72 mile training ride out to Whitchurch, Wrenbury, Nantwich, Crewe and Madeley. Getting the miles in for the Cheshire Cat Sportive this Sunday. I think I’m ready!


With the 108 mile, 6300 ft elevation change Cheshire Cat on Sunday I thought I better get out and get some steadyish miles into my legs mid week. Thursday looked the best day weather wise and also gives me a couple of days recovery time before Sunday.

I headed out on my usual route to Dearnford Lake and popped in for a coffee and cake. I then headed up through Whitchurch to Wrenbury and onwards to Nantwich and Crewe.


Passing through Crewe, I rode along part of the Cheshire Cat route and noticed the road signs were out already (see picture above). Can’t wait for the challenge this Sunday.

After heading down to Wybunbury I decided to head over towards Madeley at the side of Stoke and I knew there were more hills out that way. A few more new roads for cycling on, which is always fun.

After Woore, I opted for yet another new road up to Norton In Hales and then onwards via Betton to Market Drayton, where I popped into the brewery tap for a quick pint.


From there I did the usual club route climb up to Chipnall and then down the Newport road and cut back home via Sambrook and Howle.

A fab day’s riding and 72 miles in the bag. Very windy from the east today which was fun at times but nice and easy coming home as I had the wind behind me most of the way.

Route: click here