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

Club Hill Climb 2018

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

Club Hill Climb Championship 2018

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This years Club Hill Climb Championship will once again be held at Gun Hill on October 7th 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.

Club Run – September 30th 2018

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And now, every fool in Buxton can be in bakewell in half an hour, and every fool in Bakewell at Buxton” John Ruskin.
Nine riders set out for Hassop , riding out along Buxton Road before turning off for Thorncliffe. The mist descended as we climbed and we could not see the Roaches but as we dropped in to Warslow, we could see it clearing. We had a fast descent in to Hulme End and a good pace sprint in to Hartington. We rode along Long Dale before reaching Parsley Hay and here we re-grouped before riding in to Youlgrave. Here we managed to lose Neil as he rode in to Lathkill Dale but we called him and gave directions to the cafe. Meantime, we rode in to Bakewell and up to Hassop. Although we lost Neil, he still managed to be at the front of the queue, still not as fast as Ant A who was collecting his food while we were still waiting for drinks.
We decided to head back via Great Longstone although Ant A rode off towards Sheldon Bank to make his own way back. We rode on through Little Longstone and in to Cressbrook. Here Sean M managed to make a comedy moment of the year but as it was a double entendre, I dare not repeat it here!.  We stopped to take a few pictures of the group and of the Headstone viaduct hence the quote from Ruskin. We rode on and took on the climb to Littleton before dropping in to Miller’s Dale and the climb out of the valley. There was a little confusion on my part over the route and I carried on to the top and had to go back down to the Taddington turn to catch up with the group. At Moneyash, we had a brief stop to decide on which route to take as the Crowdecote road had been closed for weeks but we thought we would try and see if it was open. It was open and so we carried on in to Longnor where another stop was made to decide on which road to take and you though Brexit was complicated!. Rich C and I made a choice and we rode in to Newtown to take on the last climb. Sean M rode off and the call came that the ride leaders were sending “Little Nick” after him so off I went. We re-grouped at the top and carried on in to Leek where we arrived at two twenty pm after a fifty five mile ride. Thanks to Paul H and Rich C for leading the ride.
Nick A, Leek CC’s ” Raul Duke”. ( This was a pseudonym used by Hunter S Thompson in his book, “Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas)

Club Run – September 23rd 2018

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Nine riders set out for the Lambing Shed. We rode out past Rudyard lake and Rushton Spencer before turning off for Bosley and riding past the Cloud. We dropped in to Astbury and rode through Sandbach before riding along the A50 to Knutsford and the Lambing Shed. Apologies for any mistakes in describing the route but we all a little confused over the route to take. It is a hard job being Ride Leader.
It was decided by Rich C that we should ride back in to Knutsford and take the time to ride through Tatton Park to see the Deer. Tatton Park was the home of the Ergeton family and the forth lord Ergeton owned a 1900 Benz, number plate M1, the first car in Cheshire in case you were interested. The house and park is well worth a visit. We had a enjoyable detour before heading by Alderley Edge and the climb to the Wizard. We headed to Broken Cross and Gawsworth and past Bosley. The pace picked up as we passed Bosley lights and I was dropped by the sprinters and had to work hard to catch up all the way from Rushton Spencer to Rudyard Lake before being able to re-join the group. Much to their disgust, I passed them on the final hill but Nick D passed me by Bridge End to claim the sprint, well done Nick. We arrived back in Leek at 2.32PM after a hard, 72 mile ride. Thanks to Rich C for leading the ride and for the wildlife tour!.
Nick A

Legbreaker “Hell of the Moorlands” 2018

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Fifty five riders turned out to ride the Legbreaker this year. This year, we had a choice of two routes, the eighty mile and a fifty four mile route but both were testing with some steep climbs. Riders set out in groups to avoid blocking the road and soon the sprinters were out in force. I will not describe the route as we all familiar with it but concentrate on the different approaches to nutrition. One unnamed riders was carb loading on sausage rolls as the box was much lighter when loaded ready for the feed station. Another rider had a large collection of energy gels as well as can of coke and more gels waiting at the feed station. I am not mocking them as I will never be even a fraction of the riders they are.
The feed station at Ecton was a great set up for the club as we had a gazebo to shelter riders and helpers from the rain. “Two Sauces Symcock” came out to help along with Mandy and Sarah Coates. Phil denies he made any tips from helping with the teas! Many thanks to you all for providing much needed refreshments. It was nice to see so many new riders having a go at the ride as it is a brutal one and I hope they had fun. The rain kept off for most of the ride but riding towards Lask Edge, it poured down so it was a wet finish for the ride. The atmosphere in Den Engels was a welcome finish to the ride. Thanks to Phil and Andy Bain for helping with the signs and for setting us off at the start.
Nick A

Club Run – September 9th 2018

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Thirteen riders set out with the nine AM group. The eight AM group rode out to Whaley Bridge. We set out along Buxton road and turned off for Thorncliffe and tackled the other climb to the Mermaid which soon warmed everyone up. We passed the Mermaid and headed towards Warslow but turned off to head to Newtown, a surprise to some riders who thought we were going in to Warslow. At Newtown, we turned for Longnor and down the steep, descent in to Crowdecote where we turned towards Earl Sterndale. I waited for two riders but unknown to me, they had taken a short cut and were ahead on the climb to Brielow Bar! Karl and I managed to chase down the group at Harpur Hill and we carried on to Axe Edge. Riders had to battle a strong headwind along the road in to Flash Bar and we were all glad to pull over to the cafe. It was busy but we managed to find space and were soon enjoying bucket size mugs of coffee and beans on toast.

