24 HOUR PEDAL-THON FOR MAGGIE'S CENTRES
As some of you may have seen, next Thursday we will be pedalling for 24 hours continuously outside the student union for the cancer charity Maggie's (FB EVENT HERE). Maggie's provide practical, social and emotional support for cancer sufferers and their loved ones. They are currently in the process of building and additional 8 centres to the 15 they already have, with two planned at The Christie and in Oldham.
If you can come along and join us on the bikes then look for the posts on the FB event, you don't have to cycle either, it'll be nice to speak to some people to stave off the boredom! If you would like to make a donation then you can do so by visiting our JustGiving page below
On top of seeing us lot pedal away, you'll be able to have a go at our POWER challenge on a wattbike for a chance to win some Nandos vouchers courtesy of our sponsors Homes 4 U. So come along, give us and Maggie's some support and maybe you'll leave with some free chicken!
WEDNESDAY ROAD RIDES
With most of the A riders taking a well-deserved week off, we had a small group of only five of us going out on a pretty solid ride for a Wednesday. We headed out to Marple Bridge, where John O'Brien quickly discovered that he had a gear other than his big ring on the climb up Col du Mellor. After descending back down and fixing a slow puncture, we made our way around the loop of Chinley Churn. The first climb was up a steep road, covered in grit and mud, we then made our way over to the next ascent via some very narrow and twisty roads. After climbing up Onions hill (just as last week), we started climbing up to the far side of Brickworks where disaster struck and John O'Brien and Ed Penrose went over the top, descending down the other side. Luckily enough we managed to contact them and after flying down a soaking wet and busy Brickworks, we caught them in Bollington and started to make our way back through the traffic and pitch black back home. Without too much fuss, we all ended up back at the Armitage knackered and glad to be back!
On Thursday we had our first track session of the year. With a great turnout of 23 we met our new coach from British Cycling, Charlie Evans. He split us into three groups depending on how much time we'd spent on the track. The experienced group set off into their own groove with Charlie giving them pointers as they went through some exercises, while the intermediates began by riding individually before practicing some group-riding and some changeovers. Our beginner riders started by acquainting themselves with fixed gear riding and riding up and down the banking of a velodrome.
Don't worry if you missed your chance, we'll be revisiting lots of times, doesn't matter if you're a track newbie or Chris Hoy. Take a look at some of the photos below.
We'd like to give thanks to Joe Bennion for making this awesome video of the session!
Armitage at 10am, as usual, try and turn up on time, don't necessarily rely on the routes as weather/numbers dependent we change them.
Weather tomorrow is WET, it's going to be raining from 7:00AM until 1:00PM for everyone, regardless of elevation or location so make sure you have a good waterproof layer. Luckily enough it should still be warm ~14°C (thank you global warming) but you can still get cold surprisingly quickly if you're wet and standing around! Reminder that you'll need tubes, food & drink, helmet, mudguards and I'd also suggest a rear light as visibility can be poor.
Will is taking the A ride up Cat & Fiddle, though if the weather is truly terrible this may change. ROUTE/GPX FILE (92km/58mi)
Rhys is taking the B ride out on a loop of Dunham and Tatton park. ROUTE/GPX FILE (65km/40mi)
Phew, we've been doing so much, hopefully you've enjoyed reading. Keep an eye out for more updates about our 24 Hour pedalthon next Thursday and here's a reminder that you can donate here for a very worthwhile cause!