Wrinklies Christmas Dinner 2017

There was some doubt as to whether weather conditions would improve today, but early in the morning there had been a convenient thaw, with the promise of filthy roads and rain.

We’re on then. Up early, I festooned my bike with Christmas lights, and used bottle holder number 1 for a nice Malbec.

A nice Malbec, earlier today.

After leaving the house far too early, I turned up at about 09:40 at Delamere, and waited patiently for other riders to arrive or hypothermia, whichever came first.

Riders turned up in dribs and drabs and formed an orderly queue, noting fewer riders than were due to eat Christmas dinner today. Clearly put off by the weather of the last few days.

The boss, with borrowed tinsel (you’d have to ask him).

An orderly cue of hungry riders.

On our way at around 10:18, we shot through the forest until we met a lovely tractor, resplendent with a hedge trimming attachment, covering the road in a festive carpet of sharp trimmings. Needless (or needles?) to say, at the end of Delamere Road, the shout of ‘puncture’ went up, and we all had a rest. Some cycle decorations were noted to look a little dubious in respect of their placement, but we were assured that this was merely an incentive for the rider in front to keep up the pace.

An incentive.

Lovely cold winter rain started to fall the other side of Tarvin, and after another brief ‘chat’ break, it was decided that it would be a direct route there.

Arriving, we filled one of three tables set out for us in our exclusive roped off area, but gradually, those with and without excuses started to arrive.

All excuses not to brave the elements today were dismissed, some were feasible, other were not (‘I don’t ride bikes with mudguards’? – You know who you are). The best excuse if the day though, came from Syd, who having the aforethought and premonition that today’s weather wouldn’t be to his liking, chose to have a replacement hip two weeks ago, just to get out of a ride. Very inventive.

Tw0 poor excuses.

..and a very good excuse, focusing not on the bionic man, but on his comfy ‘king’s’ chair.

..and Andy, who wore this shirt for a bet, allegedly. You win.

Dinner was speedily served, and we were well looked after by Mel and the team, as we always are, with plenty of food and wine to boot (so much for lugging that extra kilo out today).

Not standing on ceremony, everyone piled in.

All tucking in.

Al finished his first by the looks of it.

..and Malcolm didn’t look as though he wanted his photograph taken.

‘Who’s nicked me other mince pies?’ Thinks Al. I think we can see the culprit, challenging the title…

A fantastic dinner, topped of by quite a good ride home, with not much in the way of rain at all, and a few rays of sunshine thrown in.

Thanks to Terry, and the Mel and the team at the Ice Cream Farm (plug: The Ice Cream Farm).

Steve Fidler wins cat M, Kris Zentek cat A, chris Quin Cat B @TLI_Cycling

Upcoming Events

Oct
20
Sat
2018
10:00 Training Ride
Training Ride
Oct 20 @ 10:00 – 15:00
Hatchmere X rds for a 10am sharp depart.. 10:01 we’ll be gone..
Oct
21
Sun
2018
all-day Cudd Cross, Blakemere Village
Cudd Cross, Blakemere Village
Oct 21 all-day
A local CX race that’s not ours! Part of the NWCCA league, details on their website or here. Various races at different times.
Oct
24
Wed
2018
10:00 Winklies Ride Out
Winklies Ride Out
Oct 24 @ 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.
Oct
27
Sat
2018
10:00 Off road away day, Rivington Pike
Off road away day, Rivington Pike
Oct 27 @ 10:00
Starting from Rivington Ln, Rivington, Bolton BL6 7RZ. 18 miles, not hugely technical.
10:00 Training Ride
Training Ride
Oct 27 @ 10:00 – 15:00
Hatchmere X rds for a 10am sharp depart.. 10:01 we’ll be gone..
Oct
31
Wed
2018
10:00 Winklies Ride Out
Winklies Ride Out
Oct 31 @ 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.

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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