Better weather in Sri Lanka

Fancy some better weather than ours? Pete Williams sent this picture from Trincomalee in Sri Lanka, where he’s managed to hire a bike with gears:

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Slide show, LEJOG part 2

David Goatman will continue his slide show of his Lands End to John o’ Groats tour:

I will do a quick recap of part 1 for anyone who missed it.

We will then go through Alston into Scotland. Cut round the west side of Glasgow onto Loch Lomond. Into the highlands then the rugged remoteness of Caithness and Sutherland. Finish by looking at my stats and what l subsequently did to improve? The bike.

At the Club Room at 8.30 pm on Thursday 16th January.

Closure of Spinney Caravans cafe

John Pardoe reports that when Lynne, who has for many years run the cafe at Spinney Caravans, returned from her Christmas break she discovered she had been locked out. The cafe is therefore closed. Those who cycled there on Tuesdays will be pleased to know that arrangements have been made to meet at Woodside Golf Club, next door, instead. Ideally, on arrival, mention that you are a Tuesday Spinney cyclist. If downstairs is not busy you can assemble there, otherwise you may be invited to go upstairs.

Kindle book on European cycle tours

I received an email from a self-published author and cyclist called Mike Newton. He’s released a new book on Amazon, available as a Kindle book for just £1.99. You can also read a sample free (“Look Inside”) on the Amazon site before buying. The book’s a personal account of a set of tours undertaken by a group and includes a wealth of practical detail about places to stay, to visit, costs etc. I’ve included a link on the Cycling Links pages, and you can also access it here.

Here’s a description of the content:

Cycling Rides devised by GASBAGS for their annual one-week rides. There are 15 rides which are in Salento in Italy, Galway in Ireland, Menorca, Croatian Islands, Sardinia, Canal du Midi, Three Rivers (Rhine, Moselle, Lahn), Celtic Trail (South Wales), Prague to Vienna Greenway, Outer Hebrides, Scottish Isles, Catalonia, Holland, Andalucia, and the French Alps. There is a short description of each day, with daily maps and elevation gain pictures all linked into Viewranger and thus the GPX files can be downloaded for use in most cycling apps and Garmin cycling cumputers. Thirteen of the routes include a link to a YouTube that was made at the time. Photographs are included and there are links through to information sites about the countries, towns and villages.

Funeral arrangements for David Wiggins

For cyclists who are coming by bike to the funeral this coming Thursday (31st October), please meet at 2.15pm, just inside Stockport Crematorium gates, at the small island. Riders will then accompany the cortege to the Rowan Crematorium. The ceremony will be at 2.30pm.

Bikes on Scotland's west-coast trains

Geoff Southworth has pointed out that at least one rail area is taking notice of cyclists:

Stockport’s plans for cycling and walking

Stockport has been allocated signifcant funding to develop new cycle routes. You can view Stockport’s plans here: It may take some time if you want to look at all the detail, but you can select the parts that interest you and you can submit comments online. There are written descriptions as well as highways department maps for each scheme.

If you want to look at GM as a whole (the Bee Network), then the interactive map at is a useful resource. It’s also easier to read than some of the Stockport maps because you can zoom in and also choose which information to display.

Robinson’s Brewery Tour

Neil Hepburn was wondering if anyone would be interested in this tour. It lasts 60 — 75minutes and includes three 1/3 pint samples. It costs adults £9.95, concessions £8.95. Maybe, either before or after, we could go for a pub lunch. If anyone is interested please contact me on 

David Wiggins

It is with great sadness that we learnt of the untimely death of SMCTC member David Wiggins. David was well-known to regular Wednesday Vets riders and was riding regularly with us until only a few weeks ago. He died of pancreatic cancer, aged just 63. He was such a popular rider, always cheery and chatty, and was normally very fit, having been a runner and also a member of Stockport Community Cycling Club, as well as a Bikeability trainer for kids in Stockport. He will be missed very much, and our hearts go out to his wife, Helen, and family.

The funeral is to be held on Thursday October 31st at 2.30 pm at Stockport Crematorium. Then at the Elizabethan on Heaton moor Road, Heaton Moor, Stockport.

If any CTC friends wish to come on their bikes and dressed in Lycra then that will be great. (A number of SMCTC members plan to attend by bike — details to follow.)

David Wiggins

New cafe at Antrobus

Neil Hepburn reports a new cafe in Antrobus:

I was out riding today and came across this little jem,

Antrobus Comunity Tea Room and shop
Open 10am — 3pm
Serves teas, coffees, teacakes and a great display of home made cakes
There is limited seating inside, but there are some tables outside.

A mug of Tea and a Toasted Teacake £2.50, a bargain.

It's in the car park of the village hall:
Knutsford Rd
07938 703463