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Re: Sunday Easy Rides

Postby Katherine Jackson » Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:12 pm

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John Jackson led a very select group of easy riders today on a bit of an adventure from Wilmslow to Dunham and back. Jim, Yvonne and Simon followed John through some very flooded lanes, including one with a closed sign. They realised why when the water started coming in over the top of their winter boots! The Lavendar Barn turned out to be closed so they ended up at Red House farm drying off and refuelling. Martin and I took the even easier option of staying at home....
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Re: Sunday Easy Rides

Postby Katherine Jackson » Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:28 pm

11 easy riders out this morning on our 10.30 ride from Broken Cross to Plumley garden centre. I met them there to make 12, including Dan, Jim, Griff, Geoff, Kev, Jen, Philip, Paul R, Yvonne, John Jackson and Adam? out with us for the first time after recently breaking his wrist. It was quiet in the cafe so we rearranged the furniture to make one long sociable table in the room with a log burner going. The service was excellent, and the fruit scones were superb! We have another easy ride tomorrow, New Years Day, leaving Wilmslow at 10.30am, all welcome!
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Re: Sunday Easy Rides

Postby Katherine Jackson » Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:45 pm

We had ten easy riders following John today on a route from Macclesfield to Shipbrook, namely Philip, Paul R, Simon G, Andy J, Dan, Griff, Adele, and three joining us for their first time, Sean, Robin and Vicci. The group stuck to main roads to avoid the ice on the way out, and found Janus RC kindly warming up some seats for them in the cafe. The route back took in some more minor roads, and found a little ice not yet melted in Catchpenny Lane. Everyone stayed safe, next week's ride will be from Wilmslow, all are welcome.
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Re: Sunday Easy Rides

Postby Katherine Jackson » Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:36 pm

12 set off on the easy ride from Wilmslow this morning in toe numbing chill. Olly was stretching his legs before tomorrow's track riding so headed back home after 13 miles with us. The rest of us made it to Lymm via the new cyclist plus pedestrians plus equestrians tunnel under the A556. Lymm had two busy cafes so we split into two groups and sampled both. John Jackson went into the Sextons bakery with Paul Griffies, Steve, Paul R, Dan and Simon G. Philip made a shrewd move and accompanied Yvonne, Helena, Babette and myself to the Coffee House. Both cafes provided a prompt table service and had similar menus, the Coffee House was slightly more trendy. The food was good so I think we will be back! We took a different route home via Dunham and what felt like every possible hill around Hale. Several stops for chaps of a certain age plus a few issues with close fitting mudguards which did not like mud meant our average speed was 11mph, but we did clock up 35 miles altogether.
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Re: Sunday Easy Rides

Postby Katherine Jackson » Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:35 pm

8 out on today's easy ride from Wilmslow to Red House farm. John was helping at an Audax, so Martin and I were leading, although I was doing a lot of that from the back! Jim was back out after recovering from falling onto his bike and cracking his ribs on New Years day (at home after the ride!) Dan used the ride to complete his 200 miles in January target. Griff, Paul R, Simon and Yvonne were also in the group. The weather was positively balmy and the sun even made the occasional appearance. The cafe was noisy with small children and babies, but the food was good once it arrived. It's the only farm cafe I know which offers to host funeral parties! (Conveniently situated near the crematorium).
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Re: Sunday Easy Rides

Postby Katherine Jackson » Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:00 pm

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Just three mad easy riders turned up for this morning's ride from Wilmslow. After the first few miles through horizontal sleet we made a tactical decision at Ashley cross roads to head for Barnshaw Smithy cafe. The log burner there was going well and we soon warmed up with tea and toasted goods. We mistimed our departure however and headed straight into hailstones. After safely navigating some flooded roads the sun came out and we made it back to Wilmslow. In Griff's words it was 'good fun'!
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Re: Sunday Easy Rides

Postby Katherine Jackson » Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:08 pm

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11 easy riders set out from the town hall this morning for a 33 mile version of the Circuit of the Edge, with John Jackson leading and Martin at the back in sheep dog mode. Unfortunately there was an early touch of wheels which resulted in Geoff falling off and hurting his finger, probably a tendon. That did not stop him however, with Janet promising him a trip to Boots later on. The group stopped in Alderley Edge after about 13 miles at Costa's (you can't deprive us of our mid ride cafe stop!) I met them there, along with Dale, Jan and Harry.
After Costa's I joined the group up the Wizard, down Artists Lane, around the loop and back up Artists Lane and then down Birtles. At the junction with the main road I turned around and left them to complete the route to Flora tea rooms. Helena punctured, but they all made it, including Jim who wasn't sure he would. In addition to Martin, John, Jim, Geoff and Janet the other members of today's group were Yvonne, Philip, Dan, Vicky, Griff and Simon.
I rode back up Birtles with a group of 42 milers then back home via Mottram St Andrew.
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Re: Sunday Easy Rides

Postby jacksonmj » Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:15 am

Today's easy ride is NOT cancelled. Based on a quick drive down the A34 to Siddington, road conditions look fine, so this will be a flat ride to Goostrey.

