Great Turn out for the Club 25 Mile TT

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

Results

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

Rich Coghill

Paul Haywood

Jordan Hill wins the Club 5 TT

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

Results

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

Jordan Hill the new Club 5 TT Champion

Steve Briggs on the tough drag up to the Cricket Club

Rich Coates wins the Club 10 TT

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

Results

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

Rich Coates wins the Club 10 TT once again

Clubs 5 Mile Time Trial Championships

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

Leek CC Hilly Reliability Ride

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

 

Prices for the event are:
Ride only :             £4

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

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

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

Mince Pie Ride 2017

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

Written by “The Grinch” Dave Magnier

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

 

Road Racing Round Up 2017

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A number of our members have been out road racing during the spring and summer months, below are a number of highlights and photographs, well done to all who have raced this year and great effort.
This year was Jordan Hill’s 1st year of road racing and he really enjoyed it, he acquired his British Cycling 3rd cat license and finished the season with 38 points, which was only 14 points off acquiring a Cat 2 license, which he hopes to get next year. He also had top 10 finish at TLI national Criterium Championships, which was held at the Oultion Park race circuit in Cheshire, & 5 top 10 finishes at Darley Moor with a best place finish being 4th overall. Another stand out results from Jordan was a 4th place finish at the Churnett Valley TLI Road Race and a Top 10 finish at the Swinnerton TLI Road Race. Well done Jordan and good luck for next year
Also Rich Coghill has been entering and competing in a number of road races during the summer months. He gained a number of impressive results which included finishing 5th in the TLI High Peak Road Race, which is held just outside Monyash in the peak district, and a number of top 10 finishes in the TLI Oulton Park Series with a best placing of 4th. Rich also achieved a 6th place finish at the Audlem TLI Road Race series in Cheshire.
At national level within his age category, Rich also gained two very respectable result finishing 11th at the TLI  National Road Race Championships and 15th at the TLI National  Criterium Championships. Well done Rich and great effort.
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19621295_319479688505286_1785296034744085472_oRich Whalley (left) also competed in the TLI High Peak Road Race in the Peak District, Rich produced a strong ride on the day to finish in the front group, great ride Rich well done.

Club Hill Climb Championship 2017

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

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

DSCF9590-2                                                               Rich Whalley

DSCF9598-2                                                             Simon Morrall

Club Hill Climb Championship 2017

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This years Club Hill Climb Championship will once again be held at Gun Hill on October 8th 2017.  Signing on is at Meerbrook Village Hall from 9:30AM with the first rider off at 10:01AM. Entry fee is £3. Best of luck to all competitors.

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“Rolling Back the Years” Exhibition Opens

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The “Rolling Back the Years” Exhibition which is a brief history of Leek Cyclists’ Club, was opened on a great evening on the 8th of September at the Foxlowe Arts Centre in Leek, by local Cycling legend Les West. A host of Club Members, former members, friends of the Club and dignitaries enjoyed a number of interesting and entertaining speeches by a number of members charting the history of the Club and cycling in the local area. We were then treated to speech from Les West telling everyone about his famous wins throughout his career including his wins on the famous Gun Hill circuit which started and finished in the centre of Leek. Everyone at the Club would like to thank everyone who had a part in making the exhibition possible and all who contributed. Thankyou.  The exhibition is open for 3 months and is well worth a visit if you haven’t already.

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Legbreaker a Great Success

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

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

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

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

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

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Tony Cope & Karl Clay at the feed station at Ecton

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“Rolling Back the Years” Exhibition

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

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Lakes Weekend

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

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Legbreaker “Hell of the Moorlands” 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Telephone  –   07450435754

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Good Luck Barry

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Good Luck to Club Rider Barry Riley, who is taking part in the National 24 Hour Time Trial this weekend to raise money for Charity.  Barry is raising money for Club Rider Karl Clay, so he can buy specialist equipment to help improve his quality of life. Click on the link below for more information and to make a donation.  Thankyou

