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.

 

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

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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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

 

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 :))

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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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

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.

use9A group of 26 Club Members enjoyed the annual Leek CC Christmas Social on the 5th of December. Starting off in Den Engel, they then tucked into a meal at the Leek Bar & Grill. Followed by more drinks at the Earl Grey afterwords. Thanks to Dan Noble for organising the evening.

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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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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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

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/

Tour of Flanders 2016

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Well done to all our Club Members who travelled over to Flanders in Belgium at the start of April, to take part in the Ronde van Vlaanderen Cyclo. All our riders enjoyed the Ronde van Vlaanderen Cyclo which is a tough and challenging 82 Mile ride which takes in all of the tough cobbled sections that professionals race on during the Tour of Flanders. During the trip the group were lucky to stay in the same hotel as Team Sky for the two nights, which was a great insight into what goes on at the top level of professional racing. The day after the ride the group watched the professionals during the Tour of Flanders One Day Classic, seeing the riders race up the famous Oude Kwaremont cobbled climb three times. A great weekend and recommended to any keen cyclist.

12919271_10156658012005063_1816189493_n-2                                           All the riders after the tough ride

DSCF6803-2                          Team Sky Mechanics preparing for the Big Race

S0426912-2         And watching the pro’s at the bottom of the Oude Kwaremont on the Sunday

 

Leek CC Hilly Reliability Ride 2016

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On Sunday March 13th, Leek Cyclists Club once again held The Paul Derbyshire Memorial Reliability Ride. A record turn out, on what was dry and sunny day saw 51 riders complete the tough 55 mile ride through the Peak District. The route took the riders through Bradnop, Onecote, Grindon, Milldale, Parwich, Longcliffe, Grangemill, Winster, Youlgreave, Lathkill Dale, Monyash, Crowdecote, Longnor & Thorncliffe. After the ride the riders and friends enjoyed a well deserved buffet at The Den Engel Belgain Bar in Leek, which was then followed by the Clubs Award Presentation(see the Events page for the winners).  Well done to everybody who rode and thank you for supporting the event. The club would also like to thank everybody who helped to organize the event.

2016-03-13 08.23.21-3               The riders just before the start in the Market Place, in the centre of Leek

DSCF6779-2   Club Chairman Andy Bain presenting Clubman of the Year, Dave Magnier with his trophy

Reliability Ride’s 2016

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Throughout February a number of our members have been taking part in the annual Reliability Ride’s which are run by a number of local clubs to prepare riders for the Spring. Here are a few photo’s of our members taking part in the Congleton CC 50 & 65 mile rides.

_DSC1434-94_DSC1347-10 _DSC1545-204 All these photo’s were taken by Mr Ken Norbury “© Ken Norbury”. To see more of Ken’s photograph’s click on the link. http://spinloose.co.uk/wp/ken-norburys-photo-gallery/

Shorter Ride this Sunday

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We have once again scheduled a shorter Sunday Club Run for this Sunday, February 7th 2016. Riders are asked to meet at Leek Market Place at 9.00AM. The ride will range between 30-40 miles at a reasonably steady tempo with a café stop approximately half way through the ride. Potential new members are welcome to attend.

Club Run – February 17th

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

the riders enjoying the view at Monsal Head

10 mile TT Championships

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