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
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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”.
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 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.
On Sunday 3 September there is a sportive starting at Upton with the funds raised going to Life NoW, the charity that aims to build a hospice and respite centre for the North-West and North Wales specifically to cater for teenagers and young adults. Details and the entry form are here.
We are also hoping that lots of club members turn out for the The Wirral Ark Challenge on 17 September which starts and finishes in Marthall (between Knutsford and Chelford). See their website here.
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.
|Eureka Cycle Sports
tel. 01244 852 678
|Informal ride on Sundays leave from café between 9.30am-10am. Café opens at 8.30am|
tel. 01829 770 844
|Wed night from shop – 6pm, 25 miles -anyone welcome.|
|Sixty Nine Cycles
tel. 01244 347 488
|Sat 9am ride – all comers welcome
Sun 8am – 2 hour faster paced ride
|Specialized Concept Store
tel. 01244 322220
|‘Unofficial’ Wed night ride. 6pm outside the shop. Pacey 30-40 mile ride.|
tel. 01244 323580
|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