Wednesday, 7 January 2009


I thought I'd do a more comprehensive list of the events I'll be riding this year -

08/03 MCC Track Championship 1. This will involve a 200 metre sprint, 1k TT and 2K individual pursuit. Men and women cver the same distance - unlike for the pros. Usually 3 sessions per year with the best times overall put forward to try to win the trophy.

29/03 Cheshire Cat 37 miles. I've ridden this event before but had a crash that rendered me unable to bear weight on my arm, so had to pull out partway through. The route looks fairly easy with no gradient higher than 1%.

26/04 White Peak Challenge 29 miles. A ride through Derbyshire's spectacular White Peak district that offers a real challenge. The first steep hill is at Winster. They've promised a downhill finish, but as we know event organisers like to spice things up and fool the riders into a false sense of relief! Not ridden this before, but should be a good test of whether I've improved the hill-climbing.

31/05 Manchester - Liverpool 38 miles. Starts at Salford Quays and follows the Trans Pennine Trail alongside the Manchester Ship Canal and the Mersey along Penny Lane. Not ridden this before but should be a good ride.

12/07 Manchester - Blackpool 63 miles. Rode this last year in 4 hrs 15 minutes. Max gradient then was 1%. Hoping to get below 4hrs this year.

06/09 Manchester 100 100 miles. Never ridden this route nor the full distance of 100 miles yet; most I've ridden so far is approx 75-80 miles. The route starts at Wythenshawe Park and goes through Northwich, Delamere Forest and Middlewich before finishing again at Wythenshawe Park.


  1. I had to follow the link for the Cheshire Cat then as I was thinking, 1% gradients, I'm sure that route's got Mow Cop in it. But I see they've devised a more pleasant route. Some fun challenges you've set yourself there. Good Luck!

  2. I used to live on Penny Lane (well just off it) and it was while living there that I brought my first bike!

    Best of luck with those events!

  3. I'd struggle big time getting up Mow Cop, hence why I've gone for the easy option!