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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&B Group Rides – Sunday 15th February

Ridden by many seen by the few

2015-02-15 11.42.21

Group Shot at the Barn in Scorton

As Pete the A group leader was first in planning a ride through the Trough, it seemed just the ticket for the B group to hang on to their coat tails until Scorton this Sunday just gone.

I rode out from Leyland to meet up with 5 riders at Banks R/A who’d left the Plough at 9.15, ( David and Rosie Walsh, Dan Salcedo, Harry from Huddersfield, plus Geoff Caton). I joined on and we chatted as we rode to meet up with the A group at Blackgate Lane just a couple of miles further on.

Crossed wires on the way into Preston and a bit of confusion arose when Pete wrongly thought that all were joining the A group and that Puddleducks would struggle to cater for such a large peloton!

Hurriedly it was suggested they went out via Chipping – however by the time we crossed the Ribble the front riders had gone straight on through the city, whilst the B group took the normal route to Tom Benson way –  a classic A group ploy to wake the troops up! A few furtive lefts and rights and over a stretch of cobbles had Ian’s mudguard shattered as the marauding front riders tried to second guess in the new game of hide and seek.

Unbeknown to these riders the B group with one or two of the A including the A navigator were starting to pick up pace through Preston leaving the B group leader wheel less, spat out of the back going up Tulketh Brow and despite his best efforts saw the gang disappearing into the distance up Tom Benson way ‘not even a sly backward glance did I see from those hatless wonders’ as those B riders’ hung on to the escaping A fraternity.

I was so glad that they decided to pause at Woodplumpton perhaps feeling cold without the heated pants from the rear of the group! Unfortunately this respite was short lived for as soon as we crossed the A6 at Bilsborrow there seemed to be a continued 20 – 25mph chase down Lydiate and Ducketts lanes. With my teech clenched and my nose just above my bar and my hands sweating heavily on the drops I got me to within a couple of hundred metres from the back of the bunch, this effort was to no avail, and as soon as the road headed uphill towards Barnacre – they disappeared again – it was such a shame no-one waited – as I’d planned on taking the B group the scenic route up Bell Lane and via the reservoirs and Harris End on the way to Scorton, leaving a much gentler ride on the way back but this was not to be. I was fortunate enough to have got to the barn at Scorton just as the last of the group were placing their orders so I managed to get served promptly.

2015-02-15 13.59.15

On the road

Brian Gough? arose from his hiding place in the corner of the busy café to join table 106 unfortunately there wasn‘t much room and so myself and Ian sat together he managed for I think the first time on the ride to be able to get everyone together for a picture. After a number of baked beans on toast, flapjacks, soup and a lemon meringue pie and ice cream everyone was ready to leave together! Yahoo!!

We set off from Scorton as one large group, with the A group heading for the Trough via Marshaw, whilst the B group ( plus Brian) set off up Harris End. The young racers we soon flying up the hills leaving me to grovel my way up the tea still hot in my belly, once we arrived at the reservoirs, we stayed together and headed home via Bell Lane, Inglewhite, Broughton. Further on we had A pleasant run along the riverside that was followed by the dreaded cote de Penwortham, at which point I bade farewell to the group – as they knew their way home from there.

2015-02-15 14.24.33

Snack Stop on return journey

A grand day out – but I think in future It may be a good idea to keep the A & B groups separate until I get a lot fitter. On this showing the only one of this weeks B group who couldn’t keep up with the A group going uphill was me – so it begs the question of why have a B group ride! Do no other riders fancy a longer ride at a slightly more sedate pace on a Sunday? – I don’t feel ready for the Cedar Farm run yet!

Words by Alan Stark
Assisted by Ian Bailey

Ridden by many seen by the few

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