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EleanorParticipant30 December 2014 at 22:09Post count: 252
Sorry we missed you Nick, we ended up not going to Macc Forest cos Kev’s car malfunctioned…so Jim came to our house instead and we rode out along the Whitegate Way (where we picked up Phil Booth) and then did a few routes in the Forest, lunch at the station cafe then home. So I bet you weren’t far from us. Apologies to Andy B too, sorry Andy as you’d said you could have joined us if we’d stayed local, but we didn’t have your mobile number to ring you when we changed our plan.
‘Twas a beautiful day and we had a fab time. Phil and Jim loved it and Phil (who said he had only gone out for a tootle on his own) said he’d not had as much fun since he was a kid on a BMX! Jim and Phil hadn’t done the singletrack along the Whitegate Way nor in the Forest before but they’re naturals and their fitness and strength showed on all the uphills.
I’ll post a couple of photos when I get a mo…[attachment=1:x7ne4ovo]Del dec 14 3.jpg[/attachment:x7ne4ovo][attachment=0:x7ne4ovo]Del dec 14 4.jpg[/attachment:x7ne4ovo]EleanorParticipant14 November 2014 at 19:04Post count: 252EleanorParticipant12 October 2014 at 19:19Post count: 252
An excellent long run today, to Dagfields in beautiful Autumn sunshine. It was one of those “what should I wear?” sort of mornings as we set off in a thick fog with temperatures of c 5 degrees, but sunshine was promised. It didn’t take long for us to ride out of the mists into the sunshine, but it never got that warm and although we were all in leggings-long-sleeve-tops-and-warm-glove combos, we didn’t get too hot even when the sun was at its height. But it was certainly a fabulous day to be out, with crisp air, a blue sky and the trees all starting to turn golden.
Jim took us on a circuitous, mainly flat route via Farndon, Worthenbury then Malpas, then via Wrenbury (where whilst waiting for a train at a level crossing Iain entertained us with his track standing ability) to Audlem. The roads were fairly quiet and most car drivers sensible and considerate – and road surfaces varied! We all stayed together well, with various riders taking the front – the one to watch is Jack Campbell who every time he went to the front, anxious not to go too slowly, did the opposite and left some of us breathing through our ears. By the time we got to the cafe we’d done 50 miles at a fair lick and we were ready for our beans on toast.
And then home, the direct way right through Crewe, then on lanes to Middlewich and back to Northwich. Again the pace was swift, and we were often singled out, either to allow cars past or because the number of people wanting to ride into the wind was limited! I ended up with 74 miles on the clock, an average speed of 17.6mph, 2,300 feet of climbing and 4 hours 14 minutes of riding.
We were: Jim in the lead, Kev and me, Stuart, Kev and Jack Campbell, Jeff, Iain and Jamie. Craig, Graham and Woody left us on the way out, somewhere near Wrenbury.
It was one of those rides to savour, with an ingenious route from Jim, who kept us all together; and despite the evidence of recent hedge-cutting, no punctures or mechanicals at all. Thanks to Jim for leading and everyone else for your company and chat.EleanorParticipant5 October 2014 at 21:53Post count: 252
I missed you too Andy! Thanks Nick for a fab route and thanks to everyone else for a fun (and fast) morning. I was seriously thinking of not going out when I saw the forecast in the morning and I’m so glad I did – given that the rain stopped almost as we started out from the cafe at 10.15 and I ended up riding back home in beautiful Autumn sunshine.EleanorParticipant5 October 2014 at 21:48Post count: 252
Can I also say thank you to everyone involved in today’s race – what a team! To Alan and Garry for setting up the course and organising our marshals – to Ann for the challenging job of managing the signing on – to our drivers who kept an eye on the front and back of the race -to Steph our first aider – to Kev C, Elaine and Penny and all those who got stuck in with refreshments – to Graham for setting out the hall and to Ady for taking some fantastic photos (including the one below) – to all of you wonderful marshals who gave up your Sunday morning ride to make the race safe and possible – THANK YOU!!! We were also fortunate in having Tom Greep and a fantastic team of officials and judges, and of course our two NEG riders too. And then to our riders – Tony and Kev, who did so well, and our second-claim riders Giles (who came 6th!) and Titch – thanks for entertaining us all.
The race was fast and furious. An encounter with a horse on the first lap split the bunch and those who got stuck behind the horse ended up having to fight really hard to catch back – Kev was one of these and he said it took a big effort to catch the bunch and then recover. Then youngster George Evans (Mid Shropshire Wheelers) broke away, building a gap of up to a minute. The bunch controlled the situation however and by the penultimate lap this gap was down to 20 seconds, and this lead was whittled away entirely on the last run along the A559, at which point the bunch was once again together. However a nasty crash at the bottom of the hill in Dark Lane caused havoc, with many riders (including Tony and Titch) held up (Tony fell but seemed to get away with a few grazes and no doubt some nasty bruises). Giles was in the front group in front of the crash and he competed for the sprint finish, coming sixth, with Rhodri Owen (unattached) winning the race, and Ryan Ellis (NFTO Race Club) a very close second. Kevan was proud of the fact that he was the oldest rider in the race – and he did really well, staying in contention and, despite being caught behind the crash in the last lap, he managed to ride in as 18th fastest rider (48 riders started).
As an organiser the day was very enjoyable, with so many people helping and in Tom Greep, a wise and experienced chief commissaire taking all the pressure off me in terms of the race itself. (Tom’s asked me to pass on his thanks to you all). The riders were cheerful and polite and they seemed genuinely appreciative of the efforts the club makes to allow them to race.
