Leek CC 140th Anniversary

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On the weekend of the 6th and 7th August Leek Cyclists’ Club will be celebrating their 140thanniversary, making them one of the longest running cycling clubs in the UK. Founded in1876 by WT Cook as The Leek and Moorlands Bicycle Club, the club went through a number of name changes before settling on Leek Cyclists’ Club in 1883.
To kick off the celebrations some of the hardier members of the club will be taking on a
monster circular cycle route from Leek to Shropshire and back on Saturday August 6th; 140 miles for the 140 years of Leek CC. The club will be welcoming them back with an
anniversary social event that evening in Den Engel.
Since 1928 Leek CC have run regular Sunday club runs but on Sunday August 7th the club will be at Leek’s very own Totally Locally. The club will be running fun competitions on their stall as well as at their sponsor Den Engel on Stanley Street. Also on display will be photos from throughout the club’s history. The Leek CC archives include some of the oldest photographs and records of cycle club activity in the UK and are of great historical interest.
If you’d like to know more about Leek Cyclists’ Club 140th anniversary events, please visit our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/121028330938/ and for a historical overview of Leek Cyclists Club click on the History Tab above.

DSCN2678 Wetton Mill club run 1948 Nov 28th

Early Club Run

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With our planned 140 Mile anniversary ride only three weeks away. This Sunday(17th July 2016) there will be a early Club Run leaving the Market Place at 8:00AM with the plan on doing around 80 miles including a cafe stop. Hope to see you there

Rich Coates wins the Club 25 Mile TT

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On Tuesday the 28th of June, three club members took part in the Clubs 25 mile TT Championships which took place on the Chelford course in Cheshire. On a wet and cold evening a great ride from Rich Coates saw him come out the winnner with a time of 1:05:13, followed by Rich Coghill in second with a time of 1:05:40 and Paul Haywood in third with a time of 1:07:01. Congratulations to Rich who is now the Club’s 25 Mile champion and well done to Rich and Paul. Also Chapeau to Rich who is now the Clubs 25 Mile and 10 Mile Champion, top effort!. A thank you from the Club must go to Congleton CC for hosting and marshalling the event. The next Club Championship is the Club 50 TT which will be held on August the 13th.

Results

  1. Rich Coates    1:05:13
  2. Rich Coghill     1:05.40
  3. Paul Haywood  1:07.01

RICHRich Coates this years 25 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/

Great Turn out for Club 5 TT

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A very good turn out in what were sunny and warm conditions saw 21 riders compete in the Leek CC 5 mile TT Championships.  Run on a tough course which starts in Rushton Spencer and see’s the riders then tackle the Hanging Gate Climb which is then followed by the slight and fast decent into Leek. It was Rob Howson of the Leek CC who was first on the night with a time of 11:21, followed by Tony Cope also of Leek CC in second with a time of 11:27 & then Alex Coates of Lyme RC in third with a time of 11:41. There was certainly some very close times throughout the field including on three occasions two riders being separated by only a single second.                                              Congratulations to Rob who is the Leek CC Club 5 Mile TT Champion and well done & great effort to all the riders who competed, and thank you for supporting the event. After the TT club members & supporters enjoyed well deserved Chip Buttys at the The White Lion Pub in Leek. A thank you from the club must go to Ruth,John,Phil & George and anybody else who helped put on the very successful event and also to local photographer Robbie Unwin for taking some fantastic photographs during the event.

 Results

1. Rob Howson 11:21                  Leek CC
2. Tony Cope 11:27                      Leek CC
3. Alex Coates 11:41                    Lyme RC
4. Rich Whalley 11:42                  Leek CC
5. Mark Allen 11:45                       Congleton CC
6. Nick Avins 11:58                       Leek CC
7. Rich Coghill 12:10                    Leek CC
8. Will Neill 12:13                          Leek CC
9. Jim Varley 12:32                       Black Horse Velo
10. Rob Hanson 12:37                 Leek CC
11. Justin Barker 12:56                Black Horse Velo
12. Paul Hayward 13:09              Leek CC
13. Rich Coates 13:10                Leek CC
14. Dan Noble 13:14                   Leek CC
15. Ade Hall 13:16                       Leek CC
16. Paul Barratt 13:17                 Leek CC
17. Jamie Jeffrey 13:20               Leek CC
18. Dave Magnier 13:23              Leek CC
19. Phil Simcock 13:48               Leek CC
20. David Fryer-Winder 14:03
21. John Broadbent 15:22           Congleton CC

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26898724484_77c2bc02dc_ba number of the riders before the TT

to see more of the photographs Robbie took click on the link below

http://www.robbiunwin.org.uk/?p=1126

 

Club 5 Mile TT Championships

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We will be holding the Club’s 5 Mile Time Trial Championships on Monday the 6th of June 2016. 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 chip butties and drinks in the White Lion at 8:00pm. To enter the cost is £3.50.  Hopefully the weather will be kind to us this year, fingers crossed.

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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/

Club 10 Mile TT Championships 2016

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The first club championships of the year will be held next Tuesday evening on the 10th of May 2016. The Clubs 10 Mile TT Chmapionsips will be held on the Gasworth course(JC/5) just outside Macclesfield which is quite a rolling course. The event is hosted and marshelled by Congleton CC, to sign on riders are asked to meet at the Rising Sun pub car park and the first rider is off at 19:15, for more information see the Events page.

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.

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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

History of the Club

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Thanks to long serving Club Member and Club President Mr Kev Sharrock, we now have a more detailed written history of the Club on our History Page on the website. It includes details of various events throughout the clubs history and we have also added a selection of photographs which showcases the Club through the years. Click on the History tab above to see the page.

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Leek CC Hilly Reliability Ride 2016

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On Sunday March the 13th, Leek Cyclists Club will be once again holding its annual Hilly Reliability Ride. The Paul Derbyshire Memorial Reliability is a scenic 55 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 Belgian Bar in Leek 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.

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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.

Moorlands Radio

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Two Club Members will be interviewed on Moorlands Radio this Saturday 06/02/2016. They will be interviewed during the Stations ‘Sport Beat Show’ which is between 3-6pm & will be discussing a variety of subjects relating to the Club. Try to tune in if you can, Moorlands Radio can be found on the frequency 103.7FM.

Velodrome & Roller Racing Photos

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Late last year, local photographer Robbi Unwin kindly documented two of our events. The first event was our Track Session at Derby Velodrome & the second event was the return leg of our Rolling Racing Challenge against Congleton CC. Below are a selection of the shots he took.

Derby Velodrome Track Session

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Thank you to Robbi for taking the time to document our events and taking some great photographs in the process. To see more of Robbi’s work head over to his website by clicking on the link below.  http://www.robbiunwin.org.uk/

Shorter Club Run January 24th

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We have scheduled a shorter Sunday club run for this Sunday, January 24th 2016.      Club Chairman Andy Bain has kindly offered to lead the ride & 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.

Congleton CC Reliability Rides 2016

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Congleton CC are once again hosting there Reliability Rides in 2016, with the first of the rides on the 24th of January 2016 with riders off at 9:00am. The rides start from Congleton Rugby Club’s Club House which is also Congleton CC’s Club House, which is in the centre of Congleton. The rides are aimed at giving riders a good base going into the season & we normally have a good turnout from Leek CC with some riders riding out from Leek & others starting in Congleton.

The Dates & Routes are as follows

January 24th – 50 Mile, Sign on from 8:30am   Riders off at 9.00am

http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/ccc-49m-reliability

February 7th – 65 Mile, Sign on from 9:00am   Riders of at 9:30am

http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/congletoncc-reliability-65

February 21st – 100 Mile,  Sign on 7:30am for 8 Start (Slower Pace) or 8:00am for 8:30am Start (Faster Pace)

http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/congletoncc-100-reliability

Please note that you need to be a member of a Club and have 3rd party insurance to ride & that we are guests of Congleton CC so please respect their rules. Also please go at the  target speed of the group you start with( i.e 15mph,18mph) & please don’t force the pace of the group as it is not a race. Hopefully we have a great turnout & everybody has a safe and enjoyable ride.

October’s Racing Roundup

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Here’s a quick recap of how our members had gone on this month.

- On the same day as placing second in the Club’s Hill Climb on Gun Hill, 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 10th overall in the Veteran Category and 47th overall out of 145 riders with a time of 01:43. Great effort Tony.                                                                                                                     On the 11th of October, Rob Howson took part in the Mow Cop Hill Climb which is ran by Lyme RC. Dubbed the Killer Mile for its steep and challenging sections Rob produced a strong ride to finish 11th out of 61 riders, with a time of 05:05. Well Done Rob.

- On the 18th of October, Tony Cope took part in the Riber Hill Climb which is ran by Matlock CC. Climbing up to Riber Castle which looks over Matlock, it’s a challenging climb with a maximum gradient of 25%. Another great ride from Tony saw him finish 1st in the veteran category and 19th overall out of 39 riders.

TonyTony Cope taking part in the Monsal Hill Climb 2015

AGM 2015

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This years Leek Cyclists Club Annual General Meeting, will be held on Monday November the 9th, at 8:25pm 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.

Leek CC win on the Rollers

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On Thursday the 22nd of October, It was Leek CC V Congleton CC in a Roller Racing Challenge held at Den Engel in Leek,  Fourteen riders took part in a number of close races which included solo and team races over 250, 500 & 1000 meter distances. Tony Cope of Leek CC won the 500 meter scratch race overall. Alex Coates son of Leek CC member Rich who was competing for Congleton CC on the night won the Devil Race & Rich Whalley and Rob Howson won the Team Pursuit for Leek CC. So overall it was a win for Leek CC on the night but there was a lot of really close races which made for some great action and the return leg in November should be very interesting to see who comes out on top. The evening was a great success and the Club would like to say a massive thank you to Swinnerton Cycles of Fenton, Stoke on Trent, for once again providing the rollers & helping to run the event. Also thank you to all the supporters and holders. Congleton CC will be hosting the return leg of the the Roller Racing Challenge on the 19th November 2015 at there headquarters.

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Roller Racing Challenge

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Leek Cyclist Club are hosting a Roller Racing Event this Thursday (22nd of October 2015) which starts at 7.30pm in Den Engel . It’ll be a fun event where Leek CC will be taking on Congleton CC in a inter club challenge, friends and family are welcome to cheer the riders on. Riders are asked to bring there own bike, with up to four racers at a time and each rider will have a holder, therefore you don’t need to be competent at riding on rollers to race. Swynnertons Cycles have very kindly offered their services and equipment so please come along if you can. It should be a great night, the event will be followed by a few beers.

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Club Social Night

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As Den Engel is closing for one week and a half weeks for refurbishment, It has been decided to push the Club’s Social Night back until Wednesday the 14th of October, as normal it starts at 8pm.

Club Hill Climb Championships 2015

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A very good turn out in decent conditions saw 18 riders compete in the Leek CC Club Hill Climb Championships 2015, held on the famous Gunn Hill three miles outside Leek.  Leek CC rider Rob Howson was the winner on the day with a time of 5:40, he was followed by Leek CC rider Tony Cope in second with a time of 6:14 and Ben Harper in third with a time of 6:22.  Congratulations to Rob who is the Leek CC Club Champion and 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 .  A thank you from the club must go to Ruth,John,Phil & George and anybody else who helped put on the very successful event. The event was followed by a club run with a well deserved cafe stop in Longnor.

 

Results

1   Rob Howson 5:40                Leek CC
2   Tony Cope 6:14                    Leek CC
3   Ben Harper 6:22                  Unattached
4   Rich Whalley 6:25               Leek CC
5   Rich Coghill 6:26.80            Leek CC
6   Karl Clay 6:26.80.98            Leek CC
7   Chris Wilcox 6:31                Lyme RC
8   Nick Avins 6:34                    Leek CC
9   Mark Allen 6:42                    Congelton CC
10 Alex Coates 6:49                 Leek CC
11 Barry Riley 6:54                   Leek CC
12 Rob Hanson 7:07                Leek CC
13 Daniel Yarnold 7:12             Leek CC
14 Rich Coates 7:21                Leek CC
15 Paul Haywood 7:38             Leek CC
16 Dan Noble 7:50                   Leek CC
17 Dave Magnier 7:56              Leek CC
18 Phil Simcock 7:59               Leek CC

S0226148                          Leek CC rider Dan Yarnold battling the steep section of Gun Hill

S0266173-2                       Nick Avins(left) & Phil Simcock(right) during Sundays Hill Climb

Septembers Racing Roundup

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Once again alot of Club members have been out Racing during September here’s a quick recap of how they’ve gone on

– Phil Gayes produced another strong ride to post a time very fast time of 56:59 when he took part in the Port Wheelers 25 mile TT in South Wales on the 6th of September. Placing Phil 26th out of 100 riders, great ride Phil

– Tony Cope took part in the Long Hill Hill Climb on the 6th of September which was ran by Buxton CC. With cold conditions and a cross wind Tony finished 4th in the veteran category and 22nd overall. Well done Tony

–  Phil Gayes posted a personal best time of 21:17 knocking 36 seconds off his PB when he took part in the Team Swift 10 mile TT near Hull on the 19th of September, Phil averaged over 28 mph in what weren’t favorable conditions, fantastic ride Phil well done.

