Report – January 23rd 2014

The weather has not been particularly kind over recent weeks, with rain or ice affecting a number of weekend plans, but a few hardy club members have braved the seasonal challenges to keep the Saturday social rides and Sunday club runs going.  However, one fortunate club member was spotted doing a bit of warm weather training in Tenerife recently!

Club runs & social rides

On a cold and frosty January Sunday morning, with ice in the side roads 7 turned out for the club ride to Tatton Park. Three club riders had fallen on ice on the previous club run, so the party decided to stay on the main roads through Holmes Chapel and Knutsford, instead of taking Wayne Powells pre planned route via the lanes. A rapid tempo warmed us up, and we encountered several other groups, also staying away from the minor roads. As it turned out, the group of Wayne Powell, Stephen Kane, Mark Allen, Bob Norton and Julian and Janet Alston, were pleased that it was a short ride, because soon after setting out from the coffee stop in Tatton Park, the forecast rain started. At least the ice had gone, enabling riding in the lanes through Ashley, Mobberley, Chelford and Lower Withington to arrive back after 43 miles.

Last Saturday, 18th, although the weather forecast was dire, 4 members set off on the Saturday
Social club ride. They were Georgina Norton, Bev Hambleton and Paul and Amanda Turner. The ride out went up Wall Hill , Rode Heath, Alsager , Barthomley  then Haslington to reach the cafe stop at Wheelock Farm. After coffee and refreshments plus plenty of social chit chat, the return was via
Elworth , Middlewich and Brereton Heath , to record a distance of  31 miles. While it was very windy and the lanes were mucky the dreaded rain never arrived. A good ride was had by all with the only downside being the state of the bikes at the end.

The next couple of social rides are Saturday 1st and Saturday 15th February, leaving from the Unicorn pub car park at 10am.

Club runs continue every Sunday – 9.30am from the Rugby Club. The 9th and 23rd February see the first two Reliability rides of the year, with a 29 or 45 mile option on the 9th, followed by a 65 mile route on the 23rd, building up for the new season.

Macclesfield Supercross (Sunday December 29th)

The club had 2 riders competing in the 1 hour senior race in this Macclesfield Wheelers annual cyclocross promotion. The race was a round of the North West Cyclo Cross League and it was good to see club riders competing. Both aquitted themselves well with James finishing 22nd and Pete 48th on a demanding and slippery circuit in Macclesfields South Park. The massed start of about 70 riders was impressive, with riders fighting for position before the track narrowed down. The race after this was a flat out hard effort for the riders on a fairly firm but wet and slippery circuit. The race was won by Ian Bibby a professional with the Madison Genesis cycling team.