Thanks everyone![attachment=0:31a1j4r3]autumn rr.jpg[/attachment:31a1j4r3]EleanorParticipant5 October 2014 at 20:41Post count: 252
Really well done Dave and James – and also to Derek and Alan on your trikes. Dave another fabulous report, thanks for keeping us posted all season!EleanorParticipant7 September 2014 at 22:02Post count: 252
Having read Kev’s post (I despair of the man) I feel I should counter with a straight version – but there again, maybe I should leave that to readers’ imaginations! At the very least – we had a fantastic time.
So at least – I will provide the details Kev’s forgotten to mention. We spent Saturday on the Coed-y-Brenin trails, doing the Beast in the morning and pootling on other trails in the afternoon. Racing snakes Matt and Tim were at their fluid fast best. On Saturday night we cycled to the pub, and at the end of the evening we returned to our campsite under a sky full of stars and a full moon, which shone so brightly that it almost turned night to day. On Sunday Nick devised a fantastic loop, up and over the Rhinogs via The Roman Steps (Nick tells us this used to be an old Rough Stuff route) then onto some beautiful quiet lanes to Barmouth, crossing the estuary on the railway bridge and a fabulous bike track and more lanes back to Coed y Brenin. Warm sunny weather, stunning views, quiet roads and tracks, and great company – who could ask for more.
The highlight of the weekend for me was Jeff, a good man to have on tour! He refused to be beaten by the descent off the Roman Steps, which was unrideable, but he was undeterred, continually hopping onto his bike to give it a go, then coming off again after a rocky step too many. I don’t know how he didn’t hurt himself, maybe it was the heather which he tied to his handlebar for good luck. Then as we approached the cycle route along the prom into Barmouth we suddenly realised we’d lost Jeff – we looked around for him and there he was sprinting, across the seemingly endless sand, straight out towards the sea, because, according to Jeff, you can’t go to the seaside without getting wet. Which he did. Then everyone tried to burst his bubble by telling him the salt would ruin his bike, which I thought was a bit curmudgeonly of them. Fortunately, Jeff’s bubble doesn’t burst that easily.
Thanks to Nick for organising a fantastic weekend. And thanks to Nick, birthday boy Tim, Matt, Jeff, Steve and Kev for your fabulous company! Hopefully somebody will post some photos…EleanorParticipant4 September 2014 at 21:57Post count: 252EleanorParticipant20 August 2014 at 21:45Post count: 252
Since hearing the sad news I’ve been thinking about Claire and how amazing she was, from a cycling point of view. She joined the club…which was gutsy in the first place (it takes guts to join a predominantly male club if you’re female and a beginner)…and despite never being entirely well (which she kept quiet about) she persevered, learning to ride, learning all about bikes, joining in the Wednesday rides, getting her own kids involved, taking on the job of selling club kit, and just getting stuck into everything she could, wearing her own club kit with pride, always turning up to support us as we set off for Llanberis and at other events such as Oulton Park. She started to build an impressive knowledge of the Tour and the professional cycling scene, and entertained us all on this forum with her posts about the Tour and particularly her diatribes about Lance! And when she found she just couldn’t hang on to the wheels on the Wednesday ride any more, did she give up? Not a chance of it, she just went off and created her own cycling niche, becoming a Breeze leader, providing opportunities to ride for women and youngsters who might not have otherwise had the confidence to get on their bikes and discover the joys of riding. She threw herself into this with characteristic energy and commitment, giving up her time for others and always maintaining her smile, her (sometimes wicked) sense of humour, and her involvement with Weaver Valley. She made her mark, she inspired so many, and I for one will never forget her.EleanorParticipant10 July 2014 at 21:36Post count: 252EleanorParticipant8 July 2014 at 21:59Post count: 252
Dave sorry for late reply. Kev put Schwalbe Landcruisers on to my cyclo x bike (well it was his bike actually which he lent to me for the day). They were Stans rims run tubeless. No punctures at all. He will try this for this year’s Three Peaks cyclo cross..he was fed up last year spending twenty minutes fixing a puncture on the same Landcruisers but with tubes and he found it really difficult to get the tyres back on.EleanorParticipant8 July 2014 at 21:52Post count: 252
Sounds fantastic! We were in Harrogate (with old friends) and saw Jim all on his own outside a church, he said he’d lost you all, but the people in the church had taken pity on him and given him tea and sandwiches, trust Jim to benefit from divine intervention! We wore club kit and got loads of “Weaver Valley” shouts too, and a few people told us that they’d seen a group of you out and about. I love the sound of the club YHA weekends of yesteryear, we’d be up for a revival of that tradition!EleanorParticipant25 June 2014 at 19:06Post count: 252EleanorParticipant22 June 2014 at 11:14Post count: 252
What a fantastic day! Blog on https://www.weavervalleycc.org.uk/blog-2/
Here’s a photo for those who don’t have time for the blog.
Best day out on a bike for ages – thanks Andy and everyone else!
And Dave – 100 miles, 6 riders, 2 punctures. Not bad eh, does this mean you’ll come with us next time?![attachment=0:n071l8vh]cheshire ring 004.jpg[/attachment:n071l8vh]EleanorParticipant20 June 2014 at 21:00Post count: 252
Hmmm 10 hours sounds Ok as long as Andy lets us stop at the odd coffee shop/ tea shop/pub…I’m hoping we can take it nice and steady! At least for once there will be no hills. Andy see you at the boat life at 7. Do you have a mobile no for emergencies?