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Posted 26/8/15

'Beryl', a play by Maxine Peake: We all remember the name Beryl Burton and her domination of women's cycling in the 1960s. Cyclists and especially women cyclists were not so well known in those days and consequently her name has faded from memory. Her life story and great cycling achievements were revived in a play produced by the West Yorkshire Playhouse as part of the great cycling events of last year. Beryl was a housewife and a mum whose training regime included labouring in a rhubarb farm far removed from the scientific training facilities of today's superstars.

There will be a production of the play 'Beryl', written by Maxine Peake - who is a well-known television and film actress - at Tarvin Community Centre (CH3 8LY) on Friday October 16th at 7.30pm. Tarvin is five miles east of Chester.

Click here for tickets from Cheshire Rural Touring Arts, priced £10 for adults and £6 for children under 16 years old, or phone Sue Hardacre (Publicity and Marketing, Tarvin Community Centre) on 01829-741962.

Posted 19/8/15

The Big Ride, Capital to Capital, Edinburgh to London – 1st August 2015

Many congratulations to Chris Byrne and Jane Marshall who completed their nine-day cycle ride from Edinburgh to London to raise money for the Palestinian victims of war in Gaza. Jane also achieved the distinction of raising the highest amount of sponsorship cash. Click here to see Chris's report of the ride.

Posted 19/8/15

River Dee Works National Cycle Route 568: The riverside path between the Blue Bridge/Welsh Road and the Foxes Lane access point (on the east side of the A550/A494 bridge) which was temporarily closed in March for flood embankment works has now reopened with a brand new cycling surface. Happy cycling!!

Posted 14/8/15

Work on the A540 Chester Road: Work will commence along the inside lane of the southbound carriageway of the dual carriageway of the A540 on Monday 17 August 2015. High voltage underground electricity cable is being laid along 2km of the dual carriageway as part of the Western Link project. Drivers are being asked to take special care on the A540 Chester High Road when work gets underway. Work will continue every day for three months and a 40mph speed limit will be introduced for the safety of motorists, cyclists and engineers.

The cable is being laid along the inside lane of the Chester-bound dual carriageway between the junctions with Damhead Lane and Mudhouse Lane. Rolling roadworks will see one short section of the inside lane closed at a time as the work progresses, but there will be a period where the lane is closed along the whole 2 km stretch toward the end of the three months. National Grid urges drivers and cyclists to take special care as work starts on the A540. See a poster here and a Press Release here.

Posted 14/8/15

Closure of Barmouth Bridge

Barmouth Bridge

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Barmouth Bridge was built in 1867 and spans Mawddach Estuary in Wales offering breathtaking views of the surrounding Cardigan Bay coastline and Cambrian mountains. Gwynedd Council is considering closing the bridge to walkers and cyclists as part of budget cuts. The council must pay Network Rail £30,000 a year to maintain the right of way.

The route is a key part of the Welsh Coastal Path and the National Cycle Network, and attracts in the region of 100,000 users every year, bringing vital economic value to the tourism industry in Barmouth and the wider surrounding area. Closing this 150-year-old bridge will result in an 18-mile detour, taking walkers and cyclists on to narrow and busy A roads. This will harm the local leisure industry, tourism, and public health and wellbeing.

Please sign this on-line petition to keep the bridge open to cyclists and pedestrians.

Posted 14/8/15

Congratulations to Ch&NW CTC Tourist Competition Winners

David Cox and Lowri Evans

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Ch&NW CTC Tourist Competition winners – John Dilworth, Ifor Jones and Lowri Evans. Dave Statham was not able to attend.

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Our Chester and North Wales team of Peter Dilworth, Lowri Evans, Dave Statham and Ifor Jones won the 2014 CTC Tourist Competition for the 10th time. They were awarded '1st Team Team Trophy' and each rider received a Medallion.

Peter Dilworth (112 points) was 1st overall, an equal placing with Mark Beauchamp (North Hampshire CTC) who were presented with the 'Shaftesbury Cup' and a Medallion. They were also equal 1st for the 'Vets Trophy' (tankard) and 1st Male Veteran, and were jointly awarded the 'P.H. Catt Memorial Trophy' and a Medallion.

Lowri Evans (our Honorary Secretary) was awarded a Medallion for 3rd overall place (111 points) and trophies for achieving 1st woman rider, winning the 'E.F. Butterworth Trophy' and a Medallion, and the '1st Female Veteran Craven Vase'.

Our winning riders were presented with their trophies at the CTC Annual General Meeting held in London on 18th July 2015. Many congratulations to all of them for their great achievements in the competition. Click here for full competition results.

Posted 11/8/15

President's Ride, Lunch and Presentation of the President's Trophy – 27th September 2015

The annual President's Ride, Lunch and presentation of the President's Trophy will be held this year at Neuadd Owen Village Hall, Cefn, St Asaph, LL17 0EY. Click here for the booking form for the lunch. Please get your reservations in as soon as possible for this superb sit-down lunch. There will be a choice of a longer or shorter ride starting at Offa's Dyke Monument, Prestatyn. Routes and further details will posted here when they are available.