After a reluctant start from the cafe, we rode in to Flash and the Back of The Roaches before dropping in to Meerbrook where we tackled the Gun Hill climb. It was here that both groups of riders turned up along with family and friends of the late, Ray Trafford, a member of the club who organised many races around Leek as well as the Gun Hill circuit of 1967. Les west gave a small speech and was overcome by emotion at one point but managed to continue. Ray’s last request was that his ashes be strewn by Les at Gun Hill and this was duly carried out. His last resting place marked by a plaque and flowers. Thank you to all members for attending the ceremony. We returned to Leek via Rudyard and Bridge End at 12.38 after a 37 mile ride.

Nick Avins

Club Run – 2nd September 2018

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Sixteen riders turned out to ride to Lyme Park while the short group headed to Jodrell Bank. We rode down Mill Street and past Rudyard before turning off for Wincle. Here we re-grouped before heading along the Goyt Valley where we had to slow for two run away sheep. we passed over the Cat and Fiddle road where riders were warned about the steep descent and gravel on the bend but all managed to ride down safely. We rode through Pott Shrigley and on to Poynton before reaching the A6. Due to the traffic, we decided to turn off and climbed a steep hill before dropping back down on to the A6 just before the gates to Lyme Park. We had a slight struggle to locate the cafe as it is hidden by the lake but soon we were in line for coffee and cakes as well as bean on toast. Dan N decided to head back and we could not tempt him with a cake but it was nice to see him out. I have wrote about some of the history behind Lyme on our last visit but will add it was the home of the Leigh family from 1643 until 1946 which is quite a record of ownership.

We again struggled to find the private drive out of the park but after a little detour, we found it and carefully made our way out as it was rough in places. We took on a steep climb before turning off for Kettleshulme before tackling another long climb to the top of Pyms chair where a stop was made to admire the view  and to get our breaths back. We dropped in to the Goyt and again crossed the Cat and Fiddle road before dropping down to Axe Edge before turning for Flash. A stop was made at Flash Bar for drinks for some riders but we were soon on our way in to Flash and on to the Back of the Roaches. Here, we could ride pass the recent fire damage to the hill sides and it was quite shocking to see how close it came to two cottages. We dropped down in to Meerbrook and in to Abbey Green. Some riders turned off before reaching Leek but the rest arrived back at 14.32, after a fifty seven mile ride. Thanks to Dave M for planning and leading the ride.

Nick A

                              All of the 9AM riders outside the cafe at Lymm Park

& above is a photo of Barry Riley taken on the tough Mam Nick climb during the 8AM Club Run over to Hope, 60 miles all in.

 

Legbreaker “Hell of the Moorlands” 2018

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Telephone  –   07450435754

Barry Riley breaks Club Record

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

 Barry Riley during this year National 24hr Time Trial

Rich Coates wins the Club 50 Mile TT

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

Rich Coates

Tony Cope wins Club Hilly TT

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On Tuesday the 31st of July, two club riders took part in the Clubs Hilly TT Championships which took place on the tough Bosley Course. The course saw the riders tackle the Bosley Cloud Climb and then onto the tough bridstones climb, before a fast finish through Rushton and onto Bosley. With clear and sunny conditions, a strong ride from Tony Cope saw him come out the winner with a time of 25:16, followed by Joe Molyneaux in second with a time of 25:44. Congratulations to Tony who is now the new Hilly TT Champion and well done to Joe also great effort. A thank you from the Club must go to Congleton CC for hosting and marshaling the event.

Tony Cope

Club Run – August 19th 2018

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A large crowd of sixteen riders braved the drizzle and headed out to Eyam.  We rode out along Buxton road and turned for Thorncliffe and headed on to Morridge where the weather turned and visibility was poor but once we dropped down in to Warslow, it cleared. We rode on through Hartington and on to Longdale. We re-grouped at Parsley Hay and had a fast descent in to Monyash where a brief stop was made to see if all were willing to continue to Eyam. We pressed on and dropped down Sheldon Bank and on to Ashford where Rich W continued on to ride back to Leek. The rest continued on to Hassop and in to Calver. As we turned for Eyam, Rich C had a puncture but we could smell the coffee and so carried on, unaware he was missing until we had arrived at the cafe. He soon caught up and even ended up being served first. The cafe was wonderful and we were made very welcome, with jugs of coffee brought out even before food orders had been taken. The cakes were great, so much so that Rachel could not finish hers and so we all helped out to solve that problem! I noted while waiting to use the toilet, that there was a framed picture informing me that it had been twined with a toilet in Pakistan, I am not making this up and Phil S took a picture to prove it!

