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.
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.
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)
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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!)
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