Club Run 17th November 2019

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Sunday the 17th Of November,

A large turn out of twenty three riders met at the Market Place and the main A group set off for Tatton Park while the B group set out for Marton via Rushton Spencer and Bosley before reaching the cafe at Marton. As we arrived at a early nine thirty it was decided to lengthen the ride back by going to Sutton lane Ends but on the way out of Marton, one rider had a puncture which was a struggle to repair due to the tight Ultergra wheel and caused damage to two inner tubes but as they repaired the rear one it was noted that the front had developed a leak so it was simply pumped up to avoid more damage. Of course it was raining while this took place!. We carried on to Gawsworth and Sutton before descending in to Wincle and down Gun Hill before reaching Meerbrook and back in to Leek, Thanks to Ant A for leading the ride back.

Nick Prince.

Note the name change as I have taken my Great-Grandfathers surname and I note in the archives that there was a Prince club member so am proud to continue the tradition.

 

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Club Run – 10th November 2019

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The eight AM group went out to Foxt while the main group went out Cheshire way as I spotted them returning on the main Mac road and it judging by the tired faces as I drove past, it must have been a tough ride. The B group went out to Wetton via Throwley Hall and included a mature veteran cyclist among the group. What was I doing while the club were cycling? Well, I was out litter picking around Warslow as I suffer with Raynards that only affects me when out cycling worse luck so I like to show my love of the Moorlands by removing the litter, six bags from the one stretch of road!.
Nick A

Club member and former Royal Marine Sean Daly proudly placed a wreath on behalf of Leek Cyclists Club at the Remembrance Service at the Monument on Rememberance Sunday.

Club Run Write Up’s

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Sunday 6th of October
twelve riders set out for Eccleshall via Leekbrook, Cheddleton, Consall and Dilhorne. Shaun D and myself pulled off to head for Denstone as we were not keeping up. The rest of the group continued to the artisan Cafe and returned home via Barleston, Roughclose and Western Coyney, Cheddleton and Leek. Ride leader was Rich C.
Nick A
Sunday 13th Of October,
Gun Hill TT four brave riders took part as the cold, wet weather put everyone else off including myself. Ten riders then set out for Morton via Rushton Spencer and Gawsorth and Siddleworth before reaching the cafe. We rode back via Congleton, The Cloud and Biddulph Moor before reaching Rudyard and Leek. Phil G was ride Leader while Sean M provided the soundtrack of Simon And Garfunkel with his constant whisling!
Nick A
Sunday The 19th Of October,
The main group went to Audlem while the B group set out for Monyash ridding out along Buxton Road and in to Thornclife and along Mooridge before dropping in to Longnor and Earl Sterndale before reaching Monyash and the Old Smithy Cafe.
We rode back via Parsley Hay and Longdale before riding through Hartington and Hulme End and the climb up to Butterton and in to Oncecote. We dropped back in to Thornclife and back in to Leek. Rodger G was ride leader and it was nice to see Alison H back out with the group. We did have a new rider William W but he was struggling so pulled of on the way out but we hope to have him back out with the group soon.
Nick A
Sunday the 27th Of October,
A large turn out of fourteen riders set off in two groups for Tissington so I set out with the B group via Thornclife and Warslow and Hulme end before heading to Alstonfield and Parwich before reaching Tissington.
We had a wait to be served as the main group had just sat down as we arrived but soon we found a table to join in. We rode back via Thorpe and Mappleton and Blore before climbing up to Cauldon Lowe and Ipstones Edge before dropping down in to Bottom House and Bradnop and back in to Leek. Rodger G was ride leader and it was good to see Alex C back out with the main group after a absence due to university commitments.
Nick A
Sunday The 3rd Of November,
sixteen riders set out for Jodrell Bank while the main group set out for the new cafe at Millers Dale station. We rode out via Bosley, Marton and Stretham and Goestry before reaching Jodrell Bank.  The coffee there was much commented on as it was so good.
We rode back via Lower Withington and Sissingtonand Warren before reaching Gawsorth and Rushotn Spencer and back in to Leek. Andy B and Rodger G led the ride.
Nick A
 

 


Club Champioship Results 2019

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Below is a list of the Leek Cyclists Club Championships events and their results from 2019. Congratulations to all the champions and well done to all who competed.

Hilly Time Trial 16th April (Bosley Hilly Course ran by Congleton CC)

1   Rich Coates     30:45

Club 10 mile Time Trial 7th May (Chelford Course ran by Congleton CC)

1   Rob Howson      24:05
2   Rich Coates       24:38                                                                                                    3   Adrian Derbyshire   25:07                                                                                               4   Paul Haywood    25:49

Club 5 mile Time Trial 3rd June (Rushton Course ran by Leek CC)

Full Results, Joe Molyneaux is the Club Champion, Jamie Jeffery 2nd & Rich Whalley 3rd.

1. Jordan Hill (Velo Runner) 10:37
2. Joe Molyneaux 11:09
3. Jamie Jeffrey 11:21
4. Rich Whalley 11:32
5. Josh Wilkes (Velo Runner) 11:56
6. Rob Breeze 12:03
7. Alex Coates (Pro Vision) 12:07
8. Barry Riley 12:21
9. Ade Derbyshire 12:31
10. Jo Clay 12:35
11. Paul Haywood 12:38
12. Rachel Brown (Pro Vision) 12:51
13. Chris Meir 12:57
14. Dave Magnier 13:18
15. Craig Talks 13:40

Club 25 mile Time Trial 16th July (Chelford Course ran by Congleton CC)

1– Jamie Jeffery 1:00:26
2– Ade Derbyshire 1:02:39
3– Rich Coghill 1:03:35
4– Rich Coates 1:04:58
5– Jonathan Bright 1:07:27

Club 50 Mile Time Trial 20th July (Middlewich Course ran by Congleton CC)

1- Rich Coates  2:12:50                                                                                                      2- Damion Ellis  2:31:52

Club 100 Mile Time Trial 14th July (Market Drayton Course ran by SCCA / WCTTCA)

 1- Adrian Derbyshire   4:49:29

Club 24hr Time Trial 20th July (Mersey Roads National 24hr Championship)

1- Adrian Derbyshire   370.74 miles

Club 12hr Time Trial 18th August (Ran by WCTTCA & LTTCA )

1- Adrian Derbyshire    218.59 miles                                                                                2– Ian Peacock             DNF

Club Hill Climb 13th October (Gun Hill course ran by Leek CC)

1-  Rob Howson 5:41
2-  Simon Knott 7:17
3-  Jamie Jeffrey 7:48
4-  Dave Magnier 7:54

Rich Coates Club Hilly TT and Club 50 TT Champion

Joe Molyneaux Club 5 mile TT Champion

Jamie Jeffery Club 25 Mile Champion
           Adrian Derbyshire Club 100 Mile TT, 12 hour TT & 24 hour TT Champion

                        Rob Howson  Club 10 mile TT & Club Hill Climb Champion

AGM 2019

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This years Leek Cyclists Club Annual General Meeting, will be held on Monday November the 11th, at 8:00pm in The Den Engel Belgian Bar in Leek . During the meeting we will be discussing a variety of topics including Club Championships, Club Rides and Social Events.

Club Hill Climb Championship

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This years Club Hill Climb Championship will once again be held at Gun Hill on October 13th 2019. Signing on is at Meerbrook Village Hall from 9:30AM with the first rider off at 10:00AM. Entry fee is £3. Best of luck to all competitors

 

Legbreaker 2019

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Forty seven riders set out on the Legbreaker in the cold and misty weather. The faster riders set out first and groups of ten at two minute intervals after. I was riding with a group but managed to end up alone in the wilds of the Moorlands, worrying about the locals and if they could tell I voted remain? Who knows what pagan rituals go on around here? Think of the scene in the film “Wicker Man” and you will see where I am going with this and no, not the scene with Brit Eckland!
The feed station was set up well by Andy Bain and was much appreicated after the hard slog to reach it. The B group had mechanical issues and had decided to cut short the ride which was a shame but great effort by all riders. The climb up Hollinsclough was tough and the weather had turned again to mist and chilly so the climbs soon warmed the riders up. I was caught by two riders by back of The roaches so we carried on together up Gun and on to Lask Edge where I pulled off for home and a wellcome shower. Thanks to Andy Bain for putting out the signs and for manning the feed station. No thanks whatsoever to Nick A who came along to put out the signs and did nothing but complain about missing the Archers on Radio Four and about not featuring in this weeks CW and boasting about his newly aquired Blue Badge and wanting to park on every double yellow line on the route! However, the threat of a flask of instant coffee soon had him screaming and running along to put out the signs!
Nick A

Legbreaker 2019

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On Sunday September the 15th 2019,Leek Cyclists Club will once again be staging the Legbreaker. We will once again be offering two routes choices , The classic 80 Mile ride and a reduced but still very tough 54 mile ride.The Legbreaker which has been a great success over the years is renowned as one of the best in the country, with it being dubbed the “Hell of the Moorlands” mainly because of the amount of tough steep Moorland climbs, which you have to conquer to complete the ride. The ride takes in some of the best scenery the Staffordshire Moorlands & The Peak District has to offer and includes steep climbs out of Ilam, Hollinsclough and the famous Gun Hill.

We have once again revised the route slightly so to avoid the ford in Butterton, which means riders are to ride up from Grindon and then ride to the T junction joining the B5053, then turn right onto the B5053 and then take the first right and drop into Butterton and then drop into Ecton for the feed station. For more information and to download the GPS File please click on the link below

80 Mile Route Info https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/13396500?fref=gc&dti=121028330938
54 Mile Route Info https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/20556627

Signing on will be from 8:30AM in the Market Place in the centre of Leek, with riders off at 9:00AM.The cost of the ride is £6, with all proceeds going to Charity. There will be one feed station during the ride which will be located at Ecton which is after dropping into the Manifold Valley from Butterton. Riders will be provided with a route card and a map & the route will be fully signed. Once riders have completed the ride can they please make their way to the Den Engel Belgian Bar in Leek to Sign In (Den Engel is situated on Stanley Street just off the Market Place).
If you are interested in taking part in this years Legbreaker please contact the below email address or Telephone Number, so that numbers can be judged and the correct amount of food & drink can be ordered for the Feed Station. Best of Luck to all riders & please ride safe.
Contact Andy Bain on : Email – abain6@btinternet.com
Telephone – 07450435754

Club Run – August 25th 2019

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The 8am group were heading up Gun Hill while the A group went to Knustford, the B group headed to Bolington. We headed out along the main Mac road and turned off for Gawsworth and headed to Prestbury and along some fine Cheshire lanes until we reached Bollington and the cafe. We sat outside and enjoyed the welcome warmth after many weeks of rain.
It was decided to return to Leek via Pot Shrigley and the Brickworks climb which soon warmed the riders up. At the summit, we were overtaken by Laura Keeny, track champion which was nice to see. We re-grouped and carried on to Kettleshume and up to Pyms Chair which left a few riders gasping for breath in the heat. We dropped down in to the Goyt valley and found the road had been closed off but other riders had been on line to to say it was passable. We rode on to find two bridges had parts washed away by the heavy rain and we could see in places just how high the water level had been. We decided to head back by the more direct route of up to the Cat And Fiddle pub and turn off to head back down to Wildbourclough and Wincle. I left the group just near the top of Gun Hill to head home while the group carried on to Leek to complete a 51 mile ride. Thanks to Steve B for leading the ride.
Nick A