Posted 5/8/15

Many congratulations to David Ackerley and Doreen Lindsey

David Ackerley, National and Regional CTC Volunteer of the Year 2014

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We are delighted that David has been honourably recognised with the award of 'National Volunteer of the Year 2014' by our National Cycling Organisation, the CTC. He was also awarded 'North West Region Volunteer of the Year 2014'. Mike Cross (President of Ch&NW CTC) accepted this prestigious and well-deserved award on David's behalf at the National CTC AGM on 18th July, as David was unable to attend. He already holds the CTC Certificate of Merit for his previous five-year role as Honourable Secretary of the DA.

David's involvement and contributions to the success of the club over 2½ decades are many and varied including Committee roles and planning and organising many key Club events, for example the 70th and 75th Club Anniversary Rides, and the Help for Heroes Charity Rides. David organised the Bert Bailey Veterans' 100 rides for seven years, including two Tri-Ennial Veterans' Rides on behalf of National Office. Many of these events involved multiple route planning and catering on a large scale, including for example, the Club's Diamond Jubilee Lunch.

Doreen Lindsey, CTC Volunteer of the Year for Wales 2014

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In addition, David edited our Club magazine 'The Link' for 3½ years and co-authored 'The Chain' with Arthur Miller, a well-researched and detailed booklet covering key moments in the Club's long history. He continues his involvement as Secretary of the Club's Awards Committee. David is happy to remain modestly in the background as he continues to support the Club, saying he enjoyed all his Club activities over years.

Our congratulations also go to Doreen Lindsey for her award of 'CTC Volunteer of the Year for Wales 2014'. Doreen's enthusiasm has ensured that CTC activities continue to flourish in North Wales in sometimes very difficult terrain and weather conditions. She continues to travel vast distances to support Club events and has planned rides for the Welsh Festival of Cycling. Doreen was presented with her award at the CTC AGM on 18th August.

Posted 1/8/15

Corwen Audax Rides 18th July 2015

The 'Barmouth Boulevard', 'Brenig Bach' and 'Bala Parade' Audax rides took place on 18th July starting and finishing at Corwen. A good turnout of entrants enjoyed the challenge and the scenery of each ride. Click here to see a report with photos. Many thanks to David Matthews for organising and planning this very successful event.

Posted 1/8/15

Road Closure Holt-Farndon Bridge

The medieval stone arch bridge over the River Dee between Farndon and Holt will be closed for three weeks between Monday 10th August and Friday 28th August for essential repair work to be carried out. The road will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists during the day throughout the work with occasional night-time closures for public safety reasons. Vehicles will be diverted via the A534.

Masonry repairs will be carried out to one of the bridge piers, which was damaged by floating debris during a recent period of heavy rain. Cheshire West and Chester Council is also having exploratory work carried out at the same time to look at how the drainage system could be improved. A full inspection of all parts of the bridge, which was built in 1339, will take also place.

Posted 16/7/15

Bert Bailey Memorial Veterans' 100-mile Ride – 12th July 2015

Congratulations to Laurie Mason and his team of helpers for all their hard work in ensuring that Sunday's ride was a great success. The organisation was excellent, riders were co-operative, friendly and sociable and the sun shone, too!

(Mike Cross, President, Chester and North Wales CTC)

Updated 16/7/15

2015 Bob Clift Memorial Cheshire Cycleway Rides

On behalf of all members, I would like to congratulate Alan Oldfield on organising and running such a successful event which, as usual, set a high standard. Alan was supported by a willing and hardworking group of helpers who also deserve our warmest thanks. The event was a credit to Chester and North Wales CTC. Click here to see a report of the event with photos.

(Mike Cross, President, Chester and North Wales CTC)

Posted 14/7/15

Bert Bailey Memorial Veterans 100, 12th July 2015: This very successful event was organised by Laurie Mason and took place on 12th July 2015 starting and finishing at Duddon & Clotton District War Memorial Hall. All participants received a certificate for completing the ride. Trophies were presented by Mike Cross, President of Chester and North Wales CTC, to Doreen Lindsey, the oldest lady rider, and to Robert Prytherch, the oldest gentleman rider.

Click here to see a selection of photographs of the day.

Posted 26/6/15

Cleopatra's café: This newly refurbished licensed café, recently opened at the Cross in Holt, used to be known as Hildegard's. New owners Felippe and Jill are keen to welcome cyclists as well as other customers, and are working on the menus and developing a website. The café has been added to our Cafés & Pubs list.

Posted 4/6/15

Closure of NCN5/Coastal Path between Pensarn and Llanddulas

Work to repair and reinforce damaged coastal defences over the 810m frontage between Pensarn and Llanddulas along the area known as Llanddulas tip will start on 10th June 2015. During this period it will be necessary to close a section of the cycle path - diversion signs will be put in place.

The cycle path will be closed from 15th June, with barriers in place between Ty Crwn and Beach House road. Pedestrians and cyclists will not be able to use the path between these points. The diversion route (travelling from Pensarn towards Colwyn Bay) will be via Sea Road in Abergele to A547 Abergele Road, and along to Beach House Road, Llanddulas. The work is expected to take two months.

