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Valentines Day Ride

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A great ride again this week with temperatures around 1degree and the wind 20+ mph we were faced with some real challenges The first being Burrington Coombe ascent. Once we reached the top we had a fantastic ride over the Mendips with blazing sunshine and quiet roads. Next was a 30 mph descent down into the  historic Cathedral city of Wells. Next the route took us past Wookey Hole on to Westbury sub mendip and left to Wedmore.

A welcome coffee stop at Rich’s Cider house followed and then a steady ride home via Highbridge, Burnham and Brean.

This weeks ride totaled 58 miles climbing 2300 ft and averaged 15 mph.

A big thanks to Greg, Ben, Rich, Pete G, Pete M, Andy P, Jonathon, Chris G and a welcome to Adrian W.

Hope to see you all next Sunday.

 

In the meantime keep an eye on www.westonwheelers.cc for upcoming news and events.

 

Sunday Club Ride

This Sundays ride was touch and go for a moment as peering through the curtain all I could see was wind, cloud and driving rain. But then a break in the clouds signaled the ride was on! Leaving from Priory School at 9 am we headed out through kewstoke along the toll rd and Beach front to uphill. Next the route took us to Brean, Burnham and Highbridge and on to Mark Causeway although closed to cars it was clear for us cyclists. By now we could really feel the sun on our backs and a lovely tail wind followed us through Wedmore and onward to Cheddar. The journey back took us along the A38 and then right at churchill lights, passed Burrington and left back towards the A38. Straight across to Wrington and on to Congresbury. whilst waiting at the lights the car in front broke down and so Paul G and Mark B leaped into action and gave the stranded motorist a push to a safer place to stop, no mean feet in Cleats I have to say!. Finally it was head down and a group effort again back into Weston. The ride totaled 57 miles at an average speed of 15.8 mph with 1700 ft of climbing. a big thanks to Mark B, Paul G, Paul S, Jonathon Andy B, Pete and Dave.

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Total distance: 56.93 mi
Max elevation: 876 ft
Min elevation: 535 ft
Total climbing: 1663 ft
Total descent: -1690 ft
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Weekend of the Wheeler

 

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Saturday

Total distance: 53.69 mi
Max elevation: 525 ft
Min elevation: -7 ft
Total climbing: 2264 ft
Total descent: -2306 ft
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Due to the weather warnings some of the members did the Sunday Ride on Saturday and as it turned out was the right decision. The weather was perfect and the route designed by Dave T was a cracker with some tough climbs and speedy descents. Leaving Priory School at 9 am we headed for Congresbury then took a right to Lower langford, Churchill and on to Blagdon Lake. The road to Chew Valley is a great rolling affair the guys all enjoyed then a quick stop for Coffee at the Salt and Malt on the Lake and it was onto Chew Stoke and Winford. Keeping good formation and working well as a group we headed up our cat 4 climb to Failand with a couple of PB’s Im sure. The ride back was head down speedy descent of Tickenham hill and on to Clevedon, Yatton and back in to Weston. The ride totaled 54 miles climbing 2300 ft and an average speed of 14.9 mph. A big thanks to Dave, Aron, Pete G, Duncan, Pete and Jason.

Sunday 

Total distance: 34.46 mi
Max elevation: 344 ft
Min elevation: 49 ft
Total climbing: 1175 ft
Total descent: -1444 ft
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An all together different ride than Saturday with gusts of wind from 40 mph and drizzly rain we opted for the tried and tested Rob Special keeping the ride to under 35 miles and the climbing to 1100 ft. Although tough at times especially when leaning sideways into the wind we kept up a steady pace and battled through Christon Loxton up over Brent Knoll through Brean and back into weston at an average speed of 14.6 mph. A big thanks to Paul S, Paul G, Pete G, Andy B, Jonathon and new comers Patrick and Alan.

The Bristol Mud Dock Rock!

 

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The Mud Dock Rock

This weeks ride left from Priory School at 9 am as usual and saw a record turnout with 18 riders!  The challenge was to make it to the Mud Dock Cafe in Bristol for a cup of tea and a slice of cake and back in time for sunday roast. The route was designed by Paul Stone so was a master stroke as usual taking us out through Wick St Lawrence on to the A370. Turning off at Congresbury and riding on to Clevedon our first notable climb was Tickenham Hill a Cat 4 grinder up on to Failand. Next we flew cross the Clifton suspension bridge and quickly descended into Bristol and a welcome cake stop. Once refreshed we headed back out to Nailsea along the back lanes using the cycle route 33. We kept a steady pace and good group formation for the last few miles back along the A370 turning off at Wick St Lawrence back in to Weston. The ride totaled 62 miles and averaged 15.7 mph climbing 1700 ft.

A big thanks to Paul, Paul,  Andrew, Andy, Ben N,  Joe, Ben,  Aron, Darren, Jonathon, Meirion, Greg, Chris, Duncan, Dave H, Dave T, Mark and Pete.