It was so nice that we prepared to leave with the speed of Boris Johnson MP about to write a letter of apology but soon we were back on the road, heading to Foolow. Here we turned to head in to Tideswell and in to Millersdale and tackled the long climb out of the valley. We again re-grouped at Brielow bar and headed to Longnor. At this point, there was some confusion over which route to take as one group went straight on to Glutton Bridge while another went around Earl Sterndale and up to Longnor but we soon met up again and rode up to Newtown where two groups split up, one to Morridge and one via Reapsmoor. The visibility was still poor on Mooridge and we were glad to drop down in to Leek. I turned off in Thorncliffe to head home so the log ends here but hope all riders enjoyed the fifty mile ride. Thanks to Rich C for leading the ride and sorry we lost you in Eyam!.

Nick A

Above are a couple of photos from our very successful Thursday night Chain-gang rides, which take place throughout the year.

Club Run – August 4th 2018

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Sixteen riders turned out to ride to Bonsall including Simon M riding a vintage Raleigh frame from the early thirties. We rode out along Springfield and on to Ashbourne road before turning on to School lane in Bradnop where we tackled the fearsome climb to Morridge. One rider was trying to beat a horse to the top and just made it proving what a tough climb it is. We had a fast descent in to Onecote and on to the Manifold Valley and once again, a tough climb to Milldale before reaching Parwich. The group split up on the long climb to Longcliffe but we soon re-grouped at the top and took off for the descent towards Cromford before turning off for Bonsall and the cafe. Here we sat out in the roasting heat of the day, enjoying beans on toast and coffee and cake.

We headed out of the village towards Winster and for some strange reason there was a line of both female and male underware decorating the street, what strange, Derbyshire custom is this? We rode on though Pikehall and on to Newhaven before turning for Biggin and Hartington. Here Rob B bravely swapped bikes with Simon and to our amazement set off at a fast pace through the village before we caught up with him just before Hulme End. We re-grouped in Warslow and prepared to face the long climb to the Mermaid. Sean M managed to stick to my wheel on the way and soon the group reached the top and on to Thornclife. Here the pace picked up for the mad sprint in to Leek which was won by Simon M. We arrived back at 13.59, after forty eight point 83 miles. Thanks to Dave M for leading the ride and it was nice to see Ian P out with the club, hope to see him again soon.

Nick A, Leek CC’s “Raul Duke”. If you get the reference great, if not the you need to read more.

Club Hilly TT

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Hi All, 
 
A reminder that the Club’s hilly time trial is the Congleton CC event next Tuesday (31st July). This is the first time it has been possible to run the event since April 2015 because of access restrictions following the tragic fire at Wood Treatment Ltd in July of that year.
 
The course is around Timbersbrook/ Beat Lane/ A523 and is based on the previous J8/9 course, which can no longer be used because of the road narrowing past the WTL works. Course details are on Strava:
 
 
Signing on is in the Harrington Arms car park at Bosley from 18:15. First rider off at 19:01. Full details on the Congleton CC website:
 
 
Cheers John 
 

Club Run – July 22nd 2018

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Eighteen cadence chasers turned out for Sunday’s ride to Whaley Bridge but due to a mechanical on Gun Hill, this was reduced to seventeen. We rode out down Mill Street and along Abbey Green before taking on Gun Hill. We passed through Danebridge and Wincle before re-grouping to form a chain gang on the way to Wildbourclough. The more relaxed riders enjoyed the views before catching up at the Cat And Fiddle road. The group dropped down in to the Goyt Valley before reaching the foot of Pym’s chair. Riders were strung along the steep slope but Rich C took the KOM title. After a brief respite at the top, we turned left to head towards Kettleshume but took another right to head in to Whaley Bridge. The group arrived at the Bridge Bakehouse and soon found seats and chatted to other cafe customers about where we had ridden from and where we were going. Out choice of cafe had nothing to do with the claim that the staff were topless, we went for the coffee and cakes only you understand. The topless claim was a joke although we should join together to bring a claim under the Trade Description Act.

We headed back via Long Hill and it was long as well, never thought I would make the climb. The group dropped down the fast descent in to the Goyt Valley and along the dam before heading to Derbyshire Bridge and the Cat And Fiddle road. We decided to head down to Allgreave as it was down hill to give our tired legs a rest. The climb to Flash and the turn for the Roaches was a tough one. Dave M and Chris E and myself had fun battling to lead and once again, Chris E stuck to my wheel on the climb to the Back Of The Roaches. We met up in Meerbrook and some riders turned off just before Abbey Green to head home while the main group arrived back in Leek at 2pm after a forty nine mile ride. Thanks to Dave M for planning or should that be plotting the ride, The UN has been informed and charges may be brought for such suffering.

Nick A

Club Run – July 15th 2018

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Nine riders set out for hope, including Rick  from Hong Cong who was visiting family so we had quite a international feel to the ride. We rode out along Buxton road and turned for Thorncliffe and dropped in to longnor where Phil S left us to continue back to Leek by a different route. We took on the long climb to Brielow Bar and enjoyed the fast descent in to Millers Dale and under the two railway viaducts. Monuments to the folly of transport planning fifty years ago. The group enjoyed the ride through Tideswell and past the Cathedral Of the Peak. it was decided to head down the main road and not the lanes due to the recent rain washing gravel down the lanes. Soon we arrived in hope and pulled in to the Grasshopers Café. We found a table but there was a lack of seats so we asked if we could use a garden bench but this produced a look that said if we did that then the universe would come to a grinding halt. However, we could use benches from inside. Never ever mess with a country garden layout.The riders enjoyed the feast of beans on toast and Chris E had a brick sized slice of banana bread.

