Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool ride report

Rode down to the Birkenhead tunnel and then through it before they closed it off. Which is just as well as I later heard that people were being turned back on the Birkenhead side.

Still I registered on the day and then had to carry the T-shirt around with me, at some points I should have used it as a sweatcloth as it was it ended up going under the new bike to protect the frame from getting scratched on the way home.

The ride: Had a really good ride, saw no crashes but heard about one in the tunnel from a chap I rode the Chester-Liverpool leg with, gather the three of them were OK. Highlights of the trip out were tagging on to a group of four at Gayton and falling off the back of them on the road to Willaston. Neston, Ness and Burton came up and then it was a stop for a Slimmer,s Breakfast at the Eureka Cafe, the third one this week. Rejoined the ride well fueled with only the roundabout on the A55 giving a bit of concern. Met the chap that signed on before me at the Chester stop had a chat and decided to ride back to Liverpool together. It proved to be a good decision as it turned out we have similar abilities and it made for an enjoyable ride back. The hill at Brackenwood didn,t seem as bad this year and neither did the climb out of the Wallasey tunnel, it just goes to show what loosing a couple of stone and getting out more can do for you. Sting in the tail was the emergency exit sliproad at Liverpool tunnel entrance. This is about twice the gradient of the 2 mile climb out of the tunnel itself. Granny ring for me this year although now it wouldnt be a problem on the middle ring.

A brilliant day with great weather will probably do it again next year. I felt for all those doing it on Mountain bikes they,d dragged out the shed, it looked like hard work dragging 40 pounds of steel around with tyres that want to stick to the road.

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