On Sunday 4th July, I joined the Chester & N. Wales CTC 100 mile ride. I had not done one before so didn't know what to expect. There were nine groups of twelve riders and I had no idea how the groups had been sorted. I was in group seven leaving Kinnerton, which is SW of Chester, at 9:00am. The first group left at 8:00am. The golden rule seemed to be:- keep behind your leader, although this was relaxed toward the end of the ride. The group I was in, ages ranging between 52 and 71, was a fairly fast group and, although each group had to stay behind their leader, there was no rule about passing other groups and by the end of the ride we had passed most.
Starting at Kinnerton, we had our first stop at Overton village hall for tea and biscuits. We then cycled to Llandrinio where we were served an excellent cold lunch in the village hall and then back to Overton for afternoon tea, with an excellent choice of sandwiches and cakes. Much of the ride covered familiar territory, passing through Melverley, Knockin, West Felton and the like.
It was a most enjoyable day. The weather was fairly kind with only two short but heavy showers. Some riders, like me, had entered individually but many had entered as clubs from places such as Hull, Lichfield and Hereford.
Hopefully I shall enter again next time. I'm not quite sure when it is because this year's was the 45 annual triennial ride??