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/barry-riley

baz        Barry Riley (Middle) who takes part in the National 24hr Time Trial this weekend

Great conditions for the Club 5 TT

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

Results

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

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

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

 

Club 5 Mile Time Trial Championships

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We will be holding the Club’s 5 Mile Time Trial Championships on Monday the 5th of June 2017. The course starts at Jim Hallam’s garage in Rushton Spencer and follows the A523 to finish outside Tennant’s chemicals in Leek. Signing-on is in the White Lion car park from 6:00pm and the first rider will be off at 7:00pm(please note the event is limited to 30 riders). The Time Trial will be followed by Food and Drinks in the White Lion at 8:00pm. To enter the cost is £3.50 for the ride only or £5 for the ride and food.  Hopefully the weather will be kind to us this year, fingers crossed.

richwahallyPhotograph take by Robbie Unwin, to see more of Robbie’s work click on the link below http://www.robbiunwin.org.uk/?p=1126

Rich Coates wins the Club 10 Mile TT

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

Results

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

Phi Gayes        DNF  (puncture)

RICH                             Rich Coates this years 10 Mile TT Champion

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

Dougie Mac Charity Ride 2017

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

Shorter Club Run & Longer Club Run Write Up’s – April 23rd 2017

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Seven riders set out with the short ride group under the leadership of our esteemed chairman, Andy Bain. We set out via Rudyard and Rushton Spencer and on to Bosley lights. The pace picked up with Paul Haywood leading and Two Sauces Simcock pushing to pass him. We turned off for Marton and went a different route and rode along the road we normally exit on from Jodrell Bank which caused some confusion over directions. The temperature had warmed up and we sat outside the cafe although it cooled down once the coffees arrived so out came the jackets. One brave cafe patron came over and asked Two sauces for access to his supply. There was a silence as we awaited the reaction but to our surprise, Phil smiled and handed over a bottle!

We set out for Leek, passing Astle Park and on towards Gawsworth where due to being early we decided to ride along the hills around Sutton Lane Ends. New riders Nick and Adrian were leading up the hills and showing up the sprinters who were tiring at this point due to their efforts on the outward journey. We rode on through Wincle and up over Gun Hill and Abbey Green where we re-grouped after forty Six miles. A great, fun ride where all riders had chance to lead. Thanks to Andy Bain for leading the ride

Written by Club Rider Nick Avins

Longer Club Run

After meeting the reprehensive from Dougie Mac on the Market Pace we set off to Delamere, Ade M’s suggestion. The weather was cool but forecast good so a few legs were showing. Ade M had a mechanical at Congelton and so turned back, Jamie had the route planned on his Garmin, so we rode on. Twelve riders started and another 4 turned back at Holmes Chapel, seven did this route.
We rode out of Congleton towards Holmes Chapel then turned off via Church Minshull – Oulton Park – Utkinton before the Cafe stop at the station cafe. We headed back via Acton Bridge – Great Budworth(the lovely quaint village) – Knutsford – Over Peover – Gawsworth.
89 mile Leek to Leek, and at about 80 my legs had gone , but all the rest stayed with me until Freshwater where the resistance to not sprint home became to much. My longest ride for over a year, good ride, good fun.  Thanks, Dave Magnier

Leek CC Hilly Reliability Ride 2017

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

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

Written by Nick Avins Club Rider and day dreamer

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

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Shorter Club Run – February 5th 2017

