Today was the Giro de Joules, a 54 mile sportive by my cycling club, the Nova Raiders. This starts at the Joules Brewery in Market Drayton and loops out into Cheshire via Malpas to Beeston Castle and back via the side of Nantwich.
It’s the same route as last years very wet event and one I’ve ridden a couple of time in the meantime too. A really lovely route.
I got dropped off in Market Drayton at 10 am and went inside to register, then catch up with old friends.
At the allotted start time of 10:30 am we set off. After the long and pretty fast ride yesterday my legs were not playing ball this morning and I was hoping they would settle in and return to normal form.
I voluntarily dropped off the back of the group I was with and opted to ride at a pace my legs were happy with. That’s much better!
I stopped at the water stop at Clutton to use a track pump as my tyres felt a little low. In reality, they were not too far from where they needed to be, but it did not hurt to top them up!
Around Beeston we met up with the Manchester 100 route and I spotted an old friend from Manchester so had a quick catch up with them. I nearly did the Manchester 100 today too!
In Bunbury I could not resist stopping for a quick Latte and Eccles Cake at the excellent Tilly’s cafe. Here, I got chatting to a really nice group of cyclists from Stockport.
I was convinced I’d now be the last to return to the brewery by as I was passing the side of Nantwich, I got caught up by the Raiders steady group, who had been delayed quite a bit by a series of punctures at the start of their ride.
I rode all the way back with them, taking plenty of turns on the front.
Back at the brewery I ran into even more old friends and had a good old chat and a few pint of Blonde to round off what was a fabulous day.
Route: click here