Club Run – 18th August 2019

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The main group set out for Abbots Bromley while the B group aka The Magnificent Seven set out for Knutsford. We set off a brisk pace along the main Rudyard road and re-grouped at Bosley Lights before turning off for Gawsworth and Broken Cross and Alderly Edge and in to Great Warford before reaching Knutsford and the Lambing Shed. We decided to sit outside and enjoy the rare sun and dry weather before realising that every wasp in Cheshire had the same idea. The riders were soon enjoying Bacon Rolls and discusing the cost.
We decided to head back via Toft and on the way out of Knutsford, we were amused by the sight of a lane full of gated communties which led to a disscusion on how life would be in such a estate. We carried on in to Marthall and Over Peover before reaching Morton and back in to Gawsworth and Bosley Lights. We rode through Rushton spencer and here I left for the sunny delights of Biddulph. I was told it would be a sixty mile ride so well done to all riders and thanks to Roger G for leading the ride and for putting up with our banter over his sense of direction. Thanks to Steve B for stroking the tempoary traffic lights in to letting us through! I note that Neil Canbell has broken the cycling speed record of 174mph so I expect he will be out with the thrash group on Thursday then!
Nick A

 

Club Run – 11th August 2019

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The main group set out to ride the reliablity route backwards while a select group of three riders and myself set out for Monyash. I was allowed to join the B group on the understanding that I would make them look good in the log. What can I say, I like a challenge! We set out along Thnornclife and in to the fog on Morridge before dropping down in to Newtown and the clear skys. We rode through Longnor and in to Earl Sterndale before reaching Hurdlow and Monyash. We were soon enjoying coffee and bacon rolls and the Thursday night thrash was debated. Myself and Rodger raised a few eyebrows at this and though better of it, not for us!
We decided to head back to Leek via Parsley Hay and along Longdale and in to Hartington before reaching Hulme end and we turned off for Butterton for a change. We decended in to Onecote and climbed up to Morridge where we could see the rain arriving again after a rare dry spell. We carried on back in to Thorncliffe and in to Meerbrook where i dropped off to head home while the group carried on to Abbey Green and Leek.
Thanks to Phil G for leading the ride and it was good to see Phil back out after a period of ill health.
Nick A

Club Run – August 5th 2019

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The B ride set out for Eccleshall while the main group decided to ride out past Carsington and head back to Hartington to avoid the rain. We rode out to Bottom House and along Ipstones Edge before dropping in to Norbury and in to Snelstone and Wyston before heading to Bradly and past Carsington. We continued on to the sharp climb out of Brassington where Chris E had a puncture as well as a issue with sun cream dripping in to his eyes so we hope there was no harm done to his eyes. The puncture fixed we carried on to Elton and in to Middleton and Newhaven where we had a few drops of rain but that was all. We arrived in Hartington and the group of eight were soon enjoying coffee and eating all the supplies of beans on toast as well as cake to fuel the trip home.
We decided to head back by the direct route as rain was forecast so headed to Hulme End and up to Warslow before heading towards the Mermaid. Here, Nick D had a head start and maintained his lead all the way to the top despite our best efforts to catch him so well done Nick. We re-grouped and headed down in to Thornclife where I left for Biddulph.
Thanks to Dave M for leading a great ride of an estimated fifty three mile ride.
Nick A

 

Club Run – July 21st 2019

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The main group set out for Castelton while the B group set out for Denstone via Leekbrook and Ipstones before dropping down in to Froghall and up to High edge before reaching Great Gate and along to Denstone, here we had a detour due to a mix up over the shout of “On your right” so headed along the main road to Rocester before we arrived in Denstone. I would like to point out that Apollo Eleven missed the intended landing site by four miles fifty years ago so no one is perfect. We arrived at Denstone Farm cafe and were soon enjoying coffee and cakes.
It was decided to head back via Quickshall and Wotten before climbing up to Ramshorn and Ipstones Edge. We stopped at Bottom House to decide who was going where and headed along Mooridge before turning off for Thornclife and Leek. Thanks to Andy B for leading the ride.
Nick A

 

Club Run – July 14th 2019

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The B group set out to Marton while twelve riders set out on the main group to Moberley. We set out along the main Mac road and in to Gawsworth before riding past the Wizzard and in to Mobberley and to the Barnshaw Smith Cafe. This was our first visit and we were soon enjoying coffee and beans on toast. We were also introduced to Mark P, a ex club member and TT champ who came back out with the club which was great. Two riders arrived on Penny Farthings which created a lot of interest.
We returned to Leek via Tatton Park but on the way managed to lose Karl so we carried on in to Knutsford and Over Peover and Siddington. It was here that I began to have stomach cramps and pain so ended up getting slower and slower but managed to keep pedaling. At Gawsworth, I asked the group to carry on as I knew the route home so they carried on through Rushton Spencer and back in to Leek. I arrived back at 13.46 after a fifty nine mile ride led by Rich G. Thanks for waiting for me in Leek guys. I spotted Karl on my way home so he too managed to find the route back.
Nick A

Club Run – July 7th 2019

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We had quite a large turn our for both groups on Sunday as there were a few riders out we have not seen for a while due to ill health and other reasons but nice to see riders out with the club. The A group set out for Matlock and returned back to Leek via a route that took in the Outer Herbrides. Meanwhile, the B group set out for Whetton via Leekbrook and Ipstones and Windy Arbour before dropping in to waterhouses and along to Calton and past Throwley Hall and in to Ilam. The climb out of Ilam soon warmed us all up and we continued in to Wetton before reaching the Village Hall and were soon enjoying Coffee and cakes as well as beans on toast.
We returned by the steep descent in to the Manifold Valley and along the track and through the tunnel which raised a few laughs before reaching Hulme End and here we turned off for Warslow via the steep climb out. There was some discusion about the best way to Morridge but as they all involve hills, we decided to head back by the direct route and so took on the climb. Rich C took the KOM title here. The group descend in to Thorncliffe and I parted company to head back to the delights of Biddulph. A great ride led by Andy B despite the moaning about hills. The lesser cyclists out there meanwhile took on a flat stage of the TDF.

Club Run – June 30th 2019

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Two groups set out for Hackwood Farm riding out along Ashbourne Road but at Bottom House the A and B groups split so we carried on with thirteen riders via Ipstones Edge and in to Ramshorn and Ellastone and Cubley. At Longlane, we encountered what seemed to be the entire contents of a local quarry scattered across the road so it was a struggle to avoid the chippings. We pulled off to take a short cut to Hackwood and were soon at the cafe and sitting out in the warm for once. A group picture was taken along with a Leek so one for next years callender!
We returned via Sutton On The Hill at a fast pace which left me well behind. We continued to Marston Montgomery and Rocester before riding in to Denstone and Alton and along Red Road to Oakamoor and the sharp climb out of the valley. We turned off to head to Kingsley and I was so beyond hitting the wall, I was down to the footings by this point. I should have pleaded to be allowed in to the Woodhouse Autism centre! Near to Kingsley, we came across a young lady rider with a front brake fault so Dave M pulled over to help and the group helped shelter her from the traffic until we passed her home, well done Dave! We carried on to Cheddleton where we dropped off Dave M and Rich C, I continued alone back to Leek while the group had a chat before they returned to Leek at 3.30pm after a tough sixty eight mile ride. It was a long one due to two punctures and waiting for me to catch up, sorry guys!
Nick A

Club Run – June 23rd 2019

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Two groups met up in the market place The B ride were heading to Hartington while the main group were heading to Knutsford. We set out along Mill Street and past Rudyard before reaching Gawsworth. We passed through Homes Chapel and on to Lower Peover and Mathall before riding in to Knutsford. Here we had a few issues with our Garmins as the route was not clear to us so we had a little tour of the streets before we realised we were outside the Courtyard Cafe. Soon riders were enjoying the warmth outside for once and artisan food at artisan prices.
We decided to head back by riding through the nearby Tatton Park estate to see the deer and stags and were rewarded with quite a collection. We then headed to Ashley and were soon riding at a good pace on the flats of Cheshire. We passed near to Alderly Edge and the Wizard pub where the group stopped for a chat before we set off for Broken cross and back to Gawsworth and back on to the main Leek road. Here it became every man for himself so we rode hard to make the front. Soon it was myself, Shaun and Nick D racing away and I managed to pass Nick for a brief spell at the front before he passed me to take the sprint in to Leek. We arrived back at 2.16pm after a fun, seventy mile ride. Thanks to all who helped navigate as unsure who was ride leader. I did my best to record the route so any mistakes are mine alone as I simply do not know Cheshire well.

Club Run – June 16th 2019

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Fourteen riders turned out to dodge the showers on the way to Eccleshall. The short group were heading out towards Goostery. The main group set out to Cheddelton where a brief stop was made to meet up with Andy and Jo who had a broken spoke to repair. We met up and carried on through Dilhorne and Blythe Bridge before reaching Stallington and  Hilderstone. We rode through Sandon and on to Great Bridgeford before continuing on to Eccleshall. It was here that our original cafe choice was full due to Fathers Day so we headed back to Norbury Junction where we found plenty of seats outside but as were were queing, it started to rain again so we managed to find seats indoors.
We headed back via Eccleshall  and Swynerton and Barleston and Rough Close. Here we said goodbye to Andy and Jo and carried on to Meir and Weston Coyney and Werrington. We rode through Longsdon and parted company with Ride Leader, Dave M and continued in to Leek after a enjoyable but tough ride. I do not have a computer on my wet/winter bike so am unable to record the mileage. I hope riders did not think I was being rude by leaving the cafe early but being sensitive to noise causes me issues at times and I need a break so bear with me, its tough being on the spectrum. Thanks to Dave M for leading the ride and to Carl for helping me with recording the route.
Nick A
The riders at Norbury Junction