– Nine Club members took part in the Cat & Fiddle Hill Climb which is ran by Weaver Valley CC on the 20th of September. On a clear but chilly morning, all the riders produced very strong rides, with Tony Cope finishing with our best time of 22:58 finishing 9th in the veteran category and 39th overall out of 94 riders. The event overall was won by former Club member Adam Kenway with a time of 18:37, Well done to all our riders who rode, great effort.

Leek CC Cat & Fidldle HC Results (note not in result order)

Daniel Ralph –                      26.03
David Neill. –                         23.43
Craig Gilchrist. –                  25.07
Karl Clay. –                          23.48
Tony Cope –                        22.48
Paul Haywood –                  26.51
Rich Coates. –                    25.41
Phil Gayes –                        24.39
Rich Coghill. –                     23.40

– On the 27th of September three club members took part in the 2015 Great Orme Road Race in Llandudno, Wales. The race see’s the riders do lap’s around the famous Great Orme on the toll road. With great conditions Rich Coghill produced a very fine ride finishing 8th in the Masters Race followed by a strong ride from Rich Coates in 21st. Rich Whalley also finished in the bunch in the very tough seniors Race, well done lads.

- Also on the 27th of September, four 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 a close second overall finishing just over a second behind the winner with a time of 5:46. Tony Cope produced another strong ride to finish forth overall with a time of 6:16, also John Green & Paul Haywood produced strong rides to finish 10th & 13th overall.

– Club Rider Will Neill took part in the incredibly challenging Three Peaks Cyclo Cross Race on the 27th of September, the Three Peaks race which is recognized as the toughest and biggest Cyclo-Cross event in the UK, takes place in the Yorkshire Dales and is a grueling 38 Miles long. Will produced an outstanding ride to finish 112th overall out of 536 riders despite unluckily buckling his rear wheel towards the back end of the race. Well Done Will great ride.

rich coghill raceRich Coghill second from the left taking part in the 2015 Great Orme Road Race

le trickRich Whalley during the 2015 Great Orme Road Race

Club Hill Climb Champs 2015

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This years Club Hill Climb Championships will once again be held at Gun Hill on October 4th 2015.  Signing on is at Meerbrook Village Hall from 9:30AM with the first rider off at 10:00AM. Entry fee is £3 for Leek CC members & £4 for non-members, please note that the event is limited to 30 riders, Best of luck to all competitors.

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The Legbreaker ”Hell of the Moorlands” 2015

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On the 13th September the club’s Legbreaker Sportive was held for the third year running, a very good turn out saw 36 riders complete the ride with is ran in memory of Club Member Paul Derbyshire. With great weather once again and the challenging 80 mile route, which takes in many of 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 including Congleton CC, Lyme RC & Black Horse Velo  A special thank you from the Club must go to Chairman Andy Bain and everybody who helped to organise and run the event. Hopefully next year will be just as successful.

legbreaker 2015The riders before the start of the ride in the Market Place

legbreaker 2015 1-2Riders arriving at the feed station at Ecton

den engelRiders enjoying a well deserved drink at Den Engel after the ride

Augusts Racing Roundup

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Many club members have been out Racing during August here’s a quick recap of how they’ve gone on

– Phil Gayes produced a very strong ride to post a personal best time of 55:59 when he took part in a Realteam open 25 mile Time Trial near to Glyn-neath in South Wales. Well done Phil

– Rich Coates competed in the RTTC National 12hr Championships which took place near to Press in Cheshire, Rich managed a staggering 213:53 during the 12 hours finishing 53rd overall, great ride Rich

–  Tony Cope competed in the Nutcracker XC Mountain Bike Series in Gandale North Yorkshire, Tony had a great result finishing in a very strong 4th place in the Veteran        Male catagory.

– A number of Club Riders took part in the Two up 10 mile TT ran by Congleton CC on the 18th of August near to Holmes Chapel. Riders rode in pairs over the 10 mile distance to see who could cover the distance in least amount of time. Well done to Jamie Jefferey & Phil Gayes who posted our fastest time with a time of 25:15 finishing ninth overall. Great effort to Rich Coghill, Karl Clay, Rich Coates, Ant Ashby and Nick Alvins who also took part.

– Tony Cope took part in the Glossop Kinder Hill Climb which took place on the 30th August, and produced a great ride finishing 25th overall and 4th in the Veteran Category.

jamie and phil  Club Riders Jamie Jeffery and Phil Gayes

Photograph courtesy of Mr Ken Norbury of Congleton CC

The Legbreaker ”Hell of the Moorlands” 2015

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On Sunday September the 13th 2015, Leek Cyclists Club will once again be staging the   Legbreaker Sportive in Memory of Club Member Paul Derbyshire who sadly passed away in 2012.The 80 Mile Sportive 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.
For more information on the route please download the below files.
Route Information PDF :  Legbreaker 2015
Legbreaker 2015 GPX File

 

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 £5. 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 although there is a slight deviation from the old route in that Leg 7 from Hollington now avoids Denstone and goes past the JCB on the main road to Rocester then Ellastone and onto Leg 10. 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 –   01538 382658

andybain-3The riders before the start of last years Legbreaker

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Phil Gayes wins 50 mile TT

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On Saturday the 15th of August, one club member took part in the Clubs 50 mile TT Championships which took place on the Chelford course in Cheshire. On a clear but windy day Phil Gayes produced a strong ride and finished with a time of 2:06:05.  Congratulations to Phil and Well Done. A thank you from the club must also go to Congleton CC for hosting and marshaling the event.

  1. Phil Gayes       2:06:05

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Photograph courtesy of Mr Ken Norbury of Congleton CC

Good Luck Matt!!

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Good luck to Club Rider Matt Smith who is taking part in the Mersey Roads 24 Hour Time Trial near Whitchurch in Cheshire, this weekend (July 18th & 19th 2015). Matt is aiming to ride an amazing 400 miles in 24 hours & he is looking to raise as much money as possible for the Midlands Air Ambulance, please support Matt and a great charity by clicking on his donation page below

https://www.justgiving.com/smudge24hrs/

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Phil Gayes wins the Club 25 Mile TT

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On Tuesday the 23rd of June, Six club members took part in the Clubs 25 mile TT Championships which took place on the Chelford course in Cheshire. On a clear and sunny evening a strong ride from Phil Gayes saw him come out the winner with a time of 1:00:04 , followed by Will Neil in second with a time of 1:02:44 & Barry Riley and Rich Coghill in joint third with a time of 1:02:44 . Congratulations to Phil who is once again the Club’s 25 mile TT Champion and well done to all club members who took part. A thank you from the Club must go to Congleton CC for hosting and marshaling the event.

 

Results

  1. Phil Gayes        1:00:04
  2. Will Neil             1:02:44
  3. Barry Riley        1:03:40
  4. Rich Coghill      1:03:40
  5. Rich Coates      1:05:28
  6. Matt Smith         1:07:35

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rich coates useRich Coates during his strong ride

Both photographs courtesy of Mr Ken Norbury of Congleton CC

Roller Racing a Success

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On Friday the 5th of June, Leek CC held a Roller Racing Event at Den Engel in Leek,  Eight riders took part in a number of close races which included solo and team races over 500 & 1000 metres distances. Best rider on the night was awarded to Leek CC rider Rich Whalley, well done Rich. The Club would like to say a massive thank you to Paul & Barney Swinnerton of Swinnerton Cycles in Fenton, Stoke on Trent, for providing the rollers & helping to run the event. Also thank you to the supporters and holders, hopefully we will able to host a similar event next year.  rollers

Tough Conditions for the Club 5 TT

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A very good turn out in what were very wet & cold conditions saw 16 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, it was Andy Magnier of the Giordana Racing Team who was first on the night with a time of 12:59, followed by Jon White of Kidsgrove Wheelers in second with a time of 13:17 & Rob Howson of Leek CC in third with a time of 13:21. Congratulations to Andy and well done to Rob who is the Club 5 TT champion. Great effort also to everybody who took part, in what were very testing conditions with a block head wind all the way in and driving rain.  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 & hopefully the weather will be alot better next year.

  1. Andy Magnier   12:59      Giordana Racing Team
  2. Jon White         13:17      Kidsgrove Wheelers
  3. Rob Howson    13: 21     Leek CC
  4. Rich Whalley    13:35      Leek CC
  5. Rich Coghill      14:05     Leek CC
  6. Karl Clay           14:25     Leek CC
  7. Mark Allen          14:26    Congleton CC
  8. Alex Coates       14:50    Lyme RC
  9. Rich Coates      15:06     Leek CC
  10. Nick Avin            15:07    Leek CC
  11. Paul Barratt       15:15    Leek CC
  12. Barry Riley         15:19    Leek CC
  13. Dan Noble          15:28    Leek CC
  14. Steve Sladin       15:30    Congleton CC
  15. Daniel Yarnold    16:33    Leek CC
  16. Rob Langford      20:21   Congleton CC

rob useRob Howson (Left) this years winner of the Leek CC 5 Mile TT Championships

DANUSEDan Noble battling the tough conditions on the way into Leek

Shorter Sunday Club Run

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We have once again scheduled a shorter Sunday Club Run for June 7th 2015. 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 cafe stop.

Roller Racing this Friday!

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Leek Cyclist Club are hosting a Roller Racing Event this Friday (5th of June 2015) which starts at 7.00 in Den Engel . It’s a fun event so friends and family are welcome to cheer the riders on. Riders are asked to bring there own bike, with up to four racers at a time and each rider will have a holder. Therefore you don’t need to be competent at riding on rollers to race. Swynnertons Cycles have very kindly offered their services and equipment for free so please come along if you can. It should be a great night, no doubt the event will be followed by a few beers.

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Club 5 Mile TT Championships

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Hi all,

We will be holding the Club 5 Time Trial on Monday the  1st of June 2015.

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 6:15, and the first rider will be off at 7:00.

The race is followed by carbo-loading with food in the White Lion at 8:00.

The cost for club members & second claim members is £2.00 for TT and butties and £3.00 for non members

Hope to see you there!

Cheers,
John Green , Club Racing Secretary

Douglas Macmillan Hospice Charity Bike Ride

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On Sunday the 17th of May 2015, Twelve 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 the riders.  A special thank you once again to friends of the Club, the Anderson family for their support in Llangollen, it was much appricatied.

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Rich Whalley wins the Club 10 TT

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On Tuesday the 12th of May, Seven club members took part in the Clubs 10 mile TT Championships which took place on the Gawsworth course just outside Congleton. On a clear but windy evening a very strong ride from Rich Whalley saw him come out the winnner with a time of 23:47, followed by Phil Gayes in second with a time of 24:03 & Rob Howson in third with a time of 24;40. 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 another excellent  event. The next Club Championship is the Club 5 TT which will be held on June 1st on the Rushton to Leek Course.

 

Results

  1. Rich Whalley    23:47
  2. Phil Gayes        24:03
  3. Rob Howson    24:40
  4. Paul Haywood  25:27
  5. Rich Coghill      25:29
  6. Rich Coates     25:48
  7. John Green      28:39

rICHRich Whalley this years winner of the 10 Mile TT Championships

PAULPaul Haywood fighting the strong headwind

Both photographs courtesy of Ken Norbury of Congleton CC

Club Social Evening

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As May’s Club Social Evening falls on the first Bank Holiday of May. It has been decided to push in back one week to Monday the 11th of May, as normal it starts at 8pm in Den Engel. .

Shorter Sunday Club Run

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We have once again scheduled a shorter Sunday Club Run for April 26th 2015. 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 cafe stop.

Phil Gayes wins the Hilly TT

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On Tuesday the 7th of April, in what were sunny and dry conditions. Three club members took part in the Clubs Hilly TT Championships. Run on a tough course which includes three tough climbs, it was Phil Gayes who came out the winner with a time of 31:58, followed by Chris Meir in second with a time of 32:23 and Rich Coates with a time of 33:08. Congratulations to Phil and well done to Chris & Rich. A huge thank you must go to Congleton CC for hosting and marshaling an excellent event. Great effort by all our riders, the next club championship is the Club 10TT next month.

