Tower Wharf Chester – Promenade Closure
Repairs to Tower Wharf Promenade (boardwalk) alongside the River Dee near Sealand Road in Chester will begin from Monday 10th December. Many cyclists have fallen and injured themselves due to its slippy surface so repairs are badly needed. The boardwalk is part of Sustrans Route 568 and will be closed for repairs due to deterioration of the timber decking and support beams. The work is expected to finish in spring 2019. Click here to see the Media Release.
Information from Peter Williams
A540 Safety Improvements for Cyclists
Sign this petition Please!!
Our Ch&NW CTC Right to Ride Officer has been petitioning for improvements to the A540 for cyclists for over ten years, where the road has experienced a large number of serious accidents involving cyclists. Highways England spent £540,000 recently on safety improvements to the A540/A550 (Two Mills) junction. A very dangerous section of this high speed road still exists between Puddington Lane and the A540/A550 junction. As part of the improvements undertaken approximately forty years ago a short section of cycle path was installed – but the hazard on this stretch of the A540 remains. This existing 475 metre long path between Puddington Lane and the Highway England new cycle path needs to be repaired and reinstated as a matter of urgency. Please click here for further details and to sign the petition.
Information from John Ferguson
Chairman's Meet, Carden Arms, Tilston – 1st January 2019
Change of Timing
The timing of the Chairman's Meet has been changed to reflect the shortened hours of daylight and possible problems cycling home in darkness. Riders are asked to arrive at the pub between 12 and 12.30pm, not at the time stated in the previous News item. This change also applies to the article in The Link. More information about meeting places for rides to the pub will be provided nearer the time.
Information from David Matthews – Organiser
Time to Vote for Café of the Year 2018 – Reminder
January 15th 2019 is the deadline for you to vote for the 2018 Café of the Year. Previous winners have been Café Fresh at Dunham-on-the-Hill (2017); Pantri Bach, Pensarn Beach (2016); Meadow Lea, Mickle Trafford (2015); Walk Mill, Stapleford (2014): Tilly's at Bunbury (2013). As five years have elapsed, Tilly's is again eligible for consideration but none of the others.
At last year's Annual General Meeting (C&NW CTC AGM) it was proposed there should also be a 'Pub of the Year' competition. However, with the rate of pub closures and turnover of Landlords and Landladies, please make sure you vote for a pub that will still be open – and still welcoming cycling groups – in early 2019!
Please register your votes for 'Café of the Year' and 'Pub of the Year' with Glennys Hammond.
Chester and North Wales CTC publishes a well regarded and locally informative magazine 'The Link' three times per year. The magazine has been updated and refreshed to full colour A4 size recently and is amazing value at £10 for three copies. Details, e-copies of past issues and a subscription form can be accessed here. Why not subscribe – you won't be disappointed.
Ch&NW CTC/Cycling UK – Triennial Veterans 100mile Event
Sunday 7th July 2019
The Chester and North Wales CTC Veterans 100 is a well-established event which challenges riders aged 50 years and above to cycle our traditional and mostly flat 100mile course at a sociable pace. In 2019 it will be part of the Cycling UK Triennial Veterans 100 series of events. Riders are in small groups allocated by the organiser with a ride leader. It is not a sportive. Qualifying age date is 50 years or above on 1st March 2019. The start/finish is at Duddon and Clotton Village Hall, Willington Road, Tarporley (Nr Chester) CW6 0HD (grid ref: 117/516649), where there is plenty of marshalled, free parking for those who need it. It is an out-and-back route which goes via Overton to Four Crosses. Route details and joining instructions will be emailed to riders approximately seven days before the event. The closing date for entries is Wednesday 12th June 2019 or whenever the event is full. There are no entries on-the-line.
Send postal entries to Laurie Mason at 30 Clarendon Close, Chester CH4 7BL, enclosing a cheque made out to Chester and North Wales CTC and 2 stamped, addressed envelopes.