After the carb loading, we took on Winnit’s pass and all made it to the top before we headed for Peak Forrest and the back street’s of Buxton. We then headed back over Axe Edge and in to Flash. Here Dan N and Rick rode back along the main road while we rode back via back of the Roaches and in to Meerbrook and Abbey Green and arrived back in leek at 2.30pm after a hot, fifty five mile ride. Thanks to Dr B for leading the ride.

Nick A

Club Run – July 8th 2018

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Sunday the 8th Of July,

“Life begins At Forty”

Walter B Pitkin

Well that was a lie then. Two groups of riders met up at nine am and it was decided to ride together and part company in Cauldon lowe as one group was riding to Hartington and we were going to Carsington. We set out along Buxton Road and turned for Thornclife but then turned for Bradnop much to our surprise. We took on the climb up to Bottom House and  set off along Ipstones Edge and in to Cauldron where we parted company with Andy Bain’s group. Meanwhile we rode in to Ellistone and Norbury and Snelston before crossing the main Ashbourne -Derby road. Riding through Osmaston, we spotted a bike scarecrow with  bike in the hedge and two legs sticking out of the top which the group loved so  much we stopped for a picture. We carried on in to Bradley and along the dam road where the pace picked up as all were keen to escape the sun and enjoy a coffee and cake.

It was decided to head back by Brassington bank where Chris E was in the lead followed by Steve W. We re-grouped at the top and rode in to Elton before turning for Middleton and Parsley Hey. The descent in to Crowedcote provided a nice breeze but the climb out proved tough in the heat. So much so that a break was taken in Longnor for riders to stock up on drinks. We rode up the Warslow climb to the mermaid and passed by the recent moorland fire and you could still feel the heat from the ravaged landscape. We arrived back in leek at 2.40pm after a hot, fifty eight mile ride. Thanks to Phil S for leading the ride and it was great to see him back in the nine am group.

Nick A, now a veteran rider (sigh)

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

Club Run – July 1st 2018

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A large group of eighteen riders turned out due to the short and long groups meeting so we decided to ride out together to Denstone and split up there. We rode out along Leekbrook and Chedleton before turning for Cheadle. The pace was steady as we tried to keep together for safety. We turned off for Moberly and Freehay before reaching Denstone. “Two Sauces Symcock” was on fire and attacking despite his extensive ride prep of drinking the Wincle Beer festival dry!.

The long group of eight set off for Carsington via Ellestone. Here it was decided that as we were short on time, we would head for Ashbourne and called in to the Flower Cafe in the Market Place and enjoyed the shade, Coffee and Carrot Cake. We headed back by Thorpe and dropped down in to Ilam where much to our amusement, a few riders pulled over for Ice creams before the steep climb out of Ilam. Thankfully, they all made it up the slope and Chris E was on fire, attacking me all the way up. The Gun Hill TT looks to be even more exciting this year with this rider. We headed in to Whetton and along the Manifold Valley trail and met other riders enjoying the sun before climbing up to Butterton and Onecote where Chris E was on the front. We took on the long climb to Mooridge where Sean attacked on the final corner. Ant A set off alone along Morridge while we dropped down on the the  main road and Lowehill before the final, mad sprint for Leek . We pulled in to Leek at twenty to two after a tough fifty two mile ride. Thanks to Paul H and Jamie J for leading the two rides.

Written by Nick Avins

  Rob Breeze during the sunny 8am Club Run over to Ashbourne

Club Run – June 24th 2018

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Six riders set out for Froghall as most of the club had set out early in order to be back in time to see two groups of people kick a inflated ball of air between six bits of wood, I am told this is very important so hopefully they enjoyed the six-one win. We set out down Mill street before turning off for Abbey Green and Meerbrook and Little Thornclife. The ride along Mooridge was taken at a relaxed pace for a change and all were able to enjoy the view. We dropped in to Bottom House and along Ipstones Edge where we met riders from Bolton Cycle Club who joined us on the steep descent in to froghall and the cafe. We sat outside and enjoyed Coffee and cake.

It was decided to head back via Kingsley where Aide H left us to head back by a more direct route. We passed by the local Bird Sanctuary and headed to Kingsley Moor and Cellarhead before turning for Bagnall and Stanley. We reached the busy main road at Endon and turned off for Rudyard before reaching Abbey Green once again where we pulled over for a chat at ten to one after a thirty five mile ride along some new lanes around the Moorlands which was much commented on. Thanks to Jamie J for leading the ride.

Nick A ,Yellowknife Obesseive

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

Club Run – June 17th 2018

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Eleven riders set out for Tissington, including Joe Klay and new rider, Rachel. We  rode out along Buxton Road before turning off for Thorncliffe and Warslow. We dropped down in to Hulme End and headed to Alstonfield before reaching the main Ashbourne Road and headed in to Tissington. As we had only ridden sixteen miles, it was decided to head for Carsington and so we rode past the ford and in to Bradbourne before turning towards Carsington and here we pulled in to The Pudding Room. Aide H turned off before to head back via a different route but nice to see him out. There was a large group of cyclists just leaving and so we took their places and enjoyed Coffee and other delights. There was much talk of trying new routes and cafes which should prove interesting and I hope it leads to discovering new roads.