 Results                                                                                                                                  1. Phil Gayes 31:58
2. Chris Meir 32:23
3. Rich Coates 33:08
philPhil Gayes this years winner of the Hilly TT Championships

16Chris Meir during his impressive ride

Both photographs courtesy of Ken Norbury of Congleton CC

Club Social Evening

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As April’s Club Social Evening falls on a bank holiday (April 6th). It has been decided to bring it forward one week to Monday March 30th, so hopefully more members can attend. As normal the social begins at 8pm in Den Engel. Hope to see you there

Great Turn out for the Club Reliability

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On Sunday March 8th, Leek Cyclists Club once again held The Paul Derbyshire Memorial Reliability.  A fantastic turn out on what was a wet & cold day saw forty six hardy 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, hopefully next year the weather will be alot better. The club would also like to thank everybody who helped to organize the event.


   Club Members Rich Coates, Barry Riley & Chris Meir on the tough climb out of Bradnop

matt                   Matt Smith receiving his trophy for the longest ride of the year

Shorter Club Run March 29th

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We have once again scheduled a shorter Sunday Club Run for March 29th 2015. 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 cafe stop.

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February 22nd Shorter Club Run

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We have scheduled a shorter Sunday club run for February 22nd 2015. With Club Chairman Andy Bain once again leading the ride. 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 cafe stop.

Leek CC Hilly Reliability Ride 2015

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On Sunday March the 8th, Leek Cyclists Club will be once again holding its annual Hilly Reliability Ride. The Paul Derbyshire Memorial Reliability is a scenic 55 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 & finish at the Den Engel Belgian Bar in Leek, signing on is from 8.15am 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@leekcyclistclub.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.

rich whalley

January 18th shorter Club Run

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We have scheduled a shorter Sunday club run for January 18th 2015. Club Chairman Andy Bain has kindly offered to lead the ride. Riders 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.

Shorter Sunday Club Run

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With the popularity of cycling on the rise and the Wiggo effect in full flow, Leek Cyclists Club is looking to gauge the interest in introducing a new shorter Sunday Club Run.        Hopefully if there’s enough interest, the ride will run alongside our regular Club Run which average’s between 50-70 miles. The shorter Club Run, will average between 30-40 miles per ride with a cafe stop half way through, and a average speed of between 13-15 miles per hour depending on the terrain of that weeks ride. We feel this ride will allow cyclists who may feel our regular Club Run is a little too challenging a way to join the Club , meet fellow cyclists, learn new routes and have fun along the way. If you are interested in attending or would like more information please contact secretary@leekcyclistsclub.co.uk.

Club Run – November 9th

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On Sunday November the 9th, A great turn out of Eighteen riders enjoyed a 66 mile club run. Heading for the Salt Box Cafe near Hatton, the route out took the riders through Cheddleton, Dilhourne, Blythe Bridge, Fulford, Church Leigh, Uttoxeter & Sudbury. After the cafe stop the riders returned to Leek via Longford, Rocester, Ellastone, Wootton, Bottomhouse & Bradnop. A very enjoyable club run overall, abit of a chilly start but the sunny second half of the ride certainly made up for it & what fantastic turn out.

AGM 2014

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This years Leek Cyclists Club Annual General Meeting, will be held on Monday November the 3rd, at 8pm upstairs 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.

Leek CC Club Hill Climb Championships 2014

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A great turn out in what were tough conditions saw 31 riders compete in the Leek CC Club Hill Climb Championships 2014, held on the famous Gunn Hill three miles outside Leek.     With all the competitors having to battle a strong head wind, Ben Norbury of Congleton CC was the winner on the day with a time of 5:48, with local rider Andy Magnier of Velosure Giordana Pro Cycling in second and Rob Howson the best placed Leek CC rider in third. Jayne Dickens of Stone Wheelers was the first female with a time of 7:56. Very well done to Ben and Jayne and congratulations to Rob who is the Leek CC Club Champion. 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 from Leek CC, Lyme RC and Uttoxetter CC closely matched . A thank you from the club must go to Ruth & John, Andy,Phil & George and anybody else who helped put on the very successful event.

 

Results

1     Ben Norbury 5:48                       Congleton CC
2     Andy Magnier 5:57                      Velosure Giordana Pro Cycling
3     Rob Howson 6:04                       Leek CC
4     Alex Copp 6:11                            Lyme RC
5     Daniel Minor 6:19                        Lyme RC
6     Paul Stoddard 6:27                     Stone Wheelers CC
7     Rich Whalley 6:36                      Leek CC
8     Tony Cope 6:39                          Leek CC
9     Rich Coghill 6:57.20                   Leek CC
9     Simon Hobbs 6:57.20                Uttoxeter CC                                                               10   Shaun Brassington 7:00           Uttoxeter CC
12   Mark Allen 7:02                         Congleton CC
13   Nick Avins 7:12                         Leek CC
14   Rob Rhodes 7:22                     Newcastle Racing Club 2001
15   Karl Clay 7:27                           Leek CC
16   Paul Barratt 7:33                       Leek CC
17   Steve Thursfield 7:35                Leek CC
18   Craig Gilchrist 7:36                   Leek CC
19   Matt Smith 7:43                         Leek CC
20   Alex Coates 7:53                       Lyme RC
21   Rob Hanson 7:55                      Leek CC
22   Jayne Dickens 7:56                  Stone Wheelers CC
23   Paul Haywood 8:05                   Leek CC
24   Rich Coates 8:09                      Leek CC
25   Fiona Drew 8:21                       Stone Wheelers CC
26   Dave Magnier 8:23                    Leek CC
27   Dave Torr 8:30                           Uttoxeter CC
28   Daniel Yarnold 8:34                   Leek CC
29   Russ Pope 8:53                        Leek CC
30   Allison Held 9:08                       Uttoxeter CC
31   Richard Fradley 9:14                Uttoxeter CC

Leek CC rider Matt Smith, on the steep section of Gun Hill

Leek CC rider Rich Whalley battling the strong wind

Both photos courtesy of Ken Norbury of Congleton CC

Tour Ride 100

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Well Done to all club members who took part in the Tour Ride 100 which took place on the 5th October, the Tour Ride took in some of the challenging roads which were part of Tour of Britian for five years. The ride was the official sportive of Road Champion Mark Cavendish with Mark taking part in the ride also. Club member Paul Barrett was able to meet and have chat with Mark just before the ride began, Mark was probably hoping for a few tips on riding up Gunn Hill. Great picture Paul & great effort everybody.

Club Hill Climb 2014

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This years Club Hill Climb Championships will once again be held at Gunn Hill on October 19th. Gunn Hill featured in the Tour of Britian for four years and was part of a Premier Calander circuit race ran from Leek for many years. Signing on is at Meerbrook Village Hall from 9:30AM with the first rider off at 10:00AM, Best of luck to all competitors.

Legbreaker Challange 2014

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On the 14th September the club’s Legbreaker Challange was held for the second year running, a fantastic turn out saw 52 riders complete the ride with is ran in memory of Club Member Paul Derbyshire. With great weather conditions and the amazing 80 mile route which takes in many of 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, we have managed to raise over £200 for the Air Ambulance from the proceeds of the ride which is great news.  A special thank you from the Club must go to Chairman Andy Bain & everybody else who helped to organise the event. Hopefully next year will be just as successful.

The Legbreaker ” Hell of the Moorlands” 2014

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Entries are now being taken for this year’s Legbreaker Sportive, which is taking place on Sunday September the 14th.  The sportive which is renowned as “The Hell of the Moorlands” is a total of 80 miles and takes in some of the best scenery the Staffordshire Moorlands & The Peak District has to offer.

Signing on will be from 8:30AM in the Market Place in the Centre of Leek, with riders off at 9:00AM. With the cost of the ride being £5. 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. For more information on the route please download the below files.

Route Information PDF :  Legbreaker 2014

Garmin GPS File:          Leek CC Legbreaker 2014 _ GPS File

If you are interested in taking part in the Legbreaker Sportive 2014 please contact the below email address, so that numbers can be judged and the correct amount of food & drink can be order for the Feed Station. Best of Luck to all riders & please ride safe.

Contact :  abain6@btinternet.com

Epic Ride By Matt Smith

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On July the 20th 2014, Dedicated Club Member Matt Smith took part in the Mersey Roads 24 Hour Time Trial based just outside Whitchurch. A truly amazing effort by Matt saw him ride a total of 397 miles during the 24 Hours, which saw him finish a very credible 23rd overall. As well a riding 397 miles in the space of 24 Hours, Matt also raised a total of £600 for the Alzheimer’s Society Charity. Well Done Matt a truly super human effort!!

Legbreaker “Hell Of The Moorlands” 2014

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On Sunday September the 14th 2014, Leek Cyclists Club will once again be staging the   Legbreaker Sportive in Memory of Club Member Paul Derbyshire who passed away in 2012.The 80 Mile Sportive which was a great success last year 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.
For more information on the route please download the below file.
Route Information PDF :  Legbreaker 2014

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 £5. 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. There will also be a limited number of route marks/signs. There is a slight deviation from the old route in that Leg 7 from Hollington now avoids Denstone and goes past the JCB on the main road to Rocester then Ellastone and Leg 10. Once riders have completed the ride can they make their way to the Den Engel Belgian Bar in Leek to Sign In. Which will no doubt be followed by a few well deserved drinks.

We will be  accepting entries for the Legbreaker Sportive 2014 from the middle of August 2014, with all the information on how to enter being posted at that time. Good luck with your training!!

Club Run – July 6th

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On Sunday the 6th of July, Twelve club members enjoyed a fantastic trip to Yorkshire to watch the Stage 2 of the Tour de France. Heading for the Strines which is just outside Sheffield the riders rode through Thorncliffe , Longnor, Monyash, Millers Dale & Tideswell. After a cafe stop in Hope the riders rode north through Bamford and past the Ladybower Reservoir and up onto the Strines. Everybody had a enjoyable afternoon as we cheered the professionals on as they rode by, after watching the race the riders returned to Leek via Hope, Castleton, Peak Forest, Buxton & Flash. This sure was a very unique Club Run as we were able to ride from Leek to watch the the Tour De France the biggest bike race in the world. Lets hope we can do it again some day!!

Away Day Club Run to Wales

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On Sunday the 29th of June, Nine club members enjoyed a sunny trip to Wales and a 90 mile ride in the Snowdonia National Park. The route was fantastic taking in a mix of fast valley roads, open moorland roads & stunning descents with great views. The ride started and finished in Llanrwst with the riders enjoying a cafe stop in Bala half way through the ride. Thankyou to club member Phil Gayes for organising the trip which was enjoyed by everybody.

Phil Gayes wins 25 mile TT

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On Tuesday 24th of June, Three club members took part in the Clubs 25 mile TT Championships which took place on the Chelford course in Cheshire. Phil Gayes came out the winner with a time of 1:03:09 , followed by Rich Coghill & Paul Haywood in second and third. Congratulations to Phil and well done to Rich & Paul. A huge thank you must also go to Congleton CC for hosting and marshaling the event.

  1. Phil Gayes       1:03:09
  2. Rich Coghill     1:04:42
  3. Paul Haywood 1:07:02

Phil Gayes

Club Run – June 22nd

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On Sunday June the 22nd. Eight club members enjoyed a 50 mile club run. Heading for Bakewell & the L’eroica Britannia Cycling Festival they rode through Thorncliffe, Hulme End, Hartington & Monyash. After the cafe stop in Bakewell they had a walk around the  L’eroica Cycling Festival, which was a fantastic free event, showcasing vintage cycling.    They then returned to Leek via Youlgrave, Winster, Parwich, Hartington, Hulme End, Warslow & Thorncliffe.

Great Turn out for Club 5 TT

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A great turn out in what were very wet conditions saw 18 riders compete in the Leek CC   5 mile TT.  On a tough course which runs from Rushton Spencer into Leek , local professional Andy Magnier of the Velosure Giordana Pro Cycling was first on the night with a time of 11:17, followed by Rob Howson of Leek CC in second & Rich Whalley of Leek CC in third. Congratulations to Rob who is now the Club 5 TT champion & well done to everybody who took part, great effort.  After the TT club members & supporters enjoyed much deserved Chip Buttys at the The White Lion Pub in Leek.                                  Special thanks to everybody who helped make the event a success.

