Sunday 23rd November 2008

On waking up to pouring rain I nearly opted out of today’s run: but I’m glad I didn’t, we had a great ride. A fairly tortuous decision-making process at the start resolved itself with Martin leading one group going to Two Mills (the planned route to Loggerheads was deemed over-ambitious given the wind and rain) and a shorter ride going to the ice-cream farm. And so we set off, steadily to start with, until splitting up at Eaton. The Two Mills group then battled with strong winds through Bruera and Saighton, and then on the road to Chester we ended up riding into driving sleet which really hurt! We kept going, dropping onto the more sheltered canal path into Chester, where Jed and a small group left us. We continued on a labyrinthine route through the back streets of Chester, eventually (thanks to Martin’s incredible navigational skills) finding the old railway path up towards Connah’s Quay, which was very exposed and windy. We turned off towards Shotwick, then onto a muddy and rutted puddle-filled bridleway and eventually to Two Mills. Whilst everyone else bravely took turns at the front, I lurked around at the back taking shelter from various wheels, so when I arrived at the café I looked like a miner!

Dave Astles joined us at the café just as we were about to leave, which gave us a nice excuse to stay a bit longer, and we kept putting off our departure from the café as the rain didn’t let up. In the end our concern about impending dusk prompted us to leave anyway in the rain. We rode back at a fairly sensible pace, despite Ewart and John making occasional very impressive accelerations off the front, which most of us chose to ignore! And then as always the pace picked up for the race back through the forest – with Martin, John and Ewart setting a cracking pace at the front, and Derek and I working together to try and keep up. By the time we reached Hatchmere I was hoping for the normal rest and catch up but the lack of light persuaded everyone to keep going, so I never got my rest.

I got home with nothing left in the tank – the wind and wet conditions had made it really hard going. Thanks to Martin for coming up with and leading a great route, and to everyone else for their company and in particular for the protection of their wheels!

Thanks to Eleanor Underhill. Sounds gruelling!!!!!!!!!!!

Helping set course today for @WeaverValleyCC for @nwcca race tomorrow. I hope the wind dies down! 🌪

Upcoming Events

10:00 Wrinklies Ride Out
Wrinklies Ride Out
Jun 26 @ 10:00 – 14:30
A 10:00 for a 10:10 depart.. an easy, no one gets left behind run. Usually head out into the wind so we have a tail wind home.
18:30 WVCC Club 10 TT – Guardian Cup R...
WVCC Club 10 TT – Guardian Cup R...
Jun 26 @ 18:30 – 21:00
The Guardian Cup is a season long competition based on a points system. The cup is awarded at the club dinner, and goes to the club member who has the most improved times throughout the[...]
09:00 Alternative Training Ride
Alternative Training Ride
Jun 29 @ 09:00 – 12:00
Early Saturday ride – Steadier alternative to the training run. Starting 09:00 Saturday- Meet at Hatchmere with a cafe stop at Cleopatras. Distance about 45 miles and back for 12:00. Averaging 18mph ish
10:00 Training Ride
Training Ride
Jun 29 @ 10:00 – 15:00
Hatchmere X rds for a 10am sharp depart.. 10:01 we’ll be gone..
10:00 Wrinklies Ride Out
Wrinklies Ride Out
Jul 3 @ 10:00 – 14:30
A 10:00 for a 10:10 depart.. an easy, no one gets left behind run. Usually head out into the wind so we have a tail wind home.
18:30 WVCC Club 10 TT – Championship 10
WVCC Club 10 TT – Championship 10
Jul 3 @ 18:30 – 21:00
Championship 10 This is it. You’ve been working all year to get that critical time. Go for it tonight and see if you’ve got what it takes to take Gold, Silver, Bronze, or get that[...]
14:00 WVCC Open 25 Mile Time Trial
WVCC Open 25 Mile Time Trial
Jul 6 @ 14:00 – 18:00
Volunteers will be required for this event. Please try and support your club. Contact Chris Gilbertson to volunteer for a duty on the day. Thanks.

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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