Club Hill Climb Championship

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

 

Legbreaker 2019

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

Legbreaker 2019

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

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

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

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

Club Run – August 25th 2019

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

Club Run – 18th August 2019

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

 

Club Run – 11th August 2019

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

Club Run – August 5th 2019

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

 

Club Run – July 21st 2019

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

 

Club Run – July 14th 2019

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

Club Run – July 7th 2019

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

Club Run – June 30th 2019

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

Club Run – June 23rd 2019

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

Club Run – June 16th 2019

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

Club Run – June 9th 2019

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

Club Run – June 2nd 2019

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

Rob Howson wins Club 10 TT

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

Results

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

                                                           Rob Howson

Club Run – May 19th 2019

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

Club Run – May 12th 2019

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

Club Run – May 5th 2019

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

Club Run – April 28th 2019

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

Hilly Reliability 2019

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

Club Run – April 14th 2019

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

Hilly Reliability

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

Prices for the event are:
Ride only :             £4

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

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

 

 

Flanders Trip

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

Club Championships 2019

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

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

Club Run -March 31st 2019

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

Club Run – March 24th 2019

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

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

Club Run – March 17th 2019

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

Bikes vs. Cars Film Showing

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

Club Run – March 3rd 2019

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

Club Run – Febuary 24th 2019

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

Leek CC Cafe Map

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

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

Leek CC Hilly Reliability Ride

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

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

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

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

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

Club Run – Febuary 10th 2019

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

Leek CC Calendar 2018

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

 

Club Run – January 6th 2018

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First club ride of 2019 was to Eccleshall and fourteen riders turned out. We set off up Compton and Leekbrook before climbing out of Cheddleton and on to Rough Close. There were a few us struggling to keep up with the fast pace so dropped back a little before re-grouping and continuing in to Barleston and Tittensor and Swynnerton and Coldmeece before reaching Eccleshall. Here we had a brief stop to debate which cafe we should go to but as the Artisan Cafe was the only one open, we headed there and were soon enjoying coffee and beans on toast and one lucky rider had a free slice of cake that was handed out by mistake, there is no justice! Ant A left early as he had to return home but good to see him stick with us when he was struggling a little.
We headed back through the back roads of Stone and on towards Moddershall and Stallington before reaching Blythe Bridge and the tough, dilhorne bank. Still, nice to be climbers ground after hanging on at the back on the flat. We passed through Blakely lane and on to Cheddleton where we said goodbye to Rich C and Dave M before reaching Leek at twenty past one after a fifty mile ride. Thanks to Phil G and Rich C for leading the ride and for Shaun M’s help with the log.
Nick A

Club Run – December 30th 2018

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Eighteen riders set out for Knustford, heading out down Mill Street and past Rudyard before reaching Bosley lights and Gawsworth. We re-grouped after my wardrobe malfunction as a leg warmer was dropping around my knee for some reason so not good for riding. We passed through Broken Cross and on to Nether Alderley and Alderly Edge and Great Warford before reaching Knutsford and The Lambing Shed cafe where we soon driving the purple haired waitress in to fits of laughter with our choices. Rich C had brought his hip flask and passed it around to spread some festive cheer.
We headed back via Toff and Lower Peover before passing through Middlewich and Warmingham before reaching Sandbach. Here we split in to two groups and for some unknown reason I was part of the first group in Cheshire on the flat? The other group soon caught up with us in Ashbury and we headed through Hightown before tackling the limb to Newtown and on to Rudyard. Paul H suffered another breakdown so the main group arrived back in Leek at 2.15PM after a fun 64 mile ride. Thanks to Phil G for leading us through the pot holed roads of Cheshire.
Nick A

Club Run – December 23rd 2018

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Fourteen riders set out for Hartington while the more sensible ones stayed at home and stuffed them self’s with mince pies. We headed out in the rain along Buxton road and in to Thornclife where the steep climb warmed us all up before we rode in to the gloom over Morridge before dropping in to Longnor. Here Sean M managed to overtake Rob H on a hill and insisted this be recorded for the archives and so he owes me a catering size slab of Swiss chocolate for my effort! Of course, on the climb out of Crowdecote, Rob H left us all behind. Here, it was decided to cut short the ride due to the cold and rain and other excuses so we headed down Longdale where the thrash group well and truly took off and dropped me, this was on a down hill section just to rub it in. Soon we were all warming up in the Hartington Farm Shop and enjoying coffee and bacon rolls and other delights as well as Dave M’s baking efforts.
It was decided to head back through Hulme End and Warslow and on to Oncote to avoid the cold on Morridge again. We dropped out of the wind and in to Bradnop and were soon back in Leek where the group were able to prop up the bar in Den Engles and enjoy the afternoon there. Thanks to Paul H for leading the ride and for putting up with many complaints about the cold and rain.
Happy Christmas from Nick and Lucy.

