29th October 2013

Today’s cycling session went really well despite us all getting wet in the showery weather. 34 riders came today, mostly in waterproof gear and those that weren’t borrowed cycle capes so all carried on cycling during heavy showers.

Ha Ha, we laugh in the face of weather!

Nice to see old friends and there were some newcomers too who we hope to see again soon. My sister Pauline paid us another visit with her friend Wendy and it seemed that cycling is their new passion, with lots of smiles and gestures of pleasure from both of them.

I must mention the new look canteen hut which has been recently repainted by Sue, Helen and Rob in Simply Cycling colours of Yellow, Orange, Green and Blue. It sounds a bit Technicolor and you definitely need your sunglasses on when you go in – but its very cheerful and a great spot for a hot drink and a biscuit.

29th October 2013

The arrangements for the Halloween Spooktacular event at Wythenshawe  Park Track have changed a bit so if you were making plans to come then  please be spooked by this —–

4.30 until 6pm Track cycling in the dark with glow  sticks

6 until 6.30pm  A guided ride into the unknown  ( Wythenshawe Park is very spooky in the dark !!)

Don’t forget your costumes and masks. Helen and Sue are trying theirs on now – Help! I am really frightened!

 

27th October 2013

Well he’s done it !  Five great laps with Mum Sian and Bro Stan without a break. In spite of the showery and windy weather Jack was on great form and I am sure he could have done one more to make it six, but no, he is leaving that for next week. Stan and he did the usual victory lap just before we got caught in the rain. I hope you spotted the deliberate mistake in the last blog – I said that Robert had done 70 laps which was 18.5 miles. All you good maths folks out there know of course I should have said that was 17.5 miles. I will put some more deliberate mistakes into future blogs just to get you all going!

Anyway here are a couple of great pictures of Jack and Stan to complete today’s story.

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25th October 2013

I was reminded of the old saying “rain before seven-fine before eleven” this morning when I woke up and it was dark and pouring with rain. So I arrived at Simply Cycling at LongfordPark about 9.30 to find that although the rain had stopped there were no cyclists doing their thing. As the morning wore on the sun came out and I became very warm. Had to take my coat off. That old saying about the weather was only known to the courageous few, as only a total of 14 riders made it. A great time was had by all though and a special mention should go to Robert who completed 70 (yes 70) laps – that is 18 and a half miles. His annual target of 1000 miles looks set to be shattered as he is now up to 940 miles with just over 2 months to go. It makes me exhausted just thinking about it !

Just think on riders ….. Rain before seven-fine before eleven.

You can’t go wrong with old Geoff’s country wisdom!

24th October 2013

What a great ride out today. Eight of us completed 14 miles along the Fallowfield Loop from Sainsburys in Fallowfield to the Velodrome and back. We had a great refreshment stop at the Velodrome cafe and we managed a sneaky look at the Team GB cyclists doing their training, going round and round the Velodrome at amazing speeds. I said to my friend Adam ” would you like to do that?” He said ” I have done it, it was a bit scary going up the banking” So at some date in the future it will be me and Adam on a tandem going up the banking at the ‘Drome. The weather for today’s ride was dry and sunny and some of the group did more circuits of the track when we got back to  WythenshawePark – not me though, I just had another cup of tea!

21st October 2013

photo-3 50percentSimply Cycling volunteer Owen recently chauffeured (if that’s the word) newlyweds Mr. and Mrs Howard (Andrew and Izzy) from their wedding at Holy Trinity Platt to their reception using our Taxi-bike. The reception was held at Chancellors Hotel – some 2 miles from the Church. Congratulations to the happy couple and to Owen for having such strong leg muscles.

The Taxi-bike is one of a few new acquisitions by the Simply Cycling project and bookings can be taken for your wedding, civil partnership or any event you have in mind.

Trips to the supermarket would be a bit tricky though — with all your heavy shopping!

20th October 2013 

Jack came to Simply cycling today with just his mum Sian as Stan had gone to football. Jack and mum managed to equal Jack’s personal best with 4 laps but couldn’t quite make a fifth. He also said I looked like Dick Van Dyke – so I tried a couple of verses of “Lets go fly a kite” –  but that seemed to drain his energy more, rather than get him going. Next Sunday is the day for 5 laps because Granny and Granddad might be coming to watch. For those readers interested in numbers – 78 riders today!!!!

Check out our picture of Jack and his Mum on Punkt!

 

18th October 2013

Dylan is 2 years old and he brings his stryder bike to Simply Cycling at Longford Park. He can go very fast on it and looks great amongst the other cyclists on the track. He is so good he entered the British Stryder Championships at the Velodrome last week and reached the semi finals.

Well done Dylan!

He doesn’t come to the sessions on his own (well he wouldn’t really at 2 years old!) but with 2 other great cyclists, big brother Louis and mum Sam.

Click on the video to see Dylan go….

17th October 2013

We had a great ride out today along the Trans-Pennine Way from Altrincham to Lymm (and back). The weather was great and the group was very friendly – although there was some debate whether we cycled 13.5 or 16 miles. I say 16 of course. The only problem with this cycle route is the serious lack of good cafes/coffee shops!

Without finding one we all stopped at the Lymm Hotel. We knew it was going to be more expensive but boy were we shocked. In addition to the high prices, the tea and coffee were only ok and the hot chocolate was almost undrinkable. It also took them 35 minutes to bring us all a drink – there was only 10 of us. Never mind, we will know not to go there again.

We would be happy to hear if any other cyclist has found a better spot for a cup of tea along this route!

16th October 2013

Blog 20

Jack has been coming to Simply Cycling at Longford Park on a Sunday for ages with his brother Stan and Mum Sian. He is 13 years old and Stan is 11. His personal best was 3 laps around the track after which Stan would give him a victory lap with Jack sitting in the front bit of the box bike.

Last Sunday he was full of beans because he completed 4 laps and announced that he was now in training and was aiming for 5 laps next Sunday.

The photo shows Jack and Stan having their post training celebration.

Follow Jack’s progress on this Blog next week and beyond…..