Endurance training as the Sportive season starts in about 3 weeks. A ride out to the fabulous Chapeau cyclists Cafe in Marton near Macclesfield for ☕️ and 🍰. Hilly on the way out and 43 miles into the wind on the way home!


Sunday looked to be a really nice day weather-wise, I’d not been out on a long ride for 3 weeks and with the sportive season starting a week on Saturday I’d better start getting some miles in my legs!

It was about 12 degrees in the end so I went in summer kit with arm and leg warmers. It was even more than warm enough for summer gloves which is a massive bonus as I hate the long-fingered gloves you have to wear in cold weather!


I set off just after 10am and headed off on the reverse of my usual Jodrell Bank route with the plan being to get the main hilly section of the ride out of the way early and then have a flatter route home. I’d not planned on the ridiculously strong wind in my face all the way home, but more of that later!

The ride up to the cafe was pretty uneventful. The lanes were really mucky and my bike and legs soon got totally covered. All part of the fun though.


At the cafe, I opted for a quick stop as I knew I was running a bit late and wanted to try and get back before it went totally dark. A nice piece of Victoria Sponge and a Latte. Perfect!

After the cafe, I soon realised how strong the wind was today as I was straight into it and this continued all the way home pretty much. Ouch!


The infamous Mow Cop killer mile climb in the distance



On the way back, I stopped at the Brewery Tap in Market Drayton for a quick pint, a refill of my water bottles and a bit of respite for my poor legs, having to deal with the strong wind solo.

From there it was an easy ride home and I extended via Great Bolas at the end to make sure I got my 85 miles in.

A really good ride out and just what I needed. Need to go and sit down for a while now!

Route: click here