Welcome to WVCC!
Weaver Valley Cycling Club was formed in 1962 when a young John Horsfield, an apprentice at ICI, was awarded the company’s ‘Fleck Award’ for his interest in cycling. At this time it was recognised that Northwich was without a local cycling club and the suggestion was put forward to start one. Two hard line local cyclists were contacted, Jack Gee (pictured above at age 53, on a tandem trike with an 18 year old Dennis Hornby – 1965) and Allan Littlemore; and with that cocktail of youth, experience and enthusiasm the seed was planted for the Weaver Valley Cycling club to grow – and its continued to grow ever since.
We are now a good all round club and cater for mountain bikes, cyclo-cross, track racing, road racing, time trials, audax and club runs, with aspects for the competitive and leisure rider alike.
We organize an (almost) weekly 10 mile time trial event through the spring/summer, two Audax UK events, an open hill climb, club track sessions, a number of road races and an annual cyclo-cross. Weekend training rides happen typically on a Saturday, and in the winter, spin/gym sessions are organised. Our traditional rides leave from Winnington Park Rugby Football Club on a Sunday morning, the “Wrinklies” ride (not just for people of a certain age, but any member who wishes to take part) starts from Hatchmere at 10am on Wednesdays and regular mountain bike rides take place both locally (Delamere) and further afield. We run a club weekend which takes place each year into and through Wales and a week in Majorca for training (or sunbathing!) also happens.
We have an informal weekly club night on a Tuesday Evening at Winnington Park Rugby Football Club to recuperate after a long weekend riding where provisional new members are welcome to turn up and say hello. We also conduct non-cycling events from time to time, walks, bbq’s (even a run on occasion – if you can believe it!) etc. And of course there is the annual awards ceremony – a chance to loose the lycra and dress like normal people! We pride ourselves on being a friendly and welcoming club able to cater for all levels of cyclist. We have a whole spectrum of riders, from top class athletes competing at the World Track Championships at the Manchester Velodrome, right through to the leisure cyclist out for a Sunday afternoon potter through the lanes of Cheshire, to the enthusiastic mountain biker risking life limb and sanity on the single track.
Shaved legs or not, welcome to the club!