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England : Greater Manchester Wrigley Velo CC - towpath & cyclepath ride Sun 26th Nov 2017

Discussion in 'CycleChat and Recreational Rides' started by Wrigley Velo, 14 Nov 2017.

  1. Wrigley Velo

    Wrigley Velo Regular

    Hi Everybody :hello:

    A bit more advanced notice for this ride. The plan is to depart from the Portland Basin Visitors centre in Ashton-under-Lyne at 10am and ride along canals and the Fallowfield Loop cycle path around South Mancheter to the Chill Factore, Just beyond the Trafford Centre.

    This is a great introductory ride as the towpath surface is good, the cycle path is excellent and the ride is almost completely flat. There are only about 1.5 miles of road riding in the route and the distance is approx. 15 miles in each direction. A 30 mile ride obviously earns a stop for refreshment and we have a choice as next door to the Chill Factore is a Costa coffee for..... coffee (and cake obviously) or a Weatherspoon's where we can get something from the breakfast menu if that is your cup of tea.

    The route is suitable for any bike as the surface is almost completely good tarmac so best road bike, hybrid or mountain bike will do, but it might be slightly slower on the MTB. This won't be a speedy ride and nobody will be left behind.

    Route here - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26491358

    Ride leader is @I like Skol who is running this ride on behalf of Wrigley Velo CC.

    Wrigley Velo CC is a new, friendly, informal cycling club that has just been established in East Manchester. The club intends to be a sociable gathering of like minded riders of all ages who want to ride together for leisure or competition, be it on or off-road.
    Anyone is welcome, please come along and meet us to see if this friendly, inclusive club could be for you. :okay:
     
  2. Kestevan

    Kestevan Last of the Summer Winos

    Location:
    Holmfirth.
    Might well turn up with Mrs Kes to offer some moral support.
     
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  3. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this..........

    Location:
    Ashton-under-Lyne
    Maybe not quite what she might expect when you offer to take her out to the Trafford Centre.......
     
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  4. Kestevan

    Kestevan Last of the Summer Winos

    Location:
    Holmfirth.
    More worryingly she knows there's a big Evans cycles near chill factor.... God knows how much that may end up costing me...
     
  5. OP
    OP
    Wrigley Velo

    Wrigley Velo Regular

  6. dan_bo

    dan_bo How much does it cost to Oldham?

    Location:
    Failsworth
    Won't be out for this guys- gotta be back early doors. Will be putting up a WVCC llandegla do the week after mind....
     
  7. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this..........

    Location:
    Ashton-under-Lyne
    OK, just a reminder for this ride because it is still on.

    I have checked the breakfast times at the big Weatherspoons pub and they serve it until 12 noon. This gives us plenty of time if we set off sharpish at 10am, it's only 15 miles so should roll up around 11.30 :hungry:

    Weather forecast is fair. Looks like it will be cold, but at least it should be dry. If you don't fancy the pub breakfast then there is a Costa coffee just next door, and of course as alluded to above by @Kestevan there is a huge Evans cycles if you want to go and drool over the latest bikes before we return.

    I will be waiting on the canal towpath facing the visitors centre at Portland Basin from around 9.45, hopefully see some of you there for a nice, unchallenging ride around Manchester :hello:
     
  8. Kestevan

    Kestevan Last of the Summer Winos

    Location:
    Holmfirth.
    Hi @I like Skol.
    Current plan is for me to ride over, and Mrs Kes to drive.... Don't know that area of Mordor very well so where's the best place for her to park?
     
  9. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this..........

    Location:
    Ashton-under-Lyne
    Free parking at Portland Basin Museum - www.tameside.gov.uk/portlandbasin :okay:
     
  10. alibaba

    alibaba Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Manchester
    Hi ,I can't do this injury sport sorry I would have loved to do it.
     
  11. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this..........

    Location:
    Ashton-under-Lyne
    Who's up for this?

    Weather isn't looking too good but will be doing this anyway (there is a full English at stake!)

    Anyone else?

    @Kestevan
     
  12. Kestevan

    Kestevan Last of the Summer Winos

    Location:
    Holmfirth.
    Yeah, we will be there... Assuming the passes into Mordor are not snow bound....

    Fully expecting rain, snow, and hail and probably a small tornado too given the ride organiser.

    Any chance you can convince @nickyboy to turn out thereby guaranting a biblical downpour or two.
     
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  13. nickyboy

    nickyboy Norven Mankey

    Sorry I've only got a couple of hours free tomorrow morning

    As mentioned, I'm a bit of a Jonah as far as weather goes so maybe it's for the best. Enjoy yourselves
     
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  14. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this..........

    Location:
    Ashton-under-Lyne
    Lovely blue sky keeps appearing and the sun is even threatening to show as it climbs above the surrounding clouds..... :bicycle: :sun:
     
  15. Kestevan

    Kestevan Last of the Summer Winos

    Location:
    Holmfirth.
    Cracking ride. I'd honestly never imagined you could ride from one side of Manchester to the other and only spend a mile or so on the roads.

    Even the weather was reasonably kind, at least once I'd got over the Isle of sky and out of the snow.

    Shame no one else turned up.....
     
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