Centerville cycling club time trialling

About ABC Centreville

We are a cycling club with a strong racing history serving Manchester and the South Pennines, and we welcome riders all levels and genders. Centreville members do everything from road races, time-trials, sportives and audaxes to trips away and relaxed social riding. You will be able ride with and learn from our very experienced and successful members, including Mandy (world road race champion now riding socially), Charlotte (currently winning shedloads of TTs) Dan (currently smashing it on the vets TT scene), and Steve (recently selected for UK team for vets world road race championship) along with other ex-internationals and those just out for a chinwag on wheels. If you’d like to get stronger by training in a group, whether you are interested in racing, recreational events or relaxed social riding on connoisseur’s routes you are welcome to come and give us a try.  Contact us and we’ll point you in the right direction.

Club rides

Saturdays – 2 options:

  • 8.30am start, from Rochdale Town Hall or Todmorden depending on route, around 100k (winter) or 110k-160k (summer) with a café stop, 15-25mph depending who comes, all welcome, no-one left behind: “A bit of banter at a decent pace.” Contact Owen Malkin before coming the first time.
  • 10am start, Littleborough Square outside the Wheatsheaf (see map in sidebar) leaders Dave Grogan, Nick Holmes and Rick Clough 40 – 60km brisk hilly training ride with café stop, aim to be back in Litleborough by 2pm. Not suitable for beginners.

Sundays- 3 options:

  • 8.30 am (9am after clocks change) from from Littleborough Square outside the Wheatsheaf . Friendly 50-100km hilly ride at relaxed social (B) pace, no-one left behind, faster riders muster back on hills. Lead by Geoff and others,  Please get in touch before turning up  To get a flavour see these reports.
  • 9.30am from Littleborough Square outside the Wheatsheaf. 40-100km hilly tempo training ride (A). with café stop. Map in sidebar, not suitable for beginners. Contact Dave Grogan
  • Monthly 8.30am from the Gardeners’s Arms, Manchester Rd. Heywood a fast tempo ride (A), 100km-plus, usually without a café stop (Ad-hoc, mainly in the off-season, contact Danny Shackleton and Jon Taylor first). Map in sidebar.

Wednesdays – 2 options:

  • 10am from Littleborough Square outside the Wheatsheaf. 30-40km with café. Tempo ride. Map in sidebar.
  • Wednesday evenings before the club night at Heywood Bowling Club there is a brisk 40k training ride (unless the weather is really bobbins – ask Steve and Ben about their memorable blizzard in December!), meeting at the Winston Churchill, Bury Rd. at 6.45, mainly valley roads. Contact Ben Pilkington first, usually arranged through Whatsapp group – other nights by arrangement.

There are various evening rides in the spring and summer, including fast loops and chaingangs. To find out what is currently happening, get in touch.

The ‘A’ groups ride at an average speed of 14-19mph over hilly Pennine routes, faster on flat and rolling roads. The Sunday social ride goes at around 12-16mph on hilly roads. We are currently looking at starting a group for shorter, steady rides up to 2 hours on Saturdays, suitable for relative beginners or those looking for something easier, get in touch if you are interested. Click on the + below for more details of A,B and C rides – we’d like to see you there.

ABC Centreville cycling club Manchester A ride

Stalwarts and young guns mixing it up on an A ride round steep Saddleworth lanes


A group

The ‘A’ group from Littleborough ride on Saturdays at 10am, Sundays at 9.30am and Wednesdays at 10am, at an average speed of 14-19mph over hilly Pennine routes, getting back to Littleborough in the early afternoon. Smashing up (or down) Strava segments is sometimes a feature, and although we try to re-group it is good to make sure you ask the route and café stop before starting! The ‘A’ ride from Heywood on Sundays (mainly off-season) is usually 100-160km at tempo, without a stop – so make sure your fuel is well organized!  There is a fast training ride on Thursday evenings in the spring and summer meeting at 6.30pm at the bottom of Huddersfield Road, Newhey. Dave Grogan and Rick Clough are the main organizers – contact them to check.


B group

The social ‘B’ group ride at an average speed of 10-15mph on hilly routes on Sundays, meeting at 8.30am (9am winter) on Littleborough square and usually getting back by 1pm-ish, sometimes riding further and getting back at 2-3.  We like a variety of routes with beautiful, quiet and testing roads and good cafés, and we always re-group and make sure no-one gets left behind. It’s a muster ride, so first riders to the top go back to the last person. Friendly and enjoyable riding. Lead by Geoff and others take turns, we hope to see you! See here for reports Get in touch using the contact form please.


C group

If you are new to road riding, or want an easier ride of up to 2 hours with a café, get in touch

ABC Centreville mandy world road race champion and andy

Women’s World Road Race Champion Mandy with Andy, who won our ‘Most Improved’ trophy in 2017 and has got stronger and slimmer since this pic was taken!

 Early 2018 rides and events here

Centreville training routes mapped on Strava

Most common ‘A’ group Saturday and Wednesday Ride is variations on: Littleborough-Bue Ball-Luddenden Foot-Midgely-Hebden Bridge-Cragg Vale-Littleborough.