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Met up with Anthony Ashby,Phil Simcock, Stuart Poole and first time rider (with us) Jane Dracup who hails from Longnor. Plenty of activity at our usual meeting place due to the Totally Locally Market. It felt much warmer than the 2 degrees forecast. Planned to have a fairly flat ride as  Jane explained that she is not particularly fit at the moment and so planned a ride that would take in Cheadle and Uttoxeter. Stuart informed us of a fire at Milton and instruction for locals to stay in. We headed off to Cheddleton but it soon became apparent that we were riding straight towards the massive plume of toxic smoke and so a detour towards Basford and Ipstones was made – so much for a flat ride! Unfortunately Jane struggled a little but battled on. We had a great view of the scene at Milton from Ipstones. I was very impressed with the way in which Stuart flagged down a couple off approaching cars that were going way too fast- the drivers were most taken aback by this display of assertiveness and just whimpered in response! Jane decided to return back to Leek and so took a left at Ipstones Edge. We headed on to Oakamoor and through to the cafe at Denstone where we had gastro bacon baps (Phil of course had brown and red sauce) and Stuart had beans on toast, the latter arranged in a stack! All very nice if a little expensive. Quite a few other cyclists about. We returned via Wooton and back to Ipstones Edge where we came across two former Leek CC members- Paul Whiston (Wizz who has replaced cycling with dry stone walling) and Mark Poyser who was out on his winter bike – a De Rosa. Over Bottom House x- roads and up to Morridge. Stuart was not going to let recent minor surgery prevent him from fartlek training and so he would periodically shoot off and then wait for us – he’s looking very fit. Back via Bradnop and left at Sera. Good 33 Mile first ride of the year, with everyone safe and sound. Not a drop of rain or hint of road rage.

Written by Club Rider Andy Bain

Congleton CC 50 Mile Reliability Ride

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

Written by Club Rider Phil Gayes

Congleton CC Reliability Rides 2017

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Congleton CC are once again hosting there Reliability Rides in 2017, with the first of the rides on the 5th of Febuary 2017 with riders off at 9:30am. 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

February 5th – 49 Mile, Sign on from 9:15am   Riders off at 9.30am

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

February 19th – 65 Mile, Sign on from 9:15am   Riders of at 9:30am

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

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.

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Club Run – January 29th 2017

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Sunday the twenty ninth of January, six riders turned out on what was a cold and frosty start to the day. I decided to brave the cold as I had spent most of the week on the rollers so needed to hit the road for a change. We set out for Eccleshall, riding through Cheddleton which was nice for the Cheddleton based riders who had just ridden in to Leek. We passed through Meir Heath where the temperature rose to melt the ice on the road sides which was concern at times. We then rode on through the canal town of Stone and heading out to Eccleshall, passing through the wonderfully named Cold Norton which was indeed cold due to the icy wind blowing across the exposed stretches of road, wonderful thing the English language! We passed over the recently built two hundred and fifty million rail flyover and a new road which allowed the pace to increase, which was nice for the sprinters, less so for the tiny climber in the group, (me) Bare with me for mentioning the local civil engineering but being an Autistic rider, I see the world in a different way to you neuro types! We soon reached Eccleshall and found the Merckx Belgian Cafe was closed so we went to The Artisan Cafe for refreshment and a warm. One look at the prices soon had me in a sweat but after debating whether to sell the bike to fund a large coffee, I settled on a regular coffee instead. Phil Simcock decided to have a bacon roll with both Tomato ketchup and brown sauce which may have required him to re-mortgage his house to fund the meal.

After our cafe stop we set off home and decided to go through Sandon and head towards Millwhich. We were going to go through Uttoxeter but due to tired legs in the group (not enough energy in two sauces ), we passed through Tean instead and then up Hollington bank where I led the climb (for about ten seconds before being passed by Jordan and Andy). We then rode through Winnothdale and on to Kingsley where the party split in to two groups, one on the main roads and one on the back lanes to meet up on Kingsley Moor junction. We carried on to Consal and to Chedleton where we dropped off two riders before returning to Leek at 2.15pm after a sixty mile round ride. Thanks to Rich coghill for leading the ride and for continuing to eat Mr Kipplings cakes given the recent profit warning, they need the support.

