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Saturday, 28 May 2022

26th May 2022 : Bangor on Dee (brisk)

John and I rode out from Chester to Holt for JW to pay his CER subs then a little ride around the area is our commitment today. On Tuesday Ken, John and I enjoyed a car assist from Chester to Battlefield to explore the Shropshire roads from Shrewsbury to Craven Arms. Our route from Battlefields took us out to Minsterley then riding over the west side of The Long Mynd. We had a couple of showers and every time we stopped to put our coats on it stopped!!! 

Arriving Craven Arms our recommended café was closed but another quickly sourced, and a good lunch enjoyed. Departing Craven Arms, we rode east towards Much Wenlock encountering an exceedingly small part of Johns LEJOG route he will be riding July.  Today no such problem with café at Holt as Cleopatras was open and busy with 9 riders already seated  

Although we are only few (Briskers) in numbers it would be unusual for any Brisk rider to not be in possession of a route for the day. Today although 9 moderates, no one had a plan. This reminds me of my early railway training where it was drummed into us 6 P,s – Proper Planning Prevents P Poor Performance. With Dave on hand and always handy for conjuring a route, today they also had Mike for assistance. 

A route was worked out and John and I departed for our ride to Bangor on Dee passing the garden centre towards the A534 main road and crossing it to head towards Cross Lanes doing a little loop out to Plassey before heading back towards Bangor on Dee. Onwards to Shocklach taking the road out to Tilston and Horton. Passing Nick's residence, we shouted good morning but not sure if he was home! We had a tail wind from Plassey roundabout and were coasting at 28mph to Bangor on Dee. 

 The tranquil River Dee

When looking at Strava segments later we were not the fastest on the day!! A 33mph rider was head of the leader board.  Through Tattenhall and towards Long Lane, the wind was now full face, and we were struggling at 12-14mph so diverted via Hargrave to Guy Lane and Waverton  

Although not a long ride today we both enjoyed the sprint around prepping John for his 400k Audax taking place on Saturday. Good luck John and hope the weather is kind to you. 

Today's round trip was for me 46 miles and John 52 miles at an average of 17.5 mph due to the wind assistance. 

See you all in three weeks.

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