A ride through Sandstone country to Erbistock


Carl, Kevin, Richard, John, Chris and Kevan enjoying spring sunshine at Erbstock..

A good turn out at Hartford – the shorter group set off for a circuitous ride to the ice cream farm whilst I joined the longer group, setting off to Bangor on Dee and led by Richard Munro. There were nine of us, some of whom were dressed for a cold winter’s day. As we rode through Whitegate the mist cleared and the sun shone, and by the time we got to the top of Harthill on the Peckforton ridge we had some very hot riders! This was spring cycling at its best, past a succession of chocolate-box villages and old sandstone churches, with hedges greening up, trees in blossom, lots of daffodils and even primroses along the verges. Graham, Dave Astles and John Green turned off for Holt and the rest of us continued on to Bangor, at which point Chris came up with the idea of extending the ride to Erbistock – a pretty hamlet next to the River Dee – pretty enough to make the price of the posh (but minimalist) “open sandwiches” tolerable!

Kevan rode most of the return ride on the front, with Carl, Chris and John nipping out of the slipstream to up the ante and race up every rise/hill, so the pace inevitably picked up. We didn’t hang about – and also didn’t stop once between the cafe and home which must be some sort of record – no mechanicals, no red lights, and no calls of nature – and I found myself riding up hills in my big ring, which made me feel like a proper cyclist!
Thanks Richard for a great ride, and thanks John for the welcome push just as we approached Whitegate – you obviously spotted that my legs had finally given up!
Eleanor.

Club runs are back in the calendar for our members and new riders who are looking to join.

Upcoming Events

May
18
Wed
2022
18:30 Club 10 series
Club 10 series
May 18 @ 18:30 – 20:00
Club 10’s , the Guardian and Scratch Cup Series For new club riders, just come along and have a go. It’s all about you and the clock, and measuring your own performance. It’s therefore open[...]
May
21
Sat
2022
09:00 Training Rides 1 & 2
Training Rides 1 & 2
May 21 @ 09:00 – 13:30
Saturday Training Rides RIDES STARTING AT 09:00 & 09:01 FROM THIS SATURDAY (12th March) Ride 1 – off at 09:00 from Hatchmere . Distance around 80 miles – pace 18mph ish Ride 2 – off[...]
May
25
Wed
2022
18:30 Club 10 series
Club 10 series
May 25 @ 18:30 – 20:00
Club 10’s , the Guardian and Scratch Cup Series For new club riders, just come along and have a go. It’s all about you and the clock, and measuring your own performance. It’s therefore open[...]
May
28
Sat
2022
09:00 Training Rides 1 & 2
Training Rides 1 & 2
May 28 @ 09:00 – 13:30
Saturday Training Rides RIDES STARTING AT 09:00 & 09:01 FROM THIS SATURDAY (12th March) Ride 1 – off at 09:00 from Hatchmere . Distance around 80 miles – pace 18mph ish Ride 2 – off[...]

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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