Cllr Dave Cowans (Cabinet Member for Highways, Environment and Sustainability), said, "We realise this closure will cause some disruption, but the work is essential to safeguard the route in the longer term. If these repairs aren't carried out, there is a risk that the path will be closed for a far more significant length of time in the future. Nonetheless, we're sorry for any inconvenience over the next couple of months."

Visit www.conwy.gov.uk/coastalworks for more information about the coastal defence work.

Posted 16/5/15

Welsh Festival of Cycling, 23rd-28th July 2015: Click here for details of this very popular week of cycling, based in Llandovery, and here for a booking form.

Posted 14/5/15

Message from Hildegard – Hildegard's Tea Room, Holt

As most of you will know, Hildegard, owner of Hildegard's Tea Room and Café, Holt, who has given a warm and friendly welcome to many cyclists on various rides, is returning to Germany to live. Mike Cross (President of Chester and North Wales CTC) has sent a letter of thanks on behalf of the Club to thank her for all the refreshments over the years. We would like to wish her all the best and good luck for the future.

Below is a message from Hildegard:

"I just want to thank all the cyclists in this area. It's been a great pleasure to serve you all the drinks, food and cakes you needed for the next etappe on your rides. I am here until this Sunday. After that the Tearoom will be closed here in Holt. Again many thanks and all my best wishes to you all. Hopefully I can follow you from Germany. Take care, Hildegard (Hildegards Tearoom and Restaurant in Holt)."

Message from Hildegard sent to Martin Brooks (Link Editor)

Posted 5/5/15

CTC Cymru Treasure Hunt and Map Reading Competitions - 2nd May 2015

Click here for a report and photos of the Treasure Hunt and Map Reading Competitions starting and finishing at the Crossroads Café, Trefnant, North Wales on 2nd May (Organiser Lowri Evans).

Posted 30/4/15

Eureka Café and Chester and North Wales CTC Audax rides – 25th April 2015

Click here for a report and photos of the successful Audax Rides starting and finishing at the Eureka Café on 25th April. (Organiser David Matthews)

Posted 28/4/15

New cycle shop opening! We don't usually advertise businesses on our website but this one may be of interest to our members. 'Evans Cycles' is opening a new shop in Chester on Friday 8th May at Waitrose Boughton, Tarvin Road, CH3 5AF. The new store is holding an 'opening night' between 6-8pm which will include special offers and discounts, a chance to win prizes with a turbo trainer competition, freebies from suppliers and some refreshments. Click here to see a poster. Contact the new store manager Simon Marshall for further details.

Posted 19/4/15

Greenway works: Please be aware that construction work is starting on site on the Greenway on Friday 17th April to lay a fibre optic cable duct alongside the path between Hawarden Bridge and the Blue Dragon Bridge (over the A550/A494). The work will be on-going for up to three weeks and the gangs will be working at weekends. The Greenway will be open to walkers and cyclists at all times though the path width will be narrowed, so please follow the signs on site and pass through the area at an appropriate speed and with care. This note has been sent to all Sustrans volunteers, Ch&NW CTC, Chester Cycle Campaign and key contacts as well as a number of local cycling clubs, but please do pass this on to all your other contacts who use the Greenway. If there are any queries please contact Glyn Evans.

Posted 17/4/15

Cycling and Science – 25th April 2015
Two free events presented by Max Glaskin, cycling journalist.

Two free cycling-related events sponsored by Chester West and Chester, Travelsmart and the University of Chester are being presented by Max Glaskin (cycling and science journalist) on 25th April at the University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester.

The first event takes place between 1-3pm. There will be an easy short ride along cycle lanes, paths and quiet roads with explanations, demonstrations and experiments along the route to find out why cycling is so efficient. Find out more about cycling and gravity and where your energy goes. Accompanied children over eleven, parents and adults are welcome to come to this free event. Booking is essential.

The Second Event is a presentation at the University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester at 7.30pm entitled 'Mountain Biking across the Himalayas'. Presenter and cycling journalist, Max Glaskin, says that "Everyone knows how a bicycle works, but not many people know why it works. That's what I do now. I chase down the amazing science of cycling and share it." If you want to know more about bicycles, travel, scenery and the unexpected come to the presentation. Book your free tickets here. Click here to see a poster for both events.

Organised by CTC member Helen Southall, University of Chester

Posted 11/4/15

CTC Cymru Treasure Hunt and Map Reading Events – 2nd May 2015

Have an enjoyable day out and take part in one or both of these events. The competitions will start from the Crossroads Café in Trefnant, off the A525, about 50 yards from the lights. There is free parking space available. The café will be open from 9:00am and refreshments can be purchased before, between and after the events. The rides should be ridden for fun, but they are also eligible for points as 'E' events in the CTC Tourist Competition as long as people compete as individuals (rather than teams). Details and Entry forms for adults and juniors are on the Events 2015 page.

Lowri Evans (Organiser)

Posted 7/4/15

Early Spring Reliability Ride (50-mile TT), Two Mills CTC

This popular annual event organised by Two Mills CTC took place on the 29th March 2015 in wet and windy weather. The Event was organised around a figure of eight starting and finishing at Farndon Sports and Social Club. Some entrants didn't turn up due to the adverse weather conditions and some completed only the first half, but a large group managed to brave the weather and complete the ride. Click here to see a report on the event and here to see a selection of photographs. Many thanks to Janet Gregory and her willing volunteers for organising the Event.

