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Whizzing Through the Streets of Neston - the Liverpool to Chester Bike Riders

Author: Carrie Spacey Published: 3rd July 2016 15:32

Lycra-loathers look away now!  A veritable sea of the popular cycling-wear was on display throughout the Neston area on Sunday morning.

It was the local leg of the annual Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool bike ride, with an estimated 3,000 riders coming through the CH64 area over the course of about three hours.

Go Neston - Liverpool Chester Liverpool bike ridePhoto by Bernard Rose

The route took them from the A540 down Boathouse Lane to Parkgate, along the Parade and Station Road, up Parkgate Road to Neston town centre.  There, they were greeted by a town crier, inviting them to make a pit-stop at the dedicated service area and cycle fair set up on the Market Square, or pedal on to continue the route through Ness and Burton towards Chester.  Free fruit and water were handed out by volunteers from NCYC and Council staff. Other stalls offered bike repairs, route maps, refreshments and more.  Live music helped create a welcoming and jolly atmosphere for the visiting riders.

Go Neston! Liverpool-Chester Liverpool cycle rideA group of tandem riders with the town crier on Neston Market Square. Photo by Bernard Rose

For the second year running, Neston Town Council had invited Pennine Events to route the ride through the area, as part of the Neston Cycle Town initiative.  The event was rolled up into Go Neston! - a marketing initiative run by the Town Council with partner organisations including Neston & District Chamber of Trade, to promote a range of local events including the Farmers' Market, Neston Village Fair, the Colour FUN Run and Family Fun day at the Cricket Club.

The weather stayed fine and the only slight disappointment on the day was the behaviour of some impatient motorists in Parkgate, who, despite there being a 20mph limit on that stretch anyway, hurled abusive comments at a road sign operative who was helping to ensure the safety of the cyclists on the narrowest section of the Parade, outside Elephant Bar and Lounge.  Fortunately this tiny minority do not represent the views or behaviour of the huge number of local people and businesses who supported today's event.

Go Neston - Liverpool Chester Liverpool bike rideOne man, doing his job. Photo by Bernard Rose.

There were some concerns about the temporary traffic lights on the Parade, but as you'll see from Bernard Rose's captioned trio of photos below, some cyclists were certainly not hampered by them!

Go Neston! Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool cycle ride

To help readers get an idea of what it's like to participate in this event, here is a video from Steve Bridgwater, who took part in the ride last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iw2ehVcYBI

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Our thanks to contributing photographers Karen Davis, Bernard Rose and David Sejrup.  Unless otherwise indicated, photos are copyright AboutMyArea.

Go Neston! Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool cycle ridePhoto by Bernard Rose

Go Neston 2016 - Liverpool to Chester bike ridePhoto by Karen Davis

Go Neston! Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool cycle ridePhoto by Bernard Rose

Go Neston! Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool cycle ride

Go Neston! - Liverpool to Chester bike ridePhoto by Karen Davis

Go Neston! Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool cycle ridePhoto by Bernard Rose

Go Neston! Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool cycle ridePhoto by Bernard Rose

Go Neston! Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool cycle ridePhoto by Bernard Rose

Go Neston! Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool cycle ride

Go Neston! - Liverpool to Chester bike ridePhoto by Karen Davis

Go Neston - Liverpool Chester Liverpool bike ridePhoto by David Sejrup

Go Neston! Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool cycle ridePhoto by David Sejrup

Go Neston! Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool cycle ride

Go Neston! - Liverpool to Chester bike ridePhoto by Karen Davis

Go Neston! - Liverpool to Chester bike ridePhoto by Karen Davis

Go Neston! Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool cycle ride

Go Neston! Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool cycle ride

Go Neston! Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool cycle ridePhoto by David Sejrup

Go Neston! Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool cycle ridePhoto by David Sejrup

Go Neston! Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool cycle ridePhoto by David Sejrup

Go Neston! Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool cycle ride

Go Neston! Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool cycle ride

Go Neston! Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool cycle ride

Go Neston!Spot the cuckoo in the next in this snap!

Go Neston! Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool cycle ride

Go Neston! Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool cycle ride

Go Neston! Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool cycle ride

Farewell cyclists until next year's ride, but please feel free to come back and visit in the meantime.

See also: Cyclists enjoy Neston's Market Square welcome

 

 

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