ABC Centreville cycling club rides South pennines comp

About ABC Centreville

We are a cycling club with a strong racing history serving the South Pennines and North East Manchester with members taking part in the full range of cycling activities from road races, time-trials, sportives and audaxes to trips away. If you’d like to get stronger by training in a group, whether you are interested in racing or social riding you are welcome to come and give us a try.

Club rides

Saturdays: 10am on Littleborough Square outside the Wheatsheaf (see map in sidebar) every Saturday (leaders Dave Grogan and Nick Holmes) 40 – 60km hilly with café stop, aim to be back in Litleborough by 2pm.

Sundays- 2 options:

  • 8.30am from the Gardeners’s Arms, Manchester Rd. Heywood a fast tempo ride, 100km-plus, usually without a café stop (see Danny Shackleton and Jon Taylor). Map in sidebar.
  • 9.30am from Littleborough Square outside the Wheatsheaf. 40-100km tempo ride. with café stop. Map in sidebar

Wednesdays: 10am from Littleborough Square outside the Wheatsheaf. 30-40km with café. Map in sidebar

There is also a fast training group on Thursday evenings in the spring and summer, often riding round Saddleworth.  If you want to check before coming, get in touch. The ‘A’ groups ride at an average speed of 14-19mph over hilly Pennine routes, faster on flat and rolling roads. A ‘B’ group is gradually forming, going at around 12-16mph on hilly roads. There is currently no ‘C group’ for social rides at 10-14mph, but get in touch if you’d like to organise one. Click on the + below for more details of A,B and C rides – we’d like to see you there.

ABC Centreville Heywood Club rides


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 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 – email them from the contact page to check.


B group

The ‘B’ group ride at an average speed of 12-16mph on hilly routes on Wednesdays and Saturdays, meeting 10am on Littleborough square and getting back by 1pm-ish.  We like a variety of routes with beautiful, quiet and testing roads and good cafés, and while we like to crack on, especially up the hills, we always re-group and make sure no-one gets left behind. Please come and join us any time from Littleborough Square. Geoff, Pauline and Tony – use the contact form to check.


C group

There is no regular ‘C’ group at the moment, but if you fancy organizing a group to ride more slowly and socially, get in touch.

ABC Centreville club rides South Pennines

Chinwag at Littleborough arches after a Saturday ride

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.

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