April was a busy month for lots of members of the club. More racing adventures and epic rides across North Wales and Cheshire.
The start of the month saw Will, one of our now Southern based contingent hop across the Channel with his lovely wife Helen and friends to ride the Tour of Flanders course the day before the pros raced it. A 229km sportif over the famous roads ridden by many cycling legends over the years. Will (and Helen) have now added themselves to that list!
A sudden upturn in the temperature saw the first pub visit towards the end of a midweek ride. A quick pint in the evening sunshine at the Wheatsheaf in Raby was a very pleasant end to a warm Wednesday night ride. We would also like to welcome back Mark D. into the fold, who has been absent for the last few months. His poxy excuse was that his wife had their second child. Nice to see you back Mark, and congrats to you and your wife, great to hear the family is doing well!
Great results for the racing squad including 2 sub 23 minute rides in 10 mile time trials by Robin, looking every bit the pro time trialist.
Finishing in the top 15 in both events run on the Rainford bypass course, Robin managed a 22.38, the fastest club 10 time this millenium!
Meanwhile in another racing discipline, Dave Cuthill was widening his racing experience with the evening circuit races at Litherland. Getting into the top half of the results, it’s a steep learning curve riding such events without experience and Dave is doing the club proud with his enthusiasm and can do attitude.
We are sure both lads will go on to great things this season, and we look forward to increasing the numbers of club members racing in these types of events very soon.
But it’s not all about the racing, lots of the members were riding all over the place through April.
In Majorca, our club secretary (who recently retired) was enjoying the big climbs in warmer climates! Mike, pictured after his successful* “grimp” up and over to the port of Sa Calobra. Anyone who has attempted that route on a bike will know just how challenging it is.
*we are still awaiting official confirmation of this achievement as he looks to fresh to have ridden there. We think it’s either a very good Photoshop or he got the bus. We will let you know once Strava have verified the ride
Will returned to ‘Blighty to give the Surrey countryside the benefit of seeing the NWV jersey in all it’s glory out in the sunshine.
Ups and Downs (and offs)
While Dave and Gary were climbing mahoosive climbs in deepest North Wales, Phil, Ian and Anthony were tackling a majorly hilly sportive in the form of the Wirral Wheelers Church Hill Challenge. Some big and nasty climbs but the lads enjoyed it nonetheless. Anthony, it seems was the only one who got the “dress like a pirate” memo.
Unfortunately, April was also a first for official “offs”. One on a club run and a couple due to large but well hidden pot holes in the road. I can report that everyone involved lives to ride another day!
Can we also welcome our newest member, the enigma that in “Dr Laxslacks”. You’ll know him if you see him, he’s like a young Peter Sagan.
This month sees the NWV Spring Social event, where we get together (away from the bikes) and those of us who have any left, let our hair down. If you want to join us, please get in touch through out social media channels or via email firstname.lastname@example.org New members are always welcome, and membership includes a free jersey, so what are you waiting for? Cheers!