Information from Laurie Mason - Organiser
Chairman's Meet – New Year's Day 2019
The Carden Arms, Tilston
Chester and North Wales CTC is very pleased to announce a return to The Carden Arms at Tilston for the Chairman's Meet on New Year's Day 2019. Meet at the pub from 12:30 to 1:00pm. The chef is offering Carden cobbler this year – their signature dish – using their own very high quality Hereford beef. There are two options:
- Carden beef cobbler, with Shropshire blue dumplings and creamed potatoes, or
- Mushroom, butternut squash and red onion stroganoff
The price is £10 per head. Drinks are not included and can be arranged on the day by individuals. More details nearer the time.
We regret to announce the death of David Ackerley on Sunday 4th November and offer our most sincere condolences to his widow, Shirley, and family. Over many years, David was a positive influence in the life of Chester and North Wales CTC, contributing greatly to its success. He will be much missed. A full obituary will appear in the Spring 2019 edition of The LINK.
David's funeral will be held on Tuesday 20th November at 11am at St Alban's Church, Tattenhall.
David's friends are very welcome to attend the funeral by bicycle if they wish.
Information from Mike Cross
NEW CLUB KIT – SECOND ORDER CLOSED
A final order of 43 long-sleeved shirts and 40 long-sleeved jackets has been sent to Impsport. The lead time for production is seven weeks, giving an expected delivery date around 14th December 2018.
Information from John Ferguson – Organiser
Chester and North Wales CTC Audax Rides, Corwen – 13th October 2018
Many thanks to our Vicky Payne for organising and planning this successful event. Numbers were expectedly down due to the appalling weather conditions which were caught by Sue Booth in her photos. Click here to see Vicky's Report of the day.
Chester and North Wales New Club Kit – Second Order
The design of the new Club Shirts in yellow, black and white proved very popular with our members. Chester and North Wales CTC is pleased to announce the opportunity to purchase Long-sleeved Shirts and Light-weight Training Jackets in the new C&NW CTC design. A good deal has been negotiated with the manufacturer for both of the garments, and additionally, purchases will be partly subsidised by the Club. By offering these items we hope the Club will retain its visible presence on the road for a greater proportion of the year. Click here for full details and how to order.
Long-sleeved Shirt – £35
Light-weight Training Jacket – £50
Wednesday Riders Christmas Lunch 2018: The Christmas Lunch will be held on 12th December 2018 at the Holiday Inn, Ellesmere Port, CH65 2AL starting at 12 noon. Click here for menu details and a Booking Form.
Information from Mike Cross
Llysfasi Hill Climb and Freewheel Competitions
This very successful annual event was held on Saturday 29th September 2018. Many thanks to Lowri Evans, who has organised the event for many years. Click here to see a report of the event and here to see a selection of photos.
President's Ride and Lunch – 23rd September 2018: A record number attended a very successful President's Ride and Lunch on Sunday 23rd September 2018. The President's Trophy, given in memory of former President Graham Mills, was awarded this year to John Ferguson. Mike Cross was pleasantly surprised and touched to receive a presentation to mark his 10 years in office and thanks all those involved. Click here to see a report of the event and here for a few photos.
Ch&NW CTC President Mike Cross
Ch&NW Corwen Audax Rides – Saturday 13th October 2018
This exciting annual Audax event in wonderful Cheshire and North Wales, organised by Vicky Payne for Chester and North Wales CTC, is taking place on Saturday 13th October starting in Corwen. This is a reminder to enter your chosen challenge soon. There are three events on offer: The Clwydian, 212km – 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 Clwyd Gate, 138km – also a varied and scenic route through lovely North Wales, rivers, a hidden valley, leafy lanes, hills (lots) and the sea; and The Bala Mini-Bash, 60km – a scenic and not too demanding ride with winding roads, narrow lanes, a beautiful lake and a few minor hills. Designed as an introduction to Audax riding and a delightful excursion in beautiful North Wales.
Click here for a Poster of the event.
