Sunday club run with 10 other riders from North Cheshire Clarion. I was up at 6-20am, porridge and out by 7am on what was a very blustery and chilly early morning. Rode the 25 miles to Stretton down the East Lancs road into a fierce headwind. Met up with the club, and after Andy’s clipless moment (ouch!) we were off.
A couple of the guys from the club write cycling blogs which are interesting and informative reads. Phil’s can be found here, and Mark’s can be found here. To complete the set, the club blog can be found here!
The loop took us into the headwind and then down through Weaverham and round to our stop at Allostock, with the wind now behind us.
Suitably refreshed we set off north past Knutsford and through Tabley which then saw us turn back into the headwind and back up to Appleton and Stretton. Mark won one of the sprints so honourable mention to him!
Setting off back home there were a few of us going through Warrington. We met a guy called Dave Smith cycling on day 3 of his Land’s End to John o’ Groats ride, so we rode with him through Warrington. This guy was an absolute inspiration. He told me that his daughter had been treated for cancer and as a thank you he wanted to do something for the hospital in Somerset that had treated her. So he’d raised £2,500 in sponsorship and set off on his LEJOG solo – his friend he should have been riding with had been taken ill. Dave is 72 years old! Best of luck to Dave.
As I turned onto the East Lancs I thought I’d do a bit of extra training so I hit the lap button on the Garmin and went for it. Now I know I had a tailwind, but at that point I’d already done 77 miles and I had to stop and start at 3 sets of traffic lights and 2 roundabouts. Anyway, I did 10.19 miles in 28m 35s at an average speed of 21.4mph – so very pleased with that.
Overall 94 miles in 5hrs 45mins. Average speed 16.2mph and 4295kcals used.