News 2014 - 2015
Tudor Rose Cyclists' Parking Donation: Riders who regularly meet at the Eureka on Wednesdays and Sundays have been allowed to park their cars in The Tudor Rose Inn with the kind permission of the Manager. A very commendable £175 was collected from CTC Wednesday Riders, CTC Two Mills and Port Sunlight Wheelers in appreciation of their continued use of the car park. Brian Joyce (photo) presented the cheque to Manager, Andrew Town on behalf of the riders. The money will be donated to the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital who are raising money for a new wing. (Information from Brian Joyce)
Group Rides Reports: Click here to see a report and photos of the Wednesday Riders Christmas Lunch at Trafford Hall by Mike Knox, and here to read a report about Two Mills latest ride by David Collinson. Why not have a look at other Wednesday Riders ride reports and Two Mills ride reports - plenty of photos and amusing anecdotes!
Happy Christmas to Chester and North Wales CTC
and CTC Two Mills riders
Chester and North Wales CTC AGM, 1st November 2015
The Annual General Meeting was held at Pulford Village Hall. Particularly of note was a well-deserved presentation to Lowri Evans of a CTC Certificate of Merit. The Certificate was awarded by CTC National Office in recognition of Lowri's dedication and commitment to cycling in Chester and North Wales CTC, and CTC Cymru. The certificate and citation were presented to Lowri by Mike Cross, President of Chester and North Wales CTC. Draft Minutes of the meeting will be posted when they are available.
Corwen Ch&NW CTC Audax Rides, 17th October 2015: These three rides provided challenges for riders of varied abilities including those wanting a tougher, longer ride, and a shorter one planned as a more gentle introduction to Audax riding. Click here to see a report of the event. Many thanks to Vicky Payne for planning and organising such an enjoyable day.
Bren Bikes – Bike Recycling Project: Bren Bikes is a bicycle recycling project based in Chester that offers people with learning disabilities and autism the opportunity to experience work. The project offers bike repairs, maintenance, and servicing, and sell an excellent range of good quality, used second hand bikes. Project Supervisor, Steve, is a CYTECH Level 2 Qualified Bike Mechanic, and all bicycles complete a thorough safety check before sale. Click here for further details.
Two Mills ride to Café Fresh, Dunham on the Hill – 25th October 2015: Click here to see the latest Two Mills ride report of the Sunday ride to Café Fresh. Thank you to David Collinson for sending it in. We hope it will be the first of many accounts written by different members about Sunday Rides. Many thanks David.
The Hill Climb and Freewheel Competitions took place on 3rd October 2015 in lovely sunny weather starting at Llysfasi College for the 1-mile hill climb. The Freewheeling Competition took place adjacent to the Three Pigeons pub at Craigfechan. There was a good turnout of both volunteers and riders for the events with twenty-two competing in the Hill Climb, and twenty-six solos and one tandem in the Freewheeling Competition. Riders and volunteers ate lunch in the sun outside the Three Pigeons followed by the presentation of prizes. The fastest rider up the hill was the only rider who was not a CTC member, so the cup, which is awarded to the fastest CTC rider, was awarded to the second placed rider. Thanks to the large number of volunteers and riders who ensured the success of the events. Full results will appear shortly. Click here to see a selection of photos.
President's Ride, Annual Lunch & Presentation of the President's Trophy 2015
The President's ride and Annual Lunch took place on 27th September 2015. Forty plus riders assembled at the Offa's Dyke Monument near the Nova Centre, Prestatyn for a shorter or longer ride to Neuadd Owen Village Hall, Cefn, St Asaph where a superb lunch was provided. Some riders chose to start and finish at Talacre to make their ride a few miles longer, joining the main group at Prestatyn. On show were the prestigious Arthur Moss Trophy for 'CTC National Volunteer of the Year 2014' awarded to David Ackerley for his lengthy and committed work in many roles and over many years for Chester and North Wales CTC and the large cast iron 'CTC Repairer To' plaque, superbly restored by Reg Waud. The President's Trophy was awarded to 99 year-old John Pegum in long overdue recognition of his many years' contribution to the Club in the past. Unfortunately he was unwell and unable to attend. Mike Cross, our President, read out what John had intended to say at the lunch. Doreen Lindsey was congratulated for her award for 'CTC Volunteer of the Year for Wales 2014'. Finally, over £70 was collected for the raffle. Mike Cross was thanked for all his planning that made the event such a great success. Click here to see some photos. A fuller account will be appearing in the next edition of The Link.
Ch&NW CTC Audax 'Momma' Rides: This very successful and enjoyable annual event organised by David Matthews was held on 5th September 2015. Click here to see a report of the event.
Corwen Audax Rides: The Clwydian (212km), The Clwyd Gate (138km) and The Bala Mini-Bash (60km) start in Corwen on the 17th October in the varied and scenic countryside of North Wales. Details and Entry forms are on the Events 2015 page. Click here to see a poster for these three rides.
Tour of Britain, Sunday 6 September 2015: On behalf of the Club I would like to thank those enthusiastic Chester and North Wales members, led by our Honorary Secretary Lowri Evans, who set up and staffed the CTC display throughout a bleak Sunday in Wrexham at the Finish of the First Stage of the Tour of Britain (Mike Cross, President Ch&NW CTC).
CTC and Cyclenation's Annual Conference 2015: The conference will be hosted in Liverpool by the Merseyside Cycle Campaign on Saturday 24 October from 11am - 5pm. The venue will be at Blackburne House in the heart of the Georgian Quarter of Liverpool. An early bird ticket will cost £20 including lunch and refreshments. After 20th September tickets will cost £25.
"CTC invites members and supporters to contribute to the largest gathering of cycling campaigners at this year's annual conference. Bringing together key stakeholders in their respective fields, the conference will examine issues surrounding cycling and the impact that cycling has locally and nationally in the areas of health, economics and transport. This year's conference will outline the developments over the last year, notably the progress made in securing a legal commitment to a Cycling & Walking Investment Strategy for England. We will also discuss the opportunities now opening up for cycle campaigning and how you can make a difference locally and nationally."
