Sean  put in a little dig on the Delamere Ventoux, Alan and I went with him and we got a gap. We let Sean drag us all through the forest until nearing the sign where we decided on the gentlemanly thing a la Hinault and Lemond on Alpe d’Huez in ’86 and crossed the line as one.

By this point various people had gone their own way home and we were a much depleted group returning to Northwich. Saying goodbye to the final few at the lights by the Grange i elected to put some extra miles in so did a little loop out towards Lower Whitley before returning home to a welcome pint of milk and a Mars bar. 103 miles covered. A satisfied glow. A great day out, thank you everyone.

We are proud to announce that WVCC will be the organising club of the 2018 J-B @TLI_Cycling national RR Championship , to be held at Siddington on 12th August 2018

Tom Simpson " A bird on the wire " by Andy McGrath.

An excellent insight into pro racing in the 60s . Full of anecdotes not all complimentary, and great photos of Simpson in a bye gone era.

Whether you love him for his humour , sheer aggressive and impulsive racing style, his Britishness in marketing himself in order to gain publicity for his sponsors and money for himself or his class and incredible guts .

OR

hate him for being a drugs cheat in the days when doping controls were in their infancy , bringing the sport into disrepute on a massive scale with his death on that fateful day , 13th stage , 13/07/67 when he collapsed and died on Mont Ventoux .

There is no denying he was a trail blazer along with a handful of others who ventured to the continent about 60 years ago in search of glory .To my generation they were our source of inspiration and our guiding lights.

It was thanks to those pioneers that have ultimately led to British riders in a British team , winning the Tour de France on 4 out of the last 5 years .

Something that Simpson died trying to achieve !

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A very warm welcome to new member Kathy Williams, wife of our very own Jim Williams. Kathy will be undertaking the important role of Welfare officer for new members below the age of 16. 👍😁 ... ’Expand’’Hide’

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Feb
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Sat
2018
10:00 Off road away day – Macc Forest ...
Off road away day – Macc Forest ...
Feb 24 @ 10:00
Likely start point is Teggs Nose car park, but I’ll put final details on here and/or facebook nearer the time.
10:00 Training Ride
Training Ride
Feb 24 @ 10:00 – 15:00
Hatchmere X rds for a 10am sharp depart.. 10:01 we’ll be gone..
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2018
20:00 Track Night – Manchester Velodro...
Track Night – Manchester Velodro...
Mar 1 @ 20:00 – 22:00
Track cycling. The perfect opportunity to get some excellent training and experience with the club. We have a British Cycling coach that will train you and give you probably the best 2 hour workout you’ve[...]
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2018
10:00 Training Ride
Training Ride
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Hatchmere X rds for a 10am sharp depart.. 10:01 we’ll be gone..

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

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20:00 onwards - Winnington Park Rugby Football Club

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10:00 - Hatchmere

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