CTC ride to Trevor Arms at Marford

It was an early start  with me being fed and watered by about 9.30 at the Eureka Cafe.
Ray comes in and gets to see the new toy. The ride was going to be the first real test of the Garmin Edge 305. The purpose being to log the route and record all the personal data at the same time. I have’nt got as far as navigating just yet.

Ten o’clock sees the group ouside the cafe ready for the off.

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The group comprised of Annabel, Lusso jacket John, Barbara and John, George, Ray, Alan (for part of the ride) Keith?, another chap whose name I don’t know and moi. Terry in red is off somewhere else.
It was off down the well worn route to the crossing of the A5117 and then on down to the footbridge at Saltney Ferry.  Annabel and Keith consulted the map once across the bridge.
The parking space resembling  a 4X4 dumping ground. It was then right instead of the normal left and around the Airbuss Factory at Broughton.

Lost already!.jpgWe meandered through the lanes with water stop at a T junction somewhere near Kinnerton and then it was what seemed like a short ride up to the lunch stop at the Trevor Arms at Marford.
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With the bikes around the back Ray and I ventured in for a pub lunch. Chicken dinner for me washed down with a diet coke. Next round is mine Ray. I’ve had some good chats with Ray about diet and exersise regimes.
Things livened up a bit when a group of motorcyclist from Yorkshire came in and occupied the tables around us. There was a good bit of banter going on.
The split group reformed with Annabel giving us great ammusement by giving a CTC Member Details form to one of the bikers by mistake (Ray and I filled ours in over lunch)
Lunch over it was across the road and up the hill on the road to Holt.

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I don’t know who the chap in red is but the chap in green is George. George knows no fear. I was barrelling down a hill towards Holt starting to apply the brakes for a bend coming up and not wanting to go down on the wet leaves when George flies past as if I was standing still. George is 72 for those that have never met him.
The rain that the forecasters foretold arrived as we headed back to Chester with a stop for waterproofs outside the Duke of Westministers gates.
As we approached the hill outside Siaghton, George surprised both myself and Ray by dropping the pair of us. To make matters worse I was third. You just have to shake you head and smile.
It was on to Chester  with the Dee on our left , around the back of the Bike Factory and then on to the cycle path.

George on the wet cycle path

Guess who is at the back of the bunch because he came out on a bike with no mudguards. Anyway it was back to the Eureka Cafe where I saw the state of the back of the super luminous Altura Jacket that was doing a good job of keeping me dryish.

I didn’t even mind the rain, you get used to it and it turns out it is not the end of the world if you get a bit wet. Thanks for the ride everyone it was another good day out despite the weather turning.

44 miles on the GPS.
The whole ride was logged and here are a few of the statistics:
71.3km, Av speed 19.6 kmH 2400 Calories burnt. Av heart rate 100bpm, MaxHr 139bpm.
Av Cadence 74 rpm. Total Ascent 680 metres.
The last figure is surprising as this was an easy ride, it is 2230 feet!!!
Thanks again everyone.

CTC Ride to Dragons Rest Cafe

It promises to be a lengthy post this one as there are a few pictures to post another point on the map to add and tales to tell.
Rode down to the Eureka Cafe for Frank,s Breakfast (Franks Breakfast is a menu item at the Eureka Cafe) after avoiding the Missing Link as I didn’t want crap all over the bike.

10 o’clock had Graham(leader) Margret, Andy, Janet, Bob, Jill, John, and Moi heading off to Woodbank and onwards towards the River Dee. John in the blue top below is not wearing his fluorescent yellow Lusso jacket as it is still in the wash following an incident on the return from the Wednesday section AGM. (one of the funniest things things I’ve seen for a long time)

 dragons rest ride 002.jpgdragons rest ride 005.jpgThe first climb of the day

Here I saw the Dee bore for the first time as we cycled along the path, it was about 2ft high and most impressive . Then it was over the Rail bridge at Shotton. We came out near Deeside Cycles which I had been in the previous day looking at Colnago,s , crossed the road and nearly ended up in a church service as a white van blocked the path.
We were soon climbing up towards Ewloe Green and then it was on towards Mold Tesco,s for ellevens, tea and a muffin in my case.
On the descent into Mold it was a swift blast down the dual carriage way only to be baulked by a red light at the college. Graham said he would have given me a race if the light was going to be green. Graham, if I’d known you wanted to give me a bit of a race I’d have zipped my jacket up!

Mold Tesco,s stood out on the ride as one of those places that has Farmers Weekly in a prominent position on the magazine shelves as opposed to the celebrity drivel we seem to get in my neck of the woods.

Out of Mold it was down the A541 towards Denbigh.Things rolled along untill we reached Afon Wen when it was turn right engage a low gear and climb up to Caerwys. The bike got parked up on the bench at the top of the climb as I thought it was an ideal spot for a photograph. I’m normally sprinting off the front of the climbs as the gearing is higher on the toy and I only have one speed in my legs, all or nothing. Mind you Janet always gives me a good run for my money and she is handicapped by a bike that weighs a ton compared to The Toy.

 dragons rest ride 009.jpgBob and Jill make it to Caerwys

 A couple of miles down the B5122 we had the Lunch stop at the Dragons Rest Cafe.Copy of Dragons Rest.jpgdragons rest ride 021.jpg

It was a chicken dinner for me washed down with a diet coke. Lunch over it was back on the bikes (which hadn’t been sold in the car boot sale around the back) and back down the road to Pant, Babell and onto Halkyn Mountain. It was hilly but the views are superb.We had another stop for afternoon tea at the Garden Centre next to the Horticulteral College.