Click here for further details.
'Beryl', a play by Maxine Peake: We all remember the name Beryl Burton and her domination of women's cycling in the 1960s. Cyclists and especially women cyclists were not so well known in those days and consequently her name has faded from memory. Her life story and great cycling achievements were revived in a play produced by the West Yorkshire Playhouse as part of the great cycling events of last year. Beryl was a housewife and a mum whose training regime included labouring in a rhubarb farm far removed from the scientific training facilities of today's superstars.
There will be a production of the play 'Beryl', written by Maxine Peake - who is a well-known television and film actress - at Tarvin Community Centre (CH3 8LY) on Friday October 16th at 7.30pm. Tarvin is five miles east of Chester.
Click here for tickets from Cheshire Rural Touring Arts, priced £10 for adults and £6 for children under 16 years old, or phone Sue Hardacre (Publicity and Marketing, Tarvin Community Centre) on 01829-741962.
River Dee Works National Cycle Route 568: The riverside path between the Blue Bridge/Welsh Road and the Foxes Lane access point (on the east side of the A550/A494 bridge) which was temporarily closed in March for flood embankment works has now reopened with a brand new cycling surface. Happy cycling!!
Work on the A540 Chester Road: Work will commence along the inside lane of the southbound carriageway of the dual carriageway of the A540 on Monday 17 August 2015. High voltage underground electricity cable is being laid along 2km of the dual carriageway as part of the Western Link project. Drivers are being asked to take special care on the A540 Chester High Road when work gets underway. Work will continue every day for three months and a 40mph speed limit will be introduced for the safety of motorists, cyclists and engineers.
The cable is being laid along the inside lane of the Chester-bound dual carriageway between the junctions with Damhead Lane and Mudhouse Lane. Rolling roadworks will see one short section of the inside lane closed at a time as the work progresses, but there will be a period where the lane is closed along the whole 2 km stretch toward the end of the three months. National Grid urges drivers and cyclists to take special care as work starts on the A540. See a poster here and a Press Release here.
Closure of Barmouth Bridge
Barmouth Bridge was built in 1867 and spans Mawddach Estuary in Wales offering breathtaking views of the surrounding Cardigan Bay coastline and Cambrian mountains. Gwynedd Council is considering closing the bridge to walkers and cyclists as part of budget cuts. The council must pay Network Rail £30,000 a year to maintain the right of way.
The route is a key part of the Welsh Coastal Path and the National Cycle Network, and attracts in the region of 100,000 users every year, bringing vital economic value to the tourism industry in Barmouth and the wider surrounding area. Closing this 150-year-old bridge will result in an 18-mile detour, taking walkers and cyclists on to narrow and busy A roads. This will harm the local leisure industry, tourism, and public health and wellbeing.
Please sign this on-line petition to keep the bridge open to cyclists and pedestrians.
Congratulations to Ch&NW CTC Tourist Competition Winners
Our Chester and North Wales team of Peter Dilworth, Lowri Evans, Dave Statham and Ifor Jones won the 2014 CTC Tourist Competition for the 10th time. They were awarded '1st Team Team Trophy' and each rider received a Medallion.
Peter Dilworth (112 points) was 1st overall, an equal placing with Mark Beauchamp (North Hampshire CTC) who were presented with the 'Shaftesbury Cup' and a Medallion. They were also equal 1st for the 'Vets Trophy' (tankard) and 1st Male Veteran, and were jointly awarded the 'P.H. Catt Memorial Trophy' and a Medallion.
Lowri Evans (our Honorary Secretary) was awarded a Medallion for 3rd overall place (111 points) and trophies for achieving 1st woman rider, winning the 'E.F. Butterworth Trophy' and a Medallion, and the '1st Female Veteran Craven Vase'.
Our winning riders were presented with their trophies at the CTC Annual General Meeting held in London on 18th July 2015. Many congratulations to all of them for their great achievements in the competition. Click here for full competition results.
Many congratulations to David Ackerley and Doreen Lindsey
We are delighted that David has been honourably recognised with the award of 'National Volunteer of the Year 2014' by our National Cycling Organisation, the CTC. He was also awarded 'North West Region Volunteer of the Year 2014'. Mike Cross (President of Ch&NW CTC) accepted this prestigious and well-deserved award on David's behalf at the National CTC AGM on 18th July, as David was unable to attend. He already holds the CTC Certificate of Merit for his previous five-year role as Honourable Secretary of the DA.
David's involvement and contributions to the success of the club over 2½ decades are many and varied including Committee roles and planning and organising many key Club events, for example the 70th and 75th Club Anniversary Rides, and the Help for Heroes Charity Rides. David organised the Bert Bailey Veterans' 100 rides for seven years, including two Tri-Ennial Veterans' Rides on behalf of National Office. Many of these events involved multiple route planning and catering on a large scale, including for example, the Club's Diamond Jubilee Lunch.
In addition, David edited our Club magazine 'The Link' for 3½ years and co-authored 'The Chain' with Arthur Miller, a well-researched and detailed booklet covering key moments in the Club's long history. He continues his involvement as Secretary of the Club's Awards Committee. David is happy to remain modestly in the background as he continues to support the Club, saying he enjoyed all his Club activities over years.
Our congratulations also go to Doreen Lindsey for her award of 'CTC Volunteer of the Year for Wales 2014'. Doreen's enthusiasm has ensured that CTC activities continue to flourish in North Wales in sometimes very difficult terrain and weather conditions. She continues to travel vast distances to support Club events and has planned rides for the Welsh Festival of Cycling. Doreen was presented with her award at the CTC AGM on 18th August.
Corwen Audax Rides 18th July 2015
The 'Barmouth Boulevard', 'Brenig Bach' and 'Bala Parade' Audax rides took place on 18th July starting and finishing at Corwen. A good turnout of entrants enjoyed the challenge and the scenery of each ride. Click here to see a report with photos. Many thanks to David Matthews for organising and planning this very successful event.
