16th October 2013

Pumpkin

Have you ever wanted to ride a bike around an athletics track in the dark dressed as a witch or a ghost? Then now’s your chance at the Simply Cycling Spooktacular Halloween Session on Thursday 31st  October at Wythenshawe Park Athletics Track. It is on from 5pm until 7pm and will cost the usual riders price of £2.

Refreshments will be available to buy (for instance – Hot Dogs for £1) and you will be given a glow-stick to carry around with you. Make a date in your diary for this ghoulish event. Costumes of course are expected,so come on all you witches, warlocks, Dracula’s, ghosts and ghoulies —- aargh!!!!!!!

11th October 2013

The weather today was distinctly chilly with a wind that seemed cold and strong when you had to pedal against it – so its hats and gloves time already. It was only a couple of weeks ago we were in shorts and T shirts.

The weather didn’t stop 54 riders at Longford Park and 50ish riders at Wythenshawe Park – we just pedalled faster to keep warm.

For those people who don’t know, Simply Cycling is not just a summer activity. We will be going throughout the winter months at both sites so get the thick trousers and duvet jackets out of the wardrobe and onto your bodies.

Through wind and rain and snow and ice we will be there !!!

10th October 2013

The River Mersey runs through South Manchester on its way to Liverpool and the sea and ten intrepid Simply Cyclists rode from Wythenshawe Park, through the woods, around Chorlton Water Meadow and along the Mersey up to Stretford (and back!) We did have one stop for tea at the Ark Cafe at Sale Water Park. The total distance was 15 miles, the weather was great and we all had a good time. The only downside was the stony paths which formed part of the route giving some of us tender behinds! Never mind – our derrières will just have to toughen up!

Check out our photos on Punkt!

s sister

9th October 2013

Pauline and Wendy came to the cycling session on Tuesday this week at Wythenshawe Park from West Lancashire – quite a journey. It was great to see them for several reasons. It was a long car ride for both of them, Pauline had never been on a bike before and Pauline is my sister.

After a packed lunch it was time for Pauline to try the side by side bike, I can’t say she did a lot of pedalling but Wendy got them both around the track. Its been ages since I have seen Pauline smile so much so here’s hoping she will be up for it next week. I have told her to practice the pedalling before next time.

Kids Bike8th October 2013

60 pupils from St. Mary’s C of E Primary School in Daveyhulme visited Wythenshawe Park today. Whilst half the group of children from Reception and Year 1 (5 and 6 years old) went on a nature ramble, the other half joined us at Simply Cycling and had a great time speeding around the track. After some time the groups swapped over at which point there was some reluctance shown by the cyclist group to leave for their nature walk. They went further into the park after they all enjoyed a packed lunch.

Simply Cycling always enjoys visits by school groups and the groups tell us that they also have a great time. If your school or your child’s school want to come and visit us at Wythenshawe or Longford Parks please contact Sue or Helen. Mrs Hayes from St Mary’s has confirmed that she can give a glowing report from her school’s trip. Costs are moderate and we can assure schools of a warm welcome.

4th October 2013

I see Jane quite regularly at Simply Cycling sessions. She comes to Longford Park, Wythenshawe Park and on the “rides out”. The sight of her and Helen on a tandem always gives me a chuckle with Jane sometimes having a rest from pedalling and Helen shouting for her to keep going. Today at Longford Jane brought along a big carrot cake she had made for Helen, covered in butter cream and raspberry topping (the cake not Helen!). It was big enough for us all to have a piece – mine was very small but I suppose it had to be to go around nearly 40 people. Jane had baked it last night and all of us have crowned her “Star Baker of the Week”. Anyone else who wants to join in the contest for best cake will have to do very well to beat this one.

Readers will know already that my cake obsession is second to my cycling pre-occupation, so that makes me a good judge – doesn’t it? ………

3rd October 2013

 I got it wrong yesterday – the Ride Out today at Marple was not along the canal with all it’s locks but along the Middlewood Way. This linear park, once a railway, runs from Marple to Macclesfield and is 12 miles of flat woodland trail that is beautiful and interesting. We didn’t do the whole length but managed about 8 miles along and of course 8 miles back. About 12 of us started off in good spirits and stopped after about 6 miles at the Miners Arms in Poynton for a nice cup of tea (no cake). The path was a bit muddy so some of us who didn’t manage to dodge the puddles had our backs coated. How some of the others were as clean as a whistle I’ll never know. The rain which was forecast for today stayed away, so we all had a great time – even Gregor who came off his bike and cut his knee a bit seemed very happy. He said he was showing off a bit by going too fast. If you want to visit Middlewood Way Linear Park it begins by Rose Hill Station and is a great place for walking or bike riding.

2nd October 2013

 Because I missed my Simply Cycling session at Wythenshawe yesterday, I have decided to join the group on the “ride out” tomorrow, Thursday.

“Where are we going?” said I.

Helen and Sue replied in unison “I think we should go to Marple and ride along the canal”.

Now I know a canal tow path is usually flat,but the canal at Marple is full of locks so alarm bells started to ring in my head. I do love cycling but hills and I don’t really get on – I usually get to the top of any incline hot and bothered and invariably in the wrong gear. I have been assured that there are no hills on our route tomorrow but are these folks to be trusted? I’ll let you know how I get on and whether I can walk or not by tomorrow afternoon.

Don’t forget you can follow our travels with photos on PUNKT

30th September 2013

birthday

Over last weekend  two birthday parties were held at Simply Cycling. One at Wythenshawe and one at Longford Park. Both went extremely well with lots of children enjoying riding the bikes and scoffing Birthday Cake ( seems like cake is a recurring theme of this blog). The mums and dads were a bit reticent at first but within ten minutes were hurtling around the track. We had volunteers on hand to help out with the bikes and it seems a good time was had by all.

If you are wondering what to do for your next kids party then why not try a Simply Cycling party?

Costs are very reasonable – for an exact cost please contact Helen or Sue and we will see what can be arranged. Check out our party video on Punkt!

29th September 2013 sunshine

Is it the warm sunny weather?

Is it the warm sunny welcome we try to give people?

Is it the lure of the track?

 

I am not really sure but how about these figures for this last week:

Monday 23rd – Longford Park – 42 riders

Tuesday 24th – Wythenshawe Park – 57 riders

Wednesday 25th – Wythenshawe Park – 73 riders

Friday 27th -Wythenshawe Park – 77 riders

Friday 27th – Longford Park – 41 riders

Saturday 28th – Wythenshawe Park – 132 riders

Sunday 29th – Longford Park – 124 riders

Simply Cycling Rocks !!!