ABC Centreville celebrated an excellent year of competition and just plain enjoyable riding in 2017 at our presentation night, with members active in road racing, time trialling, track, audax, sportives and touring as well as some memorable trips and training. Centreville also organised one of the nation’s hardest sportives, The Goose Eye Grimpeur Sportive, with 12,000ft of climbing in a beautiful 200km.
We currently boast a Sunday social ride, training rides on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday mornings, and a training ride/chain gang on Wednesday nights before the weekly club night at Heywood Bowling Club, providing a good step-ladder from beginner to international level, with a wealth of experience to draw on from champions and experienced recreational cyclists.
Presented by our esteemed secretary Nick Homes, here are the awards:
Louis Szymanski, seen here winning alone at the Hadrian’s Wall road race, was awarded the Centreville Road Race trophy and also the senior Hill Climb Trophy. Louis has had a tremendous season, with several wins at road races and hill climbs, moving up to first cat and beating elite riders.
Dan Shackleton has had a fantastic TT season, and received the well-deserved Centreville BAR (Best All Rounder) trophy, The BAR was last awarded to Bob Porter in 1997, so it is fitting that Dan was awarded this trophy for his monumental achievement of riding time trials at 50 miles, 100 miles and over 12 hours at an impressive average speed of 25.10 mph in 2017
Ben Whitehead receiving the Veterans Road Race award after a very active and committed season
Carry on cycling – it’s all kicking off: with Arfur Mullins and Keneth Williams. Steve Whittington accepted the Senior Road Race Trophy on behalf of Louis Szymanski. Steve raced well on the road this year including for GB in the World Gran Fondo.
Jon Taylor making off with the rather bling Track award. Worth a fortune that one. Jon also was in charge of a start gate at the recent World Cup event at the velodrome and saw the pain behind the greasepaint
Steve Whittington receiving the prestigious gurning prize from club sec Nick. He calls this face his “Charles Bronson.” It says something about TT trophy on the tray there somewhere.
Ben Whitehead also received the hard-earned Veteran’s Hill Climb Award
Hannah Clough won the Junior Rider Award. She is seen here riding to First Junior Girl at the Beard Cup hill climb, coming in 32 seconds faster than her East Lancs rival Nicole Dechamps. Go on Cloughie!
Pauline Cooper accepting the Junior Rider prize on behalf of Hannah Clough. Pauline is a strong hill climber in her own right, and was a contender for this year’s crasher prize!
Dan Shackleton also received the Meritous award, not Only did Dan win the Club BAR, he came 39th in the UK BBAR (Best British All rounder) & 7th in the Manchester District Time Trial Points Competition. Dan also re-founded Club night and has been supportive of group riding and of all the Clubs’ members regardless of level, all of which is truly “Mertious” in the eyes of his club mates.
Geoff Read receiving the Hamster Cheek trophy for being able to store the most energy bars in his mouth at one time. Wait, despite appearances, this was the Clubman of the Year award. Good job it wasn’t for actual cycling – he’d have no chance! Ex fell runner Geoff has been piviotal in running the website (no pun intended) and the Sunday run and despite his humility is quite handy on a bike too.
Andy Bolton received the Most Improved Rider award this year, having gone from nothing, via the Sunday social rides, to being able to do back to back 80+ miles on the YHA weekend, to his first 100 mile Audax. Well done Andy! It shows what you can do even from one ride a week and cutting out a few bacon butties – he says it is all down to waxing his chain and 28mm Panracers though….
Ken Whitehead with the rather beautiful and refurbished (how apt!) Crasher Trophy. To earn this, Ken failed to acknowledge the 4,000 (pot) holes in Lancashire mentioned in Beatles classic, A Day In The Life, hit one and totalled his bike and his kit, thankfully he was OK.
Ext international and stagiaire Nigel Bishop was awarded the Tourist Trophy for his long day out riding a tough but beautiful 300km hilly Audax into Wales, with a name that he claims to be able to pronounce: “Yr Elenydd”. Nigel also organises the Etape du Dales, the Otley Road Races, and Goose Eye Grimpeur, and is active in the Dave Raynor Fund
Not to be outdone, Nick was awarded – in a substantial membership vote – the Half Wheeler Trophy by World Road Race Champion Mandy Bishop. Nick has taken half-wheeling to a whole new level this year, graduating from simple half-wheeling, to half-biking, then full-biking, to the holy grail of splitting a group of 11 into 2, so that they took different routes to Wilderhope. Chapeau sir!
Ex international Neil Swithenbank won the Big Gear award, apparently for the gear he went up The Rake in. Ouch!
Ben Whitehead and a svelte looking Paul Basson, who had a good season returning to racing this year and is looking forward to putting in a good winter for next season.
Jon Taylor makes a cheap play for the caption competition photo, describing something perfectly innocent to club president John Drake, with Ken Whitehead looking on.
World Champion Mandy Bishop with Jocelin Ryan from West Pennine Road Club and Pete & Joyce Deary. Pete is a coach, commissaire and Olympic Derny rider
A good night was had by all,with some welcome guests from West Pennine and East Lancs clubs also enjoying the warm welcome and good spread from the Bowling Club. By next year we plan to have new trophies specifically for women riders, and we hope to welcome new women members in the coming year to join us in the journey, as Centreville continues to build. What will the next year bring? If members keep riding and contributing as much as they have this year, it’s going to be great finding out!
Geoff and Nick
ABC Centreville welcomes new members of all ages, genders and experience levels to race, ride for fun or just to join in the social and support side of the club. Why not get in touch?