Road Closure Holt-Farndon Bridge
The medieval stone arch bridge over the River Dee between Farndon and Holt will be closed for three weeks between Monday 10th August and Friday 28th August for essential repair work to be carried out. The road will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists during the day throughout the work with occasional night-time closures for public safety reasons. Vehicles will be diverted via the A534.
Masonry repairs will be carried out to one of the bridge piers, which was damaged by floating debris during a recent period of heavy rain. Cheshire West and Chester Council is also having exploratory work carried out at the same time to look at how the drainage system could be improved. A full inspection of all parts of the bridge, which was built in 1339, will take also place.
Bert Bailey Memorial Veterans' 100-mile Ride – 12th July 2015
Congratulations to Laurie Mason and his team of helpers for all their hard work in ensuring that Sunday's ride was a great success. The organisation was excellent, riders were co-operative, friendly and sociable and the sun shone, too!
(Mike Cross, President, Chester and North Wales CTC)
2015 Bob Clift Memorial Cheshire Cycleway Rides
On behalf of all members, I would like to congratulate Alan Oldfield on organising and running such a successful event which, as usual, set a high standard. Alan was supported by a willing and hardworking group of helpers who also deserve our warmest thanks. The event was a credit to Chester and North Wales CTC. Click here to see a report of the event with photos.
(Mike Cross, President, Chester and North Wales CTC)
Bert Bailey Memorial Veterans 100, 12th July 2015: This very successful event was organised by Laurie Mason and took place on 12th July 2015 starting and finishing at Duddon & Clotton District War Memorial Hall. All participants received a certificate for completing the ride. Trophies were presented by Mike Cross, President of Chester and North Wales CTC, to Doreen Lindsey, the oldest lady rider, and to Robert Prytherch, the oldest gentleman rider.
Click here to see a selection of photographs of the day.
Cleopatra's café: This newly refurbished licensed café, recently opened at the Cross in Holt, used to be known as Hildegard's. New owners Felippe and Jill are keen to welcome cyclists as well as other customers, and are working on the menus and developing a website. The café has been added to our Cafés & Pubs list.
Closure of NCN5/Coastal Path between Pensarn and Llanddulas
Work to repair and reinforce damaged coastal defences over the 810m frontage between Pensarn and Llanddulas along the area known as Llanddulas tip will start on 10th June 2015. During this period it will be necessary to close a section of the cycle path - diversion signs will be put in place.
The cycle path will be closed from 15th June, with barriers in place between Ty Crwn and Beach House road. Pedestrians and cyclists will not be able to use the path between these points. The diversion route (travelling from Pensarn towards Colwyn Bay) will be via Sea Road in Abergele to A547 Abergele Road, and along to Beach House Road, Llanddulas. The work is expected to take two months.
Cllr Dave Cowans (Cabinet Member for Highways, Environment and Sustainability), said, "We realise this closure will cause some disruption, but the work is essential to safeguard the route in the longer term. If these repairs aren't carried out, there is a risk that the path will be closed for a far more significant length of time in the future. Nonetheless, we're sorry for any inconvenience over the next couple of months."
Visit www.conwy.gov.uk/coastalworks for more information about the coastal defence work.
Message from Hildegard – Hildegard's Tea Room, Holt
As most of you will know, Hildegard, owner of Hildegard's Tea Room and Café, Holt, who has given a warm and friendly welcome to many cyclists on various rides, is returning to Germany to live. Mike Cross (President of Chester and North Wales CTC) has sent a letter of thanks on behalf of the Club to thank her for all the refreshments over the years. We would like to wish her all the best and good luck for the future.
Below is a message from Hildegard:
"I just want to thank all the cyclists in this area. It's been a great pleasure to serve you all the drinks, food and cakes you needed for the next etappe on your rides. I am here until this Sunday. After that the Tearoom will be closed here in Holt. Again many thanks and all my best wishes to you all. Hopefully I can follow you from Germany. Take care, Hildegard (Hildegards Tearoom and Restaurant in Holt)."
Message from Hildegard sent to Martin Brooks (Link Editor)
CTC Cymru Treasure Hunt and Map Reading Competitions - 2nd May 2015
Click here for a report and photos of the Treasure Hunt and Map Reading Competitions starting and finishing at the Crossroads Café, Trefnant, North Wales on 2nd May (Organiser Lowri Evans).
Eureka Café and Chester and North Wales CTC Audax rides – 25th April 2015
Click here for a report and photos of the successful Audax Rides starting and finishing at the Eureka Café on 25th April. (Organiser David Matthews)
New cycle shop opening! We don't usually advertise businesses on our website but this one may be of interest to our members. 'Evans Cycles' is opening a new shop in Chester on Friday 8th May at Waitrose Boughton, Tarvin Road, CH3 5AF. The new store is holding an 'opening night' between 6-8pm which will include special offers and discounts, a chance to win prizes with a turbo trainer competition, freebies from suppliers and some refreshments. Click here to see a poster. Contact the new store manager Simon Marshall for further details.
Greenway works: Please be aware that construction work is starting on site on the Greenway on Friday 17th April to lay a fibre optic cable duct alongside the path between Hawarden Bridge and the Blue Dragon Bridge (over the A550/A494). The work will be on-going for up to three weeks and the gangs will be working at weekends. The Greenway will be open to walkers and cyclists at all times though the path width will be narrowed, so please follow the signs on site and pass through the area at an appropriate speed and with care. This note has been sent to all Sustrans volunteers, Ch&NW CTC, Chester Cycle Campaign and key contacts as well as a number of local cycling clubs, but please do pass this on to all your other contacts who use the Greenway. If there are any queries please contact Glyn Evans.
Cycling and Science – 25th April 2015
Two free events presented by Max Glaskin, cycling journalist.
Two free cycling-related events sponsored by Chester West and Chester, Travelsmart and the University of Chester are being presented by Max Glaskin (cycling and science journalist) on 25th April at the University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester.
