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0-50k in 49 days! and GTTC supports Christie effort!

fitness regime off to flyer!

We are pleased to present (albeit in draft form!) a new flyer for your new fitness regime – ‘0-50k in 49 days!’

any and all comments welcome!

designed to help and encourage you with having a go with progressive cycling!

0- 50k does what it says – helps you to ride from a modest start to an achievable target!

0 to 50k in 49 days leaflet

and in other news…. GTTC supports Christie effort!

At GTTC we are very pleased to support fundraising efforts such as the phenomenal Manchester – Blackpool ride on behalf of the Christie Charitable Trust. We took a slight diversion (the never to be repeated and unique ‘Tour de Leyland’) off to slake the thirst en route https://www.facebook.com/themarketalehouse/ but otherwise managed the 100k route in some 7h30. For some this represented the longest bit of cycling for a number of years …… or ever!

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/2837543185

The route back was long and arduous – the van coped better than the passengers with the traffic and a well deserved stop was enjoyed at the Dressers Arms in Wheelton http://www.dressersarms.co.uk/

Monies raised in a good cause – find fundraising link here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gettothecoast?newPage=True

More updates to follow soon!

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1. Bikes on trains and 2. WI-WI-WHI!!

Bikes and trains

OK so apologies for introducing a bit of politics in this update but the important point is about (lack of) bike provision on trains
Not sure how many of you might have seen the consultation from Grayling about Cross Country trains franchise
Its only 40 odd pages and makes for some interesting reading – just what planet the tories are on can be garnered from the suggestions to reduce the amount of crowding. Locally the MEN have flagged the idea that crowding can be reduced by stopping at fewer stations. That isn’t what the system needs
What struck me was that (having looked through it twice) I found mention of cycles x 2
I think that if a number of people who try to use trains with bikes chase this up soon enough there might be a groundswell of support for what might be a good start:
1. extra carriages with more bike spaces (which can double as standing room; or can incorporate fold down extra seats)
2. wider doors to assist everyone getting on and off trains (they go on about ‘churn’ being an issue)

WI-WI-WHI!!!

Just enjoyed a very pleasant coast to coast Walney Island – Whitby via Rylstone and Cracoe (? – WI!)

Highlights included Kirkby Lonsdale, Settle, Kettlewell, West Tanfield, Ripon, Wass Bank, Ampleforth Moor, Helmsley, Blakey Ridge …… and loads more in between

I took three and just a bit days – it was nice to do it like that with each day becoming easier!! On reflection though starting in Settle on Day 2 gave me no chance of beating the first hill without legs being warmed up. That was the only one that I had to walk up so this route is eminently feasible for anyone with a modicum of fitness and the right attitude

Day 1 Walney to Settle 120km 1170m elevation

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/2764187335

Day 2 Settle to West Tanfield 93km 880m elevation

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/2764187398

Day 3 West Tanfield to Blakey 82km 860m elevation

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/2764187440

Day 4 Blakey Ridge to Whitby 37km 296m elevation

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/2764187455

 

Once I develop the skill to upload albums there will be pictures to show!!!

 

More updates to follow soon!

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0-50k in 49 days!

Having seen and much admired the success of couch-5k https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/couch-to-5k-week-by-week/ we thought GTTC should make an effort to encourage similar efforts …. in cycling

Following in the steps of other great ideas start small – with nothing. If you haven’t cycled for a while; or if cycling a modest distance is a bit of a challenge; or if you don’t even have a bike this could be the kick start you need!

GTTC will be pleased to support this initiative to build confidence and fitness by incremental steps so that within seven weeks you can complete a 50 km ride. Using routes on flat lanes, quiet roads, and off road cycle trails! Why not ask if anyone else will provide a local bespoke service. We are running ours from 14 June!

The commitment is an evening (eg Thursday) and a morning (Sunday) but this can also run at other times by arrangement.

 

More updates to follow soon!

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new: plan for WI-WI-WHI

Planning for new variation on Walney Island to Whitby

features include:

  • Ulverston in the Lake District
  • Haverthwaite – Lindale – Leasgill – Kirkby Lonsdale
  • Settle in the Yorkshire Dales
  • Airton – Rylstone (WI!) – Grassington – Kettlewell – Leyburn – Bedale
  • Helmsley – Hutton le Hole and Pickering Moor in North Yorkshire

 

More updates to follow soon!

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New web design – we see the sea!

We see the sea! From just three days to the coast!

If you live far from the seaside then gettothecoast.co.uk can bring you to the coast! By cycling on a range of routes across England you can experience the full variety of countryside from rugged hills to flatlands and sunny slopes to scary climbs. Picture postcard villages and market towns steeped in history. Urban grit and industrial archaeology. Not forgetting afternoon tea and full breakfasts not to be missed.

 

England: tourism on two wheels!

Routes are selected to encompass the full panoply of tourist opportunities while providing a significant challenge to your legs and lungs.

These routes are for you if you are time poor yet want to see the sea! Best undertaken west-to-east or south-to-north to seek maximum shelter from any prevailing weather the basic routes can be adjusted to fit your timescale and interests.

 

Short breaks by bike!

We aim to help you see the sea without having to take two weeks to get from one end to the other! And our service includes supported and accompanied riding so if it becomes a bit too much you can be assured that assistance is not far away!

 

Are you ready for the challenge!

The rides we do are meant to be challenging. Other people can do rides which are easier. If you want to see the sea – with a sense of having deserved it – get to the coast with gettothecoast.co.uk!

