30 Days of Biking in the South Pennines

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Nostalgic in North Cheshire (Day 13)

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In some spectacular diary stupidity I’d triple booked today with the Scotton 100, the Spring into the Dales Audax and a pre-Paris-Roubaix ride all battling it out for calendar supremacy.

I’d long since missed the Scotton entry deadline, so that was a non-starter, and whilst the Audax was hugely tempting, a day back in my Cheshire haunts riding with a club-mate won out. The promise of post-ride frites and mayo watching the greatest of the Spring Classics on the box made it an absolute no-brainer!

With ‘bum-leg’ still troubling me, we took it easy with a 35 mile loop taking in some of North Cheshire’s industrial heritage (the Manchester Ship Canal and the Trans-Pennine Trail) its geology (the sandstone ridge south of Warrington) as well as some of the great gravel roads across the flat Belgian-like farmland. It wasn’t too strenuous, but the lack of hills was more than made up for with the persistent wind.

Once back we had a Vedett, ate cake, frites and biscuits (not in that order) and watched an amazing win by Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) – all in all a great day!




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