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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

OB1

NWV go North, South, East and West

A busy weekend for the Velo as the club was well represented in may parts of the country.

North and East… The Tour of the Pennines

An intrepid band of some of the clubs hardest grimpeurs and rouleurs went to the North East to fly the NWV flag in the Tour of the Pennines Sportive. While some made a trip of it and went the day before, some were more hardcore travelling up at v. early o’clock to get to the start in Northumberland.

The lads got around the challenging 78 mile route with the nearly 7000ft of climbing and were rewarded with medals. Some even got a rub down and a few beers

“The Magnificent Seven Rode…”
“You’ll never guess where he found this beer bottle!”

An enjoyable day out for the boys at a well organised event.

South and East…. Herne Hill Velodrome

Meanwhile at the other end of the country, our very own track maestro Will Bridgman was showing the southerners a thing or two on the…er.. “concrete boards” of the legendary Herne Hill velodrome.

Not that he needed to, but Will again proved why he is the most angelic member of the NWV by winning the Devil Take the Hindmost event. A fantastic result, well done Will, keep the flag flying!

Northish and Westish… Basically back nearer to home

Despite the number on “international duty”, we still managed a club run at the weekend. Venturing to the dizzy heights of the MTB centre at Llandegla.

The club now has regular weekend and Tuesday night rides. If you would like to join us, please email the club hello@nwvcycling.club or contact us via our plethora of social media channels.

Ride safe!

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