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Posted 18/4/14

Chester and North Wales CTC Caer a Gogledd Cymru
75th Anniversary Celebrations - THE CHAIN

As part of the celebrations to mark the Club's 75th Anniversary, an 80-page booklet called The Chain has been produced. Its contents are drawn from the Club's Secretaries' Reports and extracts from the various newsletters and magazines that have appeared since the foundation of 'Chester and North Wales CTC Caer a Gogledd Cymru' in 1939. Those members who already subscribe to The Link will receive their copy without any further action on their part. If subscribers have not received their copy by 7th May, contact David Ackerley on 01829-770224.

The Chain is available to non-subscribers to The Link on payment of £5 per copy. To receive this interesting story of Ch&NW CTC, download and complete this form. There are only a limited number of copies of The Chain available, so early application is advised.

Posted 18/4/14

Parking provision for the Eureka Audax Rides - Saturday 26th April 2014

Parking provision is always difficult for organisers of events when entries are substantial. We suggest the following to accommodate all riders:

  • please share a car wherever possible or ride to the Eureka Café on the day
  • riders on the Eureka Excursion and Two Mills Tour will not have a problem parking at the Tudor Rose Hotel, 100m over the traffic lights, north of the Eureka Café - please follow the marshall's instructions
  • 20 spaces have been provided for riders on the 60km Twirl only at The Yacht Inn about 1km south of The Eureka Café on the A540. If the car park fills up you will be directed to suitable parking in nearby lanes
  • do not park at or near the Eureka Café

Thank you for your understanding. (David Matthews, Organiser)

Posted 12/4/14

!!!REMINDER!!!
The 75th Anniversary Rides and President's Tea.

If you want to enter these wonderful rides and enjoy the company of fellow cyclists at the President's Tea afterwards, you must enter before noon on Wednesday 21st May, which is rapidly approaching. Members may bring a guest to the Tea, for which a ticket must be obtained. As numbers for the Tea are limited, early application is essential. Click here for conditions and entry forms for each ride. In case of difficulty contact David Ackerley (01829-770224).

Posted 12/4/14

VOLUNTEERS PLEASE

We need Volunteers for the following important Club events:

The 75th Anniversary Rides and President's Tea on Sunday 8th June.

2 people to serve tea, coffee and biscuits to the returning riders at Bickerton Scout Hut from 2:15pm to 4:00pm.

The Bert Bailey Memorial Veterans' 100 on Sunday 13th July.

1 person to assist with car parking at Duddon Village Hall.
2 people to serve 11ses at Overton Village Hall from 9:45am to about noon.
2 people to serve light refreshments to returning riders at Duddon Village Hall.

Any assistance for these important events in the Club's calendar will be gratefully accepted. If you are able to help out at either of these rides please contact David Ackerley (01829-770224).

Posted 4/4/14

Chester and North Wales CTC is now on Facebook

You are invited to have a look at Chester and North Wales CTC's Facebook Page.
You need to join the Group if you want to post questions and comments,
join conversations with group members or share documents.

Please be aware that this is a public group.

Posted 4/4/14

Important Notice
Momma Audax Rides – Changed Date

Due to unforeseen circumstances the date of the 'Momma' Audax rides has been changed from September 21st to 10th August 2014. Links to details and routes will be posted on the Events 2014 Page when they are available.

Posted 3/4/14

Wednesday Riders Rides list 2014

The rides list has been updated with a few changes marked in Red. Please check the list before you ride.

Posted 3/4/14

Ch&NW CTC and CTC Two Mills
Early Season Reliability Ride (50-mile TT) 13th April 2014

This event is now sold out. Please note that there is NO entry on the day.

Posted 11/3/14

Ch&NW CTC, Eureka Audax Ride - 'Eureka Excursion' (215km) 26th April 2014: Entries for this particular Eureka Ride are filling up fast so it's important that you get your entries in as soon as possible. There is a limit of 50 riders for this event and NO EOL (Entry-on-the -Line), which will be strictly enforced. Don't leave it to the last minute - you may be disappointed! Entries for the 'Two Mills Tour' and the 'Two Mills Twirl' are not so urgent but remember, there is also NO EOL.

Volunteers are needed to marshal the car park at the Tudor Rose from 7:15 to 8:45am. Please email David Matthews (organiser) if you can help. Helpers are being offered limited petrol expenses, a free brew at the café and free entry to the Two Mills Twirl.

David will be away from March 15th - 22nd. Paypal entries will work OK during this period. Postal entries will be dealt with on his return. To enter go to the Events 2014 page or to Audax UK.

Posted 10/3/14

Charles Allan Memorial Ride, The Plough, Christleton: This annual ride to The Plough at Christleton, to remember the founder of the Wednesday Riders, took place last Wednesday, 5th March. The weather was clement and numbers arriving by car and bike numbered about 45, packing out the pub. Click here to see a report and photos.

Posted 8/3/14

The Link - Exciting Developments

The Link is your club magazine. Our new editor, Martin, has some exciting ideas for developing content and format in future issues. There is a very special offer for all subscribers in 2014 - the Spring copy of 'The Link' PLUS 'The Chain', a very special 75th commemorative history of Chester and North Wales CTC - all for just £5.00 delivered to your door! This year sees a change in the financial year end reporting (now September) to comply with CTC preferences, so the frequency of publication has been modifed for 2014. This means that all subscribers will receive ONE copy of 'The Link' for Spring 2014 and a copy of 'The Chain' during the summer. Download, complete and return this renewal form by 28th March. Click here to see a flyer with further details.

Now you must get cracking - and contribute your own tips reports, challenges and experiences. 'The Link' is the platform for club members to air their views, opinions, improvements and complaints (Letters to the Editor?).

Posted 8/3/14

CTC Two Mills £1000 donation to Wirral Community Cycle Hubs

Wirral South MP, Alison McGovern, presenting a certificate of cycling achievement to a student from Eastham Centre.

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CTC Two Mills has supported the growth of the Eastham Centre Cycle Hub with this extraordinary donation. High visibility jackets (with the CTC logo - as seen in the photo), two top-notch tool kits and work stands, a brand new bicycle purchased from local bike shop K Cycles - will all benefit the increasing number of regular Hub users, many of whom have learning as well as physical disabilities. Wirral's Sustrans 'Bike It' officer, Simon Wallis said, "we are so grateful for the timely support as we seek to support local people in their aspirations to become happy, healthy and confident and safe cyclists". The donated money was CTC Two Mills' share of the surplus raised from organising last year's Early Season Tourist Trial.

Wirral South MP, Alison McGovern is pictured presenting a certificate of cycling achievement to a student from Eastham Centre.

Posted 27/2/14

Cyclists First Aid Awareness evening, Wednesday 26th March 2014
(at The Bike Factory, Chester – doors open 6.30pm for 7.00pm start)

Steve Evans, a paramedic training manager and a cyclist, will be giving a first aid presentation at the Bike Factory. After realising the lack of first aid skills amongst cyclist he set to work researching cycling injuries and then produced a cycling specific presentation. The presentation will last for approximately 1½ hours covering minor injuries through to major injuries.

This will be followed by a short presentation from The Bike Factory about the basics principles of Bike Fit. The event is free to CTC members. Click here for further details.

Posted 25/2/14

'The Link' Needs You!

The Link needs you!