Club Run – June 9th 2019

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Fourteen riders turned out for the main group ride to Carsington water. Andy Bains group rode out to Wetton to a new cafe in the village. We set out along Ashbourne road and much to our surprise we turned off along School Lane in Bradnop so this soon warmed us all up. We then dropped in to Onecote and up to Butterton before reaching Mill Dale and Parwich. We then headed towards Longclife before turning off to head to Brassington and then in to the visitors centre at Carsington. Here we found club member Jonathon enjoying a drink so we invited him to join us inside. We were soon enjoying beans on toast and cakes and coffee.
It was decided to head back via Hulland ward and Bradly before reaching Snelston and Norbury and the long climb to Ramshorn. Here we re-grouped and headed along Ipstones edge and here “Storm Gareth” decided to attack on the descent to Bradnop. Cheered on by a few riders, he was soon in front but the others were not going to let him get away with it so then I found myself at the back, struggling to hang on but managed to catch up before Lowe Hill. We met up in Leek after a fifty three mile ride. Thanks to Dave M who led an interesting new take on the usual route to Carsington and one we will have to ride again sometime. It was good to see Chris E back out after his accident.
Nick A
The 9am group at the Carsington vistors centre
   Riders out on 9am “The shorter Club Run” pictured with Throwley Hall in the background

Club Run – June 2nd 2019

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There were two groups setting out from the market place. Andy Bain’s group went to Flash Bar while the main group set out for Hayfield. There were nine riders in the main group and most claimed to know the route so we set out via Mill Street and Abbey Green before reaching Meerbrook where it became apparant that in fact, most riders had no idea of where we were going so ride leader Shaun M turned to his Garmin for advice and so we carried on to Wincle and in to the Goyt Valley before reaching Kettleshulme where we had a fast paced descent in to Whaley Bridge. Here we decided to head to the Bridge Cafe instead of Hayfield so we were soon enjoying coffee and large slices of cake.
It was decided to head back via Long Hill so there was quite a competiton to see if we could beat twenty minutes to the top but as we faced a headwind all the way, this was quite an ask. Shaun and Rob B and  Steve W were leading the peleton up the climb and only just missed the target so good effort guys. We dropped back down in to the Goyt and up to Derbyshire Bridge where we were treated to the sight of the mighty “Two Sauces Simcock” throwing down his bike and lying flat on the floor due to leg cramp. At this point, the group took a few steps back away from him before declaring it safe to continue, you had us worried there Phil! We rode up to the Cat And Fiddle road and turned on to the A54 to head back to Algreave and Gradbach before riding along the Back Of The Roaches and in to Meerbrook. On the descent we were shocked to see a cow and bull by the side of the road so we did not hang around there! We headed back through Abbey Green and back in to Leek at 2.15pm after a fifty mile ride. Thanks to Shaun M for taking over navigation.
Nick A

Rob Howson wins Club 10 TT

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On Tuesday the 7th of May, Four club members took part in the Clubs 10 mile TT Championships which took place on the Chelford course just outside Congleton. On a clear and sunny evening a strong ride from Rob Howson saw him come out the winnner with a time of 24:05, followed by Rich Coates in second with a time of 24:38 & Adrian Derbyshire in third with a time of 25:07 and Paul Haywood in fourth with a time of 25:49. Congratulations to Rob and well done to everybody who took part. A thank you from the Club must go to Congleton CC for hosting and marshalling the event.

Results

  1. Rob Howson              24:05
  2. Rich Coates               24:38
  3. Adrian Derbyshire      25:07
  4. Paul Haywood            25:49

                                                           Rob Howson

Club Run – May 19th 2019

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The majority of the club took part in the Dougie Mac ride so eleven riders met up in Leek to go out for a short ride. There was a route to Flash but there was another route suggested so we split in to two. We headed out along Abbey Green to Meerbrook and up Gun Hill and in to Allgreave before climbing to Flash and descending at quite a pace in to Longnor where there were a few groans when we turned left to head to Glutton Bridge and in to Earl Sterndale before reaching Long Dale and Hartington. We arrived at the cafe to sit indoors before deciding to enjoy the warmth outside. The other group headed out along Thornclife and Hartington before reaching Flash.
We headed back along Hulme End and Sheen before dropping in to Longnor again and up to Newtown. Here Rich C showed amazing bike control when his pedal struck gravel but he soon had it under control despite a slight cut where he hit the front brake. We climbed to the Mermaid and dropped down in to Thornclife but here I left the group to ride back to Biddulph so am unable to record the time back and mileage. Thanks to Phil G for leading the ride and it was nice to Aide H back out.
Nick A
All our riders who took part once agian in the Dougie Mac Charity Ride, raising money for the hospice.
Also a number of club riders enjoyed a mountain bike ride into the Peak District, taking in the three shires head and Macclesfield forest. thanks to Dan Noble for leading the ride.

Club Run – May 12th 2019

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The main group set out for Ellesmere and at a average of eighteen miles an hour while eleven sensible riders set out for Marton at a steady pace. All eleven riders had a different idea of the route so we had a few issues with each turn and when passing through Rudyard, we split up in to two groups. We headed up to Horton and Laxedge and over Biddulph Moor. We carried on past the Cloud and  in to Marton. We pulled up at The Old Barn where we found the other group already seated, we must have passed each other on the way as we were minutes behind. We sat out and enjoyed the sunshine and talked about the Giro and the cost of cafes in Cheshire. I note that “Two Sauces” was down to one sauce, could this be a diet?
We headed back via Gawsworth and Sutton before reaching Wincle and Dane Bridge and Gun Hill. I turned off here to head back to Biddulph while the group headed back through Meerbrook and arrived in leek after a thirty eight mile ride led by Steve, thank you for a amazing route along quiet lanes and easy climbs. It was nice to see some new riders including Shaun M’s wife, Helen. Thank you to all the riders who complimented me on my interview in Cycling Weekly. I am pleased that autism is being talked about and the feedback from the autism community has also being positive.
Nick A
                   The interview with Nick which was in this weeks Cycling Weekly

Club Run – May 5th 2019

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Sixteen riders set out for Bunbury after dealing with a lose valve on Steve W bike. Thanks to the stall holder for the loan of the mole grips. We set out along Rudyard and Biddulph Moor and in to Kidsgrove and in to Alsager where Rich C had issues with his rear mech so we had a break to deal with that and enjoyed the sight of a electric motor bike, very strange to hear no noise! We were soon on the move and heading in to Nantwich and Barthomly where Gavin suffered a puncture so I helped with that and we carried on to Bunley where we were soon enjoying large helpings of beans on toast and eggs and even chips. But even this was not enough carbs for some riders and cans of pepsi and cakes were ordered
We headed back via Astbury, Hightown, Newtown and Rudyard before arriving back in Leek at 3.40PM after a long, 78 miles. Thanks to Jamie J and “Storm Gareth” for leading the ride via Garmin. I am sorry for not being more acurate with the route but I do not know Cheshire at all and looking at the map was no help. Can I take this Rapha hair shirt off now?
Nick A

Club Run – April 28th 2019

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Nine riders set out on the steady ride to Hartington. The main group were heading for Matlock but note there was some confusion over to the exact destination so I can only assume they went there. The steady group dropped me on the way through Leekbrook and along the lanes to Basford! We did re-group and continued up to Ipstones and up to Cauldon Lowe before dropping in to Blore. At this point, the mighty “Two Sauces Symcock” joined us after finding the main group pace a little hard to keep up with. We dropped in to Ilam and took on the climb out where we had fun seeing Simon M on his French, nineteen twenties single speed frame. He almost made it and had to admit defeat just near the final bend but did make another attempt to complete. We carried on in to Alstonfield and in to Hartington where we were soon enjoying coffee and cake.
It was decided to head back by the direct route so we rode back along the road to Hulme End and up the climb to Warslow before turning for Morridge. Here Aide M set a punishing pace and dropped the group. He was caught near the foot of the second climb and I took a turn on the front to shelter him from the wind, well tried too with my thin frame! He soon recovered and took the KOM, well done Aide.  We re-grouped and descended to Thornclife where Aide M had a puncture but simply decided to pump it up and deal with it at home so we carried on in to Leek arriving at 1.05Pm after a 34 mile ride. Thanks to Andy Bain for leading the ride and it was so good to see Simon M back out on the bike after his accident.
Nick A
                           Club rider Simon Morralls 1920’s single speed bike

Hilly Reliability 2019

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Thirty three riders turned out for the much missed Hilly Reliability cancelled due to the snow for the last two years. We set out in groups to avoid causing traffic issues and rode up to Bradnop before taking on School Lane which warmed us up. A fast descent in to Onecote and on to Grindon before dropping down in to the Manifold valley before the steep climb back out and along the rutted track to Mill Dale and Parwich. Here we took on the long climb up to Longcliffe and a much welcome descent all the way in to Winster before climbing in to Youlgrave and Bakewell. Here I caught up with Rich C and Paul H so we made a little peleton and headed to Monyash before another climb to Parlsey Hay. We headed along Longdale and dropped in to Crowdecote where Rich C showed me how to descend, wish I could but Dyspraxia gets in my way! We stopped off in longnor to say hello to Jo k who was enjoying a snack at the cafe before carrying on to Newtown and Mooridge and Thorncliffe before arriving back  in Leek and Den Engles after a fifty three mile ride where riders could partake in a free coffee and a recovery glass of beer! Thanks to Phil G for organising the event and putting out the signs and for Andy B for helping collect them.
Nick A

Club Run – April 14th 2019

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A large group of sixteen riders turned out to ride to Barton Marina. It was nice to Andy Bain back out with the club after a break and we had a new Rider Andy J join us, a man who picks his cycling routes by placing a bike wheel above a map with a pointer fitted now beat that GPS!. We set out along Ashbourne road and up to Bottom House and along Ipstones Edge before reaching Cauldon Lowe. Here myself and the two Andys decided to turn off for Longnor as we felt we would not keep up with the main group so they carried on in to Ellastone and Roston, Doveridge and Sudbury and Needwood before reaching Barton Marina for a  cafe stop. They met up with Alison H who joined them for the return leg through Dunstall, Woodlane and Hoar Cross, Abbots Bromley, Bramshall, Tean, Kingsley Moor, Leek. Thanks to Rich C for leading a 75 mile ride and for Andy B for leading a 37 mile ride.
Nick A

Hilly Reliability

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Due to heavy snow in early March which saw the cancellation of our annual Hilly Reliability Ride. We have decided to reschudule the ride and it will now take place on April 21st 2019.  The Paul Derbyshire Memorial Reliability ride is a scenic 52 mile ride through the Peak Distrtict, which takes in some lovely lanes and challenging climbs. The ride will be followed by drinks at The Den Engel Belgian Bar in Leek. The ride will start in the Market Place in the centre of Leek & will finish at the Den Engel where riders are asked to return so they can sign out, signing on is from 8.45am with the riders due to start at 9.15am. For more information please contact    membership@leekcyclistsclub.co.uk

Prices for the event are:
Ride only :             £4

For more information on the route & to download a GPS File of the route please click on the link below

http://m.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=stddswkcqiegjqgd

 

 

Flanders Trip

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A number of riders enjoyed a trip over to Belguim in early April, to take part in the 108 mile ronde van vlaanderen cyclo which sees the riders take on the tough cobbled roads and climbs which the professionals ride in the legendary Tour of Flanders. They then watched the professionals during the race on the Sunday on the famous oude Kwaremont. Chapuau everyone