We headed back by tackling Brassington Bank and I am afraid that having been well and truly dropped last week, I decided it was time for me to drop riders so took off, sorry about that! We re-grouped and rode in to Longcliffe and on to Elton before reaching Parsley Hay where a argument between a walker and classic car owner provided much amusement, no doubt they are still there. We rode along part of the Erocia event course and so passed a few riders on classic bikes which was nice to see. We dropped in to Glutten Bridge and here I must apologise for almost leaving Rich C behind. Mr kippling has a lot to answer for, now can I take this hair shirt off? We took on the long climb up to Flash, past the race track and again, I could not resist leading the climb. We re-grouped and rode in to Flash where a deep pot hole caused a loud crack from Rich C’s bike, hope all is well with it. The group continued around the back of the Roaches where tired legs were on show but the long down hill in to Meerbrook provided a rest before the final climb to Abbey Green where we arrived back in Leek at ten past two, after a tough fifty eight mile ride. Thanks to Paul H and Phil G for leading the ride and for pointing out the collection of Trabants during the ride.

Nick A

                   Rob Harp & Shaun Merrick on the tough climb out of Glutten Bridge

Club Run – June 10th 2018

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A large turn out of riders for the ride to Goostrey, many riders from the eight AM group which might explain the Mach one pace all the way. We set out via Rudyard and  Gawsworth before reaching Broken Cross where we crossed the main Mac road and on to Alderly Edge. At this point in the ride, I had no idea where we were but we may have ridden through Marthall and Over Peover? I apologise for not knowing Cheshire very well but lack the income to ride around there!. We had a enjoyable Coffee and Cake at the cafe and all riders were able to carb load for the ride back.

We headed back to Leek by the club route to Jodrell Bank in reverse and arrived back in leek at eight minutes past one after a tough fifty four mile ride. Thanks to Phil G for guiding us around the fine, Cheshire lanes.

Nick A, Last seen  somewhere in Cheshire.

Above is a photo from the 8am Club Run, who rode over to Hathersage, a decent 70 mile ride into the Peak District.

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

Club Run – June 3rd 2018

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Nine riders set out for Hartington by a long route via Ashbourne. Sadly, Dan N had to turn off in Leek due to a mechanical. We rode on through Waterhouses, Ashbourne, Parwhich before reaching Hartington where the riders enjoyed Coffee and Beans On Toast. It was decided to head back via Earl Sterndale and Flash before dropping down by Roaches End in to Meerbrook and Abbey Green before arriving back in Leek at 2.35pm after a tough sixty mile ride. thanks to Paul H for leading the ride and it was great to see the mighty “Two Sauces Symock” out with the short ride.

Nick A

Above is a photo from the 8am Club Run, they rode over to Wetten Mill for a cafe stop, via Ipstones & Ilam and then back to Leek via Sheen and Flash.

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.

Shorter Ride the Sunday

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We have once again scheduled a shorter Sunday Club Run for this Sunday June 3rd 2018. Riders are asked to meet at Leek Market Place at 9.00AM. The ride will range between 30-40 miles at a reasonably steady tempo with a café stop approximately half way through the ride. Potential new members are welcome to attend.

Club Run – May 20th 2018

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Four riders turned out, including Paul Haywood and a new member, Sean. We decided to head to Hassop and so rode out along Buxton Road before tacking on Little Throncliffe and dropping in to Warslow where we turned for Hartington and Long Dale. We met up with another cycle event dropping in to Monyash as they were riding out so nice to see so many bikes out. We had a fast descent down Sheldon Bank before reaching Bakewell and Hassop.

on the way back, we rode out through Bakewell and headed to Winster before reaching Newhaven where Paul H led the peleton by a good margin. We had a nice downhill race in to Hartington before re-grouping to take on the climb out of warslow  to the Mermaid. Paul H led again and passed a mountain biker on the way as did Sean. We waited for Ant A at the top who then did his usual trick of racing past before we knew what was happening. We caught up with him back on Buxton road at 13.30 after a fifty two mile ride. Thanks to Paul H for leading and we are glad to see you back out again and we also hope to see Sean out.

Written by Club Rider Nick A

Club Run – May 13th 2018

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Four riders set out for Jodrell Bank. Dave M was leading and decided we would go a different route and as I would ahve to use a step ladder in order to stand up to him, I had no choice but to follow. We rode out along the main Mac road and turned off for Rudyard and tackled the climb to Lask Edge, here Rob who could not pedal any slower led the group to the top. We rode through Astbury and in to Bartlid before reaching Holmes Chappel. The Thursday night chain gang must be helping Dave M judging by the fast pace as we rode along the main road. I was hoping a passing Police car might have pulled him for speeding which would have been fun but they carried on. We thankfully turned off for Tremlow Green and soon we could see the telescope. We pulled in and found a table outside to enjoy the warm sun. Dave M almost sent his Beans on Toast flying but caught it in time. A food order was called out for Chris so he responded but found out it had Bacon but started to eat it anyway. A few minutes later another order for Chris was called so he admitted his mistake and was told to carry on and enjoy the free Bacon!. Two unnamed riders brought their bikes in to the garden and were told to remove them, so that’s someone else’s food order eaten and bikes in the garden, will we allowed back?

