Llanberis 2017 – 18th & 19th March

A sunny day on Pen-Y-Pass

Well, ladies and gents, it’s nearly here. Not Christmas; Llanberis.

You will all by now have had your email from Jim with the finer details and arrangements, now here is the route, followed by a few key notes about the weekend. Please read them.

Saturday Route:

Llanberis 18th March 2017 – Day 1 – Hartford to Llanberis

Sunday Route:

Llanberis 19th March 2017 – Day 2 – Llanberis to Hartford

**Please note that there appears to be a bug present on Garmin Connect, where the start and finish of some routes are reversed. If, when you follow the link, the start of day 1 shows as Llanberis, then utilise the ‘Reverse’ button before sending to your device**

Key notes to take in:

Organising Llanberis takes time and effort, please respect this, and follow the guidance given – as follows. Llanberis this year is over subscribed, so value the place that you have!

  • Please ensure that you have read the document that Jim has distributed. There is lots of useful information there for you.
  • Please do arrive on time on Saturday – i.e. at 07:30. This gives a chance for van packing, waving to loved ones(!), and being organised into your group. Jim will re-iterate the group you are in on the day.
  • DO NOT attempt to set off with an earlier group if you have been placed in a later group (i.e. a faster group) n Saturday. We don’t want the faster riders turning up at the cafe before the cafe have had chance to get food ready for us. It doesn’t do you any good either to send extra time cooling off before the 2nd leg, and it saves those who are supporting from having gaps too stretched out on the road.
  • Please be responsible on the road. Pay attention to the riders around you. There are a lot of us on the road, especially during the first 30 miles.
  • Please look out for those that you find yourself in a group with.
  • If you do find that you are with the faster riders, and you get to the junction for Pen-Y-Pass before 14:30, then you are welcome to add an extra 25 mile loop on to the day if you wish. The route is at this link: An extra 25, are you mad? (Check the start and finish points as above before sending to your Garmin.)
  • On Sunday, again, as with Saturday, do not leave until the time that you are instructed to leave at. This helps us manage the group, the times that you arrive at the cafe, and the time that you arrive back at Hartford.
  • Enjoy it. It’s a great weekend!

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 .

OR

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

Feb
24
Sat
2018
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..
Mar
1
Thu
2018
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[...]
Mar
3
Sat
2018
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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