Posted 29/3/15

The York Rally is revived for 2015!

After a year of fundraising by a group of dedicated volunteers, the York Rally is being revived and will be staged on the Knavesmire, York, on 20-21st June. As devotees will know, the Rally was cancelled after the 2012 event, bringing to an end an almost 70-year run as the 'CTC York Rally' and later the 'York Cycle Show'. The Rally has been a treasured part of many CTC members' cycling year for decades, when they enjoyed coming to York, meeting old friends and going on rides.

There will be a selection of traditional Rally activities (rides, grasstrack racing, saddlebag and auction sales, live music from the Foresters) as well as new attractions in the form of a 'Pedal Power Invention Convention' and Cyclo-Cross racing, and more! As in previous years, there will be a traditional campsite on site with separate areas for lightweight and motorised campers. Earlybird (cheaper!) bookings for the campsite close on the 6th April. Campsite pitches can be booked online via the website, or by post using the form attached. Early bookings are very much appreciated to help offset the advance costs of the event.

The York Rally is now an independent, volunteer-run organisation and is not affiliated to any national or local cycling club. The York Rally website gives further information on how this historic and memorable event has been revived for 2015. Click here for an event poster.

Updated 14/3/15

River Dee Works National Cycle Route 568 – Temporary Path Closure: Please note that the next stage of the riverside flood embankment works will be taking place from March and will involve the closure of the section of riverside path between the Blue Bridge/Welsh Road and the Foxes Lane access point (on the east side of the A550/A494 bridge). This work will be taking place for approximately 2 months and will be signed (via Foxes Lane) accordingly.

There has been some concern recently that "...sections E and W of the blue swing bridge have been dug up and are impassable". To reassure cyclists, Glyn Evans from Sustrans has confirmed that "route diversions are signed with contractors signs and yellow 568 signs".

Posted 8/3/15

Eureka Excursion (215km) – 25th April 2015

There is an unprecedented demand for this ride. Entries are arriving thick and fast and the limit of seventy riders is to be strictly enforced. There will be no entries on the line due to capacity limitations at the Eureka Café. If you want to ride the Eureka Excursion you are strongly advised to get your entry in immediately!

There is still plenty of room on the Tea in Prospect (135km) and the Two Mills Twirl (68km) rides.

Organiser, David Matthews

Posted 3/3/15

Momma's Audax Rides – 5th September 2015

There are three varied and interesting rides for all abilities starting from Old Ma's, Tattenhall Cheshire (117/484602).

Pistyll Packing Momma (209km) is a challenging and continuously interesting route through West Cheshire – North Wales. Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall at 240 feet is one of the wonders of Wales. Outstanding views throughout this hilly ride.

Momma's Mountain Views (137km) is a continuously interesting route through Cheshire lanes into North East Wales. The hilly middle section from Chirk to the Horseshoe Pass summit has outstanding mountain views with a scenic return over Hope Mountain.

Momma's Leafy Lanes (50km) is a pleasant, undulating ride through the delightful north west Cheshire lanes. Designed as an introduction to Audax riding, this is a scenic, flat and not too demanding excursion into countryside.

Organiser, David Matthews

Posted 3/3/15

Wild Wales Challenge, 30th August 2015: Click here for details.

Posted 3/3/15

CTC Cymru Treasure Hunt and Map Reading Competitions, 2nd May 2015: Click here for details of the Treasure Hunt Competition, and here for details of the Map Reading Competion.

Posted 3/3/15

Eureka Audax Rides — 25th April 2015

There are three rides on offer starting from the famous Eureka Cyclists' Café at Two Mills, Wirral (117/351739).

The Eureka Excursion (215km) is a mostly flat ride using Cheshire and Shropshire lanes. The Wilmslow control has been moved to High Legh reducing the distance from 230k to 215k to avoid conurbations.

The second ride, Tea in Prospect (135km), visits the Prospect Tea Rooms near the Llangollen Panorama (one big hill to reach the café) and then returns on mostly flat lanes via a lunch stop at Bunbury.

The third ride, Two Mills Twirl (68km), is an introduction to Audax riding, just touching North Wales at Holt – flat with excellent cafés at start, midway and finish.

Details, entry forms and route sheets are available at www.audax.uk.net. More information can be found on this poster. The closing date (subject to reaching maximum numbers allowed) is 21st April 2015. Get your entries in as soon as possible as there will be no entries on the line on the day!

Organiser, David Matthews

Posted 24/2/15

Ch&NW CTC Corwen Audax Rides, 18th July 2015

There are three rides in the beautiful Welsh countryside starting at Corwen.

The Barmouth Boulevard (204km) ride is named the Barmouth Boulevard as the route allows North Wales to parade some of its finest scenery with fantastic river, lake, sea and mountain vistas – a future classic.

The Brenig Bach (107km) ride is a North Wales classic of the 1990s/early 2000s established by the late Graham Mills – and has only been available as a permanent fixture for the last few years. It is now restored as a calendar event. The route traverses remote hill areas – stunning scenery, three good cafés and is all downhill for the last 20km.

