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Re: Saturday Club Run (Road)

Postby fpdave » Mon Jul 10, 2017 2:36 pm

5 intrepid adventurers set off from Macclesfield to cram as many hills as possible in to the short distance (as the crow flies, which we were not), between Macclefield and Chestnut Centre. We did pretty well; Blaze Hill, Pym Chair, Buxton Old Road, Castle Naze (Combs), Peak Forest, then Sparrowpit to Chestnut Centre. Home was via Hayfield, to top of Monks Road, up to Ludworth Moor, Marple Bridge and back via the newly re-opened Middlewood Road. 58 miles and 2000 m of climbing.

The adventurers were Richard D, Adam Smith (newish guy), Graham W, David R, Gordon.
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Re: Saturday Club Run (Road)

Postby Chris C » Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:41 pm

Ride to Snowdrop Cafe 15 July

21 of us out last week in two groups: James, Paul D and Gordon added some hills, and the rest of us stayed low, we being Pete, Daves Haley and Harbottle, Andrew, Andy J, Vikki, Colin, Sam, Roger, me, Mick, Fred, Andy B, Joe Senior, Greg, Elliot, welcome back Alex C-W and big welcome to Claire D, out with us for the first time and not only riding 11 miles from home to the start but insisting on riding back to Macc with us fully intending to ride 11 miles home again, thus certainly achieving more miles than anyone in the social-pace group (which split into two). Hilly ride this weekend, thanks to Andy B for creating our route, which you can access from the home page but here it is anyway: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23344169

Fancy creating a route? Just let me know.
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Re: Saturday Club Run (Road)

Postby Chris C » Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:51 am

Here’s a report from Groupo C of our Saturday Road Club Run on 22 July 2017. Thank you to Andy B for devising a great route and leading Group B (more later I hope but great to see so many people out including Ollie Smyth, aged 13 and out for his first Saturday Road Club Run having already joined several other Wheelers rides this summer, and welcome back to Mark Pilling, enjoying, I hope, a rare Saturday afternoon off showing people how to play Crazy Golf, or something like that).

I counted 12 of us as Groupo C left Base Camp but lost a couple off the front at the Coronation Street Interchange, after which Dave W made a requested break to try and catch Group B, leaving nine of us: me, Paul Roman (well done Paul, not by your own admission a natural climber, you nevertheless made it up every hill), the ever-effervescent Greg, welcome back to week two to Claire, welcome to father and son tandem team Phil and James Kitchman, Monsieur Jean Poussin and triathlete Lynda Cook (fresh from a 3k morning swim and warming up for a 14-mile Sunday morning run around the Cat n Fiddle, I am not making this up) and welcome back again after injury to Steve Porter.

Seven of us made it the 19.5 miles to Hartington at which I played the leader’s card and democratically persuaded my team to plump for an early café stop. The heavens opened as we crested the climb overlooking Pilsbury, after which James proved just how cold a 14-year old could get on the back of a tandem, later accepting Phil’s jacket on top of his own and, as we crossed Axe Edge, Greg’s ever-handy armwarmers. Sadly, James added to his misery on the descent of the Cat by coming off with Phil at Storey Corner, named after a Wheeler of that name took a tumble there a few years ago. Nothing broken I believe but plenty of road rash and Paul flagged down a passing motorist who kindly took the boy home, leaving Dad to ride the tandem the rest of the way solo. Wishing you both a quick recovery, guys, and hope to see you back with us soon.
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Re: Saturday Club Run (Road)

Postby fpdave » Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:34 pm

The faster group ("A"?) went to Chatsworth via Curbur Gap and then down Beeley before the cafe after 48 miles! The Beeley descent was wonderful and swoopy, worth the long roundabout route to get there.

Edensor is a somewhat upmarket cafe, but good cake. As we were finishing there were a few spots of rain (we'd sat outside), so we hid in the cafe for 10 minutes until it cleared. Then didnt have any more rain!

It was 77 miles by the time we got back to Macc, with a total of 7200ft of climbing.

6 riders out: Richard, James, Tom, Lewis, Paul Dean, Dave Roberts.
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