Geoff R

Sep 012018
 

At the end of the first day on a great lane near Llantisilio mountain

There’s nothing like a night under canvas (ok nylon), close to nature (but a short walk from the toilets), a gentle breeze playfully tweaking the tent (alright occassionally sounding like an express train) to prepare the body (through aching limbs and lack of sleep) for a long, lumpy, scenic ride….oh wait that last part is bang on. A keen segment of Centreville headed for the cycling heaven that is Llangollen, lush steep sided valleys and heathery hill tops, limestone escarpments and perched castles, the Welsh borders at their best.

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Nigel, Andy, Pauline, Geoff, Mandy, Neil, Adam and Nick about to set off

Nigel had sorted a 70 hilly mile route on his phone and we were good to go, though when you head south from Llangollen the first long and testingly steep climb comes after only 5 minutes of riding, so pips were squeaking and muscles protesting as every turn brought another uphill stretch. The view at the top was worth it though, more or less, I’m almost sure….Still, this was the hardest section and once it was out of the way and the muscles were warmed up the rest seemed easier. Sort of.

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The brakes on that green bike don’t look right to me, good job there aren’t any steep descents….oh, wait a minute

The land opened before us like a well-thumbed copy of Richard’s Bicycle Book, the lane snaking round the contours and across tree-lined streams, until the notoriously steep long descent into Glyn Ceiriog, which appropriately seems to be called Allt Y Badi. It certainly wasn’t goodi for me, as I discovered too late that the feeling I had had last week that my disc brakes weren’t quite right became a very concrete and pressing fact as I realised that no matter how hard I anchored on I would not be stopping this side of doomsday – and we were heading briskly towards a village with junctions and traffic. I started looking for roadside to bail onto, but there was nothing but stones walls and drop-offs. It looked like I would be adding substantially to my experience of road rash and possibly an emergency ward. A childhood memory kicked in, and I swung my left leg over the bike to cross behind my right and scrape on the road as I leaned the bike to the left speedway style, sparks flying and bemused onlookers waiting for disaster. Thank the gods of cycling for MTB shoes is all I can say, as the combination of a rubber sole and what was left of my brakes gradually did the trick and I stumbled off in one piece.

Anyone with a modicum of intelligence or prudence would have sacked the ride. We rode on up the very beautiful Ceirog valley, over multiple smaller climbs and descents on tremendous roads, as I managed the whole brake situation by taking it easy and using Nigel’s advice to use them alternately to avoid heat fade. What could possibly go wrong? After a fine  lunch at Lake Vrynwy we took the beautiful road round the back of the scouse water supply which looks nothing like Liverpool, onto the stunning climb and descent through a pass towards Bala.

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Neil and Adam making light work of the climb

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The last section of the climb north from Lake Vrynwy

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The fantastically enjoyable descent  following the river Hirnant towards Bala

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Lower down the Hirnant valley

This one of those descents that makes all the climb worthwhile: long swooping curves, technical twists, snaking slopes through woodland and remote farmland with miles between each house, confirmation that the bicycle is a thing of wonder. We hit the faster rolling roads heading for Corwen, and I made up for my shonky climbing with a bit of overweight rouleuring (they are words if I say so), with calls of ‘Knock one off’ from the back restoring my slightly wilting self-image. I know, I know, most of the group could have dropped me any time, but leave me my illusions, will you?

Corwen offers the unusual pleasure of a cafe in a former workhouse, which makes you feel lucky and guilty at the same time. Mandy took the opportunity to explain her low-carb diet in considerable detail, while Nick tucked into a scone and cream. By contrast, apparently ‘On 25th April, 1842, the Guardians refused to obey a directive from the Poor Law Commissioners that the Workhouse purchase its bread from a particular local baker. A free supply of “heath” collected on the mountainside by the Workhouse children meant that they could bake their own bread more cheaply. Buying-in bread was, they considered, “a waste of this free child labour”.’ Well, efficiency is efficiency.

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Two words for you Adam: Club. Strip. Guess which one is Adam? Centreville outside Corwen Workhouse

Perhaps the shade of Owain Glyndŵr, the last native Prince of Wales who led the last war of rebellion against English rule in 1400, declaring it from his gaff near Corwen, watched us leave and wished well rid of us too. Ok, ok, we’re leaving, if it’s any consolation Owain, devolution has led to many a social initiative that many an English person might be jealous of…why only this week the Welsh assembly announced free hospital parking, for example. We don’t get that at Rochdale infirmary.

Another hour or so and undulating valley lanes got us back to Llangollen , to make 70 miles and 7,000 feet of climb, all of it on especially good roads. some hit the supermarket, others Witherspoons, while on the last hill back up to the campsite Nigel, still recovering from broken ribs muttered to Mandy’s disappearing silhouette, “It’s coming to it when she beats me up the last hill….”

Back on the campsite some proper cycling had been going on from our younger members. We didn’t let him come with us though- make us look bad, him getting to the top first, can’t risk it.

The evening was spent in a circle of wind-breaks with a wider circle of purple hills beyond and the castle like a ruined crow above. Food was eaten. Beverages were glugged, the breeze was shot, while the kids did more climbing running to the top of the sloping site and riding down it than we had done all day. The next morning dawned fairer than the forecast. Pauline had been cozy in her dinosaur pyjamas and newly re-sprayed VW camper, but Andy in the back of his white builder’s van said he’d have been more comfortable if his matress hadn’t deflated in the night. What a let down.  He was still able to cook me the biggest birthday omlette I have ever seen in my life – thanks mate!

Having lost Pauline, Neil and Adam but gained Katherine We headed off for a leg-loosener down the canal to the Chirk aqueduct….nay, wait a minute I hear you say, it’s actually called the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, the Chirk aqueduct is the smaller one tucked behind the railway viaduct down the valley. Ok I say, tell me how to pronounce Pontcysyllte and I’ll say it. It was built in 1805, designed by Telford and Jessop and with the canal it is deservedly a World Heritage Site. It is also somewhat terrifying to those of a nervous disposition due to it’s height. Nigel isn’t of a nervous disposition.