The Bala Parade (60km) ride is a scenic and not too demanding ride incorporating winding roads, narrow lanes, a beautiful lake and a few minor hills. The ride is designed as an introduction to Audax riding and is a delightful excursion into beautiful North Wales.

Full details and entry forms can be found on the Events 2015 Page.

Posted 22/2/15

Chester and North Wales CTC Café of the Year 2014

Ben, Caroline and Mike

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Caroline, Ben and Mike, with club members

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Members of Chester and North Wales CTC voted 'Walk Mill Café and Bakery' their Café of the Year for 2014. The award, in the form of a framed certificate, recognises the friendliness of staff, quality of the food on offer and the Mill's unique location in the lovely Cheshire countryside. Read about the Mill and its renovation by the owners on Walk Mill's website. The certificate was presented to Caroline (who does all the baking) and Ben (her father) by Chester and North Wales CTC President Mike Cross on 10th February at the Mill. The event was attended by several other members of the Club. (Photos taken by Glennys Hammond)

Posted 21/2/15

Gatesheath Lane/Newton Lane road closure

The bridge on Gatesheath Lane and Newton Lane on the north side of Tattenhall (117/479604) is to have major maintenance work resulting in a six week closure from 23rd February. There will be no access for vehicles, cyclists or pedestrians. During the closure there will be two diversions in place through Tattenhall village – one for minor traffic (small vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians) and the other for heavy vehicles. Cyclists planning to visit Cheshire Ice Cream Farm and nearby venues should bear this in mind when planning their routes over the next few weeks.

Posted 21/2/15

'The Link' Publication Deadline

Please note that the publication deadline for The Link is 28th February – so only a few days to go. The Link relies on members of our Club to provide interesting copy for the magazine. Everyone has something to offer so please get tapping or writing and help to make this issue a great one. Send your copy to our Link editor Martin as soon as possible.

Posted 19/2/15

Free 'Inclusive Cycling' Conference – Sheffield, 23rd February 2015

As part of the Inclusive Cycling Network, funded by the Big Lottery, CTC, the national cycling charity, and Cycling Projects invite you to register now for a Conference looking at "Inclusive Cycling: Achievements, Challenges and the Future". There are still a few places left.

Keynote speakers at the workshops will include: Mark Colbourne MBE (CTC Ambassador and Paralympic Champion), Paul Tuohy (Chief Executive of CTC, the national cycling charity), Ian Tierney (Director of Cycling Projects) and speakers from the Inclusive Cycling Network. There is less than a week to go to register for the event if you would like to attend this free conference.

Posted 5/2/15

'Bicycle' Film, Saturday 21st February 2015

 

This outstanding film will be screened at Elephant Coffee, 35-37 High Street Neston CH64 9TZ.

Bicycle is an 86-minute film asking the question 'why is cycling and the bicycle back in fashion?'. The film weaves bicycle design, sport and transport through the retelling of some iconic stories with notable contributors, for example, Sir Dave Brailsford, Gary Fisher, Chris Boardman, Ned Boulting, Sir Chris Hoy, Tracy Moseley, Mike Burrows and many more - plus great archive, animation and music. The film is directed by BAFTA winning director and keen cyclist Michael B Clifford and tells the story of cycling in the land that invented the modern bicycle - its birth, decline and rebirth from Victorian origins to today.

A full range of beverages will be on sale at the coffee house from 7pm, including hot drinks, soft drinks, wine and beer. Tickets cost £5 and are available from Andy Mills. Surplus proceeds from the event are being donated to a charity set up in memory of a local cyclist. We recommend that you book your ticket as soon as possible for this very popular film.

Posted 24/1/15

Extension of existing cycleway linking Sandycroft to Airbus –
and further linking to Saltney Ferry, Broughton and Chester

On 26th January Flintshire County Council will begin work on the construction of Phase 1 of a westbound cycleway from Saltney to Broughton, the work being scheduled for completion by the end of March. The first stage will run from Mainwaring Drive (on the Chester side of where Saltney Ferry Lane meets the A5104), to Broughton Mills Road, Bretton, just before the left turn for Bretton. Traffic will be restricted to westbound only during this period, with extensive diversions being signposted.

The cycleway extensions aim to provide better 'active travel' links between Saltney and Broughton, as outlined in Welsh Assembly legislation. When complete, cyclists will have a separate cycleway on a road that is an important connection between the area to the north of the River Dee and the Cheshire countryside. This particular section of road is often used by groups cycling from Two Mills into Cheshire.

The Scheme is part of the North Wales Joint Local Transport plan in response to the Welsh Assembly Active Travel legislation that requires all local authorities in Wales to produce routes for walking and cycling (active travel) and how they propose to join these up over the coming years to create safe active travel routes between communities.

Information from Alan Oldfield

Posted 18/1/15

Two Mills CTC
Early Spring Reliability Ride (50-mile TT) – 29th March 2015

You are invited to register for our popular seasonal event which will be held on Sunday 29th March starting and finishing in Farndon near Chester.

