Reliability Ride Report

30 10 2011

Our first Autumn Reliability Ride was held today with 32 riders taking part on a day when it was difficult to decide how many layers to wear – end of October usually means cold and crisp but many were caught out by the very mild morning!   The ride followed the spring ride route but with a slight change out to Whitchurch – via Shavington Park rather going direct.     The group stayed together for most of the way to Malpas where the climb up into the town centre saw a few riders struggling.  The next area where splits occured was the fast decent from Burwardsley towards Tattenhall.    The lumpy section along Crib Lane into Tarporley also had a few being dropped.    Unfortunately a large number of riders in the lead group missed a section of the route by not going up the long climb of Cobblers Cross Lane around the back of Portal Golf Club and then decending Sapling Lane into Eaton!!    Although the day was pleasantly warm the wind was quite strong and this was most noticeable when travelling through the flat countryside towards Cholmondeston and Worleston – some of the road surfaces on this stretch made things difficult too.   From the Reaseheath roundabout it’s only 8 miles back to base and improving tarmac quality made the final leg relatively easy!    Riders came from a range of clubs including Crewe, Market Drayton, Nova Raiders(Newport) Tunstall Wheelers, Stone Wheelers, Macclesfield, Manchester Veloand  Wrekin.  Thanks go to all who took part and we look forward to seeing everyone in February when the spring ride will be run



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