Nigel riding past some rather nervous canoists on the Pontcysyllte aqueduct. What’s the fuss?

A few miles on undulating roads got us to The Fat Rabbit vegan caff in Oswestry. I tucked into some delicious Japanese dumplings on rice noodles, whilst Andy lead the charge for, you guessed it, full English. Deary me, way to be adventurous, clubmates! it’s only a vegan caff, not Martian food. Now there’s a thought – can we include a Martian caff in a ride? I’m sure they do full English.

Katherine (r) was able to ride with us, as it was Neil’s turn to look after the kids

More nice lanes took us back towards Chirk, and we re-joined the canal for a traffic-free return and another go over that aqueduct that I still can’t pronounce, now busy with tourists. Meanwhile all morning and all day, Centreville’s Dan Shackleton was upholding another club tradition: racing, with his attack on the BBAR. Today was his 12 hour TT not far away near Wrexham, and he rode a stormer. Well done Dan!

Esteemed club Sec Nick exits the canal tunnel, in which you could see absolutely nothing without a light

Many thanks to everyone who came, and Nigel for sorting two fine routes out. Our next club trip away will be on 2nd-4th November 2018 to a hostel in the Lincolnshire Wolds. It’ll be a cracker, I’ll have my brakes fixed and everything. There will be caffs. And beds. There will definitely be beds. Why not join us?

Geoff

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 September 1, 2018  Posted by at 9:58 pm socials, Trips away No Responses »
May 012018
 
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Centreville’s Charlotte Boothman winning in style at the D10/1 Leigh Premier TT (photo credit Ellen Isherwood)

Centreville’s Charlotte Boothman has had a storming start to her spring TT campaign, with 5 wins out of 9 outings to date.

Charlotte  delivered Centreville’s first win of 2018 in her first race for the club, clocking a speedy 17.46 for first woman on a shortened 7.5 mile course at the NLTTA 10 on Saturday 10th of March.

On the 17th of March she clocked 35:13 for 4th female at the West Penine SPOCO on L142, which was won by pro Amy Gornall (Secret Training CC) .

At the Border City Wheelers SPOCO 20 mile TT on L202 on the 25th March Charlotte rode to second female with 56:57 to winner Claire Swoboda’s 55.58 .

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Charlotte winning at the Kent Valley Wild Boar Fell SPOCO (photo: Raymond Bracewell)

Charlotte was again second woman on the 31st of March at the  North Lancashire Road Club 10 mile TT on L101, with 25:23 behind winner Rebecca Rimmington (Team Merlin)

She returned to winning on the 7th April at the Beacon Wheelers 15 miles SPOCO on L155, this time geting the better of Amy Gornall (Secret Training) by one second, in the course of which she came an impressive 13th overall with 40:53 to Gornall’s 40.54

On the 8th April Nelson Wheelers’ 50 mile SPOCO on L503 saw Charlotte ride to 2:32:02 and 2nd female. Winner was again Rebecca Rimmington (Team Merlin).

On the 14th April  a third win for Charlotte came at the Leigh Premier 10 mile TT on D10/1, with a 23:14 ride, while her fourth win came the next day on the 15th at the Kent Valley Road Club SPOCO on L307 (shortened to 22m) with 56:17 with Debbie (Moss Team Merlin) in second.

Charlotte’s astonishing fifth win of spring 2018 came at the  Wigan wheelers 10 on 28th April, with another 2nd the following day at the Wigan Wheelers 3o, just 12 seconds behind a very strong Steph Mottram.

Our congratulations to Charlotte on a fantastic start to racing in 2018, we look forward to seeing how the rest of the year unfolds.

Geoff

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 May 1, 2018  Posted by at 8:00 pm TT, Women cyclists No Responses »
Mar 272018
 

“No, they can’t have, surely not? Yes….yes, they’ve definitely left me behind.” That’s me in disbelief at the first checkpoint at the Pinfold café near Nantwich, 55km into the Chirk 200. They would be waiting at the first junction, surely? No, nor the next. Should I chase on, assuming they had gone ahead, or did I just miss them back there somehow?

Dan, Robert, Jon, Hayley, Norman, Andy and me at Pinfold café

The Chirk 200km audax is a popular early season run out, enabling you to get some miles in or tick off your first 200km without much climbing, described by Darryl Nolan, the helpful organiser as “Almost entirely flat across Cheshire Plain to Wales and back, via Nantwich, Chirk, Beeston.” It didn’t feel that flat when Dan Shackleton, not content with riding a good 10 the day before, and riding 19 miles to the start, still had itchy pedals. Within the first kilometer he was complaining “We can’t ride at this pace all day, shall we press on?” behind a couple of hapless audaxers; and once the first lumps arrived (the ‘almost’ before entirely flat should be kept firmly in mind) I was at my limit and Andy and Norman were past theirs and wondering what kind of a hellish pain-fest was ahead. I could see Dan in aero tuck speeding off the front on a long downhill, so I caught him up to review his well-meaning plan to ride as a bunch to Chirk. “I didn’t pedal you know” he claimed in impish mitigation. The road to hell is paved with good intentions however, and it was clearly going to be particularly Hades-like trying to hang on to Dan, best if he, Jon Dance and Hayley (a 2.40 marathon runner and strong on a bike), pressed on ahead.

Robert could probably have lived with them, but he was stuck with us as we were his lift, and we settled in to a nice medium pace as the sun gradually burned off the freezing mist, the silhouettes of farms turned into glows of crumbling orange, and the rolling fields and woodland emerged around us. Ah, Cheshire! At home riding from Littleborough we are hard pressed to find an easy ride, and it was lovely coasting along the complex lanes, with main roads only featuring as crossings on this well-planned route throught the best of Cheshire.

