To Holt, or aaaarrrghhhhhh Llanberis…!!!!

Yes, it is that time of year. We need the miles (especially me). It didn’t feel that time of the year though. Those turning up, stopped, uttered words like ‘Phew’, ‘too hot’ or started putting sun tan lotion on. Okay, not that last bit, but it was unseasonably warm on Sunday and many were over-dressed.

After we left with ImmobiTags stick in jersey pockets, and after Norley Lane at the stop at Hatchmere, the ladies were busy comparing how many layers they had on – with demonstrations, and discussed other cycling related style and appropriate dress tips while we waited.

What were we waiting for? Well not what, but who. Clearly Woody had been training that hard, and was so unaware of the winter power that he had built up, that he managed to put such force into his left hand crank powering up Norley Lane like Chris Froome, that he snapped the crank off. A number assisted him, but he had to turn back for home. I’m sure that by the time he had got back he’d stripped chainwheels, snapped handlebars and deformed the frame. Animal. He’ll be a force to be reckoned with for the first of this year’s TTs…

It was quite a pleasant run out, but as Llanberis is nearing, it’s getting a little pacey, and I was soon hanging off the back (after a bit of a lay-off), gasping for breath, trying to light a fag* (not easy), and generally being unhealthy. Not sure that this Sunday was a good one for riding my heaviest bike, but it seemed like a good idea when I left the house…**

Alan likes cake. Did you know?

Alan updates his cake database app.

The cafe. Us. Food.

The cafe. Us. Food.

Holt Garden Centre was the destination cafe, and we all had plenty of everything (as we usually do), before heading back.

Yep. It does. :-)

Yep. It does. 🙂

We headed down Pump Lane towards Tattenhall. and then round down past the foot of Beeston Castle, where I felt a push on my back, followed by the grinning laughter from our club chairman, thinking it hilarious that he thought I needed a push (and threatening to tell the world – there, stole your thunder Mr Chairman!). I didn’t. I was perfectly healthy (cough), and just saving myself (cough) for later efforts (cough, cough). I reprimanded him for his kind effort… (before coughing up the other lung… nice eh?)

Al did his runs captain duty though, as I was quite a bit slower than everyone on the day, and marshalled everyone, who kindly waited with patience at each junction for my tardy progress towards home. I was glad to slow you all down and try to keep you as unfit as I. 🙂

The usual up and down to Oulton Park, and then onto Whitegate where Steve Malkin started to sprint at about 5 miles out as per usual. He’ll never learn…

Some may say an uneventful club run (apart from Woody’s crank!), but I say that this was also a good demonstration of that which makes our club a good club. That of pacing to the slowest rider of the group. Encouraging (and pushing), waiting where need be, and giving everyone the chance to have a great day out on the bike.

Thanks all. This is what keeps us all coming back week after week… 🙂

*If kids are reading – I don’t really smoke when on the bike!

**A poor excuse. Heavy bikes are good for training!

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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