0-50k in 49 days!

Having seen and much admired the success of couch-5k 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


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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 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!



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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)

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.

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!

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

Been out today plotting the route for ‘Gatley Denton Poynton Ridearound ….GDPR …’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

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.

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.

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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.



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!!



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


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)


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.


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


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RIDEoffourHOPE – route plan complete!

Part III (a) and Part III (b) are now up on mapmyride. Not sure how well the links work – see below.

OK – so from Howard Town – if the last leg wasn’t hilly enough carry on. Or jump off and into the van …. or go home by train ….. or stay (and drink more HOPE!!) It is definitely becoming hilly, if it was not before. With a steady climb up Chunal, drop down to Hayfield, then up over Chinley Head. But fear not – there be refreshments at the Old Cell; or failing that at any number of other fine establishments in this capital of the High Peak. I personally recommend a royal picnic which can be obtained by combining the wares of MacBurham and the Chapel en le Frith Craft Brewing Co; perhaps not to the taste of the vegans but then the Pie Parlour and Bakery is back in Glossop….

Glossop – Chapel 16km; 334m elevation; about an hour

Part III(a)

From Chapel … the uphill theme continues along the route known as ‘Rushup’ (sic) until a rather sharp descent at Winnats Pass. Always feels better going down (ie W-E) at this point – but need to watch speed and have good braking control. If you hit the cattle grid too hard you can end up with a buckled wheel. If you miss the grid it can end up a whole lot worse. Watch speed and have good braking control.

NB: When at the Old Hall in Hope be careful not to rely upon the clock in the bar if you are planning to take the train home…. at least its not far to return and refresh while waiting for the next one! Personally I won’t be taking the train home next time. The beer is too good to leave!

Chapel – Hope 14 km; 218m elevation; 50 minutes

Part III (b)


Ode. In Radcliffe.

One of the joys of being an itinerant cyclist ….

is visiting Radcliffe.

Radcliffe. Why? What? Where?

But Radcliffe? Not necessarily synonymous with the true romance of the open road …. but ….

Radcliffe was always a place associated with a great pub on the old Metrolink Ale Trail – the Papermakers Arms. A friend had (still has) a business based in Radcliffe. I had professional involvement in a matter in which property was located in the township of Radcliffe.

But none of this explains how Radcliffe now has a special place in my memory. The answer? Rain. It all comes down to the rain.

On the Greater Manchester B:Ring cycle there are times when the rain comes down. And in the course of deep research for the B:Ring there are times when drawing up at another anonymous industrial estate engenders a rather less than awe inspiring feeling of wholesomeness. More like homelessness.

Yet – as the buckets unleashed themselves – at Radcliffe I found a warm welcome and shelter from the storm.

Carley F was happy to let in this half drowned rat and to talk about the passion that is beer!

Brightside! What a great name! And ODIN! Blimey. Say no more. Just seek it out.

saved from the rain by Carley at Brightside 22 09 17