The route of the Chirk 200km audax Centreville Cycling Club Manchester and Soth Pennines

The route of the Chirk 200km audax

It would have been even more relaxing if my (insert preferred expletive here) new GPS unit was working. I’d invested in this for just such days after the comic navigational capers of the Centreville YHA weekend to Wilderhope, but I hadn’t got to grips with it fully….ok, at all, and it wasn’t tracking my position, just sitting on the start. Fortunately I had the turn by turns elastic banded to my arm (and the route on my smartphone, and a paper map), so along with the help of other audaxers we rode with, we got to the Pinfold Café. It was here, after catching up with Dan, Jon and Hayley who were just leaving after a frappa-cappa-chinos with organic wild almond faux-milk, that I was doing a bit of faffing, all innocent-like, with the GPS. After pressing a few buttons and talking to it nicely it leapt into life, and I looked up in triumph to find….no-one.

Just to be clear, I was the navigator: Robert, Andy and Norman did not have an instruction, a map, or a GPS between them, and they leaped off to follow Dan and co, with whom they couldn’t keep up anyway. Perhaps not the brightest move ever. Hmmm, better phone them. No answer. Grrrrr. I eventually got a sheepish call from Andy. “Where are you?” “Well where are you?” “What can you see, are there riders coming past you?” and so on, until we agreed to meet back at the caff. They’d gone off course. “Just remind me Andy, exactly what the ethos of the Sunday club rides you’ve come on for the entire last year is, again?” “Erm, no one left behind.” ” Exactly Andy.” “Sorry dad…” Kids, I don’t know, you have to wonder sometimes, and Norman a retired head teacher and all: “I’m not angry Norman, I’m just disappointed.”

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Robert on steel, Norman on carbon, and Andy on aluminium eating by one of the pretty meres along the route. “Yeah dad, wot, you’re not the boss of me!”

Still, no harm, no foul, and they made ample amends when I stupidly bonked on the approach to Chirk and circled back for me while the gels were kicking in. The organiser Darryl appeared to have playfully moved the Chirk café without mentioning it, but the upgrade from greasy spoon to paninis was good. Still feeling bobbins I was severely tempted (to keep up the satanic metaphor) to make use of Robert’s fiendish information that there was a railway station near his dad’s nearby house with direct trains to Wilmslow. Get thee behind me Robert. As soon as we set off I was fine, and we loved the prettiest section of the route through Pont-Y-Blew with a stiff little wooded climb following Morlas Brook marking the England-Wales border. Now a rural backwater, Pont-y-Blew is the site of one of Wales’ first iron forges, which produced from 1630 to 1870. Fittingly Robert rode up this on his 531 bike, with a guy from Bury CTC riding his father’s 1970 Mercian, still going strong.

A crisp afternoon of blue skies and fluffy clouds unfolded, heavenly cycling weather, especially after we have paid our dues riding through sleet, snow and icy blasts over the winter. The GPS’s batteries were still pretty full and all was well with the world. The ice cream farm checkpoint was achieved, with it’s motorway service station ambience it at least has it’s route-side location to commend it. Beeston Castle perched on it’s crag is another high point of the route, aesthetically and literally. Built in the 1220s it was last used in the Civil War and is, as Marie LLoyd sang, “One of the ruins Cromwell knocked about a bit.”* It’s reputed to contain a secret hoard of Richard II’s treasure, but more to the point, do they sell flapjack there?

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Beeston Castle

The 60km back to the finish felt more like 100 to our tired legs as we chased our shadows up the road and gradually put back on the layers we had peeled off, lane after lane unfolding and Andy and Norman looking like they were going to finish their first 200km rides in fine style. Planes roaring up from Manchester airport away to our left showed we were nearly there with our somewhat lower carbon footprint. The last 20km felt like 40 and I tried to remember to look at the GPS, even though Robert was chatting to me; we had noticed that riding with Robert has the effect of making you forget to look where you are going: he’s just too damn interesting and he caught a few riders  out that way over the course of the day – we should use him for black ops to send other clubs the wrong way!

A club from Sheffield whose kit broke several barriers of taste and decency (but who would definitely be noticed by drivers even though they might wish they hadn’t) came up to us, and I rode on the front with a woman who was rightly very chipper and enthused to be finishing her first 200km, and fellow first-timer Andy surged up to the front in the last kilometre having hidden all day like a seasoned pro. We turned into the darkened car park, and one of the Sheffield lads quipped “Where is everyone?” Like Dan, Jon and Hayley, they had all ridden faster than us and gone home mate, all gone home.

Thanks to Robert, Andy, Norman, Dan, Jon and Hayley for the company, kudos to Dan for his big ride, and many thanks to Darryl and team for organising a great audax: highly recommended.

Geoff

*Spookily, Marie Lloyd was born in 1870 the year Pont-Y-Blew forge closed. Beeston Castle was put back into use in 1643, 13 years after Pont-Y-Blew forge opened: 13, no ordinary number. Coincidence? I don’t think so. What other DaVinci Code-like conspiracies are hidden in this accursed audax? Better ride it again to find out….

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 March 27, 2018  Posted by at 3:29 pm Audax 2 Responses »
Mar 262018
 
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Jon digging in at the crest of Mow Cop (photo Velo 29 Primal Cycling Events)

A good day indeed for best bikes

Jon Taylor reports on his day out:

‘Remember Its not a race and abide by rules of the highways at all times’ the Tannoy announcer declared as at 8am on a sunny Sunday morning in excess of 2500 riders left Queens Park in Crewe for the start of the 110mile/1700m of climb annual Cheshire Cat Sportive.

Myself and cohort for the day Ed Munro began to ride through the groups like domestiques on bottle duty in a grand tour, often using cars to ‘get back in’ as we headed out to the first challenge of the day – the well named ‘killer mile climb’ one Mow Cop with a 25% gradient finish. We were held up at the rail crossing at the bottom, which helped us to assess the competition and their steeds for the climb ahead. Grimacing and gurning over the top………. don’t forget to smile for the waiting camera!

As the early morning mist burnt off and the roads dried, the decision not to go for full winter gear was rewarded and with gloves in the back pocket we pressed on through the first feed station after 37 miles and over Biddulph Moor, Rudyard and Gun Hill through feed station 2 for a quick comfort break, refueling and pressing on through the rolling Cheshire countryside with lead-out trains forming and with the Centrville colours pulling hard and on the rivet, fuelled by illusions of grandeur and Cherry Bakewell gels

Quickly refuelling at FS3 after 78miles, the run for home began through flatter sections and with tired legs smaller groups formed at a steady pace, with the occasional ‘lump’ sending riders backwards as the legs were beginning so say ‘enough is enough son;’ after 5hrs plus of riding…….