The first event takes place between 1-3pm. There will be an easy short ride along cycle lanes, paths and quiet roads with explanations, demonstrations and experiments along the route to find out why cycling is so efficient. Find out more about cycling and gravity and where your energy goes. Accompanied children over eleven, parents and adults are welcome to come to this free event. Booking is essential.
The Second Event is a presentation at the University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester at 7.30pm entitled 'Mountain Biking across the Himalayas'. Presenter and cycling journalist, Max Glaskin, says that "Everyone knows how a bicycle works, but not many people know why it works. That's what I do now. I chase down the amazing science of cycling and share it." If you want to know more about bicycles, travel, scenery and the unexpected come to the presentation. Book your free tickets here. Click here to see a poster for both events.
Organised by CTC member Helen Southall, University of Chester
CTC Cymru Treasure Hunt and Map Reading Events – 2nd May 2015
Have an enjoyable day out and take part in one or both of these events. The competitions will start from the Crossroads Café in Trefnant, off the A525, about 50 yards from the lights. There is free parking space available. The café will be open from 9:00am and refreshments can be purchased before, between and after the events. The rides should be ridden for fun, but they are also eligible for points as 'E' events in the CTC Tourist Competition as long as people compete as individuals (rather than teams). Details and Entry forms for adults and juniors are on the Events 2015 page.
Lowri Evans (Organiser)
Early Spring Reliability Ride (50-mile TT), Two Mills CTC
This popular annual event organised by Two Mills CTC took place on the 29th March 2015 in wet and windy weather. The Event was organised around a figure of eight starting and finishing at Farndon Sports and Social Club. Some entrants didn't turn up due to the adverse weather conditions and some completed only the first half, but a large group managed to brave the weather and complete the ride. Click here to see a report on the event and here to see a selection of photographs. Many thanks to Janet Gregory and her willing volunteers for organising the Event.
The York Rally is revived for 2015!
After a year of fundraising by a group of dedicated volunteers, the York Rally is being revived and will be staged on the Knavesmire, York, on 20-21st June. As devotees will know, the Rally was cancelled after the 2012 event, bringing to an end an almost 70-year run as the 'CTC York Rally' and later the 'York Cycle Show'. The Rally has been a treasured part of many CTC members' cycling year for decades, when they enjoyed coming to York, meeting old friends and going on rides.
There will be a selection of traditional Rally activities (rides, grasstrack racing, saddlebag and auction sales, live music from the Foresters) as well as new attractions in the form of a 'Pedal Power Invention Convention' and Cyclo-Cross racing, and more! As in previous years, there will be a traditional campsite on site with separate areas for lightweight and motorised campers. Earlybird (cheaper!) bookings for the campsite close on the 6th April. Campsite pitches can be booked online via the website, or by post using the form attached. Early bookings are very much appreciated to help offset the advance costs of the event.
The York Rally is now an independent, volunteer-run organisation and is not affiliated to any national or local cycling club. The York Rally website gives further information on how this historic and memorable event has been revived for 2015. Click here for an event poster.
River Dee Works National Cycle Route 568 – Temporary Path Closure: Please note that the next stage of the riverside flood embankment works will be taking place from March and will involve the closure of the section of riverside path between the Blue Bridge/Welsh Road and the Foxes Lane access point (on the east side of the A550/A494 bridge). This work will be taking place for approximately 2 months and will be signed (via Foxes Lane) accordingly.
There has been some concern recently that "...sections E and W of the blue swing bridge have been dug up and are impassable". To reassure cyclists, Glyn Evans from Sustrans has confirmed that "route diversions are signed with contractors signs and yellow 568 signs".
Eureka Excursion (215km) – 25th April 2015
There is an unprecedented demand for this ride. Entries are arriving thick and fast and the limit of seventy riders is to be strictly enforced. There will be no entries on the line due to capacity limitations at the Eureka Café. If you want to ride the Eureka Excursion you are strongly advised to get your entry in immediately!
Organiser, David Matthews
Momma's Audax Rides – 5th September 2015
There are three varied and interesting rides for all abilities starting from Old Ma's, Tattenhall Cheshire (117/484602).
Pistyll Packing Momma (209km) is a challenging and continuously interesting route through West Cheshire – North Wales. Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall at 240 feet is one of the wonders of Wales. Outstanding views throughout this hilly ride.
Momma's Mountain Views (137km) is a continuously interesting route through Cheshire lanes into North East Wales. The hilly middle section from Chirk to the Horseshoe Pass summit has outstanding mountain views with a scenic return over Hope Mountain.
Momma's Leafy Lanes (50km) is a pleasant, undulating ride through the delightful north west Cheshire lanes. Designed as an introduction to Audax riding, this is a scenic, flat and not too demanding excursion into countryside.
Organiser, David Matthews
Wild Wales Challenge, 30th August 2015: Click here for details.
Eureka Audax Rides — 25th April 2015
There are three rides on offer starting from the famous Eureka Cyclists' Café at Two Mills, Wirral (117/351739).
The Eureka Excursion (215km) is a mostly flat ride using Cheshire and Shropshire lanes. The Wilmslow control has been moved to High Legh reducing the distance from 230k to 215k to avoid conurbations.
The second ride, Tea in Prospect (135km), visits the Prospect Tea Rooms near the Llangollen Panorama (one big hill to reach the café) and then returns on mostly flat lanes via a lunch stop at Bunbury.
The third ride, Two Mills Twirl (68km), is an introduction to Audax riding, just touching North Wales at Holt – flat with excellent cafés at start, midway and finish.
Details, entry forms and route sheets are available at www.audax.uk.net. More information can be found on this poster. The closing date (subject to reaching maximum numbers allowed) is 21st April 2015. Get your entries in as soon as possible as there will be no entries on the line on the day!
Organiser, David Matthews
Ch&NW CTC Corwen Audax Rides, 18th July 2015
There are three rides in the beautiful Welsh countryside starting at Corwen.
The Barmouth Boulevard (204km) ride is named the Barmouth Boulevard as the route allows North Wales to parade some of its finest scenery with fantastic river, lake, sea and mountain vistas – a future classic.