Written by Club Rider Nick Avins

Club Run – January 22nd 2017

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10 riders turned out to ride to Wirksworth on a cold and icey morning. With the icey conditions, we decided to stick to the main roads so that we could keep warm and reduce the risk of coming a cropper on the icey lanes. We set out up the Ashbourne Road and passed Bottom House and Winkhill, as we dropped into Waterhouses we were met with the worse conditions of the whole ride driving sleet. After the long climb out of Water-houses we had all warmed up and the weather had cleared and then we all enjoyed the fast descent into Ashbourne down Swinscoe Bank. After Ashbounre we were then onto the rolling roads heading towards Wirksworth as we rode through Kniveton and then past Carsington Water which is always a nice as we catch the odd glimpse of the Reservoir as we ride by.                                                                                                                          Once we had dropped into Wirksworth, we saw a couple of cyclists who were just leaving a French Bistro in the main square and they commented on how good the place is, so we decided to break from the norm and give it a try. Once everybody had sat down we noticed the exotic french menu of squid and mussels and wondered if they would dish up the,usual Leek CC stable diet of bacon baps and beans on toast. After receiving our hot drinks from the waitress we asked about food and cakes, which we then found out that there’s no possibility of warm food at all, and that there’s only 5 Croissants left to buy between us. So after finishing our warm drinks we decided to head across the road to fuel up on Mars and Snicker Bars from a newsagents instead, this then left a number of our riders fantasizing and commenting over their beans on toast for most of the ride home and im sure after this experience we will be sticking with our tried and tested cafe’s from now on.                                                                                                                                       The ride home took us over to Cromford, and then onto the winedy main road which climbs gradually for 9 miles which is known as Via Gellia and passes through Grangemill and Pikehall. After regrouping in Newhaven, we then dropped into Hartington and into a freezing headwind. Which made us all the more ready to warm up, with the start of the long and steady climb up from Hulme End through Warslow and then climbing as you pass the rugged moorland hills with everyone finishing at the old Mermaid Pub as we all regrouped out of the wind in a little windbreak, we then dropped into Leek down Thorncliffe Bank and finished with the usual stop opposite the old Moss Rose Pub as we said our goodbye’s, a decent winter ride finishing with just over 50 miles in the bank.

written by Club Rider Rob Howson

Club Run – January 15th 2017

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As the first one to arrive in the market place, while taking shelter under the ‘Yorkshire Trading’ entrance, I wondered if it had been such a good idea to tog up and brave the weather. The forecast was for heavy rain all day and it was spot on at 9am. To all our surprise 5 turned out and decided to head for Jodrell Bank.
By the time we had got to Biddulph Moor via Horton I had warmed up even though it was around 6 degrees, wet and windy. I’d hoped the choice of Jodrell Bank was to keep the ride short but Phil Gayes was on song and managed to find a much longer scenic route taking us over to middlewich before turning back, by the time we reached the cafe we had done 40 miles. It had been a fast pace and to keep up I had sat on there wheels at every chance but that had left me with a gritty feeling for our cafe stop. I’m not sure what time it was but the request for beans on toast had been met with a large intake of breath, the chef needed to be asked as it was past breakfast time, very generously he agreed to tread us to the last breakfast of the day, Phew.
A visit to the toilet and wring out the wet gloves we all enjoyed putting the soaked kit back on. For me it was a good pace again and it wasn’t long before I was warm enough but it kept raining and water was building up on the roads. As we reached Bosley the pace started rising, that and the combination of large puddles on the road made this stretch the wettest. It was a 60 mile ride and after a quick chat opposite the dyers arms we all went home for a good shower.
rudyard, horton, bidd moor, mossley, astbury, Hasall Green, Middlewich, Allostock, Jodrell Bank, Marton, Bosley, Leek.