The Link - our club magazine: We are very lucky to have a new editor for The Link, but Martin needs help from everyone if the magazine isn't to fail from lack of support. Martin and Sarah are newcomers to the area, having recently moved here from the south. They will take stories in any format (including hand-written) for consideration for inclusion. If you add up all the years of cycling experiences and technical knowhow in our Group it must run into millennia so there's definitely scope for educating the rest of us. So far apart from a couple of stories, including those from Martin and Sarah, the copy is definitely thin on the ground. Martin and Sarah are touring Eastern Europe through the summer so they will only be able to do the end of year edition - so they would like to produce another bumper edition for the first copy for 2014. The Christmas 2013 edition was great - can we match or even improve on it?

ALL CONTRIBUTIONS APPRECIATED!

Posted 24/2/14

Wednesday Riders' Reports: The first report about Wednesday Riders activities, written by Chris Byrne, is now on a dedicated page of the website. Click here to see the report or here to see the new Wednesday Riders Reports page. Thank you Chris. We hope to see a few more reports in the future.

Updated 18/2/14

REMINDER!

Early Season Challenge Ride - Sunday 13th April 2014: Now is the time to enter this popular ride (also referred to as the 50-mile TT). The challenge is to cycle 50 miles in early Spring from the outskirts of Chester into the lanes of Cheshire and Wrexham and enjoy a generous buffet lunch part way. You decide if you can complete the ride in 4 or 5 hours. There are several improvements for 2014.

  • new start/finish venue at Farndon Sports and Social club, CH3 6NX
  • better facilities at HQ including more car parking
  • 50km course available as well as the usual 50 miles
  • instant on-line registration
  • secure payment using PayPal or your bank card
  • discounted entry rates for CTC members

The entry fee is £13 (£11 for members). Under 18s (members) ride for FREE when accompanied by a paying adult but parents should still register them and sign the consent. Please note, entries are non-refundable or transferable and must be received before 30th March after which the charge increases to £15 for everyone and will only be accepted if there is space. Early entry is a must to guarantee your place. Entries can only be received on-line. Click here for details and here to register. You will receive emails immediately from Janet Gregory (Event Organiser) confirming your entry and payment. Joining instructions will be sent to you approximately a week before the event.

TIP: After completing and submitting the first page of your registration form, scroll your computer screen up to see a summary of your entry. Clicking the PayPal button will take you to a secure page for payment by PayPal or credit/debit card.

Posted 13/2/14

Bob Clift Memorial Cheshire Cycleway Rides: This very popular annual event is taking place on 29th June, starting and finishing at the Waverton Institute, Waverton. There are three separate events of 25, 50, and 100 miles. Participants do not have to be CTC members but all three events qualify for the CTC Tourist Competition. Click here for full details and entry forms for each event. Route sheets will be available nearer the time.

Presentation at Tilly's Coffee Shop, Bunbury

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Posted 1/2/14

Café of The Year 2013 Award: Readers of The Link, Chester and North Wales CTC's Club Magazine, voted Tilly's Coffee Shop, Bunbury, as their Café of the Year for 2013. The photo shows our President, Mike Cross presenting the certificate to the proprietor Kevin Baker accompanied by a few regular cycling customers. This excellent cafe is open from Tuesday to Sunday and is very popular with cyclists who are always welcome individually or in larger groups.

On your cycling trips over the coming months consider your nomination for the 2014 Café of The Year and submit your suggestion to the Chester and North Wales CTC
Dorothy Clift
Updated 13/2/14

Dorothy Clift, 6 June 1933 - 25 January 2014

We are sorry to announce that Dorothy Clift passed away peacefully on 25th January 2014. An article about Dorothy's invaluable contribution to Chester and North Wales CTC will appear in the next edition of The Link. Dorothy's funeral took place at the United Reformed Church, Upton, Chester on 10th February. Donations in Dorothy's memory may be made to the Hospice of the Good Shepherd, Backford or to Cancer Research UK.

Posted 24/1/14

Eureka Audax/CTC Events, Saturday 26th April 2014: There are three events on offer starting at this iconic cyclists' café: the 'Eureka Excursion' (213km), the 'Two Mills Tour' (113km) and the Two Mills Twirl (68km). Details, route sheets and an entry form are available here and on the AUDAX UK website. Click here to see a poster for the events.

Note: "Please do not park at or near the café. We will provide safe car parking for cars at the Tudor Rose - 100metres beyond the traffic lights N of the Eureka Cafe on the A540. Please park at rear of car park, following Marshall's directions (if present). We have been requested to keep noise to a minimum as residents are asleep in the hotel at Audax hours. Please be considerate or we could lose this facility."

Updated 17/1/14

The Link Christmas Quiz 2013 Results: The results of the Christmas quiz featured in the recent Christmas edition of The Link are available. Many thanks to David Ackerley, in his last superb production as The Link editor, for taking the time to compile the very interesting questions. Click here to see the results.

Posted 13/1/14

We have a new Editor for The Link!

At last we have an editor for The Link – our much-loved club magazine. After many appeals for a volunteer and a feeling that the mag might sink to the murky depths of anonymity, we have a volunteer to take over the task from David Ackerley, who as we all know, will be a very hard act to follow. Martin Brooks has stepped in to save the day and we're sure he will do an excellent job. Click here to read Martin's introductory letter and find out how you can contribute towards ensuring the magazine's success.

Updated 31/12/13

Wednesday Riders Christmas Dinner, 11th December 2013: The Wednesday Riders celebrated another year of cycling with their annual Christmas Dinner held at Trafford Hall. The good weather enabled many members to cycle to Trafford Hall. Many thanks to Mike Cross for organising the event and to the staff at Trafford Hall for their excellent lunch and looking after everyone so well. Click here to see a selection of photos.

Posted 15/12/13

75th Anniversary Photo Competition: To all you budding photographers (and we know that many of you like taking photos of various aspects of cycling), you can enter your photos into our 75th Anniversary Photo Competition - just another way to celebrate Chester and North Wales CTC's 75 years as a cycling club. The theme is "The Spirit of Cycling, 2014". Click here to see the competition Details and Entry Form.

Chester & North Wales CTC 75th anniversary logo.
Posted 5/12/13

75th Anniversary Logo Competition

Chester and North Wales CTC President, Mike Cross, thanks those who entered designs for our 75th Anniversary Logo Competition. Congratulations to Glennys Hammond, who won the competition. The numerous designs submitted were judged anonymously by a graduate graphic artist who has worked extensively in the world of commercial art and design. The winning design will be used throughout 2014 on documents, certificates and on the website banner.

Posted 26/11/13

Chester and North Wales CTC - 75th Anniversary 2014
Members' Photos and Recipe Booklet

Ch&NW CTC 75 Years of Cycling: A number of events are being planned to celebrate our 75th Anniversary year in 2014. One useful suggestion is a booklet of members' recipes. So all of you who have experimented in the kitchen and have an original recipe of any kind you'd like to share with others - get cracking. We need lots of imaginative ideas. For more details click here.

Peter Williams with certificate.

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Posted 21/11/13

Peter Williams – another accolade: Peter Williams was surprised at a recent Sustrans Northwest Volunteers' Day held at the Manchester Cycling Centre when he was presented with a certificate of thanks. Peter has been a volunteer for several years which involves signing and maintenance on the National Cycle Network but also organising promotional stalls at public events like the annual Liverpool Chester bike ride. The award is a fitting tribute to the commitment he has shown to promoting cycling, working with local partners and developing and publicising safer routes, always with a cheerful manner. Well done, Peter!