The Brenig Bach (107km) ride is a North Wales classic of the 1990s/early 2000s established by the late Graham Mills – and has only been available as a permanent fixture for the last few years. It is now restored as a calendar event. The route traverses remote hill areas – stunning scenery, three good cafés and is all downhill for the last 20km.
The Bala Parade (60km) ride is a scenic and not too demanding ride incorporating winding roads, narrow lanes, a beautiful lake and a few minor hills. The ride is designed as an introduction to Audax riding and is a delightful excursion into beautiful North Wales.
Full details and entry forms can be found on the Events 2015 Page.
Chester and North Wales CTC Café of the Year 2014
Members of Chester and North Wales CTC voted 'Walk Mill Café and Bakery' their Café of the Year for 2014. The award, in the form of a framed certificate, recognises the friendliness of staff, quality of the food on offer and the Mill's unique location in the lovely Cheshire countryside. Read about the Mill and its renovation by the owners on Walk Mill's website. The certificate was presented to Caroline (who does all the baking) and Ben (her father) by Chester and North Wales CTC President Mike Cross on 10th February at the Mill. The event was attended by several other members of the Club. (Photos taken by Glennys Hammond)
Gatesheath Lane/Newton Lane road closure
The bridge on Gatesheath Lane and Newton Lane on the north side of Tattenhall (117/479604) is to have major maintenance work resulting in a six week closure from 23rd February. There will be no access for vehicles, cyclists or pedestrians. During the closure there will be two diversions in place through Tattenhall village – one for minor traffic (small vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians) and the other for heavy vehicles. Cyclists planning to visit Cheshire Ice Cream Farm and nearby venues should bear this in mind when planning their routes over the next few weeks.
'The Link' Publication Deadline
Please note that the publication deadline for The Link is 28th February – so only a few days to go. The Link relies on members of our Club to provide interesting copy for the magazine. Everyone has something to offer so please get tapping or writing and help to make this issue a great one. Send your copy to our Link editor Martin as soon as possible.
Free 'Inclusive Cycling' Conference – Sheffield, 23rd February 2015
As part of the Inclusive Cycling Network, funded by the Big Lottery, CTC, the national cycling charity, and Cycling Projects invite you to register now for a Conference looking at "Inclusive Cycling: Achievements, Challenges and the Future". There are still a few places left.
Keynote speakers at the workshops will include: Mark Colbourne MBE (CTC Ambassador and Paralympic Champion), Paul Tuohy (Chief Executive of CTC, the national cycling charity), Ian Tierney (Director of Cycling Projects) and speakers from the Inclusive Cycling Network. There is less than a week to go to register for the event if you would like to attend this free conference.
'Bicycle' Film, Saturday 21st February 2015
This outstanding film will be screened at Elephant Coffee, 35-37 High Street Neston CH64 9TZ.
Bicycle is an 86-minute film asking the question 'why is cycling and the bicycle back in fashion?'. The film weaves bicycle design, sport and transport through the retelling of some iconic stories with notable contributors, for example, Sir Dave Brailsford, Gary Fisher, Chris Boardman, Ned Boulting, Sir Chris Hoy, Tracy Moseley, Mike Burrows and many more - plus great archive, animation and music. The film is directed by BAFTA winning director and keen cyclist Michael B Clifford and tells the story of cycling in the land that invented the modern bicycle - its birth, decline and rebirth from Victorian origins to today.
A full range of beverages will be on sale at the coffee house from 7pm, including hot drinks, soft drinks, wine and beer. Tickets cost £5 and are available from Andy Mills. Surplus proceeds from the event are being donated to a charity set up in memory of a local cyclist. We recommend that you book your ticket as soon as possible for this very popular film.
Extension of existing cycleway linking Sandycroft to Airbus –
and further linking to Saltney Ferry, Broughton and Chester
On 26th January Flintshire County Council will begin work on the construction of Phase 1 of a westbound cycleway from Saltney to Broughton, the work being scheduled for completion by the end of March. The first stage will run from Mainwaring Drive (on the Chester side of where Saltney Ferry Lane meets the A5104), to Broughton Mills Road, Bretton, just before the left turn for Bretton. Traffic will be restricted to westbound only during this period, with extensive diversions being signposted.
The cycleway extensions aim to provide better 'active travel' links between Saltney and Broughton, as outlined in Welsh Assembly legislation. When complete, cyclists will have a separate cycleway on a road that is an important connection between the area to the north of the River Dee and the Cheshire countryside. This particular section of road is often used by groups cycling from Two Mills into Cheshire.
The Scheme is part of the North Wales Joint Local Transport plan in response to the Welsh Assembly Active Travel legislation that requires all local authorities in Wales to produce routes for walking and cycling (active travel) and how they propose to join these up over the coming years to create safe active travel routes between communities.
Information from Alan Oldfield
Two Mills CTC
Early Spring Reliability Ride (50-mile TT) – 29th March 2015
You are invited to register for our popular seasonal event which will be held on Sunday 29th March starting and finishing in Farndon near Chester.
This is a 50-mile course through quiet Cheshire lanes and over the Welsh border. The challenge is to ride it in either 4 or 5 hours and eat our generous lunch within that time slot. In addition there is a shorter 50km route for those who would like a more sociable pace. We welcome cyclists of all ages and abilities.
The entry fee is £13 (or £12 for CTC members). Under 18s ride FREE when accompanied by a paying adult, but parents should still register them and sign the consent form. Entries are non-refundable or transferable and must be received before 15th March after which the charge increases to £15 for everyone and will only be accepted if there is space. Early entry is a must to guarantee your place. You do not have to be a member of CTC although we encourage you to join CTC, our national organisation. CTC members enjoy a cheaper entry rate.
Follow this link for instant on-line registration and secure payment using PayPal or your bank card. Remember to say if you want to ride with particular friends and how fast you plan to cycle. This will be used to group entries. Faster riders start last.
Please scroll upwards to continue when you come to the payment part of on-line system.