We rode back via Gawsworth and Sutton Lane Ends before we took on the long climb to Wincle. We turned on to the main Mac road before racing back in to Leek at 13.13PM after a forty eight mile ride. Thanks to Dave M for leading the ride and for the two riders who joined us, Rob and Chris.

Nick A

Club Run – May 6th 2018

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Six riders met up at the Fine Food market where Aide D made the first cafe stop of the day before the ride had even started. We decided to go to Hassop and rode out along Ashbourne Road before turning for Buxton road and Thorncliffe. We dropped in to Warslow and the pace picked up on the long descent and I was dropped. We re-grouped and rode in to Hulme End and on to Hartington. We were passed by a rider on a Penny farthing which was a nice surprise. We turned off for Longdale and Parsley Hay before heading in to Youlgrave and Bakewell. Aide D turned off to head back but nice to see him out. We reached Hassop Station and laid claim on a table outside to enjoy the warmth in contrast to last week when we were shivering. The group enjoyed the feast of Beans On Toast and other delights.

We headed back via Sheldon Bank but turned off in to Sheldon village for a change and rode to Chellmorton on a long , quiet road before reaching the main road at Breilow Bar. This must be the first time I have passed the book shop without calling in. We took on the long climb to Glutton Bridge but Dan N was determined to lead so dropped the group. We rode in to Longnor and turned for New Town and climbed up to Morridge. The conversation tuned to Men’s health checks to take our minds off the climb but maybe the thought of the climb would be better!. We dropped back in to Thornclife and the pace picked up for the finish on Buxton Road. We arrived back in leek at 13.06 after a fun, forty seven mile ride. Thanks to Dave M and Aide M for leading the ride.

Nick A , Leek CC’s Hobbit

9AM Club Run – April 29th 2018

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Six riders set out for Whaley Bridge under the watchful eye of Dave Mag who thought of the route. We rode out along the main Mac road before heading off towards Wincle and over the main road in to Wildboarclough. Here we passed over the Cat & Fiddle road and dropped down past the reservoir and turned on to the main road to take us in to Kettlehume and in to Whaley Bridge. We passed those Sunday warriors also known as the eight am group on the way in to town which was a nice surprise, must have been a long loop for the group. Dave Mag led us to the new café where a board outside proclaimed there would be “Free coffee, Topless staff and false advertising” so how could we not be tempted? It was a small café but one with the largest selection of cakes and flapjacks we have ever seen. The group had to huddle outside as there was no other seats but we were soon chatting with the locals and trying to devour the large helpings of cakes. The Peanut Butter Brownie was wonderful and I felt like I had eaten a three course meal after that.

The chill was getting to some riders judging by the shivering so we set off along the Buxton road and tried to catch up with Ant A who was well ahead of the group and to our cheers, was overtaking other riders on the climb. We passed him just before the turn to the Goyt Valley. Here we had a welcome drop in to the valley and past the reservoir before heading to Derbyshire Bridge where we had a brief stop. It was decided to head to Flash and so we rode past Flash bar and in to the village before heading to Morridge for a change as we hoped to be blown along the road. we dropped into Thornclife and arrived back in Leek at 1.30 after a great, forty six mile ride. Thanks to Dave M for leading the ride.

Nick A, Leek’s king Of Obsolete

The 9AM Group who stopped off in Whaley Bridge

(Above) The 8AM group, who stopped off at Chinley for a cafe stop. They rode over via Meerbrook & Dove Holes and the returned to Leek via the Goyt Valley and Flash, a scenic 50 miles ride.

8AM Longer Club Run – April 28th 2018

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6 riders- Stu, Andy, Tony, Nick and Steve lead by Rich Coghill headed out from the market place at 8am aiming for Cannock Chase. Riding out via Bottomhouse, Ellastone, Uttoxeter, Abbots Bromley and Rugeley we decided to stop at Wolseley Bridge Garden Centre cafe to warm up and re-fuel – not quite Cannock Chase but close enough.
After filling up on hot food and drink we decided to brave the chilly wind and head home, the return leg took us via some mucky back roads through Newton, Grindley, Church Leigh, Tean and Draycott (where we stopped to give roadside assistance to a lady who was struggling to change a tube after hitting a pothole), then to Dilhorne and Cheddleton and back to Leek.
We arrived back just after 1pm having clocked up around 68 miles.

Club Run – April 15th 2018

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Eleven riders turned out to ride to Carsington. We rode up Ashbourne Road and up to Bottom House before turning for Ipstones Edge. The weather turned colder up in the hills which was a shock after the warmth of Saturday. We carried along through Ramshorn and down in to Ellistone and Norbury and Snelston before reaching the main Derby road. We headed for Bradley and met a angry driver who seemed to think they own the road. All I can say is that if they did own it then they are not looking after it very well! After Bradley the mad sprint pass carsington started. We had decided to try the Pudding Room as we keep passing it and always mention we should try it so we were brave and went in. It was much smaller than the Visitor centre but the prices were reasonable although they did not serve Beans On Toast much to Dave M’s distress.

