Local riding

There are loads of opportunities in the North West and further afield to improve your cycling endurance and speed.

Have you ever wanted to try a time trial but didn’t know where to start looking? Or how about attempting a sportive to experience new routes and climbs in nearby areas?

Below are several links to helpful websites to get you started. There is a fantastic local time trial that takes place in Saighton each week during the summer.

There are a number of sportives in which members often participate and we also organise annual velodrome sessions. Keep your eyes on on our Facebook group and newsletter.

Chester Triathlon Club are associate members of Cycling UK

Cycling UK Affiliated Membership for Individuals

Contact bike@nullchestertri.org.uk for a unique code to join Cycle UK as a affiliated member. It costs just £24 for club members to take out individual Affiliated Membership which will provide 3rd Party Liability cover for them should they cause any damage or injury while cycling.

Individual Affiliated Membership also includes:

  • Discounts offered by a range of retailers including Cotswold Outdoor and YHA
  • An entertaining weekly e-newsletter, ‘CycleClips’, full of all the latest cycling news.

Please note that only full membership provides access to Cycle UK free legal advice claims service.

Visit their website for loads of advice and resources about cycling.

Time Trials

Top Tips

We’ve got lots of helpful information and top tips from club members who have completed a few time trials between them! Read reflections on time trialling from….Andy Howarth (level 2 coach), Becky Holland (3up Ttt National Champ), Helene Belmans (GB Age Grouper) and Mark Gittins.

As well as our own club time trials there are:

Saighton time trials

Just turn up and have a go. They are very friendly! They are organised on a rota by different clubs from April until the end of August.

Cost: under £5. No pre entry form needed.
Location: They run every Thursday at Saighton CH3 6EN. There is plenty of parking opposite Abbygate college. (Route)
Time: 6.00 to 6.30pm sign on the line for a 7pm start.

To search for other time trials please visit Cyclingtimetrials. There is a fantastic guide on this website for beginners called, “Your first time trial”.

Mountain biking

Coed Llandegla Forest in North Wales.

The green and blue trails are great for beginners. The red and black trails offer more challenging and technical riding. The centre has mountain bike hire and a cracking café. For more information visit www.oneplanetadventure.com

Delamere

Delamere is host to 2 family friendly Green graded trails and miles and miles of untapped and unmarked singletrack. The only way to find it is to explore.

Tracs, based at Delamere forest, lead a mountain bike ride every Thursday night (6.30pm). They are free to join and take place all year round – whatever the weather – with lights available for hire during the winter months. Contact Tracs for more information.

There are some excellent trails in our area, for a list visit www.moredirt.com.

Sportives

There are some fantastic local sportives. Some examples are the Wild Wales Challenge  starting in Bala and the Wiggle Etape Cymru starting at Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse, and the Rise Above starting in Chester.

Visit Cyclosport.org and filter on your postcode and preferred month to view more!

Other local rides

A number of local bike shops also lead weekend or evening rides. Chester Tri are not directly involved in these rides so please check with the organiser to confirm the details.

Shop details
Information
Eureka Cycle Sports

tel. 01244 852 678

www.eurekacyclistscafe.co.uk

Informal ride on Sundays leave from café between 9.30am-10am. Café opens at 8.30am
Global Bike

tel. 01829 770 844

www.globalbike.co.uk

Wed night from shop – 6pm, 25 miles -anyone welcome.
Sixty Nine Cycles

tel. 01244 347 488

www.sixtyninecycles.co.uk

Sat 9am ride – all comers welcome

Sun 8am – 2 hour faster paced ride

Specialized Concept Store

tel. 01244 322220

www.specializedconceptstore.co.uk

‘Unofficial’ Wed night ride. 6pm outside the shop. Pacey 30-40 mile ride.
The Edge

tel. 01244 323580

www.theedgecycleworks.com

Friday night with Mark- from the shop at 6pm -30 miles.

MTB wed ride with Colin, qualified skills leader – meet at venue posted on FB