BNECC Club Rides Resume

As a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic, BNECC, along with all other clubs, were forced to suspend our Club Activity including our club runs. This means that, since 15th March 2020, we’ve had no official Club Runs. However, following the relaxation of Coronavirus restrictions on 29th March and 12th April, and new guidance from our governing body, British Cycling, we’re pleased to announce that we can now resume our Club Runs in line with the restrictions in place for Organised Sport.

This means that we can now organise our official club rides once again, with Group Sizes up to 15 people outdoors (although, at the time of writing, the Rule of 6 will still apply at all times off the bike, such as at cafe stops). We’ll now be resuming our full calendar of Club Rides, details of which can be found on our Club Runs page here. Group sizes will be decided on the day, based on total numbers and rider ability. Our group sizes will generally be no more than 8; but always less than 15. No pre-registration is required for our club rides, simply turn up on the day ready to ride.

If you have any questions, either about joining us for our rides, or about how we’re resuming them, then please get in touch via our Contact Page.

A BNECC Club Ride near Bala

Marshaling Rota 2021

Jackie Mac Marshaling Rota 2021

Each club member over 18 MUST marshal a minimum of two events – one of these MUST be an OPEN event. Any member who only allocates themselves to two club events will have the second event removed and be allocated an open event. To add your name to the rota contact Brandon Ridgway at the following email address: birkenheadnorthendcc@gmail.com

Date/Time

Event/Event type & contact

Course

Allocations

2/4/21

8am Start

7:15 Marshals

22 mile hilly

(OPEN)

Contact: Dave Simmons

D22/1

(HQ:Broxton)

18 Marshals: Brandon Ridgway, Keith Boardman, Geoff Brandt, Stuart Whatling, John Forbes, Graeme Corlett, Allyn Cunningham, Mark Jones, Helen Jones, Andy Templeman, Cheryl Templeman, Peter Young, Carol Young, Ian Clarke, Mark Donnelly, Tom McDermott, Andy Smith, Simon Ball, Conrad Rafique, Lewis Ball

13/6/21

7am

WCTTCA 50 mile

(OPEN)

Contact: John Lyth

D50/3r

(HQ:Prees)

4 Marshals: John Lyth, John Forbes

27/6/21

7am Start

6:15 Marshals

BNECC 25 mile

(OPEN)

Contact: John Owens

Course:D25/8e

(HQ:Prees)

16 Marshals: Keith Boardman, Jamie Dixon, Tom McDermott, Andy Templeman, Stephen Jones, Barry Jones, Brad Smith

25/7/21

6am

WCTTCA 100 mile

(OPEN)

Contact: John Lyth

D100/1

(HQ:Wollerton Village Hall)

3 Marshals: 

 

15/8/21

6am

WCTTCA 12 Hour

(OPEN)

Contact: John Lyth

Course:D12/1

(HQ:Prees)

4 Marshals: 

We also have a series of 4 Evening Time Trials in August near Willaston which don’t feature on this rota; but any assistance in Marshaling these would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

Race Report: BNECC Saighton 10, 27 August 2020

A damp Thursday evening was to be the setting for our final event of the season with a 10 mile Time Trial around the Saighton circuit. Despite the wet weather the conditions were pretty good for time trialing with next to no wind and low air pressure, and as a result some good times were posted even with the reduced grip from the wet tarmac; but not everyone felt the same with just 17 riders braving the rain to post a time.

BNECC Rider Reuben at the Rake & Pikel Roundabout. Photo: Andy Phillipson

The fastest man on the night was Alistair Ribbands of Manchester Wheelers who posted a time of 21:16 for the 10 mile course. Second place went to Marsh Tracks Race Team’s Ben Bright with a 21:32 whilst Matt Wales posted a 21:34 to take third for RichBott RT. Fastest Junior on the night also went to Ben Bright, Marsh Tracks RT, whilst Fastest Female went to Nicole Clarke of Birkenhead North End with a 28:49.

Fastest Man Alistair at the Rake & Pikel Roundabout. Photo: Andy Phillipson

The other North Enders racing on the night were Nathan Smith and Reuben Corlett who posted times of 21:41 and 28:54 respectively. Full results can be found here.

Fastest Female Nicole at the Rake & Pikel Roundabout. Photo: Andy Phillipson

On behalf of everyone at BNECC I’d like to thank those riders who did come out and brave the rain, and also a big thank you to all the riders who have raced any of our events this year for following the Covid-19 restrictions put in place by the CTT and The Government, and for also cooperating with the club in ensuring we could run our events safely.

Second place rider and fastest junior Ben at the Aldford Corner. Photo: Jamie Dixon

A big thank you also needs to go out to the marshals at this event, without them the events simply cannot happen. Special thanks also to Stuart McCormick of Pirate Juice CC for helping us out as start timekeeper, and to Dave Large and Ian Clarke for timekeeping and organising.

Third Place Rider Matt at the Rake & Pikel Roundabout. Photo: Andy Phillipson

So, that’s all the BNECC events ticked off for 2020, many couldn’t go ahead this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but we’re working hard on bringing a full selection of events back for the 2021 season. We’ll see you all, hopefully, next year.