Over 3,500 volunteers currently help Sustrans, a leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day. There are active groups in the Chester area, Wirral and NE Wales – we'd love you to join us! More information here.

Posted 7/11/13

Corwen Audax Rides, 19th October 2013: Click here to see a report, with photos, of this very successful event. Many thanks to Vicky Payne for planning and organising this event.

Posted 26/10/13
Gwenda Owen, new CTC Councillor for Wales

Gwenda Owen, new CTC Councillor for Wales

Warmest congratulations to Gwenda who was recently elected as the new CTC Councillor for CTC Cymru.

Click here to read Gwenda's personal statement prior to election.

Commiserations to her very worthy opponent Tom Wells.

Posted 25/10/13

New Bridge 'Pont y Ddraig' (Dragon's Bridge) 22nd October 2013

Opening of Rhyl Harbour cycle pedestrian bridge. Photo by Roy Spilsbury.

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Hundreds of people attended the opening of a £4.3m pedestrian and cycle bridge across Rhyl harbour. The bridge was officially opened by Mark Colbourne, MBE (London Paralympic Champion) and Leon Jones from Ysgol Maes (who inspired the name). Pont y Ddraig (Dragon's Bridge) is the final link in 15 miles (24km) of traffic-free cycling across Conwy and Denbighshire and provides a car-free alternative route to the nearby Blue Bridge. Sustrans Wales said the Blue Bridge was very congested and deterred cyclists and walkers from using it. Pont-y-Ddraig now also forms part of National Cycle Network Route 5, a long-distance cycle route across the north Wales coast. Click here to see the BBC's news item on the opening, and here for ITV's news item (information and photo from Roy Spilsbury).

Dorothy Clift with President's Trophy.

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Updated 19/10/13

President's Ride, Annual Lunch and Trophy Presentation

This ever popular annual event took place in Wales on 29th September this year, starting and finishing at the Nova Centre, Prestatyn. There were two rides, one slightly longer and hillier than the other - both very enjoyable. At the wonderful buffet lunch served at the award-winning Neuadd Owen Hall, Cefn Meiriadog, Ch&NW President Mike Cross awarded the President's Trophy to Dorothy Clift in recognition of her work for the club, particularly for planning and organising the Bob Clift Memorial Cheshire Cycleway Rides over many years (assisted by Hazel McDougall). Unfortunately, Dorothy was not able to attend the lunch but received the trophy from Mike later in the week at her home.

President Mike Cross and Roy Spilsbury.

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In addition, Roy Spilsbury was surprised and delighted to be presented with the CTC Certificate of Merit for his achievements in support of cycling in North Wales - far too many to list here.

Thank you to all helpers - but we particularly thank our President, Mike Cross for organising such a wonderful event and an amazing buffet meal. Everything went according to plan - even the weather! Thank you.

Click here for a selection of photos.

Posted 12/10/13

Hill Climb and Freewheel Competitions, 5th October 2013: Mike Cross, President of Chester and North Wales CTC, thanks Lowri Evans and all her helpers for organising an excellent Hill Climb and Freewheeling Competition on Saturday 5th October. The event was based at Llysfasi College, near Ruthin, North Wales, and took place in good weather conditions. The competitions finished with the presentation of prizes at the Three Pigeons Inn, Craigfechan. Click here to see the competition results and photos.

Posted 22/9/13

'Momma' Audax /Ch&NW CTC Rides, 15th September 2013: The rides were based at Old Ma's café, Tattenhall on a day of challenging weather. Click here to see a report with photos of the rides.

Posted 18/9/13
Helpers Wanted

Windsor-Chester-Windsor 600k, mid-August 2014: The original 600k Audax UK ride, Chester-Windsor-Chester, is being revived as the Windsor-Chester-Windsor 600k in mid-August next year and volunteers are being sought to assist at Chester. We would like to help at the control, but not necessarily with the catering. We would probably work in shifts with the majority of the activity likely to be between 20:00 and 01:00. Between 40 to 100 riders could be involved, arriving in small groups at various times. Any local volunteers willing to help should register their interest with David Matthews – by the end of October (please note that I am moving my email address in late September - but my current email address will still work for a while). This is a necessary time scale in terms of Audax event planning. David Matthews

Chester & North Wales CTC members at the Birthday Rides, Yarnfield 2013.

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Posted 5/9/13

Birthday Rides, Yarnfield Park August 2013: The Birthday Rides this year were very conveniently located near Stone, Staffordshire providing easy access for Chester and North Wales Members. There were 240 people in residential accommodation, 85 caravanners and 140 campers - 465 altogether from all parts of the country. Rides were varied and interesting and aimed at all levels of abilities. There were some errors in route directions for some rides so an OS map of the area proved essential.

Approximately twenty-two Chester and North Wales riders enjoyed excellent accommodation and meals and varied entertainment in the evenings. The Chester and North Wales team, named the 'Encyclopedallers', were 1st out of 25 teams in the 'best team name' competition (thanks to Roy) and won second prize overall for the quiz activities. The prize of a carton of various beers was shared out at a group meal on the last evening. Evening entertainment included a choir, a jazz band, films, quizzes and a barn dance.

The church thanksgiving service took place at St Mary's Church, Swynnerton and later the CTC Birthday Cake was cut by the youngest and oldest riders and the person who had travelled the furthest by bicycle to attend the event.

Yarnfield Park is also a BT training site. You can see the trainees' telegraph poles - an amusing backdrop for the group photo.

Finding suitable accommodation for 2014 Birthday Rides is proving difficult - the rides may or may not be held at Yarnfield Park again.

The weather was excellent all week, which added a great deal to the Birthday Rides' success. We extend our thanks to the organisers and to the staff at Yarnfield Park for making the event such a success.

Posted 5/9/13

Two Mills Picnic Ride to Thurstaston 1st September 2013: Click here to see a brief report of the event plus a photo of Peter Williams (our Right to Ride Representative) with his surprise birthday cake.

Posted 14/8/13

Bike & Go - another development in the cycling world: Bike & Go is a new bicycle hire scheme that helps you to complete your train journey by bike. The scheme is being rolled out across many regions in the country and will be available to Merseyrail customers from 13th August. How does it work? Click here for details of how to register, participating stations, charges, and answers to many other frequently asked questions. Bicycles can be hired at several locations on the Merseyrail network including Ellesmere Port, Hooton and West Kirby. The Bike & Go website has a list of locations already available across the country. More will be added in the future. Information from Alexander Ford (Chester Cycling Campaign member).