Ho Ho Ho

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Once again the Club’s Mince Pie ride was a great success, with over 25 riders getting into the Christmas spirit and dressing up in a range of outfits including Randieers, Penguins, Santa’s,Elfs and even a Bumblebee. They enjoyed a 25 mile ride taking in Cheddleton, Bagnell and Endon, and then returned to TheWhitelion in Leek for a Chrismas buffet and a tipple or two. Thankyou to everyone for once again supporting the event & Jamie Jefferey for organising the event once again, we look forward to next year and the costimes which we will see.

Club ride Steve Briggs also put together a video showcasing our ride, click below to take a look. Thanks for the video Steve

Club Run – 2nd December 2018

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Thirteen riders set out for Hope, riding out along Buxton road and up to Thorncliffe and the Mermaid. We dropped in to Longnor and navigated our way through a road closure before heading in to Glutton Bridge and up the climb to Brielow Bar and in to Miller’s Dale. We climbed in to Tideswell and here, Rich C and Steve B headed back to Leek while we carried on to Hope by the back road around the cement works. We arrived at the Crass Hoppers cafe and were soon enjoying beans on toast and coffee and extra cakes for some riders to fuel the ride back.
It was decided to ride up around Mam Tor so we had the delight of that tough climb and once  we re-grouped we headed to Peak forest and in to Buxton to take in the sights of the Opera house and the Pavilion. We headed out to Axe Edge and on to Flash. Here, the group split up as one group headed back along the main road while myself and Karl headed back through Flash and over Morridge due to the late return. The other group were heading back along the back of The Roaches. We arrived back in Leek at 3.10pm after a hard, sixty two mile ride. I hope the wife’s were not too angry about us being late and they will allow riders out next Sunday for the Christmas buffet and ride! Thanks to Phil G for leading the ride.
Nick A
Dave Magnier on the tough Mam Nick climb, which climbs out of Edale

Club Run – November 25th 2018

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Sixteen riders set out for Grindelford, heading out along Buxton Road and Thorncliffe before climbing up to the Mermaid to admire the mist. The peleton turned for Warslow and Hulme End before riding in to Hartington where we turned left for a change to head to Long Dale by the quiet route. We headed to Parsley Hay and crossed the main Ashbourne road before heading towards Youlgrave but we turned off just before to drop down in to lathkill Dale and in to Bakewell. Here we joined the  Christmas traffic jam before making our escape in to Hassop and on to Calver. Steve B turned off to head back to Leek by a tour around Buxton. Meantime, we re-grouped and took on the long climb to Grindelford and up to the station cafe where we soon in the queue for buckets of tea and coffee and platefuls of food.
Rich Coghill wanted to ride a little further so two riders joined him for the ride while the main group rode back in to Grindelford and up to Eyam and on to Foolow before dropping in to Tideswell and Miller’s Dale where restoration work is being carried out to the steps used by people abseiling from it, brave people is all I can say about that. We took on the climb to Taddington and carried on in to Monnyash before heading back to Parsley Hay and Longdale before turning for Crowdecote and Longnor. We continued on in to Newtown where I asked to ride on while others waited for the group as my hand warmers were giving up the battle. Two other rides rode with me and we returned to Leek at ten past three after a sixty mile ride. Thanks to Phil Gayes for leading the ride and to Dave Mags for supporting a struggling rider. But enough about cycling, what you really want to read about is Denise Coates, the local betting company boss who paid herself two hundred and sixty million pounds a close relative of Rich Coates? He denies this which means the ” Dear Denise, you may not remember me” letter is in the post!
Nick A and Lucy

Club Run – November 11th 2018

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Twelve riders set out for Eccleshall heading out via Cheddleton, Dillhorne, Blyth Bridge. Sadly, when riding over the railway crossing, a careless steering wheel holder decided that although there was a van heading towards him, he would still pass close by the group just to get in front. Thankfully, no one was hurt. We rode on to Staddington and turned for Rough Close and on to Barleston and Swynnerton and in to Eccleshall where we joined the village for the service of remembrance. All riders took time to observe the two minute silence to honour the centenary of the end of the first world war. Nine point five million died and twenty one million were injured during the conflict. Have we learnt anything since then given the state of Europe and the world? I fear not. We carried on and headed to Sugnall and the fine, walled garden where we were soon enjoying coffee and beans on toast. The gardens supplied the hall with food and the estate has been owned by the Jacques family for five generations.
The main group were riding back via Woore and Congleton so myself Dave M and Gareth headed back the way we came passing through Barleston and back to Rough Close where we headed to Werrington and turned off to head to Cheddleton by the back lanes before dropping Dave off. Sadly, we had no time to watch the afternoon entertainment show called Dave M washes his bike! We carried on and arrived back in leek at 2.15PM after a fifty six mile ride. Thanks to Rich C for planning such a great ride to a new cafe.
Nick A

AGM 2018

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This years Leek Cyclists Club Annual General Meeting, will be held on Monday November the 12th, at 8:00pm in The Den Engel Belgian Bar in Leek . During the meeting we will be discussing a variety of topics including Club Championships, Club Rides and Social Events.

