Nov 232015
2015 Hill Climb Season

Louis Szymanski reports: Having put in some decent miles over the spring/summer I decided to have a go at a full hill climb season, hopefully culminating with a ride at the nationals on the last weekend in October. Snake Pass Hill climb: 1st The first local open hill climb of the season was organised by […]

 November 23, 2015  Posted by at 7:22 pm Other 3 Responses »
Oct 102015
UCI World Masters

The World Masters is an event covering a wide age range, 39 to 75+ proving as if I didn’t need reminding, there are many more years of cycling ahead, especially when you see how good Geoff Cooke and David Rowe still are. Cooke from Crumpsall represented England in the 1974 Commonwealth Games and Rowe rode […]

 October 10, 2015  Posted by at 6:38 pm Other 1 Response »
Oct 052015
West Pennine Hill Climb

Dave Grogan assembled a team of four riders, Ray Brown, Aaron Roe and myself. A Master of Tactics Dave managed to get hold of a deadly virus a week ahead of the Hill Climb.This gave Dave the chance to Immunise himself, while passing on the lethal lurgy to his fellow team mates. Ahead of the […]

 October 5, 2015  Posted by at 7:16 pm Other No Responses »
Sep 222015
Geronimo loves speed!

A small piece of sunny Majorca came to Littleborough this Saturday in the form Geronimo, over in England for a week and riding on borrowed gear. He is the embodiment of the “It’s not about the bike” ethos, he reckons it’s all about the legs, and considering he and Rick Clough were pushing each other […]

 September 22, 2015  Posted by at 9:37 am Club rides No Responses »
Sep 022015
John Drake rises again to ride with Centreville

Centreville are lucky to have in their ranks an inspirational man who has recovered from life threatening and life changing injuries to ride again when it was not thought he would even survive. To be back on the bike and training again when walking had seemed impossible is extraordinary and a testament to John’s strength, […]

 September 2, 2015  Posted by at 9:55 pm Club rides, Other 1 Response »
Aug 232015

No doubt someone will be along to share the real skinny on what’s been ocurrin’, but on a recent Centreville training ride in balmy August I heard tell of recent forays from Whalley to Glason Dock via the Trough of Bowland, a 90 miler on Cheshire lanes around Delamere, and a ride taking in a […]

 August 23, 2015  Posted by at 8:04 pm Other No Responses »
Dec 162014

Centreville will be making the most of the festive season, and as well as the usual club rides you are welcome to join us on any of the following: Christmas Drinks and Curry Night Friday 19th December Meet at 8pm in the Wheatsheaf, Littleborough Square for a few drinks, with a curry later ABC Centreville […]

 December 16, 2014  Posted by at 4:04 pm Other No Responses »
Nov 202014
Reeth To Dent

The second installment of another Cycling Saga complied by Nick Holmes Dave Rolled into Reeth admitting he was the one that had “Popped” and not his inner tube. Perhaps I should have waited and given Dave  my emergency Mars Bar, however when gravity is pulling a 74kg mass downhill towards a pub the only thought […]

 November 20, 2014  Posted by at 6:00 pm Trips away 1 Response »
Nov 142014
Barry Jones 1937-2014

By Geoff Read, in conversation with Barry’s daughter Mandy Bishop, World Road Race Champion 1982 (as Mandy Jones) and life Centreville member I rode with Barry a few times in the 1980’s and had the benefit of his ever-ready primus stove for brewing up at the side of the road in old-school fashion, so it […]

 November 14, 2014  Posted by at 2:04 pm Club history, Member profiles 2 Responses »
Nov 092014
Kirby Lonsdale to Reeth and Back

Centreville cycling trip in the Yorkshire Dales, report by Nick Holmes The week before the trip Dave Grogan looked at my 30 year old road bike and asked “Is that the bike you’re riding next week?” I knew straight away  he was referring to my classic Campag Victory 42, 52 Chainset. I also new time […]

 November 9, 2014  Posted by at 7:39 pm Trips away 2 Responses »
Nov 052014
What's your Saddleworth?

‘B’ ride: Saddleworth lanes to Edna’s See what I did there? What’s your saddle wor….oh never mind. We had a good turn out for a Wednesday morning of seven, tempted by the low sunshine and blue skies to go out on a limb, forsake the Blue Ball circuit and have a look-see at the lovely […]

 November 5, 2014  Posted by at 3:00 pm 'B' Group, Club rides 2 Responses »
Oct 132014
The Rake Hillclimb 2014

Centreville’s Louis Szymanski again showed his climbing form with a superb 2mins 43 seconds for 4th place in the Lancashire RC hillclimb on the Rake.   After a misty and chilly start the sun was out by dinnertime and myself and Gary Lake had a good ride out there at a brisk pace (to keep warm!) and […]

 October 13, 2014  Posted by at 9:41 pm Events, Hill climbs No Responses »
Oct 112014
Paul Whatmough podiums in World Masters

The world Masters track Championships 2014 Paul Whatmough had a great week in the championships this year riding for Great Britain, getting the bronze medal in the scratch race, 5th in the team sprint, and 9th in the points race. The 45-49 year scratch title was a very fierce 40 lap race. There was an […]

 October 11, 2014  Posted by at 9:50 pm Track races 1 Response »
Oct 062014
West Pennine Hill Climb 2014

Louis delivers It was a great day at the Hill Climb today, Louis Szymanski delivered a Pro-like performance and came close to victory, coming in 17 seconds behind the days fastest rider Richard Bideau, from Pendle Forest CC. Gary Lake continues to snap at Dave Grogan’s heels, Gary was just 10 seconds behind “The Cragg […]

 October 6, 2014  Posted by at 8:53 am Events, Hill climbs, Other, TT No Responses »
Sep 292014

Barrie Jones was a founder member of ABC Centreville and a great inspiration to many members. Barrie died a week ago after suffering from cancer for some time. A Memorial Service will be held for Barrie on Saturday 4th October at 2pm to which family and close friends are invited, the service will be held at […]

 September 29, 2014  Posted by at 10:29 pm Other No Responses »
Sep 272014
Cake, crack and a 'C' group?

Happy birthday to young Aaron, 15 years today and sooon to show the club’s old guard a clean pair of cleats. Another fine ride today, with Ray and Aaron setting off ten minutes early to avoid the rush, and the rest of us in various states of fettle behind. I managed the first half OK, […]

 September 27, 2014  Posted by at 10:11 pm 'A' group, 'C' Group, Club rides No Responses »
Sep 272014
Saddleworth lanes squiggler

A bit of variety is good for the soul, so while Ray and Dave G plumped for the usual, I inveigled Pauline, Tony and new boy Richard into exploring the small and hilly lanes of Saddleworth on Wednesday, in a loop taking in Denshaw, Delph, Dobcross, Diggle (nice climb up and round by Pots and […]

 September 27, 2014  Posted by at 7:50 am 'B' Group, Club rides No Responses »