Club Championships 2019

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The dates of this year’s club time trials are below:
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Hilly
Congleton CC, Tuesday 16th April
The course is around Timbersbrook/ Beat Lane/ A523 and the start is on Tunstall Road,
immediately west of the bridge over the River Dane.
www.strava.com/routes/14197454
First rider off at 18:45. Signing on is in the Harrington Arms car park at Bosley.
Please note: This is Congleton CC’s first event of the season, so takes place considerably
earlier than the corresponding event last year, which was held on 31st July!
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10 mile
Congleton CC, Tuesday 8th May
Course is J2/1 (along the A537 from Monks Heath to Booths Hall Island on the outskirts of
Knutsford)
www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/coursedetails/j21
First rider off 19:15. Race HQ and signingon is at Siddington Village Hall on the A34, about a
mile south of Monks’ Heath.
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5 mile
Rushton Spencer to Leek, Monday 3rd June
Course is the A523 from Jim Hallam’s forecourt in Rushton Spencer to Tennant’s Chemicals in
Leek.
First rider off at 19:00. Sign on from 18:00 in the White Lion car park.
Food afterwards in the White Lion.
Cost will be £6.00 for TT and food, £4.50 for food only (a quid increase sorry!)
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25 mile
Congleton CC/ Macclesfield Wheelers, Tuesday 25th June
Course is JC/24.
www.routeyou.com/route/view/87910/racecyclingroute/jc2425miletimetrial.en
First rider off at 19:15 on A537 before Chelford Island. Race HQ and signing-on is at
Siddington Village Hall.
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50 mile
Congleton CC, Saturday 20th July.
www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/racedetails/18019
Course is J4/16.
www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/coursedetails/j416
First rider off at 15:00.
HQ and signing-on last year was at Cranage Village Hall, but this has not been confirmed as
the venue for 2019, so check the CTT or Congleton CC websites closer to the time (Goostrey
or Allostock Village Halls have also been used in the past).
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100 mile
SCCA & WCTTCA, Sunday 14th July
www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/racedetails/19118
Course is D100/6A in Shropshire.
www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/coursedetails/d1006
(D100/6 course details given on CTT site the D100/6a is same with minor tweaks)
The start is at Wollerton in Shropshire.
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12-hour
WCTTCA & LTTCA, Sunday 18th August
Course is D12/1.
www.mapmyride.com/gb/asheng/d12112hrttcourseloop1route45840574
www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/coursedetails/d121
The start is Prees Heath, near Whitchurch
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24-hour
National 24-Hour Championship (event organised by Mersey Roads Club), Saturday 20th July
www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/racedetails/19122
Course is D24hr and is mainly in Shropshire, with a section in south Cheshire.
www.mapmyride.com/gb/rossettwls/d24hrroute302125317
The start is at Farndon in Cheshire.
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Hill climb
Gun Hill, Sunday 13th October
Start 10:00. Sign on at Meerbrook Village Hall from 09:30. Cost £3.00.
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All the Congleton CC evening TTs are on Tuesday evenings from April to August check their
website for the full list:
www.congletoncyclingclub.org.uk/?page_id=5391
They cost £4.00 for First or Second Claim members and £5.00 for non-members.
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Notes on open events
All the above apart from the Leek CC 5 and hill climb and the Congleton Tuesday evening
TTs are open events and must be entered in advance there are no entries on the day.
Register with the Cycling Time Trials website for online entry, or postal entry forms are
available here:
www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/documents/index/riders
Check the CTT website for closing dates for entries.
HQ details are not available for all the events check the CTT site for updates.
Helmets may be compulsory again, check the CTT site.
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Club Run – April 7th 2019

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Twelve riders set out for Crich via Warslow and Hulme End before dropping in to Hartington. Sadly, here we had a very close pass by a Porsche steering wheel holder but all riders were safe but shaken. We turned off for Newhaven and the pace picked up along the flat sections and the long descent in to Cromford. We had to navigate our way through a long traffic jam due to roadworks but were soon heading to Crich. Here, Rich C almost caused a crash as he pulled over to pick wild garlic! We continued on to climb the hill to the tram museum and to the cafe at the memorial. Here, riders laid siege to the chocolate cake to leave only crumbs. We were advised to call in ahead to ensure extra cake in future.
We gathered for a group picture near to the memorial although one unamed rider was missing in the facilities only to emerge to a round of applause!.
We set off back in to Crich and over to Wirksworth before climbing up to Longclife to enjoy the stunning views of the wind turbines. We dropped down in to Parwich before reaching Alsop en le Dale before turning off for Milldale and the long climb to Alstonfield. We set off for Hulme End and up to Warslow where we said goodbye to Andy M and Chris E. It was great to see Andy out after a long break. We carried on up to Morridge and rode through Thorncliffe before arriving back in Leek at 2.20PM after a fifty nine mile ride. Thanks to “Storm Gareth” and Dave M for leading the ride.
Nick A

Club Run -March 31st 2019

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Three groups were out on Sunday, the early and the early nine am and the short nine am group so quite a good turn out. The early nine am group, The Magnificent Seven, cue theme music here!, set out for Stenson Lock. We rode out along Ashbourne road and up to Bottom House and Ipstones Edge before dropping down in to Ellastone and Norbury. Here, Rich C suffered a exploding wheel rim but luckily was not on a descent. After making sure he was ok and was being picked up, we carried on to Cubly and Longford before turning for Hilton and on to Willington. Here we turned off and headed to Stenson and soon arrived at the cafe to enjoy coffee and cakes as well as the usual.
We decided to trust navigation to Garmin and this took us to the Derby ring road which was a little frighting in the traffic but we got round and carried on by Markeaton and in to Kirk Langley where we decided to get off the main road and head back via Long Lane and Longford again. To make a change, we rode through Alkmonton and on to Cliffton and on to Oakover where we headed along the Leg breaker route to  Cauldon Lowe and back over Ipstones Edge and down in to Bottom House and arrived back in Leek at 2.40PM after a long, seventy seven mile ride. Thanks to Shaun for leading part of the ride.
Nick A

Club Run – March 24th 2019

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Eight riders set out for Tideswell by a different route than normal. We set out along Abbey Green and Meerbrook and up to Roach End and the epic climb which raised a few eyebrows not to mention heart rates. We took on the steeper climb in to Flash as ride leader Sean was determined to make us suffer. We were glad to get on to the long, downhill stretch along Axe Edge in to Buxton where we made a few detours to avoid the long traffic ques caused by road works. We were soon on our way past Tunstead and in to Millers Dale and in to Tideswell to arrive a the H a D Bistro where riders were soon enjoying coffee and breakfast. Dave M taking on board extra calories with cake and beans on toast. It soon turned in to a competion to claim the breakfasts as they arrived from the kitchen and there was a few mistaken claims to other riders orders but we managed to sort it out.
There was talk of two groups going back by a direct route and a longer route but we all followed the direct route to avoid argument. We headed back in to Millers Dale and up the long climb up to Taddington and in to Monyash and up to Parsley Hay before reaching Long Dale and heading in to Hartington and Hulme End. It was a tough climb up to Warslow as we had a head wind all the way but Sean managed to take the lead. In Warlsow, it was decided to split as one group wanted to shelter from the wind by taking the route up Elkstones Bank while the other group wanted to go the direct route up out of Warslow and to the Mermaid. Myself and Sean and Dave M and Rob B took on the fearsome Elkstone Bank as we told the other group we would beat them to the Mermaid and we did! We carried on in to Thorncliffe and arrived back in Leek at 2.10PM after a fifty one mile ride. Thanks to Sean M for leading the ride and for putting up with our constant mockery of his navigation issues with his Garmin. If only he could lead us out of the Brexit mess so well! Due to our mockery we have been told Sean will be sending us to his newly opened “Re-Education camp” on Blackshaw Moor, “Butlins with barbed wire fencing ” is how he described it, he is too kind to us!
Nick A, Leeks King Of Obsolete.

Above is a photo from the 8am ride, they enjoyed a sunny ride over to Bollington and then returned to Leek via Kettleshulme and the Goyt Valley.

Club Run – March 17th 2019

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“Start at the top and work your way down”
Orson Wells
myself and Andy Bain set up a exhibition at the Foxlowe on Wednesday night to promote the club at the screening of the documentary Bikes V Cars which was a interesting look at the battle between road users. I was very surprised to be given a trophy for Clubman of the year which is the first thing I have been awarded since a Merit badge at school back in 1983. It’s been downhill ever since!
Ten riders set out for Eccleshall via a very different route as we rode up Ladderidge and in to Denford and Cats Edge and then Werrington before reaching Caverswall. We headed in to Stallington and rode through the back streets of Stone and the main road before heading in to Eccleshall. Here, we had a little panic as we had taken a slight detour to the group and thought they were already in the cafe but then they arrived looking for us. We soon found tables and were enjoying coffees and cakes as well as the feast of beans on toast to fuel the ride back. As it was Saint Patrick’s day, there was Guiness cake and cookies on sale to celebrate.
We headed back through Sywnnerton and Barleston before passing through Stallington and Blyth Bridge and taking on the challenge that is Dillhorne Bank. My rear mech was playing up here and I struggled to reach the top so looks like a mechanic session tonight! We re-grouped and headed in to Cheddleton where we said goodbye to Dave M and headed back through Leekbrook and arrived back in Leek at 2.15PM after a fifty five mile ride. Thanks to all who helped with the free form navigation, it was a team effort. Thanks to Phil G and Dave M for advice on fixing the mech issue.
Nick A

Bikes vs. Cars Film Showing

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This Wednesday(March 13th 2019) the Foxlowe in Leek are showing a documentary called Bikes V Cars, the documentary looks into and investigates the daily global drama in traffic in five major cities around the world. The film starts at 7:45pm and its free to watch. click below to take a look at the trailer.