Rolling back into Crewe and retracing our steps into Queens Park the legs gave a little extra to finish with a kind of sprint for the awaiting and adoring crowds……….

Medal round neck and as the vision came back, I was thanked by 2 other unknown riders for my work on the front; indeed it was a good day for best bikes……… especially in the green of Centerville.

Jon

Route of the Cheshire Cat Sportive

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 March 26, 2018  Posted by at 10:05 pm Sportives 1 Response »
Mar 122018
 

Charlotte Boothman in one of last year’s outings

Charlotte Boothman delivered Centreville’s first win of 2018 on her first race for the club, clocking a speedy 17.46 for first woman on a shortened 7.5 mile course at the NLTTA 10 on Saturday 10th of March 2018. Charlotte was 25th overall out of 89 finishers, with Rachel king of Lancashire RC second woman in 18.34. David Allonby won the men’s race for Springfield Financial RT.  Her 25.3mph average speed was on limited training following an accident. “I was a bit nervous, but you seem to switch off once they’ve pushed you over the start line.” A fantastic start to what looks set to be a strong season for Charlotte.

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 March 12, 2018  Posted by at 11:48 pm TT, Women cyclists 1 Response »
Mar 122018
 
ABC Centreville time trialling in Yorkshire Dales

A great place to race if you can spare a moment to look up! Ingleborough brooding above the course

Centreville’s Dan Shackleton reports:

After last weekend’s time trial programme was written off thanks to the Beast from the East, Saturday’s Circuit of Ingleborough turned out to be only my second race outing of the year.

The Circuit of Ingelborough organised by Pendle Forest CC is a true SPOCO event, being hilly, exposed and a fairly technical course. It is also a counting event in the Lakes & Lancs SPOCO TT series, to which ABC Centreville are affiliated. http://www.lakesandlancsspoco.co.uk/

The circuit is basically a triangle around Ingleborough hill. With the start at Ingleton, riders head south-east through Clapham to Settle and then turn up the valley through Horton-In-Ribblesdale to Ribblehead viaduct, where they turn left to complete the triangle back to Ingleton for a (nearly) 27 mile circuit, with a total ascent of around 600 metres.

My start time of 11:31 was the second last of over 90 listed. Driving north through heavy rain seriously dampened my enthusiasm, so it was with some relief to arrive in Ingleton without the forecasted rainfall. Unfortunately, the roads were wet and there seemed to be a significant south-easterly wind.

After warming up on the rollers, I headed off to the start to find that my minute man (course record holder James Gullen) had DNS’d, not that there was any chance of me getting anywhere near him on the road!

The circuit starts uphill on Old Road and climbs for the first 1½ miles. With a climb at the start, it is very easy to start too hard, which is exactly what I did, even though my every intention was hold back a little for the first part of the race! I think it was exacerbated by the headwind encountered right from the off.

Descending towards Clapham through all the farmyard muck on the roads, I was glad to get onto the A65 and increase the pace whilst avoiding the detritus. Turning off the main road to Buck Haw Brow and my pace quickly dropped, I found the climb a struggle – I reckon I was over-geared having a bottom gear of 44 x 25.

I caught my two minute man just after the turn before Settle. Anticipating a favourable wind, I was hoping to make up some time over this next leg of the course. Unfortunately, the hoped-for tailwind failed to materialise.

The road to Ribblehead viaduct is a long slog with numerous false summits followed by short fast descents. It’s not conducive to maintaining a steady rhythm and I reckon I used nearly all my gears, which is unusual for a time trial.

As I approached Ribblehead, I could see riders in front of me, this spurred me on and broke me out of my trancelike state.

Turning left onto Hawes road, I knew I only had to get over the climb past the Station Inn and then I would have a mainly downhill run in to the finish.

I covered these last 5 miles in a shade under 10 minutes, to finish with a time of 1:12:30 for 16th place.

Initially, I was disappointed with my time as I clocked a quicker time for the event in 2017, riding a road bike with tri-bars. However, on reflection, I think the conditions weren’t as quick this year and I was slightly over-geared (and a note to self – don’t do an interval session the night before a TT, my powers of recovery aren’t what they once were!).

The promoting club’s Richard Bideau won the event, the former BBAR clocking an impressive 1:03:13. Fastest female rider was Karen Poole of Sportstest RT, with a 1:21:13.

A big thanks to Pendle Forest CC for putting on a well-marshalled and well supported event.

Dan

Full results here

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Dan in slightly more relaxed mode the week before on the Sunday social ride, just before we headed home over Blackstonedge on snow-covered roads

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 March 12, 2018  Posted by at 11:12 pm TT 1 Response »
Mar 092018
 

Mandy Bishop winning the 1982 UCI World Road Race Championship on the Goodwood Circuit

Cycling is a fantastic and enjoyable sport, and Centreville are keen to welcome and support new women members of any experience. So to celebrate International Women’s Day (8th March) Geoff Read had an unofficial chat to some of Centreville’s strong and experienced cyclists who happen to be female. Please note the views expressed are of course personal, about cycling in general and do not necessarily reflect the views of the club or it’s members.

While they usually let their legs do the talking, 1982 World Road Race Champion Mandy Bishop, strong time-trialling newbie Charlotte Boothman (previously Gorman), and long-time racer and club ride stalwart Pauline Cooper should have a thing or two to say on what they love about cycling, what hacks them off, and how can a club encourage, support and keep women cyclists? Their thoughts are reflections on some of the debates in cycling and society in general at the moment which inevitably touch on problematic issues, but they are keen to emphasise their love of cycling; and that the vast majority of cyclists inside and outside Centreville are supportive and welcoming.

Mandy setting another record in winning the national 3000 metre pursuit title riding for West Pennine.

