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(B+) Fast Friday Ride – Cheshire Loop

10:00 Friday November 5 2021

Current Participants: 2 space(s) available
  • Goodwin, Andy
  • Hill, David
  • Ritchie, Ian
  • Ross-Jones, Neil

This is a “slightly tougher” Grade “B+” ride of ~55 miles and 1400 foot of climb (88km and 425m in new money).
Outward leg is around 28 miles, the climbing is pretty much evenly split. The number of riders is limited to six, including me.
The start point will be Net’s cafe, Burton just after 10:00 for anyone wanting breakfast, but leaving the Marsh Gate on Station Road promptly at 10:15 (do let me know if you are starting from the gate). Station Rd usually has plenty of parking, although I wouldn’t recommend leaving a bike rack on a parked car (anywhere), although of course many people do.
Lunch will be at Manor Wood Caravan Site, and will be around 12:30 – 13:00.
Should Manor Wood be unavailable, or indeed just too busy we will divert an extra 5 miles to Tattenhall, the modified return route would have very little distance, or indeed hill penalty.
Bail out options available on the return for those wanting, or needing a shorter ride are at around 17 miles, leaving the group at Stoak to follow the canal towpath through to Ellesmere Port (~20m) but as we also pass Capenhurst at 21 miles it might not be worth the poorer surface to save at most a mile.

Outbound route:- Manor out
Return:- Manor back
Riding speed will be higher than the WCG usual (so around 16-18 mph on the river/greenway), and due to the smaller group size, faster rural navigation, and fewer stops, the average speed overall should be quite good at 13 to 14 mph.

Neil’s Friday rides in general :- 

These are an occasional Friday ride for those who want to go a bit faster, maybe that bit further, and a bit higher (but we’ll settle for 2 of 3 😉), the idea being to encourage those WCG members who are already happy on the existing higher grade club rides to join me and push ourselves that bit more.

The rides in general will be around 50-60 mile round trips, initial rides are outbound via the River Dee, or the Greenway, and will run out into Cheshire, North Wales or both.  The actual route to be decided nearer the time and is open to suggestions.  Cafe stop around the half-way mark, or a picnic nearby usually.