Club Run – March 3rd 2019

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Eight riders braved the cold and wet weather to head to Flash Bar. We headed out on Buxton road and turned for Thorncliffe and turned off to head to Bradnop. Here, the mighty “Two Sauces Symcock” set a fast pace up the climb but we managed to re-group and take on the climb to Onecote and on to Butterton. We dropped down in to Hulme End and on to Hartington before reaching Long Dale. Here, Ant A set off on a lone attack and almost reached the junction before we caught him, a great effort in the headwind. We had a brief stop to discuss the route as there was some confusion but set off for Earl Sterndale and past the only Church in Derbyshire to have been bombed during the Second WW. We dropped down in to Glutton Bridge and took on the climb up to Flash. Here Dave M led us almost to the top before Aide D and Matt overtook him, brave riders! We re-grouped and headed in to Flash and the welcome warmth of the cafe. Here riders were soon enjoying large coffee’s that for once were actually large, bucket size mugs that hit the spot. Dave M’s effort took so much out of him that he had to order Beans On toast and a slice of Tiffin to refuel.
Due to the coffee’s there was a wait for the toilet so we had a little break in the group. We rode through Flash and on to Back Of The Roaches before dropping back down in to Meerbrook and Abbey Green before arriving back in Leek at 1PM after a wet, thirty eight mile ride which was enough given the weather warnings of storm Freya. Thanks to Shaun M for planning the ride and for putting up with our complaints over School Lane. It was good to see Phil S back out with the club as well.
Nick A

Club Run – Febuary 24th 2019

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Eleven riders set out for Edensor in the unusual warmth along Buxton road before heading to Thornclife. Here Phil S decided to carry on a shorter ride but it was great to see him out with the club. We carried on up to Morridge and dropped down in to Warslow. Here Dave M felt a little unwell and decided to head back via a shorter route, again, great to see him out.  The peleton carried on through Hartington and Longdale before dropping in to Monyash. Dan N also turned off to head back to Leek. There was a brief stop for some navigational discussions before we reached Bakewell and again stopped to chat about which way to go before setting off for Edensor. We soon arrived at the cafe but could not bag a outside table to enjoy the sun but we were offered a large table indoors. Riders were soon tucking in to some quite artful plates of food that looked amazing and were much commented on.
we decided to head back via Baslow and Calver and Great Longstone and Little Longstone before reaching Ashford in the water and on to Sheldon Bank. Here Rob B took the KOM title, well done Rob!. As I am using a Cortisone cream to treat a painful skin complaint, any of my results are null and void and yes, I am booked on Oprah for a full confession.
We passed through Monyash again and on to crowedecote and Longnor where riders took the chance to use the shop for much needed sugar supplies. We decided to head to Reapsmoor and take on the long climb to the Mermaid. Steve W led the group all the way up to the top, good effort. We re-grouped and headed back in to Thornclife and arrived back in Leek at 2.20PM after a tough fifty four mile ride. Thanks to Sean M and all who helped lead the ride.
Nick A, Whichita Linesman (Trainee)
Above is a photo from the 8am ride, they enjoyed a hilly ride over to Tideswell via Wildboarclough and Combs.

Leek CC Cafe Map

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Thanks to club rider Dave Magnier, we now have a google map of all the cafe’s we like to visit during our club runs. This is a great reference point and will help add alot of variety to the club runs. Click on the file below to take a look, this file will also be added to the club run page on the website for future reference. thanks Dave

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1ydRz5wV7eL0d8CyEABjLDvhmYfs&ll=53.14612050532084%2C-2.2473463453125078&z=9

Leek CC Hilly Reliability Ride

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On Sunday March the 10th, Leek Cyclists Club will be once again holding its annual Hilly Reliability Ride. The Paul Derbyshire Memorial Reliability is a scenic 52 mile ride through the Peak Distrtict, which takes in some lovely lanes & challenging climbs. The ride will be followed by a Buffet & the Clubs Awards presentation at The Den Engel Belgian Bar in Leek. The ride will start in the Market Place in the centre of Leek & will finish at the Den Engel where riders are asked to return so they can sign out, signing on is from 8.00am with the riders due to start at 8.30am. Places at the buffet are limited so If you are interested in riding the Reliability or attending the Buffet afterwards please contact the email below.     membership@leekcyclistsclub.co.uk

Prices for the event are:
Ride only :             £4
Buffet only :           £5
Ride & Buffet :      £7.50

For more information on the route & to download a GPS File of the route please click on the link below

http://m.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=stddswkcqiegjqgd

It would be great to have a decent turn out to support the event, lets hope for some sunny weather & please everybody ride safe.

Club Run – Febuary 10th 2019

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The main group had set out to ride the Congleton reliablity ride and we hope they are reliable even though they have so  many miles on the clock. Myself and Dave Mags set out to ride the Manifold track as it has been some time since we have ridden along there. We rode along Buxton Road and Springfield Road before turning on to Ashbourne Road and heading to Bottom House and Ipstones Edge. We rode down Stony Lane and in to Waterhouses station car park and on to the track where we soon being bounced around on the rough track. As we had made good time, we decided to climb out of the valley and in to Whetton and on to the Alstonfield road where we had a navigation upset as we headed down what we thought was a public road but led us in to a run down farm yard complete with abandoned Land Rovers. Dave was not keen on my suggestion of removing a gearbox as I need a spare, you just can not get the club riders now! We turned round and headed in to Hulme End where the Station Cafe was open and were soon enjoying coffee and cake as well as beans on toast.
We headed back through Longnor and up to Flash where the sunshine vanished and the rain clouds returned as well as a tough headwind. We were glad to get some shelter out of the wind on the climb to Roach End and were glad to drop back in to Meerbrook and Abbey Green. We arrived back in Leek at 12.30 after a forty mile ride. Thanks to Dave M for leading the ride.
Nick A

Leek CC Calendar 2018

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Thanks to Club Rider Steve Briggs we now have a excellent Leek CC calendar available  to purchase, the calendar features a number of images taken throughout 2018 which were taken from a variety of events including club runs & time trials. The calendars cost £6 each and are available from Steve, contact Steve on steve_briggs@hotmail.co.uk for details on how to purchase one. 

 

Club Hill Climb 2018

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The club held its Hill Climb TT on Gun Hill and we had a great turn out of riders to take on the challenge. It was a chilly morning and I was glad to have a seat in Andy B’s car to warm up my hands. Of course, we soon warmed up on the steep slopes of Gun Hill.    Rob Howson claimed the win with Andy Baddeley second and the person who writes the log third. It was decided to head to Jodrell Bank for a cafe stop so we set off for Rushton Spencer and Bosley lights. Here my Raynards was affecting my hands and I could not get in to the big ring so fell way back from the group. Rob H waited for me and we set of for Gawsworth and took a back route via Withington Green before arriving at Jorell just minutes before the main group which was fun. Who got to the front of the queue? Ant A of course! The cafe was packed and we had to wait before being served so I kept everyone entertained with my white, cold fingers. Much to Dave M’s disgust, there was no Beans On Toast so he had to settle for cake. It was good to see Phil and Amanda came with us to the cafe as well as Phil G.
Ant A set off on his own as we were still chatting and eating before we sett off back via Gawswoth and Bosley Lights and Rushton Spencer. Here I turned off for home so am unable to record who won the sprint to Leek or how many miles the ride was but if you turn up with a large bar of Swiss chocolate with my name on it then its yours! Also a big thank you to Ruth & John, Andy Bain. Phil Gayes and George for all their help with the TT.
Nick A
         Results                                (all riders Leek CC unless stated otherwise) 
1) Rob Howson 5:50
2) Andy Baddeley 6:25
3) Nick Avins 6:50
4) Rich Whalley 6:54
5) Adrian Derbyshire 7:42
6) John Hurst 7:43
7) Shaun Merrick 7:54
=8) Dave Magnier and Dan Noble 8:17
10) Rob Harp 8:31
11) Lee Wood (Congleton CC) 8:35
12) Steve Sladin (Congleton CC) 8:45
                                                              Rob Howson
                                                             Dave Magnier
                                Everyone at the top of Gun Hill after the Hill Climb
All photos courtsey of club rider Stephen Briggs
Also courtsey of Congleton CC member Adrian Pennington, we have a great video of Sundays event, click on the video to take a look.

Legbreaker “Hell of the Moorlands” 2018

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On Sunday September the 16th 2018,Leek Cyclists Club will once again be staging the Legbreaker in Memory of Club Member Paul Derbyshire who sadly passed away in 2012. As of this year we will be offering two routes, The classic 80 Mile ride and a reduced but still very tough 54 mile ride.The Legbreaker which has been a great success over the years is renowned as one of the best in the country, with it being dubbed the “Hell of the Moorlands” mainly because of the amount of tough steep Moorland climbs, which you have to conquer to complete the ride. The ride takes in some of the best scenery the Staffordshire Moorlands & The Peak District has to offer and includes steep climbs out of Ilam, Hollinsclough and the famous Gun Hill.
We have once again revised the route slightly so to avoid the ford in Butterton, which means riders are to ride up from Grindon and then ride to the T junction joining the B5053, then turn right onto the B5053 and then take the first right and drop into Butterton and then drop into Ecton for the feed station. For more information and to download the GPS File please click on the link below

 

80 Mile Route Info    https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/13396500?fref=gc&dti=121028330938

54 Mile Route Info     https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/20556627

Signing on will be from 8:30AM in the Market Place in the centre of Leek, with riders off at 9:00AM.The cost of the ride is £6, with all proceeds going to Charity. There will be one feed station during the ride which will be located at Ecton which is after dropping into the Manifold Valley from Butterton. Riders will be provided with a route card and a map & the route will be fully signed. Once riders have completed the ride can they please make their way to the Den Engel Belgian Bar in Leek to Sign In (Den Engel is situated on Stanley Street just off the Market Place).

If you are interested in taking part in this years Legbreaker please contact the below email address or Telephone Number, so that numbers can be judged and the correct amount of food & drink can be ordered for the Feed Station. Best of Luck to all riders & please ride safe.

Contact Andy Bain on  :  Email     –  abain6@btinternet.com

Telephone  –   07450435754

Barry Riley breaks Club Record

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Club Rider Barry Riley produced a quite amazing ride, when taking part in the RTTC National 24 Hour Championships in July. Taking part in the event for the second year running, Barry rode a massive 415.74 miles, which saw him finish 17th overall out of only 50 riders who finished the event. Well done from everyone at the club Barry, we are pretty sure that is a Club Record, Chapeau!!

 Barry Riley during this year National 24hr Time Trial

Rich Coates wins the Club 50 Mile TT

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Congratulations to Rich Coates who is this years Club 50 Mile TT Champion, Rich took part in Congleton Cycling Clubs 50 Mile TT which was held on Saturday the 4th of July, and staged on the Chelford Course. A very strong ride from Rich saw him finish with a time of 2 hours 11 minutes, which works out as average speed of nearly 23mph.        Well done Rich and thankyou to Congleton CC for once again staging another excellent event.

Rich Coates

Great Turn out for the Club 25 Mile TT

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On Tuesday the 26th of June, a strong turnout of seven riders took part in the Clubs 25 mile TT Championships which took place on the Chelford course. On a warm and sunny evening a very strong ride from Rich Coghill saw him come out the winner with a time of 1:02:13, followed by Jamie Jeffery in second with a time of 1:03:12 & Rich Coates in third with a time of 1:03:33. Congratulations to Rich Coghill who is now the new 25 Mile TT Champion and well done to everybody who took part, great effort. A thank you from the Club must go to Congleton CC for hosting and marshaling the event.

