It's been a while so I thought I'd give a bit of a status update!
I've joined the university cycling club here, UMCC, a nice sociable bunch of about 25 roadies, and far too many mountain bikers. We've got three rides a week, two lengthy days out and a fast interval training session on a Saturday, and of course a "social" evening on Tuesday with copious amounts of beer to complete ruin any training you did during the previous 7 days.
Had a few good sessions on the track over the last few weeks. Thanks for the loan of the (yet another) bike Ian! All the accreditation sessions for October were booked up so it looks like I'll have to wait till November to get stuck into any kind of racing!
As for commuting and riding round the city, it's pretty interesting. The roads are a lot worse than Halifax and littered with glass, potholes, students, recumbant cycles etc...
Hoping to return to blustery heights of up Wainstalls soon for a good meal and a Sunday ride!
All the best,
Johnny (not yet Johnny "50" here in Manchester...)