The race to Tatton – the return of the beginners ride…

The forecast looked good, with only a slight chance of showers, so the planned beginners ride was on. At 9:45, Al and I rode to the empty car park at the legion and patiently waited, pondering what might or might not be.

We didn’t wait long before the first arrived and introduced themselves. Clearly we were onto a winner as a couple more turned up, and then a returning youngster, not only returning with his dad, but on a shiny new road bike, which I completely failed to get a shot of as I snapped the group, ready for the off.

Without further ado, we suggested our destination of Tatton Park, and with two new gents, two new ladies, our returning young man, we were away. Off through Hartford and down and then up only one of three hills of the day as we made our way out of Hartford to Davenham, where we quickly got into the country lanes for the second incline, which our new riders, especially young Sam, made easy work of as he romped along making us adults look as though we were making hard work of it!. Riding perfectly, two abreast, the peloton headed into Lach Dennis as the young lad kept his powder dry waiting patiently for the rest of today’s stage. We then turned left to head north east along Common Lane, Back Lane alongside Peover Golf Course and then Plumley, before hitting the main road to Knutsford.

Before we knew it we’d hung a left into Ladies Mile (it’s just a road in Knutsford, not a Strava challenge). Then onto the approach to Tatton Park, as expert navigator for today – Al, was thinking of cake.

Into the park, Sam made his move with an early sprint for glory, claiming the un-defined sprint of the day, chased by ‘Gorilla Greipel’, navigator Al, who was unsuccessful in his attempt to chase down the future tour rider.

The group then meandered pleasantly to our assigned rest-stop at the cafe at Tatton Park, where the confusion of the cafe did indeed confuse some as to the optimum route to cake, apart from Tatton Park veteran Bebbington, and cake-meister Al who got handily to the front of the queue. 🙂

Slightly dry Victoria Sponge, and excellent lemon drizzle cake later, our new riders were re-fuelled and seemed happy with pace of the ride out, and eager to to start pedalling for the return journey, especially racer Sam, who just wanted to stay on his dropped handlebars and have it large! Tour de France hero in the making I would say!

Our return journey re-traced the first couple of miles, before following some great lanes, albeit busier, but great for group riding practice of the shouts ‘car-up’ and ‘single out’, as we headed back through the lanes again towards Budworth, A couple of our ladies then peeled off towards hone, and the rest of the group headed back towards Northwich and most back towards Hartford (as I peeled off for home).

A great ride today in great weather and only the odd spot of rain attempted to get through the day but failed. I think we probably averaged around 25+ miles for most of our riders today.

After the success of today, big-thanks to  our Club Runs-Captain Al for an expertly put together route, and club members Derek, Andy, Karen, Andy and Gina for showing our new riders that we are not all scary, and that this group riding lark is actually, dare I say it – fun!

We’ll put another ride on the calendar soon. Watch this space, and Facebook and Twitter!

New riders and club riders assemble. With racer Sam just lurking in the background - watch out Peter Sagan, there's a new boy in town....!

New riders and club riders assemble. With racer Sam just lurking in the background  (watch out Peter Sagan, there’s a new boy in town….!)

As a club, we’d like to wish Andrew Simpson @simmo_on_sport all the best for the future, with a heartfelt thanks for supporting WVCC all these years....

Upcoming Events

Jun
3
Wed
2020
10:00 Wrinklies Ride Out *CANCELLED*
Wrinklies Ride Out *CANCELLED*
Jun 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.
Jun
6
Sat
2020
09:00 Training Rides *CANCELLED*
Training Rides *CANCELLED*
Jun 6 @ 09:00 – 12:00
“Both Saturday Rides” 1 & 2 Meet 9:00 at Hatchmere Ride 1 – Training ride – off first at 09:00. Bangor on Dee with a cafe stop at Cleopatras. Through and off, average 20-21mph Ride[...]
Jun
10
Wed
2020
10:00 Wrinklies Ride Out *CANCELLED*
Wrinklies Ride Out *CANCELLED*
Jun 10 @ 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.
Jun
13
Sat
2020
09:00 Training Rides *CANCELLED*
Training Rides *CANCELLED*
Jun 13 @ 09:00 – 12:00
“Both Saturday Rides” 1 & 2 Meet 9:00 at Hatchmere Ride 1 – Training ride – off first at 09:00. Bangor on Dee with a cafe stop at Cleopatras. Through and off, average 20-21mph Ride[...]

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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