The challenge to find the Rickshaw, err, challenge.

Al had a good idea. As this year’s Children In Need Rickshaw Challenge was to pass within a hair’s breadth of us (well as near as Chelford anyway), Al thought it would be good and indeed different for us to ride down to see if we could cheer on the challenge, which was to ride from Cannock to Salford today. This was day 4 of a 9 day, 500 mile ride – pedalling a Rickshaw!

We weren’t sure of the schedule, so armed with every technological aid (well, a smartphone with a live tracker from the website), Al would check periodically as we rode out, to see where the intrepid pedallers were.

And so we set off, a reasonably sized group, accompanied by new rider Pete, joining us for his first outing into the chilly but sunny November morning.

Terry exercised his many years of experience near Davenham, as a sizeable leaf blew into his face, blocking most of his vision. He as going uphill so didn’t take his hands of the bars. He merely ignored the alien face hugger and gracefuly came to a stop before removing the offending local flora. ‘I could just about see around either side of the leaf’ he said casually. Skills.

Jim also had his rear light with inbuilt video camera, recording merrily away. None of us made faces, or gesticulated inappropriately during the ride of course when cycling behind Jim.

It was clear from the progress of the Challengers today that it would not be a fast day for them. Travelling north into a chilly headwind is tough enough for anyone, not least these guys. Chapeau.

We therefore cycled on, and decided that the cafe stop must come first, with a hunt later on after we had feasted.

We mused about a visit to a previous haunt at Old Hall Farm in Alsager, but as din-dins was beckoning, we stopped at Astbury Garden Centre instead.

A feast it was, with may cakes on offer, I though Al may have had a heart attack. Not to be though, as despite the veritable cornucopia of cakey confectionary, Al quickly focussed (as can be seen by the fact that Al made everything else go slightly out of focus) on Cherry Pie and custard. We were sold.

A veritable…. well, you get it.

You’ve just put on 2 lbs looking at this photograph. Look away.

Sold. Al covets Chef’s Hot Dessert.

Whilst waiting, Jim also asked us how his father Christmas beard was getting on, along with his Father Christmas suit, that he was wearing under his club kit, as can be seen.

What would you like for Christmas young man?

Interlude (totally irrelevant, as this blog seems to be at the moment):

After the meal, Em decided to show off the first in her winter collection of socks. See below:

Fine socks. I think.

Contextually, this is due to previous images taken, yet not published of more summery sock delight, worn by our two red haired models, Emily and Elaine, back in September.

From the summer collection.

Sported by Jim back in the summer, from the Grandad collection.

Back to the story:

So, we togged up and left, heading south to a point that looked like more of a reasonable place to be able to spot the intrepid crew from the challenge.

We parked up by a pub, and waited to see those that we came to support.

Weaver Valley waits, as outriders appear.

Out of the sun, Matt Baker and eighteen year old Sabah, smiling at the waving, and photographing supporters from WVCC.

Sabah is eighteen years old and was diagnosed with cancer when she was just a baby. She had both kidneys and part of her lungs removed at one point, with just a 13% chance of survival. Sadly, in 2013 her kidney suffered damage and she needs to undergo dialysis as she waits for a donor. She is supported by Same But Different, another project funded by BBC's Children In Need.

Out of the glare, and with a big wave from Sabah, they were on their way.

A fantastic ride, and a worthy cause, that I’d encourage those in the club to support. This can be done easily by clicking this link BBC Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge and clicking the Donate link at the top of the page. Here you can donate as much or as little as you want, and if you are a UK taxpayer, claim Gift Aid with your donation, giving more to the charity.

Following the fun, we turned and headed for home through familiar lanes in the autumn sun, unfortunately accompanied by a cold northerly headwind!

A great day out again on the bike, and great to be there to support the Rickshaw Challenge.


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

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Just done a 1st proper run out in the converted TT bike. Most if the setup is OK but 2 things noticed.
1 - A real pull in the left shoulder making it very uncomfortable. Right shoulder fine. Do I widen the pad position on both pads or just the left one (making it less symmetrical)?
2 - Hamstrings are pulling when pedalling. Seat height comparable with Normal road position (No hamstring pain). Is this because it is a strange position I am not used to or saddle height?
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Welcome to new member Steve Haskew, we obviously did a good job convincing you to join us earlier this week 😜. Hope to see you soon 👍🚴😃 ... ’Expand’’Hide’

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Reminder, this weeks long ride is now to the Ponderosa. It’ll be around 85 miles with a big climb in the middle 😳. The club website still says Prees.

Short ride still to Red House Farm, Dunham.
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NOW SOLD - Track bike for sale

I bought this bike 18 months ago off the Fearon’s when I first dipped my toe into track cycling. I didnt want to spend too much at the time in case I didnt get on with it, as you all know, I do get on with it, so its time to upgrade 👍🚴😃

8.5 kg total
Lightweight frame perfect for beginners and experienced riders. Very good condition. Mostly used indoors on velodrome.
Similar to Dolan Precursor aluminium track frame (no transfers). Alpina carbon fiber forks with drill out for front break. Chrome token chainset, stem and bars. Ambrosio alloy wheels with veloflex tyres. Selle italia saddle(very small scuff). KMC hollow pin, hollow link chain. No pedals.

I am 179cm (5’10.5”) tall, so perfect for someone around the same height give or take a bit.

If you are a regular at the WVCC track night, you will be paying about £19 a time to hire a bike and shoes, so you will soon recover your money. You may also decide to get your accreditation and ride SQT’s, in which case its a no brainer.

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Feb 24 @ 10:00
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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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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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Training Ride
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Club meeting times

Sunday runs:

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