Posted 6/8/13

Triennial Veterans 100 mile ride 7th July 2013 – Presentation to Mrs Olive Evans: Over many years Mrs Olive Evans has provided lunch for the riders in our Veterans' 100 rides at Llandrinio to much acclaim by the riders. At this year's Triennial Veterans' 100-ride lunchtime, Chester and North Wales CTC President, Mike Cross, presented her with a pot plant and a certificate to show the Club's appreciation of the work she and her team have put in, to mark her retirement at the end of last year. David Ackerley, event organiser, received the following letter from Mrs. Olive Evans:

"To all members of CH&NW CTC. I would like to thank you all for the certificate and the plant; they were lovely unexpected gifts. It has been a pleasure to cater for you all. You always had a smile on your faces no matter what the weather, and we have had some very wet Sundays. Thank you once again, and I shall still see you all whilst Kelly caters. My plant is still going strong. Yours sincerely, Olive"

Updated 31/7/13

Welsh Festival of Cycling 25th - 30th July 2013: I would like to offer my congratulations and thanks to all Chester and North Wales CTC members who helped with the Welsh Festival of Cycling over the long weekend of 25th to 30th July, 2013. In particular, special thanks are due for the work of our Honorary Secretary, Lowri Evans, who was one of the joint organisers of this successful event (Mike Cross, President of Chester and North Wales CTC).

Updated 24/7/13

Bob Clift Memorial Cheshire Cycleway Rides 23rd June 2013: There were three rides of 100, 50 and 25 miles starting and finishing at Waverton. Click here to see a report of this very successful event.

Updated 24/7/13

Neston to Deeside Cycling and Pedestrian Path official opening 28th July 2013: This wonderful new amenity for cyclists and pedestrians across Burton Marshes was officially opened on 18th July 2013. Cyclists can now avoid busy roads to and from Cheshire and North Wales by using this newly completed Sustrans cycle route across Burton Marshes (NCN 568). Click here to see Alan Parker's YouTube video covering the event. A full list of 'officials' who attended the event is included in the video. You may even recognise some of your cycling friends. The ribbon-cutting ceremony at the boardwalk was carried out using a giant pair of red scissors. Many thanks are due to Alan for recording this special event.

The cycle route passes Burton Point, alongside the Ministry of Defence (M.O.D.) rifle range and RSPB areas. The 3-metre wide, fenced-off boardwalk - with anti-slip surfaced wooden boards - is a treat to use when walking or cycling. This vast gated area was once the River Dee and is now used for grazing sheep. When you are in the area, have a look at the site of Neston collieries, and the quay-side where coal was loaded onto ships - destined for North Wales, the Isle of Man and Ireland.

Updated 19/7/13

Triennial Veterans 100-mile ride, 7th July 2013: This highly successful event (incorporating the Bert Bailey Memorial Tri-Vets 100-mile ride), organised by David Ackerley, started and finished at Duddon War Memorial Hall, near Tarvin. After a long day riders were presented with their certificates by Chester and North Wales President, Mike Cross. Harry Watson once again won the trophy for the oldest rider in the event. Riders were full of praise for the ride, organisation and helpers on their return to the hall. Click here to see photographs of the Groups with Mike, Harry with the trophy, and the ladies who organised refreshments at the beginning and end of the day.

Updated 19/7/13

Wild Wales Challenge, Sunday 25th August 2013: The Wild Wales Challenge promises to be enough for any cyclist. This exciting route of around 83 miles, with spectacular scenery around North Wales and nearly 10,000ft of ascent is enough to test any cyclist. If you haven't entered the event yet you'd better hurry up and register. Time is running out and there are less than 50 places left. Click here for the Wild Wales Challenge website to get full details and view a video of the 2012 event (Information from Graham Lewis, organiser).

Posted 13/7/13

CYCLE (The Magazine of the CTC) Photo Competition: Cycle magazine is running a photo competition for the best cycling photos by members. Photos can be about any aspect of cycling. The winner will win an Ortlieb Ultimate Handlebar Bag with padded camera insert and a GorillaPod Classic mini-tripod plus other prizes for runners-up and category winners. There are six categories: Family, Performance Road, Commuting, Touring, Group Riding and Trail. To enter upload your images at www.ctc.org.uk/photo-comp. There's lots of advice in the June/July 2013 issue of CYCLE pages 40-44. So come on all you snappers, let's see what you can do!

Peter Williams, Ch&NW CTC	Right to Ride Officer
Posted 13/7/13

Merseyside 20s Plenty Event 5th July 2013: This event in support of the 20s Plenty Campaign was organised by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and included various organisations from the emergency services. Our own Peter Williams (Ch&NW CTC Right to Ride Officer), a strong supporter of the '20s Plenty for Us' campaign, offered his services in support of the Liverpool's 20s Plenty Campaign Stall. 180 children attended from local schools. Click here to see Liverpool's campaign website, and click the photo of Peter for a bigger image. (Information from Janet Gregory, CTC North West Councillor.)


A reminder to sign the Chester Cycling Campaign's '20s Plenty For Us' online petition.

The ePetition for borough-wide 20mph limits is live on the CWAC website. Please sign the petition and spread the word on your personal and professional networks. Click here to see the '20s Plenty for Us' national website.

The aim of the petition on the Cheshire West and Chester website (CWaC) is to press for borough-wide 20 mph speed limits on non-through routes and residential streets. We need as many people as possible to sign the petition in order to trigger a debate in council. If the petition receives 1,500 signatures or more, it will be scheduled for a full council debate.

The arguments for 20 mph as the default speed limit for residential streets are compelling. In Britain more than half of road deaths and serious injuries occur on roads with 30 mph limits and we have the highest percentage of pedestrian road fatalities in Europe. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Britain has one of the lowest levels of children walking or cycling to school in Europe.

Click here to sign the Petition.
Posted 13/7/13

Free cycling courses for children this summer: Click here for information about free cycling workshops at three areas across the borough that are being offered to children aged between 6 and 11. The areas are Frodsham, Ellesmere Port and Chester and take place in July and August. The 'Learn to Ride' courses offer two hours of riding in a traffic free environment for beginners, whilst level 1 and 2 are six-hour courses over three consecutive days which establish basic skills before venturing out onto the road. Bookings must be made on-line here.

Posted 10/7/13

Bert Bailey Memorial Triennial Veterans 100-Mile Ride, Sunday 7th July, 2013: As well as being a 'Triennial Veterans 100-mile ride', this was the 48th Bert Bailey memorial ride. I would like to thank all those who took part, whether as riders, group leaders or helpers in this highly successful event.

In particular, I would like to record my thanks to our organiser, David Ackerley, for the considerable amount of hard work he has undertaken over many months. Once again, David can justifiably be proud of his achievement. (Mike Cross, President, Chester and North Wales CTC)

Posted 7/7/13

Eunice Mawson - Funeral Arrangements: Most of you will already have heard of the sad passing of Eunice after a very short illness. For those who would like to attend, her funeral will be held at St Peter's Church, Waverton (Parish Church) on Wednesday 17th July at 11:30am. The service will follow a private cremation and will be a Thanksgiving and Celebration of her life - so will not be too sombre. You are welcome to arrive on bicycles if you wish. Refreshments will be available afterwards in the adjacent hall.

Posted 1/7/13

How the Dutch got their Cycling Infrastructure: Alan Parker has sent us a link to a YouTube clip which will be of interest to cyclists concerned about achieving safer cycling in towns and cities. It describes the development of a cycling infrastructure in Holland which was achieved over many years through a combination of people power and political will. Click here to see the video clip with English subtitles.