  1. Andy Magnier   11:17     Velosure Giordana Pro Cycling
  2. Rob Howson    11:34      Leek CC
  3. Rich Whalley   12: 18     Leek CC
  4. Rich Coghill     12:36      Leek CC
  5. Kelvin Milward  12:43     Congleton CC
  6. Rich Coates     12:46     Leek CC
  7. Karl Clay           12:55     Leek CC
  8. Phil Gayes        13:08     Leek CC
  9. Tony Cope         13:30    Leek CC
  10. Mark Allen          13:34    Congleton CC
  11. Joe Molyneaux   13:36    Leek CC
  12. Paul Haywood    13:37    Leek CC
  13. Paul Barratt        13:40    Leek CC
  14. Alex Coates        14:28    Lyme Racing Club
  15. Dave Bridden      13:32
  16. Anthony Ashby    14:42   Leek CC
  17. Rachel Jukes      15:38
  18. Rob Langford      16:58

Very wet conditions for the years Club 5 TT

Andy Magnier

Rob Howson

Douglas Macmillan Hospice Charity Bike Ride

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On Sunday the 18th of May 2014, Ten Club members took part in the 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. Great effort by all the riders it was sure a fast pace this year. A special thank you once again to friends of the Club, the Anderson family for their support in Llangollen, it was much appricatied.

Club 5 TT Championships

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Hi all,

We will be holding the Club 5 Time Trial a week next Monday – 2nd June 2014.

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 6:00, and the first rider will be off at 7:00.

The race is followed by carbo-loading with chip butties in the White Lion at 8:00.

Cost is £6.00 for TT and butties and £3.50 for butties only (or £2.50 for the TT only in the unlikely event that you don’t want to stuff your face afterwards).

Hope to see you there!

Cheers,
John Green , Club Racing Secretary

Phil Gayes wins Club 10 TT

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On Tuesday 13th of May, Six club members took part in the Clubs 10 mile TT Championships which took place on the Gawsworth course just outside Congleton. Phil Gayes came out the winner with a time of 24:15, followed by Barry Riley & Rich Coghill in second and third. Congratulations to Phil and well done to everybody who took part. A huge thank you must also go out to Congleton CC for hosting and marshalling the event.

                                                                                                                                         Results

  1. Phil Gayes   24:15
  2. Barry Riley  24:38
  3. Rich Coghill 25:15
  4. Paul Haywood 25:41
  5. Rich Coates 25:43
  6. John Green 29:32                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Club member Paul Haywood taking part in the TT,  picture courtesy of Ken Norbury of Congleton CC.                                                

Club Run – May 11th

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On Sunday December the 29th, Eleven club members enjoyed a hilly but wet 65 mile club run into the Peak District. Heading for Hope & the Woodbine Cafe, they rode through Thorncliffe, Warslow, Hartington, Flagg, Taddington, Wormhill, & Peak Forest.  After an well earned cafe stop at the in Hope. The riders returned to Leek via Bradwell, Tideswell, Millers Dale, Longnor, Newton & Thorncliffe. Great turn out for what was a really wet morning, well done everybody.

The riders ready for the ride home

Also well done to club member Tony Cope who completed one of the hardest sportive’s Britain has to offer The Fred Whitton Sportive in the Lake District. Top Effort Tony

Club Run – April 27th

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On Sunday April the 27th, Fifteen club members enjoyed a scenic 60 mile club run. Heading for Carssington Water the ride took the riders through Bottomhouse, Waterhouses, Ashbourne & Kniveton. After an enjoyable cafe stop the riders returned to Leek via Brassington, Longcliffe, Elton, Middleton, Longnor & Thorncliffe. A great ride all – round.

 

Club Run – April 14th

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On Sunday April the 14th. Ten club members enjoyed a sunny 50 mile club ride. Heading for the Pott Shrigley they rode through Rushton Spencer, North Rode, Gasworth, Macclesfield & Prestbury & Bollington. After the cafe stop the riders returned to Leek via Kettleshulme, Goyt Valley, Flash, The Roaches & Meerbrook.

The riders after the cafe stop at Pott Shrigley

Rich Coghill wins Club Hilly TT

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On Tuesday the 8th of April, in what were sunny and dry conditions. Five club members took part in the Clubs Hilly TT Championships. Rich Coghill came out the winner with a time of 30.59, followed by Karl Clay and Chris Meir. Congratulations to Rich and well done to Karl & Chris. A huge thank you must also go out to Congleton CC for hosting and marshaling an excellent event. Great effort by all our riders, the next club championship is the Club 10TT next month.

 

1. Rich Coghill 30:59
2. Karl Clay 33:06
3. Chris Meir 33:09
4. Paul Haywood 33:52
5. Joanne Clay 34:36

Rich Coghill climbing up the steep section to Bosley Cloud

Paul Haywood during his impressive ride.

All photo’s courtesy of Ken Norbury of Congleton CC

Great Turn out for the Club Reliability

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On March 16th, Leek Cyclists Club once again held The Paul Derbyshire Reliability Ride.  A great turn out on a sunny day saw Thirty One 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 enjoyed a much deserved Buffet at The Den Engel Belgain Bar Leek, which was then followed by the Clubs Award Presentation(see the Events page for the winners). A great day all round, the club would also like to thank everybody who helped organize the event, well done.

The Club Members Russ Pope & Craig Gilchrist looking forward to the ride ahead

Rich Coates being presented with his Trophy for the Longest Ride by Club Chairman   Andy Bain.

Club Run – March 9th

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On Sunday March the 9th, Ten club members enjoyed a sunny 65 mile club run. Heading for Matlock, they rode through Thorncliffe, Warslow, Hartington & then up the challenging long Rowsley Bar Climb through Hackney and down into Matlock. After the cafe stop at the “Cafe in the Park” in Matlock. The riders returned to Leek via Cromford, Grangemill, Newhaven, Hartington & Thorncliffe.  A great ride overall , thankyou to Club member Paul Barrett who lead the ride and who showed us some great new climbs & Descents.

Leek CC Hilly Reliability Ride 2014

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On Sunday March the 16th, Leek Cyclists Club will be holding its annual Reliability Ride. The Reliability Ride is a scenic 55 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 & finish at the Den Engel Belgian Bar in Leek, 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@leekcyclistclub.co.uk

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

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 – December 29th

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On Sunday December the 29th, Thirteen club members enjoyed a hilly 65 mile club run in the Peak District. Heading for Hope & the Woodbine Cafe, they rode through Thorncliffe, Warslow, Longnor, Chelmorton, Millers Dale, Tideswell & Little Hucklow. After an well earned cafe stop at the in Hope. The riders returned to Leek via Edale, Barbor Booth, Chapel-en-le-Frith, High Peak, The Goyt Valley, Flash & Blackshaw Moor.                           A great club run overall, which had some cracking views of the Peak District, long sweeping descents & some lovely climbs. We were lucky with the weather also, Happy New Year to all Club Members & Friends. Lets hope for a successful year next year!

Club Member Rich Coghill, on the long climb up to Mam Torr, with Kinder Scout in the background.

Club Run – December 22nd

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On Sunday December 22nd, A great turn out of Sixteen riders enjoyed a  65 mile ride through the Cheshire lanes. The ride took the riders through Rushton Specer, Bosley, Gawsworth, Over Alderley, Ollerton. After the cafe stop at the All in One Garden Centre near Allostock the riders returned to Leek via Goostrey, Marton, North Rode, Newton & Rudyard. A steady winter ride overall, With the majority of the ride in the Cheshire lanes it made for one of the easier club rides, with a massive turn out of sixteen riders it really shows the club is going from strength to strength & that the ” “Wiggins effect”” is in full swing. Merry Christmas to all Club Members & Friends.

Club Run – December 15th

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On Sunday December the 15th, Fourteen club members enjoyed hilly 65 mile club run. Heading for Grindleford in the heart of the Peak District, they rode through Thorncliffe, Warslow, Hulme End, Monyash, Sheldon, Ashford in the Water & Calver. After an enjoyable cafe stop they then returned to Leek via Hathersage, Abney, Tideswell, Milersdale & Longnor. Having decided to ride over to Grindleford the riders left Leek with sunshine & a nice tailwind, which made for a fast paced ride out. Once out of Thorncliffe and over Morridge there isn’t that many long climbs out to Grindleford & with a large group of riders sharing the work we soon arrived at the Cafe. The nice tailwind & sunshine which assisted us out, now turned pretty much into what was a block headwind & dark grey clouds all the way back to Leek. And with the long climbs of Abney, Millersdale, Glutton Bridge & Longnor during the return leg, it turned out in the end to be a tough but very rewarding winter ride, with everybody battling up the long climbs & rolling back into Leek happy.

The riders before the tough ride home.

Christmas Social a Great Success

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On Friday the 7th of December, Leek Cyclists Club held its annual Christmas Social. Nineteen club members enjoyed drinks at the Den Engel Belgian Bar followed by a Indian Curry at the Rajah Curry house in Leek. A great night was had by all, lets hope next year is just as successful.

Club Run – December 8th

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On Sunday December the 8th, Nine club members enjoyed a fast paced 65 mile ride. Heading for the Old Priest House Coffee Shop in Audlem they rode through Endon, Abbey-Hulton, Stoke, Keele, Madeley Heath & Woore. After the cafe stop they then returned to Leek via Wynbunbury, Betley, Alsager, Astbury & Rudyard. A very enjoyable ride, it started out very cold. But with everybody pushing along, we were soon up to temperature. The ride out to Audlem is seen as a easier ride with it being mainly a flat ride and with only a few climbs, but with everybody having to push on the pedals for pretty much the full 65 miles & the last climb of the day being the long drag up from Astbury to Biddulph Moor.   We were all glad to roll back into Leek, a tough but enjoyable ride.

Everybody after a re-fuel at the Old Priest House Coffee Shop in Audlem

Good Luck Craig!!

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Best of Luck from everybody at Leek Cyclists Club to Club Member Craig Gilchrist, who is attempting to break the current world static cycle record of 268 hrs & 32 mins, whilst raising money for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice. Craig will be attempting to ride for 12 days straight from Saturday November the 2nd until Thursday the 14th with only 12 minutes sleep every eight hours!!. Craigs record will take place at the Wallace Sport and Education Centre in Abbey Hulton, Stoke on Trent. Good Luck Craig!

Club Run – October 27th

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On Sunday October the 27th. Fourteen club members enjoyed a 40 mile ride in the hills. Heading for Monyash they rode through Meerbrook, Roach End, Flash, Hollinsclough, Chelmorton & Flagg. After an enjoyable cafe stop, they then returned to Leek in the windy conditions via Crowdecote, Longnor, Newtown & Thorncliffe.

Club Run – October 20th

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On Sunday October the 20th, Eleven club members enjoyed a muddy 60 mile club run. Heading for Eccleshall. They rode through Cheddleton, Consal, Dilhorne, Forsbrook, Stallington, Milwich, Marston, Yarlet, Weston & then onto Eccleshall. After an enjoyable Cafe stop, they then returned to Leek via Barlaston,Blythe Bridge, Caverswall & Cheddleton.

AGM 2013

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This years Leek CC Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday November the 4th, at 8pm upstairs in The Den Engel Belgian Bar . During the meeting we will be discussing a variety of topics including potential racing & social events for next year.

Great Turn Out for the Club Hill Climb Championships

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On Sunday the 6th of October. With great weather & conditions eight club members & three guests competed in the LeekCC Club Hill Climb Championships held on the famous Gunn Hill three miles outside Leek. Rob Howson(Leek CC) came out the winner on the day with a time of 5.53, followed by Ben Norbury(Congleton CC) and Rich Coates(Leek CC). Congratulations to Rob and well done & great effort to all the riders who competed.  A thank you from the club must go to Ruth,John,Phil,George & anybody else who helped put on the very successful event.
Results
1. Rob Howson 5:52        Leek CC
2. Ben Norbury 6:11         Congleton CC
3. Rich Coates 7:20         Leek CC
4. Paul Barratt 7:22          Leek CC
5. Chris Meir 7:28
6. Rich Whalley 7:30        Leek CC
7. Dave Magnier 8:04       Leek CC
8. Ade Myatt 8:22              Leek CC
9. Anthony Ashby 8:44      Leek CC
10. Alex Coates 9:11         Lyme RC
11. Russ Pope 9:21          Leek CC

The riders talking tactics ahead of the Climb

Club Member Paul Barrett on his way to the summit.

Club Hill Climb 2013

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This years Club Hill Climb Championships will be held at Gunn Hill on October 6th.      Gunn Hill has featured in the Tour of Britian for the last four years and was part of a Premier Calander circuit race ran from Leek for many years. Signing on is at Meerbrook Village Hall from 9:30AM with the first rider off at 10:00AM,  with a cost of £3 per rider. Best of luck to all competitors.