When we came out, it started raining so we decided to head back to Leek via a more direct route through Tissington so we rode in to Brassington before turning off and headed to the ford and it looked as if one brave lady had been paddling as she was drying off her feet in a car, very brave considering the water temperature! We rode on past Tissington hall and crowds of walkers before descending in to Ilam . Here, Ant A left us to head back by the main road as he had been suffering over the ride, get well soon Ant. We took on the long climb out of Ilam and re-grouped at the top before reaching Alstonfield. We passed through Hulme End and climbed up to Warslow and took on the long climb to the Mermaid. I pulled over for a call of nature and the group took full advantage to race on so I had a lot of hard work to catch up and to my surprise passed a few riders before reaching the top. We had a brief stop and the talk centred on the Thursday chain gang ride, thanks for the invite but as it involves co-ordination and I walk like a puppet with its strings cut then I would be useless. We dropped down in to Thorncliffe and arrived back in to Leek at five past two, after a fifty five mile ride. Thank to all riders as this week, we did not lose any riders by racing off without looking back.

Nick A, Leeks King Of Obsolete.

The photo above is from the 8am Club Run, they rode over to Bakewell via Hartington and then back to Leek via Monsal Head.

Club Run – April 8th 2018

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Seven riders set out for Jodrell Bank via Rudyard and Rushton Spencer. Ade M was leading and providing advice on riding as a group, this being a club ride after all and we are getting in to some bad habits. We stuck together and supported each other. We turned off the main road and headed to North Rode and Marton before reaching Tremlow Green and Goostrey. We turned right here to head to Jodrell bank and admired a new small, housing estate while trying not to think about how much a home there would cost. The bike shed and the garden fence was crowded with bikes which was a nice sight but we managed to find space while Ant A took advantage of the confusion to rush to the till. Riders were amused by the large plates and tiny flapjacks offered.

As we rode out we heard a motor bike fall over and the group discussed the potential cost. The group was asked to stick together and NOT RIDE OFF! With this in mind, we set off back and were passed by a Morgan three wheel road run group which put a smile on our faces with a mixture of Jap and Norton engines on display. We waved to the drivers and carried on. When riding on the main road, we were peeped at by a few Euro box drivers which was a sad change from the classic car drivers. We turned off and headed to Siydington but two riders failed to note the turn and so carried on so it was decided to carry on. We rode on to Gawsworth where a stop was made to take off layers as it was warming up but no complaints from us after such a cold Winter. We decided to ride over the main Mac road and continue to Sutton Lane Ends where riders spotted a house sign informing people it was The Old Poor House while the house next door had a sign informing us that it was Still The Poor House!. Chris E was having problems with a noisy front wheel bearing but we suspected it sounded more like a electric motor! Another stop was made to remove more layers and we rode in to Wincle and back on to the main Mac road to head back to Leek. Here the pace picked up and it was every rider for himself. Myself and Ade M struggled to move up but we passed riders to gain the front and I was leading but then Ade M rushed pass in a blur and I was laughing too much to attack. We re-grouped at the car park and to our surprise Rob turned up in his car and told us where the missing riders had got to. It was a great, forty seven mile ride and thanks to Ade M for leading and advising.

Nick A

Early Club Run – March 25th 2018

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The start of BST promised to bring with it, the first decent weather we’ve had in weeks, so it was proposed to have a long run down to the Spiders Web Cafe, also known among us as “Jamie’s nans” at Albrighton, near to RAF Cosford.
As the intrepid mile munchers set off on their outward journey, they were accompanied by freezing fog, and poor visibility, which thankfully burnt off very quickly, and in time for the first minor hold up of the day, as Jordan punctured, and then realising that his spares and pump were in his other bike!! As it was a bit too early to jettison a pair of legs, the rest of us decided to stop and help….
We were soon up and running again, heading through Barlaston, Swinnerton, and down to Great Bridgford. Some “through and off” took us quickly to Yoxhall, where we headed into the lanes of south staffs and into Shropshire.
Unfortunately this tied in with where the local farmers had done their best to transfer everything that was in their fields, and onto the roads instead, so it was pick a wheel time and hope whoever you were following had mudguards!
Some miles later we were back onto normal tarmac again, and getting close to our destination, passing white ladies priory, and Boscobel House, before the fast road down to the cafe.
A very popular cafe,  we just about managed to squeeze ourselves in, and ordered beans on doorsteps and extra large coffees which came (and went) very quickly…
It was then mentioned about a pud, which pretty much everyone agreed on- jam sponge and custard!!
Feeling full and nearly raring to climb the hill back out of the village we were expecting a tailwind back, which didn’t materialise.
Back through Bishops wood, and across to Brewood, we made fairly light work of the miles, before hitting Penkridge and over Cannock Chase to Rugeley, where we climbed towards Blithfield reservoir, but turned off into the lanes of Drointon and Kingstone, before reaching Bramshall and uttoxeter.
With what we thought was the camels back broken, we came up through Leigh and towards Tean, where a few tired legs finally gave out. From here became a case of nursing the “blown” home, which we managed to do successfully.
As we came back into Leek, the 100 mile mark clicked over, to finish what had been a great days riding.
Written by Club Rider Phil Gayes