Chester and North Wales CTC/Audax Rides
Old Ma's Café, Tattenhall – Saturday 1st September 2018
Once again there was good weather for the three distances on offer! The rides have experienced storms and the tail end of hurricanes in the last few years so it was a great relief to the organiser and riders to have fine weather again. Click here to see a report and photos. Many thanks to David Matthews for planning and organising this successful and enjoyable event.
Chester and North Wales CTC
President's Ride and Lunch – 23rd September 2018
and Presentation of the President's Trophy
This year's annual President's Ride will start and finish at Walk Mill Bakery and Café (Grid ref: 117/484643) where tea and coffee is available from 10am. After a photocall at 10:45am, riders will set off at 11:00am on one of two overlapping rides – a shorter and a longer one. Routes will be available on-line nearer the event – or a paper route on the day.
The sit-down lunch will be at 'The War Memorial Hall', Tilston, near Malpas at 1:00pm (Grid ref: 117/460513). This usually superb lunch will cost £10 (pre-booked only). The President's Trophy will be presented to a deserving member after the meal. Book your place as soon as possible.
Payment can be either on-line or by cheque. Click here for details.
Corwen Summer Audax rides – 14th July 2018
Despite an early morning mist, the day proved to be lovely and warm with little breeze to speak of. The turnout of sixty-six riders was excellent and the day went by without a hitch. There were three rides of varying lengths on offer to challenge riders. The Bala Parade was a shorter and gentler ride in lovely countryside designed as an introduction to Audax riding. The Brenig Bach was a very hilly ride in surprisingly remote countryside, and The Barmouth Boulevard was a long, hard and hilly ride, again crossing remote areas. Returning riders commented on the wonderful scenery and said how much they had enjoyed their rides.
Click here for a report and photos of the rides.
Many thanks to Vicky Payne for organising these very successful, annual rides.
Momma Audax rides – Saturday 1st September 2018
This ever popular annual trio of Chester and North Wales CTC Audax rides take place on Saturday 1st September starting and finishing at Old Ma's Cafe, Tattenhall, (Grid ref: 117/484612) Cheshire. There are three rides on offer:
Pistyll Packing Momma is a 209km cycling event. This ride is a challenging and continuously interesting route through West Cheshire & North Wales. Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall at 240ft is one of the wonders of Wales. Outstanding views throughout this hilly ride.
Momma's Mountain Views is a 137km cycling event. This ride is a continuously interesting route through Cheshire lanes into North East Wales. The hilly middle section from Chirk to The Horseshoe Pass summit boasts outstanding mountain views. The scenic route returns over Hope Mountain.
Momma's Leafy Lanes is a 50km cycling event. This is a pleasant, undulating ride through the delightful north west Cheshire lanes. Designed as an introduction to Audax riding. A scenic, flat and not too demanding excursion into the countryside.
Click here for an Event Poster.
Bert Bailey Memorial Vets 100 – 1st July 2018
We had glorious weather for this event although some may have thought it was too hot for such a distance. The event wasn't so well attended this year for a number of possible reasons, but everyone who took part enjoyed the route, the meals, and refreshments provided at various points along the way. Many of the riders stayed behind to receive their certificates from Mike Cross, President of Chester and North Wales CTC, and to see trophies awarded to the oldest female and male riders who completed the course. Click to see a report and photos of the event.
Bert Bailey Memorial Vets 100, 1st July 2018: Congratulations to all those who took part in this annual event which lost none of its character in spite of having less than fifty entrants this year. Our own Doreen Lindsey was a worthy winner of the trophy for the oldest lady rider. There cannot be many women capable of riding 100 miles when in their 80s. Well done! Special thanks are due to Organiser Laurie Mason and his team of helpers. Laurie's work over many months ensured this event's continuing success.
Mike Cross, President Chester and North Wales CTC
CONGRATULATIONS C&NW CTC Winners
Cycling UK 2017 Tourist Competition
We heartily congratulate several of our members for their unparallelled success in the 2017 Cycling UK Tourist Competition, both as individual riders and as winners of the Team Competition.
