Richard Elliott Three Loops Ride - 17 Mar
This is a great ride, created by and ridden in memory of Richard Elliott, a member of the Wheelers from 1990 and the club’s chairman from 1996 until his death from a heart attack while riding his bike on Brereton Lane, Sproston, in 1998.
1 Loop - 100 km, Sunday Easy Ride pace. Leave 9.00 am
1 Loop - 100 km, Sunday Training Ride pace. No cafe stop. Leave 9.15 am
1 Loop - 100 km, Saturday Club Run pace. Leave 9.15 am
2 Loops - 100 miles, Larkling Ride pace. Leave 8.00 am
2 Loops - 100 miles, Lark Ride pace. Leave 8.00 am
3 Loops - 200km, Saturday Club Run pace. Leave 8.00 am
All rides start from Broken Cross public car park, SK11 8UB (not the Tesco one). Cafe stops on all rides except the 1 Loop ride at Sunday Training Ride pace.
Richard joined his first cycling club aged 12 and rode many time trials, including 50s and 100s, as well as 12 and 24 hour races, winning the Wessex 24 hour in 1977. In the 1970s when Audaxes started in the UK, Richard read a write-up about a Windsor-Chester-Windsor Audax and announced to his wife Celia (who remains a life member of the Wheelers) 'that's my kind of riding'.
He subsequently rode many different Audax distances including Paris-Brest-Paris in 84 hrs 20 mins in 1979, as well as several on tandems and tandem trikes with his eldest son Ben. The club presents the Richard Elliott Trophy each year to the rider with the most points for long distance rides.