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Busy End to the Summer for NWV

The summer months may be behind us for the year, but there is still plenty of action happening in the North Wirral Velo!

The past few weeks have seen the club in several different sportives and loads of time trials and the beginning of the hill climb season.

The bank holiday weekend saw club rouleur and aging hipster Andy Woodside fly the NWV flag in the extremely tough Wild Wales ride, taking in some spectacular, if not tough, climbs around North Wales. As ever, he made it look too easy…

Andy, with his trade mark pistol, copied by Alberto Contador when he won the Tour De France (and other grand tours)

Midweek action in the local 5 mile time trials continued with Robin Hennessy coming back from an enforced lay off (holiday) to record a second place with 10 minutes 49 seconds. Stalwart time trialist Mike Stanley consistently keeps producing great times in the 12 minutes region. He has now switched to hill climbs for the rest of the season and long with Margaret McNelis, our lastest lady member, they are racing long into October with a full hill climb program. Best of luck to the our super climbing duo!

Mike in action on one of the road bike only events

The Clatterbridge Cancer Challenge ride was last on last week too. We have a few members riding and raising money for the worthy cause.

Chris, Liam and Chris

Further a field Lee Holmes has been ticking major French cols off his bucket list, including the Col du Tourmalet, Croix de Fer and the Col De Pyresourde (sticker about to be added). Chapeau Lee, tough terrain in hot conditions!

Lee’s bike box trophy wall

Next big outing for the NWV will be the Seashell Trust Sportive on September 15th starting and finishing in Cheadle Hulme. It’s a hilly loop through the Peak District for a very worthy cause. Please see their website for more details on how to get involved.

And of course, the lads have enjoyed the spell of hot weather in the last week, no ride is complete without a decent refreshment stop!

Sun, cycling and ice cream…

Hope you enjoyed the summer and let’s hope the weather stays clement for Autumn (at weekends at least!)

Finally, the NWV Annual Club Dinner and Prize Presentation has been confirmed for Saturday 16th November at the function room, The Nelson, Grove Road, Wallasey. For tickets and info please email hello@nwvcycling.club we would love to see you there!

But before all that hopefully see you out on the road!

Ride safe

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A Great Ride for a Great Cause in not Great Weather

Staff of Hillyer McKeown reach New Brighton during their charity ride

North West solicitor Hillyer McKeown completed a 33 mile charity ride at the weekend in questionable conditions. Amongst their riders was the North Wirral Velo’s own Matthew O’Brien.

The ride was in aid of Jamie’s SDR Journey.

Jamie is 4 years old from Liverpool. He suffered 2 significant bleeds on his brain after being born at 30 weeks and was subsequently diagnosed with cerebral palsy. As a result, Jamie suffers from extreme muscle tightness in his legs and cannot stand or walk unaided.

Jamie is a good candidate for  a life changing operation called SDR (Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy) which would greatly reduce this tightness, but this is not currently funded by the NHS. This procedure would immeasurably improve Jamie’s quality of life and may even allow him to stand on his own two feet in future. He would also need at least two years of intensive physiotherapy afterwards to maximise the benefits.

In spite of the health problems Jamie has suffered from, he has rarely complained about what life has dealt him and he has endured all his treatment like a trooper. We are now in the perfect window for the SDR operation.

Any donation would be greatly appreciated and would help Jamie fulfil the potential we know he has. You can donate from the link below

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hillyermckeownllp

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