Followed the A team into massive headwind until approx 4 miles from Ellesmere, then turned left to Ellesmere and the Red Lion for excellent pensioner lunch.
Returned through Welshampton (one of my favourite roads) with massive tailwind over the moors and through river valleys to Malpas for quick brew in fire station cafe. Then more massive tailwind to collect car from garage in Tarporley. Downpour in last 5 minutes before Tarporley which ensured that I got home drenched, but who cares after an excellent 60 miles round trip. Seems like I can now almost handle the distance of the stronger riders, but not the speed yet. 5 weeks to the Alps: should just make it in good shape.