Results

1 – Rich Coghill 1:02:13
2 – Jamie Jeffrey 1:03:12
3 – Rich Coates 1:03:18
4 – Ade Derbyshire 1:03:33
5 – Paul Haywood 1:05:14
6 – Phil Gayes 1:06:26
7 – Jonathan Bright 1:08:17

Rich Coghill

Paul Haywood

Jordan Hill wins the Club 5 TT

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A decent turn out in what were warm and sunny conditions saw 15 riders compete in the Leek CC 5 mile TT, which is held on the tough course from Rushton Spencer to Leek, which includes the Hanging Gate Climb and the tough drag up to the Cricket Club, it was Jordan Hill of Leek CC who was first on the night with a time of 10:51, followed by Andrew Magnier of Leisure Lakes Bikes in second and Tony Cope of Leek CC in third.  Congratulations to Jordan who is now the Club 5 TT champion and won the event overall also. Well done and great effort to everybody who took part there was some very fast and strong rides on the night and alot of riders posting very similar times . After the TT club members & supporters enjoyed a well deserved meal at the The White Lion Pub in Leek. Special thanks to everybody who helped make the event a success & all the riders for supporting the event.

Results

1. Jordan Hill 10:51
2. Andy Magnier (Leisure Lakes Bikes) 11:01
3. Tony Cope 11:07:26
4. Rob Howson 11:07:61
5. Andy Baddeley 11:14
6. Nick Avins 11:26
7. Rich Coghill 11:46
=8. Jamie Jeffrey, Josh Wilkes 11:50
10. Adrian Derbyshire 12:14
=11 Steve Briggs, Rich Coates 12:15
13. Barry Riley 12:27
14. Dave Magnier 13:07
15. Paul Haywood 13:08

Jordan Hill the new Club 5 TT Champion

Steve Briggs on the tough drag up to the Cricket Club

Rich Coates wins the Club 10 TT

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On Tuesday the 8th of May, Three club members took part in the Clubs 10 mile TT Championships which took place on the Holmes Chapel course just outside Congleton. On a clear and sunny evening a very strong ride from Rich Coates  saw him come out the winnner with a time of 24:35, followed by Jamie Jeffery in second with a time of 25:31 & Adrian Derbyshire in third with a time of 26;15. Congratulations to Rich and well done to everybody who took part. A thank you from the Club must go to Congleton CC for hosting and marshalling the event.

Results

  1. Rich Coates              24:35
  2. Jamie Jeffery             25:31
  3. Adrian Derbyshire     26:15

Rich Coates wins the Club 10 TT once again

Clubs 5 Mile Time Trial Championships

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We will be holding the Club’s 5 Mile Time Trial Championships on Monday the 4th of June 2018. The course starts at Jim Hallam’s garage in Rushton Spencer and follows the A523 to finish outside Tennant’s chemicals in Leek. Signing-on is in the White Lion car park from 6:00pm and the first rider will be off at 7:00pm(please note the event is limited to 30 riders). The Time Trial will be followed by Food and Drinks in the White Lion at 8:00pm. To enter the cost is £3.50 for the ride only or £5 for the ride and food. Hopefully the weather will be kind to us this year, fingers crossed.

Leek CC Hilly Reliability Ride

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On Sunday March the 18th Leek Cyclists Club will be once again holding its annual Hilly Reliability Ride. The Paul Derbyshire Memorial Reliability is a scenic 52 mile ride through the Peak Distrtict, which takes in some lovely lanes & challenging climbs. Due to very sad circumstances we have decided to postpone the Buffet and Prize Presentation, once a new date is finalized we will post it. The ride will start in the Market Place in the centre of Leek & will finish in the Market Place where riders are asked to return so they can sign out, signing on is from 8.00am with the riders due to start at 8.30am.  If you are interested in riding the Reliability or please contact the email below.     membership@leekcyclistsclub.co.uk

 

Prices for the event are:
Ride only :             £4

For more information on the route & to download a GPS File of the route please click on the link below

http://m.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=stddswkcqiegjqgd

It would be great to have a decent turn out to support the event, lets hope for some sunny weather & please everybody ride safe.

Mince Pie Ride 2017

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Icing conditions and the threat of rain did not prevent 20 hardy cyclists setting out on their annual ‘pudding’ run on Sunday, 17th December. Many of the riders had accessorised their bikes and donned fancy dress in a bid to be the best dressed Christmas rider of the year. A number of Santas, Pingu, the Grinch and even a bike customised as Rudolph left the Market Place for the round trip including a breakfast stop at The Raddle Inn, Hollington. The expected rainfall did not dampen spirits. Two riders stood out as would be winners: Santa with his collection of presents attached and the Grinch riding Rudolph. As just reward for his construction work, the £20 voucher went to Dave Magnier as the Grinch. Happily, Everyone made it home, safely, in spite of the inclement weather.

Written by “The Grinch” Dave Magnier

mp1 mp2                                            Rob Hanson & Dave Magnier

We also got a special mention in this weeks Global Cycling Network’s “The GCN Show”, we are mentioned starting from the 18th minute, click on the video below to take a look.

 

Club Hill Climb Championship 2017

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A decent turn out in dry and cloudy conditions saw 18 riders compete in the Leek CC Club Hill Climb Championship 2017, which is held on Gun Hill three miles outside, which is held on Gun Hill three miles outside Leek. The overall winner was Rob Howson with a time of 5:52 who is Leek CC Hill Climb Champion, Rob was followed in second place overall by Jordan Hill also of Leek CC with a time of 6:19, and then in third place overall was Alex Coates of Innovation Racing with a time of 6:26. Completing the Club Hill Climb podium was Rob Breeze with a time of 6:40.  Well done & great effort to all the riders who competed and thank you for supporting the event.  There was certainly some very close times with a number of riders separated by very small margins especially Nick Avins & Simon Morrall who recorded the very same time, as did Rich Coghill and Rich Whalley. Also big thanks to everyone who supported and helped out to make the event a success. The next club event is the AGM which will be held at Den Engel in early November.

1) Rob Howson 5:52                      Leek CC
2) Jordan Hill 6:19                         Leek CC
3) Alex Coates 6:26                       Innovation Racing
4) Louis Perry 6:28                        Swinnerton Cycles
5) Rob Breeze 6:40                        Leek CC
=6) Nick Avins 6:43                        Leek CC
=6) Simon Morrall 6:43                   Leek CC
=8) Rich Coghill 6:45                      Leek CC
=8) Rich Whalley 6:45                    Leek CC
10) Dominic Slinn 6:47                   Macclesfield Wheelers
11) Rob Hanson 7:04                     Leek CC
12) Liam Robinson 7:10                 Swinnerton Cycles
13) Barry Riley 7:42                       Leek CC
14) Adrian Derbyshire 7:54            Leek CC
15) Phil Simcock 7:59                    Leek CC
16) Paul Haywood 8:05                 Leek CC
17) Stuart Poole 8:07                     Leek CC
18) Chris Evans 9:22                     Leek CC

DSCF9590-2                                                               Rich Whalley

DSCF9598-2                                                             Simon Morrall

Legbreaker a Great Success

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The Leek Legbreaker of 2017 saw the biggest numbers to date turn up to tackle the “Hell of the Moorlands” an 82 mile loop of Leek and the surrounding areas, toughest climbs, including, llam, Grindon Moor, The Hollinsclough Rake, Gun Hill just to name a few. Total ascent would be approx 8,000ft of climbing. This year Andy Bain and the members of Club had so kindly organised and arranged for the entry fee to be donated to my Dad -Karl Clay – who was a regular club rider and a talented mtb racer who was left tetraplegic after a MTB accident last year. The money raised will be incredibly helpful in getting Karl back on a bike and back off roading again where he belongs. I speak for all my family, there are no words that can describe our gratitude, how you have all made this possible and changed his life for the better.

So as 9am came and went we were all raring to go & we knew this was no ride for the faint hearted. So we set off at a steady pace knowing what we had to come! All 82 of crazy cyclists were now on their journey to tackle one of the biggest challenges of all. The weather gods looked to be shining down on us, which would make the ride much more pleasurable. Everyone was smiling and discussing what part of the course they thought was the most terrifying! The most stand out fear amongst the peloton was of course Hollinsclough rake! 20% of pure evil! You need a good range of gears for this one!

But before getting to this part you have to do a gruelling 40 miles. Luckily a fantastic team of people, including Andy Bain, Alison Held, Sarah Coates, Phil Gayes ,Nick Avins & George and Margaret who had been preparing the route, had an amazing feed zone for us all to enjoy. There was a huge range of foods and refreshments for us all. Including tea, coffee, juice, water, cakes, pastries, bananas biscuits, you name it, it was there.

My Dad had made it to the feed zone to meet everyone too which was fantastic, it was great to have him their so people could see Dad again & see where there incredible donations are going and how it will help. Once riders had refuelled it was off again to tackle yet more hills. Everyone still seemed comfortable and happy, taking in new roads, new scenery and simply, the very best of the Peak District has to offer. You know the saying, ‘You don’t get something for nothing’ and it does make you work for it. But my word, it is worth it. All riders made it round, still with smiles on their faces, albeit with a few punctures and mechanicals, and I speak for myself and Andy Magnier here, and I believe one or two others experienced this insane localised monsoon. We got caught in several of the most heaviest downpours. Biblical rain showers that were bouncing of the ground and turning the roads into a river.

Once back at Den Engles in Leek – who kindly let us smelly, wet and dreary cyclists inside, we were able to reflect on the days outing. Over 5 hours later and over 8000ft of climbing we were all ready for a beer! All in all we all managed to raise an incredible £541.00 – We would like to thank everyone so much for their kind donations and look forward to showing you all where it is going. See you all again next year!

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Tony Cope & Karl Clay at the feed station at Ecton

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“Rolling Back the Years” Exhibition

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Hi everyone. It is the opening of “Rolling Back the Years” A Brief History of Leek Cyclists’ Club, this Friday 08/09/17 18.30 for 19.00 at The Foxlowe, Leek. Cycling legend Les West will open the exhibition. We have invited former members and friends of the club. There will also be a small display of “cycles through the ages”. Please come along and help make it a special occasion. Thanks Andy Bain

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Lakes Weekend

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In early July thirteen club members enjoyed a great weekends cycling in the Lake District, based in Glenridding on the shores of Ullswater. On the Saturday they completed a fantastic sunny 100 mile loop taking in a number of the Lake Districts most scenic and challenging climbs these included Newlands Pass, Honister Pass & Whinlatter. After a few beers and a good meal the riders then a enjoyed a 50 mile ride on the Sunday morning taking in Kirstone Pass and a loop which included great views of Lake Windermere and Coniston. A fantastic weekends cycling and well recommended to any keen cyclists

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Legbreaker “Hell of the Moorlands” 2017

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On Sunday September the 17th 2017, Leek Cyclists Club will once again be staging the   Legbreaker in Memory of Club Member Paul Derbyshire who sadly passed away in 2012.The 81 Mile ride which has been a great success over the years is renowned as one of the best in the country, with it being dubbed the “Hell of the Moorlands” mainly because of the amount of tough steep Moorland climbs which you have to conquer to complete the ride. The ride takes in some of the best scenery the Staffordshire Moorlands & The Peak District has to offer and includes steep climbs out of Ilam, Hollinsclough and the famous Gun Hill.
This year we have revised the route slightly so to avoid the ford in Butterton, which means riders are to ride up from Grindon and then ride to the T junction joining the B5053, then turn right onto the B5053 and then take the first right and drop into Butterton and then drop into Ecton for the feed station. For more information and to download the GPS File please click on the link below

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/13396500?fref=gc&dti=121028330938

Signing on will be from 8:30AM in the Market Place in the centre of Leek, with riders off at 9:00AM.The cost of the ride is £6, with all proceeds and donations from the Legbreaker this year going to club member Karl Clay’s Just Giving Page. Karl and his family in raising money to help Karl buy a FES machine which will help Karl immensely after a mountain bike accident last year, For more information and to make a donation please click on the link below.