Mandy Bishop

I asked Mandy what will help get women into a cycling club and what might put them off? “I joined because my family were in it, so I was dragged into it kicking and screaming whether I liked it or not: ‘You’re coming, because we’re not leaving you at home on your own.'” Mandy thinks that for some women it’s perhaps the initial step that’s hard, just getting  on a bike, and that just having a 10 mile easy ride for women with a social café stop would help to get  them into it. “The first time they go out they don’t want to turn up to find a bunch of blokes in Lycra, and there might not be a woman there, it can be off-putting. They might think ‘Oh I might not keep up with them.’ It’s like anything going into a new group, it’s very intimidating, no matter what sport it is.’

Time is also an issue, for example Mandy herself finds it hard to make time for cycling now. “Women have got families, they’ve got husbands, they’ve got things that they are used to doing on a Saturday and a Sunday, like housework, shopping and all that, that they have to fit cycling in somehow. An hour and a half, a couple of hours, they can probably manage. For women especially a café on the way home is good, so you can just sit and be sociable. Then you can say to women new to cycling, ‘Look, you are ready to ride a bike, you’re ready to go on a club run – I’ll be there, come out.'”

Mandy Bishop flying in GB strip. She was national champion at 25 and 50 miles and set a new world record on the track for 5000 metres

Mandy suggests that the issues are the same for new members of any gender. “The thing that puts you off, and it doesn’t matter if it’s a woman or bloke, is, are they welcoming? If you turn up and someone actually says to you, ‘Oh good morning, have you come to join us?’ Not just looking at you, and you’re thinking ‘Oh god, what am I doing here?’ Not just one person, you need the whole group, if someone new turns up, they smile and say ‘Hiya,’ and it doesn’t matter if it’s cycling or anything else, it’s that initial meeting. You’re going to come back if you feel welcome.”

The vast majority of cyclists are friendly, but I’d have to admit as a man, you do come across the odd bloke out on the roads, even with our current awareness and the Me Too movement, who uses playground humour that can be very sexualised. “I find it abhorrant,” says Mandy, ” And because of the person I am, I tell them. If I was out in a group and someone said something, I would straight out say, ‘You are out of order, it is completely inappropriate.’…..But I’d have to say, thankfully the odd one is an anomaly in cycling as far as I’m concerned. Maybe because of what I’ve done, I get a different reception. But I’ve never felt with Andy and you lot [the Centreville social ride] that you haven’t wanted me to be there.” As if! Proud as punch more like.

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Mandy giving her all again the rainbow stripes

I for one don’t want to ride just with blokes all the time: boring with a capital yawn. But it’s partly up to us as men, so what can chaps do to make club cycling a better experience for women?  “Be friendly, be polite, treat women with respect. Treat them with respect for the fact that they are brave enough to go and say ‘I’d like to join your cycling club. Can I come out on the bike with you?’ You just want to be treated with respect.” In any club people can occasionally get carried away and leave riders behind, something that Mandy’s dad, the late Bary Jones who was instrumental in Centreville’s success thought was a definite no-no. If that happened Mandy said, “My dad will be turning in his grave – well in his saddlebag. My dad’s buried under Ernie’s bench – in his saddlebag. He’s got a bottle of wine, a puncture repair outfit, a pump and some photos. Under the bench. “Put me with Ernie he said.”

“I said show some respect!” Don’t mess with a world champion

Having seen cycling from all sides over many years as a racer and now as a recreational cyclist, would you recommend that women try cycling? “I’d say to any woman thinking of taking up cycling it’s really good for you health-wise, mentally too, it’s fantastic for your brain, being out in the fresh air, cycling. It’s not hard on your joints like running, it’s really sociable as you can ride next to someone and talk, it’s much easier on your body compared to pounding the pavements. My mum is 78 and she is still riding a bike, and she’s been riding a bike since she was 15 years old.”

Charlotte Boothman

Charlotte has joined Centreville recently after a very strong first season of time trialling and hill climbing last year, including a sub-hour 25 on the West Pennine/VTTA 25 on the A56 near Pendle, knocking an impressive 1 minute 43 off the record for the Eva Benson trophy, making her the first woman under the hour in that illustrious competition which has been a who’s who of  for 70 years. She also rode 22.13 for 10 at Hull on a road frame with clip-on bars and aims to go under 22 minutes this year. She has entered the Tour of Cambridge closed-road TT to try and qualify for the UCI Worlds.

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Charlotte Boothman getting down to business in her first full racing season in 2017

I asked Charlotte how she got into cycling. “I started off cycling to work and back, then around Middlesborough and the North Yorkshire Moors, then moved here. Someone said I should give racing a go, and I did a couple of hill climbs and a couple of tests, then last year was my first full season doing time trials and hill climbs. I enjoyed it.” I should think so too with results like that straight off the bat – an inspiration to anyone to find out what their hidden potential might be on the bike.

What Charlotte is looking for in a club is that they are “Friendly, approachable, to be able to ask for assistance if you need it, and to gain a lot of knowledge from a club,” and she joined Centreville because the male members she came across at time trials were very friendly, especially Steve, Jon and Paul. She isn’t personally too concerned about what people say. “I’ve heard stories of sexist comments and stuff, but they happen everywhere don’t they? That doesn’t really bother me, I was brought up in an environment that was like that, being army and RAF based, but a lot of women might find that a bit of a put-off. It’s one of those things that happens isn’t it? Women can be just as bad, but I’m pretty open-minded with that sort of stuff.”

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Charlotte road racing for Lusso in 2017

She emphasised the importance of helping new members, men or women, to learn the ropes in group riding  “What would put me off is people getting stressed out and shouting at new people who are trying to ride in a group, but don’t really know what to do – that might be annoying, instead of teaching the person how to ride in a group just getting irritated by them. In can be nerve-wracking when you are turning up to a new situation, you don’t really know how people are, and especially if you haven’t ridden with a group, there’s a lot of group etiquette isn’t there?” At Centreville we are happy to help people learn this fascinating skill – there is nothing like belting along the road in a group wearing the green, blue and white!