Fastest North Ender Nathan at the Rake & Pikel Roundabout. Photo: Andy Phillipson

Race Report: Boardman 5 Mile TT Series 2020

With August now over and September upon us, it’s time to look back at our 5 Mile TT Series which once again occupied our Tuesday evenings throughout August. With Keith Boardman announcing after last years edition that he was stepping down as organiser after 10 years, the baton was passed to Brad Smith for 2020.

With the world being turned upside down in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and all racing cancelled for three months, there was a long while where we didn’t know if the 5s would be able to go ahead in 2020, but fortunately July brought some relaxation in the restrictions meaning that the 5s could go ahead as planned, and the final preparation work began; including how to put them on safely whilst still in a global pandemic. But fortunately Brad rose to the challenge and we were able to put on another wonderful series.

Richard Evans, BNECC. Photo: Dave Newby

The first event of the series, a non-aero event, took place on the August and brought about a first for us; a full field. In fact, the demand was so high that riders, unfortunately, had to be turned away but with a field size capped at 40 by the police, we had no alternative. Of those that faced the clock, Matthew Wales of RichBott RT came out on top with a time of 10:25, whilst Craig Rogers, Cambridge University CC, and Richard Evans, Birkenhead North End, posted a 10:36 and 10:41 to take second and third respectively. Fastest Female on the night went to Liverpool Century’s youth rider Evelyn Field with a 13:26 whilst fastest junior went to Nathan Smith of Birkenhead North End with a 10:45.

Oscar Lloyd, BNECC. Photo: Dave Newby

Round two came about a week later and was the only aero event of this years series, more on that later. And the unprecedented demand was back again, a theme running through all of our 5s this year. First place this week went to Nathan Smith, Birkenhead North End, who stopped the clock on 9:57, the 16 year old the only rider to go sub-10 minutes this year. Remember his name. Second place went to Jimmy Smith riding for Specialized with a 10:25 and Pirate Juice CC’s Steve Downey rounded out the podium with a 10:26. Fastest Female this week went to Zoe Brunton of Mersey Tri Club with a 12:30, whilst Nathan Smith also took fastest Junior.

Nathan Smith, BNECC. Photo: Dave Newby

Round three was back to non-aero on the evening of the 18th, and once again produced a full field. Steve Fidler of the 3C Racing Team pedaled his road bike to the fastest time on the night, a 10:18. Week One’s winner, Matt Wales placed second this week, with another 10:25 whilst Cambridge University’s Craig Rogers took the third step with a 10:37. Fastest Female was again Mersey Tri Club’s Zoe Brunton with a 12:19 whilst Nathan Smith, Birkenhead North End, made it three from three as fastest Junior, when he stopped the clock on 10:39.

Paul Lawton, BNECC. Photo: Dave Newby

And then finally the fourth and final round was scheduled for the following week as the second aero event, but both the arrival of Storm Francis and a present from Wirral Council in the form of gravel chippings meant that the difficult decision was made to cut the series short for rider safety. The combination of strong wind, rain and the poor surface simply meant that we couldn’t risk running the event.

George Higgins, BNECC. Photo: Dave Newby

On behalf of all of us at Birkenhead North End, I’d like to thank all the riders for coming out and facing the clock, and we can only apologise to those that didn’t manage to get a ride; in 11 years of running the event we’ve never had a full field so that first week was somewhat unexpected. I’d also like to thank all of the club members who came out to marshal any of the events, and a special thank you must go out to Dave Large for once again timekeeping all of the events, and also to Brad Smith for organising. Without either of them the events simply wouldn’t go ahead.

A group of club members returning to the HQ after marshaling the 5. Photo: Dave Newby

The results sheets for all three events can be found at the links below, as can a series of photos taken by Dave Newby at rounds 2 and 3, with links taking you to his website. Thanks for coming, and we hope to see many of you again, next year.

Week One Results

Week Two Results

Week Two Photos

Week Three Results

Week Three Photos

Boardman 5 Mile TT Series 2020

August has rolled around once again, and it’s brought the Boardman 5 Mile TTs back with it. As is now tradition, the Boardman 5s will take place on each of the 4 Tuesday evenings in August with the usual rotation between ‘Aero’ and ‘Retro’ events. This year, the first event (4th August) will be Retro, where riders are encouraged to dust off those steel frames and woolen jerseys; or see just how fast they can go on their road bikes without fancy skinsuits, aero helmets and disc wheels. The second event, 11th August will be an aero event, so why not bring out those superspeed TT bikes, disc wheels and aero helmets. Of course, road bikes (and even MTBs if you really want to) are still more than welcome to face the clock. The event on the 18th August will be back to Retro, with the final event on the 25th August another aero outing.

Nathan Smith riding a Boardman 5 in 2019

Sign on for the Boardman 5s will once again be in the layby on the B5151 Willaston Road, opposite Willow Lane, just outside Willaston. Sign on will be open from 6:20pm each evening, with space for up to 40 riders. The first rider will start at 7:01pm from the startline, also on Willaston Road, just to the South East of its junction with Lydiate Lane.

