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Upcoming Events

May
30
Thu
7:00 pm Club 25 Mile Time Trial series @ Course D25-5
Club 25 Mile Time Trial series @ Course D25-5
May 30 @ 7:00 pm
Club 25 mile time trial series on course D25-5
Jun
6
Thu
7:00 pm Club 10 Mile Time Trial Series @ New Course D33-10
Club 10 Mile Time Trial Series @ New Course D33-10
Jun 6 @ 7:00 pm
Weekly 10 mile time trial. First event of the season starts at 6.45.pm. All other dates at 7.00.pm
Jun
8
Sat
6:30 pm Open 10 Mile Time Trial – Saturd... @ Course D33/10 - Tarleton - Banks
Open 10 Mile Time Trial – Saturd... @ Course D33/10 - Tarleton - Banks
Jun 8 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Southport CC members will be competing for the Neil Smith and Norman Rimmer trophies for fastest Male and Female rider Southport CC open 10 Flyer 2 Note – Entries close on 28th May. In addition[...]
Jun
9
Sun
9:00 am Women Only Ride @ Club Room
Women Only Ride @ Club Room
Jun 9 @ 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[...]
Jun
13
Thu
7:00 pm Club 10 Mile Time Trial Series @ New Course D33-10
Club 10 Mile Time Trial Series @ New Course D33-10
Jun 13 @ 7:00 pm
Weekly 10 mile time trial. First event of the season starts at 6.45.pm. All other dates at 7.00.pm
Jun
16
Sun
8:30 am Settle – Club Ride
Settle – Club Ride
Jun 16 @ 8:30 am
Sunday June 16th Settle Undulating ride. About 110 miles.
Jun
20
Thu
7:00 pm Club 10 Mile Time Trial Series @ New Course D33-10
Club 10 Mile Time Trial Series @ New Course D33-10
Jun 20 @ 7:00 pm
Weekly 10 mile time trial. First event of the season starts at 6.45.pm. All other dates at 7.00.pm
Jun
27
Thu
7:00 pm Club 25 Mile Time Trial series @ Course D25-5
Club 25 Mile Time Trial series @ Course D25-5
Jun 27 @ 7:00 pm
Club 25 mile time trial series on course D25-5
Jul
4
Thu
7:00 pm Club 10 Mile Time Trial Series @ New Course D33-10
Club 10 Mile Time Trial Series @ New Course D33-10
Jul 4 @ 7:00 pm
Weekly 10 mile time trial. First event of the season starts at 6.45.pm. All other dates at 7.00.pm
Jul
7
Sun
8:30 am Buttertubs – Club Ride
Buttertubs – Club Ride
Jul 7 @ 8:30 am
Sunday July 7th Buttertubs Hilly ride. About 60 miles.

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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