31 May 2014

We found a great new café in Oswald Road Chorlton where you can sit outside and keep an eye on your bike. It’s called Berry’s Coffee Shop and they do good cakes and sandwiches, really friendly folks in there as well.

The ride out his week was super but a bit gruelling in parts. We went from the Seacombe Ferry Terminal on the Wirral and along the seafront to Hoylake. At first it was really easy – a bit too easy because the wind was directly behind us. At the turn round point we realised that the wind was strongly in our faces so we had about 13 miles to go in difficult conditions – boy was it great to see the finish line!

The athletes at the Longford Park track are at it again tomorrow (Sunday) so we are not on there this Sunday (1st June) but hopefully normal service will resume next week.

DSC_042422nd May 2014

Let me start with an apology for Cyclists at Longford Park as we had to cancel last Monday’s session because of a School Sports Day using the track. Usually we have good notice but not this time and although we e-mailed to everyone we could, there were still some who turned up and were disappointed. Please give us your e-mail addresses if you can and we will contact you if it happens again.

Tuesday and Wednesday saw great numbers at Wythenshawe and the Clough (Boggart Hole that is), probably because the weather was glorious. Remember we are on at the Clough now on Wednesdays from 10am until 3pm, so if you want a change of scenery ,come and join us.

Thursday we had a great ride out in Marbury Country Park in Northwich, Cheshire ( Simply Cycling goes posh in Cheshire!), even though it was greyish and a bit showery. We at least didn’t get the downpour we were promised by the weather forecasters. We had a nice stop for coffee at the Anderton Boat Lift Visitor’s Centre so we had a bit of Industrial history thrown in with an 8 mile ride.

Looking forward to Longford tomorrow ad Wythenshawe on Saturday but no Longford on Sunday and Monday – athletics again- Doh!

15th May 2014

What a week of cycling this has been. Simply Cycling has really got into top gear.

Last Saturday saw a mammoth 10th Birthday Party at WythenshawePark with plenty of cycling, food and music all afternoon. I would say most of our cyclists attended, and I estimated that at least 300 people came. It was a mini Glastonbury because the rain pelted down but we all had a great time!

Sunday saw a Simply Cycling group join the Northwich Cycling Festival with butterflies decorating their bikes, they again got soaked.

Monday at LongfordPark was again torrential but I was nice and dry at NorthTraffordCollege attending an exhibition of student activities and talking to lots of people about recreational cycling.

Tuesday started of with glorious sunshine but it didn’t last and the rain put an end to cycling for quite a few of our members. Hats off to those who stayed and donned capes but still got soaked!

Wednesday at both Wythenshawe and Boggart Hole Clough saw record numbers of cyclists in glorious sunshine.

Thursday was our usual group ride out and we managed just over 22 miles along the Fallowfield Loop and then along the RochdaleCanal and back again.

Looking forward to cycling tomorrow at either Longford or Wythenshawe Parks and we are back to a normal weekend at both venues. Not sure I can maintain the pace but getting fitter and stronger every day.

I know you readers keep saying – “I must get down there and join in” so I say “there is no time like the present, what about this weekend?”

7th May 2014

Boggart Hole Clough Park is now host to Simply Cycling on Wednesdays from 10am until 3pm (instead of 1-3pm) and even though it rained most of the day today we got a reasonable turnout of riders. Riders were on both the athletics track and around the park. New faces were welcomed along with visitors from Wythenshawe and Longford Parks. Plans are afoot for more publicity and I am sure that numbers will grow if we get some fine days.

