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Upcoming Events

Jun
30
Thu
6:00 pm Southport CC 15 mile TT
Southport CC 15 mile TT
Jun 30 @ 6:00 pm
Southport CC 15 mile TT Course D33/15 Note: Due to continuing roadworks at new Aldi – Tarleton, this event will be a 15 Mile TT and not a 25 as originally planned Signing on from[...]
Jul
2
Sat
9:30 pm SATURDAY CLUB DRIVE/RIDE – GEOFF...
SATURDAY CLUB DRIVE/RIDE – GEOFF...
Jul 2 @ 9:30 pm
An excursion into Wales Saturday 2nd July 2022 Ride Leader:- Geoff Caton. Meet:- 9.30am, Burton CH64 5QT Approx 51 miles. Its Geoff, so there will be a few lumps and bumps. Two coffee stops, Honey’s[...]
Jul
3
Sun
7:00 am Southport CC Open 15 Mile Time T... @ Course D33/15
Southport CC Open 15 Mile Time T... @ Course D33/15
Jul 3 @ 7:00 am – 10:30 am
Note – This event has been cancelled due to lack of interest  
Jul
7
Thu
6:00 pm Southport CC 10 Mile TT
Southport CC 10 Mile TT
Jul 7 @ 6:00 pm
Southport CC 10 Mile TT Signing on from 18.00 to 19.00. Please bring exact cash £ 5 per rider. Bring your own pen. CHANGE WILL NOT BE GIVEN ALL COMPETITORS MUST HAVE A HELMET –[...]
Jul
14
Thu
6:00 pm Southport CC 10 Mile TT
Southport CC 10 Mile TT
Jul 14 @ 6:00 pm
Southport CC 10 Mile TT Signing on from 18.00 to 19.00. Please bring exact cash £ 5 per rider. Bring your own pen. CHANGE WILL NOT BE GIVEN ALL COMPETITORS MUST HAVE A HELMET –[...]
Jul
16
Sat
all-day SATURDAY CLUB DRIVE/RIDE – YORKS...
SATURDAY CLUB DRIVE/RIDE – YORKS...
Jul 16 all-day
Saturday 16th July 2022 Ride Leader:- Dave Miller Meet:- Details coming soon. Approx 50 miles. A few lumps and bumps. Route:- Coming soon.
Jul
21
Thu
6:00 pm Southport CC 10 Mile TT
Southport CC 10 Mile TT
Jul 21 @ 6:00 pm
Southport CC 10 Mile TT Signing on from 18.00 to 19.00. Please bring exact cash £ 5 per rider. Bring your own pen. CHANGE WILL NOT BE GIVEN ALL COMPETITORS MUST HAVE A HELMET –[...]
Jul
24
Sun
9:00 am SCC CLUB 90th ANNIVERSARY RIDE
SCC CLUB 90th ANNIVERSARY RIDE
Jul 24 @ 9:00 am
Sunday 24th July 2022 Ride Leader:- Greg Callaghan Meet:- The Crown, Birkdale 9am. Approx 40/50 miles. Pan flat all the way. Coffee at Velo Brief visit to Shaftesbury Avenue, where SCC first formed.
Jul
28
Thu
4:19 pm Southport CC 25 mile TT
Southport CC 25 mile TT
Jul 28 @ 4:19 pm
Southport CC 25 mile TT Signing on from 18.00 to 19:00 at  Mere Brow Village Hall. First rider off at 19:01 . Please bring exact cash £ 5 per rider. Bring your own pen. CHANGE[...]
Aug
4
Thu
6:00 pm Southport CC 10 Mile TT
Southport CC 10 Mile TT
Aug 4 @ 6:00 pm
Southport CC 10 Mile TT Signing on from 18.00 to 19.00. Please bring exact cash £ 5 per rider. Bring your own pen. CHANGE WILL NOT BE GIVEN ALL COMPETITORS MUST HAVE A HELMET –[...]

A Tribute to John Parker – 29/03/1958 – 10/08/2018

Southport Cycling Club committee, members and former members were saddened to learn this week about the passing of John Parker. John was a member of the club for many years as a junior and senior member.

John will have been familiar to many of Southport’s residents as the lead bike on many occasions in the Mad Dog 10k!

As a 16 year old, John started racing cyclocross in Merseyside and in 1975 won the Alexandra Palace Junior Cyclocross race in London. His breakthrough as a road racing cyclist was when he finished in an astounding 3rd place as a Junior in the Eddie Soens in 1976.

He developed into an elite rider and from 1977 to 1980 won many important local, national and European races.

John was National Hill Climb champion in 1977, winning in Castleton, Derbyshire; in the same year, he won the Grand Prix de Vaumas in France.

In 1978, he represented Great Britain in the World Road Race Amateurs’ championships in Nurburgring, Germany. John rode the Milk Race in 1978 finishing 18th in the GC and finished 5th in the Girvan Three Day race.

In 1979, John finished 8th in the National Championships for Amateurs at Bradford and won the Trophee Peugeot as an amateur in Cambrai, Northern France.

During this time he also lived and raced in France in the company of such riders as Tour De France stage winners Stephen Roche and Sean Yates.

Both Sean and John travelled together to Paris for the start of the 1981 season. It was Sean’s first time with the club. He remembers, “John joined ACBB the year before me in 1980, I think, because when I went to Paris on the coach from London for the ‘81 season he was also on the coach which was very lucky because when we got to Paris there was nobody there to meet me. He told me it’s a test. It would have been if he had not been there with me because he took me on the Metro to the apartment.”

At this time, John rode for ACBB – Athletic Club de Boulogne-Billancourt – arguably the most influential amateur cycling club in the world. Prior to 1975, ACBB had limited the number of foreign cyclists who could race for them, but following a change in 1975, the set up their ‘Foreign Legion team’, which was composed of international cyclists. The club provided the new riders with bikes, clothes, and accommodation and expenses leaving the rider with the job of training and winning races – ground breaking at the time.

John also raced for Southport CC, Kirkby CC, GS Strada Lutz, Lejeune, US Creteil and Jack Parker Cycles.

In 1980, John rode the Milk race again, finishing 30th and then the Tour of Ireland where he finished 4th but wore the leader’s jersey for a number of days. In 1981, he rode the Tour of Ireland again where he was the GC leader again for one day.

After his racing career, he worked for Falcon and Townsend bikes, and he went on to run a bike shop in Burscough which he had recently relinquished. 

SCC would like to pass on their condolences onto John’s family. Thank you for the memories and for helping to put Southport Cycling Club on the map, John! Johns funeral is on Thursday 30th August at Burscough Cemetery at 4pm.

 

World Amateurs’ Championship 1978, Germany. Copyright: Ray Green
World Amateurs’ Championship 1978, Germany. Copyright: Ray Green

1977 National Hill Championship
1977 National Hill Championship

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