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Monday, 4 July 2022

3rd July 2022 : NW & Chester CTC Vets 100 - Duddon to Four Crosses

The NW & Chester CTC's Vets 100 miler was run on Sunday starting from Duddon Village Hall and onwards via Overton to Four Crosses Village Hall.

Our very own Dave M, as President of NW & Chester CTC, saw off nine groups departing at 10 minute intervals from about 0800 onwards. Dave P was in attendance as a car marshal. CER riders were George,Trevor, Electric Pete and myself (apologies if I missed anyone else). There were about 70-80 riders in all I believe. 

The route is very straightforward taking in Farndon and Threapwood with Overton Village Hall coming up at around 25 miles. Essential cakes and hot drinks were on offer in Overton before the second 25 mile stretch to Ellesmere and thence Tetchill, Rednal, Maesbrook and Llanymynech before turning back into Four Crosses.

Here, a substantial two course lunch was rapidly devoured before the off again working our way back towards Overton for afternoon comestibles. This route took in Crew Green, Knockin and a turn around Rednal aerodrome before Ellesmere. Here, the only incident of the day occurred in that the water supply to Overton Village was now cut off and a hasty re-arrangement of afternoon tea was relocated to Ellesmere's Memorial Hall. This meant a 30 mile leg back to Duddon, with an optional cuppa at Farmer John's house in Tilston, before arriving back in Duddon.

I was asked to lead the 9th and last group out which consisted on two riders from Nottingham CTC, a female rider who had driven down from Scotland to participate, and two local riders. We were the last to go out and the first back having completed the 101 miles at 16 mph average speed.

The Vets 100 is a great day out with the weather behaving itself (just a few spots of rain) and ample food provisions. The route will be very familiar to CER riders and not taxing at 3600 ft of climbs overall.

See route map and/or gpx file download


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