Super Snowy Loggerheads

With a looming Llanberis I fully expected a huge and heaving contingent this morning, dozens of excited and eager racing snakes looking to pile in some hilly miles, cyclists chomping at the bars to get some last minute distance in. Five. That was it, 5 poor unfortunate souls shivering in the porch of the rugby club. Including me. That a little bit of rain and sub-zero temperatures should keep so many away was surprising, OK so I couldn’t feel my fingers by the time I got to the club but do you really need all of those fingers anyway? Frostbitten fingers means less weight to carry, ideal for the hills.

Anyway Alan, Alex, Anthony, Colin and Me were foolhardy enough to venture out this morning. Alan said straight away that he was going immediately home, probably to laugh hysterically at the thought crazy people while cupping a nice hot brew.

As the wind was coming from that direction, Alex, Anthony, Colin and Me agreed we would head in the general direction of Holt and see how we got on, at least that would mean a tail-wind home. Out through Weaverham I advanced the idea to the others that, as we were wet and cold anyway we may as well make the most of it and get some miles in so why not head out to Loggerheads? My suggestion was met with tepid enthusiasm but amazingly all agreed.

Out through the forest and the rain was being particularly wet and just to add to the excitement, it was just above freezing. At the other end of the forest Colin posited that it would be far more sensible to draw an instant line under this madness and get home forthwith. Unfortunately Alex was drawn in to this folly so they both turned off in search of somewhere warm and dry.

Just Anthony and Me then. I asked him what he thought of the Loggerheads idea and he said he’d be game to get to Chester at least and see how he felt. Chester was very quickly reached, the rain easing a little and the headwind not too strong. Going through the city i asked if he was still up for it and, to my surprise he answered in the affirmative.

We swiftly got through the Kinnertons and on to the meandering road to the base of the Treuddyn climb. It was on this road that we saw the first of many cars that looked like they  had had a dump truck of snow poured on them. ‘Promising this’, I thought. Onto and up the Treuddyn climb and the snow had started, the higher we went the harder it got and along with the temperature dropping to well below zero it was a real slog. Cycling is so much fun in a blizzard at minus 10!

At the top of the climb we stopped for a breather and a quick picture before the winding descent to Loggerheads which was really slushy and pretty sketchy in places but at least the view in the distance was great with snowy hills all around. A few hundred yards before the cafe and the road had been closed (I have just found out that sadly there had been a fatality on the road there earlier in the day). The police let us through and we rode on the pavement to the cafe.

The cafe was quite busy which was a surprise as i thought we would be able to take our pick of table. The usual was ordered and we sat down next to a radiator which bizarrely was not turned on. Food was served quickly which was good as by the time we had eaten I was shivering quite badly. I went in to the loo and dried my hat and warmed my gloves with the hand dryer. Anthony had gone the sensible route and brought spare gloves. Getting back out and Anthony was not up for extra miles around the lanes of Cilcain so we took the main road home and thoughtfully on the other side of the Rainbow the snow had turned back to heavy rain.

The rain eased again through Kinnerton and I suggested that, instead of returning directly we go home via the Dee and past the Mills but without stopping there. This was agreed to so that’s what we did. By the time we got to Capenhurst the rain had ceased and it was a positively summery 2 degrees, so warm in fact that we stopped so I could take my cape off. Cheshire Oaks, Mickle Trafford ticked off and we got as far as the forest before the rain started again, quickly getting fully wet. We stopped, cape on.

I said goodbye to Anthony just before Northwich and I plodded along in the quickening gloom, putting in just a few extra miles to get home with exactly 100 covered.

A super tough day today, Anthony is really strong and great company, we chatted all day about every subject under the sun (or snow and rain).

See you all soon!

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,[...]
May
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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