This is a 50-mile course through quiet Cheshire lanes and over the Welsh border. The challenge is to ride it in either 4 or 5 hours and eat our generous lunch within that time slot. In addition there is a shorter 50km route for those who would like a more sociable pace. We welcome cyclists of all ages and abilities.

The entry fee is £13 (or £12 for CTC members). Under 18s ride FREE when accompanied by a paying adult, but parents should still register them and sign the consent form. Entries are non-refundable or transferable and must be received before 15th 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. You do not have to be a member of CTC although we encourage you to join CTC, our national organisation. CTC members enjoy a cheaper entry rate.

Follow this link for instant on-line registration and secure payment using PayPal or your bank card. Remember to say if you want to ride with particular friends and how fast you plan to cycle. This will be used to group entries. Faster riders start last.

Please scroll upwards to continue when you come to the payment part of on-line system.

Queries to Janet Gregory – Organiser

Posted 16/1/15

New Years Day 2015 at Carden Arms, Tilston: The traditional New Year's day meet at the Carden Arms was well attended despite the windy conditions. Click here for a brief report and a selection of photos.

Posted 7/1/15

BOB CLIFT MEMORIAL CHESHIRE CYCLEWAYS RIDES
Ch&NW CTC and CTC Two Mills – Sunday 28th June 2015
Call for Volunteers!

Alan Oldfield is organising the event this year. Riders can choose a 50mile or 100mile ride. Last year (2014) the event was organised by Alan and Brian Lowe. Its success was due not only to good organisation but also due to a number of really good volunteers. The event attracted about 200 riders, all of whom had a good day out on pleasant Cheshire lanes, based on the Cheshire Cycleway. Alan is hoping for the same result this year but will need helpers to make it happen.

If you are able to help for a couple of hours, or are happy to enjoy the whole day's activity you will be most welcome. The event is organised under the auspices of Chester and North Wales CTC, although entrants need not be members to enter.

If you are able to help please contact Alan (01352-840865). Details will be posted shortly on the Events 2015 page.

Posted 7/1/15

Bert Bailey Memorial Veterans 100-mile ride (BBMV100), 12th July 2015: We are delighted that Laurie Mason has stepped up to the mark and is taking charge of this popular key event in the Chester and North Wales CTC calendar starting and finishing at Duddon War Memorial Village Hall, Duddon, near Tarvin. The entrance fee for 2015 will be £23. Entries will be accepted until mid-day on Wednesday 1st July or when 100 have been received, whichever occurs first. If you're over 50 by 1st March 2015 and you haven't ridden the event before, how about taking up the challenge! Click to download Entry Conditions and Entry Form.

Posted 30/12/14

Wild Wales Challenge 2015 – Important Information

We have been informed by Merseyside CTC, organising club for the Wild Wales Challenge on 30th August 2015, that the entry process has been changed. From 1st January until 31st March, entries will only be accepted from clubs who have supported the event in the past with a significant number of riders. From 1st April the event will be open for general application on a first come, first served basis. This change is to ensure that members of those clubs who have shown their loyalty to the event in the past will have ample opportunity to enter the event. The aim therefore is to ensure that as many riders as possible up to the maximum of 650 are able to ride, and minimise the number of DNS.

Chester & North Wales CTC members who wish to enter this event should contact our Secretary, Lowri Evans, with their CTC membership number to receive a unique code. Entries will only be possible before 1st April if this code is used. Any rider attempting to enter without this code will be refused entry and advised that they must enter as an individual after general entry opens on 1st April. Graham Lewis is again managing the entry process.

(information from Organiser, Denis Holder)

Presentation by Brian Joyce to the Manager of the Tudor Rose.

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Posted 29/12/14

Car Parking for cyclists at the Tudor Rose

Those of us who begin our cycle rides from the Eureka during the year have been allowed to park at the rear of the Tudor Rose Car Park by the management. To show our appreciation a grand total of £180 was collected from riders of three groups (Wednesday Riders CTC, Sunday CTC and Port Sunlight CC), who regularly use the car park. The collection is traditionally donated to a local charity on our behalf. The adjacent photo is of Brian Joyce presenting the money and a cycling-themed card to the Manager of the Tudor Rose.

Posted 21/12/14

Season's Greetings

Best wishes to all our Ch&NW CTC members and their families for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Mike Cross – President, Chester and North Wales CTC

May your wheels run smoothly!

Posted 2/12/14

Should we change the design of our Club Clothing?

There seems to be a general feeling by some members that the present design and colours of our Club clothing should be updated to give it a more 'modern feel'. Only a handful of members wear the current kit and those that do – of which there are few – say they won't replace it when it finally succumbs to wear and tear. This topic was discussed at our AGM on 2nd November when it was agreed that Glennys Hammond and Martin Brooks would explore the views of members via The Link and the Ch&NW CTC Website, and do a little searching around for some suitable new designs. A 'facelift' may revitalise the Club's identity with a personalised kit that members will enjoy wearing. We would really like to know your views. Please email comments to Glennys or Martin. To see some examples of possible designs click here, here and here.

Updated 15/11/14

Chester and North Wales CTC Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Chester and North Wales CTC was held at Neuadd Eleanor, Llanfair DC on 2nd November 2014 at 12.30pm. Click here to see a report and photos of the meeting.

