Thursday, 29 October 2009

North Cheshire Clarion club run 18 Oct 2009

A 9am start had me up at 7, porridge a bagel and a mug of tea had me ready to go, ran out to the garage to get the bike ready and it was flippin cold. 2 under layers, a light wind proof jacket, skullcap, biblongs and overshoes was the choice of clothing that served me well for the day. No wind to speak of with a temp of around 5-10'C.

Rode out from home, only 7 miles / 30min at a nice easy pace got me to Stretton - the start point. Andy was the ride leader today and he took us on a loop around Cheshire. A nice easy start had us headed west to Frodsham then we hit a few hills around Delamere which slowed us down a little then on through Kelsall and Willington before having a cafe stop in a nice little place in Cotebrook.

The food looked great but the service came complete with a surly face, a shame really as it was a nice little place to stop for a bite. Moving on we headed north-east past Oulton Park and on to Little Budworth, Weaverham and onto the A49 before doing a right turn and onto the last hill of the day, a hill of around 8% and then the last few miles back to Stretton.

A good nicely balanced route - not too easy or hard definitely a good work out for all 10 of us, I certainly felt it in the legs on the hills around Delamere but overall not too difficult seeing as we bypassed the more challenging hills in the area.

My Ride Stats
Distance 55.26 miles - Time 3hrs36min - Avg Speed 15.3mph - Climbing 1627 ft

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