Cheshire Plains Audax


This is a very different post and has nothing what so ever to do with photography. One of my hobbies is cycling and on Saturday night  in a car park in Poynton near Manchester myself and about 40 other cyclist left for a over night ride to Newtown in Mid-Wales and then  back to Poynton a total distance of 315 KM or 195 miles. The ride is an Audax ride which is a  long distance ‘challenge’  ride normally with less than a 100 people taking part.

The ride left Poynton at 11pm and as went through Winsford, Nantwich, Whitchurch, Wem before crossing the Welsh border at Montgomery for the decent into Newtown at just under a 100 miles. We had two stops before Newtown one in a 24H garage in Whitchurch  to collect receipts as proof of passage another at ‘Dinky’s Diner’ at Ford between Shrewsbury and Welshpool. Dinky’s Diner at 3.30am is a brilliant place for a cup of  tea and a plate of beans on toast before heading over the the border roads to Montgomery and decending just before dawn to the halfway point in Newtown for another cuppa in the 24h McDonald’s.

At Newtown the route is retraced to Dinky’s and then on to Wem, before turning off for Aldlum, where I had a puncture but the brilliant Priest Cafe took a table outside so I could sit and drink tea and eat a cream scone in the sunshine as I repaired the tyre. From Audlum it was up to Alsager and back to Poynton. The weather was variable but mild for April but was a little damp overnight!

It was a lovely ride and keeps me fit and allows lots of cake eating 🙂 Funny thing is I am just as tired after doing a wedding – sometimes more so!

For those of a technical bent the figures for the ride where 315 KM or 195 miles in 12hours and 12 minutes cycling time. The tea stops and puncture added another 4 hours – but you have to eat!  The moving average speed was 16 mph or 25.7 kph with the GPS saying a shade under 10’000 calories consumed. Now that is one big cake 🙂

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