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.
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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.
There are some fantastic local sportives.
This year the club are encouraging members to enter the Tour de Mon on Sunday 18 August starting at Holyhead on Anglesey. There are three distances available: 107 miles, a 77 mile and a 46 mile event. We have negotiated a 10% discount and you can get the discount code by emailing email@example.com. If we get good numbers the organisers have promised us some extras: free water bottle, socks, buff, and our own club start with photographs. I expect that some members may want to challenge themselves with the 107 miles and some may think that 46 miles is enough, but hopefully we can get a really good crowd to ride the 77 mile event. Last year several members rode the Tour de Mon and said that it was excellent.
Prescott Eagles are again running a ride starting at the Eureka cafe in the memory of Brian Farrington on Sunday 9 June. Entry form and details are here Brian Farrington Memorial .
Ride Chester starting at the Kings School, Chester on 23 June.
Starting in Crewe on Sunday 24 March is the Cheshire Cat
Further afield on 31 March 2019 is the Llyn Coastal Sportive based in Pwllheli. Sunday 16 June sees three rides into Wales from Welshpool of 80, 70 or 40 miles, the Bostin’ Vyrnwy Velo Sportive : they offer a 15% discount if groups of ten or more riders sign up on the same booking form for the same ride. On 14 July the West Coast Classic starting in preston has three routes headed East: 99 miles 81 miles or 56 miles. The West Coast Classic offers 20% discount when 4 or more mates sign up together.
Last year the club encouraged members to sign up for the Wirral Ark Mow Cop Challenge which this year will be on Sunday 6 October 2019. It is a brilliantly catered event.
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|
|Specialized Concept Store
tel. 01244 322220
|‘Unofficial’ Wed night ride. 6pm outside the shop. Pacey 30-40 mile ride.|