Under the watchful guidance of Ross Adams, ( Active Sefton and CTC), 7 members of the Pedal Pushers cycling group completed a 9 mile ride this morning from Litherland Sports Centre, to Crosby Leisure Activity Centre, using mostly cycle paths and a few quiet roads.
After the initial apprehension of leaving the safety of the sports centre, the group rose to the challenge and completed our longest ride to date. Considering a few short weeks ago most of the group had not ridden a cycle for 30 years plus, we ( and Ross) are rightly proud of our progress and achievement to date.
Next week will see us out and about again, accompanied by a professional photographer from the CTC who wants to catalogue our progress in their national publication. Lipstick at the ready ladies!! ( and the men if they feel inclined!)
Cycling Group 1
As the first Cycling Group to be formed we began nearly ten years ago when our U3A started in Maghull. Since then two further groups have been formed; an intermediate group called Easy Riders and very recently another for for raw beginners, the Pedal Pushers. Follow the links to find out more about them.
As the longest established group we are seasoned riders who venture out most Mondays regardless of weather. Our rides are quite demanding, normally extending to 25-30 miles. Continue reading
Formerly known as ‘Easy Riders 2’, this newly renamed group headed by Bill Ashton and led by Ross Adams of Active Sefton, offers a cycling opportunity for raw beginners.
The group continue to meet weekly at Litherland Sports centre, under the watchful eye of Ross Adams, Active Sefton and CTC. The majority of group members have now experienced cycling outside the confines of the sports track and ventured onto neighbouring cycle paths.
Ross was unable to provide support for us this week, but with his “blessing” we took to our own devices and ventured further.
Under the careful tuition of Bill Ashton, our new U3A cycle leader, we rode as far as Rimrose Valley Country Park and completed 5.5 miles on roads and paths without mishap! Ross was very impressed with our continued progress and we will be venturing further on our next outing.
The 10 mile ride to celebrate U3A 10th anniversary is no longer a distant dream!
Eight members of the beginners cycling group met at Litherland cycle track for the second time. It was not long before we were all cycling around the track. It was great to see the improvements people had made from last week, Pauline being our star performer this week.We have started to learn how to ride in a group and to cope with the the man made hazards Ross introduced. Our next meeting is on 6th January 2016 . We are all grateful for the support Ross from Active Sefton and CTC is providing.
Ross Adams from Sefton Active Travel and CTC is helping 11 U3A members to get back to cycling, One of the group had not been on a bike for over 50 years!!!!! This picture was taken at the end of the session and as you can see it is smiles around. Members who need extra support will be given 121 tuition whilst others will start to ride in pairs around the track on the next session. So watch this space the sky is the limit.
New Cycling Group formed
We have two very successful cycling groups, who go on enjoyable bike rides every Monday. However, there are members who would like to take part but have not been on a bike for many years and do not have the confidence at this moment to join Easy Riders. Owing to the popularity of Easy Riders, they would struggle to take on new members, due to the problems of getting on trains with a large number of bikes. Continue reading
Last week a group of Easy Riders tackled our longest ride to date – all of 25 miles! We took the train to Hooton on the Chester line. The first section took us along the Wirral way past the preserved railway station at Willaston and on to Parkgate where we we stopped for a coffee break.
Suitably refreshed we joined the Wirral Way and continued to West. Kirby. – 15 miles covered so far. Two members had to leave here but the rest of us carried on after a leisurely break down at the coast.
We then joined the coast route through Hoylake, Moreton, Leasowe and finally New Brighton. The head wind on the last leg made it very hard work and we realised we wouldn’t get to the ferry in time so had a short break before pushing our bikes up the hill to the station.
Great day out. John Ramsden
We cycle every week on Mondays, weather permitting and in the past year have managed in excess of 40 rides with an average of 10 riders. We aim to cycle about 12 to 15 miles plus any distance to our meeting point.
This year we have introduced some new rides as well as old favourites. In April we took the train to St Michaels, cycled thro’ the festival gardens to the prom along to Otterspool park and then to Sefton park where he Marie Curie ‘Field of Hope’ daffodils were in full bloom, returning after coffee by the same route. An alternative route from St Michaels involves turning right at the prom, cycling to the Pier Head for coffee then picking up the canal at the Eldonian village locks and following it back to Maghull. Continue reading
On 15th June. We cycled from Maghull thro’ Jubilee woods, joined the canal at Netherton then went via Rimrose Park to Crosby Marina for coffee.
Suitably rested and refreshed we then rode along Marine Drive and joined the prom at the baths and followed the coastal path to Hightown then travelled back by train.
We aim to cycle 10 – 12 miles plus any mileage at start and finish. There are currently 11 in the group though we normally average about 7. Rides nomally start at 10 am every Monday.
Anyone interested in joining the group should contact John Ramsden on 526 5031 or at the Family History table during coffee mornings. John Ramsden
The Team – Dag, Ian & Ralph
Well it all started with an idea, a challenge. I wanted to cycle from Lands End to John O’ Groats. Why? Because it is on my ‘Bucket List’. Having already cycled Coast to Coast it seemed logical to cycle End to End. Then whilst talking to like minded cyclists on one of the U3A bike rides, the plan started to emerge. Two other people were recruited. Ralph Burgess and David Griffiths or DAG as he is known. A combined age of 195 years!
The Lands End to John O’ Groats bike ride, the ‘End to End’, or ‘Le Jog’ as it is known, is a classic 874 mile journey. Whilst there are several routes which one can take, fast or scenic, the mileage is going to be more. We did approximately 925 miles in 14 days and there are plenty of hills on the journey. Continue reading