Charlotte’s experience of racing has been interesting and perhaps unexpected. “In time-trialling people can be quite stand-offish at first, until they get to know you, but once they get to know you they are quite chatty…. but, in road racing, women especially can be stand-offish, especially if you haven’t been brought up through the system and you just appear out of nowhere, they are trying to figure you out, whereas men’s road-racing is a bit more friendly than women’s. A few of the women are fine, but when you are a newbie, you are sort of put off.” However she does understand where this wariness comes from: “I suppose when you are in the moment it’s different isn’t it? That competitive side comes out. Time trialling I find a much more relaxed atmosphere, that’s why I enjoy it, and you are pushing yourself to your limit, whereas road racing, it’s quite a daunting environment.” Of course racing with Centreville, whether in tests or road races, you are not alone, that’s another advantage of clubs. Good crack is built in, along with pre-race excuses and post-race autopsies and refreshments. And most of all that satisfying roar when a Centreville rider is called up at the prize-giving!

Charlotte winning a 2017 hill climb on Blackstonedge

I wondered if she thought there were any barriers specific to women in cycling. “When I first started cycling I didn’t want to wear Lycra, I was a bit self-concious, I think women are a bit more self-conscious about what they are wearing, but once you get through that you are fine,” something MAMLs can definitley identify with – I try to avoid standing sideways on to any camera! Also as with most of us Charlotte has had issues with vehicles. “Sometimes you get abuse from drivers, I’ve had a lot of abuse from drivers – more from drivers pulling out, and because you’ve said “What are you doing?” they’ve literally stopped the car in front of me, got out, and went to hit me, once. Road rage can put you off quite a bit. It’s lack of education with driving I think.” Again, you are perhaps less vulnerable riding with a club.

She agreed with Mandy about busy lives being a problem. “It’s getting the time, when you’ve got kids and stuff it’s hard to get out with clubs I think, and some women tend to think they are not fast enough when it is a male environment, it can be quiet daunting. But once you’ve joined the club and gone to the first club session you don’t feel as bad. I know one club started a separate female group, but the problem with that is you are segregating yourself, really – instead of joining the men’s and maybe having a slower ride once a month with women in it if they want to go slightly slower.” Here at Centreville we have club rides at varying speeds, from the social ride to full on race training, so we can help riders find the right group and gradually get stronger – and women are welcome in any of them.

Charlotte is currently coming back  from a crash injury after an encounter with an elderly motorist. We wish her a speedy return to form and look forward to riding with her through the next season and beyond.

Pauline Cooper

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Pauline digging in in Diggle on a hill climb

Sadly Pauline was unable to talk in the end, so we will catch her later. Suffice it to say that she is a great example of a woman cyclist, being a stalwart of the club runs, a strong hill tester, and a qualified cycling trainer who has introduced lots of people to cycling and road safety. Get well soon Pauline!

And the future of women cyclists at Centreville Cycling Club?

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Hannah winning the Junior Girl prize at the Beard Cup Hill Climb

I’m glad I asked, I’ve learned a lot about how any cycling club can respond to a changing world and support and welcome women cyclists; what the barriers and rewards of riding and racing are for women riders; and most importantly what we all have in common – a love of riding our bikes in good company. Onwards and upwards brothers and sisters! I don’t know about you but I’m hoping to be like Mandy’s mum one day….

Geoff

Women cyclists are very welcome to come and ride with Centreville, please get in touch

For more about Mandy:

Cycling Weekely 

 Legend’s of TT

Wikipedia

Obviously all cycling websites are relevant to women, but here are are a few specific ones:

Legends of TT: women

100 important women in cycling, Cycling UK

Jeanie Welford, the CTC’s first member, 1880

Barriers to women in cycling:

Reasons women don’t cycle in The Telegraph

Reason’s women don’t cycle, BBC

Sites for women cyclists:

British Cycling

Total Women Cycling site

Sustrans

Bicycling site – US based

Feb 042018
 

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?” John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley

Winter ride with Centreville Cycling Club South Pennines

Pauline well wrapped up near Bridestones and looking forward to the caff

There’s no doubt that there are better seasons than winter for cycling: the optimistic emerald brilliance of spring (remember, there were at least three days like that last year I’m almost sure); the long summer days when you can reap the full benefit of your training (or plumb the depths of it’s absence); and the scented crepuscular richness of autumn’s golden days (which are best enjoyed chucking up your intestines on the finish line of a hill climb), to name but three.

Still, when your luck’s in there is a particular pleasure in dodging the bad days, and today’s Centreville social ride was one such lucky day, snuck in under the wire before a week of nasty temperatures and pricipitation. Apart from a flurry of snow on the way out through Cliviger we dodged the ice, sleet and snow that has made cycling over the last month a hit-and-miss affair. There was no ice on the major but scenic roads we chose, and only the first third had a headwind. Both the Long Causeway and Cragg Vale had a gentle tailwind, and how often does that happen? Panoramic views with snow against grey skies and shy shafts of sunlight ensued.

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Adam Nettleton, Gary Lake and Nigel Bishop enjoying winter’s special pleasures

It’s good to see Gary Lake out with us able to ride on the hills again as he gradually recuperates from back trouble, although perhaps there is a fixed amount of back pain apportioned to each UK cycling club, as it seemed to have transferred by osmosis to Pauline. Gary is Centreville’s secret scholar. Ask him one year and he is studying early renaissance art, whereas today in the café he was reluctantly admitting to photography and an evening course in film production.  His mum told him learning is for life, and he has taken her at her word. You can tell Gary is getting better, as when a lone cyclist overtook us on Cragg, he requested special dspensation to go after him. It didn’t take him long to catch and drop him. As Gary said, “It’s Centreville. Doesn’t he know who we are?” Not very social Gary, but fun and club dignity was upheld. Adam turned left on Blackstonedge to double the distance and climb by adding the lanes to Slaithwaite on his way home to Hyde.

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Dan’s ‘white’ sleeve after last week’s reliability ride, the result of sitting on Ben’s flapless wheel on a wet day lead to some humorous exchanges on Whatsapp

*Winter rant’s a comin’ in….