Posted 26/6/13

Bob Clift Memorial Cheshire Cycleway Rides: Many thanks to all those who helped with the rides on Sunday 23 June 2013. In particular, special praise is due to organisers Dorothy Clift and Hazel McDougall and their team of helpers. It was the last occasion in charge for Dorothy Clift and Hazel McDougall, who have organised these rides for many years. They have truly earned the thanks of all members of Chester and North Wales CTC. I am very impressed with the resilience of all those who took part on what was a truly dreadful day for weather. In spite of the atrocious conditions, a good spirit and good humour prevailed throughout (Mike Cross, President Ch&NW CTC).

Posted 25/6/13

Sustrans Connect2 is a finalist in the annual search to find the UK's favourite Lottery-funded projects. There are seven finalists in the 'Best Environment Project' category including Sustrans Connect2. Thanks to its many partners and local communities working together, Sustrans has made a huge difference to millions of people across the UK by enabling them to walk and cycle their everyday journeys. Voting has now started and everyone has one vote (there is no minimum age) until midnight on Wednesday 24th July 2013. Vote online at www.sustrans.org.uk/vote, or by phone at 0844-836-9689. You can read about Lottery Good Causes here. (Information from Malcolm Shepherd Chief Executive of Sustrans)

Posted 25/6/13

20s Plenty Campaign founder is awarded an MBE: Rod King, who has been campaigning for the safety of vulnerable road users, has been awarded an MBE in recognition of his services to road safety. Although he is now known for his work as Founder and Campaign Director of the '20s Plenty For Us' Campaign, he has been working on road safety for many years. Click here to read the Press release about Rod King and his award.

The ePetition for borough-wide 20mph limits is live on the CWAC website. Please sign the petition and spread the word on your personal and professional networks. Click here to see the '20s Plenty for Us' national website.

The aim of the petition on the Cheshire West and Chester website (CWaC) is to press for borough-wide 20 mph speed limits on non-through routes and residential streets. We need as many people as possible to sign the petition in order to trigger a debate in council. If the petition receives 1,500 signatures or more, it will be scheduled for a full council debate.

The arguments for 20 mph as the default speed limit for residential streets are compelling. In Britain more than half of road deaths and serious injuries occur on roads with 30 mph limits and we have the highest percentage of pedestrian road fatalities in Europe. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Britain has one of the lowest levels of children walking or cycling to school in Europe.

Click here to sign the Petition.
Posted 21/6/13

'Prudential RideLondon', 3rd - 4th August 2013 - Volunteers wanted: Join CTC in supporting 'Prudential RideLondon' and its partners. 'Prudential RideLondon' is a new two-day world-class cycling event taking place in London and Surrey that will form a key strand of the post-2012 Olympic and Paralympic legacy. This cycling festival begins on Saturday 3rd August and includes: a massive FreeCycle around eight miles of closed London streets and its most popular landmarks, a world record attempt, and a spectacular sprint finish. On Sunday 4th August 25,000 cyclists will ride almost the same route as the 2012 Olympic road race.

CTC are looking for members who would like to volunteer as Route Safety Marshals, Course Marshals and Crossing Marshals for the 'Prudential London-Surrey 100' and 'Classic' on 4th August. Click here for full details of the event and how to volunteer.

Posted 16/6/13

Audax rides from Corwen - 8th June 2013: There were four very successful rides starting from Corwen which were organised by David Matthews: the Barmouth Boulevard and Vyrnwy Variant, The Brenig Bach and the Bala Parade. Click here to see a report of the rides.

Posted 16/6/13

Wirral Bikeathon 2013: The 15th Annual Wirral Bikeathon took place on Sunday 9th June 2013 to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Alan Parker was busy with his camera and sent a YouTube link for those who may have taken part or helped at the event. Click here to see the video.

Posted 11/6/13
Congratulations to Peter Williams and Lowri Evans

Peter Williams: At the recent CTC Annual General Meeting and National Dinner held at the Grade II listed Gisborough Hall (Harrogate), Peter Williams, our Chester and North Wales CTC Right to Ride representative, was awarded 2012 Volunteer of the Year for the North West Region. Read about Peter's commendable achievements here.

Lowri Evans: Lowri was presented with the Arthur Moss Award and 2012 Volunteer of the Year for Wales. She is also the Honorary Secretary of Chester and North Wales CTC. Read about Lowri's achievements here.

We are all very proud that they received these well-deserved awards.

Posted 4/6/13

Railway Bridge over the River Dee - Press Release: It is anticipated that the new footway attached to the Railway Bridge over the River Dee at Curzon Park in Chester will reopen by the end of this summer. Cheshire West and Chester Council will continue to work closely with Network Rail to complete the works. Click here to see the Press Release (information from Monica Robinson).

Posted 4/6/13

Saltney Ferry Footbridge: The footbridge is now open for use again. There are still minor works being carried out either side of the bridge so users should be wary of this but access is being kept open during the minor works (Information from Peter Williams).

Posted 4/6/13

Burton Marsh Cycle Route - May 2013: The cycle route is open for use. Cyclists can avoid busy roads to and from Cheshire and North Wales by using this newly completed Sustrans cycle route across Burton Marshes. The cycle route passes Burton Point, alongside the Ministry of Defence (M.O.D.) rifle range and RSPB areas. The 3-metre wide, fenced-off boardwalk - with anti-slip surfaced wooden boards - is a treat to use when walking or cycling. This vast gated area is a cycling and walking route which was once the River Dee and now used for grazing sheep. When you are in the area, have a look at the site of Neston collieries, and the quay-side where coal was loaded onto ships - destined for North Wales, the Isle of Man and Ireland. You can see a video of the new route by Alan Parker here (information from Alan Parker).

Posted 8/5/13

Cestyll Audax Events, Saturday 29th June 2013: These are not organised by Chester and North Wales although many of our members enjoy taking part in Audax events, especially those that are local. Rhos-on-Sea Cycling Club has organised an event starting at Rhos-on-Sea Golf Club. There are three rides: Glan-y-Mor (51km), The Land of the Gelert (135km) and, most challenging, the Cestyll Cymru (200km), taking in seven castles. All rides go round the Great Orme. Click here for further details and here to enter one of the events.

Reminder
Posted 8/5/13

Bob Clift Memorial Cheshire Cycleway Rides 23rd June 2013: Don't miss out on these very enjoyable cycle rides in the beautiful Cheshire Countryside. There are three rides to choose from (100 miles, 50 miles or 25 miles), so there is something for everyone. Start and finish are at the Waverton Institute, Village Road, Waverton, CH3 7QN. Further details and entry forms are on the Events 2013 Page. It's a very enjoyable sociable day. All riders are welcome so we hope to see you there!

Posted 8/5/13
CTC Cymru Welsh Festival of Cycling 2013: This event, based at Ruthin Rugby Club, takes place on 25th to 30th July. There will be a range of rides, some of which will be very easy. This year riders can enter for a single day ride if they wish. There will be a fee of £5 per day which can be paid on the day when registering. Please arrive before 9.00am to be in good time for the rides. Volunteers are needed to help lead a range of different rides. Please contact if you can help. Click here to download an entry form and here to see a leaflet about the rides.
Posted 8/5/13

A 540 Parkgate Road - Two Mills 2012 bid to make cycling safer: The application to Chester West and Chester (CWaC) was unsuccessful. Briefly, the scheme was to convert existing footpaths to dual use for cyclists and pedestrians on both sides of the A 540 from the Eureka Café up to Chapel Lane - and also to construct a new path opposite Chapel Lane to Woodbank Lane. The reasons given for the scheme not to go forward are:

a) CWaC considered that the scheme failed to fully address the safety issue of cyclists entering or leaving Chapel Lane, or riding between the lane and the café.

b) There were specific concerns over the width of the path being limited to 2m and being 1.5m in places.