I plan to start from Siddington, so anyone who wishes to congregate at Broken Cross, please make your own way down to Siddington.

The route will be made up as we go along, depending on how the untreated minor roads look.
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Re: Sunday Easy Rides

Postby Katherine Jackson » Sun Mar 25, 2018 4:23 pm

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First puncture on this morning's Easy Ride, good spot in the sun. A thorn was found, and thanks to Jim's multipurpose gizmo it was successfully removed, and inner tube replaced. The consensus on Helena's tyres was that she needs some new ones! We had a lovely sunny ride, taking a shortish route to Grasslands and opted for a longer route back via Goostrey because it was such good weather. I led the ride (John was doing his first 200km audax of the year, and Martin was defeated by the clock change), and we had Yvonne, Helena, Robin, Vicci, Simon G, Jim, Philip, Paul Griffies and Alison Griffies, trying to find her cycling legs again. We plan to be out next Sunday and possibly also on Good Friday, depending upon weather, please check the website for latest information.
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Re: Sunday Easy Rides

Postby Katherine Jackson » Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:27 pm

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Easy riders were out today, trying a new route using the Greenway near Chester, and visiting Eureka cafe for lunch. We found some mud, some elephants, some cheetahs, some more mud, and Paul Roman found us...eventually. The cheetahs, thought they were about to get meals on wheels (thanks to Jim for that quip)!
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Re: Sunday Easy Rides

Postby Katherine Jackson » Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:11 pm

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15 easy riders set off from Wilmslow this afternoon for High Legh village hall and 16 made it back! High Legh had the usual great spread of homemade cakes although it was looking a little depleted by the time we had finished with them (Martin was with us :-) ). A rather chilly 31 miles was completed by Gwen, Yvonne, Helena, Helena's boyfriend, Griff, Alison, Eddie 'n Steve, Jim, Philip, Simon G, Paul R and the Jackson 3. Number 16 had missed the start and navigated himself to High Legh, arriving before us, I missed his name but will do better next time!
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Re: Sunday Easy Rides

Postby Katherine Jackson » Sun May 06, 2018 5:28 pm

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Today's easy(?) ride was in the glorious peak district. The keen and fitter ones rode from Bollington, the saner riders drove up to Goyt Valley car park. 18 of us rode from there to Longnor for a much needed cafe stop, with just one mechanical in the form of a rattling crank. The ride back after lunch was a little more eventful, with Adele's chain deciding to jump off and form a difficult to shift loop. Pete Jackson and John Jackson managed to sort it.
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Re: Sunday Easy Rides

Postby Katherine Jackson » Sun May 13, 2018 6:54 pm

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19 easy riders set off on this afternoon's ride from Wilmslow. We went through the airport tunnels and up towards Ashley, unfortunately Harry's rear derailleur snapped so he headed back on foot to his car. The rest of us made it by bike to Great Budworth village hall, where there was a 60th birthday surprise waiting for Griff. Alison Griffies had been liaising with the church ladies who had made him a fabulous 2 tier cake. Dale, Jan, David Lewis and Georgina met us there, and even Harry got there in the end. The cake turned out to be just the right size for 23 Wheelers, with one piece saved for John Jackson. It was great to have so many there, others out on bikes were Martin (navigating), Dan, Simon G, Simon R, Eddie G with wife Sarah, Helena and her boyfriend, Robin and Vicki, Paul R and brother Chris, Lucia and Alicia.
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Re: Sunday Easy Rides

Postby Katherine Jackson » Sun May 20, 2018 3:30 pm

We had 9 out for this morning's sunny easy ride from Macclesfield to Grasslands. Simon G was having one of 'those' mornings with his bike, ending up with just one gear to ride on and almost losing the top off his tools container (sharp eyed Steve retrieved it from the verge). Griff led the ride from Broken Cross to Siddington, from where Martin led. Grasslands was busy but we timed it well, arriving just as a large Seamons contingent left. There was still a queue, but fortunately breakfast was still an option. It was great to see lifetime club member John Bethell in there, along with former club treasurer Eddie. Other easy riders out today were new member, Ian, Simon R, Jim, and Ken.
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