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Friday, 13 January 2012

12th January 2012: Malkins Bank, Alsager (brisk)

At least 12 of us arrived at the wind surfing centre in windy (NW) and spotty rain conditions.  Fortunately the weather forecast predicted improving conditions and moderating winds for the rest of the day.
There were one or two new riders present, so we agreed to split with the slightly faster group heading out to the cafe at Malkins Bank golf course near Alsager.
We (David M, Ray, Mike, Paul and Alan) set out on a lumpy route to Hatchmere and then via Darnhall to Church Minshull.  A left turn here took us over towards Warmingham where we turned south through lots of minor roads until we arrived at Hassall Green (where we saw the sad sight of "The Romping Donkey” boarded up) and shortly to Malkins Bank.  The facilities here are much improved and we enjoyed a good welcome and an excellent lunch.

Malkins Bank Golf Course cafe
Photograph by Alan Jeffs

Return route went out to the A50 and a hard ride back against the still strong wind to Middlewich.  We navigated a few busy roads here to return to Hatchmere through Davenham and Acton Bridge.  More lumpy stuff through to Mouldsworth got us back to Manley Mere just as the light was going sometime after 4:00pm.
Ride distance was 100k (62m), from Manley and back to Manley at an average riding time speed of 22kph (14mph).  Most of us had covered around 120k by the time we got home.  A great use of all the available daylight and an excellent hard training start to the year.


  1. The average speed on the outward leg must have been unbelievably fast; several times I noticed that my cycle computer was registering well over 20mph, and we weren't going downhill at the time! The overall average time would probably have been even higher had I not struggled a bit on the return journey. Thanks to Dave for making sure I did not get too far behind.

  2. Sounds a good ride - my old grounds as living in Sandbach Malkins Bank was our next village - the golf course I think was the council tip!!! would have enjoyed the visit.
    Not out for Thursday ride so no CER until 9th February.
    Excellent blog and very user friendly well done Bryan.