Legbreaker a Great Success

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A great turn out saw 29 riders take on the “Hell of the Moorlands” Legbreaker Challange 2013 in memory of Club Member Paul Derbyshire. Great weather conditions and an amazing 80 mile route made for a tough but superb day, the route took the riders up a selection of steep climbs taking in some amazing views of the Peak District. Well Done to all the riders who completed the ride & thank you for your support, we have managed to raise £100 for the Air Ambulance from the proceeds of the ride which is great news.           A special thank you from the Club must go to vice Chairman Andy Bain for organising a great day & also to everybody who helped to make the day a great success.The riders ready for the tough ride ahead

Legbreaker “Hell Of The Moorlands” 2013

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On September 8th 2013, Leek Cyclists Club are bringing back the Legbreaker Sportive in Memory of Club Member Paul Derbyshire, who tragically died last year .
The 88 Mile Sportive which was last run in 2008 was renowned as one of the best in the country, 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.
For more information on the route please download the below file.
Route Information PDF :  LegBreaker 2013 Route Information
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 £5. 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. There will also be a limited number of route marks/signs. There is a slight deviation from the old route in that Leg 7 from Hollington now avoids Denstone and goes past the JCB on the main road to Rocester then Ellastone and Leg 10.

Once riders have completed the ride can they make their way to the Den Engel Belgian Bar in Leek to Sign In. Which will no doubt be followed by a few well deserved drinks.

If you are interested in taking part in the Legbreaker Sportive 2013 please contact the below email, so that numbers can be judged and the correct amount of food & drink can be order for the Feed Station. Best of Luck to all riders & please ride safe.

Contact :  abain6@btinternet.com

Epic Ride by Rich Coates

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On July the 22nd 2013, Determined Club Member Rich Coates took part in the Mersey Roads 24 Hour Time Trial based just outside Whitchurch. This year the event was also classed as the National Championships, an epic ride by Rich saw him ride a total of 359 Miles in 24 hours!!, finishing a very credible 44th overall. Great effort Rich, Well Done.         The drinks are on us at the next Club Night.

Rich Coates in action at the National 24hr Time Trial

Paul Haywood wins 25 TT Championship

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On Tuesday 16th of July, Two club members took part in the Clubs 25 mile TT Championships. Paul Haywood came out the winner with a time of 1:04:33, followed by Rich Coates. Congratulations to Paul and well done to Rich . A huge thank you must also go out to Congleton CC for hosting and marshalling the event.

Results

1  Paul Haywood       1:04:33                                                                                                   2  Rich Coates          1:08:24

25 mile TT Champion Paul Haywood

Club Run – July 14th

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On Sunday May the 5th. Ten club members enjoyed a fast paced 40 mile ride. Heading for the Bollington they rode through Rushton Spencer, North Rode, Gasworth, Macclesfield & Prestbury & Bollington. After an relaxed cafe stop the riders returned to Leek via Lamaload Reservoir, Macclesfield Forrest, Wincle & Danebridge.

The riders after the cafe stop in Bollington

Club Run – July 7th

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On Sunday July the 7th. Fourteen club members enjoyed a sunny 45 mile Club Run. Heading for Cat & Fiddle Cafe the ride took the riders through Meerbrook, Roach End, Flash & The Goyt Valley. After the cafe stop the riders returned to Leek via Hollinsclough, Longnor, Sheen, Hulme End, Ford & Onecote. A great ride in the hills, bring on next week.

Club Member Rich Whalley on the tough climb up to Flash

Douglas Macmillan Ruby Charity Bike Ride

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On Sunday the 19th of May 2013, Eleven Club members took part in the Douglas Macmillan Hospice Ruby Charity Bike Ride.They took on the tough 110 mile route from the Michelin Athletic Club in Trent Vale to Llangollen & then back to Trent Vale. Great Effort by all members & a special thank you to friends of the Club, the Anderson family for their support at Llangollen.

 

Summer Social

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On Friday the 19th of July, Leek Cyclists Club are holding there Summer Social. Club members are meeting at the Den Engel Belgain Bar at 8.15 for drinks which may be followed by a meal depending on how people feel on the night. Hope to see you there.

Great Turn Out for the Club 5 TT

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A lovely sunny night for the Club 5, from Rushton Spencer to Leek, on Monday 3rd June. The podium (if we’d had one) was topped by Andy Magnier, followed by Phil Gayes and Rich Coghill (who confessed to altitude training – well St Edwards is at the top of Chedd).

The accuracy of the stopwatch proved useful, as Rob Hanson and Karl Clay were separated by just 23 hundredths of a second. Although whether my thumb is that quick I don’t know.

The event was followed by a well-deserved athlete’s carbo-fest of chip butties washed down with “recovery drink” at the White Lion.

Thanks to all helpers and supporters!

The full results were:

1. Andy Magnier 10:54
2. Phil Gayes 11:52
3. Rich Coghill 12:08
4. Rob Howson 12:17
5. Rich Whalley 12:21
6. Jo Clay 12:43
7. Rich Coates 12:45
8. Paul Haywood 12:57
9. Jon White 12:59
10. Rob Hanson 13:47:22
11. Karl Clay 13:47:45
12. Alex Coates 16:57

Pics below courtesy of Rob Howson. More on Facebook and also some from Dave Mag here:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/101784076907606059766/albums/5885357975608023121

 

Phil Gayes wins 10 mile TT

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On Tuesday 14th of May, in what were surprisingly clear conditions Four club members took part in the Clubs 10 mile TT Championships. Phil Gayes came out the winner with a time of 23:51, followed by Rich Whalley, Paul Haywood and Rich Coates.
Congratulations to Phil and well done to both Rich’s & Paul. A huge thank you must also go out to Congleton CC for hosting and marshalling the event.

                                                                                                                                              Results

1  Phil Gayes       23:51                                                                                                            2  Rich Whalley   25:37                                                                                                           3  Paul Haywood 26:03                                                                                                          4  Rich Coates    26:08

   Phil Gayes

Club Ride – May 12th

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On Sunday May the 12th. Eight club members enjoyed a sunny 50 mile club run. Heading for Bakewell they rode through Meerbrook, The Roaches, Flash, Longnor, Glutton Bridge, Chelmorton, Millers Dale & Monsal Dale. After the cafe stop at the trusted Farmers Feast, the riders returned to Leek via Monyash, Crowdecote, Longnor, Newtown & Thorncliffe. A great ride in the Peak District.

Club Run – May 5th

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On Sunday May the 5th. Ten club members enjoyed a hilly 50 mile ride. Heading for the Pott Shrigley they rode through Rushton Spencer, North Rode, Gasworth, Macclesfield & Prestbury & Bollington. After an relaxed cafe stop the riders returned to Leek via Kettleshulme, Goyt Valley, Flash, The Roaches & Meerbrook.

Club Run – April 28th

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On Sunday April the 28th, Twelve club members enjoyed a hilly 60 mile club run. Heading for Hope in the heart of the Peak District, they rode through Thorncliffe, Newtown, Longnor, Chelmorton, Millers Dale, Tideswell & Little Hucklow. After an well earned cafe stop at the Woodbine Cafe in Hope. The riders returned to Leek via Edale, Barbor Booth, Peak Forest, Peak Dale, Buxton, Flash, The Roaches & Meerbrook. The sprint to the Moss Rose was won by Phil Gayes.

The riders already for the hilly ride home.

Club Run – April 21st

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On Sunday April the 21st, Twelve club members enjoyed a scenic 65 mile Club run. Heading for Carsington Water the ride took the riders through Bottomhouse, Ipstones – Edge, Ellastone, Snelston, Bradley & Hognaston. After an enjoyable cafe stop the riders returned to Leek via Brassington, Longcliffe, Parwich, Hartington, Hulme End, Warslow & Thorncliffe. A great spring ride all round.

Club Run – April 14th

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On Sunday April the 14th, Fourteen club members enjoyed a sunny 55 mile ride through the Cheshire lanes. The ride took the riders through Rushton Spencer, Bosley, Gawsworth, Nether Alderley & Ollerton. After a cafe stop in Allostock, the riders returned to Leek via Goostrey, Swettenham, North Rode, Newtown & Rudyard.

Tough Conditions for the Hilly TT

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On Tuesday the 9th of April, in what were very cold & windy conditions. Five club members took part in the Clubs Hilly TT Championships. Rob Howson came out the winner with a time of 30.52, followed by Phil Gayes and Will Neil. Congratulations to Rob and well done to Phil & Will. A huge thank you must also go out to Congleton CC for hosting and marshaling an excellent event. Great effort by all our riders, the next club championship is the Club 10TT next month.

Results:

  1. Rob Howson    –   30:52
  2. Phil Gayes        –   32:19
  3. Will Neil            –   32: 52
  4. Barry Riley       –   34: 26
  5. Paul Haywood –    37:25

                                              Winner on the night Rob Howson

                     Barry Riley wearing the coveted Funniest Moment Jersey, Respect Baz!!

Club Run – March 7th

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On Sunday March the 7th. Twelve club members enjoyed a sunny 55 mile club run. Heading for Monsal Head the ride took the riders through Thorncliffe, Warslow, Hulme End, Hartington, Monyash & Ashford in the Water. After the cafe stop the riders returned to Leek via Litton, Millers Dale, Chelmorton, Longnor, Newtown & Thorncliffe.

Club Members Craig Gilchrist & Phil Gayes on the long climb out of Longnor

Club Hilly TT

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The Club Hilly Time Trial is this Tuesday evening(9th April), the event takes place just outside Congleton and is organised by Congleton Cycling Club. Can participated club members please meet at Mossley Church at 18:30 to sign on, with the first rider off at 18:45.  It would be great to have as many club members as possible taking part to support the event.

Club Run – March 31st

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On Sunday March the 31st, Eight club members enjoyed a 50 mile Club Run. Heading for the Denstone Farm Cafe the ride took the riders through Bottomhouse, Waterhouses, Mayfeild & Ellastone. After the cafe stop the riders returned to Leek via Stramshall, Bramshall, Fulford, Forsbrook, Dilhourne & Cheddleton.

The Paul Derbyshire Reliability Ride a Great Success

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On March 17th, Leek Cyclists Club held The Paul Derbyshire Reliability Ride.  A great turn out saw Twenty Four 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 enjoyed a much deserved Buffet at The Den Engel Belgain Bar, which was then followed by the Clubs Award Presentation(see the Events page for the winners). The day was a great success and a very fitting tribute to a very popular, well liked and greatly missed club member Paul Derbyshire.

                                             the riders discussing the ride ahead

Club Member Rich Whalley looking forward to the Hilly Ride

Club Run – March 10th

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On Sunday March the 10th, Four club members enjoyed a cold but scenic 45 mile Club Run. Heading for Denstone Farm Cafe the ride took the riders through Basford, Ipstones, Foxt, Cotton & Alton. After an enjoyable cafe stop the riders returned to Leek via Uttoxeter, Checkley, Tean, Cheadle, Dilhourne & Cheddleton. Also three club members rode  Congleton Cycling Clubs, Hilly Reliability. Which turned out to be a tough snowy 35 mile ride.

The Paul Derbyshire Reliability Ride

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On Sunday March the 17th, Leek Cyclists Club will be holding The Paul Derbyshire Reliability Ride. Which is in memory of Club Member Paul Derbyshire who tragically died last year whilst out on a Club Run. The Reliability Ride is a scenic 55 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 & finish at the Den Engel Belgian Bar in Leek, 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@leekcyclistclub.co.uk

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

It would be great to have a decent turn out to support the event and remember Paul, lets hope for sunny weather.

Club Run – March 3rd

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On Sunday March the 3rd, Fourteen club members enjoyed a sunny fast paced 55 mile Club Run. Heading for Eccleshall the ride took the riders through Cheddleton, Consal, Dilhourne, Blythe Bridge, Fulford, Sandon & Great Bridgeford. After a cafe stop at Flecthers Garden Centre, the riders returned to Leek via Swynnerton, Barlaston, Weston Coyney, Werrington & Denford. Lets hope for similar weather next week.

Club Run – February 24th

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On Sunday February the 24th, Nine club members enjoyed a cold but scenic 45 mile Club Run. Heading for Carsington Water the ride took the riders through Bottomhouse, Waterhouses, Ashbourne & Kniveton. After an enjoyable cafe stop the riders returned to Leek via Brassington, Longcliffe, Newhaven, Hartington, Hulme End, Warslow & Thorncliffe.