This weekend sees the 10th Birthday Party for Simply Cycling at Wythenshawe Park – 12.30 til 5pm with cycling, music and food, so get on your cycling gear, your dancing shoes and your eating face!  See you there! (only £2 per person)

1st May 2014Todmorden pic

The weather is warm and sometimes sunny,so make this week the start of your summer cycling with Simply Cycling. What a week its been this week with hundreds of cyclists joining in at Longford, Wythenshawe and Boggart Hole Clough Parks. We also took part in the first part of the Yorkshire Festival to celebrate the upcoming Tour de France visit to that part of the world. It was an art and bike parade through Todmorden. Hundreds of bikes had been decorated and transformed into great pieces of art and then we all processed through the town. See our Facebook page for photos. I was on a six person tagalong Chinese dragon with other cyclists being butterflies, sea creatures, snails and birds. There was even a cycle mounted Samba Band and a Jazz combo being pulled by 3 strong lads on bikes. A great time was had by all.

Don’t forget that Longford Park sessions won’t be on this weekend as its Bank Holiday but Wythenshawe Park is on this Saturday. Preparations are underway for the 10th Birthday bash on Saturday 10th May at Wythenshawe Athletics Track from 12.30 til 5pm with music food and of course cycling. Be there or be square!


24th April 2014


Well I am back now from Down Under and had a great time (and no I didn’t go with Wills, Kate and George). Today was a very sunny morning to join 9 others on a very leisurely 15.5 mile ride from Wythenshawe Park, through Sale Water Park and on to Sale Waterside for a cup of tea. Our return journey was great – seeing the ducks and geese on the canal – and a car being pulled out – very scenic! The bloodthirsty among you may need telling that no, there was no body. Been watching too many Midsummer Murders haven’t you?

Looking forward to taking part in the Comedy Cycling Carnival in Todmorden this Saturday – we are portraying a cycle snake or a wiggly worm, not sure which. I’ll let you know all about it next week.


27th March 2014

An intrepid group of thirteen riders completed 18 miles today along the towpath of the BridgewaterCanal. It was good and dry with only a bit of mud in places. Hats off to My (thats a lady’s name not myself) who did her first ride since returning from her winter globetrotting in Asia.

One of our beloved leaders, Sue, took a phone call whilst riding along the towpath and then slid into a bush. Thankfully she wasn’t hurt and managed to complete her call tangled up in the holly bush. So let this be a lesson to all cyclists — do not use your moby on your bike, particularly on a towpath as there are only two ways to go, bush or canal!

25th March 2014

The calendar and athletics matches have conspired together to cancel some sessions at Longford Park track. What with all the upcoming Bank Holidays and the Spring and Summer Track Meets (as they say in America) we will try to let you all know in advance.

Our first cancellation is this Sunday 30th March because the runners are running – so remember – no cycling.

Other dates to remember are the 3 Bank Holiday weekends, Easter,Mayday and the Spring Bank Holiday..

We will use Facebook, e-mail and good old word of mouth to remind all our riders. So a big boohoo and many apologies but hope to see you all on the other days

19th March 2014

Earlier in the week Simply Cycling was visited by Brian and Gwen from Southend in Essex who hope to commence their own all ability cycling group in that town in early May. Their group will be called “Just Ride” and they are working hard to get ready for their grand opening. Southend Council have supported them with some money and Simply Cycling have been showing them the ropes and of course the pitfalls. Both Brian and Gwen said they had benefitted from their trip North and would be happy to welcome any of our Simply Cyclists to their patch of Essex. So scan the interweb for our new friends “Just Ride” and their “Just Riders” (sound like super heroes dispensing justice, don’t they!).

Ride out 13-03-1413th March 2014

Today the Simply Cycling Ride Out Party numbered 12 and we had a great outing of about 20 miles. Starting at Longford Park we rode through Stretford Cemetery and along the Bridgewater Canal Towpath to Broadheath – about 5 miles. After a brief stop to refuel we cycled another 5 along the Lymm railway track, now part of the Trans Pennine Cycle Route, before turning round and returning the same way. Both parts were quite dry with little mud – small mercies after a winter of getting stuck in muddy puddles. Our Thursday rides out are now being used as practice for the 2 day expedition/holiday to Liverpool and back which is now scheduled for April 17/18th. Anyone wishing to come along, please give Sue or Helen a ring on the usual numbers (click here for contact details).