Posted 15/11/14

Llysfasi Hill Climb and Freewheel Competitions, 4th October 2014: Click here to see a report and photos of the events. They are also accessible from the Events 2014 page. Many thanks to Lowri Evans, organiser of the events. Photos by Arthur Miller, Sue Booth and Lowri Evans.

River Dee Footpath Closure Notice

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Posted 7/11/14

River Dee Footpath Closure: Part of the public footpath alongside the River Dee in Sealand will be closed for nine months while essential flood defence is carried out on behalf of the Welsh Government. The section which forms part of National Cycle route 568, will be closed between Hawarden Railway Bridge and the link to Foxes Lane, from 10 November 2014 for nine months for essential works to strengthen the earth flood defences as part of the Northern Gateway Site Development. The closure will be in two phases: initially between the Blue Bridge, Queensferry and Hawarden Railway Bridge and finally between the railway bridge and the Foxes Lane link. Cyclists and pedestrians will have access to an alternative route along the entrance road to Tata's site, which will connect with the cycle route near Hawarden Bridge Railway station, and will be appropriately signed (information from www.deeside.com via Peter Williams, Ch&NW CTC's Right to Ride Representative).

Posted 6/11/14
Cafés and Pubs List: Brian Lowe has been managing Ch&NW CTC's Cafés and Pubs list for a few years now so we owe many thanks to him for taking the time and trouble to keep the list up to date. To keep it helpful to individual cyclists and to rides leaders please send details of new venues, their locations and contact details, and existing venues when details have changed, have closed or are not as welcoming to cyclists as they once were. Please send information to
Posted 22/10/14

President's Ride, Lunch and Presentation of the President's Cup, 28th September 2014

Our Club President, Mike Cross, organised another very successful day's activity. Forty-five members attended the event starting with refreshments and a photo call at Walk Mill Bakery and Café. Riders could choose a shorter or longer route to Tilston Village Hall where a splendid buffet lunch was provided. Following the meal the President's Trophy was presented to Ifor Jones (of the Ynys Môn group). Ifor has supported the club for many years and taken part in almost all the Club's events, despite the distance he has to travel. He was a very surprised and popular winner. Click here to see some photos of the event.

Posted 22/10/14

The Link – your magazine, your voice!

The Link, our Chester and North Wales CTC club magazine is available to all members and friends of the club and represents the needs of the membership by means of membership participation. It's normally published FOUR times per year and is just filled with interesting tips, reports, challenges and experiences from the membership. It's your voice – and The Link is the platform for everyone to air their views, opinions, improvements and complaints (Letters to the Editor?).

Click for more details and an application/renewal form.

Posted 2/10/14

The Bert Bailey Memorial Veterans' 100-mile Ride
Appeal for Organiser(s)

David Ackerley has resigned from the position of organiser of the 'Bert Bailey Memorial Veterans' 100 mile ride. He has organised this, our Club's flagship event, very successfully for seven years. David has already made considerable preparation for next year's event so an individual or a team of two or three people could easily manage the role. He will be able to offer extensive support and advice to whoever takes over. Click here for further details. Please contact David if you are able to step into his shoes!

Posted 25/8/14

Chester and North Wales CTC Corwen Audax Rides 19th July 2014: There were three challenging rides, each in beautiful Welsh scenery: the Barmouth Boulevard 204km, the Brenig Bach 107km and the Bala Parade 60km. Despite the challenging weather at the start of the day, riders really enjoyed their rides. Click here for a report of the rides.

Posted 25/8/14

Chester and North Wales CTC 75th Anniversary Photo Competition

Where are all you budding photographers hiding? If you want to display your photographic skills 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 as well as standing a chance of getting your hands on part of the £80 prize fund. The theme is "The Spirit of Cycling, 2014". Click here for the competition's Details and Entry Form. Closing date for entries is 1st October so there's still time to get snapping!

Café of the Year, 2014

So far entries for this competition have been sparse, to say the least. Last year's winner, Tilly's of Bunbury, greatly appreciated the award, and we all have a favourite watering hole that deserves recognition. Tilly's is ineligible this year, but there are scores of other cafés that we use. Please email your vote to David Ackerley.

Posted 25/8/14

Chester and North Wales CTC Momma Audax Rides, 10th August 2014

Click here to see a report and photos of these three rides.

Canal wall collapse, Chester

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Posted 12/8/14

Canal Towpath closure – Northgate Cut, Chester: As many of you will know, the canal is closed in the Northgate cut from the locks to Cow Lane Bridge (Frodsham Street), due to a collapsed wall). The length of the closure is unknown. More information here.There is an alternative route via Watertower Street, Northgate Street, George Street and Gorse Stacks.

Cycle paths and other off-road routes can be closed without notice, causing inconvenience to cyclists and pedestrians. Also, when closures take place, diversions are rarely suggested or signposted. The Chester Cycling Campaign provides a constantly updated list of closures and re-openings to enable you to plan your journey with some confidence (information from the Chester Cycling Campaign website).