Terry Davis – won the Shaftesbury Trophy and Arthur Moss Medal (1st overall) and the P H Catt Memorial Trophy and Medallion (1st Veteran).
Lowri Evans won a Medallion (2nd overall), the E F Butterworth Trophy and Medallion (1st Female) and The Craven Vase (1st Female Veteran).
Steve Larwood was 3rd overall (Medallion).
Chester and North Wales were the winning team consisting of Terry Davis, Lowri Evans Steve Larwood and Ifor Jones.
Terry Davies came 1st in the Mille Miglia 1000km category with 1169 points
John Wilkie accumulated 1142 points.
Several other members did well in these categories. Click here for full details of the 2017 competition final results published on the Cycling UK website.
Summer Audax Events, 14th July – A REMINDER!
If you haven't already entered for these great events do it as soon as possible. The closing date for entries is 11th July. Click here for a Poster of the Events.
The Barmouth Boulevard 204km with 3650m of climbing. A beautiful and challenging ride with glorious scenery. Route includes the Trawsfynydd Mountain road Bwlch y Groes and the Northern Hirnant Pass from Lake Vyrnwy.
The Brenig Bach 107km with 1920m of climbing. This classic ride visits some remote and beautiful areas of North Wales. Stunning scenery throughout, excellent café stops. Last 20km all downhill. A wonderful and stimulating day out enjoying one of the best 100km rides in Britain.
The Bala Parade 60km with 1000m of climbing. A lovely ride around Lake Bala designed as an introduction to Audax riding. Pub/café stop at south east end of the lake to complement a pleasant morning ride.
Click here for full details of these excellent value rides.
Poor behaviour by cyclists – request for information!
The Club has received a notice from Cycling UK National Office concerning seriously unacceptable behaviour by an unknown group of cyclists who passed through Bunbury last Sunday 17th June in the afternoon. The cyclists used the village hall toilets without permission and left them in a dirty condition requiring the assistance of the regular cleaner. The complainant recognised that many groups of cyclists pass through the village, that most are polite, and that identifying those responsible may be difficult. This discourteous and undesirable behaviour has resulted in the village hall booking officials deciding to refuse all future requests from cycling organisations. Such is the damage caused to the many by an irresponsible few. If anyone has any further knowledge of the incident please contact Lowri Evans or Cycling UK National Office. It would be appreciated.
Information from Lowri Evans – Secretary, Ch&NW CTC
Bob Clift Memorial Cheshire Cycleway Rides: I would like to thank all those who so willingly spent much of the day helping at the annual Bob Clift Memorial Cheshire Cycleway Rides held on 17th June 2018. The Event attracted some 250 entries in total. Its great success owes much to the organisational skills of Sue Booth who must be congratulated for her efforts and unfailing good humour throughout the day. Best wishes for a speedy recovery are extended to those who suffered unfortunate mishaps on the road.
Mike Cross – President Ch&NW CTC
Wednesday Riders Rides to the Surf Centre and Tattenhall Marina, 23rd May 2018
Click here to see a selection of photos taken on these two rides.
Reg Waud: Reg is recovering well after his recent serious illness and is now out of hospital. He has been reunited with his wife June at Holly Bank Residential Care Home, Shotton Lane Shotton. Mike Cross and Peter Williams visited them recently on June's 80th birthday for a small tea party. Reg was involved in the design of the design of the Chester and North Wales green and yellow tops, and was responsible for the renovation of the Winged Wheel sign several years ago. If anyone is passing by please call in and see them both and share a cuppa with them. They will be delighted to see you.
Bert Bailey Memorial Vets 100, 1st July 2018
This is your final email regarding arrangements for the Vets 100 on Sunday 1st July 2018. Please email Laurie for information regarding your group allocation. He will send the information to you as an attachment by return email. All other information about the Event can be found on the Events 2018 Page. Looking forward to seeing you in July.
Information from Laurie Mason – Organiser
Chester and North Wales CTC Treasure Hunt
Our Annual Treasure Hunt took place in ideal weather on Sunday 13th May 2018. I would like to thank all those who took part, especially Liz and Peter Conway who went to a lot of trouble planning and organising this very successful event.
