Check out the calendar page for upcoming races, events and rides that Centreville are participating in and join us!
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?
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 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.
The Goose Eye Grimpeur Sportive: August 2018 date tbc
With almost 12,000 feet of climbing in 200km this sportive is a heart pounding ride over the hills of the North West, but all that hard work is rewarded again and again by stunning scenery. Originally devised by Centreville’s Barrie Jones, (father of Ladies World Champion Mandy Jones) to test the mettle of hardened club riders, this event has been resurrected in his memory. This is an extremely difficult ride and requires an excellent level of fitness. It takes in the major climbs in the west Pennine hills and that means some steep and technical descents as well. British Cycling has given this their highest grade for difficulty- 5: Very hard.
The Goose Eye Sportive course has good signage and there are downloadable gps files and route cards provided, but you should be aware of the route and terrain. There are feed stations, a broom wagon and mechanical support. Make sure you have adequate clothing and your equipment is in perfect order. A bottom gear of 39 x 28 minimum is recommended. Please ensure you are self-sufficient on the day in case of a puncture etc. Safety is our priority and so tri-bars are not permitted and approved cycle helmets are compulsory.
Route on Ride with GPS including cue sheet: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18148021
Discussion on the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/488598234813207/?active_tab=discussion
Watch this space for the 2018 date and entry details.
Nigel Bishop, Organiser
For details of Hill Climb TTs and all other time trials go here and use the filters on the left: https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/find-events
For Road races, Sportives, Cyclo-Cross and more: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/home
For audaxes: http://www.aukweb.net/events/
Riding track at the National Cycling Centre, Manchester: http://www.nationalcyclingcentre.com/track/