20/21 April. The Real Little Big One

Well with Derek doing the light weight route check the week before [sociable start and finish times] it was left to Dennis Hornby, Syd Rimmer and me to do the real thing..
We [and another 35 nutcases] gathered in the municipal car park in Poynton for a 2300hrs start !
An almost still night beckoned and it was going to be cold.
1st controversy happened at the start as we rolled out …on the back of a really large group..Syd asked whether we should stay with them for a bit.. ‘Wheres Dennis’ ? says I.. ‘oh he’ll be with the other trikies’ [there were 3 in all]
As we moved up towards the front as we went thru Adlington, we realised that although Dennis was behind, the other 2 ‘barrow boys’ were in the group we were in..DOH.!..
Oh it was too late.. we’d wait at the 1st control, the all night McD’s at Whitchurch.
and so it was,Chelford, Goostrey,Nantwich passed to reach Whitchurch with 75KM covered @ 26km/hr.. Dennis came in only about 10 mins after us and appeared no worse for wear for his solo efforts.
The night progressed without incident, we caught a few riders as we headed south and the temperature had really started to tumble as we ventured into the early hours..
Down thru Wem to the oddly named but very welcome ‘Dinkies diner’ at Ford for the next control, tea and toast consumed, we moved into the early morning. Day was breaking and the sky was lightening up [albeit behind us] and we noted a covering of ground frost on the fields. Oh , have I said it was cold?
Newtown McD’s for 6am via Montgomerry and a Breakfast wrap and a warming cup of tea..my feet were like ice blocks. some early morning revellers from the night before brightened up proceedings, it’s stange the people you see in overnight services [I’m sure that they thought the same when they saw a gaggle of lycra clad cyclists]
A straight retrace to ‘Dinkies’ saw us arrive at Ford for 9am.. I have to say it’s a bit disconcerting when the AUK in front of us ordered Sausage, egg, chips and beans …for Breakfast.. [constitution of an Ox that man].
it was warming up and I took the opportunity to bare my legs for the 1st time this year when I removed my legwarmers.
We were now on section 5 of 6, the longest stretch of 67km, but the rising wind was generally favourable, my GPS packed in on this leg and we took a wrong turn at Burley Dam, but only added about 2km to our route before we were back on track.
A stop at the Priest House at Audlam was contemplated but resisted as we headed on to Radway Green.
Now, at Radway, Dennis and I plumped for soup and a roll, while Syd had the crumbliest piece of carrot cake ever, he put his fork into it and it just ‘exploded’ it was great and lightened the tired mood.
While we were in the cafe, the promised rain arrived, but it wasn’t heavy and it wasn’t cold.
Now we have all heard of Henman Hill at Wimledon, well the organiser, Pete Hammond now has a hill named after him as well.. Hammond Hill. [also known as the climb from Redesmere] is hard enough as it is, but try it having done 290km [that man is a sadist I’m sure]
Over the climb, into Mottram and back to Poynton, 312km covered in16hrs and 15 mins including stops.. not bad..

on our way home the rain really came down..I’m so glad I was in Syd’s car.

Helping set course today for @WeaverValleyCC for @nwcca race tomorrow. I hope the wind dies down! πŸŒͺ pic.twitter.com/c06JEpWqY1

Upcoming Events

10:00 Wrinklies Ride Out
Wrinklies Ride Out
Jun 26 @ 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.
18:30 WVCC Club 10 TT – Guardian Cup R...
WVCC Club 10 TT – Guardian Cup R...
Jun 26 @ 18:30 – 21:00
The Guardian Cup is a season long competition based on a points system. The cup is awarded at the club dinner, and goes to the club member who has the most improved times throughout the[...]
09:00 Alternative Training Ride
Alternative Training Ride
Jun 29 @ 09:00 – 12:00
Early Saturday ride – Steadier alternative to the training run. Starting 09:00 Saturday- Meet at Hatchmere with a cafe stop at Cleopatras. Distance about 45 miles and back for 12:00. Averaging 18mph ish
10:00 Training Ride
Training Ride
Jun 29 @ 10:00 – 15:00
Hatchmere X rds for a 10am sharp depart.. 10:01 we’ll be gone..
10:00 Wrinklies Ride Out
Wrinklies Ride Out
Jul 3 @ 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.
18:30 WVCC Club 10 TT – Championship 10
WVCC Club 10 TT – Championship 10
Jul 3 @ 18:30 – 21:00
Championship 10 This is it. You’ve been working all year to get that critical time. Go for it tonight and see if you’ve got what it takes to take Gold, Silver, Bronze, or get that[...]
14:00 WVCC Open 25 Mile Time Trial
WVCC Open 25 Mile Time Trial
Jul 6 @ 14:00 – 18:00
Volunteers will be required for this event. Please try and support your club. Contact Chris Gilbertson to volunteer for a duty on the day. Thanks. chris_gilbertson@talk21.com

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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