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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 –[...]

Richard (Cary) Gets the Wind Up

Richard describes his attempt at the Southport – Settle- Southport record

Record held by P Dolan in 5hrs 15mins and 13 sec. Record set in 1958

These sort of attempts are a serious undertaking and the outcome is rather binary – success or failure.

I had spent a lot of time planning, preparing, familiarising myself with the route, thinking about the best time to leave to avoid traffic, getting the bike ready, getting me ready and focussed on today as being ‘green’ for go.

The forecast came down to a cool day, with a strong easterly wind and occasional showers. All those happened.

The west coast is notorious for prevailing westerly winds and the thought of riding the last 50 miles into a blunt headwind was unappealing. However, riding 50 miles into an easterly wind for the overall uphill run to Settle, in North Yorkshire, did a lot of damage. Early miles into and out of Southport were uneventful and I found a steady pace, knowing that I would have to keep something in reserve for the hillier inland section.

Ken Beck had kindly taken the time to show me a neat little by-pass of Preston town centre to avoid the multitude of traffic lights; going via Tardy Gate, Lostock Hall and a neat little shimmy on some paths through Walton-le-Dale. Thereafter, the exposed carriageways around Clitheroe were tortuous. This was followed by the succession of hills from Gisburn to Long Preston and further lumps and bumps before arriving in Settle at around 1pm.

Aat this point I knew I had fallen too far behind the pace to get back within the current record of 5hours 14minutes – I would have had to have cracked along at a 25mph average. Even with a tailwind home, there were too many hills and technical bits to make this a reality. There were a couple of irritatingly long delays with traffic lights on the Skipton road, but I set for home to make the best of it. The wind behind now, and a net descent back towards Southport made things a little easier, although the traffic on the A59 was often unsettling.

However, the final nail was driven home when it started to rain quite heavily from around Clitheroe and for about 90minutes. Once I was wet I got painfully chilled right through, changing gear was very, very difficult and I was shivering and finding the bike difficult to handle. To be honest, I was just wanting it to end. But I had to get back to Southport, and poor Bill Lloyd who was waiting over an hour more than expected.

I finally made it back at about 4pm, about an hour adrift of the record. Shivering and almost incapable of anything, I had to get Bill to remove gloves, start the car for me to get the inside warm.

I can describe the ride as an adventure, an experience – report by Richard Cary

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