Information from Mike Cross, President of C&NW CTC
Important Notice – Audax Rides from Willington Hall, Saturday 19th May
"The parking arrangements at Willington Hall have changed this year. Enter through the main entrance from the Kelsall side and continue down the drive past the first left turn into parking bays further down the driveway. Please do not park in the traditional place near the Tarporley direction entrance as this area is required for a wedding party. Registration is in the usual room on the R just beyond reception. A free drink of tea or coffee is provided for each rider. If you would like a bacon butty (£3.95) or banana (80p) then order at reception immediately on the R as you enter the hotel – before registration.
It would be appreciated if the Panorama Prospect riders stayed outside the hotel until 08:05 to enable us to get the 200km riders away smoothly.
We are to operate 'on site' validation of rides at the finish from 15:00. Please look out for us inside the hotel to get your ride signed off – if not obvious then ask at reception. Trust you all have an enjoyable and safe day out."
Information from David Matthews – Organiser
Chester Easy Riders: On Thursday 26th April, members of Chester Easy Riders celebrated the tenth Anniversary of their Club, known as CER to most! The Club is affiliated to Cycling UK and was founded and managed by Bryan Wade since it began. Bryan was the Honorary Secretary of Chester and North Wales CTC from 2004 to 2007. To show their appreciation, club members arranged a surprise presentation to Bryan of a bicycle sculpture at Ness Gardens café, followed by lunch at the Old Rathbone pub in Frankby. Click here to see Bryan's letter of appreciation to members. I was invited to attend the celebration as an early member of CER and was able to include some photos of the event.
New Chester and North Wales CTC tops
I'm sure we are all waiting in anticipation for our newly-designed Club tops. The design proved to be very popular resulting in an order of 168 being placed with Impsport, specialists in cycling sportswear. The delivery date was estimated to be mid-April but due to an unexpected order for the Commonwealth Games the expected delivery date has been moved to the second week in May. We apologise for the delay. I expect we will still be delighted to receive and wear them when there is a clear improvement in the weather.
Glennys Hammond and John Ferguson
Chester and N Wales CTC Treasure Hunt – 13th May 2018
Come and enjoy yourselves at our annual Treasure Hunt! It will start and finish at the Chameleon Restaurant, Manley Mere Sail Sports, Manley Lane, Frodsham WA6 0PE from 10am (GR 117/491720). The Treasure Hunt will be 23 miles long with around 30 questions. It's a fun event cycling along quiet country roads and lanes with two short stretches on an 'A' road. The event is registered for the Cycling UK Tourist Competition; to quality for points riders must compete as individuals. There will also be a category for teams (of two riders), so juniors can compete with an adult, or two adults can ride together. Click here for Full Details and here for an Entry Form.
Information from Elizabeth and Peter Conway – Organisers
Cycle to the Moon – Tackle Prostate Cancer
We don't usually publicise charity rides but this one may be pertinent to some of our members and to friends and relatives.
"Cycle to the Moon is a major fundraising initiative by Tackle Prostate Cancer that will encourage people of all ages to get on their bikes and raise money for the fight against prostate cancer. The event is open to all ages. We hope that everybody can show their support through cycling miles either on the roads, in the gym, at home or on outdoor trails. Raising funds on behalf of Tackle Prostate can be a fun and healthy activity, while encouraging the next generation. The campaign's target is £250,000 – £1 for every mile between Earth and the Moon" (Peter Adams). Click here to find out more.
Information from Lowri Evans
Join us on June 17th this year for the
32nd Bob Clift Memorial Cheshire Cycleway Rides
Two rides are available for you to challenge yourself:
50miles – This event will start and finish at the Waverton Institute, Village Rd, Waverton, CH3 7QN, near St Peter's Parish Church. GR 117/461635. The start will be at 10.00am and finish at any time between 2.00pm and 4.00pm. This is an interesting ride along quiet Cheshire lanes, with just a few minor climbs. Riders should carry appropriate tools and equipment to enable the repair of punctures and other minor defects, and consider carrying waterproofs and additional food. The entry fee of £12 covers the cost of lunch, tea or coffee mid-morning and tea and biscuits at the end of the ride.
