For a good while, we'd been intending to coordinate a group bike ride around the Preston Guild Wheel. So when the date was set for Tuesday 10th November and 15 riders confirmed their attendance, excitement started to build!
As the big day approached, we experienced the worst weather in a loooong time... flash floods and 90mph winds. There were a few mumblings of whether the ride would go ahead.
However, on Monday afternoon, the forecast started to improve for the following day so we decided to stick with the plan and plough on regardless!
The morning arrived with glorious sunshine and mild temperatures... the ride was a goer!
A variety of bikes were loaded into the van. A number of the group took the opportunity to trial a few of the electric bikes available from our showroom... these included:
The Benelli City Link Sport
The Etropolis Trek Evo
The Ebco UCR10
(Further review of the Benelli City Link Sport coming soon)!
The group gathered together at the Samlesbury hotel and were ready for the off at around 10.45am.
So, after a gentle downhill from the hotel towards Brockholes nature reserve, we joined the Guild Wheel and made our way around the most picturesque parts of Preston... along the Ribble towards the docks, past the inner city parks and through the quieter estates... Some of us commented how nice Preston actually is when seen from the Guild Wheell! ;-)
We made a tasty stop for lunch (soup, sandwiches, crisps, cake, biscuits) around the halfway point at the Final Whistle Cafe (at UCLAN's Arena) before continuing on around the loop.
We had a final brew and biscuit stop at the Brockholes cafe where we summarised the outing as a 'fantastic, fun day out', before making our way back up the slope to the Samlesbury hotel.
The route covers a little over 20 miles and is largely flat; with just a few mini hills in some of the park areas.. it's well worth a visit and is a great starter point for people or families wishing to get into cycling whilst avoiding traffic. Our group of 15 made a leisurely day of it with plenty of breaks to refuel and natter. After setting off at about 10.45am, we arrived back at the cars at around 4pm.
Our opinion... DEFINITELY WORTH IT!