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April Roundup

April was a busy month for lots of members of the club. More racing adventures and epic rides across North Wales and Cheshire.

Flanders

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!

Will and co at the Tour of Flanders

Drinking

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!

Racing

Robin Hennessy
Pro TT style of Rob Hennessy!

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.

Dave Cuthill in action at Litherland

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.

Retiring

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 ;-)

Mike looking oh so cool in Majorca

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.

Will 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.

Phil, Captain Pugwash and Ian

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!

New Member

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.

More Drinking

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 hello@nwvcycling.club New members are always welcome, and membership includes a free jersey, so what are you waiting for? Cheers!

Now we are REALLY back!

It’s been a long time since a North Wirral Velo jersey had a number pinned on it’s back.  But Saturday 24th February 2018 will go down as a momentous occasion in the club’s history.

Two members of the club, Robin Hennessy and David Cuthill both raced in the Chester RC Hilly 14 mile time trial from Broxton.  It was a cold, sunny afternoon and a field of 90 riders raced against the clock over the undulating circular course.

David Cuthill

For David it was his first ever race, I walked up to him during his warm up on the turbo trainer and asked how he was feeling.  “Nervous” was the response.  I would have been disappointed if he’d said anything else.  He did fantastically well, recording a time of 36:55.  For a first time trial he rode a very even, well paced ride.  I am sure there is lots more to come.  David rides his first mass start race in a few weeks.

Robin has ridden many races previously but thus was the inaugural outing on his new TT machine.  It certainly looked the part and it did the business for him as he recorded an impressive time of 35:59.

Robin Hennessy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well done to both lads, you’ve done the club proud! We look forward to seeing you in more races and hopefully you will be joined by a few more team mates in the near future!
(by on the spot reporter OB1)

What do cyclists look like WITH their clothes on?

Ever wondered what we look like when not clad in Lycra? Well, next week is your chance to find just that, and lots more about the club.

Thursday 1st March, 7.30pm at the Red Cat in Greasby, Wirral for the North Wirral Velo club meeting.  If you want to find out more about us (not just about our tastes in fashion) then come along and see if you would like to ride with us in the future.  We are a friendly lot and would love to see some new faces in the Velo.  All abilities welcome.  We are more carbon fibre than “blue steel” these days but welcome the retro trends as much as the modern!

 

Hope to see you there, or out on the road very soon – Scotty

ps Good look to Robin (pictured) and Dave who are both racing in NWV colours on Saturday (24th) in a hilly 14 mile time trial.  The first time a number has been pinned onto a Velo jersey in a fair while! #GoVelo

Weekend Roudup 17/18th February

Last weekend saw the first “decent” weather of the year, particularly for those of us that have a fair weather inclination to our cycling preference.

Lots of the club out and about covering a total of over 700 miles.  While most the runs were to Cheshire, one of our number decided to get a few hills in.  Training hard for his first races in the coming weeks, David Cuthill took in some of the toughest climbs in North Wales, including “The Shelf”, the Horseshoe Pass, “World’s End”, Hope Mountain and the Panorama Walk.

David is also training for the 112 miles Fred Whitton Challenge on May 13th, which he is riding for Macmillan Cancer Support.  If you would like to show your support for a worthy cause then follow the link to his Just Giving Page and make a donation.  All donations are appreciated and raising a big total will give David the lift he needs on those big climbs!

 If you would like to join us on a ride, then please get in touch with us, either through our social media channels or email hello@nwvcycling.club

We have a club meeting on 1st March 7:30pm at the Red Cat pub in Greasby.  If you want to find out more about the club, please come along, all are welcome.

Fred Whitton Challenge for Macmillan Cancer Support

David Cuthill from the club, along with his brother Simon, are riding the Fred Whitton Challenge on May 13th. 

The Fred Whitton Challenge is one of the most popular sportives in the UK and is also famed as being particularly difficult. Riders rank it alongside European events such as the Marmotte in terms of difficulty.  It consists of a 112 mile sportive around the Lake District, starting at Grasmere and taking in climbs of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott & Wrynose passes.  The challenge has raised over £1million for Macmillan Cancer Support over the past few years and David is raising money to add to that impressive total.

We want to wish David and Simon the best of luck for the ride and if you would like to show your support then please visit his JustGiving page and make a donation, it’s a worthy cause and the boys will value your support when they are facing some of the tougher climbs of the course! The profile of the course is below (not for the fainthearted!)

Good luck fellas!

 

Always good to have someone watching out for you…

The North Wirral Velo has been very lucky with the support given to its rebirth by Tim Ryan and Irvings Law.  They have helped out with the start up costs and have allowed the club to make sure every member can start off with a club jersey to truly feel part of it!

Irvings law has been helping cyclists (amongst others) for the last 35 years or more by fighting the corner of those who have found themselves injured from another parties negligence.

Irvings Law is a strong campaigner in the support of cyclist safety.  Their recent giveaways on Twitter have just been one of the campaigns to highlight the dangers cyclists face from close passes by inconsiderate motorists. To be in with a chance of winning the gilet and bottles just retweet the competition tweet and follow @irvingslaw on Twitter

A New Home!

Due to our previous web host providers closing down, we have now moved to a new host (we keep the same web address) and, as such, have had to rebuild the site from the ground up.
Jarvo
As ever with these things its a work in progress and the purpose of this site is to increase our presence in the world (outside of Facebook).

Please add comments to any of the posts or contact the club via email hello@nwvcycling.club. We look forward to seeing you out on the road and hope you enjoy the ride!

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