Solo training ride for Tour de Manc this Sunday. Perfect weather and a cheeky cafe stop at Dearnford Lake.

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I am doing the Tour de Manc this Sunday (100 miles and nearly 9000ft of climbing) so was conscious I needed to get a midweek training ride in.

Thursday came and the weather looked beautiful so after clearing up urgent jobs in the office I headed out on my bike to do the usual Dearnford route.

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At the cafe I went for my usual ‘tart of the day’ and a small piece of cake. I was enjoying the ride so much I decided to extend it up into South Cheshire and see if I could get June’s Gran Fondo badge.

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No worries with the badges as I ended up with 66 miles on the clock and a fab ride out. I even had time for a sneaky pint in the sponsor’s brewery tap in Market Drayton on the way home.

Route: click here