The sportive season arrived good and proper with the fourth edition of the Cheshire Cat. James Shrubsall hit the road for his first taste of Northern riding

Flat is the key word here, but don’t be fooled into thinking that makes it easy: 156 miles at a relentlessly regular cadence

With a range of waymarked distances, novices, families even hardened roadies can enjoy a day in the saddle with Evans events

An early season event took riders on the reverse of one of the oldest and toughest time trials, the shorter distance not to be disguised for an easier route.