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EleanorParticipant1 June 2014 at 22:36Post count: 252
Ady, great blog. That must be a first, having one large WVCC club run whizz past another large WVCC club run going in the opposite direction! (In this case just outside Audlem, you must have been returning home just as we were finally closing in on the cafe). The short run group looked great – all in club kit, riding in neat formation – and going so fast that if we’d blinked we’d have missed you, despite all the “look who it isn’t” and yee hah-ing that was going on.
I was on the long run which was one of those runs we’ll remember in the middle of the winter – beautiful warm sunny weather, well led as always by Jules at a good consistent pace (Kev had 74 miles and 18 mph on his Garmin when he got in). We went the long way round – 52 miles on my clock to the cafe, via Tattenhall, Farndon, Shocklach, Malpas, and Wrenbury. All very straightforward, no messing, everyone staying together, only two short stops for minor mechanicals. We had a nice sunny lunch at Dagfields and then straight home the short direct way via Crewe and Warmingham. Jules and Jim kept the pace under control on the way back – a bit brisker than on the way out, but we all coped fine: the lack of hills helped! Andrew and I were aware that nestled quietly in our group were a few serious racer types and we admitted to each other that we were dreading the traditional gallop/race home along the Bostock road, but thankfully everyone kept their fast twitch muscles well hidden until, with a “come on folks” from Kev, it all went “bang” on the rise into Davenham. Mark Hassall took the green jersey honours with ease.
At the cafe were Kev and me, Jules and Jim, Andrew, Paul G, Tim, Steve, Heather, Howard, Dean, Ewart, Jacob and Phil and Mark H from Dave Hindes out for a recovery ride. If I’ve missed anyone, apologies. Paul H and Craig were with us but disappeared off for pressing social engagements.
Here we all are waiting for the canal bridge to open at Wrenbury Mill…[attachment=0:2noqaor5]wrenbury.jpg[/attachment:2noqaor5]EleanorParticipant31 May 2014 at 21:16Post count: 252EleanorParticipant26 May 2014 at 18:44Post count: 252EleanorParticipant25 May 2014 at 22:05Post count: 252
My legs are shot! Ride report on https://www.weavervalleycc.org.uk/to-do-the-horseshoe-pass-or-not-to-do-the-horseshoe-pass/
Photo to follow when my PC is in a better mood…EleanorParticipant23 May 2014 at 19:32Post count: 252EleanorParticipant22 May 2014 at 18:52Post count: 252
Kev and I are looking forward to it! Thanks for the idea Titch. I can’t see the route using the Garmin links…does it include Panorama Walk, one of the most beautiful bits of road in Wales? (It contours along the hillside North of the River Dee and Llangollen, just along from Prospect cafe).EleanorParticipant18 May 2014 at 19:50Post count: 252EleanorParticipant9 May 2014 at 18:53Post count: 252EleanorParticipant9 May 2014 at 18:27Post count: 252
Top pics John, i love the second last, Els feeling the pain 😆 😆 😆 😆
Ha that looks pretty aerodynamic to me…so why didn’t I go faster? Must be that tractor that held me up for about five minutes. Hard, this time trialling lark, isn’t it?!EleanorParticipant4 May 2014 at 18:44Post count: 252
Thanks Derek – very enjoyable. A good craic this audax thingy. Just a shame my group didn’t want to do the clue-hunting which sounded like good fun. (I would have stopped to look for clues myself, but they wouldn’t have waited for me and that would have made the whole ride a whole lot harder).
Anyway we enjoyed a cracking 70 mile ride on mostly quiet Cheshire lanes. Our ride was fairly uneventful apart from Kev deciding to open up for the sprint to Two Mills just BEFORE we turned right onto the A road finish – he spotted his arch nemisis Graham was boxed in, so leapt out of the bunch and dived across the road, so determined was he to beat Graham, who for years has always got the better of him in sprints. As we all know this is a busy road to cross and moreover it’s a LONG way out – so we all thought he was crazy and he lost out to Woody for the cafe, but in his terms at least he beat Graham. I did wonder why it was so important for him to beat someone who’s ten years older than him, and who’s just recovering from a heart operation – but Kev says it’s personal! Anyway despite his protestations that he had clear visibility as he crossed the road, we all told him he was blacklisted for his risky crossing of the road and despite him being first in the queue at the cafe, Ann made him wait for his beans on toast as punishment. This clearly did the trick, because as we set off a clearly chastened Kev told us to be careful crossing the road, reminded us that “safety isn’t just a word, it’s a way of life”.
So – we then rode on, pretty briskly, round Chester to Holt, had tea at Old Ma’s Cafe (apparently you’re allowed multiple cafe stops on an Audax ride which makes me even keener on them) then back via Tarporley to even more tea and cakes at the event centre.
Various groups formed – I was with Jules and Kev who did a great job of keeping a good but manageable pace on the front, and Paul, Graham, Woody, Kev C, Carol, Elaine, Penny and Rob. We were followed closely by Ady, Alan S, Colin and Syd, all hunting properly for clues.EleanorParticipant1 May 2014 at 20:51Post count: 252EleanorParticipant27 April 2014 at 22:19Post count: 252EleanorParticipant14 April 2014 at 18:37Post count: 252EleanorParticipant14 April 2014 at 18:36Post count: 252
Just spotted Matt’s comment…Andy you never said anything about 100 miles! Yikes that’s a long way on a towpath. Which bike I wonder… cyclo x or MTB? And as for hazards, forgetting the aforementioned hawthorn for a moment, what about fishermen’s telescopic rods?! In terms of dates, if we’re keen on Saturdays, how about May 17 or 24, or June 21st…which has the added attraction of being the longest day of the year which I for one might need if it’s really 100 miles, allowing for a few hawthorn punctures, coffee stops and telescopic rod incidents!