Club Run – February 17th

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On Sunday February the 17th. Eleven club members enjoyed a sunny 60 mile club run. Heading for Bakewell they rode through Bradnop, Warslow, Hulme End, Hartington & Monyash. After a cafe stop in Bakewell they then returned to Leek via Ashford in the Water, Cressbrook, Monsal Head, Litton, Millersdale, Chelmorton, Longnor, Newtown & Longnor. A great ride all round.

the riders enjoying the view at Monsal Head

Douglas Macmillan Hospice Ruby Charity Bike Ride

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On Sunday the 19th of May 2013, the Douglas Macmillan Hospice are staging their annual Ruby Charity Bike Ride. There are three distances to choose from 10, 50 & 110 miles with all routes beginning and ending at the host venue Michelin Athletic Club in Trent Vale, Stoke-on-Trent. Leek Cyclists Club always have a strong turn out & ride the 110 mile return trip to Llangollen and back. With all proceeds going to a very worthy Charity and a great value entrants fee of £10, its a great event to mark down on your calendar and to get out training for. For more information and how to sign up please click on the link below.

http://www.dmhospice.org.uk/events/ruby-bike-ride-2013

Club Run – February 10th

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On Sunday February the 10th. Five clubs members enjoyed a scenic 40 mile ride. Heading for the Bollington Mill Cafe they rode through Meerbrook,Rushton Spencer, North Rode, Gasworth, Macclesfield & Prestbury. After the cafe stop the riders then battled heavy snow & sleet and returned to Leek via Lamaload Reservoir, Macclesfield Forrest, Wincle & Danebridge. Lets hope for better weather next week.

Club Run – February 3rd

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On Sunday February the 3rd, Six club members enjoyed a shorter than usual 30 mile ride. The ride took the riders through Thorncliffe, Warslow & Hulme End. After a cafe stop in Longnor, the riders returned to Leek via Newtown & Thorncliffe. Also three club members rode a 49 mile ‘reliability ride’ hosted by Congleton Cycling Club through the Cheshire lanes.

Club Run – January 27th

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On Sunday January the 27th, Six club members enjoyed a scenic 45 mile Club run. Heading for Carsington Water the ride took the riders through Bottomhouse, Waterhouses, Ashbourne & Kniveton. After an enjoyable cafe stop the riders returned to Leek via Brassington, Longcliffe, Newhaven, Hartington, Hulme End, Warslow & Thorncliffe.        The sprint to the Moss Rose was won by Dave Magnier, a great winter ride all round.

Club Ride – January 20th

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On Sunday January the 20th,due to heavy snow fall and with the roads not being fit to ride. Five club members enjoyed a shortish mountain bike ride, taking in the local trails.        They rode out to Meerbrook and up to Roach End, across the ridge over to Danebridge.  Up onto Gunn Hill and then dropped back down and then rode along the disused Rudyard Lake Railway Track back into Leek.

Club Run – January 13th

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On Sunday January the 13th, Nine club members enjoyed a fast paced 70 mile ride. Heading for the Old Priest House Coffee Shop in Audlem they rode through Endon, Abbey-Hulton, Stoke, Keele, Madeley Heath & Hankelow. After the cafe stop they then returned to Leek via Norton in Hales, Swyneerton, Barleston, Meir Heath, Wetley Rocks & Cheddleton. A tough ride for this time of year but well worth it.

 

Club Run – January 6th

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On Sunday January the 6th. Ten clubs members enjoyed a scenic 40 mile ride. Heading for Pott Shrigley they rode through Meerbrook, Danebridge, Wincle, Wildboarclough & Bollington. After an enjoyable cafe stop they returned to Leek via Macclesfield, Bosley & Rushton Spencer. The sprint into Leek from Rushton Spencer was won by Rich Coghill.

Club Run – December 30th

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On Sunday December the 30th. Eight club members enjoyed a 55 mile club run. Heading for Bakewell they rode through Thorncliffe, Hulme End, Hartington & Monyash. After a cafe stop in Bakewell they then returned to Leek via Youlgrave, Winster, Parwich, Hartington, Hulme End, Warslow & Thorncliffe. Happy New Year to all Club Members and friends.
 
 

Christmas Social is a Great Success

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On friday the 14th of December, Leek Cyclists Club held its annual Christmas Social. Seventeen club members enjoyed drinks at the Den Engel Belgian Bar followed by a Indian Curry at the Shapla Curry house in Leek. A great night was had by all, lets hope next year is just as successful.

 

Club Run – December 23rd

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On Sunday December 23rd, Seven club members rode a 55 mile ride through the Cheshire lanes. The ride took the riders through Rudyard, Biddulph Moor, Newtown, Congleton, Astbury, Winterley, Sandbach, Brereton & Holmes Chapel. After a cafe stop in Allostock, the riders returned to Leek via Goostry, Swettenham, Marton, North Rode, Bosley & Rushton Spencer. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all club members and friends.  

Club Run – December 16th

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On Sunday December 16th, Seven club members enjoyed a fast paced 45 mile Club run. The ride took the riders through Cheddleton Heath, Basford, Ipstones, Foxt, Ellastone,Snelston & Clifton. After a cafe stop in Ashbourne the riders took the scenic route home via Fenny Bentley, Parwich, Alsop en le Dale, Milldale, Wetten, Butterton, Onecote & Bradnop. A great ride allround.

Club Run – December 9th

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On Sunday December the 9th, Six club members enjoyed a winterey 50 mile ride. Heading for Uttoxeter they rode through Bottomhouse, Ipstones Edge, Ellastone & Doveridge. After warming up at the cafe they then returned to Leek via Bramshall, Leigh, Checkley, Tean, Dilhourne & Cheddleton.

TIME TO GET YOUR DANCING SHOES ON!!

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On Friday the 14th of December Leek Cyclists Club are holding there Christmas Social.  Club members are meeting at the Den Engel Belgain Bar at 7.15 for drinks followed by a meal at The Shapla Curry House in Leek, which will then no doubt be followed by a few more drinks. It would be great to have a decent turn out, to which will end a very tough year for the club on a high note.

Club Run – December 2nd

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On Sunday December the 2nd. Eight club members enjoyed a sunny 45 mile ride in the hills. Heading for Bakewell they rode through Thorncliffe, Hulme End, Hartington, Newhaven  & Youlgrave. After a cafe stop in Bakewell they then returned to Leek via Ashford in the Water, Sheldon, Monyash, Crowdicote, Longnor and Thorncliffe. A decent winter ride all round.

all smiles after the cafe stop.

Club Run – November 25th

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On Sunday November the 25th, five club members enjoyed a sunny 50 mile ride. Heading for Denstone they rode through Bottomhouse, Ipstones Edge & Ellastone. After a cafe stop at the Denstone Farm Shop, they then returned to Leek via Alton, Freehaym, Mobberley, Dilhourne, Caverswall, Werrington, Denford, Rudyard, Meerbrook & Thorncliffe.  Lets hope for similar weather next weekend..

Club Run – November 18th

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On Sunday November the 18th, Nine club members enjoyed a sunny & fast paced 60 mile ride. Heading for the Audlem they rode through Endon, Stoke, Keele, Madeley & Woore. After an enjoyable cafe stop. They returned to Leek via Betley, Alsager, Church Lawton, Astbury, Congleton & Rudyard.

Club Run – November 11th

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On Sunday November  the 11th. Six club members enjoyed a scenic 40 mile ride. Heading for the Bollington Mill Cafe they rode through Meerbrook, Danebridge, Wincle, Wildboarclough and Macclesfield Forrest. After an enjoyable cafe stop they then returned to Leek via Prestbury, Macclesfield,Gasworth, North Rode and Rushton Spencer. After a fast ride in from Bosley, Rob Howson won the sprint into Leek.

Club Run – November 4th

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On Sunday November the 4th, Eight club members enjoyed a 50 mile club run. Heading for Abbey Hulton and the Wallace Sport and Education, where club member Craig Gilchrist is attempting to break the World Spinning Endurance Record.                                           The route out took the riders through Thorncliffe, Waterhouses, Cauldon, Ellastone, Denstone, Alton, Kingsley, Wetley Rocks & Bagnell. After the 40 mile ride to the Wallace Sport Centre, the riders were meet by Craig who was still looking strong and enthusiastic as ever after he’d already been riding for four days. After coffee & cake the riders returned to Leek via Endon & Longsdon.

The riders showing there support for Craig Gilchrist(far left) who is attempting to break the World Spinning Endurance Record.

 

Craig Gilchrist aims to smash World Record!!

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Leek Cyclists Clubs very own Craig Gilchrist is aiming to break the world record for cycling almost non-stop on a spinning bike. The current record stands at 224 hours, 24 minutes and 24 seconds and is held by Italian Patrizio Sciroli, but Craig aims to pedal for 233 hours, 33 minutes and 33 seconds. He will only be able to stop for 12 minutes sleep and three minutes to stretch after every eight-hour stint and must maintain a pace of at least 12mph. Craig’s marathon effort will take place at  the Wallace Sport and Education Centre, in Abbots Road, Abbey Hulton, Stoke-on-Trent from Thursday November the 1st at 7pm   until Sunday, November 11. Craig is also setting up a ‘free buddy bike’ next to him, where anybody can go along to support and pedal with him.

Craig hopes to raise more than £1,000 for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice during his ride. If you wish to donate you can Text CAGY75 to 70070 with the amount you wish to donate or go online to www.virginmoneygiving.com/craiggilchrist. There will also be a donation box at the Wallace Sport and Education Centre.

During this Sundays Club Run(November 4th) club members are riding over to support Craig, meeting in the Market Place at 9AM. New members always welcome.

Jo Clay wins Silver at the National Hill Climb Championships!!

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An epic performance by Club member Jo Clay saw her collect a silver medal and second place in the Ladies category, at the National Hill Climb Championships which took place on the Ramsbottom Rake in Lancashire yesterday. Congratulations to Jo from the whole Club on her brilliant performance, you sure have done us proud!!

Jo Clay on her way to second at the National Hill Climb Championships.

Club Run – October 28th

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On Sunday October the 28th, Seven club members enjoyed a 45 mile club run. Heading for The Denstone Farm Cafe. The route out took the riders through Basford, Belmont, Ipstones, Foxt, Wootton & Ellastone. After an enjoyable Cafe stop they returned to Leek via Stanton, Mapleton, Blore , Ilam, Throwley Hall, Calton & Waterhouses. An shortish club run overall but with some challenging steep climbs & demanding moorland weather conditions it made for a tough ride, great effort by all bring on next Sunday.

Club Run – October 21st

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On Sunday October the 21st. Five clubs members enjoyed a scenic 40 mile club run. Heading for the Cat & Fiddle Cafe they rode through Meerbrook, The Roaches, Gradbach, Algrave, Wildboarclough & Macclesfield Forrest. After an enjoyable cafe stop they returned to Leek via Hollinsclough, Earl Sterndale, Longnor, Newtown & Thorncliffe. A great autumn club ride allround.

Club member Paul Haywood enjoying the climb out of Longnor

Club Run – October 14th

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On Sunday October the 14th, Six club members enjoyed a 35 mile club run. Heading for the Mow Cop(Killer Mile) Hill Climb where they were going to support once again club rider Jo Clay & local professional Andy Magnier. The route out took the riders through Thorncliffe, Meerbrook(including the famous Gun Hill climb), Rushton Spencer & Congleton. Jo put in another great performance coming second in the Ladies Category, also a decent performance by Andy saw him come ninth. The route home took the riders through Kynpersely, Lask Edge, Brown Edge, Stanley & Longsdon.

Club Rider Jo Clay climbing the Killer Mile

Club Run – October 7th

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On Sunday October the 7th. Five club members enjoyed a sunny 55 mile ride in the hills. Heading for Monsal Dale & the annual Monsal Hill Climb, where they were going to support Club rider Jo Clay & local professional Andy Magnier. The route out took the riders through Thorncliffe, Hartington, Monyash, Sheldon and Ashford in the Water. After coffee at the Ellerys Tea Room in Monsal, the riders saw Jo put in a great performance coming second in the Ladies Category, also witnessing a decent performance by Andy. They then returned to Leek via Ashford in the Water, Bakewell, Youlgrave, Hartington, Hulme End & Thorncliffe.