Queries to Janet Gregory – Organiser
New Years Day 2015 at Carden Arms, Tilston: The traditional New Year's day meet at the Carden Arms was well attended despite the windy conditions. Click here for a brief report and a selection of photos.
BOB CLIFT MEMORIAL CHESHIRE CYCLEWAYS RIDES
Ch&NW CTC and CTC Two Mills – Sunday 28th June 2015
Call for Volunteers!
Alan Oldfield is organising the event this year. Riders can choose a 50mile or 100mile ride. Last year (2014) the event was organised by Alan and Brian Lowe. Its success was due not only to good organisation but also due to a number of really good volunteers. The event attracted about 200 riders, all of whom had a good day out on pleasant Cheshire lanes, based on the Cheshire Cycleway. Alan is hoping for the same result this year but will need helpers to make it happen.
If you are able to help for a couple of hours, or are happy to enjoy the whole day's activity you will be most welcome. The event is organised under the auspices of Chester and North Wales CTC, although entrants need not be members to enter.
Wild Wales Challenge 2015 – Important Information
We have been informed by Merseyside CTC, organising club for the Wild Wales Challenge on 30th August 2015, that the entry process has been changed. From 1st January until 31st March, entries will only be accepted from clubs who have supported the event in the past with a significant number of riders. From 1st April the event will be open for general application on a first come, first served basis. This change is to ensure that members of those clubs who have shown their loyalty to the event in the past will have ample opportunity to enter the event. The aim therefore is to ensure that as many riders as possible up to the maximum of 650 are able to ride, and minimise the number of DNS.
Chester & North Wales CTC members who wish to enter this event should contact our Secretary, Lowri Evans, with their CTC membership number to receive a unique code. Entries will only be possible before 1st April if this code is used. Any rider attempting to enter without this code will be refused entry and advised that they must enter as an individual after general entry opens on 1st April. Graham Lewis is again managing the entry process.
(information from Organiser, Denis Holder)
Car Parking for cyclists at the Tudor Rose
Those of us who begin our cycle rides from the Eureka during the year have been allowed to park at the rear of the Tudor Rose Car Park by the management. To show our appreciation a grand total of £180 was collected from riders of three groups (Wednesday Riders CTC, Sunday CTC and Port Sunlight CC), who regularly use the car park. The collection is traditionally donated to a local charity on our behalf. The adjacent photo is of Brian Joyce presenting the money and a cycling-themed card to the Manager of the Tudor Rose.
Best wishes to all our Ch&NW CTC members and their families for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Mike Cross – President, Chester and North Wales CTC
May your wheels run smoothly!
Should we change the design of our Club Clothing?
There seems to be a general feeling by some members that the present design and colours of our Club clothing should be updated to give it a more 'modern feel'. Only a handful of members wear the current kit and those that do – of which there are few – say they won't replace it when it finally succumbs to wear and tear. This topic was discussed at our AGM on 2nd November when it was agreed that Glennys Hammond and Martin Brooks would explore the views of members via The Link and the Ch&NW CTC Website, and do a little searching around for some suitable new designs. A 'facelift' may revitalise the Club's identity with a personalised kit that members will enjoy wearing. We would really like to know your views. Please email comments to Glennys or Martin. To see some examples of possible designs click here, here and here.
Chester and North Wales CTC Annual General Meeting (AGM)
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Chester and North Wales CTC was held at Neuadd Eleanor, Llanfair DC on 2nd November 2014 at 12.30pm. Click here to see a report and photos of the meeting.
Llysfasi Hill Climb and Freewheel Competitions, 4th October 2014: Click here to see a report and photos of the events. They are also accessible from the Events 2014 page. Many thanks to Lowri Evans, organiser of the events. Photos by Arthur Miller, Sue Booth and Lowri Evans.
River Dee Footpath Closure: Part of the public footpath alongside the River Dee in Sealand will be closed for nine months while essential flood defence is carried out on behalf of the Welsh Government. The section which forms part of National Cycle route 568, will be closed between Hawarden Railway Bridge and the link to Foxes Lane, from 10 November 2014 for nine months for essential works to strengthen the earth flood defences as part of the Northern Gateway Site Development. The closure will be in two phases: initially between the Blue Bridge, Queensferry and Hawarden Railway Bridge and finally between the railway bridge and the Foxes Lane link. Cyclists and pedestrians will have access to an alternative route along the entrance road to Tata's site, which will connect with the cycle route near Hawarden Bridge Railway station, and will be appropriately signed (information from www.deeside.com via Peter Williams, Ch&NW CTC's Right to Ride Representative).
President's Ride, Lunch and Presentation of the President's Cup, 28th September 2014
Our Club President, Mike Cross, organised another very successful day's activity. Forty-five members attended the event starting with refreshments and a photo call at Walk Mill Bakery and Café. Riders could choose a shorter or longer route to Tilston Village Hall where a splendid buffet lunch was provided. Following the meal the President's Trophy was presented to Ifor Jones (of the Ynys Môn group). Ifor has supported the club for many years and taken part in almost all the Club's events, despite the distance he has to travel. He was a very surprised and popular winner. Click here to see some photos of the event.
The Link – your magazine, your voice!
The Link, our Chester and North Wales CTC club magazine is available to all members and friends of the club and represents the needs of the membership by means of membership participation. It's normally published FOUR times per year and is just filled with interesting tips, reports, challenges and experiences from the membership. It's your voice – and The Link is the platform for everyone to air their views, opinions, improvements and complaints (Letters to the Editor?).
The Bert Bailey Memorial Veterans' 100-mile Ride
Appeal for Organiser(s)
David Ackerley has resigned from the position of organiser of the 'Bert Bailey Memorial Veterans' 100 mile ride. He has organised this, our Club's flagship event, very successfully for seven years. David has already made considerable preparation for next year's event so an individual or a team of two or three people could easily manage the role. He will be able to offer extensive support and advice to whoever takes over. Click here for further details. Please contact David if you are able to step into his shoes!