 

 

More updates to follow soon!

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‘G-D-P-Ridearound! It’s in the data!’ (3rd ed. 19 05 18)

Yes – time for another ridearound. The next edition of the Gatley Denton Poynton Ridearound will be 19 May 2018!

DO NOT EXPECT  loads of free advice about compliance with the GDPR!

DO EXPECT some light reference to the right to be forgotten!

It will probably be far too late for any big corporations who have not yet updated their privacy policies to do so prior to 25 May but those are not really our concern. Except on a personal level – who does not want to be free of prying corporations? But on a more interesting level this ridearound features some alliterative suburban flat lining and then some pretty significant hill climbing!

Long Lane and Monks Road (Charlesworth)! Whaley Lane (Whaley Bridge)! Mudhurst Lane and Higher Lane (Higher Disley and Kettleshulme)! Then back from hillside to the flat side to Pott Shrigley and Poynton!

850m gain; 50km (about three hours at pretty moderate pace)

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/2610670096

The first section is – with reluctant returners in mind and plenty of public transport joining or leaving opportunities – far easier. It’s less than an hour – barely ten miles and pretty much no climbing at all.

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/2610670070

If you don’t want to have a go at the harder stuff the van can!

Travel home by bike on the flat side! Or by train from Poynton. Plenty of sustenance opportunities en route. As well as a bit of G-D-P-R!

More updates to follow soon!

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‘Gatley Denton Poynton Ridearound …. GDPR …..it’s in the data!’

Been out today plotting the route for ‘Gatley Denton Poynton Ridearound ….GDPR …..it’s in the data!’ [(c) GTTC Ltd]. First leg is nice and easy – no hills to speak of – 16k – a pretty  easy less than an hour ending in a break for lunch at the Lowes Arms.

The route from garmin is here https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/2610670070

For any ‘reluctant returners’ look away from the second leg. 850m elevation. 50km. Just over three hours: scenic countryside featuring Broadbottom, Charlesworth, Monks Road, Hayfield, skirting New Mills, Furness Vale, Whaley Bridge, Hr. Disley, Pott Shrigley and Poynton. That’s pretty. Hilly. Pretty and hilly. In short pretty hilly.

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/2610670096

Sadly it seems that the Coffee Tavern in Poynton will be closed when the run is practised on 20 April but after extensive research an alternative finishing point has been identified …. at Cask Tavern for refreshment after the ride. Eastern Nights was in fine form when assessed in the matrix of suitability for this venue. Expected nothing less from Bollington.

More updates to follow soon!

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* ALCOHOL POLICY * ‘X’ MARKS THE PIES! * GDPR – IT’S IN THE DATA!

Just in time for RIDEoffourHOPE our updated Alcohol Policy can be found (here)

It is not a complex, nor an onerous, document but we do feel that it is important that anyone signing up for our rides be confident that any opportunity to take alcohol in course of a refreshment break does not degenerate into a free for all leading to what might become unsafe cycling. We want everyone to ‘stick together’! ‘don’t split up’! and ‘no-one is left behind’! so that everyone arrives safely at the end of the ride.

In particular on RIDEoffourHOPE we do appreciate that most ‘reluctant returners’ will not be attempting the whole day. We will be providing for sign out at the Hope in Stockport for those who wish to stop there. There may be separate carry on opportunities for those seeking refreshment over cycling.

 

NEW RIDE: ‘X’ MARKS THE PIE LINE

Just so that no-one thinks we are only interested in liquid refreshment we are pleased to confirm opening of nominations for our new ‘PIE-LINE’. If you have a favourite pie emporium please let us know in order that it might be assessed for fitness to include in the RIDE of the PIES. Preliminary route plans to follow. And there are some fantastic pies to be had!!

 

NEW RIDE: ‘GDPR: IT’S IN THE DATA’

The inaugural “Gatley Denton Poynton Ride-around (‘it’s in the data’)” (c) gttc has been set for 20 April. One for your diary if you are at all concerned about compliance issues. Riding for CPD! It’s good for you! It’s good for me! It’s all in the data – you will see!

Contact us for details!

 

 

Events upcoming as spring springs!

Faster than a daffodil as the days start to lengthen the new season approaches with events to salivate over.

 

Flixton fun on Thursday

Thursday 22 02 18

with

That Tiny Bike Shop.

Beer free.

Not strictly correct to say ‘BEER~FREE’ because there will be coffee, tea, biscuits, bikes, talking, like minded bike talking, chit chat, map rap, cycle thing, meet up, plan a ride, refreshment orientated casual turn up as well. As beer.

18:30 – 21:00 at TTBS: Entrance by donation

All funds raised to be split between

The Toy House (charity no. 1168925)

and

Simply Cycling (charity no. 1143362)

…………………………………………

and on Friday our latest no-cycle corporate function:

Friday 23 02 18 travelling Entertainment.

No cycles.

Not strictly correct to say ‘CYCLE~FREE’ because although there are no immediate plans for coffee, tea, biscuits, and pies there will be some sort of like minded bike talking, chit chat, and map rap. It’s a refreshment orientated, semi-casual turn up thing as well. And beer will feature.

WARNING: ALCOHOL POLICY

In accordance with the promotion of responsible cycling we do not suggest that cycles be brought to this event or be used for transport home afterwards.

18:00 – later

 

More updates to follow soon!

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