Hope to see you all next week
Total distance: 62.77 mi
Max elevation: 531 ft
Min elevation: 7 ft
Total climbing: 3054 ft
Total descent: -3054 ft
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Winter Quicky Completed

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Weston Wheelers club Sunday ride started, as usual, from Priory school, in far from promising weather conditions. Happily, the frost had held off, only to be substituted, unfortunately, by somewhat damp and dismal weather. Even the misty rain was unable to dampen the enjoyment of the ride, as eight intrepid riders headed out just after 9am. First heading toward Banwell, onto Churchill and up the obligatory climb through Shipham. A rapid descent towards Wedmore and onto Highbridge and Burnham on Sea. The homeward leg through Berrow and Brean was taken at a brisk pace. Although a short rest was taken while the two Pauls demonstrated the art of puncture repair.
Some shiny new toys made their first appearance of the year and the group enjoyed the novelty of rapid tyre inflation by CO2 cannister.
No further mishaps were experienced and the group’s arrival at Uphill was greeted by a momentary appearance of the winter sun.  The route totaled 40 miles with 1300 ft of climbing at an average speed of 15.7 mph. Thanks to regulars, Andy, Pete, Paul G, Paul S, Duncan, Ben and first timers Joe and Dave.
Total distance: 41.39 mi
Max elevation: 561 ft
Min elevation: -23 ft
Total climbing: 2310 ft
Total descent: -2277 ft
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Sunday Club Ride with Cake Stop

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This week route was designed by Ben and was up to his usual high standard. The weather was on our side today with lovely blue sky and a cool fresh tail wind for most of the route!.A couple of tough little climbs tested some riders especially those still carrying a little Christmas weight, so a Tea stop at the bottom of Mudgley Hill was very welcome. The ride back across the levels was great with  team work keeping the pace keen, making the most of that tail wind and a creating couple of PB’s I’m sure.This week weeks ride was 53 miles climbing 1200 ft and averaging 15.3 mph. A big thanks to Andy, Paul, Aron, Dave, Jonathon, Ben,Pete, Paul, and Jason.

See you all next sunday.

Total distance: 52.63 mi
Max elevation: 213 ft
Min elevation: 7 ft
Total climbing: 2080 ft
Total descent: -2080 ft
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The Battle of Burrington Coombe

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This weeks ride was a game of two halves. First halve being very wet and very windy the second half just wet and windy. The route took us out through Banwell and up Burrington Coombe against 40 mph winds and driving rain. Next it was over Charterhouse and down into Cheddar taking it steady around the tight bends. As we approached Axbridge the wind and rain eased off slightly just in time for Jonathon’s pedal to come off. Once pedals were safely secured we navigated the Webbington and Loxton and on to the short and steep Brent knoll climb. The last leg was heads down through Lympsham and on to Weston where we were met with Glorious sunshine! This week we cycled 42 miles averaging 13.5 mph climbing 1900 ft. A big thanks to Ben,  Jonathon and Pete.

See you all next week.

Total distance: 42.27 mi
Max elevation: 902 ft
Min elevation: 10 ft
Total climbing: 2848 ft
Total descent: -2851 ft
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Christmas Climbathon Conquered!

 

Another challenging ride this week with a great member turn out despite the rain. It was hills. hills, hills including Hutton, Bleadon, Shipham, Longbottom, and Draycott but some great descents down Dear Leap and Cheddar. The ride covered 52 miles climbing 3000ft averaging 13.5 mph.  A big thanks to Paul, Pete, Paul, Andrew, Jonathon, Keith and Jason.

Hope to see you all again next week.

 

 

Total distance: 52.86 mi
Max elevation: 797 ft
Min elevation: -30 ft
Total climbing: 3012 ft
Total descent: -3025 ft
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Santa’s Helpers’ Warm-Up Ride

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It was a great turn out again this week and a challenging route to boot. The ride took us out through St Georges to Wick and on to Ebdon on to Sand bay along the toll road to the seafront. Next we rode through Uphill then onto the A370 turning right along Accommodation rd to Lympsham and over Brent Knoll. We then got our heads down and powered across the levels through Burtle then stopping for Tea and Christmas Cake before hitting Mudgley Hill and down into Wedmore. The route back was a lumpy affair past the Webbington through  Loxton, Christon, Winscombe, Sandford and Puxton back through Wick and into Weston, This weeks ride was 65 miles climbing 2000ft and averaging 15.6 mph. A big thanks to Ben, Andy, Pete, Duncan, Dave, Aron, Ben, Andy, Jonathon, Pete, Paul and Dan.

Have a happy Christmas and hope to see you all next Sunday!

 

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Wheelers Winter Warmer

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Although the weather made the roads a bit mucky the ride was another Christmas cracker.This weeks was designed by Ben and took us out through Puxton to Sandford. Next it was Shipham Lane dodging the potholes and the mud safely arriving on the top of the Mendips. Spectacular views met us as we made our way down through Harptree and passed the lakes. Next we headed on to the A370 turning off at Brockley lane and on to Nailsea Yatton and home. This weeks cycled 50 miles climbing 2300 ft and averaged 14.4 mph. A big thanks go to Ben, Andrew, John, Pete, Ben and Jonathon.

Hope to see you all next Sunday