Training for the London Revolution Ultra. Ride out to the fabulous Lockgate Coffee Shop near Tarporley.

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I’ve got the London Revolution Ultra (https://www.london-revolution.com/routeultra/) on 12th May. 187 miles and 10000 ft on a complete circuit of London. I thus need to start ramping up my miles and cycling those miles more often.

I’ve not had a chance for a proper midweek ride for weeks now as work has been too manic, but today, with great weather forecast I made sure I got out on my bike.

I was debating whether to do my 108 mile route to Altrincham and back, do my┬áJodrell Bank route or the route to the lovely Lockgate Coffee Shop in Beeston. In the end, the latter won out as I’ve been meaning to re-visit this fabulous cafe ever since I was last there a month or two ago.

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I took the usual route out towards Dearnford Lake, before turning left into Wales at Tilstock. I skirted just inside the Welsh border for a while and then through Malpas and round the more hilly and scenic west side of the Peckforton Hills. Loving the ride today!

All too soon I was at the cafe, helped by a nice tailwind all the way, although it’s going to make the ride back home hard going later on!

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I was treated like a returning friend at the cafe. It’s easily my favourite cafe in Cheshire now as the food is great, coffee perfect and it’s just a nice place to be. I opted for a Cortado, followed by a flat white and avocado and feta on brioche. Gorgeous food and loved the different coffees.

All too soon I had to head off, so opted for the usual route via Eaton, Wettenhall, Nantwich and Market Drayton. The wind was hard going in places but not too bad and it’s not like I’m not used to it from the many sportives I ride.

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In Market Drayton I stopped at the Joules brewery tap to fill up with iced water and have a refreshing pint to cool me down. I didn’t think we’d manage 22 degrees today but here we are and it’s glorious.

I then took a longer route home via Cheswardine and Sambrook to get the mileage up to over 80 miles.

Really enjoyed the ride out, pottering along at my own endurance pace most of the way and enjoying the lovely weather.

Route: click here