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Richard Elliott Three Loops Ride Sunday March 11th 2018

Postby Yogispeed » Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:49 pm

It's that time of year again, a hint of spring in the air, snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils line the hedgerows and the Richard Elliott Three Loops Ride is almost upon us![/b]

This is a great ride, created by and ridden in memory of Richard Elliott, a member of the Wheelers from 1990 and our chairman from 1996 until his death from a heart attack while riding his bike on Brereton Lane, Sproston, in 1998. Whether you knew Richard or not, please take a minute to read the paragraph about him at the bottom of this post.

I first rode the Richard Elliott Three Loops Ride back in 2014 and it was my first ever ride over 100 miles! Chris Cottom led our band of merry riders that sunny day; it was an eventful ride including a very early frosty start, unpaved roads, lots of cafe stops and returning home in the dark with very tired legs. That said, you would be hard pushed to find an easier 130-mile ride so don't be put off by the distance, come and have a go!

However it's not called the Richard Elliott Three Loops Ride for nothing! There are four rides over three distances so you can take your pick!

1 Loop = 100km, Sunday easy ride pace, two café stops TBA. Start Broken Cross 09.00 am. Leader John Jackson. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12562513
1 Loop = 100km, training ride pace, one or none café stop at Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre. Start Broken Cross 9.30 am. Leader; anyone like to volunteer? https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19166777
2 Loops = 160km, two café stops: Walk Mill, Waverton and Tillys, Bunbury. Start Broken Cross 8.00 am. Leader: anyone like to volunteer? https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19166772
3 Loops = 200km, two café stops: Walk Mill, Waverton and Old Ma's Cafe, Gatesheath, optional third café stop TBA depending on fatigue. Start Broken Cross 8.00 am. Leader Darren Allgood. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19183831

Richard Elliott

Richard joined his first cycling club aged 12 and rode many time trials, including 50s and 100s, as well as 12 and 24 hour races, winning the Wessex 24 hour in 1977. In the 1970s when Audaxes started in the UK, Richard read a write-up about a Windsor-Chester-Windsor Audax and announced to his wife Celia (who remains a life member of the Wheelers) 'that's my kind of riding'. He subsequently rode many different Audax distances including Paris-Brest-Paris in 84 hrs 20 mins in 1979, as well as several on tandems and tandem trikes with his eldest son Ben. The club presents the Richard Elliott Trophy each year to the rider with the most points for long distance rides (present holder the indefatigable John Jackson).


I look forward to a great day's cycling.

Darren Allgood
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Re: Richard Elliott Three Loops Ride Sunday March 11th 2018

Postby Yogispeed » Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:37 pm

Hoping too see lots of club members out supporting this event!

For those of you planning to ride all three loops make sure you have lights & plenty of nutrition! Cafe stops are at 38 and 85 miles
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Re: Richard Elliott Three Loops Ride Sunday March 11th 2018

Postby Mr.Malc » Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:43 pm

1 loop : faster group. All things are relative - planned ave speed for the group i am leading is approx 16 mph. Always room for another speedier than faster group should anyone feel inclined.
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