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Chester Easy Riders is an independent cycling club affiliated to Cycling UK. We cycle every Thursday throughout the year with moderate and brisk day rides of 40 to 80 miles.

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Saturday, 1 February 2020

30th January 2020 : Market Drayton (brisk)

Today's ride is from Alison’s cafe at Tattenhall. Another good turnout of CER riders, and for the brisk ride today we were a group of 5. A ride to Market Drayton and a visit to the Red Lion, Joules establishment was on offer. With the hope that the roads are not as muddy as last week, the first half hour of today's conversation was the bike and gear wash after lasts weeks ride.

John M, John W, Steve F, Ray and I set off via Burwardsley Road and onto Dark Lane then onto Bolesworth Road and over Bolesworth Hill, dropping down to Brown Knowl then along Bickerton Road. Heading out to Wrenbury and passing the Dusty Miller inn, the canal bridge was down so it was then onwards towards Aston.

Beeston Castle in the sunshine
John M and Ray make a detour shortly after the crossroads deciding on a shorter ride to Audlem. We three continued on our route. As previously wished for, the lanes today were drier and the weather although overcast was warm. After a further few miles along decent lanes we are entering Market Drayton and lunch.

The service  at the "Spoons pub, the Red Lion, was quick and food reasonable and we are back out in the saddle again. Heading East, we head out  and up to Norton in Hales then into Audlem. A quick check of the café there confirmed our two "slackers" had departed for home. Through the town and up the hill before the right-hand fork thence to take us to Nantwich. Passing through the town and exit via Welsh Row, we continue to Acton and Swanley Lane and the usual route to Bunbury and Beeston.

We head on back to Chester after 53 miles around and having enjoyed 80+ miles of good cycling. As we pass the Rugby club on Hare Lane, and after so many pot holes, I hear a "psssssssss" sound and ride the rest of the short way home on a flat tyre

Another good ride, weather very warm and miles covered at a 16.5mph average. Still got to wash the bikes and gear though!!

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