Given the latest announcement from HM Government regarding unnecessary social contact the proposed Day Ride on Monday, 23rd April to West Kirby will not now take place due to the use of public transport.
Today’s U3A Day Riders set off from The Derby Arms for a ride to Ainsdale. We made our way via Lydiate to Maghull, passing The Nordic Walkers with a cheery wave, and down through Lunt and Thornton to reach Formby. Our usual watering hole, The Velo Cafe, was closed so our brew stop was at Formby Wetherspoons where we sat outside enjoying ‘unlimited’ coffee in the warm Spring sunshine. Soon we were off again and on to Ainsdale to ride back across the Moss to Halsall where we went our separate ways. A great ride of 35 miles in almost perfect conditions.
Next week’s ride will be to West Kirby is cancelled.
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.
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.
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.
TOWN GREEN TO CROSSENS RIDE (VIA COAST ROAD) 26/02/18
For today’s ride (26/02/18) the Day Riders braved biting winds for a ride from Town Green to Crossens via the Coast Road (see photo) with a return journey through Scarisbrick, after a hot cuppa and tea cakes in Churchtown.
Next Monday’s ride (05/03/2018) will be to Pickering’s Pasture and Runcorn via The Trans-Pennine Trail from Aintree Station. Meet at Maghull Station at 1000hrs for the train to Aintree.
After 11 years of sterling service Phil Hughes has stepped down as the ‘Day Riders leader.
Alan Carr has stepped up and we wish him well. Phil takes the assistant position.
CHANGES TO NEXT MONDAY’S RIDE
Due to the rail strike on Monday 4th September 2017, those living nearest to Maghull Station can meet there at 10am. We will then cycle to Town Green Station, where we will all meet up at 10.15am and cycle to the Lavender Farm as planned.
Chester to Seacombe
Today’s route 35 miles
This Monday’s ride (17/07/17) started from Maghull railway station. It was a lovely hot sunny day, with 7 riders taking part, all clad in cycle shorts. From Maghull, we took the crowded trains to Central station, then the Chester train to Chester, where our ride commenced. Today’s ride was planned and led by ‘DAG’.
CYCLE RIDE TO BANKS
Last Monday (19-06-17), eight Day Riders met at Aughton Station, on an incredibly sunny day. The ride was planned and led by Alan Carr. We cycled via Clieves Hills to Barton, thence across country to the start of the Coastal Road. Picking up the cycle track alongside the Coastal Road the riders headed for Southport and on to Crossens. The Botanic Gardens Cafe provided a welcome, and for Phil (Hot Pants) Hughes a memorable, cuppa. Whilst Phil was buying the teas, the whole tray tipped up and he was drenched from the waist down with scalding hot tea. The waitress apologised and gave him an ice cold drink pack in order to soothe the burning to his mid section, whilst we drank our tea. Steam could be seen coming from him and there was strange looks in his direction from old ladies sitting close by. After our break we cycled through lovely Churchtown, whilst poor Phil cycled frantically to Southport train station, in order to catch the first train home. We wish him well and hope he recovers in time for next Monday’s bike ride.
The remaining riders returned to Ormskirk along quiet lanes to Scarisbrick and then after taking in the wonderful scarecrow collection in Halsall it was back over Clieves Hills to Aughton having covered 30 miles.
Ian Gent & Alan Carr