Alumni Ride: John Herety's Cheshire Training Loop
John Herety is one of our riding alumni. John rode a Condor in the mid eighties as a key part of the Percy Bilton team before taking up a managerial role at British Cycling. He returned to Condor in 2008 to be the manager of our Rapha Condor JLT team. He's got more strings to his bow than anyone we've ever met and one day he'll hopefully write it all down in an autobiography interspersed with some of his great dinner time recipes too.
As a young boy aged about 12, he and a friend decided to ride to go for a longer cycle ride. They chose choose Joderel Bank, an iconic local landmark. Then rode back.
"On one of our rides to Joderel Bank, we stopped to drink some of our water and an older cyclist came up to us and asked if we would like try cycle racing, he explained about local time trials, which we both went on to do. Those races were the first of my career."
After passing the Lovell Telescope for the first time riders can continue onto Wilmslow or ride the loop again, this loop is now used by John when he does motorpacing and training with Rapha Condor JLT team riders based near Manchester, the riders complete a couple of laps before heading to Wilmslow for an after ride coffee.
Length: 15.9 miles
Elevation gain: 117 ft
After passing Joderel Bank continue on the A505 to a large roundabout. Take the 2nd exit onto the Knutsford Road following signs to Chester and Preston. The timed section begins once you exit the roundabout.
Cafe Stop: Cook & Baker
12 Alderley Road