Pedal Pushers: New year update

Pedal Pushers minus the photographer!

Pedal Pushers minus the photographer!

The Pedal pushers is an intermediate cycling group who meet on a Wednesday morning and cycle on average 12-15 miles per session. A coffee stop is always included in the ride! We have started on our 2018 cycling programme which makes use of the abundant cycle tracks in the Sefton area and further afield. At the moment the group is at capacity numbers as we are mindful of the inconvenience which may be caused by large groups of cyclists travelling on Merseyrail. However if anyone is interested in the group please contact Bill Ashton 0151 285 1817.

Pedal Pushers visit the Lavender Farm

BEC996F9-CDA0-4E36-B69C-9415D46C8EE44 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!

Pedal Pushers

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

Pedal Pushers visit Palm House


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.






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.

Ian (Gent)

Pedals pushed to excess!


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