We hope that the Department for Transport will repeat matched funding for the next financial year. With other stakeholders, including Chester West and Chester Highways Department, we will address their safety concerns and put in another application (Peter Williams, Right to Ride Officer Ch&NW CTC).

Posted 27/4/13

A message from Jon Snow, President of CTC: A new report has been published by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group entitled Get Britain Cycling. One of the aims in the report is for 10% of trips to be made by bike by 2025 and 25% by 2050. In particular, the report calls for £10 per person, per year, to support a radical transformation of streets and roads, as well as training, promotion and marketing to shift the culture on our roads. Together with The Times, Sustrans, the AA and British Cycling, CTC is urging members to sign up to a joint petition on the Number 10 Website, calling for the Government to implement the recommendations. Signing the petition provides an opportunity to start making the necessary changes.

Click here to sign the petition on the Number 10 Website.

Wednesday Riders 30th Anniversary Lunch on 6th March 2013

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Updated 25/4/13

Wednesday Riders 30th Anniversary Lunch, Thornton Hall, Wirral

The Wednesday Riders, a flourishing mid-week group of Chester and North Wales CTC, celebrated 30 years since its formation. Over sixty fellow cyclists, family and long-time members attended the 30th Anniversary Lunch at Thornton Grange, Thornton, Wirral on 6th March 2013. A history of the Wednesday Riders from inception to the present day is published in the Spring 2013 edition of The Link, our excellent club magazine.

Click here to see more photos taken at the lunch (big file - 7MB!)

Posted 20/4/13

Team CTC - 'Cheshire Classic' Race Sunday 28th April 2013

Team CTC logo

The next outing for women's cycling racing team, Team CTC, will be in Cheshire on Sunday the 28th of April.

A five-strong team will be taking part in the 'Cheshire Classic' at Weaverham in Cheshire. The race is part of the women's national individual series and is organised by the Weaver Valley Cycling Club. Riders will complete 10 laps of the 7.7km course and finish at the top of the infamous 'cliff', a very challenging climb, even for the most accomplished riders. There are many vantage points to watch the race if you are interested in this local Cheshire Event. Click here for the route.

The race starts at 10am, with the riders rolling out from Grange School Sports Pavilion, Northwich Road, Hartford, Cheshire CW8 3AL.
Posted 20/4/13
Sign the Chester Cycling Campaign's Twenty's Plenty Online Petition

Chester Cycling Campaign has created a petition on the Cheshire West and Chester website (CWaC) to press for borough-wide 20 mph speed limits on non-through routes and residential streets. We now need as many people as possible to sign the petition in order to trigger a debate in council. If the petition receives 1,500 signatures or more, it will be scheduled for a full council debate.

The arguments for 20 mph as the default speed limit for residential streets are compelling. In Britain more than half of road deaths and serious injuries occur on roads with 30 mph limits and we have the highest percentage of pedestrian road fatalities in Europe. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Britain has one of the lowest levels of children walking or cycling to school in Europe.

Chester Cycling Campaign has had notification from CWAC that the ePetition for borough-wide 20mph limits is now live on the CWAC website. Please sign the petition and spread the word on your personal and professional networks. Click here to see the 20's Plenty for Us national website.

Click Here to Sign the Petition.
Posted 20/4/13
Reminder

Chester and North Wales CTC / Audax Rides, Corwen, Saturday 8th June 2013

Don't forget to enter one of these challenging Audax rides starting from Corwen. There is the Barmouth Boulevard, a 200km ride with a brand new variant - one of the more challenging 200km Audax rides in Britain! Or you could ride the 100km Brenig Bach, a superb 100km ride in remote roads and stunning scenery. As an introduction to Audax riding you could consider the 60km Bala Parade, a slightly hilly scenic circumnavigation of Lake Bala. Further details of each ride are available here. Click here to see a poster for the rides.

Posted 20/4/13

Eureka / Chester & North Wales rides, 6th April 2013: Click here to see a report and photos of this very successful trio of rides starting from the Eureka Café.

Posted 11/4/13

Cyclists First Aid Course, 14th March 2013: On Thursday 14th March an audience of 20 slightly apprehensive cyclists gathered in Alf Jones' Cycles coffee shop for a presentation by Steve Evans SRPara, MCPara. Steve Evans is a cyclist and also a paramedic training manager. After realising the lack of first aid skills amongst cyclists he set to work researching cycling injuries and then produced a cycling specific presentation. Click here to see a report of the evening and to access a copy of the presentation.

Posted 11/4/13

Saltney Ferry Footbridge: Saltney Ferry footbridge is now definitely closed for approximately eight weeks. Hopefully work on the bridge will be completed in the time forecast (towards the end of May).

Updated 23/3/13

Merseyside CTC, Early Season Tourist Trial - 21st April 2013: If you missed the closing date for entries for the Chester and North Wales CTC Early Spring Reliability Ride (Spring 50 TT) you're not too late to enter the Merseyside Event - Organiser, Denis Holder.

The Early Season Tourist Trial is a round route of approximately 74 miles, starting and finishing at Norley Village Hall. It's mainly on lanes and minor roads, all of which are open to traffic, and takes riders on a circuit into the lanes of North Wales via Moel Arthur. The event is not a race and riders are invited to take their time to complete it at their own pace. Light refreshments and drinks will be provided at the start and finish, and at two checkpoints on the route, Northop and Penyffordd. A certificate will be presented to all finishers. Full course directions will be sent out prior to the event. There is a non-refundable entry fee of £9.00. Click here for details and entry form.

Latest information

If you had a pre-registered (paid-up) entry for the cancelled Chester and North Wales Early Spring Reliability Ride (Spring 50 TT), you can enter the Merseyside TT for only £7 (a £2.00 discount) using  this entry form.

Posted 15/3/13

Burton Marsh Cycle Route Update: Here is the latest news published on 6th March about the Neston to Deeside cycle route across Burton Marsh. This article by Rob Ward appeared in 'About my Area', the website covering local news in Neston and surrounding areas.

Posted 10/3/13

Women's 'cycling know-how' session - Wednesday 3rd April: The Bike Factory is hosting an evening for women cyclists run by Chris Garrison on behalf of Trek UK and TotalWomen'sCycling to encourage women to learn more about cycling and get on their bikes with greater confidence. The evening will be held on Wednesday 3rd April from 6.30-9.00pm at The Bike Factory, Boughton, Chester. Tickets are free along with wine and chocolate. Just pop into the shop or email Steve Jones to book one of 50 places. Click here to see a poster.

Posted 9/3/13

Wrexham Council's - '20s Plenty For Us' - Proposals and Consultation: Wrexham Council, with support from Local Members, propose to implement a 20mph speed limit area encompassing the communities of Johnstown, Penycae, Ponciau and Rhosllanerchrugog. The implementation of similar schemes in other parts of the Wales have proved successful in lowering speeds to the benefit of local communities, particularly to more vulnerable members of our society. In many of the communities identified, restricted road widths and the lack of footways make these particularly intimidating places for pedestrians and cyclists. Research has demonstrated that motorists are more likely to respect lower speed limits in developed and residential areas and where there is community activity, ie near schools, shops and other local facilities.

