the end of #Tryanuary …..

Greater Manchester B:Ring publicity whistle stop tour with highly refreshing sojourn at Project 53 Knutsford with Alex and just in time for #tryanuary with Boom Juice, 1924, and Sidekick (ok, so not strictly speaking a flight but pretty much as good as, with three halves)

….. and also only just in time for Dunham Porter, Bridgewater Blonde and Lymm Bitter with Dave at the Lymm Brewery Tap where there were two flights

Looking forward now to

And then of course it’ll be time for ‘le winter training #1 d’excellence’ – the brexit busting bike bus pathfinder tour Cherbourg – Dieppe! (see more details below!)




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‘le winter training #1 d’excellence’

AKA (the Brexit Busting Bike Bus) Cherbourg – Dieppe pathfinder expedition!

Very pleased today to circulate an update to a select group of afficionados who have expressed interest in participation in this altogether brilliant coastal detente european flavour grabbing history interrupting – just kidding – lively meander.

(Alliterating is all very good but the key is knowing when to stop).


We’re off in March. And back in time for Brexit! Before stockpiling is precluded!


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Resolution for 2019? Keep calm and Tryanuary

GTTC presents Greater Manchester B:Ring for Tryanuary Part I:

Sunday 6 January 2019

Irlam – Lymm – Dunham – Mobberley – Wilmslow – Bollington (return from Adlington or Poynton). An end of festive burn off across the flatlands and an opportunity to reflect on the season of goodwill.

Feat. breweries of:

Lymm ~ Dunham Massey ~ Mobberley ~ Wilmslow BH&K ~ Bollington

GTTC presents Greater Manchester B:Ring for Tryanuary Part II:

Sunday 13 January 2019

Irlam – Eccles – Bolton – Bury (via Radcliffe). An early middle of the month gentle introduction to hills and mills and a taste of the life in the north.

Feat. breweries of:

First Chop ~ Bank Top ~ Brightside ~ Deeply Vale ~ Silver Street

GTTC presents Greater Manchester B:Ring for Tryanuary Part III:

Sunday 20 January 2019

Stockport – Glossop – Stalybridge – Mossley – Uppermill. Neither last nor least cometh the beasts in the east with some tasty climbing to whet the appetite.

Feat. breweries of:

Foolhardy ~ Green Mill ~ Howard Town ~ Tickety Brew ~ Millstone ~ Donkeystone

GTTC presents Greater Manchester B:Ring for Tryanuary Part IV:

Sunday 27 January 2019

Poynton (for Bollington) – Whaley Bridge – New Mills – Glossop – Stockport. Fill in some gaps on the south east uplands with some hearty hills to burn off the chills.

Feat. breweries of:

Bollington ~ Torrside ~ Howard Town ~ Green Mill ~ Foolhardy

GTTC presents Greater Manchester B:Ring for Tryfebruary Part I:

Sunday 3 February 2019

Mossley – Uppermill – Saddleworth – Rochdale – Bury. Because there are never enough Sundays in one month here’s a bonus full blown hill stage

Feat. breweries of:

Millstone ~ Donkeystone ~ Saddleworth ~ Pictish ~ Deeply Vale ~ Silver Street

General principles

the rides (mainly) start and finish at railway stations

the rides pass by the locations of breweries (mainly) around the outskirts of greater manchester

there shall be opportunities to try new beers

there shall be no competitive drinking

there shall be responsible cycling

there shall be concessions to the weather

there shall be support in the event of mechanical breakdown

the rides shall visit locations at which pies may be available

transport back to the start point may be facilitated by special arrangement

the wearing of warm clothing is encouraged


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‘Tryanuary’ with the Greater Manchester B:Ring cycle

Looking forward to blowing out some cobwebs? GTTC taking on the twitterati at

There are plenty of new tastes for the new year and before that – shirts and posters available! But cycling is not just about trying out new breweries – don’t forget the pies!

Diane at Pie Parlour & Bakery

Village Shop Hollins Green 15 10 17

And if you think this could all be too much then starting a new regime could not be easier than with ‘0-50k in 49 days’. Build up your cycling proficiency and stamina until you can complete some distance in time for a springtime or summer challenge. Perhaps a short ride for charity? Then – get to the coast!

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GTTC at #walkbikegm

GTTC very pleased to attend successful launch for new campaign to increase and support walking and cycling to address universally accepted objectives.

Not sure how the idea of seeking to allow bikes on Metrolink on a trial basis is something which might be regarded as an objective for all of Greater Manchester. Perhaps try for something a bit more ambitious….. eg how about removing seats from half of every other carriage on all GM trains as well as trams? These could be replaced by folding down seats and more standing space as well as being accessible for more buggies, prams, wheelchairs and thereby increase attractiveness of trying to travel by public transport for a wider range of users – people not just of our tribe! It would also allow for more capacity with more standing room at peak times.


At GTTC while mainly enjoying substantial trips to get to the coast we also

  • help businesses to promote more cycling to work;
  • offer corporate cycle based entertainment; and
  • seek to encourage a wider cycling and general activity movement with for example ‘0-50k in 49 days’


We look forward to supporting #walkbikegm under whatever name is eventually chosen for this great initiative.


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Station:(boat)Station (aka a Ride to Hope)

approx 20 miles / 32 km; two hours at gentle pace; from Irlam Station to Hope (they can call it what they want, but we know it’s Hope) Hospital. And back. With many sights to see (not least but much better on a Sunday through Trafford Park. And there’s room for improvement on the glass on pathways front; and the designers of the route around the new bridge appear to have been outwith cyclists’ input.
There is another path alongside the (north side) canal but one assumes that Peel aren’t too keen for people to have real access …..

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Casual Cycle Sundays in September

Planned rides from Irlam Station

Plans afoot for short – medium – and longer rides on a Sunday morning starting from Irlam Railway Station at 09:00 and designed in particular for people who are maybe not that fit; maybe not that experienced as cyclists; ‘reluctant returners’; and others wanting a bit of gentle exercise. An ideal complement to a personal fitness regime – like ‘0-50k in 49 days’! (on which see more below)

More rides and publicity material to follow – for now here is a short and a medium example. No need to wait until September! Try the rides yourself – any time while the sun is shining is a good time to start!

Irlam short circuit with walk alongside the moss

(eight miles; about an hour and ten)
This short circuit for hybrid and mountain bikes includes the Irlam Linear Park and a section alongside Little Woolden Moss. The path by the moss has been designated for walkers only (so you should dismount and push for about 300m) due to it having been constructed on peat bog. Plans are in hand for upgrading for cyclists.
There are opportunities to extend the riding section and avoid the walking if you prefer.
For more about the bog and conservation see:
Volunteer work parties on Wednesdays and alternate Sundays

Irlam Astley Worsley Barton: mainly off road lanes and canal side

(17.5 miles; about two hours)
This is a ride for people who do not want to use roads. Mainly on pretty well made up smooth tracks with a long stretch beside the Bridgewater Canal. There are a couple of awkward stiles and a railway level crossing (with staffed signal box). It is best suited for hybrid and mountain bikes but it is passable with a road bike if you do not go very fast and do not mind a few bumps and ruts.
The route passes by the mining museum at Astley (   limited opening hours) – a fine place for a tea stop – and there are a couple of pubs along the route as well

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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 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!

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

Monies raised in a good cause – find fundraising link here

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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)


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

Day 2 Settle to West Tanfield 93km 880m elevation

Day 3 West Tanfield to Blakey 82km 860m elevation

Day 4 Blakey Ridge to Whitby 37km 296m elevation


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


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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.


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