Delights of a different kind were experienced at Centreville’s reliability ride no.2 to Gisburn last week, enjoyed with rain and sleet all the way for the satisfaction of getting round a decent ride in testing conditions at a brisk pace. Another pleasure of winter cycling was also in evidence: getting sprayed with road gunk by….dare I say it? Ok I’m gonna: Numpty-Dumbties without mudguards, or even those who have mudguards but not a long enough flap at the back. What’s that about? Not naming any names, (except for Ben in the caption of course, sorry Ben) you know who you are! We even have bespoke club flaps, available from Dan, though I favour a cut down running shoe insole myself.

“But I want to ride my good bike,” I hear you say, “I wear sunglasses to protect my eyes”, “black doesn’t show the dirt, what’s the problem?” All well and good on your own, says I, but when riding in a club group it is only polite not to sneeze, spit, or spray on your mates. I mean, black road slime is bad enough, but when you go past farm-yards the product of cattle’s digestive tract is mixed in. Mmmm yummy, I can see the hit show now: “The Great British Crap Off”

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Jack favoured this product…others are available….

The club Whatsapp thread was funny, reading like an audition for the show, with blokes who had recently implied they had nothing to do with the housework or washing machines coming out in fine style, exchanging tips on stain removal. Excellent.

Let’s face it, grown up cyclists secure enough not to need to look like they are at the Tour at all times use mudguards in the winter. Mudguards and flaps have been good enough  for generations of seasoned pros. Train heavy, race light, or to paraphrase John Steinbeck: “What good is the uncluttered, rattle-free lightness of the stripped-down summer bike, without the mudguard faffing of the heavier group-friendly winter bike to give it sweetness?” from The Gripes of Wrath

Geoff
*a personal view

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Dan’s jersey looking shiny after treatment – no harm, no foul

Why not ride with Centreville? All levels and genders welcome, get in touch to find a ride that suits you

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Centreville Reliability Ride 1: 7th January 2018

An excellent turnout of massed Centreville members racked up outside Rochdale Town Hall for an early blast, and as it turned out an icy one too, the first victim being Nick, our esteemed club secretary who was bruised and battered from the get-go, having fallen off  even before the start, at the end of his preliminary ride from Manchester, on the last corner into the Esplanade. Unlucky, but plucky: undeterred he welcomed all well-wrapped members of what would be a substantial peleton. It was good to see the various groups within the club coming together.

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Centreville is thriving again, as this great turn-out for a lumpy ride on a cold day attests

Pauline and Mark on his tandem took the headwind on the first leg to Walsden, and with the group in pairs across 150m it looked at first as if Pauline was doing some weird tandem-based back-stretching with her arms to the skies. But no, she was taking these evocative shots as people chatted along. It’s hard on the back of a tandem though, the foot rests keep spinning round.

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Ex-international Neil Swithenbank with welcome guest from East Lancs RC Mathew Jackson. Behind them are son and father pairing Ben and Ken Whitehead

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Tony Atkinson well wrapped up. The low sun would make seeing clearly quite tricky on the way back

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Approaching Walsden behind a wall of Centreville jerseys

As soon as we hit the climb from Hebden Bridge over to Oxenhope the group naturally stretched and split, with the fittest at the front already in training for the racing season ahead pressing on, another group in the middle, and the social riders at the back with a few people with seasonal lurgies. Dan put his head in the wind from Pecket Well to the top of Cock Hill – and felt his effort on the following climbs – pulling away a group including Rick Clough, Paul Whatmough and his mate Mel, Ben Whitehead, Brad Ashworth, Matt Jackson, and Neil Swithenbank.

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Andy Bolton at the top of Cock Hill, beautifully clear so far….

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Owen trying to suss out his mechanical on Cock Hill

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Owen looking remarkably chipper while he waits for a lift home, considering his Di2 had packed in the day before and his brand new Mavic wheels developed a cracked hub.

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Looks like a spoke pulled off a section of the hub – could have had nasty results, glad you kept safe Owen

Andy and I came across Owen walking back in the opposite direction. He seemed fine wheeling his S-works bike along, and I’m sure he appreciated my sensitively helpful tip that cheaper stuff like Sora gears work really well and tend not to break. All heart, eh? At Oxenhope Pauline and Mark were also turning round, as Mark was taking what turned out to be the very sensible decision not to risk his expensive tandem on the ice, with even fewer square millimetres of rubber per person touching the tarmac.

Through Stanbury and onto the climb the frost and ice were more in evidence, and after scar top the road was pretty icy. Nick, Tristan and Jack had waited for me and Andy, but Nick, after climbing nippily was rewarded with his second fall, and sensibly opted to walk anything at all frosty or icy. And quite a lot was.

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Lancashire Moor Road was we frosted, but if you could raise your eyes the views were fantastic

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Riders in the middle group gingerly feeling their way along – it was a memorable crossing

Several more people came down,  and many walked the twisty descent towards Laneshaw Bridge. The front group turned left towards Trawden, but after the first rise the road was so icy it was not safe to continue, and they regrouped back at the junction as other groups came up. The main roads through Colne, Nelson and Burnley were no substitute for the wild beauties of Widdop, but while they were a wasteland in the café department, they had the advantage of not rendering you too bashed up for work the next day, or ruining your season with a more serious crash.

Some peeled off over Dunnockshaw, while at the sharp end Rick Clough had some fun pressing on the gas on the drag up to the top of Cliviger, with Dan and Matt Jackson bridging back by the top. The Bear in Todmorden finally furnished much needed hot drinks, and kindly opened their top floor to accommodate the green, white and blue rabble.

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Kris keeping his hands warm outside the Bear (now The Old Co-op) in Todmorden

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Dan and Jon kit back up for the last kilometers via Rochdale to Heywood and Manchester respectively

The rear group had meanwhile made the same decision independently, with Nick peeling off to find Tristan who was ensconced in a café in Trawden, with me, Jack and Andy getting way too cold to hang around longer – Jack was recovering from a bug and was having difficulty feeling his gear changes and even his drinks bottle, and I was well into bonk territory by the time I got home for an emergency sandwich. At least we fulfilled the brief  of not having a café stop. Ah, the joys of cycling. It was a tad chilly though.

