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Barry Hyde Circuit of the Edge, 9.30 Sunday 18 Feb

Postby Chris C » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:06 pm

This is a brilliant, quirky and challenging hilly local route devised by former member Barry Hyde and which we ride each year in his memory.

There’s a ride for everyone in one of our four groups. A group at race training pace will do a 50-mile route, including a loop to Bollington (climbing the narrow, cobbled and steep Beeston Brow). We expect that, as in previous years, the largest group will do the same route, which will be the pace of our Saturday Club Runs. Another, slightly slower, group will do the classic 42-mile route devised by Barry that omits Bollington, while our Sunday Easy Riders will take a 33-mile route that includes a coffee stop in Alderley Edge. All rides end at the Flora café in Henbury for refreshments.

You can see all the routes on the calendar on our website, but please note that they now all start at the Town Hall. That’s because Macclesfield Town Council has engaged a specialist film production company to make a video promoting the great place in which we're lucky to live. And they want to feature sport. Since, as we all know, cycling is the greatest sport of all, naturally they want to feature the town's 70 year old cycling club.

If you haven’t ridden the Circuit of the Edge before and intend to ride it by yourself, please take a good look at your chosen route first as you will be riding both up and down the same lanes (sometimes more than once), and you won't be able to rely on your Garmin to navigate.

These are taxing routes so please be careful and treat the climbs and descents with respect. This is not a race, so please do not treat it as one. Please make sure that you have enough food and drink with you as well as the kit to deal with normal roadside repairs. Most of all I hope you’ll appreciate Barry’s esoteric and beautifully designed route and enjoy your ride.
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Re: Barry Hyde Circuit of the Edge, 9.30 Sunday 18 Feb

Postby Chris C » Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:07 am

Barry Hyde Circuit of the Edge, 9.30 Sunday 18 Feb

Route here for 50 mile version (42 mile one omits Bollington loop). But start at Town Hall instead.

START from Tytherington Lights proceed along Manchester Rd for ½ mile then turn RIGHT (CARE). STRAIGHT ON at mini-RAB and STRAIGHT ON at Silk Rd RAB following road straight through Bollington. After passing under Bollington viaduct take 2nd LEFT at Church and ascend Beeston Brow (The Beast – low gears recommended!). Continue to end of lane and turn RIGHT, descending via Pott Shrigley back through Bollington retracing back to Manchester Rd and turning LEFT back to Tytherington lights. Descend Beech Lane pass The Ship Inn then turn RIGHT down Coare St. At T-Junction turn LEFT. At RAB turn RIGHT 2nd EXIT. At Prestbury Rd RAB turn RIGHT. Continue STRAIGHT over hospital mini-RAB and head towards Whirley Grove. Turn LEFT up Sandy Lane to T-Junction (CARE) where turn RIGHT into Whirley Rd and 1st LEFT into Andersons Lane. RIGHT into Pepper Street (CARE). STRAIGHT over main road (CARE) into School Lane. RIGHT at Henbury Smithy (Chelford 4 sign). RIGHT at main road (CARE) and LEFT after ¾ mile into Whirley Lane. LEFT into Sandy Lane. RIGHT at Whirley Grove to Upton X-Roads. LEFT to Prestbury to mini-RAB where LEFT. Take 1st LEFT up Packsaddle Hill. RIGHT at Oak Road to Mottram. At T-Junction LEFT to Alderley via Mottram Road. LEFT into Trafford Road and 1st LEFT up Woodbrook Road, turn LEFT onto main road onto The Wizard. RIGHT down Artists Lane. STRAIGHT over main road via Welsh Row and Nursery Lane where LEFT (after railway bridge) and LEFT at main road and onto Chelford. LEFT at Chelford RAB. LEFT ¼ mile before Monks Heath lights to cut corner where LEFT onto A34 main road. RIGHT ascend up Artists Lane RIGHT at top to Baileys Black and White Smithy, where RIGHT down Birtles Hill. STRAIGHT over main road (CARE) and RIGHT at Henbury Smithy (House), via Redesmere to A34 main road. LEFT to Siddington X-roads and LEFT up Pexhill. LEFT into Bearhurst Lane and LEFT at T-Junction to Henbury Smithy (Chelford 4 sign) where RIGHT to bottom of Birtles. STRAIGHT over at main road (CARE) to ascend Birtles hill. STRAIGHT over (wiggle!) at X-roads and RIGHT at ‘grass triangle’ then continue to Prestbury where RIGHT at T-Junction and RIGHT at mini-RAB to continue up past Prestbury Golf Club to Upton X-Roads where RIGHT towards Whirley Grove. Turn LEFT up Sandy Lane to T-Junction (CARE) where turn RIGHT into Whirley Rd and 1st LEFT into Andersons Lane. RIGHT into Pepper Street (CARE). RIGHT at main Rd to Flora Garden Centre Cafe opposite The Blacksmiths Arms for a well earned rest. FINISH.
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Re: Barry Hyde Circuit of the Edge, 9.30 Sunday 18 Feb

Postby Chris C » Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:08 am

Barry Hyde Circuit of the Edge

We're riding this route today in grateful memory of its creator, Barry Hyde. Here's an appreciation of Barry, written by Moray.

Barry Hyde passed away in 2007, aged 74, He was the Veterans Road Race Champion in 1991, 1994 and 1998 and was awarded the Veterans Merit Award in 2002.

The Circuit of The Edge Ride is named after him because it was Barry who devised the testing, innovative route that packs over 2,000 feet of climbing into its 42 miles, without ever straying more than a few miles from Macclesfield.

Barry also started what is now the Monday night training ride in 1996. His aim was to introduce newcomers and older riders to the joy of riding 'through and off' in a group in a disciplined way: no rapid accelerations and smooth changing was the aim. He made sure no one was intimidated when joining the group. He would nurture beginners and encourage them to keep coming with the words "we all started group riding by going out the back, we have all been there". He would notice people’s bike set-up and give helpful advice. He would also make suggestions to improve pedaling style and use of gears. He was our 'bike dad/uncle'.

The slow group started by sharing Thursday night with the 'faster riders'. The slow group would set off first so that fast group riders who were spat out the back, or struggling, could join the slower group as long as they kept to the 'slow group tempo and rules'. I can remember some evenings when the well drilled and smooth-working slow group would start to catch the faster, but more erratic, group after it had overtaken the slow group. This really pleased Barry. If the slow group was infiltrated by faster riders, Barry would give them the cold shoulder and tell them to go away. If they did not, he would slow the group down when they were at the front and let them disappear down the road, or take a turning to lose them.

Eventually fed up with the fast riders he changed the night to Monday and subsequently to the three circuits route near Lower Withington. As usual he was being innovative and looked for a course that was quieter and safer for less experienced riders. It also had the advantage of allowing riders who were struggling to take shortcuts and rejoin the group. He encouraged the fitter, more experienced, riders to look after the new starters by dropping back and helping them to stay on and encourage them to turn out again next week. More often than not they would return. Many of the faster club members went through this starter induction.

He gave up the running of the slow training group at the end of the 2002 season due to his health issues. He still came out on the rides until the end of the 2005 season.

He was a lovely man who is missed by all privileged to know him.

Moray
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