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.

Ok, so start sheets just about finalised prior to next weeks Round 1! Look forward to seeing you all next week #bringthesunshine

This might sound like a daft question but the 10 TT on 3 May is for setting your handicap. Don't all riders who participated last year already have a handicap time? I understand that we all should turn up because otherwise there would only be a few newcomers who haven't already got a time. Also, we may be quicker now than we were last year. Just asking. ... ’Expand’’Hide’

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Can anyone shed any light on this,, ? I did a Zwift race tonight, started off ok in a bunch , then found myself alone for the entire race, crossed the line, but It didn't seem to end so I just warmed down a bit and ended my ride,,, ended up with a dnf, my ftp was 254 and power was 3.1 w/kg should have seen me reasonably well placed, I'm a bit baffled! ... ’Expand’’Hide’

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Heads up for tomorrow night, road closed at the bottom of Northwich road, says until tomorrow but we will need to check. ... ’Expand’’Hide’

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One of the 'must ride' races in the 2017 Cyclocross calendar takes place at Blists Hill Victorian Town in Shropshire on Saturday 8th July.

THE QUEEN VICTORIA CYCLOCROSS RACE is a truly unique off-road cycling event; sponsored by LUDGATE FINANCE and broadcast on SKY TV/VIRGIN Bike Channel it attracts over 300 riders from across the UK all competing over a course like no other.

With officials dressed in Victorian costumes and spectators enjoying traditional Victorian entertainment including barrel organs, steam engines and a funfair you would be forgiven for thinking this is all just an excuse for some summer fun – and for the spectators enjoying a real ale or two from the authentic Victorian pub it undoubtedly is.

But for the riders – this is serious stuff. It isn’t badged “Britain’s craziest bike race” for nothing. Entries are now open and the organisers are encouraging anyone to come and have a go, from novice riders to experienced cyclocross riders. Entrants can use either mountain bikes or cyclocross bikes, but prepare for a challenge! This is a tough off-road cycle race, for adult and junior competitors alike.

Each race takes in several laps of a gruelling circuit featuring pavements and cobbled streets, wooded trails, steep hills (including the ascent of the Hay Incline Plane) with riders having to carry their bike over several parts of the course. The event will also feature the Telford Balance Bike Championship.

Promoter Nick Jeggo said “We are delighted that once again we are receiving generous sponsorship from Ludgate Business Finance. The event has become one of the favourites on the Cyclocross calendar with people travelling from all over the country to take part. The event has grown year on year and we’re looking forward to an evening of family fun combined with top class cycling action”

Steve Grice Director of Ludgate Finance, himself a keen cyclist with Newport Shropshire Cycling Club said “ This is a great fun event, and we are very happy to be headline sponsor again, meaning it can be televised so more people can enjoy it. It’s a real have-a-go race for all comers”

Taking place at this World Heritage Site located in Shropshire’s beautiful Ironbridge Gorge there is much to enjoy for spectators and riders alike and with the town’s Victorian pub, traditional chip shop and café all open to provide refreshments a great family atmosphere is ensured.

Competitor Entry: cyclotours.co.uk/qvcx/race-entry/
Gates open 17:15, first race 18:00
Spectator Entrance fee: £4 (Children under 16 free - must be accompanied by an adult) for further information visit www.queenviccx.co.uk
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Upcoming Events

Apr
26
Wed
2017
18:30 WVCC Club 10 TT – Gents 2-up
WVCC Club 10 TT – Gents 2-up
Apr 26 @ 18:30 – 21:00
  WVCC Club 10s 2017 – Gents 2-up A war up for this year’s TTs! For new riders, just come along and have a go. It’s all about you and the clock, and measuring your[...]
Apr
30
Sun
2017
09:00 Ron Sant 106km Audax
Ron Sant 106km Audax
Apr 30 @ 09:00 – 16:04
Ron Sant 106km Audax @ Winnington Park Rugby Club | Hartford | United Kingdom
106km cycling event starting from Winnington Park Rugby Club, CW8 3AA. Controls at Eureka, plus 4 information controls. After an early climb over Mersey View this is a predominantly flat ride through Cheshire lanes. Passing[...]
May
3
Wed
2017
18:30 WVCC Club 10 TT – Practice 10
WVCC Club 10 TT – Practice 10
May 3 @ 18:30 – 21:00
Practice 10 – a place to set your handicap for this year’s Guardian Cup The Guardian Cup is a season long competition based on a points system. The cup is awarded at the club dinner,[...]
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6
Sat
2017
10:00 MTB Dairi-Pak Borderlands Challe...
MTB Dairi-Pak Borderlands Challe...
May 6 @ 10:00
22 miles, charity event. Entry and details here. We usually try and start off in a pro-looking group, (but it never finishes like that!) at close to 10am.
May
9
Tue
2017
19:30 Committee meeting
Committee meeting
May 9 @ 19:30 – 21:00
Longer run, at a steady pace.

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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