Club Run – April 1st 2018

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Eleven riders set out for Audlem via a new route to avoid Stoke. We set off via Rudyard but lost two riders here who missed the turn. Sorry boys but we did try our best to chase you down. We climbed up to Congleton and in to Astbury before reaching Rode Heath and Alsager. As some riders had brought out their Summer bikes, we rode along some mud covered lanes which caused a few choice words to be uttered! We rode on through Balterley and Hankelow before reaching Audlem. Here we enjoyed endless cups of tea and coffee as we were well looked after by the owner who is used to supplying the needs of Cyclists. Of note to Phil ” Two Sauces”, Heinz was testing a new single bottle with both brown and red sauce thus saving time.

We headed back via Norton in Hales and Muckelstone and Coates Heath. Here, Dave M, Steve B and Rich C decided to head back via a more direct route but it was nice to see Rich c back out after a painful TT fall. We carried on to Swynerton and Barlaston. The pace proving to be tough for myself as I was right at the back but rode on. We reached Rough Close where  much needed stop was made for a sugar re-fill before carrying on to Meir Heath and Werrington and Wetly Rocks. At Cheddleton, we stopped to chat and thank Rich C, and then returned to Leek via Leekbrook, a 70 mile ride all in. Thanks to Phil G for both leading the ride and for providing me with a map to help write the log as I had little idea of the route taken.

Written by Club Rider Nick Avins

Club Run – 25th March 2017

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Seven riders met up for the nine am group. One group rode over to the Spiders Web Cafe near Cosford and another rode over to Hartington. We decided to head for Bonsal to avoid the thick fog in the valleys. Dave M took the lead and decided we should ride part of the cancelled reliablity ride so we rode up Ashbourne road before turning for School Lane, Bradnop which soon warmed up the group. We dropped down in to Whetton and the Manifold Valley before climbing out and in to Milldale. We headed in to Parwich and the long climb to Longcliffe. Here the group took off while Ant A and myself took a  more relaxed pace up the climb before the fast descent in to Bonsal which was fun. Adrian D won the climb to Longcliffe.  While riding out, we were amazed by a strange orb in the sky which gave out heat and light, something we have not seen much of in recent weeks so we took the rare chance to sit outside in the warmth for the first time this year. Dave M had his Beans On Toast but felt the need for cake as well so must have been a tough ride.

We headed back via Pikehall, Hartington and Hulme End before tacking on the climb to Warslow. Here we re-grouped and Chris E decided to head back home by a more direct route. We headed up the long climb to Morridge where myself and Adrian D battled it out. We all met up on the top and had a rest on the descent in to Thorncliffe and arrived  back in Leek at 1.50pm after a tough forty seven mile ride but all agreed the route was a enjoyable one given the views.

Nick A, Saddle sore expert, ouch!

Club Run – March 11th

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Seven riders met at the Market Place where the more mature riders were busy boasting of their twenty year old immune systems as recently reported in the news. We decided to head for Hassop Station and rode up Buxton road before turning for Thornclife and heading up the climb to Morridge. We turned by the Mermaid and dropped down in to Warslow which was a fast descent for the group. We had to ride around a broken down car at Hulme End as it was in the middle of the road but we soon reached Hartington and rode in to Longdale and crossed the main road to head to Lathkill Dale where the steep climb soon had everyone warmed up. We dropped down into Bakewell and turned off for Hassop. The cafe was busy with people out for Mother’s Day but we soon found seats and ordered food and drinks. Phil G entertained the group with his films of club rides over the past week. Leek CC the movie coming soon, I just need to finish the script and work out if Lea Thompson of Back To The Future fame could play my love interest!
We rode back to Leek via Sheldon bank and the rough road to Moneyash where we soon got fed up of pointing out pot holes and decided to try and find a smooth patch of road. We headed for Crowdecote and the steep climb in to Longnor. We rode up through Fawfield Head and the long climb to Morridge. Here, Rich C was in the lead and we decided not to challenge him but he started to tire and so the group took over. Just over the middle part of the climb, there was a blue bur that shot past, Dave M on the attack. Simon M chased but Dave destroyed him and took the climb! We re-grouped and dropped down in to Thornclife and back to Leek at five past one after a forty three mile ride. Thanks to Phil G for leading the ride.
Nick A, Leek’s King Of Obsolete.

Reliability Postponed

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Due to the adverse weather conditions over the course of the last couple of days we have decided to postpone the Leek CC Hilly Reliability. Hopefully once the snow and ice has cleared we will able to re arrange a new date. Once it has been arranged we will post it on webpage. Thankyou

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Its is with great sadness we have to announce the untimely death of Geoff Turner, our generous host, sponsor and former club president.Geoff will be greatly missed by everyone at Leek CC and we would like to send our deepest condolences to Geoff’s family and friends. Due to these very sad circumstances we have decided to postpone the Prize Presentation after Sundays Reliability Ride. Once a new date is finalised we will post it onto the website.

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.