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Upcoming Events

Aug
22
Wed
5:15 pm Litherland Circuit League @ Litherland Circuit
Litherland Circuit League @ Litherland Circuit
Aug 22 @ 5:15 pm
The league runs from 11 April to 22 August SCC are affiliated to Litherland Circuit League and carry out admin duties on 5 evenings.  Racing is for all age groups. If you can help please[...]
Aug
23
Thu
6:45 pm Club 10 Mile TT Series @ Sign On Location
Club 10 Mile TT Series @ Sign On Location
Aug 23 @ 6:45 pm
Signing on from 6.00 pm. Details of the course and risk assessment etc can be found here
Aug
30
Thu
6:45 pm Club 10 Mile TT Series @ Sign On Location
Club 10 Mile TT Series @ Sign On Location
Aug 30 @ 6:45 pm
Signing on from 6.00 pm. Details of the course and risk assessment etc can be found here
Sep
3
Mon
8:00 pm Informal Forum hosted by the Pre... @ Club Room
Informal Forum hosted by the Pre... @ Club Room
Sep 3 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
An informal forum to hear the news, whats on next month, what happened last month and to have your say about any cycling/ club related issues. Come along and join in.
Sep
23
Sun
8:00 am NLTTA Combined Clubs 25 @ Bilsborrow Village Hall
NLTTA Combined Clubs 25 @ Bilsborrow Village Hall
Sep 23 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Course L 2528 – A6 Nateby, St Michaels All club members wishing to take part must send full details ( Name, address, emergency contact, and Age category)  with correct entry fee to Alan Stark , TT[...]
Oct
1
Mon
8:00 pm Informal Forum hosted by the Pre... @ Club Room
Informal Forum hosted by the Pre... @ Club Room
Oct 1 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
An informal forum to hear the news, whats on next month, what happened last month and to have your say about any cycling/ club related issues. Come along and join in.
Oct
7
Sun
11:00 am Inter Club Hill Climb Challenge
Inter Club Hill Climb Challenge
Oct 7 @ 11:00 am
The annual Inter Club Hill Climb Challenge takes part once again on Ashurst Beacon. Start time 11:00 AM
Nov
5
Mon
8:00 pm Informal Forum hosted by the Pre... @ Club Room
Informal Forum hosted by the Pre... @ Club Room
Nov 5 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
An informal forum to hear the news, whats on next month, what happened last month and to have your say about any cycling/ club related issues. Come along and join in.
Dec
3
Mon
8:00 pm Informal Forum hosted by the Pre... @ Club Room
Informal Forum hosted by the Pre... @ Club Room
Dec 3 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
An informal forum to hear the news, whats on next month, what happened last month and to have your say about any cycling/ club related issues. Come along and join in.
Dec
26
Wed
9:30 am Boxing Day Time Trial
Boxing Day Time Trial
Dec 26 @ 9:30 am
Boxing Day Time Trial, 9:30 start time. Meet at the Club Room from 9.00.am. Up and down the Coast Road (Weld Road  to Pontins and back). Prizes for the best decorated bike and rider.

A day out in the Lancashire Lanes

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The group gather their strength at the top of Belmont Hill Click to view full size

Not All Sportives Are Made Equal
The Lancashire Lanes ride has been a firm resident on many North West riders calendars for some years. Its humble beginnings from village hall car parks is now a past memory however the challenge of the route is a constant.

Previous years have seen a large contingent of Southport riders take part, although the size of the group was a little diminished this year the Yellow and Blue was still resplendent in the early morning sun. Most of the group set off from Ainsdale and cycled to the Kirkby start line with the remainder opting for motorised transport.

Having signed on we grouped near the start (where’s Mike?) and waited for the whistle to set us off, Mike Lloyd, Pete Scott, Chris Stone, Geoff Caton, Dave Walsh, Rosie Walsh (guesting), Ray Lyons, Steve Crossen and Neil Robinson. For more picture see Gallery here

Once underway the course took some interesting turns and had clearly been tweaked to avoid as many main roads as possible however the usual climbs had been retained. This year there was plenty of signage and the Southport group only had to improvise once to get back on track keenly followed by some bewildered unattached riders. There seemed to be a good spread of riders over the route from the beginning however it started to bunch up at Ashhurst and then Appley Bridge and Red Rock climbs with groups of 40 to 50 riders lined out on the road. Once Rivington and Belmont were in sight the chatting soon stopped and the hard work kicked in, the group final agreeing to a “top of Belmont” rendezvous. Once all met, including a surprise appearance by Kevin Chicken usual pictures taken and then a fast decent to Belmont village and the knowledge that the worse is over including a 3 mile, 40 mph downhill section into Abbey village.

Brindle village hall hosted the feed stop, a time to gather thoughts and breath, catch up with friendly faces and recharge before the push for home.
There is never more of an opportune time to describe the phenomenon of “Café Legs” the dull feeling after a stop when your legs just don’t want to get started again and protest at the slightest of inclines. Within 100 metres of the stop the road rises up sharply to remind all the riders that it isn’t all downhill from here!

The weather had been quite dull however the occasional burst of sunshine had warmed our backs and the afternoon became a good mix of spring sun and tail-wind which kept the groups spirits up. The signage seemed to run out near Eccleston with the Marshals scratching their heads we pushed on and used some local knowledge to get back on track. Finally as we got to Scarth Hill the group split with some heading back to Kirkby for cars and others heading home to Southport on a more direct route.

Another grand day out, no mechanicals, plenty of miles and loads of smiles.

Text from Neil Robinson, Pictures Mike Lloyd

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