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Upcoming Events

8:00 am Ben Gautrey – Event
Ben Gautrey – Event
Sep 22 @ 8:00 am
Sunday September 22nd (TBC) Ben Gautrey Flattish ride. About 50 miles.
8:30 am World Road Race Championships – ...
World Road Race Championships – ...
Sep 29 @ 8:30 am
Sunday September 29th Buttertubs – Men’s World Road Racing Championship Drive to Ingleton. Ride out to the course. Watch the race. Ride back.
9:00 am Women Only Ride @ Club Room
Women Only Ride @ Club Room
Oct 6 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
A ride exclusively for ladies and a great chance for beginners to try out riding in a group. More details nearer the date. Start time from the Club room at 9.30. am. and back by[...]
11:00 am SCC (MEMBERS ONLY) Hill Climb Ch... @ Prince William pub, Dalton, Wigan
SCC (MEMBERS ONLY) Hill Climb Ch... @ Prince William pub, Dalton, Wigan
Oct 6 @ 11:00 am
SCC Members Club only Hill Climb Championship. The Mersey Wheelers Ashurst open hill climb championship is the week after.  
9:30 am The Downhill / Freewheeling comp...
The Downhill / Freewheeling comp...
Oct 27 @ 9:30 am
Just a reminder, the Downhill / Freewheeling contest for the highly coveted Shield takes place this Sunday 27th October at Bleasedale. Leaving the Plough at around 9.15 am / Blackgate Lane 9.30am. Choice of cafes[...]
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm
This time of year again for the Annual Dinner. Saturday 2nd November from 19:00 Tickets on sale via the Club house and from website shortly. Hope to see everyone there!!
9:00 am Eureka – Club Ride
Eureka – Club Ride
Nov 17 @ 9:00 am
Sunday November 17th Eureka Cafe Flat ride. About 75 miles.
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 Up and down the Coast Road (Weld Road  to Pontins and back). Prizes for the best decorated bike and rider.

Boxing Day Time Trial

Boxing Day TT

Recovery after the effort

Winter Miles mean Summer Smiles

It’s been a long tradition with cyclists that once the weather turns and the days shorten the real hard work starts. Looking out of the window on a cold and windy winters morning and deciding to head off for any ride rather than stay in bed can make the difference later on in the season. We have already enjoyed the long ride on the shortest day, just three riders to Rivington (no gold, frankincense or myrrh), the Christmas Eve café run and the icing on the cake, the Boxing Day Time Trial.
Time Trials pit the rider against the clock, it is not a traditional race rather more a labour of mind and body often with an inner voice telling you to get off the bike and go home for a cup of tea. This year the weather was kind, the temperature albeit low wasn’t freezing and the wind and rain far to the east so it should have been a well-attended event, however there were a total of ten competitors and only nine bikes.

Controversy started immediately when 3 riders turned out in full aero kit, including skin suits. This gave rise to plenty of comments from the other competitors and ultimately a post-race disqualification by Allan Stark, the official for the day. The other riders armed with standard road bikes and one tandem (novelty leggings from Dave Cockram) numbered only seven so the TT’ers were allowed to race just to bring up the numbers, after all we are an inclusive club.
In order of the push off, Chris “chopper” Stone (TT), Ray “the brickie” Lyons, Neil (the elder) Robinson, Graham Norton (TT), Jim “The hill climb” Henderson. Ian “Santa hat” Bailey (TT), Josh (and Dad) Reid, Allan “the chairman” Taylor and Dave and Liz “Daisy Daisy…” Cockram on the Tandem.
The route from Weld Road down the coast road to Pontins and then back to Weld Road was mostly dry and with few cars on the road, the whole event was without incident and nor did we lose anyone en-route. The distance, a little over 5 miles, can be tricky to gauge the effort required as it sits somewhere between sprint and endurance, I am sure all had a little left in the tank by the end.

The results, including adjustments for trying too hard and turning out in full TT kit were as follows:
Jim Henderson, riding a fixed gear bike, 1st place: 14 minutes 12 seconds, Neil Robinson, standard road bike 2nd place 15 minutes 29 seconds and Dave and Liz Cockram, tandem 3rd place 15 minutes 52 seconds.
Josh took the quickest junior time in 18 minutes 10 seconds. As for the skin suit’ d, funny shaped helmet headed TT riders, Graham Norton 12:57, Chris Stone 13:55 and Ian Bailey 14:14.
As always any event cannot run without the willing and selfless help from other club members, Alan Stark ran the proceedings with road side marshalling by Mike and Gill, pushing off by Eddie and timings by Dave. Thanks guys.

See Images here for more pictures

Neil Robinson

Official Result

Southport CC Boxing Day TT
No. Rider Name Time Position Age Notes
1 Chris Stone 14:55 2 46  TT kit
2 Ray Lyons 17:47 8 47
3 Neil Robinson 15:29 5 42
4 Graham Moreton 12:57 1 21  TT kit
5 Jim Henderson 14:12 3 41  Fixie
6 Ian Bailey 14:14 4 49  TT kit
7 Josh Wazner-Reid 18:10 9 13  Junior
8 Allan Taylor 16:15 7 65
9 Liz and Dave Cockram 15:52 6 Witheld Ladies privilege, cakes by Dave
Timekeepers Alan Stark, Dave Ritchie
Pusher Off Eddie O’Brien
Marshalls Mike Lloyd, Gill Taylor (and dog)
Coffee Ken Beck and Assistant

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