The riders outside the cafe in Monsal Dale

Rob Howson wins the Club Hill Climb

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On Sunday the 23rd of September, battling a very strong head wind, six hardy club members competed in the Club Hill Climb Event, which took place on the seven mile climb out of Macclesfield to the Cat & Fiddle Pub. Rob Howson came out the winner with a time of 25.33, followed by Phil Gayes and Joanne Clay. Congratulations to Rob and well done & great effort to all the members who competed, it certainly was a tough event this year.  A huge thank you must also go to Weaver Valley CC for hosting and marshalling an excellent event.
Leek CC Results

1- Rob Howson 25:33
2- Phil Gayes 28:01
3- Joanne Clay 28:47
4- Rich Coghill 28:57
5- John Green 31:25
6- Paul Haywood 32:20

                                            Club Hill Climb Winner Rob Howson

AGM 2012

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The Club AGM is scheduled for Monday the 29th of October at 8.00pm at the Den Engel Belgian Bar in Leek. Hopefully all Club Memebers can make it. Halloween dress optional..

Club Run – September 30th

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On Sunday September the 30th, Seven club members enjoyed a fast paced 50 mile Club run. The ride took the riders through Bottomhouse, Ellastone, Darley Moor, Wyston, Rodsley & Shirley. After an enjoyable cafe stop in Asbourne the riders took the scenic route home via Mapleton, Thorpe, Alstonfield, Hulme End, Warslow & Thorncliffe.

The looking forward to the scenic route home.

Club Run – September 16th

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On Sunday September the 16th. Seven club members enjoyed a 50 mile ride in the hills. Heading for Bakewell they rode through Thorncliffe, Longnor, Crowdicote & Monyash. After a cafe stop in Bakewell they then returned to Leek via Ashford in the Water, Sheldon, Flagg, Hartington, Hulme End & Thorncliffe.  Next Sunday is the Club Hill Climb which is taking place on The Cat & Fiddle climb out of Macclesfield, Good Luck to all competing and ride safe..

Club Run – September 9th

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On Sunday September the 9th, Twelve club members enjoyed a hilly 60 mile club ride. Heading for Hope in the heart of the Peak District, they rode through Thorncliffe, Newtown, Longnor, Chelmorton, Millers Dale, Tideswell & Little Hucklow. After an enjoyable cafe stop at the Woodbine Cafe in Hope. The riders returned to Leek via Edale, Barbor Booth, Peak Forest, Peak Dale, Buxton, Flash, The Roaches & Meerbrook.  A challenging but very enjoyable ride in the hills all round.

The riders enjoying the Sun in Hope.

Club Run – September 2nd

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On Sunday September the 2nd, Fourteen club members enjoyed a 55 mile ride through the Cheshire lanes. The ride took the riders through Rudyard, Horton, Lask Edge, Knypersley, Mow Cop, Brownlow Heath, Hassel Green & Sandbach. After coffee & cake at the Spinney Cafe in Brereton. The riders then returned to Leek via Somerford, Kirmincham, Lower Withington, Siddington, Gasworth, Bosley & Rushton Spencer. The sprint into Leek was won by Rob Howson.

Club Hill Climb Entry

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Its the club hill climb soon; 23rd September to be precise!!!
As usual we are using the Weaver Valley CC event up the Cat and Fiddle.
However it has to be pre-entered. Closing date for entries is 11th sept.
You’ll need a CTT entry form (from here:)
Filled in correctly, and with a cheque for £8 made payable to Weaver Valley CC
You should then send it to :
Steve Thomas
Birch Nook
Buxton Rd
Bosley
Cheshire
SK11 0PS

Club Run – July 22nd

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On Sunday July the 22nd, Nine club members enjoyed a shorter than usual 28 mile ride. The ride took the riders through Meerbrook,The Roaches, Gradbach & Flash. After a cafe stop in Longnor, the riders returned to Leek via Newtown & Thorncliffe. Lets hope for decent weather next week also.

Check out the short video clip of the cafe stop,

Cafe Stop Video

Club Run – July 15th

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On Sunday July the 15th, Thirteen club members enjoyed a sunny 90 mile ride. Heading for Delamere Forest near Chester, the riders rode through Rudyard, Congleton, Astbury, Bradwell, Occleston & Weetwood, After an enjoyable cafe stop they returned to Leek via Tarvin, Ashton, Weaverham, Bartington, Knutsford, North Rode, Bosley & Rushton Spencer. A great ride through the Cheshire Lanes.

The riders ready for the off after the cafe stop.

Club Run – July 8th

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On Sunday July the 8th. Seven club members enjoyed a sunny 50 mile ride in the hills. Heading for Bakewell they rode through Thorncliffe, Longnor, Crowdicote & Monyash. After a cafe stop in Bakewell they then returned to Leek via Winster, Parwich, Hartington & Warslow. Lets hope for sunny weather again next Sunday.

Club Run – 1st July

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On Sunday July the 1st, Six club members enjoyed a 45 mile ride. They rode through Thorncliffe, Warslow, Hartington, Biggin, Newhaven, Pikehall, Elton, Gratton, Middleton, Crowdecote, Longnor & Newtown. Shame about the wet weather but overall a great ride in the Peak District.

Lake District – June 30th

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On Saturday June the 30th, Six club members enjoyed a scenic 50 mile ride in the Lake District. Starting in Staveley, they then rode up the tough Kirkstone Pass and then through Ambleside, Rydal, Grasmere, Elterwater, Coniston, Bowmanstead, Torver & Hawkshead. After catching the ferry across the beautiful Lake Windermere they then rode back to Staveley for a well deserved Cafe stop. A great day out, with an amazing route, decent weather & an excellent cafe what more could we ask for.

The riders looking forward to the Cafe stop

Lake Windermere

Club Run – June 24th

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On Sunday June the 24th, Nine club members enjoyed a 55 mile ride through the Cheshire lanes. The ride took the riders through Rushton Spencer, Bosley, Gasworth, Nether – Alderley & Ollerton. After coffee & cake at the Wisteria Cafe in Allostock the riders returned to Leek via Goostry, Swettenham, North Rode, Bosley & Rushton Spencer.

Phil Gayes wins 25 mile TT

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Phil Gayes was the winner of the 2012 Leek CC 25 mile TT, which took place on the 19th of June. The TT took place on the Chelford Course in Cheshire. Congratulations to Phil & thank you to Congleton CC for hosting and marshalling the event.

Club Run – June 17th

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On Sunday June the 17th, Nine club members enjoyed a fast paced 70 mile ride. Heading for the Old Priest House Coffee Shop in Audlem they rode through Rudyard, Congleton, Astbury, Alsager, Barthomley & Betley. After the cafe stop they then returned to Leek via Woore, Barleston, Meir Heath, Weston Coyney, Ashbank & Longsdon. Bring on next Sunday.

The riders all happy after the Cafe stop.

Great Turn Out for the Club 5 TT

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A great turn out saw 15 riders compete in the Leek CC 5 mile TT.  On a tough course, local professional Andy Magnier of the Node 4 Pro Cycling was first on the night with a excellent time of 10.08, the first Leek CC rider was Rob Howson coming in third with a time of 11.20. A further 8 Leek CC members competed in the event with some close times, it will be very interesting to see how the riders perform next year. Well done to all the riders who competed, Great effort!                                                                                     After the TT a total of thirty club members & family enjoyed a Chips & Gammon dinner at Leek Hockey Club (thankyou to The White Lion Pub for the food).                                       Special thanks must go to Phil, Ruth, John & George for organising the event and Time Keeping. Bring on next year

Results                                                                                                                                         1 – Andy Magnier 10:08                   Node 4 Pro Cycling Team                                              2- Adam Kenway 10:34                  Buzz Cycles
3- Rob Howson 11:20                     Leek CC
4- Rich Whalley 11:59                    Leek CC
5- Alex Rider 12:12                         Leek CC
6- Rich Coghill 12:30                      Leek CC
7- Kelvin Milward 12:33                  Congleton CC
8- Barry Riley 12:36                        Leek CC
9- Duncan Poole 13:02                  Congleton CC                                                                   10- Paul Haywood 13:08                Leek CC
10- Mark Holden 13:08                   Leek CC
12- Rich Coates 13:19                   Leek CC
13- John Green 13:24                    Leek CC
14- Steve Sladin 14:07                  Congleton CC
15- Pete Nelson 18:02                   Congleton CC

The Riders talking tactics ahead of the TT

First Leek CC rider Rob Howson

First on the night Andy Magnier

Club Run – June 10th

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On Sunday June the 10th. Seven clubs members enjoyed a scenic 45 mile ride. Heading for Pott Shrigley they rode through Meerbrook, The Roaches, Flash, Buxton &                  The Goyt Valley. After an enjoyable cafe stop they returned to Leek via Lamaloud Reservoir, Macclesfield Forrest, Wildboarclough, Wincle & Danebridge.  A great ride in the hills all round.

The riders at Pott Shrigley.

Club member Rich Coghill on the long climb out of the Goyt Valley.

5 mile TT Championships

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The Clubs 5 mile TT Championships will take place on Monday June 11th. The event will take place on the usual Rushton-Leek Course & will be followed by Pie & Peas at Leek Hockey Club. Signing on will be at the Hockey Club from 6:30pm with the First rider off at 7:15.

It will cost £5.50 for the entry to the TT and the meal combined. Or £3.00 for the TT and £3.75 for the meal if you only choose one. If you are interested in taking part in the TT or attending the Pie & Peas Supper please contact the email address below membership@leekcyclistsclub.co.uk  because places for the TT & Pie Supper are limited to 30 for the TT and 30 for the Pie Supper. Also volunteers are needed if any Club members aren’t racing, your help would be much appreciated.
Lets hope for a great turnout!!

Club Run – May 27th

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On Sunday May the 27th, Nine club members enjoyed a 50 mile club ride. Heading for sunny Bakewell, they rode through Thorncliffe, Newtown, Longnor & Monyash. After the Cafe stop they returned to Leek, taking in the scenic route through Pilsley, Chatsworth, Rowsley, Alport, Youlgreave, Parsley Hay, Hartington, Warslow, Mermaid & Thorncliffe.

Club Run – April 20th

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On a sunny Sunday morning seven club members rode out of Leek, but soon after the start, on top of Morridge, one of our troop had to turn back with a broken spoke. But carry on we must, the rest of us (six) went:- Onecote, grindon, Weags Bridge, Stanshope and into Ilam. The pace was too quick and we found the cafe at Ilam hall was yet to open. So the ride continued over Thorpe and into Ashbourne. Coffee and cake at the Flower Cafe.
Returning took us over to Clifton, Norbury, Ellastone, Wooton, Ipsones Edge, Bottom House, Home.

Phil Gayes wins 10 mile TT

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On Tuesday 15th of May, in what were surprisingly sunny conditions three club members took part in the Clubs 10 mile TT Championships. Phil Gayes came out the winner with a time of 24:40, followed by Rich Coates and John Green.
Congratulations to Phil and well done to Rich & John. A huge thank you must also go out to Congleton CC for hosting and marshalling the event.

Results:
1- Phil Gayes 24:40
2- Rich Coates 27:41
3- John Green 27:55

Club Run – May 13th

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On Sunday May the 13th, Ten club members enjoyed a 60 mile club run. Heading for Eccleshall. They rode through Cheddleton, Consal, Dilhorne, Forsbrook, Stallington, Milwich, Marston, Yarlet, Weston & then onto Eccleshall. After an relaxed Cafe stop, they then returned to Leek via Barlaston, Meir Heath, Weston Coyney, Wetley Rocks & Cheddleton.

10 mile TT Championships

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The Clubs 10 mile TT Championships will take place on Tuesday 15th May. It’s a Congleton CC evening event which takes place on the road between Congleton & Macclesfield. The meeting place is The Rising Sun car park in Macclesfield and first rider off is at 7:15pm,  so it is advisable to be there around 6:45pm to sign on. Best of Luck to all!

Club Run – May 6th

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On Sunday May the 6th. Ten club members & one guest rider Geoff from Addiscombe Cycling Club in London rode a scenic 44 mile ride. Heading for the Bollington Mill Cafe they rode through Rushton, North Rode, Gasworth, Macclesfield & Prestbury.  After an enjoyable cafe stop in Bollington beside the Canal, they then returned to Leek via Pott Shrigley, Kettleshulme, Goyt Valley, Flash, The Roaches & Meerbrook.

The riders take a break after the climb out of Kettleshulme.

Club Run – April 15th

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On Sunday April the 15th, Twelve club members rode a scenic 55 mile ride. Heading for Carsington Water just outside Ashbourne. They rode through Bottomhouse, Ipstones-Edge, Wootton, Ellastone, Snelston, Edlaston & Osmaston. After an enjoyable Cafe stop they returned to Leek via Kniveton, Ashbourne, Blore, Ilam, Throwley Hall, Calton & Waterhouses.