Chester and North Wales CTC Corwen Audax Rides 19th July 2014: There were three challenging rides, each in beautiful Welsh scenery: the Barmouth Boulevard 204km, the Brenig Bach 107km and the Bala Parade 60km. Despite the challenging weather at the start of the day, riders really enjoyed their rides. Click here for a report of the rides.
Chester and North Wales CTC 75th Anniversary Photo Competition
Where are all you budding photographers hiding? If you want to display your photographic skills you can enter your photos into our 75th Anniversary Photo Competition – just another way to celebrate Chester and North Wales CTC's 75 years as a cycling club as well as standing a chance of getting your hands on part of the £80 prize fund. The theme is "The Spirit of Cycling, 2014". Click here for the competition's Details and Entry Form. Closing date for entries is 1st October so there's still time to get snapping!
Café of the Year, 2014
So far entries for this competition have been sparse, to say the least. Last year's winner, Tilly's of Bunbury, greatly appreciated the award, and we all have a favourite watering hole that deserves recognition. Tilly's is ineligible this year, but there are scores of other cafés that we use. Please email your vote to David Ackerley.
Chester and North Wales CTC Momma Audax Rides, 10th August 2014
Click here to see a report and photos of these three rides.
Canal Towpath closure – Northgate Cut, Chester: As many of you will know, the canal is closed in the Northgate cut from the locks to Cow Lane Bridge (Frodsham Street), due to a collapsed wall). The length of the closure is unknown. More information here.There is an alternative route via Watertower Street, Northgate Street, George Street and Gorse Stacks.
Cycle paths and other off-road routes can be closed without notice, causing inconvenience to cyclists and pedestrians. Also, when closures take place, diversions are rarely suggested or signposted. The Chester Cycling Campaign provides a constantly updated list of closures and re-openings to enable you to plan your journey with some confidence (information from the Chester Cycling Campaign website).
Corwen Audax Rides, 18th October 2014: Once again it's time to enter these popular annual Audax rides taking place on Saturday 18th October. There are three rides on offer: 'The Clwydian' (200km), a scenic and continuously interesting route giving a taste of all the delights of North Wales - lakes, leafy lanes, hills (lots) and the sea - the last 20km is all downhill; 'The Clwyd Gate' (130km) is a varied and scenic route through lovely North Wales - rivers, a hidden valley, leafy lanes, hills and the sea - the last 20km is downhill; and the 'Bala Mini-Bash' (60km), a scenic and not too demanding ride - winding roads, narrow lanes, a beautiful lake and a few minor hills - designed as an introduction to Audax riding and/or a delightful excursion in beautiful North Wales. Links to the details of each ride are on the Events 2014 page of this website and on the Audax UK website. This poster has more information.
Wednesday Riders Rides Reports: Have you ever wondered what groups get up to and where they go on their weekly rides? At the moment Christopher Byrne writes interesting and witty accounts of Wednesday Riders exploits and John Ferguson provides some excellent photos. Accounts and photos are edited by Glennys Hammond (website editor) to maintain a website 'style'. If you have a short account of one of your group's rides (not necessarily every ride), please email it to Glennys - we'd love to know where you cycle and what you get up to. Your account doesn't have to be long (in fact, short is good), and the number of photos can be one or a few, perhaps recording some interesting incident during the ride.
Bert Bailey Memorial Veterans' 100 Mile Ride, Sunday 13th July 2014
Congratulations to all those who successfully completed the Bert Bailey Memorial Veterans' 100 Mile Ride on 13th July. Many thanks to those who gave up their time to help make this event such a success – in particular David Ackerley (Event Organiser).
Over the next few months David will be advising the new Organisers who will take over the BBMV100 in 2015. David's many years running this, our prestige Chester and North Wales CTC annual event, ends this year. His hard work and dedication deserve the warmest thanks and congratulations of all members of Chester and North Wales CTC (Mike Cross, President Ch&NW CTC). Click here to see group photos and here to see a report.
Bob Clift Memorial Cheshire Cycleway Rides: On Sunday 29th June, the Bob Clift Memorial Cheshire Cycleway Rides were held, starting and finishing at the Waverton Institute near Chester. The Jim Skelding Trophy (for the youngest rider to complete the 100-mile ride) was won by 17-year-old Luke Johnson of Huntington, Chester. On behalf of all those who took part in these rides, Mike Cross, Ch&NW CTC President, thanks the hardworking team who helped to make a very long day such an outstanding success. In particular, he thanks Brian Lowe and Alan Oldfield (organisers) who, between them, set a new standard of excellence. Click here to see a report of the event.
Chester and North Wales CTC 75th Anniversary Birthday Rides and Birthday Tea
This very special celebration took place on Sunday 8th June and was a great success. There were three rides of 75, 50 and 25 miles starting and finishing at Bickerton Village Hall. Afterwards, riders sat down to a delicious Tea and sampled a professionally iced 75th Anniversary birthday cake. VIP guests included David Cox OBE, Chair of CTC National Council, who presented commemorative Certificates of Appreciation to various organisations and to those who completed the rides, and Gwenda Owen CTC Councillor for Wales. Club President, Mike Cross, has received many messages of praise for the smooth running of the event. On behalf of all members, he thanks those who helped out. In particular, most praise must go to David Ackerley, who put a great deal of effort into its planning and organised a superb day. Click here to see a full report of this very successful and memorable occasion, and here to see some photos of the event.
Llangefni Festival of Cycling and Walking, Sunday 1st June: Many thanks to those members who attended the festival to promote cycling and Chester and North Wales CTC (Mike Cross, President of Chester and North Wales CTC).
Funeral of David Robinson: David's funeral took place on Friday 30th May at St Mary's Centre, Chester. David was a County Councillor, CTC member and former Chair of CTC National Council. Several hundred people attended the funeral. Mike Cross, President of Chester and North Wales CTC, attended in a personal capacity and to represent the Club. Donations at the ceremony were collected for the British Heart Foundation. Further donations to the Foundation in David's memory will be gratefully received.
Eureka Audax and Ch&NW CTC Rides' 26th April 2014: Click here to see a report of these rides.