Written by Club Rider Dave Magnier

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Club Merchandise

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Thanks to Club Rider Ade Hall we now have some excellent Leek CC Clothing Items and Mugs for sale. The clothing items include very smart Leek CC Polo’s and T-Shirt’s in black with the Club Crest on the chest and also Leek CC Hoodie’s which also has Club’s Crest on the Chest and Leek CC on the back. Then there are some excellent Leek CC Mugs for sale which are perfect for that morning brew. For more information and prices please contact the below email address, the items can then be picked up and paid for at the Club’s Monthly Club Night in Den Engel.  please contact  adrianhall@hotmail.com

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Club Run – January 8th 2017

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14 riders turned out to ride to Carsington Water. We set out in to the fog and passed through Bottom House, Ipstones edge and on to Wootton where the fog lifted to reveal the weak sun light and a glimpse of the landscape. We continued through Snelston and Osmaston and at Bradly there was a incident with two riders crashing in to one another due to trying to avoid a startled horse but there were no injuries. Assistance was offered and rejected so the rest of the group continued to the cafe where we would wait for the two riders to catch up. There was a fast paced sprint passed the dam which was won by Rob Howson.

After some classic roadside engineering, Jamie and Phil were able to join us at the cafe. We rode back passing through Brassington and its fearsome bank. Jamie and Phil decided to ride back to Leek by a more direct route due to the issues caused by the crash. We took a different route through Youlgrave due to the state of the roads being covered in mud in places. We passed through Parsley Hay and on to Hartington before reaching Warslow where the fog was so thick, we could barely see the road. Having a bike mounted radar set would have been useful in order to navigate, very strange not knowing where the summit was despite having rode the road many times before. We arrived back in Leek at 2.30pm, a little later than normal but happy after a fifty seven mile ride which burnt off the many mine pies consumed over Christmas.

written by Club Rider Nick Avins

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Foxlowe Exhibition

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We are pleased to announce that from September 2017 until January 2018, there will be a exhibition on the History of Leek Cyclists Club in the Heritage Room at the Foxlowe Arts Centre in Leek. The exhibition will feature a number of historical photographs, club records and detailed club run write ups from throughout the Club’s 140 year history. More information will be posted closer to the event date.

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Recent Club Events

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

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

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

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Cycling Weekly Ride

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

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AGM 2016

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This years Leek Cyclists Club Annual General Meeting, will be held on Monday November the 7th, at 8:30pm 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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Hill Climb Season Round Up

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

johnfb                             John Green during the Congleton CC Hill Climb

richfb                            Rich Coghill during the Congleton CC Hill Climb

tony                  Tony Cope during the National Hill Climb Championships in Matlock

robfb               Rob Howson during the National Hill Climb Championships in Matlock

the top photograph is courtesy of Tony Cope, thanks Tony

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

Leek CC Hill Climb Championship 2016

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

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

Results

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

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Club Hill Climb Championship 2016

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This years Club Hill Climb Championship will once again be held at Gun Hill on October 9th 2016.  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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Legbreaker 2016 a Great Success

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

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

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

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

The Legbreaker ”Hell of the Moorlands” 2016

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On Sunday September the 18th 2016, 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 and to download the GPS File please click on the link below

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/13396500

Signing on will be from 8:00AM in the Market Place in the Centre of Leek, with riders off at 8:30AM.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.      Once riders have completed the ride can they please make their way to the Den Engel Belgian Bar in Leek to Sign In (Den Engel is situated on Stanley Street just off the Market Place).

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

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

Telephone  –   07450435754

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Ian Peacock wins the Club 50 Mile TT

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On Saturday the 13th of August, two club members took part in the Clubs 50 mile TT Championships which took place on the Chelford course in Cheshire. On a sunny & clear afternoon a great ride from Ian Peacock saw him come out the winner with a time of 2:09:41, followed by Rich Coates in second with a time of 2:12:04. Congratulations to Ian who is now the Club’s 50 Mile champion and well done to Rich. A thank you from the Club must go to Congleton CC for hosting and marshaling the event.

Results

  1. Ian Peacock  –   2:09:41
  2. Rich Coates  –   2:12:41

140th Anniversary Weekend

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Early Club Run

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With our planned 140 Mile anniversary ride only one week away. This Sunday(31st 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.

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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 on Sunday 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.

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Early Club Run

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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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

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.