Posted 30/7/14

Corwen Audax Rides, 18th October 2014: Once again it's time to enter these popular annual Audax rides taking place on Saturday 18th October. There are three rides on offer: 'The Clwydian' (200km), a scenic and continuously interesting route giving a taste of all the delights of North Wales - lakes, leafy lanes, hills (lots) and the sea - the last 20km is all downhill; 'The Clwyd Gate' (130km) is a varied and scenic route through lovely North Wales - rivers, a hidden valley, leafy lanes, hills and the sea - the last 20km is downhill; and the 'Bala Mini-Bash' (60km), a scenic and not too demanding ride - winding roads, narrow lanes, a beautiful lake and a few minor hills - designed as an introduction to Audax riding and/or a delightful excursion in beautiful North Wales. Links to the details of each ride are on the Events 2014 page of this website and on the Audax UK website. This poster has more information.

Posted 21/7/14

Wednesday Riders Rides Reports: Have you ever wondered what groups get up to and where they go on their weekly rides? At the moment Christopher Byrne writes interesting and witty accounts of Wednesday Riders exploits and John Ferguson provides some excellent photos. Accounts and photos are edited by Glennys Hammond (website editor) to maintain a website 'style'. If you have a short account of one of your group's rides (not necessarily every ride), please email it to Glennys - we'd love to know where you cycle and what you get up to. Your account doesn't have to be long (in fact, short is good), and the number of photos can be one or a few, perhaps recording some interesting incident during the ride.

Posted 21/7/14

Bert Bailey Memorial Veterans' 100 Mile Ride, Sunday 13th July 2014

Congratulations to all those who successfully completed the Bert Bailey Memorial Veterans' 100 Mile Ride on 13th July. Many thanks to those who gave up their time to help make this event such a success – in particular David Ackerley (Event Organiser).

Over the next few months David will be advising the new Organisers who will take over the BBMV100 in 2015. David's many years running this, our prestige Chester and North Wales CTC annual event, ends this year. His hard work and dedication deserve the warmest thanks and congratulations of all members of Chester and North Wales CTC (Mike Cross, President Ch&NW CTC). Click here to see group photos and here to see a report.

Updated 19/7/14

Bob Clift Memorial Cheshire Cycleway Rides: On Sunday 29th June, the Bob Clift Memorial Cheshire Cycleway Rides were held, starting and finishing at the Waverton Institute near Chester. The Jim Skelding Trophy (for the youngest rider to complete the 100-mile ride) was won by 17-year-old Luke Johnson of Huntington, Chester. On behalf of all those who took part in these rides, Mike Cross, Ch&NW CTC President, thanks the hardworking team who helped to make a very long day such an outstanding success. In particular, he thanks Brian Lowe and Alan Oldfield (organisers) who, between them, set a new standard of excellence. Click here to see a report of the event.

Updated 5/7/14

Chester and North Wales CTC 75th Anniversary Birthday Rides and Birthday Tea

This very special celebration took place on Sunday 8th June and was a great success. There were three rides of 75, 50 and 25 miles starting and finishing at Bickerton Village Hall. Afterwards, riders sat down to a delicious Tea and sampled a professionally iced 75th Anniversary birthday cake. VIP guests included David Cox OBE, Chair of CTC National Council, who presented commemorative Certificates of Appreciation to various organisations and to those who completed the rides, and Gwenda Owen CTC Councillor for Wales. Club President, Mike Cross, has received many messages of praise for the smooth running of the event. On behalf of all members, he thanks those who helped out. In particular, most praise must go to David Ackerley, who put a great deal of effort into its planning and organised a superb day. Click here to see a full report of this very successful and memorable occasion, and here to see some photos of the event.

Posted 4/6/14

Llangefni Festival of Cycling and Walking, Sunday 1st June: Many thanks to those members who attended the festival to promote cycling and Chester and North Wales CTC (Mike Cross, President of Chester and North Wales CTC).

Posted 4/6/14

Funeral of David Robinson: David's funeral took place on Friday 30th May at St Mary's Centre, Chester. David was a County Councillor, CTC member and former Chair of CTC National Council. Several hundred people attended the funeral. Mike Cross, President of Chester and North Wales CTC, attended in a personal capacity and to represent the Club. Donations at the ceremony were collected for the British Heart Foundation. Further donations to the Foundation in David's memory will be gratefully received.

Posted 24/5/14

Eureka Audax and Ch&NW CTC Rides' 26th April 2014: Click here to see a report of these rides.

Updated 24/5/14

David Robinson – sad news

We are very sorry to announce the death of David Robinson this morning, 13th May, after being seriously ill in hospital for several weeks. David was a member of Chester and North Wales CTC. He served as a CTC Councillor for the North West and was ex-Chair of CTC National Council. His family is planning a celebration of his life at 12:00 noon on Friday 30th May at St Marys Centre, St Marys Hill CH1 2DW. This will be followed by a private family service at the crematorium and a wake at Boughton Hall Cricket Club afterwards. These venues were chosen by David himself who also stipulated that as many people as possible should travel by public transport or cycle! Informal or cycling dress is fine.

Posted 13/5/14

Early Spring Reliability Ride (50-mile TT), 13th April 2014: A report and photos are now available.

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 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 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 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 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.

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.

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.