Pimbo (Grimbo). in the rain

I got up about 6am for the Harry Middleton Road race 2/3/4  at Pimbo in skelmersdale  just to  make sure I was awake and  all my gear was in order.  I got to the HQ  (social club) at 7.45am   and I can tell you the club was like  a throw back to the 80’s for all the people who can remember them!  I was expecting Roy chubby brown or Bernard Manning to pop there head round the corner at any minute!   and even slightly younger riders than I were reminiscing!

As I was signing on I came across kris zentek and Steve Fidler signing on too!

The field was about 65 riders with some of the usual suspects!   as I was warming up the heavens opened up and all I could think about  (for anybody who knows Pimbo) was the fast sweeping corner!

The race started with Declan Hudson charging off on his own (brave soul)  only to be caught  a couple of laps later!  after many attacks it settled down abit until a couple of riders shot off! then a couple more  including Kris zentek and Steve Fidler  and before we new it! the group had ballooned  to 14 riders!  We thought surely with the rain and the wind they are never going to stay  away!  How wrong we were!  before we new it they had a minute on us and it ended with riders in the main bunch arguing on how we were going to bring them back!

The laps went by and we resigned our selves to just getting home!  As the bell lap came and the rain came down even more! I heard someone shout for the 10th  time “come on Tony”   the only other Tony I new? was in the breakaway!  so I must have one fan in Lancashire? yeah! LOL.   As we were approaching the finish straight I adopted a totally different strategy from my past races!  which was high gearing!  I decided to medium spin upto last 100 yards then high gearing!  it kind of paid out as I finished about  9th in the main bunch which I was well happy with considering I was blocked in the run up!

Anyway I understand the finish for the breakaway was a bit mad as the winner put his hands up on the finish line and brought down other riders!   the winner was subsequently disqualified  for putting his hands up at the finish!  A mistake am sure he will learn from

Considering  I missed the break and got blocked on the finishing run in, believe it or not am really happy with a top 25 position considering the injuries I’ve sustained and that am still suffering from!

Again I  would like to thank the organisers and marshals of Harry Middleton CC.  and everyone else who helped out.




1)Martin Lonie
2)Paul Wilkinson
3)Ben Trippier
4)Kris Zentek
5)Tony Greenhalgh
6)Steven Fidler
7)Ryan Ellis
8)Charlie Critchley
9)Lewis Ball
10)Aaron Tonks


roll on next year!






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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10:00 Off road away day – Macc Forest ...
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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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