The Birkenhead North End Cycling Club (BNECC) was founded on the 14th January 1901. We are the oldest (continually-running) cycling club on the Wirral (Merseyside, UK), with over 100 members.
We have a long and distinguished history of champion riders, and have frequently discovered talented riders who have gone on to success at higher levels. This includes two riders who represented Great Britain at the 2004 Olympic Games: Rachel Heal and Silver medallist Steve Cummings.
The Birkenhead North End is a British Cycling-registered Go-Ride club. This means that we have qualified coaches to help develop young riders. To find out more about Go-Ride click here. To find out about the latest Go-Ride activities click on the Go-Ride tab above.The BNECC’s Go-Ride contact is Geoff Brandt.
2012 was a successful year for the North End………
Road Racing/criterium: In 2012, our club was ranked 12th in the North West for Senior Road Racing. Jeff Vernon won the 3/4 category North West Road Race Championships in May. Jeff also won at Litherland in August. Keith Jones won the M2 category and Mike Garner the M1 category in the TLI National Road Race held in September. The North End also dominated the early season Cheshire TLI under 45 events with Mike Garner winning events 1 and 4 and Keith Jones event 2. In July, Claire Lloyd was second in the womens race at Birkenhead Park.
Time-trials: John Forbes successfully completed his first 24 hour time-trial with an impressive 414 miles in July. Andrew Saunders won the Liverpool Time Trial Association John Plumbley trophy for the fastest Liverpool district rider in the west Cheshire 25 championship.
Track: The BC National Masters Championship in Newport saw Geoff Brandt (65-69 age cat) 3rd in the sprint and Clive Walmsley (70+ age cat) 2nd in the points race and 2nd in the scratch race. Dave Large competed in the LVRC Track Championships (60-64 age cat) and gained a 3rd place in the sprint.
Road Racing/criterium: Rob Rogers had a very successful year. Rob won a number of criteriums held at Litherland and Marsh Tracks (Under 16 boys). He also was placed 2nd in the Great Orme Road Race (Under 16 boys) held at the end of September. Max Spedding won at Marsh Tracks in August (Under 16 boys). Rob’s brother, Craig, also won at Litherland and Marsh Tracks (Under 12 boys).
Hill Climbs: The horseshoe juvenile hill climb category was dominated by the North End. The event held in October was won by Max Spedding with an impressive time of 11.59 with Jack Hulme a very close second with 12.05.
Cyclo-cross: Jess Wilkinson continues to dominate the North West girls under 16 category with a number of wins during the autumn. Jess was part of the girls North West team that also won the inter-regional cyclo-cross championships held in Milton Keynes in November.
MTB: The Welsh MTB XC championships held in September saw Craig Rogers become the Welsh MTB XC champion in the under 12 category after winning his event.