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  • Eleanor
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    in reply to: Oulton Park TLI Races #60049 |

    Hi Jed and everyone, just to reinforce the points made about the forum, I’ve only just spotted this thread! And then it’s taken me some time to work out how to reply.
    Jed and Alan, thanks for your kind comments. I know it sounds daft to take pride in just entering and finishing a race, when I made absolutely no impact on the race and my entire ambition was just not to get dropped….but I am indeed proud, mainly because it did take some resolve to get myself to the start line, and secondly because I was so chuffed I finished. The adrenalin kick is incredible, I just wish I could try and do better and hats off to the women riders who are more competitive, but I think at my age and given how little cycling I do, it makes sense to have realistic goals , I.e. just to finish in the bunch! Women’s road cycling is an odd thing, if you’re not an elite or a young, ambitious rider there’s not much going on, so you’ve just got to make the most of what opportunities there are, which generally involves riding with blokes, hey ho. Anyway I just want to encourage everyone in the club to consider racing, its just such good fun.

    Eleanor
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    Well twas a brilliant race this morning, with constant thwarted efforts from riders to break away, and the final successful break of four making it on the penultimate lap, with Craig Steele from Lakes RC clear at the line, and Tony Workman from Lancs RC in second. The bunch then came charging up from behind with our four WVCC riders well placed, led in by Mark Astles back in club colours, and Tony Booth, Kev Underhill (did you know he was the oldest man in the race?!) and Jim Duffy close behind, I’m not sure in what order.

    A massive thank you to everyone involved in helping today – a huge and impressive turnout from WVCC. I received lots of compliments from riders about the organisation of the event, and the fact that they felt well protected out on the road. So whatever you did to help, whether clearing thorns this morning, marshalling, helping at HQ, putting signs out, or the 101 jobs that need doing to make a race happen, THANK YOU!! I’m only too conscious that this involves everyone giving up their Sunday morning ride (on what was a beautiful Autumn morning) and it’s hugely appreciated by the riders.

    Eleanor
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    A massive thank you to everyone involved in helping today – a huge and impressive turnout from WVCC. I received lots of compliments from riders about the organisation of the event, and the fact that they felt well protected out on the road. So whatever you did to help, whether clearing thorns this morning, marshalling, helping at HQ, putting signs out, or the 101 jobs that need doing to make a race happen, THANK YOU!! I’m really conscious that this involves everyone giving up their Sunday morning ride and it’s hugely appreciated by the riders.

    Eleanor
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    Fantastic Alistair, really well done. Thanks for the report too, and to Dave for his regular posts. I always collect whatever’s there on the forum and send a summary into the Guardian on a Sunday night. They don’t have space every week, but we do pretty well in terms of coverage and they will sometimes do a retrospective roundup if they’ve missed a couple of weeks, so everyone keep the reports coming. It’s such a good way to promote the club.

    Eleanor
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    Great ride Jim. Blog on https://www.weavervalleycc.org.uk/blog-2/. looking forward to John’s report and Iain’s photos!
    Eleanor.

    Eleanor
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    in reply to: Wild Wales Challenge #47974 |

    Great photos Andy and good to see you made some nice new friends, given that we all deserted you! (Nothing like club solidarity eh!) How did you get on, we were quite worried about you, but it looks like you had time to fit in some photography at least! How on earth did that bloke get up those hills on a recumbent, did he have some easy gears?

    Eleanor
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    in reply to: Kentmere loop 25 July #47935 |

    Great video Nick, somehow it makes it look much easier and flatter than it was! Descending on rubble has never been my idea of fun, give me a nice swoopy bit of grass and bracken any day! Thanks Matthew and everyone else for a very enjoyable day out.

    Eleanor
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    Thanks Dave for an excellent forum report and thanks Jim for your also excellent FB report, both are appreciated and provide the info I need for my Guardian report. Keep them coming. Oh and well done to all our riders!

    Eleanor
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    Hi folks, if you’re interested: I’ve posted a blog on our Pedal Power ride today on https://www.weavervalleycc.org.uk/blog-2/
    Sorry no photo at the moment due to technical problems, so I’ll post it here instead.
    Well done everyone and hats off to Jules, Elaine, Ady and Graham – and others – who manned our stand and forewent (new word that) their own chance of a ride to promote the club.
    What an excellent event, with a happy inclusive community feel, promoting cycling in all its guises. Well done to Gina and Nick for making it happen. It was lovely to see members of the O’Brien family out and about – Claire would have been so chuffed to have seen what’s become of this event, from its first inception two years ago when it was just an idea, which she tentatively brought to a committee meeting.

    Eleanor
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    Oh poor Jim, how on earth you managed on that gearing I don’t know. An equivalent feat was Matthew on the mountain bike ride on Saturday on a single speed. Gears do help up climbs I’ve found. Anyway I enjoyed reading your run report, thanks for posting, it’s almost as good as being there with you; and never fear we’ll be out again on the long run before too long, we had good excuses I promise but I don’t want to bore you with them. I will vouch to other “shall or or shan’t I go on the long run” ditherers that the long run group is really friendly and considerate, the pace is always adapted to the slowest rider (often me) and that if I can do it, so can you. It’s more about length than speed. (Yes you can quote me on that!)
    Ok new paragraph for the shorter run, great blog Ady (blog section for those who haven’t looked yet) It was a lovely run out to Dunham in good company and in good order, with everyone looking out for each other and lots of newish riders including 15 year old Paddy who looks very strong. Everyone was moaning about having called their clothing wrong though, it wasn’t the weather for summer cycling shoes, even Titch’s trendy sparkly ones!

    Eleanor
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    What a fabulous ride Matthew, an excellent route, beautiful weather and good company, not every day we get to ride up on the moors with 20 odd Singletrack forumites! Great blog too, as was Craig’s. Just sorry I held you all up with my mechanical!

    Eleanor
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    in reply to: Womens road race #47685 |

    Alan, Kev and I are happy to help marshal, sorry It’s been in my diary for ages I just forgot to let you know!

    Eleanor
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    in reply to: Llanberis #47541 |

    Many thanks from me too, to the organisers, to Graham and Ann specifically for the many trips they’ve organised over the years, and to everyone out on the road who kept me cheerful in the face of endless hills (yes even Jim Duffy will agree these were not just “false flats”). I’ve been loving every moment of it in the re-living even if I didn’t appreciate it all at the time. Best bit for me was the descent into Ruthin on Sunday…my bike had wings..

    Eleanor
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    Oh John poor you! I hope you recover ahead of schedule and that you stay patient in the meantime. Chess and/or crochet are to be recommended as occupational therapy in the meantime. Love from us both x

    Eleanor
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    Thanks Carol! Kev and I won’t be out next Sunday though as we’ll be doing the last NW Cyclo cross league event of the year. I had a look at the ride today on Strava and you’re still up there amongst the fastest times on most stretches, along with Charlotte Baker, so you’ve got your reputation to uphold!

    Nice blog from Ady has just appeared, sounds like the other run had a good time too. We picked up Tony and Jeff at Hatchmere, they’d stopped to support a cyclist (not from WVCC) having an altercation with a driver on the way out at Handbridge, and ended up missing the group and riding on their own..it was nice to see them.

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