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Karl-Clay?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socpledgedesktop&utm_content=Karl-Clay&utm_campaign=post-pledge-desktop&utm_term=KNvKEmwXZ  

There will be one feed station during the ride which will be located at Ecton which is after dropping into the Manifold Valley from Butterton. Riders will be provided with a route card and a map & the route will be fully signed. Once riders have completed the ride can they please make their way to the Den Engel Belgian Bar in Leek to Sign In (Den Engel is situated on Stanley Street just off the Market Place).

If you are interested in taking part in this years Legbreaker please contact the below email address or Telephone Number, so that numbers can be judged and the correct amount of food & drink can be ordered for the Feed Station. Best of Luck to all riders & please ride safe.

Contact Andy Bain on  :  Email     –  abain6@btinternet.com

Telephone  –   07450435754

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Great conditions for the Club 5 TT

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A very good turn out in what were warm and sunny conditions saw 19 riders compete in the Leek CC 5 mile TT.  Run on the tough course from Rushton Spencer to Leek, which includes the Hanging Gate Climb and the tough drag up to the Cricket Club, it was Andy Magnier of the Giordana Racing Team who was first on the night with a time of 10:15, followed by Alex Coates and Jon White in the second and third. Leek Cyclists Club first three riders on the night were Andy Baddeley with a time 10:58 followed by Nick Avins with a time of 11:03 and Barry Riley with a time of 11:06. Congratulations to Andy Baddeley who is now the Club 5 TT champion, and well done and great effort to everybody who took part there was some very fast and strong rides on the night. After the TT club members & supporters enjoyed a well deserved meal at the The White Lion Pub in Leek.  Special thanks to everybody who helped make the event a success & all the riders for supporting the event.

Results

1. Andy Magnier (Giordana Racing) 10:16
2. Alex Coates (Lyme RC) 10:32
3. Jon White (Pro Vision) 10:43
4. Andy Baddeley 10:58
5. Nick Avins 11:03
6. Barry Riley 11:06
7. Rich Whalley 11:11
8. Rob Breeze 11:19
9. Rob Hanson 11:29
10. Rich Coghill 11:33
11. Paul Hayward 12:09
12. Nick Deaville 12:20
13. Ade Hall 12:26
14. Dave Magnier 12:28
15. Adrian Derbyshire 12:29
16. Rich Coates 12:32
17. Chris Meir 12:34
18. Phil Simcock 12:45
19. Dan Noble 12:54

andy                          Leek Cyclists Club’s first rider on the night Andy Baddeley

ade                            Ade Hall on the tough drag up to the Cricket Club

 

Rich Coates wins the Club 10 Mile TT

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On Tuesday the 9th of May, Three club members took part in the Clubs 10 mile TT Championships which took place on the Gawsworth course just outside Congleton. On a clear and sunny evening a strong ride from Rich Coates saw him come out the winnner with a time of 24:27, followed by John Green in second with a time of 28:54, unfortunately with rotten luck Phil Gayes punctured after hitting a pot hole which meant he was unable to finish, unlucky Phil and hopefully you have better luck next time. Congratulations to Rich and well done to John & Phil for entereing. A thank you from the Club must go to Congleton CC for hosting and marshalling another excellent  event. The next Club Championship is the Club 5 TT which will be held on June the 5th on the Rushton to Leek Course.

Results

  1. Rich Coates     24:27
  2. John Green      28:54

Phi Gayes        DNF  (puncture)

RICH                             Rich Coates this years 10 Mile TT Champion

This photograph were taken by Mr Ken Norbury “© Ken Norbury”. To see more of Ken’s photograph’s click on the link. http://spinloose.co.uk/wp/ken-norburys-photo-gallery/

Dougie Mac Charity Ride 2017

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An early rise for me, kit and bike ready then Rob arrived at our door shivering, loaded his bike then we were off. The ‘Dougie Mac Cycle ride’ is a regular for the club with us usually having a good turnout. The start is at the Michelin Athletics club in Trentham, this year 16 from the club turned out.
Once we were all gathered we set off, the weather dry but a little cool. After a few miles we established a through and off system that we managed to keep going all the way to Llangollen. Our group had gathered quite a few other riders as we flew along, a very enjoyable first half.
Again in the car park a great atmosphere, many of the 1000 plus who do this event enjoying the now warm sunny day while refuelling. Most fuelling stations are good, if you like bananas!, so I just had a sandwich. It was great to see Claire and her 2 children there. She has been coming to encourage us for the past 5 years since the sad occasion of her brother’s death (25/03/2012). Only a car park, but we had a pleasant chat and laugh before setting off for the return
 
The climb up to Johnstown makes you realise your legs have been working but we were still altogether. ‘Through and off’ was started again, with a few like me avoiding the work at the front but appreciating the shelter. A short stop at Malpas for a comfort break, then carry on.
At around 90 miles the elastic started to break with Ade, Russ and myself dropping back and Keele bank sorting the stronger boys out, arriving back at the Michelin Club to a big welcome in the now hot sunny day at around 2pm
 
There was one incident of a flash car having a lady passenger shouting at us to get into single file as they sped past. At the junction ahead there was a little more intense conversation and a brief recital of the Highway Code, along with some timely advice on common sense for the driver and his passenger!
 
On a sad note, Leek Cyclists’ Club Members were sadden at the news of the loss of Uttoxeter Cycling Club Member Karl Payne during Sunday’s ‘Dougie Mac’ ride. Thoughts and condolences go out to Karl’s family, friends and fellow Club Members at UCC.
 
Thanks all for a great day, Dave M
 
dougie macAll the riders along with our much appreciated supporters the Anderson family in & also look out for Jordan Hill’s parrot who makes a special appearance on the back row :))

Leek CC Hilly Reliability Ride 2017

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Sixty Seven riders turned out to ride the annual Paul Derbyshire Memorial Hilly Reliability Ride, which is a scenic 53 Mile through the Peak District. Thanks to Phil Gayes’s pleading with the rain gods, we had a warm and sunny day. We set out in small groups to avoid a mass start with the riders setting out along the Ashbourne road before turning left to commence battle with School lane, Bradnop. A fearsome climb but one that Jo Clay demonstrated how it should be done. Thankfully, it was down hill to Oncote before turning for Grindon and the Manifold valley. The road in to the valley is littered with potholes and gravel and I saw one rider almost lose control on a corner but somehow he stayed upright, a master class in bike handling. It was a pleasant ride along Milldale and in to Parwich.  The riders then had the steady climb up to Longcliffe before the downhill stretch in to Winster. Of course, there was a head wind all the way.

The river Lathkill was in full flood , not something I have seen before as it is normally quite shallow. Both myself and Paul Haywood had gear problems on the climb to Youlgreave, strange how this issue chose this moment to make itself known and not before. I had to pull over for a energy gel and to admire the view, quite hard for me to lose the Touring cyclist mentality. I had to work hard to catch up with the riders in front on the road to Monyash. There was some rough patches of road as I reached Monyash, I hope other riders managed to avoid theses as it was quite a jolt to myself and the bike. I managed to catch up with the Black Horse Velo team and we carried on towards Parsley Hay before turning for Crowdecote. Longnor was soon reached and we turned for the last climb up to Fawfield Head and Morridge. At this point, my legs were protesting but with leek in view, I pressed on and pulled up outside Den Engles to sign off and enjoy a biscuit which Phil Gayes tried to pass off as his own baking. Is there no end to this mans dedication to the club? In all, a great day out in the local countryside with some great riders and I hope everyone had a enjoyable ride with no miss-haps. Thanks to Phill Gayes and other members who put out the signs and organised the ride.

Written by Nick Avins Club Rider and day dreamer

2 1After the ride the riders and friends enjoyed a well deserved buffet at The Den Engel Belgain Bar in Leek, which was then followed by the Clubs Award Presentation(see the Events page for the winners).  Well done to everybody who rode and thank you for supporting the event. The club would also like to thank everybody who helped to organize the event.

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Congleton CC 50 Mile Reliability Ride

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A crisp cool morning saw 11 Leek CC riders meet up for a slightly earlier than normal start, for the ride out to Congleton, to join the host club for their first reliability trial of the year.A fairly brisk pace over the Bridestones soon saw riders warmed up, and ready for the start of the trial.                                                                                                             After signing on, we were joined by “Team Coates”, who had opted for the less taxing option of driving out, due to racing the previous day. A unanimous decision to ride conservatively, but quick (18mph target) was taken, and we would all ride together for as long as possible. With Andy Magnier, “human satnav” Phil Gayes and Rich Coates doing the majority of the early donkeywork, the pace was pretty constant, and no one was left behind as we went around the outskirts of Macclesfield, and towards Alderley Edge. A slight separation occurred as riders split to allow an ambulance past, but by Warford, and Ollerton we had all regrouped, and the Leek CC train was in full flow again, with most people doing a turn or three on the front, successfully fighting the headwind all the way down from Toft and Peover, to Middlewich.                                                                      Leaving Middlewich, we entered back into the lanes, heading for Warmingham (Not the Dad’s Army setting!!), and into the outskirts of Crewe, where a diversion added a mile or two onto the correct route.At Winterley, we were back on track, and back into the lanes through Betchton, Smallwood, where we had our first casualty, as Phil Gayes decided his legs had done enough for the day, and was left to cruise the last few miles back into Congleton on his own.All our riders made the 18mph target average speed, and were greeted at the Congleton CC clubhouse with a well earned brew and biscuits ready for the, second trip of the day over the Bridestones.A great mornings riding had by all, and most eager for the 65 mile trial on the 18th of Feb.

Written by Club Rider Phil Gayes

Recent Club Events

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On Remembrance Sunday four Club Members represented the Club, in laying a wreath at the Nicholson War Memorial in Leek during the Remembrance Day Service and paying our respects to the people who have died in Two World Wars and in combat.

use66A group of 20 Club Members enjoyed a night watching the pro’s at the Manchester Veledrome on the 25th of November. The event was part of Revolution Series and was called the Champions League which saw a number of world class riders racing Including British Olympic Team Pursuit Champions Elinor Barker and Ed Clancy. Thanks to Jamie Jeffery and Jordan Hill for organising the evening.

use9A group of 26 Club Members enjoyed the annual Leek CC Christmas Social on the 5th of December. Starting off in Den Engel, they then tucked into a meal at the Leek Bar & Grill. Followed by more drinks at the Earl Grey afterwords. Thanks to Dan Noble for organising the evening.

use7 use4On Saturday the 17th of December the Club were joined by two Journalists from Cycling Weekly during a hilly and scenic Club Run. They joined us so that Leek Cyclist Club will feature in a upcoming edition of Cycling Weekly in their ‘Ride With’ feature. Make sure to keep a look out in future editions of Cycling Weekly so you can buy a copy. Thanks to Andy Bain for organising.

