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Saturday, 25 August 2018

23rd August 2018 : Norton-in-Hales (brisk)

Despite the unusual cooler weather conditions, there was good turnout at Utkinton with representatives of both moderate and brisk riders.  Clive was back from his travels in France and decided he had not recovered sufficiently to do the 65 miles to Norton in Hales; he joined the moderate riders on their trip to Whitchurch.  John W was on grandad duty and was having to make to do with coffee and  ride home. 

The net result being the brisk group comprised of John M, Nick,  myself and Dave Pipe - who was wavering due to  his uncertainty of being able to maintain a higher pace  but wanting to test his level of fitness. Having sorted a number of contingency plans with Dave, the group headed off towards Tarporley. 

The journey there was was uneventful but Tarporley was besieged by road maintenance engineers, 2 sets of traffic lights and a lot of ‘Chelsea tractors’. This slowed our progress but eventually we sped up passing through Beeston, Bunbury and Faddiley,  on route towards Audlem. The plan was to miss Audlem, but lack of concentration and a missed turning meant a short detour - anyway, Audlem is a nice village to visit. 


We arrived at the Hinds Head pub having completed 2 hours of riding. Lunch was chosen off the light bites menu although the portions were more substantial than light. The lunch chatter  covered football managers, crowd free stadiums and, of course, Brexit. Once lunch was over and photoshoot completed we set off towards home. 


Fuelled up and ready to go

The wind had increased throughout the morning  and became  a head wind which remained throughout the return journey. Fortunately Nick and John led the charge on the flat roads through to Wrenbury occasionally pulling away from Dave and myself. It appeared that Nick was using this as a bit of training for his upcoming triathlon event either that or his lunch was super-powered.

Once we reached  Bickerton, we decided to take more direct routes home so John continued on to Chester and the remainder of us headed for Tilston and Farndon. The original GPX route for the day is 57m with 634 meters of ascent but I think all of us probably rode closer to 80m .


Thanks to everybody for another good day out and very well done to Dave for testing your fitness and not having to revert to any of the contingencies.
See route map and/or gpx file download

KP

Photo by NH

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