Enjoyed the Lockgate Coffee Shop so much last Saturday I came again today. Getting the miles in the legs for the upcoming Sportives. Lovely coffee and cake.


I’ve not been out much mid-week recently due to a combination of work commitments and being Chairman for the Nova Raiders Cycling Club (you would not believe the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes!) but with sportives starting again this weekend, I was conscious I needed to get miles in my legs.

I had planned to ride out with Mark Sheridan from the Raiders but a joiner swapped days on him and he needed to be home today, so it’s just me solo as usual. Not a problem as I love my own company and it’s better training as there is nowhere to hide and rest.


I had planned a route out to my new discovery, the Lockgate Coffee Shop near Tarporley, going a slightly different way than last Saturday so decided to ride this anyway as it would end up being about 78 miles, which is perfect this time of year.


Not a lot to report on the route as I was cycling away listening to music on my bone-conductor headphones (so I can also hear the noise of the road and approaching cars etc). All too soon as I was at the cafe and was greeted like an old friend by the lady who owns it, who turns out to be a cyclist herself.

The cafe was very busy and so I had to ask to share a table with this couple from York. My sister lives there so we ended up having a lovely chat.


After lunch, I set off homewards and was soon making good progress. At Market Drayton, I stopped for my usual water top-up and a sneaky pint at the Joule’s brewery tap before continuing on home.

A great ride out and my legs are feeling like they have had a good work-out. Just what I needed.

Route: click here