David Robinson – sad news
We are very sorry to announce the death of David Robinson this morning, 13th May, after being seriously ill in hospital for several weeks. David was a member of Chester and North Wales CTC. He served as a CTC Councillor for the North West and was ex-Chair of CTC National Council. His family is planning a celebration of his life at 12:00 noon on Friday 30th May at St Marys Centre, St Marys Hill CH1 2DW. This will be followed by a private family service at the crematorium and a wake at Boughton Hall Cricket Club afterwards. These venues were chosen by David himself who also stipulated that as many people as possible should travel by public transport or cycle! Informal or cycling dress is fine.
Chester and North Wales CTC Caer a Gogledd Cymru
75th Anniversary Celebrations - THE CHAIN
As part of the celebrations to mark the Club's 75th Anniversary, an 80-page booklet called The Chain has been produced. Its contents are drawn from the Club's Secretaries' Reports and extracts from the various newsletters and magazines that have appeared since the foundation of 'Chester and North Wales CTC Caer a Gogledd Cymru' in 1939. Those members who already subscribe to The Link will receive their copy without any further action on their part. If subscribers have not received their copy by 7th May, contact David Ackerley on 01829-770224.
The Chain is available to non-subscribers to The Link on payment of £5 per copy. There are only a limited number of copies of The Chain available, so early application is advised.
Chester and North Wales CTC is now on Facebook
You are invited to have a look at Chester and North Wales CTC's Facebook Page.
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Wednesday Riders Rides list 2014
The rides list has been updated with a few changes marked in Red. Please check the list before you ride.
Charles Allan Memorial Ride, The Plough, Christleton: This annual ride to The Plough at Christleton, to remember the founder of the Wednesday Riders, took place last Wednesday, 5th March. The weather was clement and numbers arriving by car and bike numbered about 45, packing out the pub. Click here to see a report and photos.
The Link - Exciting Developments
The Link is your club magazine. Our new editor, Martin, has some exciting ideas for developing content and format in future issues. There is a very special offer for all subscribers in 2014 - the Spring copy of 'The Link' PLUS 'The Chain', a very special 75th commemorative history of Chester and North Wales CTC - all for just £5.00 delivered to your door! This year sees a change in the financial year end reporting (now September) to comply with CTC preferences, so the frequency of publication has been modifed for 2014. This means that all subscribers will receive ONE copy of 'The Link' for Spring 2014 and a copy of 'The Chain' during the summer. Download, complete and return this renewal form by 28th March. Click here to see a flyer with further details.
Now you must get cracking - and contribute your own tips reports, challenges and experiences. 'The Link' is the platform for club members to air their views, opinions, improvements and complaints (Letters to the Editor?).
CTC Two Mills £1000 donation to Wirral Community Cycle Hubs
CTC Two Mills has supported the growth of the Eastham Centre Cycle Hub with this extraordinary donation. High visibility jackets (with the CTC logo - as seen in the photo), two top-notch tool kits and work stands, a brand new bicycle purchased from local bike shop K Cycles - will all benefit the increasing number of regular Hub users, many of whom have learning as well as physical disabilities. Wirral's Sustrans 'Bike It' officer, Simon Wallis said, "we are so grateful for the timely support as we seek to support local people in their aspirations to become happy, healthy and confident and safe cyclists". The donated money was CTC Two Mills' share of the surplus raised from organising last year's Early Season Tourist Trial.
Wirral South MP, Alison McGovern is pictured presenting a certificate of cycling achievement to a student from Eastham Centre.
'The Link' Needs You!
The Link - our club magazine: We are very lucky to have a new editor for The Link, but Martin needs help from everyone if the magazine isn't to fail from lack of support. Martin and Sarah are newcomers to the area, having recently moved here from the south. They will take stories in any format (including hand-written) for consideration for inclusion. If you add up all the years of cycling experiences and technical knowhow in our Group it must run into millennia so there's definitely scope for educating the rest of us. So far apart from a couple of stories, including those from Martin and Sarah, the copy is definitely thin on the ground. Martin and Sarah are touring Eastern Europe through the summer so they will only be able to do the end of year edition - so they would like to produce another bumper edition for the first copy for 2014. The Christmas 2013 edition was great - can we match or even improve on it?
ALL CONTRIBUTIONS APPRECIATED!
Wednesday Riders' Reports: The first report about Wednesday Riders activities, written by Chris Byrne, is now on a dedicated page of the website. Click here to see the report or here to see the new Wednesday Riders Reports page. Thank you Chris. We hope to see a few more reports in the future.
Café of The Year 2013 Award: Readers of The Link, Chester and North Wales CTC's Club Magazine, voted Tilly's Coffee Shop, Bunbury, as their Café of the Year for 2013. The photo shows our President, Mike Cross presenting the certificate to the proprietor Kevin Baker accompanied by a few regular cycling customers. This excellent cafe is open from Tuesday to Sunday and is very popular with cyclists who are always welcome individually or in larger groups.
Dorothy Clift, 6 June 1933 - 25 January 2014
We are sorry to announce that Dorothy Clift passed away peacefully on 25th January 2014. An article about Dorothy's invaluable contribution to Chester and North Wales CTC will appear in the next edition of The Link. Dorothy's funeral took place at the United Reformed Church, Upton, Chester on 10th February. Donations in Dorothy's memory may be made to the Hospice of the Good Shepherd, Backford or to Cancer Research UK.
The Link Christmas Quiz 2013 Results: The results of the Christmas quiz featured in the recent Christmas edition of The Link are available. Many thanks to David Ackerley, in his last superb production as The Link editor, for taking the time to compile the very interesting questions. Click here to see the results.
We have a new Editor for The Link!
At last we have an editor for The Link – our much-loved club magazine. After many appeals for a volunteer and a feeling that the mag might sink to the murky depths of anonymity, we have a volunteer to take over the task from David Ackerley, who as we all know, will be a very hard act to follow. Martin Brooks has stepped in to save the day and we're sure he will do an excellent job. Click here to read Martin's introductory letter and find out how you can contribute towards ensuring the magazine's success.