17th November 2013Geoff and Jack

Today Jack was awarded a Simply Cycling certificate for reaching his goal of 5 laps of the track at Longford Park for 4 weeks running. He is thinking about raising his total to 6 laps in the near future. If you or your loved ones want to have your training goals recognised by a Simply Cycling certificate , please see Helen, Alison or Sue and I am sure one can be arranged.

With the weather being dry this weekend we have had record breaking numbers of cyclists for this time of the year. Wythenshawe had 69 riders on Saturday and Longford had an amazing 109 today. Congratulations to all out riders !!

15th November 2013

Gaynor from Trafford College provided 2 excellent varieties of cake this morning at Longford Park!Empty cake tubs

She had made delicious Ginger cake and  toothsome Chocolate Brownies – both were soon devoured by a crowd of 34 riders. She has promised more of her great baking with an Orange and Poppy Seed Cake next week. Thanks from all the cyclists – especially me, the cake expert!

I wanted to show a picture of the cakes but they got eaten before I could get my camera out – so you’ll have to make do with the empty tubs!

Weather today was dry and bright but quite cold so message to all our regular riders – get your gloves and woolly hats out ready for next week .

Getting ready to go!14th November 2013

 Prince Charles couldn’t have had more fun on his birthday than we had this morning riding from Wythenshawe Park to the airport then along the orbital cycle route. We covered about 15 miles with a tea stop at the Flying Horse pub along Styal Road. It wasn’t flat and some of us – me really, had some difficulty with the up bits but the group of 9 riders allowed me a short stop to regain my breath at the top. Robert, who as mentioned previously was awarded a certificate and medal for doing 1,000 miles this year, announced at the end of the ride that he has now done 40 miles since yesterday morning – well he is a lot younger than some of us. Looking forward to next week’s ride out already.

Stopping for hot drinks

 

 

Above we have Jane sporting her new sweatshirt – looking very smart indeed! And here are some of the group relaxing with a hot drink before attempting the final leg of the journey.

Rob getting 1000mile award!What a great day we had on Wednesday; the sun shone again, we had a huge crowd at Wythenshawe track – and all this was made all the better when Robert was presented with his certificate – he had completed his personal challenge of 1000miles a month early! Well done Robert, we are all very impressed!

13th November 2013

 

LongfordPark on Monday was drizzly but we had a great crowd of 30 riders who didn’t really care about the weather.

Tuesday was dry and sunny at Wythenshawe with 43 riders, including my sister Pauline with her friend Wendy.

Wednesday(today) was week two at Boggart Hole Clough in Blackley and we had a great time with 15 riders – all of whom said they are coming next week! The people walking their dogs and kids in the park showed a lot of interest too so I think we have made a great start to our sessions in North Manchester. Check out our video on Punkt!

Tomorrow (Thursday) we are going to ride the Airport Orbital Route which will be about 10 miles so if anyone fancies joining up with us please give Sue or Helen a call and we can get a bike ready for you. The meeting point is Wythenshawe Athletic Track at 9.30 – so far we have about 10 signed up.

See you there!

8th November 2013

We at Simply Cycling think we have had a great year with wonderful weather this last summer, record numbers of riders coming to all our sessions, good rides out and the opening of the Boggarts Hole Clough sessions.

What do you think? If you have got a story about Simply Cycling we would like to hear from you.

Please spend some time talking to Alison or Geoff at any of our sessions and give us your story……

How long have you been coming to Simply Cycling?

Do you come cycling to get fitter? If so has it worked?

Is Simply Cycling a friendly place to be?

Have you got any ideas to make it even better?

If you don’t know Alison or Geoff, then just shout out the next time you come and we will make your acquaintance and have a chat. You can have your story about Simply Cycling put on our web site or you can remain anonymous. You can even give yourself another name – so come on Victoria Plum or Jack Frost, we want to hear from you.

7th November 2013

We had a very promising start to our sessions at Boggart Hole Clough on Wednesday this week. It was drizzling a bit so we didn’t get a lot of riders as the previous club wouldn’t run sessions in the rain! – as a result we only had 4 takers. However, we met a few people in the park and in the cafe and told them how at Simply Cycling we cycle through rain, sleet and snow and they promised to come next week! There are some great bikes there from the project which used to run and we can use them all. Remember that Simply Cycling will be running the sessions there every Wednesday from 1 o’clock until 3pm. The Athletics Track is quite near the entrance to Boggart Hole Clough Park on Charlestown Road, Blackley; you can park easily and there is a very reasonably priced café by the lake (close to the track) where you can get homemade soup and all the usual café fare! Didn’t sample the cake this time but no doubt will soon! —- so see you next week.

4th November 2013

The frosty start to Monday morning was a bit of a shock but it turned out to be a glorious sunny day. LongfordPark looked fabulous in the sunshine with the trees being gold, red and brown. Don’t worry I am not going to burst into poetry. About 30 riders enjoyed the session. Helen and Sue were busy planning the opening of another Simply Cycling outpost at Boggart Hole Clough Athletics Track in Blackley, North Manchester on Wednesday afternoons from 1 til 3pm. So if you are a budding cyclist or a lapsed wheeler come along and join us there too!

My new saying of the week is “there is nothing in the world that can’t be made better by riding a bike”

3rd November 2013

On Wednesday last week, twelve intrepid cyclists left Manchester for a cycling holiday to Merseyside. The first day consisted of the 24 mile seaside ride from Seacombe to West Kirby on the Wirral. The weather was dry and sunny, there was a lot of singing (!) and a lovely lunch was had at The Quirky Little Coffee Shop in Hoylake. Nine of the riders then travelled through the Mersey tunnel to spend the night in Liverpool. A new party of seven joined them for the second day ride on Thursday (I hope you are following this!)

Day two consisted of riding the 11 mile stretch from Halewood Triangle Park to Aintree Racecourse and 11 miles back again. The weather was kind and the ride was very enjoyable along the Liverpool loop line, closed by Mr. Beeching. We had a lunch stop a the Rocking Horse Pub outside Aintree Racecourse and Mary the waitress was very patient with our many demands. Cycling along old railway tracks is great for one thing – no steep hills, just gentle gradients. The almost imperceptible gradient on the Liverpool Loop is down in the southerly direction so our tired legs were helped a bit on the return journey. As an added bonus, we all arrived back in time for the Halloween event at Wythenshawe!

Check out our pictures on Punkt!

1st November 2013

Over 100 people attended the Simply Cycling Halloween Spooktacular Ride at Wythenshawe Park last night and had a great time. Firstly the riders, mostly in costume circled the track in the dark carrying glowsticks and red flashing rear lights (no one crashed!). It was all very spooky. Following refreshments which included a BBQ we all went for a guided horror ride through the park – now that was really scary. Young and old said that the event was great and we must do it again next year. I think that my costume of a skeleton (which looked good riding a bike) was one of the best but I didn’t get a prize!