100miles – This event will start and finish at the Waverton Institute, Village Rd, Waverton, CH3 7QN, near St Peter's Parish Church. GR 117/461635. The start will be from 8.30am and finish at any time before 8.30pm. The highlights of the ride are Delamere Forest, Alderley Edge and the moors above Macclesfield. There are some steep hills. Riders should carry appropriate tools and equipment to enable the repair of punctures and minor defects, and consider carrying waterproofs and additional food. The entry fee of £18 covers the cost of mid-morning refreshments, lunch, snack and afternoon tea and cake, and tea and biscuits at the end of the ride. Click here to see a poster for the Event.
Both events are FREE for those under 18, who must be accompanied by an adult.
Entries are now open – please go to www.entrycentral.com/cheshirecycleway.
I am always looking for volunteers to help out at the event HQ or at checkpoints. Please let me know if you can help.
Information from Sue Booth – Organiser
CTC Cymru – 2018 Welsh Festival of Cycling
Ruthin Rugby Club, 19th – 24th July 2018
The Festival provides an opportunity for cyclists of all descriptions to experience the beauty of Denbighshire and beyond with rides geared to a range of abilities and interests. Ruthin lies in the Vale of Clwyd approximately twenty miles inland from the North Wales coast. The location gives scope for gentle rides in the valley or hillier rides taking in the Clwydian Range, Denbigh Moors, or the Berwyns. The Festival is based at Ruthin Rugby Club which has camping available for solo and large tents and space for caravans and motor homes. There are no electric hook-ups this year.
Chester and North Wales CTC New Club Shirt
Ordering for the £20 Club shirt has now closed. At least 148 lucky people ordered their shirts before the closing date. We expect them to be delivered in April but as yet we can't be sure of the date.
If you have any queries please email John Ferguson.
Two Mills CTC Early Season Challenge (50-mile TT) – 25th March 2018
ENTRIES FOR THIS EVENT HAVE NOW CLOSED
Merseyside CTC Wild Wales Challenge – 26th August 2018
The 2018 Wild Wales Challenge will take place on Sunday 26th August 2018, based as usual at Bala. This year's event is being organised by Harry Fowler from Merseyside and Denis Holder from St Helens & Warrington. As in the past few years, Clubs who have had a minimum of four riders in previous WWCs will be offered early entry before the event is opened up to all comers. Phase 1 entry (the Clubs) will commence from early March – the exact dates will be publicised soon. Please contact Lowri Evans, the Ch&NW CTC Secretary, as soon as possible for the code to enter the event as each club has its own log-in code.
Information from Denis Holder and Lowri Evans
'Café of the Year 2017' – Presentation to Café Fresh
In bitterly cold weather and some icy bits on the lanes, six hardy riders set off from the Eureka for Café Fresh, Dunham, for the presentation of a commemorative certificate to the Proprietor and Manager of the Café. The café was recently voted 'Café of the Year 2017' by Club members in recognition of their friendly and efficient service to our cyclists. They were delighted to receive the award. The attached photo is of Mike Cross, President of Chester and North Wales CTC, presenting the certificate to Manager, Angela Savage.
Highways England Media Event, Eureka – 19th January 2018
A very successful media event organised by David Harris, Highways England's publicity representative, was held on Friday 19th January at 10am at the Eureka Café to celebrate the improvement work carried out for the benefit of cyclists and vehicles at the notorious A5117/A550 crossroads junction. Members from Chester and North Wales CTC's Wednesday Riders and CTC Two Mills supported the event. Balfour Beatty and Mott MacDonald, contractors to Highways England, were equally pleased with the turnout and the press coverage they received. Peter Williams, Chester and North Wales CTC Rights Officer, would like to say a huge thank you to all of our members who came to the event and provided support.
Information from Peter Williams