Newbies ride to Wheelock

We had a good turn out today, with about a dozen setting off for the long run into the hills, and the rest of us heading in a large group of 20+ to Wheelock.  This group was a bit too large for even the most sympathetic drivers, so we split up again just before Goostrey.  The weather was beautiful for once and we enjoyed the Cheshire lanes at their best: horse chestnuts in blossom, late bluebells, and the grass verges looking green again: all particularly appreciated, after such an Arctic winter.  We rode fairly swiftly, via Swettenham and Astbury, but the pace was steady enough to allow for plenty of chat.   

We sat in the sunshine at the cafe (at Wheelock) and sang a poor rendition of “Happy Birthday” to Elaine, whilst scoffing cake.  I rode back with the second group and we kept together well, on quiet lanes through Middlewich. 

This had been advertised as a suitable ride for beginners, and it was good to see lots of new or “nearly-new” riders out.  I did try to collect names for a name-check but have probabably failed miserably – anyway amongst the newer riders were: Andy, Graham, Paul and his son Connor, Mike and Mike, and Steve (a pal of mine whom I’ve been trying to persuade to come for several years, and at last have succeeded!).  We had five girls out – me, Nicky, Nicola, Elaine and Sheila; alongside Nicola, two other juniors, with Will out as well as Connor; and lots of riders who are neither girls nor juniors, or at least, I don’t think they are: Graham, Dave, Garry, Woody, Ady, Tim, Richard, Ian, Craig, Jed, Derek, “Spanish Jim”, a few others whom I just can’t recollect at the moment, so please don’t be offended – and last but not least, our leader Alan, who somehow manages to keep everyone together – thanks Alan!  I should also report two Weaver Valley rider sightings: Jane and Rob near Kermincham, and Richard and Della on their tandem, near Hassall Green.

I didn’t have my computer with me but from talking to others, think we did something like 45 miles at somewhere above 16 mph, which isn’t bad going for such a large group, and we had NO stops for punctures or mechanicals!

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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