The Menace of Dennis!

Only 4 Day Riders met for today’s ride to Prescot. We enjoyed a favourable wind through to Bickerstaffe and along the Rainford Bypass but when we turned onto the East Lancashire Road Dennis let us have it. Fortunately we didn’t have to battle the headwind for long before turning towards Prescot with thoughts of the cafe-stop uppermost. Dennis buffeted us on the return journey and any hedgerows we encountered were welcome protection. All returned safely, a round trip of 40 miles. Next week we will ride to Croston via Lathom and return via Tarleton. Meet at 1000hrs at The Derby Arms.

Peloton Progress

I’m not sure if there is a collective noun for a gathering of cyclists but there was one yesterday at Old Racecourse Road when three U3A Cycling Groups met to go on their respective rides.

The Day Riders made our way through Lunt, Thornton and Crosby to pick up the Coastal Path through to Hightown, Formby and Freshfield where we took the by-pass route into Ainsdale where it was time for a brew and where we met up with Phil’s Breakaway Group.

We returned against a stiff headwind across The Moss to Halsall.

Next week’s ride will be to Widnes via the T.P. Trail, meeting at Aintree Station.

Breezy Billinge

Hi all.  Today, riders from Maghull & Lydiate U3A and Ormskirk and Aughton U3A had a breezy New Year ride to Billinge.  A few inclines got the cardiovascular systems going before our cafe stop at The Fir Tree. Thanks to Mike Miller for leading the ride.

Next week the ride is to West Kirby.  The train from Ormskirk leaves at 09.50hrs and 10.00hrs from Maghull.  Alight at Moorfields to catch the ferry.  The ride will continue from West Kirby along the Wirral Way to Hooton for the return train.
Hope you can make it.
Regards Alan🚴‍♂️

Croston Capers

Monday’s Day Riders met at Ormskirk Station and 9 of us set off for Croston via Eccleston and Mawdesley. The weather was sunny and perfect for cycling although the temperature never rose much during the morning and we looked forward to reaching Croston’s Velo Cafe where we found a sheltered spot and sat outside enjoying the sunshine and lake view.

After our respective hot drinks it was time for the return journey towards Tarleton and on to Burscough.

For the next 6 weeks Mike Miller has kindly offered to coordinate the rides in my absence. Very Best Wishes to all.

Wet n’ Wild

Our U3A Day Riders today survived winds and waves along Otterspool Promenade, mushy wet leaves in Sefton Park and deceptively deep puddles along the Trans-Pennine Trail. Fortunately there were no mishaps and we all arrived home in one piece.

Hopefully next Monday’s ride to Croston will enjoy better weather. Meet at 1000am at Ormskirk Station for the first leg of the ride to The Velo Cafe.

Off Road to Ainsdale

Today’s Day Riders met in Maghull and set off across bridleways to the canal towpath at Netherton before heading through Rimrose Valley Park to emerge at Crosby. We then joined the coastal path by the Coastguard building and made our way via Hightown, Formby and Freshfield, through the Pinewoods for our cafe-stop at MeCycle in Ainsdale. A variety of return routes then followed dependant on where people lived.

Once again we were blessed with good weather for this 30 mile circular.

Next Monday we will jump the 1000 am train to Moorfields and head out from the Pierhead along Otterspool Prom and into Sefton Park for a brew. We will return via Allerton and Childwall, picking up the Trans-Pennine Trail to take us back to Aintree.

Prescot Perambulations

The U3A Day Riders Group were once again blessed with excellent weather for our ride to Prescot via the cycle lanes of the Rainford by-pass and East Lancs Road. Our welcome brew-stop in the town was in a cafe / bakery that has been going for over 100 years. Once fortified with tea, coffee and tea cakes we set off once again for our return journey via Knowsley and Kirby, a round trip of 34 miles.

Next Monday’s ride will be to Ainsdale, starting from Old Racecourse Road, Maghull at 1000hrs.

Dee Marshes

Today 5 Day Riders caught the train to Chester and rode back to New Brighton. Our route took us along the banks of the Dee to Shotton and then across the Dee Marshes at Neston where we enjoyed the fare at Net’s Cafe overlooking the marshes with the Welsh Hills beyond. The autumn sunshine enhancing an already amazing view. On again to pick up the Wirral Way to West Kirby and a fast pace along the coast to New Brighton where a very welcome train ride back to Central awaited us. Depending on where people lived we enjoyed a great ride of 42 miles in excellent weather. Next week we will ride to Prescot. Meet at The Derby Arms at 1000hrs.

Croston Calm

I hope I’m not tempting fate but Maghull and Lydiate U3A Day Riders, together with riders from Aughton and Ormskirk U3A, once again enjoyed a Monday ride in excellent, calm and dry weather.

Riding towards Croston we could see that many of the fields had turned into lakes with the recent heavy rain. The sandbags were out in Croston Village but mercifully The Yarrow did not appear threatening.

A welcome brew at The Velo Cafe soon followed and we were in the company of plenty of other two-wheeled folk.

Off again to cross the A59 and down into Mere Bank to return via Holmeswood and Burscough.

By the end of the ride we had completed between 36 and 42 miles depending on where people lived. Our average speed was 12.7 mph. Ironically Eliud Kipchoge’s average was 13 mph to break the sub 2 hour marathon record, and he didn’t even have a bike!

A great ride in excellent company.

Alan Carr.