It was all down hill from there and we ended up in Golftyn and it was back down the cycle routes to the railbridge at Hawarden through the Deeside Industrial Estate and down a muddy track to Shotwick Village. Once we got across the road it was up the lane to bring us out next to the Yact pub. Back to the Eureka for another cup of tea and a piece of flapjack.
Keith was putting a new  Jersey signed by the British Olympic cycling team up on the wall so its something to look out for if you ever visit. Then it was back home at a brisk pace, up Rest Hill again.

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65 enjoyable hilly miles. Thanks everyone.


The Second 100 mile Ride

It was an early start for the CTC run to Whitchurch which started at 9.30 instead of the usual 10.00. I’d covered about 9 miles before the obligatory breakfast at the Eureka Cafe. Anyway  Noel led us off on a crisp September morning with the first stop being that old favourite The Ice Cream Farm.
Had a pot of tea and a hot scone (jam, but no butter or cream for that matter).
Then it was off to Whitchurch on what was turning out to be a glorius day. A bit like the 3 bears porridge it, it was not too hot, not too cold but just right. (for me).

The Route was totally new to me but appeared to follow NCR route 70. I’d had disscusions with Ray about weight loss, frame materials and GPS navigation on the ride to the Ice Cream Farm. (thanks for the comment Ray). It looks like a Garmin will be on it,s way shortly. An hour and a half,s riding had us at the lunch stop in Whichchurch which for those that didn’t take a packed lunch (me) was the Town Hall Vaults pub. Lunch for me was a small chicken dinner and a diet Coke.

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I,m thinking what your probably thinking “whats this nut doing with a picture of his dinner on the website”. Well the whole point of  the site, the lifestyle changes I’ve made are probably summarised in that one meal.
If your on the British Heart Foundation portion based plan the above should look pretty familiar to you. Chicken was about the size of a pack of playing cards.
£3.95 by the way and it was the small portion. I’m told the cask ale was very good too.

It was very pleasant out the back with the bikes off the road. Company was good with the coversation drifting into the relms of “Why do all signs around here say Wem 5 miles “. Lunch over Noel led us to the afternoon stop at Waterways (which was the destination of my first CTC ride). This might be classed as a rolling route as rolling down one of the hills was met by a fair climb up the other side.

I’m continually amazed by the scenery on these rides, on a good day there is no better place to be. The roads were quiet apart from crossing the busy ones, I’m at a loss to explain why more don’t take it up. 

Waterways was left around 4pm after a diet coke. You get some stunning views over the Cheshire plain here. It was back to Two Mills via the lanes and the pedestrian bridge at Saltney. Home via the Missing link finally splitting off from the other two remaining riders by Brimastage. 100miles came up by the slow sign at the bottom of Rest Hill.

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A memorable day for me, my thanks go out to all those I met on the ride and to Noel for leading it. I mustn’t forget to mention Quinns again as weekend it didin’t look like this ride would be taking place on the bling bike. 

Wirral Coastal cycle path(Easy)

 This is the first route I am going to do and the easyest. There is a slight rise halfway along that might require you to change down a gear or two BEFORE you hit the bottom, not when your starting to struggle half way up.

Start: Seacombe Ferry
Finnish: New Brighton
Start is at Seacombe Ferry and the finish is the pub at New Brighton they have been renovating for what seems like years. This is just meant to be a taster route and to let me get the hang of things.


As you can see it’s deserted at this time of the morning.
Next picture is just past the pub that overllooks the Mersey.


Youve just come down this slope, so keep pedalling. Next up is the slope I was telling you about at the start.


The next picture is the end of the route.


Now turn around and ride back to the start. That shouldn’t take too much out of you.

Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool ride

The Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool cycle ride is this Sunday 2nd July. I did this ride last year and found it most enjoyable, even the climb out the Wallasey Tunnel.

Keep your wits about you if you dont want to end up as an accident statistic, I saw 3 crashes and 2 of them looked like they were ending up in hospital. A bit of a shock to the system on a charity event, so take care.

My Wirral Circular Route (35-45 miles)

I’ve been riding this circular wirral route now for over a year now, in some cases 3 times a week. Todays ride involved taking a picture of Seacombe seafront for an easy beginers route that I will post once I can get mapping sorted.

This route was published in Cycling News as a favourite ride by Tony Bell, a colmnist of the magazine.


The web article has lost a lot of the detail that was in the magazine namely the map and I’m still working out a way of posting the route in detail, it maybe a tracklog or a pdf of the original article. Hardest point on the route is getting out of West Kirby but i’ll speak more about that at another time.

Looking at the route for some reason it goes down the Chester High road when a far better route would have been though Ness and Burton which is the route I would take every time. 

Cycle Computers

It’s well worth fitting a cycling computer to whatever cycle you ride for reasons that are not obvious to a begginer. Apart from speed and distance the most useful function that a cycle computer needs is an average speed reading.

I’ll explain, my current average speed is 13 mph, if I plan to do a 40 mile ride this will take me approximately 3 hours. Maximum speed on todays run was 40 mph down a steep hill, minimum was probably about 7mph. As you clock up the miles the figure becomes a reflection of what terrain you are riding,your effort and which way the wind blows. The figure can be used to give others a guide to when your going to arrive at a destination or if there is a change of plan you know how long it will take you to get home.

Tesco,s do a cycle computer with average speed for £7 so it needn’t break the bank.