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).

10th March 2014

The bright sunny weather is here (don’t know for how long) and it brought out the cyclists. How about these numbers:

Saturday 8th – Wythenshawe –      115 riders

Sunday   9th – Longford –               173 – yes 173 riders! (a personal best for Longford)

Monday 10th – Longford –               58 riders

And a great time was had by all. Now back to the gardening.

5th March 2014

The indoor cycling sessions held at Stretford Leisure Centre finished yesterday with a great turnout of riders. I am sure that the cold weather alternative to Wythenshawe Park will be open again in January 2015. It is funny that on each Tuesday afternoon for the last 6 weeks that the sessions have been held on the weather has been mild and dry – ah well – never mind. I just hope we are not in for a freezing snowy spell from now on !

…and we would love to see our Stretford cyclists pedalling their legs at Wythenshawe, Longford or Boggart Hole Clough in the near future.

27th February 2014

Fourteen cyclists – including Sue and Mustafa on a tandem- left Wythenshawe Park this bright but gusty morning. The ride took us through the Park, up to the River Mersey and Chorlton Water Meadow, onto the Trans-Pennine Trail, through Fallowfield and onto Debdale Park. And back- 20 miles !!!

To say I was fatigued at the end is an understatement, however many in the party continued cycling when we returned to the Track. It was a great ride though with plenty of signs of spring to see along the way. I did suggest we called into the Donkey Sanctuary at Debdale Park but all thoughts of Donkeys went out of my mind at the ten mile mark, to be replaced with thoughts of a hot chocolate and a breather. I am not sure where we are riding to next Thursday but hope it is as good as todays ( a bit shorter maybe!)

 

25th February 20142014-02-25 base layer legs!

As a man of a certain age who has never worked outdoors, danced at the Royal Ballet or played much sport I have never been into tights. I am, however, enthralled with my latest purchases. These Campri base layer leggings (I call them my man-tights ) are really great and I got them half price. Cycling in this weather is often chilly and I needed some new thick trousers (my old cords pants had finally given up the ghost), so I thought I would get these base layer things for under my jeans. I like them so much I went back to the shop for some special cycling ones with a padded bum. Real warmth and I think they make your legs look dead good – They have to be black though – for those of you old enough to remember Max Wall, no more to be said really. For those too young, try Google (other search engines are available).

 

18th February 2014

The dry sunny weather this morning brought about 70 riders out at Wythenshawe with quite a few school kids on half term holidays. There were also quite a few newcomers who saw our efforts at the IIC (Independence, Inclusion and Choice) exhibition at GMex in Manchester last week. The exhibition was packed with visitors and our bike sessions were very popular (even though one gang of young football players mistook me for Reg Houldsworth !!  — isn’t it funny no one ever mistakes me for Tom Cruise).

This afternoon we decamped to Stretford Leisure Centre for our indoor cycling and were again pleased to see over 20 participants of all ages and abilities turning up. A special mention must be given to the staff at Stretford Leisure Centre who are always helpful and supportive of our activities.

Thanks (you know who you are).

10th February 2014 

Many apologies to all our regular Saturday cyclists at Wythenshawe Park after a massive mix up last Saturday left our session having to be cancelled. The large cross-country running event (which no-one told us about) overran the car park and the track leaving no room for cycling and even blocking our bike sheds. Cross country runners don’t run on the track, I hear you say, but it wasn’t really the runners – it was the car parking! Not sure it did the track surface a lot of good.

Please Wythenshawe Park Authorities, keep all your customers informed of future clashes of events so that arrangements can be properly organized in the future.

5th February 2014

The blogger is back from Holiday. After a very enjoyable week in the Spanish sun I returned to Simply Cycling on Sunday. I expected a cold damp session but not a bit of it, ’twas dry, bright and warmish with 93 (yes 93!) riders turning up. There were all sorts of folk – Mums, Dads, Grandads, Grandmas and loads of kids of all ages; Sundays at LongfordPark are turning into a mass rally of cyclists, great – keep it up and we may have to get more bikes.

The indoor sessions on a Tuesday at Stretford Leisure centre are going well with a good turn out of riders and plenty of fun out of the cold wind. Sue,Helen and Alison are busy planning the events for 2014 so watch this blog and the rest of the website for details of rides-out, one day events and cycling holidays. Preparations are underway for a 2 day cycle from Manchester to Liverpool and back in March (don’t worry, its not along the East Lancs Road). So if you fancy the trip give Helen a ring on the usual number.

31st January 2014

Just in case you are missing our regular Blogs while our Blogger is lounging in the sun (no we’re not jealous really!) – here’s a sneak preview of the Cycling Active article about us – it’s a very good read and some wonderful pictures too……… click here to download.

We are, as the article says, Simply The Best!