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!