Club Run – Sunday 23rd Feb 2020

The main group set out for a ride and rode in to Ashbourne but due to the widespread flooding, there were several route changes which took them to Sudbury and back. It was a long, 75 mile ride according to Tony. A short log but I was away enjoying the delights of London.

Nick P

Club Run – Sunday 8th Feb 2020

Storm Ciara has arrived in Leek!!

Rob Howson and a small group rode out to a posh cafe in Wilmslow. Not sure what this title denotes but I guess they will turn you away if you earn less than 30k a year! This was due to the storm winds forecast for Sunday which going out on a bike would be unsafe. Dave M was planning a ride to Tatton but I am unaware if this took place. I was told that Andy B’s group was planning a ten am Sunday ride but again am unsure if this will take place given the weather warnings issued. Strap your roof down, the car down and get on the turbo is my advice.

Nick P

Club Run – Sunday 2nd Feb 2020

Twenty three riders turned out. The A group riding to Bakewell via Flash in order to train for the hills. It was good to see Rob H back out with the club. The B group set out for Knustford via Rudyard, Bosley and Marton and  Jodrell Bank and Marthall before reaching the Lambing Shed where we soon enjoying coffee and cakes and bacon rolls. Helen H battled to take my picture but as I hate this, I did my best to thwart her efforts.

We rode home via Tott, Chelmford and Siddington before reaching Gawsworth. Here I had issues trying to fold up my new rain jacket and battling my Dyspraxia but gave up. We rode on to the main Mac-Leek road but I had to stop as I was feeling like a boil in the bag meal so had to take the jacket off while the group rode on through Rushton Spencer and Rudyard before arriving back in Leek. Thanks to Shaun D for leading the ride.

Oh I almost forgot!! Thanks to Rodger G for his kind comments with regard to my hazard prompting hand signals, to which I replied with a rude hand signal. Well admit it, you would too! 

Nick P 

Club Run Sunday 26th Jan 2020

Twenty one riders turned out to brave the rain. The B group rode to Ashbourne and the Flower Pot Cafe led by Shaun while the A group rode to Carsington. We rode out via Ashbourne Road and up to Bottom House before turning for Ipstones Edge and down in to Ellistone and Norbury. One rider suffered a puncture in Osmaston so we split in to two groups. We rode in to Bradley and in to Carsington where the regulation sprint took past along the dam. We were glad to get in the dry and warmth and soon were enjoying coffee and cakes. Dan N decided to head back home.

Due to the rain it was decided to head back by a more direct route so we headed to Tissington and Thorpe before dropping in to Ilam and climbing up to Waterhouses and reaching the main road back to Bottom House and Leek. I pulled off at Bottom House to take in the view from Morridge of the mist and yet more rain. A team picture was suggested at Carsington but the mere thought of removing phones from waterproof jackets and pockets was enough to laugh off the suggestion and we await a dry day for another team photo.

Nick P

Club Run Sunday 29th Dec 2019

Twenty one riders turned out for the ride. The B group went to Whetton while the main group rode to Sudbury via Bradnop, Blore, Ashbourne, Bradley and Longford where we stopped to call the cafe to warn them of a late arrival. Rich C’s wonderful phone call was the subject of much discussion! We rode on at a fast pace to reach Hatton and then Sudbury where we had just sat down when Phil G joined us and denied the Bentley four by four was not his!. 

We headed back along Doveridge and Marston Montgomery and in to Norbury prior to taking on the tough climb up to Ranshorn and Cauldon lowe. We continued on along Ipstones Edge and down in to Bottom house and arrived back in Leek at around 2.30pm. Thanks to Rich C for being ride leader and for putting up with our mockery.

Nick P 

Club Run – Sun 22nd Dec 2019

A large turn out of twenty riders set out for Knutsford although the B group pulled off at some point apart from Tony S who joined the main group. We rode out up Rudyard and in to Bosley and North Rhode and Goestry and Peover and Toft before reaching the Lambing shed apart from me who pulled over and lost the main group so had a little tour of Knustford before re-joining the group at the cafe. The Christmas tradition of Rich c’s hipflask was continued and passed around to be drained by the group.

We returned by Ollverton and Great Warford and Alderly Edge before tacking on the climb up to The Wizzard and up to Broken Cross where I got lost again and so did the search party, just one of those days! We carried on to Gawsworth and Bosley and Rushton Spencer where I turned off for home but the main group headed back to Leek. Thanks to Ride leaders Rich C and the other Rich C.

Nick P 

Club Run 17th November 2019

Sunday the 17th Of November,

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

Nick Prince.

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


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Club Run – 10th November 2019

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

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

Club Run Write Up’s

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