The proposed 20mph area will be clearly signed at the start of the speed limit with termination signs at the exit. Roundel road markings will be placed at regular intervals throughout the scheme to reinforce the 20mph speed limit.

The Council is undertaking consultation with residents, businesses, emergency services and other interested parties, including a survey. The purpose of this consultation is to establish whether there is support for the proposals. The survey will only take a few moments of your time to complete. (Information from Roy Spilsbury, Forum Member and CTC Right to Ride Representative, Denbighshire)

Posted 9/3/13

Burton Marsh link route: Click here to see a recent update on progress of the new Burton Marsh link route including five photos. Information and photos from Peter Williams, Ch&NW CTC Right to Ride Representative.

Posted 2/3/13
Brian Pendlebury

To all members of the Chester and North Wales Cycling Club who attended Brian's funeral, we would just like to say a big thank you for joining us in the celebration of his life, and to say thank you for the letters and cards we received. Brian would have been amazed at the turnout; he loved his cycling but unfortunately in the last few years he was unable to carry it on. Thanks again, and we hope to see you in the near future.

Best Wishes from Margaret, Sue & Anne Pendlebury

Updated 10/2/13

Eureka Audax Rides 6th April 2013: Details and entry forms for these three challenging Audax Rides starting at the famous Eureka Café can be found on our Events 2013 Page. There are two longer rides on offer and an introductory shorter ride - something for everyone. Click here to see a poster about the rides.

Important Note about the Eureka Rides - 6th April 2013

If you have already entered the Eureka Rides please check that you have downloaded V4 0213 version of your route sheet. Revised routes are available from the Audax UK Calendar page.

Posted 10/2/13

Burton Marsh link route: Click here to see an update on progress of the new Burton Marsh link route including three photos. Information and photos from Peter Williams, Ch&NW CTC Right to Ride Representative.

Posted 6/2/13

Corwen Audax Rides 8th June 2013: Put this date in your diary and enter one of these terrific Audax rides based in wonderful Welsh mountain scenery. There are four challenging rides, comprising two at 200km, one at 100km and an introductory 60km ride. Details and entry forms can be found on our Events 2013 Page. Click here for a poster.

Posted 6/2/13

New Year's Day rides to McLean's pub and the Carden Arms,Tilston: Better late than never! Click here to see a report on these rides and a selection of photos taken at the Carden Arms, Tilston on New Year's day.

Updated 6/2/13

Pam Cross Funeral: Pam's funeral was held at Neston Parish Church at 11.00am on Friday 25th January, followed by interment at Frankby Cemetery, and afterwards at the Royal British Legion, Neston.

Mike Cross very much appreciated the cyclists' guard of honour, and thanks everyone who attended the funeral and who have supported him in many ways.

Posted 18/1/13

Alan Mort Court Case Outcome: Alan, a keen cyclist and a popular member of Chester and North Wales CTC, was killed last year on 5th February 2012 while cycling on the A548 Coast Road. The driver responsible was arrested and charged. This press release in the Daily Post dated 15th January 2013 reports that the driver of the vehicle was sentenced at Mold Crown Court to 14 months in prison, given an 18-month driving ban, and ordered to take an extended driving test. Our sincere sympathies are with Alan's family.

Posted 18/1/13

Work on Dee Marshes Route Starts: Flintshire County Council has assumed responsibility for the completion of the new cycle path across the Dee Marshes, linking Deeside Industrial Park and Burton. The work started on 7 January 2013, and is estimated to be ready to open in 10 to 12 weeks. We look forward to the opening of this vital, safe, and traffic free link between England and Wales. More information, including a map, can be found on the Chester Cycling Campaign website.

Updated 18/1/13

Footpath/Cycleway closures at Saltney Ferry Footbridge and the vicinity: Temporary closures will commence on 14th January 2013 and will last approximately 10-12 weeks. This is to facilitate the construction of a new flood defence wall on top of the existing embankment on both sides of Saltney Ferry Footbridge. These works will be carried out by a contractor on behalf of the Environment Agency Wales. Approximately 65 metres of the cycletrack/footpath will be closed on the western side of the footbridge and approximately 80 metres will be closed on the eastern side of the footbridge. There will be a temporary diversion in place during the course of the works which will divert around the back of the properties in this area. The alternative proposed route is a hardcore track. Click here to see a map indicating this diversion and here to see the Temporary Traffic Notice.

Closure of Saltney Ferry Footbridge: The footbridge will close from the beginning of March for approximately 6-8 weeks to allow essential existing parapets to be dismantled and new parapets installed. Alternative routes available to cross the River Dee will be the Blue Bridge, Queensferry, or the Grosvenor Bridge, Chester. There is a possibility that the works may not begin until mid-February. Click here to see the Temporary Traffic Notice. (Information from Peter Williams, Ch&NW CTC Ride to Ride Officer - via Stuart Jones, Rights of Way Officer, Flintshire County Council).

Posted 17/1/13

Volunteer Ride Leader Required to lead a cycle ride in Llandudno on Friday 1st February at 12:30pm. Rhian Lewis, Principal Transport Planner at JMP Consultants Ltd, is working with the North Wales Housing Association to launch an active travel challenge. Part of the challenge is to arrange a lunch time 'social' bike ride to encourage staff to form small teams to take part in the challenge. There is a small budget available. A formal ride leader qualification is not required, but experience of leading cycling groups is necessary. CTC membership is acceptable for insurance purposes. If anyone is interested please email Rhian Lewis or phone 0151-229-1884 for further details.

Posted 13/1/13

Pam Cross: We are very saddened to announce that Pam passed away on 12th January 2013. We send our sincere condolences to her husband Mike, President of Chester and North Wales CTC.

Posted 13/1/13

Bob Clift Memorial Cheshire Cycleway Rides, 23rd June 2013

Details and entry forms for the 100mile, 50mile, and 25mile rides, organised by Dorothy Clift and Hazel McDougall, are now available.

Posted 3/1/13

Early Spring Reliability Ride (50-mile Tourist Trial) 24th March 2013: CTC Two Mills (Secretary, Janet Gregory) has once again planned and organised this very popular annual ride taking place in late March. Click here for a poster of the Event, here for details, and here for an Event Entry Form.

Posted 30/12/12

CTC TOURIST COMPETITION - 2012
CONGRATULATIONS to CHESTER and NORTH WALES CTC RIDERS

Many congratulations to all our riders who took part in the 2012 CTC Tourist Competition. Yet again they have achieved great overall success.

Congratulations to Peter Dilworth the first Chester and North Wales CTC rider to be the overall winner! Peter gained maximum points and won on a tie breaker. (He also wins the 1st Veteran's prize). Lowri Evans was 4th (First Lady) as well as achieving 1st Lady Veteran, Andy Polakowski was 5th on 110 points; he completed at least two events in each category as did Martin Thomson who was equal 6th on 108 points. Chester and North Wales CTC was the winning team (comprising Peter, Lowri, Andy and Martin). Until the rule changes this year there would have been teams of six. Those who narrowly miss out on team places are Dave Statham, 8th on 103 points, and Darryl Porrino, 9th with 101 points. Thanks are due to everyone who helped and encouraged the riders!

Click here to see the full competition results.

