4 of the Pedal Pushers, plus one Easy Rider, met this morning at Moss Lane and cycled to the Lavender Farm just off the Rainford Bypass. Ably led by Bill Ashton, our intrepid leader, we cycled the 15 mile round trip using mainly quiet roads, but not without an encounter with several lorries and a couple of tractors intent on last minute hay making. The day turned out to be lovely and sunny and surprisingly hot, so we were glad of the refreshment stop to recharge our batteries, if not rest our legs. The fields at the farm had mostly been cut, but if you closed your eyes and felt the lovely sunshine, the smell of lavender in the air could trick you into thinking you were in Provence. Pity we had to open them again and see the Rainford Bypass! Another great ride. Thanks Bill!
The Pedal Pushers have now lost their ‘L‘ plates and become an
active cycling group, covering distances up to 12 miles, on their trips.
New members are welcome but they should have some cycling experience.
Members with no cycling experience should consider attending Active Sefton –
Friday beginners sessions – 1.30pm – 2.30pm
MeCycle Café 59 Station Rd, Ainsdale PR8 3HH
Bikes and helmets are available for loan – advanced booking required.
Tel: 0151 934 4576
On Monday, 19th September 2016, our cycle groups celebrated our 10 year Anniversary, by cycling from Lydiate to Liverpool along the canal towpath. We decided to combine the event with the Leeds Liverpool Canal Bicentenary Celebrations, which also take place this year.
Holidays for several of the group members meant a somewhat depleted Pedal Pushers ride today. However taking advantage of the sunny weather we travelled from Sandhills station, to the Palm House in Sefton Park, by way of Liverpool waterfront, Otterspool promenade and Festival Gardens. It was lovely to see so many people enjoying the splendour of both the park areas and it was truly a great day to be out and about on 2 wheels. By the time we caught the train back from Brunswick station we had covered about 14 miles in a little over 2.5 hrs. Good training for the joint cycle ride with the other groups in September.
U3A ANNIVERSARY CYCLE RIDE – LYDIATE TO LIVERPOOL
In order to celebrate our U3A 10 year anniversary and to commemorate the bicentenary of the Leeds Liverpool Canal, which runs through our area, we are planning a cycle ride, combining all three cycle groups, the Day Riders, Easy Riders and Pedal Pushers, from Lydiate to Liverpool, along the Leeds Liverpool canal towpath.
The proposed date of this event is Monday, 19th September 2016, commencing from Lydiate (Parish Hall), where the Day Riders group will join the canal between Lollies Bridge No. 17a and Lydiate Bridge No. 17 at 9.30am.
We will then join the other two groups at the park area, just after Maghull Swing Bridge No. 12, near to Maghull Baptist Church at 10.0am, for a ‘photocall’ for our website and/or newsletter. The local press will also be invited to take photos and do an article on the event.
From there we will set off (a staggered departure at 5 minute intervals) led by the Day Riders, to Liverpool Canning Dock, where the new canal extension ends. There will be stops along the way for refreshments and more photo’s taken on arrival. It is anticipated that the ride to Liverpool will take approximately 2 hours duration.
The groups will then make their way home. The Day Riders returning to Lydiate along the canal towpath, and the other two groups will make their way to Sandhills Railway Station returning to Maghull by train.
As the canal is owned and managed by the Canal & River Trust, we need to apply for permission to hold the event. An application form and risk assessment form have been prepared and forwarded, we are also required to provide proof that we hold Public Liability Insurance, which is in hand.
Please note that the above details may be subject to change.
Today was the first regular solo ride of the Pedal Pushers cycling group now we have obtained “our wings” from Ross Adams (CTC /Active Sefton). All the group now have their own cycles so we are free to roam as we please!
In November 2015 a group of us formed the Pedal Pushers,,,,people who had not cycled for many years and wanted to get back into the saddle. We met weekly, starting to ride within the safe confines of Litherland Sports Centre, and gradually ventured out onto quiet roads and cycle paths as our confidence grew. We set ourselves a target of trying to ride 10 miles by the summer.Well the summer is now here and yesterday was the day of our long ride….the day we would try to reach our goal. Continue reading
Leaderless today as both Ross and Bill were unavailable, five Pedal Pushers bravely set forth. ( Shades of Enid Blyton!) So building on the success of last weeks ride we decided to tackle the same route again but to push the distance a little further. Continue reading
When the group was formed in December, the Pedal Pushers (beginners cycle group), set a target of trying to complete a 10 mile cycle ride. It was envisaged that this may take up to 6 months of riding due to the novices in the group.
Pedal Pushers met yesterday (23rd March) for our usual weekly venture out and about. Escorted by Ross Adams (Active Sefton and CTC) with our own leader Bill Ashton acting as rear lookout, we tackled new roads and cycle paths. Leaving the safety of the Leisure centre we travelled as far as the Cheshire Lines path in Maghull via Jubilee Wood crossing the New Brooms Cross road on outward and return journeys, and achieved 8.5 miles in less than 90 minutes.The evidence of our travels is pictured above! The group continues to grow in confidence with several members about to purchase their own cycles in preparation for our becoming a cycle group independent of Active Sefton.