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Today's easy ride started from Lindow, and offered two options. Ten riders took the Góostrey option led by Martin, and three of us took the very short option for new riders or those recovering from injury, to the Lambing Shed. Glorious weather!
16 easy riders made the most of the best Sunday weather for ages, with a ride from Broken Cross/Siddington to Shipbrook farm. John was chatting on the front on the way out so we ended up doing his default speed, averaging 14.5mph on the way out in to a head wind. Shipbrook has a much larger indoor cafe space, and a new courtyard area, as well as the original tables with views. The food was good albeit a little slow for those who ordered last. Great selection of cakes and icecream.
8 Easy riders made it to Great Budworth and back, without getting wet. Martin took us out on a route that seemed to go through every street in Knutsford, in an effort to avoid Tatton Park's flower show. Great Budworth tea room was very quiet, maybe the parish council has put some clubs off. The cake was excellent as usual, Martin went back for 3rd and 4th pieces!
Next week (14th August) will be an afternoon ride, starting from Siddington after the road race has finished - exact time uncertain (I'm helping with the results, so it will be whenever I've finished those and packed up). We are still a bit short of helpers for the road race, so if you are free on Sunday morning, please consider volunteering (forum / facebook).
21 August will be a hilly ride to Hope, weather permitting. Katherine will lead a flat alternative ride to a different destination.
We will probably do a longer ride at some point in September, as a little warmup for Bishops Castle.
Today's Easy ride set off from Siddington Village Hall, just after the road race had finished and prizes presented, since a number of us had been helping. One of our Wilmslow based members suggested a cafe which we had not visited before, the Barnshaw Smithy, between Mobberley and Ashley, so we quickly accepted that suggestion, since most of us lived in that direction. My map reading went well until we got north of Mobberley where I nearly took us in a complete circle, fortunately Griff had a better sense of direction! The cafe coped well with all of us (Griff, Eddie, Steve, John, Harry, Alicia, Yvonne, Helena and myself, with Martin and John J arriving soon after, having driven home first with all the camera and laptop kit which Martin uses at the race finish). There was a good choice of food and drinks, including the all important cake. I think that we will be back!
11 intermediate riders made it to Hope, led by John and Martin. They had 3 punctures, one stuck gear shifter and low flying cloud over Snake pass. Our usual cafe has changed hands and the portion sizes are no longer cyclist friendly, the menu choice is limited and the tea no longer comes in pint mugs. Time to find a different cafe!
Meanwhile I took a select group of 3 easy riders on a gentle ride from Wilmslow to Tatton Park which was relatively quiet despite the classic car show. The cafe there has definitely improved with an impressive selection of cakes, prices which now seem reasonable and a much more efficient serving and payment system. It was actually dry and warm enough to sit outside. We had no punctures, no mechanical problems, just the odd spot of rain and we were back home by 1pm. I think that I will stick with easy rides!
Today's easy ride had unexpectedly good weather, on a ride led by Martin from Macclesfield, taking in Radnor Bank, Malkin Bank, the Wheelock trail and eventually ending up at Minshulls garden centre. We had some of the regulars out, including Griff, Philip, Steve (without his wing man Eddie) and Paul Roman, as well as a few irregulars whose names elude me (it takes me a few weeks, sorry guys!). I peeled off at Wheelock to assess a new cafe at Sandbach 'Cafe on the Square'. It passed muster, great food seating for 18 upstairs, reasonable prices, if bringing a large group it's best to ring in advance and they will reserve tables. Sunday is reasonably quiet but Saturday gets busy.
The easy riders had a very pleasant dry Sunday afternoon ride led by Martin from Wilmslow to High Legh village hall for home made cakes and tea. We had one new rider, Gwen, who only started cycling last Christmas, but had no problem keeping up with us. The other riders out were Pat, Harry, Griff, Pete Jackson, Philip, John, and a guest appearance from Oliver. Next week's ride will be a longer one to Chester (but there will be a shorter car assisted option).
17 Easy riders on a sunny ride to Anderton boat lift today, with two very welcome first timers, Monique and Vic. Just one puncture on the way out through a hole in Steve's tyre. John finally got the chance to use the little piece of tyre he carries around in his saddle bag!
10 easy riders braved the rain and cold head wind for this morning's ride from Wilmslow to Goostrey. The cafe at Home and Leisure was packed with cyclists, including Manchester Bicycle Club, Stretford Wheelers and a group of the old timers, (the over 75s), some on their bikes and some in their cars. It was good to see our former treasurer Eddie, as well as John and Brenda Bethelll. By the time we emerged from the cafe the rain had stopped, and Martin treated us to a bridle path on the way home.
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