Posted 22/12/12

Watson's Wanderers' Christmas Dinner Run 2012, 18th December 2012: Click here to see a brief report and photos.

Updated 21/12/12

New Year's Day Lunch 2013, The Carden Arms, Tilston: The pub is under new management so the food and welcome should be good. The organiser of the lunch this year is Harry Watson. A veggie stew for between five to ten people will be available as requested and a three-course Christmas meal. Tourist Competition Trophies will be presented by David Ackerley, Honorary Secretary of the Chester and North Wales CTC Awards Committee.

Posted 18/12/12

Wednesday Riders Christmas Dinner, Trafford Hall 12th December 2012: We were very sorry that Mike and Pam couldn't be with us at the Wednesday Riders Christmas lunch, but the group raised their glasses in a toast to Pam for organising this year's event and for many previous years. Thanks to John Ferguson, who took over the planning so that the lunch could go ahead, to Mike Knox (MC), Brian Lowe who stepped into the breach at the last minute after Glennys couldn't attend, and Mike Maxwell for closing the meal. Many thanks to Eureka Cycle Sports, The Bike Factory, Cheshire Oaks Cycles, Always Aim High Events and all our members who donated prizes for the raffle which raised £90 for St John's Hospice. Thanks also to Trafford Hall for an excellent meal. We especially send our very best wishes to Pam and Mike.

Click here to see a selection of photos of the Lunch.

Posted 9/12/12

New Years Day lunch, McLeans Pub, Sandycroft: Click here for details.

Posted 9/12/12

Watson's Wanderers 600th Pub Visit Celebration: On Tuesday 27 November 2012 some 30 cyclists left Christleton at 10:00am to ride, via coffee at the Ice Cream Farm, to Willington Hall for a special lunch. Willington Hall is the 600th different pub visited by Watson's Wanderers since inception some 22 years ago. Click here to see photos of the event.

Posted 9/12/12

Cycling Clothes, free (almost): Marjorie Clough has been sorting through the cycling effects of her late husband, Bob. In return for a small donation to club funds a selection of clothing is looking for a new home. All the clothes are in very good condition. Please note that you should contact Peter Barnes and NOT Marjorie. Peter's number is: 0151-648-2684. Click here to see the list of clothing.

Posted 25/11/12

Cycling Books for Sale: CTC Derby has 150 cycling books for sale from the late Keith Martin's extensive book collection. The money raised will be split between a Melanoma charity and CTC Derby. It's quite a collection, over 150 books, many obscure and some probably collectible. They're asking for offers, either for a single book or groups of books - offers to be received by the end of November. Please have a look and make an offer if interested. Click here to see the list of book details (information from CTC Derby).

Posted 25/11/12

CTC ClubShorts: No! This is nothing to do with bicycle clothing. Chester and North Wales CTC and Member Groups across the country regularly receive information of interest to members from National Office. Click here to see the latest issue. There is now a link to 'CTC ClubShorts' on the External Links Page.

Posted 22/11/12

Merseyside CTC Website: Please note that Steve Gilmartin has stepped down as webmaster of Merseyside CTC. The website will be inactive until a new webmaster is found (information from Alan Parker).

Bob Clift Memorial Cheshire Cycleway Rides: Dorothy Clift and Hazel McDougall, organisers of the 'Bob Clift Memorial Cheshire Cycleway Rides' since 2005, have decided to relinquish organisation of the event after next year's event on 23rd June 2013. Dorothy, Hazel and the Chester and North Wales CTC Committee are very keen for this very popular and well-supported event to be continued in Bob's memory. They are hoping to find a willing volunteer or volunteers to shadow Dorothy and Hazel's organisation of next year's event with a view to taking over and preparing the 2014 rides. From 2013 entries will only be accepted before the event takes place to eliminate the difficulties experienced in previous years by caterers due to unexpected numbers of on-the-line entries. Organisation of the rides will thus be smoother and stress-free. If you are interested in taking over in 2014 or would just like to ask a few questions and find out how it all works, please contact Dorothy (01244-382851) or (01244-317816).

LOST PROPERTY: A pair of spectacles was left at the Chester and North Wales AGM at Higher Kinnerton HQ last Sunday. Please contact Arthur Miller on 01244-831361 if they are yours.

The Eureka Café: Café owner Ann Peek asks me to remind you that you may not simply enter any part of the premises (and that includes the grounds as well as the toilets) unless you purchase food and/or drink. It is not enough to say that you will buy something when you return from the ride. If Anne asks you to leave the premises because you have infringed her requirements, please do so without question. Please understand that the Eureka Café is a commercial enterprise and not a drop-in clubroom. Thank you for your co-operation. (Mike Cross, President of Chester and North Wales CTC).

Chester and North Wales Audax Corwen Rides - 20th October 2012: Click here to see a report with photos of the three very successful Audax rides organised recently by David Matthews, the Barmouth Boulevard, the Brenig Bach and the Bala Mini Bash.

Hill Climb and Freewheeling Competitions, 6th October 2012: Photos of the competitions can be seen here. Thanks to Andy Polakowski for taking the photos. A report of the events will be available shortly.

President's Rides and Annual Lunch - 30th September 2012

Group of riders before setting off on President's Ride, 30th September 2012

An enthusiastic group of riders from several of our groups assembled at Walk Mill Café, Stapleton, for the start of The President's Ride and Annual Lunch at Tilston Memorial Hall. Chester and North Wales CTC President Mike Cross would like to thank all those who helped or supported this very successful event. On behalf of the club, Mike extends congratulations to Janet Gregory, winner of the President's Trophy for 2012, and former Secretary, Glennys Hammond, to whom he presented a well-deserved CTC Certificate of Merit for her services to the Club. He also wishes Janet Gregory well on her forthcoming term of office as CTC Councillor for the North West Region of CTC. Click on above photo for bigger image. More photos here.

Chester and North Wales CTC Audax Rides, 16th September 2012: Click here to see a report of this very successful and enjoyable event starting at Old Ma's Coffee Shop, Tattenhall, organised by David Matthews.

Two Mills Picnic Ride - 19th August 2012: Click here to see a report of this event and here for a selection of photos.

'The Clwydian 209km', 'The Clwyd Gate 136km' and 'The Clwyd Vale 60km': These CTC Audax events took place on 29th July 2012 as part of the 'Welsh Festival of Cycling'. The very successful Welsh Festival was held over four days and based at Ruthin Rugby Club. Click here to see a report of the Audax events.

Welsh Festival of Cycling 27th-30th July 2012: I very much enjoyed visiting the Welsh Festival of Cycling held recently at the Rugby Club in Ruthin, and was pleased to see it was well-supported by Chester and North Wales CTC members. Our Secretary, Lowri Evans, was very much involved in the planning and deserves everyone's thanks for helping to organise such a great event (Mike Cross, President of Chester and North Wales CTC).

Bob Clift Memorial Cheshire Cycleway Rides, 17th June 2012: Click here to see a report of the event.

Bert Bailey Memorial Veterans 100, 1st July 2012: Chester and North Wales CTC President, Mike Cross, wishes to record his thanks to the event organiser, David Ackerley, and all those who helped in any way with the 2012 Bert Bailey Memorial Veterans 100-mile Ride on 1st July. Their help is much appreciated.

Click here for a brief report of this very popular annual event and here for a selection of photos.