Seems like we had a busy week!
On Saturday, the A riders went out and rode up Col du Mellor, Long hill and Cat and Fiddle. Everyone split up on Col du Mellor, with Will beating Dan and John for first place. On Long hill and Cat and Fiddle most of us set a good pace as a group while Will set off again and just showed off. After blasting down Cat and Fiddle we made our way back, a lot of us broken from a hard week of cycling!
Our B rides have been proving so popular we had to make Oliver actually do his job and ride with the B's! 22 people turned up eager for a ride so Rhys and Oliver teamed up. After a chilly start, the group reached the Cheshire lanes and halfway had a very civilised stop at Quirkeee Café in Mobberley, before continuing into the countryside. Although largely flat, the Artists Lane climb was tackled and a well-deserved break was had at the top. A good pace was achieved for the descent into the city and everyone arrived back in time for the rugby (though some wished they hadn't in the end)!
16 of us went riding in total! 3 decided to ride DH in Hagg Farm Forest sessioning the DH trials, looking at different lines and trying to gap some silly jumps! We planned to have a league of gentlemen race down the main line but Greg had a serious tumble on an unclearable jump which ended the day early by breaking his shoulder!!
The others rode XC, starting off on Snake Pass, climbing up to Lockerbrook farm for a quick descent down Lockerbrook into Fairholmes. Next it was up to Whinstone Lee Tor to the steep drop to the Ladybower Inn, with a couple of crashes for good measure. After stopping for bacon cobs (baps/rolls/buns/barm/muffin/sarnies), they headed back over to Hagg Farm and all crashed on the bottom section despite the promise of a fiver for anyone who made it down, covering 20km overall.
On top of this, turns out one of our new members (Cai) has sussed how to keep his bike sparkling too...
CIRCUITS and STRENGTH & CONDITIONING
So we don't just do our exercise on bikes, we also do exercise so we can ride more bikes! On Mondays at 8pm we have circuit training with Aim Physical (FB, TWITTER) at Manchester Grammar School. You won't find a better or cheaper way of causing yourself physical pain while also building up core strength at only £3 a session so come along!
WEDNESDAY RIDES - ROAD
As ever, Armitage at 2pm. Weather is dry and still but not that warm tomorrow (~12°C), so take a jacket/extra layer.
From now on, you MUST ride with both rear and front lights, make sure you have some! Remember your helmet, spare tubes, drink and food also.
We have two A rides this week, William will take a group to do some hill climbing on this route (90km/55mi). If you're entered for the BUCS hill climb we'd recommend you do this!
Tarn will be taking a second A ride on a flatter 70km/45mi route , I would highly encourage those who are quicker on the usual B ride to give this a try!
Oliver is heading out to do Wizard's hill on this route (56km/35mi)
Due to a lack of people to lead (unlucky combination of illness, injury and work) we can't put on a C ride this Wednesday, we are trying our hardest to work this out so please don't be put off! If anyone would like to organise a ride themselves feel free, we can provide suggestions for routes etc, just give me a message!
SATURDAY - MTB
The MTBers are heading out to Hayfield to do some XC riding, there's limited places so go check out Dave's post on the XC FB group for more info about transport and times!
We are sorting out our next social, more than likely heading out for a curry somewhere but if you can't wait, then there'll be a group watching Red Bull Rampage this Saturday, look for Alex's post on the XC FB group!
Don't worry if you still haven't joined but hurry up because you're missing out on loads of stuff!
Phew, sorry for the long post, we've just been doing too much!