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Cycling Weekly Ride

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On Saturday the 17th of December, there will be a Saturday morning Club Run, where we will be joined by members of the Cycling Weekly Staff who will be featuring the Club in their “Ride With” feature. The ride will be around 40 miles long taking in Gun Hill, Flash and Grindon with a cafe stop in Longnor and then drinks after in Den Engel. The ride will start at 9:00am outside Den Engel. Hope to see you there.

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Hill Climb Season Round Up

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Throughout September and October a number of our members have been entering various Hill Climb Events in the local area, below is a quick roundup of how they fared.

– Tony Cope took part in the Long Hill Hill Climb on the 4th of September which was ran by Buxton CC. With cold conditions and a cross wind Tony finished 5th in the veteran category and 23rd overall. Well done Tony

– With the Cat & Fiddle Hill Climb which is ran by Weaver Valley CC sadly clashing with our Legbreaker Sportive this year. We only had one member enter with Tony Cope finishing with a brilliant time of 21:40 finishing 2nd in the veteran category and 16th overall out of 90 riders. Well done Tony

– Tony Cope took part in the Glossop Kinder Hill Climb which took place on the 25th September, and produced a great ride finishing 12h overall and 2nd in the Veteran Category.

– On the 2nd of September, three club members took part in the Congleton CC Hill Climb, which took place on Ganny Bank just outside Biddulph. On a sunny and clear day, Rob Howson came second overall finishing with a time of 5:38, Rich Coghill produced a strong ride to finish 4th with a time of 6:30 and John Green produced a strong ride also to finish 8th with a time of 7:28.

– On the same day as Congletons Hill Climb, Tony Cope headed over to Monsal Dale in the Peak District to take part in the famous Monsal Hill Climb which is ran by Sheffrec Cycling Club. Tony produced a great ride to finish 3rd overall in the Veterans Category and 38th overall out of 154 riders with a time of 01:36. Great effort Tony.     

– On the 16th of September on a cold and wet day. Three Club members entered the Beeley Moor Hill Climb which is ran by Chesterfield Couruers. Tony Cope finished 21st with a time of 10:24 and 2nd in the veteran category. Rich Coghill finished 40th with a time of 11:17 and Jordan Hill finished 44th with a time of 11:26. Well done everyone

– On the 22nd of October, Tony Cope took part in the Riber Hill Climb and the Bank Road Hill Climb which are both ran by Matlock CC. Another great ride from Tony saw him finish 2nd in the veteran category with a time of 4:06 on Riber, and 3rd in the veteran category on Bank Road with a time of 2:12. Well done Tony.

– On the 29th of October, Tony Cope and Rob Howson took part in the National Hill Climb Championship which took place on Bank Road in the centre of Matlock. With a large crowd and a great atmosphere Tony and Rob produced strong rides finishing 86th and 101st respectively out of 238 riders with Tony finishing 5th in the veteran category. Also friends of the club Jo Clay and Alex Coates produced strong rides with Jo finishing 3rd in the Female Category and Alex 5th in the Juvenile category. Well Done everyone

beeley           Jordan Hill, Rich Coghill and Tony Cope after the Beeley Moor Hill Climb

johnfb                             John Green during the Congleton CC Hill Climb

richfb                            Rich Coghill during the Congleton CC Hill Climb

tony                  Tony Cope during the National Hill Climb Championships in Matlock

robfb               Rob Howson during the National Hill Climb Championships in Matlock

the top photograph is courtesy of Tony Cope, thanks Tony

and the rest of the photograph’s were taken by Mr Ken Norbury “© Ken Norbury”. To see more of Ken’s photograph’s click on the link. http://spinloose.co.uk/wp/ken-norburys-photo-gallery/

Leek CC Hill Climb Championship 2016

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A very good turn out in sunny conditions saw 22 riders compete in the Leek CC Club Hill Climb Championship 2016, which is held on Gun Hill three miles outside Leek. The overall winner was Rob Howson who is Leek CC Hill Climb Champion, Rob was followed by Tony Cope, only 65 hundredths of a second behind, in second place. Rich Coghill was sixth overall and completes the Leek CC podium. Well done & great effort to all the riders who competed and thank you for supporting the event, there was certainly some very close times with a number of riders separated by very small margins. Also big thanks to everyone who supported and helped out (especially Kathy for the cakes!). The event was followed by a Club Run with a well deserved cafe stop in Longnor.

Also click below to see a video of all the competitors as they fight up the steep climb. Thanks to Jon White for letting us use his excellent video.

Results

1 Rob Howson 5:36.64         Leek CC
2 Tony Cope 5:37.29             Leek CC
3 Jon Bourne  5:53                Rourke CC
4 Jordan Hill 6:11
5 Alex Coates  6:14               Lyme RC
6 Rich Coghill 6:17                Leek CC
7 Darren Owen 6:26             Black Horse Velo
=8 Nick Avins 6:30                Leek CC
=8 Rich Whalley 6:30           Leek CC
10 Rob Hanson 6:31            Leek CC
11 Mark Allen  6:33               Congleton CC
12 Barry Riley 6:40               Leek CC
13 Chris Wilcox 6:41           Lyme RC
14 Lee Wood 6:59               Congleton CC
15 Chris Meir 7:07               Leek CC
16 Tim Washington 7:29     Black Horse Velo
17 Jamie Jeffrey 7:30          Leek CC
18 Justin Barker 7:37          Black Horse Velo
19 Andy Barker 8:01           Black Horse Velo
20 Steve Lord 8:14              Black Horse Velo
21 Steve Sladin 8:15           Congleton CC
22 Polly Wilding 9:20           Congleton CC

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Legbreaker 2016 a Great Success

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On Sunday the 18th of September the Club’s Legbreaker Sportive was held for the forth year running, a very good turn out saw 34 riders complete the ride which is held in memory of Club Member Paul Derbyshire. With great weather once again and the challenging 80 mile route, which takes in many of the toughest climbs the Moorlands has to offer, it made for a tough but rewarding ride. Well Done to all the riders who completed the ride & thank you for your support, it was great to see alot of local riders from various local Cycling Clubs. A special thank you from the Club must go to Chairman Andy Bain and everybody else who helped to organise and run the event. Hopefully next year will be just as successful.

start             The riders signing on just before the start of the ride in the centre of Leek

feed               Riders enjoying the rewards of the excellent feed station at Ecton

after        & then everybody enjoying a well earned drink afterwards at Den Engel in Leek

Douglas Macmillan Hospice Charity Bike Ride 2016

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On Sunday the 15th of May 2016, Fourteen Club members took part in the annual Douglas Macmillan Hospice Charity Bike Ride. The 110 mile ride which started at the Michelin Athletic Club in Trent Vale took the riders to Llangollen in Wales & then back to Trent Vale taking in a lot of scenic lanes. Well done and great effort by all our riders for raising money for a very worthy cause.

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Rich Coates wins the Club 10 TT

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On Tuesday the 17th of May, two club members took part in the Clubs 10 mile TT Championships which took place on the Gawsworth course just outside Congleton. On a clear and sunny evening a strong ride from Rich Coates saw him come out the winnner with a time of 26:34, followed by John Green in second with a time of 28:03. Congratulations to Rich and well done to John. A thank you from the Club must go to Congleton CC for hosting and marshalling another excellent  event. The next Club Championship is the Club 5 TT which will be held on June the 6th on the Rushton to Leek Course.

Results

  1. Rich Coates     26:34
  2. John Green      28:03

RICHRich Coates during his winning ride

_DSC5523-27John Green during his strong ride

These photographs were taken by Mr Ken Norbury “© Ken Norbury”. To see more of Ken’s photograph’s click on the link. http://spinloose.co.uk/wp/ken-norburys-photo-gallery/

Tour of Flanders 2016

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Well done to all our Club Members who travelled over to Flanders in Belgium at the start of April, to take part in the Ronde van Vlaanderen Cyclo. All our riders enjoyed the Ronde van Vlaanderen Cyclo which is a tough and challenging 82 Mile ride which takes in all of the tough cobbled sections that professionals race on during the Tour of Flanders. During the trip the group were lucky to stay in the same hotel as Team Sky for the two nights, which was a great insight into what goes on at the top level of professional racing. The day after the ride the group watched the professionals during the Tour of Flanders One Day Classic, seeing the riders race up the famous Oude Kwaremont cobbled climb three times. A great weekend and recommended to any keen cyclist.

12919271_10156658012005063_1816189493_n-2                                           All the riders after the tough ride

DSCF6803-2                          Team Sky Mechanics preparing for the Big Race

S0426912-2         And watching the pro’s at the bottom of the Oude Kwaremont on the Sunday

 

Leek CC Hilly Reliability Ride 2016

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On Sunday March 13th, Leek Cyclists Club once again held The Paul Derbyshire Memorial Reliability Ride. A record turn out, on what was dry and sunny day saw 51 riders complete the tough 55 mile ride through the Peak District. The route took the riders through Bradnop, Onecote, Grindon, Milldale, Parwich, Longcliffe, Grangemill, Winster, Youlgreave, Lathkill Dale, Monyash, Crowdecote, Longnor & Thorncliffe. After the ride the riders and friends enjoyed a well deserved buffet at The Den Engel Belgain Bar in Leek, which was then followed by the Clubs Award Presentation(see the Events page for the winners).  Well done to everybody who rode and thank you for supporting the event. The club would also like to thank everybody who helped to organize the event.

2016-03-13 08.23.21-3               The riders just before the start in the Market Place, in the centre of Leek

DSCF6779-2   Club Chairman Andy Bain presenting Clubman of the Year, Dave Magnier with his trophy

Reliability Ride’s 2016

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Throughout February a number of our members have been taking part in the annual Reliability Ride’s which are run by a number of local clubs to prepare riders for the Spring. Here are a few photo’s of our members taking part in the Congleton CC 50 & 65 mile rides.

_DSC1434-94_DSC1347-10 _DSC1545-204 All these photo’s were taken by Mr Ken Norbury “© Ken Norbury”. To see more of Ken’s photograph’s click on the link. http://spinloose.co.uk/wp/ken-norburys-photo-gallery/

Shorter Ride this Sunday

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We have once again scheduled a shorter Sunday Club Run for this Sunday, February 7th 2016. Riders are asked to meet at Leek Market Place at 9.00AM. The ride will range between 30-40 miles at a reasonably steady tempo with a café stop approximately half way through the ride. Potential new members are welcome to attend.