Raiders ride out to Market Drayton checking out proposed Cycling Weekly ride route.


My cycling club, the Nova Raiders are riding with Cycling Weekly magazine this Saturday for a feature on the club in a future magazine. We had a route in mind, taking in lots of normal club roads, but slightly different than a normal ride as we want a cafe stop at our sponsor’s, Joules Brewery in Market Drayton.

Today I met up with Dave Wright, Si Broad and Steve Urbicki to ride the proposed route and check all roads are open and as pothole and gravel free as possible.

We started out at Nova Cycles in Newport and headed out down Longford Lane, past Adeney and through Tibberton. We then meandered along quiet lanes towards Market Drayton, where we stopped at The Buttercross Tearoom for some coffee and food. A lovely spot which was totally sheltered from the wind, but caught the sun nicely.  I could have happily sat people watching all afternoon!

Eventually, we thought we better head off back to Newport as I had work to do back in the office. We headed off up the back way towards Cheswardine, then to the top of Shay Lane and back to Newport.

A glorious day for a ride in the lovely sun and the route checked out perfectly.

Route: click here