We are a summer cycling group, with a variety of rides from 10 to 25 miles, and mostly fairly flat! The rides are mainly along country lanes and off-road tracks where possible and most of them will take between 2 and 5 hours.
Start time usually 10.00 am, but see individual rides
Leader: Roy Jenkinson - 01744 889033
The group meets in March to plan the rides for the summer.
Contact the Leader to go on the ’email’ list. Details of each ride will be sent to members approx 1 week beforehand.
Clothing for cycling should be appropriate and comfortable for the day. For your own safety, we do advise that you wear a high-visibility jacket or other light-coloured clothing, and that you use a cycle helmet, though this is not compulsory.
Any prospective cyclists should make sure that their bike is in proper working order.
New members welcome . . . contact the Leader to go on the list of cyclists.
Some benefits of cycling include:
Have more money, save on transport costs Environmentally friendly Activate cardiovascular system Look good . . . feel grrrreat! Thirsty work ! ! Help alleviate traffic congestion You’ll enjoy the experience
Free life-extension to regular riders Unwind, relax, reduce body mass, tone up Now you can get into those jeans with ease!
Our first ride this season took place on Friday 22nd April. It was planned and led by Dag Griffiths and took us from Aughton through Lydiate, Litherland, Crosby then on to Formby where we took a lunch break for about an hour before returning back to Aughton. The weather was fine and sunny which may have contributed to sixteen members taking part, including two guest members from Maghull U3A, with everybody enjoying the day. As far as I’m aware this was the most we`ve ever had on any of our rides to date.
Twelve hardy souls enjoyed a route led by John Radcliffe under rather grey skies: train from Ormskirk to Sandhills, the Leeds-Liverpool canal through Rimrose Valley to Litherland, Little Crosby and Formby, then back to Ormskirk. See map below.
Starting the ride at Sandhills Station, we went towards Liverpool for about 1 km, then made our way to the canal via the locks off Great Howard St. A long pleasant tow-path ride, a million miles from a busy city it seemed, brought us via Litherland up to Rimrose Valley, and then Thornton and Little Crosby.
Taking the quieter road towards Hightown, then turning off to join the Formby by-pass opposite the Weld Blundell Arms, we turned north-west towards Formby. After about 20 km, we reached a great little cafe in Stephenson Way, Formby, where we stopped for lunch just as the rain started. I must admit we dallied somewhat as the rain became heavier, but eventually we had to continue, even though the rain was set in.
At this stage, the group split off into 3 smaller groups to allow us to take more direct routes home. At least it was warm, and despite some torrential rain near the finish, it was most enjoyable.
Many thanks to John for leading a varied and interesting ride, and to the rest for their good company.