Cheshire Road Clubs – 50TT -22nd July 2017

Holiday season resulted in just 4 members entering this event, sickness resulted in just 3 as Emily wasnt well enough to take part, get well soon Em.

Despite mixed weather reports leading up to today, it was actually just about right when we arrived at HQ,  much cooler than the last time I road this course in the blistering heat a few weeks ago.

Andy Newby was first WVCC rider off at 2:09, a timely arrival at HQ to sign on and ride straight to the start, so I didnt get chance to speak to him before or even after, I am sure he was thrilled knocking over 9 mins off his PB through finishing with a respectable 2:17:04 on his road bike, great ride Andy.

Next off was Dan Robson on his debute open 50,  we chatted briefly before his 2:58 start, he was well pumped up and ready to go.

I was off at 3:15, I did a 10 mile warm up around Byley before the start, and then I was off. It was great to see Carol cheering us on at the Yellow Broom. Just before Boomish Lane, a tractor over took me, then in its wisdom, slowed down and decided to turn right with out Indicating, I then had to get going again, similarly, just past the the Everton Arms on the Chelford road, whilst nicely in my stride a boy racer in a red clapped out Fiat or something over took me, followed by a second car, then it stopped in the middle of the road, before veering left, forcing me to brake and undertake, again putting me out of my rhythm. Then he overtook me and turned next right🙄.


The first lap (of 3)  felt ok, but I was just under my target of 26 MPH, It as a head wind down the A50 and grippy from Mangoletsi all the way to the end of Tremlow Lane, so a good area for time loss😤

Don’t give up you day job Carol 😂 Credit Carol Robson

Half way round, I was maintaining 25.9 mph, but as has happenend in recent events over 25 miles, my back starts aching 😩 Which meant I had to keep getting out of the saddle to stretch it.

On the last lap, I turned left into Tremlow Lane for the last time, followed by the right 90 degree bend, a car was coming the opposite way as we both arrived at the apex of the bend, a little to close for comfort,I had to take evasive action which resulted in be skidding and ending up in the hedge😩.  As I tried to get going again, something was rubbing on my back wheel, a quick inspection and I realised it was mud caught in missing tyre covering. I lost just over a minute here and debated packing as I was so close to the HQ and now had to ride the the last 17 miles with  an increased risk of a puncture. I decided to risk it and carry on, thinking all way round that it could be a long walk back.

New Tub required me thinks!

I caught Dan on the Chelford Road just past the Egerton Arms, we gave each other a shout of encouragement as I went by.

With a couple of miles to go, I was caught for 15 mins by a flying Mark Turnbull, this was followed by one almighty downpour. I now could see through by visor and the roads were quickly flooded, making it very difficult, well impossible, to see pots holes, luckily I didnt hit any. I stopped the clock with a very dissapointing 1:59:49, but it was still a coarse PB.

Dan struggled a little on the last lap, but was happy with his time for his first open 50 TT, a respectable 2:20:52.


1st Charles Taylor with a super quick 1:43:19

2nd Matt Botterill 1:43:50

3rd Mark Turnbull 1:44:04

4th Mark Nulty 1:44:12.



We are proud to announce that WVCC will be the organising club of the 2018 J-B @TLI_Cycling national RR Championship , to be held at Siddington on 12th August 2018

Tom Simpson " A bird on the wire " by Andy McGrath.

An excellent insight into pro racing in the 60s . Full of anecdotes not all complimentary, and great photos of Simpson in a bye gone era.

Whether you love him for his humour , sheer aggressive and impulsive racing style, his Britishness in marketing himself in order to gain publicity for his sponsors and money for himself or his class and incredible guts .


hate him for being a drugs cheat in the days when doping controls were in their infancy , bringing the sport into disrepute on a massive scale with his death on that fateful day , 13th stage , 13/07/67 when he collapsed and died on Mont Ventoux .

There is no denying he was a trail blazer along with a handful of others who ventured to the continent about 60 years ago in search of glory .To my generation they were our source of inspiration and our guiding lights.

It was thanks to those pioneers that have ultimately led to British riders in a British team , winning the Tour de France on 4 out of the last 5 years .

Something that Simpson died trying to achieve !

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A very warm welcome to new member Kathy Williams, wife of our very own Jim Williams. Kathy will be undertaking the important role of Welfare officer for new members below the age of 16. 👍😁 ... ’Expand’’Hide’

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Ultegra 6800 wheels & tyres - cheap! £80 – Cuddington, Cheshire, United Kingdom Ultegra wheel set. Well worn rims but still life left in them. Good for turbo duties or race spares? Hubs are running really smooth. Includes tyres/tubes - loads of life left in these. £70 collected. £80 posted UK only

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Upcoming Events

10:00 Off road away day – Macc Forest ...
Off road away day – Macc Forest ...
Feb 24 @ 10:00
Likely start point is Teggs Nose car park, but I’ll put final details on here and/or facebook nearer the time.
10:00 Training Ride
Training Ride
Feb 24 @ 10:00 – 15:00
Hatchmere X rds for a 10am sharp depart.. 10:01 we’ll be gone..
20:00 Track Night – Manchester Velodro...
Track Night – Manchester Velodro...
Mar 1 @ 20:00 – 22:00
Track cycling. The perfect opportunity to get some excellent training and experience with the club. We have a British Cycling coach that will train you and give you probably the best 2 hour workout you’ve[...]
10:00 Training Ride
Training Ride
Mar 3 @ 10:00 – 15:00
Hatchmere X rds for a 10am sharp depart.. 10:01 we’ll be gone..

Club meeting times

Sunday runs:

10:00 - Winnington Park Rugby Football Club - see calendar for updated start times (Most runs 09:30 during the summer months)

Tuesday evening (informal - usually a small gathering!)

20:00 onwards - Winnington Park Rugby Football Club

Wednesday runs:

10:00 - Hatchmere

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