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Steve Whittington managed to get this candid snap of Jon enjoying his ride.

Abortive though the day proved to be, there was a lot to celebrate – a good ride with a couple of decent climbs, a sensible choice to change the route with no serious harm done; and most of all a great chance to ride with friends old and new in a satisfyingly big group. Allez Centreville 2018!

Geoff

Many thanks to Capn’ Nick for putting the ride together, hope your bruises heal soon…your early bid for the coveted Crasher Trophy has been duly noted.

Hope or  to see you out with us soon, see here for what’s going on

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Centreville is cooking up a nice winter warmer of a cycling stew for 2018, with something for everyone, whatever your riding tastes. Here’s a flavour, why not come and join us – but please always contact us through the website to make sure a particular ride is on that day if it’s your first time out with us:

Reliability rides

In addition to our regular rides, we will be doing three reliability style club rides increasing in distance, starting next Sunday 7th Jan with 55 miles from Rochdale Town Hall at 9am round Widdop; with 60 mile and 90 mile rides to be arranged in January/February around the weather. There will be a target time, but hey ho, it’s a ride, it’s winter, let’s enjoy it and get round eh, no harm no foul. Maybe a steady group and a faster one?

Regular rides

Most 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 Whitehead first, usually arranged through Whatsapp group – other nights by arrangement.

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It’ll all be worth it come the spring. Note the nifty club mudflaps – you’ll be needing one of those from Dan

Ad-hoc brisk long rides at weekends, 100 miles, often without a stop, base miles for the 2018 racing season, often from Heywood. Contact Steve Whittington, Ben Whitehead, or Dan Shackleton, usually arranged through Whatsapp group.

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Steve Whittington making good use of his base miles riding in GB strip at the World Gran Fondo championship

Saturdays

2 regular options:

8.30 start from Rochdale Town Hall or Todmorden depending on route, around 60 miles with a café stop, 15-25mph, all welcome, no-one left behind: contact Owen Malkin

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We have some fantastic roads at our disposal, like this one from Downham up Pendle – come and ride them with us

10am start from the Wheatsheaf, Littleborough, a long-standing club ride, 30-40 miles with a café stop, brisk pace on hilly rides, no prisoners taken: contact Dave Grogan or Rick Clough

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Saturday 10am group: fit vet 60 Dave Grogan 3rd from Left, and multiple race-winner Rick Clough, far right, run this ride.

Sundays

2 regular options:

9am Sundays from the Wheatsheaf Littleborough: Club social ride, no-one left behind, steady pace, good crack, but testing beautiful routes on hilly minor roads, start, 3 hours plus a café, usually back by 1-ish. Wheel-shaped enjoyment like wot it is meant to be! Contact Geoff Read

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Another great route on the Sunday social rides, this time heading for Cross Stones above Todmorden

9.30am Sundays: Brisk training ride, around three hours with a café stop, the main criterior being Dave must, I repeat must be able to get a bacon buttie: contact Dave Grogan

Wednesdays 10am from the Wheatsheaf, Littleborough Brisk training ride, as above, contact Dave Grogan

Audaxes and sportives

Any self-respecting cyclist will of course be looking to ride Centreville’s beautifully hard Goose Eye Grimpeur Sportive 2018 date tbc. In the mean time we will be entering some of the early Cheshire Audaxes into the spring to get the miles in without breaking the spirit. Come and join us:

  • 25th February Mere Century 160km undulating but not hilly down through west Cheshire;
  • Sunday 25th March Chirk from Poynton 200km – pretty flat, good for a mixed ability group,
  • Saturday 7th April, you can join Nigel on the hilly 300km Yr Elenydd, a fantastic route but only for the very hardy! So alternatively there is:
  • Sunday 8th April from Mytholmroyd a hilly but manageable 115km: Spring into The Dales (entry on the day ok, but bring a completed form)
  • Sunday 20th May the classic and tough Etape du Dales sportive, organised by Centreville’s own Nigel Bishop for the Dave Raynor Fund, which supports young racing cyclists. Enter and ride, and if not please volunteer to help (a good day out for a good cause) – get in touch through the event website.
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Centreville at an information control on the Cheshire Safari 100 mile Audax in November 2017. Still none the wiser…

Trips away

Majorca training. Several groups from Centreville are heading to Porta Plença in Majorca for the classic pre-season mile-fest and jollities, mainly around the 2nd and 3rd weeks of April. If you are interested you can either arrange your own accommodation and meet to ride, or you can join a group going for 5 days 12th-17th April for £550 including breakfast, evening meal and bike transfer; they will ride at the speed of whoever comes, all welcome: contact Owen Malkin.

Majorca road

Now if that was in the South Pennines, it woud just go straight up the hill….

YHA trips. To be confirmed, but there will be several two-day trips staying at youth hostels this year. To express an interest, contact us.

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Centreville ruining a perfectly good view of Ironbridge in Shrophire on the Wilderhope YHA weekend 2017. No Nick, we are not doing one of those calendars, you can stop draping….

Looking ahead to the 2018 season

You can come and test your metal on the full range of events  with Centreville this year. Dan will be building on his very strong TT season last year, and will be joined by Ben in the Spoco TT series, with Paul Basson another strong TT rider who also road races.

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Dan flying, and he is in danger of going faster this year

Kris Jon and Ben will be doing the Eddie Soens road race in March, with more to follow, and Steve will be tearing it up on the road and pushing for age group selection.  Our road racers have some some very big boots to fill historically, but most recently with Louis Szymanski who really stepped up last year, winning several road races in front of elite riders and gaining first cat status. We wish him well for 2018 as he moves onwards and upwards.

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Pauline Cooper attacking a hill climb in style

Members will also be training and racing at the velodrome, and the end of the year will be topped off with the hill climb season, and there are whispers of mountain bike rides. Centreville welcomes riders of all ages and genders and we welcomed a pleasing number of new members in 2017. New women members are especially welcome to carry on the racing tradition of Mandy, our World Road Race Champion, or just to enjoy riding. Should be a great year, hope to see you!

Geoff

PS, don’t forget your lights:

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