The permanent version of the calendar event, normally run in November so a chance to ride it again perhaps in better weather. Visit the legendary cyclist's cafe using some surprisingly quiet lanes skirting Warrington, Chester, Wrexham and Crewe.
This Perm is only available on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, as that's when the Eureka cafe on the Wirral is open. If you must ride when the formal controls are going to be closed, you can also submit your GPX track for validation.
The start is from the petrol station at Dean Row, before heading through Wilmslow to pass under the airport runway using the cyclist's tunnels. Quiet lanes take you Rostherne, High Legh and Stretton with its Young Offenders' Unit. The stretch through Frodsham and Helsby uses the A56 but the presense of the nearby motorway should keep the roads fairly quiet.
After a stop at Eureka cyclists' cafe you skirt the west side of Chester, crossing into Wales using the Dee footbridge at Saltney.
Eureka Cafe, looking after cyclists for 80 years
The traditional route was revised in 2019 to cater for plenty of changes to roads and controls that have occurred over the 13 years that this ride has been in existence. Instead the ride now continues to Ellesmere after Bangor-on-Dee, before rejoining the original route at Astbury.
The bridge at Saltney Ferry
☕ Some Useful Café Suggestions:
65km: Two Mills, Eureka (Wed, Fri-Sun) 181km: Astbury, Garden Centre 206km: Dean Row, Parkers Garden Centre