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 Cheshire Cat on 29 March starting in Crewe and the Tour de Mon on Sunday 23 August starting at Holyhead on Anglesey. We have negotiated club discounts for both events and will get the best discounts by entering as a group. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to enter. Last year 30 members rode the Tour de Mon and it was an excellent club day out despite the cruel wind.
Even earlier than the Cheshire Cat is the Tour of Lancashire starting in Preston on 15 March with routes of 42, 70 and 100 miles. This, like the Cheshire Cat is a Velo29 event and if you are thinking of entering email email@example.com and we’ll see if we can get you a discount.
A week after the Tour de Mon on Sunday 30 August you could enter another epic ride, the Wild Wales Challenge starting in Bala. The route changes every year, but you can see last year’s here
Sunday 21 June sees the Bostin’ Vyrnwy Velo Sportive with three rides into Wales from Welshpool of 75, 55 0r 35 miles.
On 5 July starting at Arley Hall, near Northwich is the Evans Cycles Cheshire 100 Challenge You can choose between 100k or 100 miles.
Starting in Aberdovey on 19 September is the Cambrian Coast Sportive with routes from 31 to 101 miles.
On 11 October there’s the South Lakes 35 mile loop starting in Lancaster.
There’s a few other sportives that ran last year and for which currently there’s no 2020 information:
Prescott Eagles organised a ride starting at the Eureka cafe in the memory of Brian Farrington on Sunday 9 June.
Ride Chester started at the Kings School, Chester on 23 June.
The Wirral Ark Mow Cop Challenge which was held 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.|