Club Run – Easter Sunday

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On a wet & windy Easter Sunday, Five club members rode a 55 mile ride through the Cheshire lanes. The ride took the riders through Rushton Spencer, Bosley, Gasworth, Capesthorne, Goostry, Homes Chapel & Hulme Watfield. Lets hope the weather is a little kinder next Sunday.

Club Run – April 1st

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On Sunday January the 8th, Thirteen club members rode a scenic 45 mile ride. Heading for the excellent Monyash Old Smithy Cafe. They rode through Thorncliffe, Newtown, Longnor & then up the tough ‘alpine’ climb out of Crowdicote . After a cafe stop in Monyash, they then returned to Leek via Flagg, Chelmorton, Harpur Hill, Buxton, Allgreave & Danebridge.

 

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Dear members and friends of Leek Cyclists’ Club.

It is with deep sadness and regret that we announce the passing of regular cyclist, respected friend and committed club member Paul Derbyshire.

On Sunday 25th March 2012, whilst riding the regular Sunday Club ride, Paul came off his bike at speed, sufficient enough to end his life. Paul was surrounded by his club mates at the time, and unfortunately despite the best efforts of several brave riders, was unable to be resuscitated and succumbed to his injuries.

Words cannot express the sadness and shock felt by those club mates present, and those learning subsequently of his death. It is with heavy hearts that we mark the passing of such a gentle and dedicated club rider.

Rest in Peace dear friend, and may you continue your cycling adventures until we meet again once more.

Club Run – March 19th

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On Sunday March the 18th. Seven club members enjoyed a scenic Forty mile ride in the hills, After a fast paced ride to Macclesfield through Rushton & Bosley. They hit the hills in Langley and then rode through Algrave, Gradbach & Flash. After an “Last of the Summer Wine” cafe stop in sunny Longnor, they then returned to Leek via Warslow, Newtown & Thorncliffe.

Club Reliability Ride – March 11th

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On a very sunny March 11th, Leek Cyclists Club held its Club Reliability Ride & Club Presentation Buffet.  A great turn out saw Twenty Five 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 enjoyed a much deserved  Buffet at the Den Engel Belgian Bar. After the Buffet the Clubs 2011 Awards Presentation took place where awards were given out for various events(see the Events page for the winners). The day was a great success thanks to great weather, company & organisation. Hopefully they will be many more great rides like Sundays this year.

John Green winner of the Club 10 TT receiving his Trophy from Club Chairman                   Kev Sharrock.

Rob Howson winner of the Club 5 TT receiving his Trophy from Club Chairman                   Kev Sharrock.

Rich Coates recieving his trophy for the Clubs Longest Ride (Edinburgh to Leek in less than 24 hours) from Club Chairman Fred Sharrock.

Club competitions for 2012

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Hi All,

Club competitions for 2012 will be:
Road races

Any TLI Cheshire series count towards this. 1 point for 1st Leek Rider, 2 points for 2nd etc. The rider with the lowest number of points at the end of the series wins.

Time trials

Hilly
Tuesday 10th April 6:45
Congleton CC J8/9 (Timbersbrook)
Signing on at Mossley Church car park (corner of Reades Lane and A527)

10 mile
Tuesday 15th May @ 7:15
Congleton CC JC/5 (Gawsworth)
Signing on at Rising Sun, Gawsworth

25 mile
Tuesday 19th June @ 7:30
Congleton CC JC/24 (Monk’s Heath-Chelford circuit)
Signing on at Club AZ

Entry for all the above is on the line and is £4.00 for non-members of Congleton CC

Full list of Congleton CC events at

http://www.congletoncyclingclub.org.uk/?page_id=98

5 mile
Monday 11th June
Rudyard-Leek course
Meet to sign on at Leek Hockey Club car park 6:30, ride out then first rider off @ 7:00
Entry £3.00
Pie & peas at the Hockey Club afterwards around £3.50 (TBC)

50 mile
Saturday 18th August @ 2:00
Congleton CC J4/16
Entry at least 14 days in advance £7.50
Signing on at Cranage Village Hall

http://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/

Hill climb
Sunday 23rd September @ 10:00
Weaver Valley CC  J9/7 (Cat & Fiddle)
Entry at least 14 days in advance £8.00
Signing on at the King’s School, Macclesfield

http://www.weavervalleycc.org.uk/

http://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/

Other TTs
For anyone tough/ daft enough, any 100 mile, 12 hour or 24 hour TT counts. The 100 trophy is particularly nice and would look good on anyone’s mantelpiece! And I will personally buy anyone who competes in one of these the beer of their choice in Den Engel.

Cheers,

John Green.

Club Run – February 26th

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On Sunday February the 26th. Six club members enjoyed a scenic Forty mile ride in the hills, in preparation for the Clubs “Hilly” Reliability in 2 weeks. They rode through Rushton, Bosley, Sutton, Langley, Algrave, Gradbach & Flash. After an enjoyable cafe stop in Longnor, they then returned to Leek via Warslow, Onecote & Bradnop. Also another four club members enjoyed a Fifty mile ride through the Cheshire lanes.

The riders enjoying a Coffee

Prize Presentation Nominations

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In light of the upcoming prize presentation I would be grateful of you could all let me have your nominations for the following awards:

  • Half wheeler of the year
  • Clubman of the year
  • Longest ride
  • Outstanding achievement
  •  Daftest moment/incident on a bike award (the winner gets to wear the retro flourescent yellow and pink jersey for added humiliation)

Contact me on facebook or mobile by the end of the week.

P.S. the cost of the post ride nosh-up is probably £6 per head (not £5 as previously posted).

Thanks

Rich Whalley

Club Secretary

Club Run – February 19th

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On Sunday January the 15th, Seven club members enjoyed a sunny & fast paced 60 mile ride. Heading for the Cyclist friendly Jinja Bakes Cafe in Audlem they rode through Endon, Stoke, Keele, Madeley & Woore. After an enjoyable Cafe stop at the excellent Jinja Bakes Cafe they returned to Leek via Betley, Alsager, Church Lawton, Astbury, Congleton & Rudyard.

The riders getting ready for the ride home.

Leek CC Hilly Reliability 2012

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On Sunday March the 11th, Leek Cyclists Club will be holding its annual Hilly Reliability Ride followed by a Buffet & the Clubs Awards Presentation. The Reliability Ride is a scenic 55 mile ride through the Peak Distrtict, which takes in some lovely lanes & challenging climbs. The ride will be followed by a Buffet at Den Engel Belgian Bar in Leek, which will cost £5. Places at the buffet are limited, so if you are interested in booking seats, please contact the email address below. The buffet will be followed by the Clubs Awards Presentation. The ride will start & finish at the Den Engel Belgian Bar in Leek, signing on is from 8.15am with the riders due to start at 8.30am.

If you are interested in riding the Reliability Ride or attending the Buffet afterwards please contact LeekCCmtb@yahoo.co.uk.

Club Run – February 12th

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On Sunday Febuary the 10th, Five club members enjoyed a 40 mile ride. Heading for Denstone Farm Cafe. They rode through Cheddleton, Wetley Rocks, Cheadle & Alton. After an relaxed Cafe stop, they then returned to Leek via Ellastone, Wootton, Bottomhouse & Thorncliffe. Also another group of club members rode the Congleton Cycling Club 65 mile reliability ride. Which was a scenic ride through the Cheshire Lanes. An enjoyable Sunday morning all round.

The riders enjoying the wintery conditions.

Club Run – January 29th

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On Sunday January the 29th, Eight club members enjoyed a 65 mile ride. Heading for Tutbury. They rode through Cheddleton, Wetley Rocks, Cheadle, Tean & Uttoxeter. After an relaxed Cafe stop they returned to Leek via Cubley, Rocester, Ellastone, Wootton & Bottomhouse.

Congleton 49 mile Reliability Ride

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On Sunday January the 22nd, Ten club members took part in the Congleton 49 mile Reliability Ride. Fighting strong winds the riders left the Market Place and rode over to Congleton. The 49 mile Reliability Ride started at Congleton Cycling Club and the route took the riders through Bosley, Gasworth, Macclesfield, Ollerton, Byley, Middlewich, Hasslington, Hassel Green, Astbury and then back to Congleton. After much deserved tea & biscuits the riders rode back to Leek.  All considered a tough 75 mile ride but thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Club Run – January 15th

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On Sunday January the 15th, Seven club members enjoyed a sunny & fast paced 60 mile ride. Heading for the The Old Priest House Cafe in Audlem they rode through Endon, Stoke, Keele, Madeley & Woore. After an enjoyable Cafe stop they returned to Leek via Betley, Alsager, Church Lawton, Astbury, Congleton & Rudyard. The sprint into Leek was won by Rich Coates with a well timed attack.

Club Run – January 8th

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On Sunday January the 8th, thirteen club members enjoyed a scenic 45 mile ride. Heading for the excellent Monyash Old Smithy Cafe. They rode through Bottomhouse, Onecote, Warslow, Hulme End, Sheen & then up the tough ‘alpine’ climb out of Crowdicote . After an enjoyable cafe stop in Monyash, they then returned to Leek via Lathkill Dale, Youlgrave, Hartington & Warslow. An enjoyable ride in the hills all round. New members always welcome.

The riders raring to go after the Cafe stop.

Club Run – December 27th

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On Tuesday December the 27th, nine club members enjoyed a 65 mile ride. Heading for The Salt Box Cafe near Tutbury. They rode through Bottomhouse, Windy Harbor, Wootton, Ellastone & Cubley. After an enjoyable Cafe stop. They then rode back to Leek via Sudbury, Doveridge, Uttoxeter, Checkley, Cheadle, Dilhorne & Cheddleton. The sprint back into Leek was won by Ade Myatt with a real Time-Trial effort. A very enjoyable ride allround with the Sun shining & some great country lanes explored we couldn’t have asked for much more. The riders getting ready for the ride back to Leek.

Club Run – Christmas Social

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On Saturday December the 10th, five club members enjoyed a  relaxed 34 mile ride. Heading for Denstone they rode through Leek-Brook, Basford, Ipstones, Foxt, Oakamoor, Dimingsdale & Alton. After the cafe stop at Denstone Farm Shop, they returned to Leek via Ellastone, Stanton, Caldon Lowe & Bottomhouse. The sprint into Leek was won by Rich Whalley, who had the legs on the last climb back into Leek. A very enjoyable winter ride!

Club Run – December 4th

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On Sunday December the 4th, nine club members enjoyed a challenging 60 mile ride. Heading for Tutbury they rode through Bottomhouse, Windy Harbor, Wootton, Ellastone, Cubley & Sudbury.  After the cafe stop in Tutbury, they returned through Marchington, Uttoxeter, Rocester, Farley, Cotton, Foxt & Ipstones. The sprint back into Leek from Bottomhouse was won by Ade Myatt. A great ride all round.

Christmas Social

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On Saturday the 10th of December members of Leek Cyclists Club are holding there Christmas Social. First there will be a club run leaving from Den Engel at 12am(2-3 hour ride). Then club members are meeting at Den Engel at 7.00pm for drinks followed by a meal at the The Rajah Curry House in Leek.

Club Run – Sunday November 27th

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On Sunday November the 27th fighting against strong winds, seven club members enjoyed a 45 mile ride. Heading for the Bollington Mill Cafe they rode through Rushton, North Rode, Gasworth, Macclesfield & Prestbury.  After an enjoyable cafe stop in Bollington they then returned to Leek via Goyt Valley (climbing the very tough Pym Chair Climb) Flash, The Roaches & Meerbrook.

The riders looking forward to the Pym Chair Climb.

Club Run – Sunday November 20th

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On Sunday November the 20th, seven club members enjoyed a scenic 45 mile ride. Starting in the Market Place in the centre of Leek. They rode through Meerbrook, Danebridge, Wincle, Wildboarclough, Macclesfield Forest, Langley & Gasworth. They then rode over to Congleton stopping off at Congleton Garden Centre for a much deserved cafe stop. They then returned to Leek via Mow Cop, Biddulph, Lask Edge & Longsdon.

Picture taken at Macclesfield Forest.

 

Mountain Bike Rides

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The Club have several keen Mountain bike riders. Who are planning on having regular Club Mountain Bike Rides at destinations like Hope, Cannock Chase, Llandegla & Coed-y-Brenin. The dates & meeting places will appear on the Mountain Biking page soon.

If you are interested please contact  leekccmtb@yahoo.co.uk

 

Club Run to Bakewell

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On Sunday the 13th November Twelve Members rode through the lovely thick fog to Bakewell via Thorncliffe,Longnor,Crowdicote and Monyash. With an enjoyable cafe stop in the centre of Bakewell they then returned via Youlgrave,Hartington & Warslow.  An enjoyable ride in the hills all round!