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An fantastic performance by Club member Tony Cope saw him gain a win in the veteran B catogary, at the National Hill Climb Championships which took place on the Pea Royd Climb in Yorkshire at the end of October, Congratulations Tony from the whole Club you sure have done us proud!

Also a massive well done to Club member Jordan Hill, who came second overall in the West Midlands Road Race League, Jordan posted a number of impressive top ten finishes in the eight race series, gaining his second catagory licence ready for next year. Well done Jordan!

Club Run – November 4th 2018

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Fourteen riders set out for Bollington, setting out down Mill Street and passed Rudyard lake and Bosley lights. The Thursday night chain gangers were out in force and I was just about hanging on at the back. These are amazing riders. We turned off for Gawsworth and on to Broken cross and Prestbury. There was some confusion here as Rich Coates headed off back to Leek as he wanted a short ride but as we were not aware, we thought he had taken the wrong turn and so waited for him! We carried on and were soon descending in to Bollington and the Mill Cafe. It was quite busy and we sat outside but it was mild so we were soon enjoying coffee and food.
Phil G and Aide M and Mark decided to head back to Leek by the direct route so we carried on to Ginclough but on the first steep climb, Paul H continued to have gear slipping so decided to head back by a flat route which as excuses go is a good one! We carried on to the Cat and Fiddle road where Rob B was looking for a smooth part of the road, we assume he is still looking for this as the road is so full of pot holes you have to keep zig zaging to avoid them. We dropped in to the Goyt Valley and in to Wincle and Danebridge before stopping near to Gun Hill where we met Andy Bain just out on a ride on his new Winter bike which was much admired by the group. We carried on back in to Leek vi the Rudyard road and soon we were all racing back. Sean M was telling me all about trying to keep up with me on the hills and yet who overtook the group on the final hill? Sean M! He came flying past and only Nick D could respond, I was too busy laughing. Nick D managed to catch him and take the sprint. We all arrived back in leek at One PM after a thirty seven mile ride. Thanks to Dave M and Rich C for leading the ride and for looking after our safety when we unaware we were bunching up on the road. It was good to see  Phil G out again after a period of ill health.
Nick A

Club Run – October 28th 2018

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Eight of us gathered at 9am, not sure if any forgot to alter there clocks and turned out at 8am. It was only 2 degrees but the sun felt nice. I suggested a new cafe at Great Haywood, so off we went, Ipstones Edge, Ellastone, Roston, Uttoxeter, Blithfield Res, Great Haywood, Canalside farm Cafe. The cafe was very busy, but we got served and sat outside ( a very nice spot next to the canal). We all had chilled as we sat and when we started back the headwind was biting.
Hixon, Uttoxeter, Checkley, Cheadle, Consall, Home. Our route through Uttoxeter had a closed road section, luckily we found a very winding path option to navigate around the new JCB junction.
Back for 2pm with all having had a good ride.

Dave Magnier

Club Run – October 21st 2018

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“You can’t buy happiness but you can buy tea and that’s kind of the same thing” (Sign outside the cafe)
A large turn out of 15 riders set out for The Longshawe Estate, near Grindelford. We set out along Buxton Road before turning for Thorncliffe and the climb to Morridge that soon warmed us up. We dropped down through the mist in to Warslow and on to Hulme End before reaching Hartington. We took on the steady climb to Newhaven before heading in to Youlgreave and Bakewell. The sprinters took off like western leaders fleeing a invite to a Saudi get together and so ended up on a circular tour of Bakewell while we caught up. There was some confusion over the route but it was decided to head to Hassop and Calver. Here, Dan N turned off for leek so nice to see him out for a while. We carried on but a stop was made to decide if we wanted to continue to Longshaw or turn left for Eyam. As we were late, we headed for Eyam where we soon made wellcome by the owner and the coffee was soon flowing as was the food.
It was decided to head back by a more direct route so we headed to Ashford and to Sheldon Bank. Here myself and Nick D took on the climb and I managed to pass him. We re-grouped at the top and carried on in to Monyash and on to Parsley Hay. Nick D flew past me on the descent but I could not attack due to laughing too much, a great effort. Three riders rode back via Hartington while the rest carried on to Crowdecote and Longnor. We headed for Newtown and Morridge before dropping in to Thornclife and Leek at 2.30pm after a fifty five mile ride. Thanks to Dave M and Rich C for leading the ride.
Nick A, Eternal second to Andy B (sigh)
Also below is a short video from the Thurday night’s fast group ride, thanks to club rider Steve Briggs for the footage. Click below to take a look