The event will be held under the CTT Type B event regulations, as well as in accordance with the CTT Covid Risk Assessment and all relevant Government Guidelines around COVID-19. To find out how BNECC are keeping everyone safe at our events this year, please visit our Time Trialing Resumes at BNECC post. Please also note that for 2020, the CTT now requires all riders to have a working rear light fixed to their bicycle in order to compete. NO LIGHT = NO RIDE.

Adam Smith riding a Boardman 5 in 2019

The entry fee for the Boardman 5s will be £4 for Over 16s, paid on the night, with Under 16s riding for free. All under 18s will require a CTT Parental Consent Form, which can be downloaded here. We will have a small number of these available on the night as spares, although any parents should print one off at home and bring it with them.

A 5 mile time trial is a great place to try out the discipline, pick it back up after a break, or see just how hard you can push yourself in an all out effort, so whether you’ve ridden TTs for years, or are completely new to the sport; why not come down and give one a try.

Race Report: BNECC Saighton 10, 30 July 2020

The 2020 racing season didn’t get off to a great start, with only a handful of races taking place before the season was paused as a result of the COVID-19 Global Pandemic. As a club, this meant we had no choice but to cancel our first five events of the year; 3 of our Saighton 10s, our Hilly 22 and The Jackie Mac Memorial 25. But, with the situation improving across the UK, the CTT gave the green light for Time Trials in England to resume from the 13th July 2020, meaning we could go ahead with our planned event for the 30th July at Saighton. Upon hearing the news, event organiser Ian quickly jumped into action to get the event ready, and ensuring we could run it whilst following the CTT Covid Risk Assessment and Government Restrictions.

Fastest North Ender and 2nd on the night, Richard Evans. Credit: Andy Phillipson, BNECC

On the night, we arrived at the event to find a group of eager Time Trialists waiting to sign on, but all staying apart and following social distancing guidelines. Sign on ran without an issue, with 33 riders signing up to face the clock over the 10 mile course around Saighton.

Fastest Female Rider, Frances Owen. Credit: Paul Lawton, BNECC

The conditions on the night were great for racing around Saighton, with temperatures in the low 20s, a southerly breeze providing assistance up the main climb on the circuit and the air not too humid. This resulted in some good times posted, with the riders who raced the Birkenhead Victoria event on the same circuit last week posting faster times across the board; and the winner on the night just 10 seconds away from the course record.

Fastest Rider, Ben Lloyd. Credit: Paul Lawton, BNECC

So, moving on to the results from the night. The fastest time was posted by Ben Lloyd (Provision Race Team) with a great time of 20:43. Second place went to our very own Richard Evans (BNECC) who stopped the clock on 21:03, just missing out on going sub-21. Third on the night went to Richard Bott (RichBott RT) with a 21:12. The fastest Female on the night was Frances Owen (Fibrax Wrexham RC) in her first ever TT with a time of 23:54. And finally, the fastest Junior on the night was Ben Singer (Team JRC) who crossed the finish line on 23:43. The full results sheet can be found below.

Results Sheet

We’d like to say a big thank you to all the riders who turned up and raced, it was great to see so many faces, both new and old, and everyone did as we asked and followed both the government guidelines, and those we ourselves set out in our Time Trialing Resumes at BNECC post. Also a big thank you to organiser Ian, as well as our Timekeeper Dave and all the marshals.

3rd Place rider, Richard Bott. Credit: Paul Lawton, BNECC

The next event for the club is the first of our Boardman 5 events this Tuesday in Willaston, with our next trip to Saighton taking place on Thursday 27th August.

Fastest Junior, Ben Singer. Credit: Paul Lawton, BNECC

Time Trialling Resumes at BNECC

Following the announcement back in June by CyclingTimeTrials (CTT) that time trial events in England could resume, initially from the 4th July and later the 6th July, BNECC is happy to announce that all of our remaining Club (Type B) events will take place as planned; thanks to the hard work put in behind the scenes by our TT organisers to make sure everything was in place.

~ Ian Clarke 10, 2018

Those events now going ahead are our 2 remaining Interclub 10s, on the 30th July and the 27th August on the Saighton D2/7 course and all 4 of our ‘Boardman 5’ events, held every Tuesday throughout August at Willaston. All events will be held, as usual, under CTT Type B regulations; however there will be some differences in 2020 as they will also be conforming to the CTT Covid-19 Risk Assessment to keep both marshals and riders safe. Those changes to the events are highlighted below. All of the new rules MUST be followed by marshals and riders AT ALL TIMES; they’re all in place for everyone’s safety.

Sign On

Sign on will be slightly different this year to what we’re all used to. Social distancing will need to be followed at all times whilst at the HQ; and this includes during sign on. Riders queuing will need to ensure that they are following all current regulations around social distancing which, at the time of writing, is 2m or roughly one bike length. Marshals will be at the HQ to ensure this is followed. The sign-on process will also be slightly different this year; all events will still be enter on the night and you will still collect your number when signing on. All numbers will be washed before and after each use. Payment will still be made on the night, and cash will be excepted but please ensure you have the correct money as no change will be given; NO EXCEPTIONS.

We will not be allowing the use of Turbo Trainers or Rollers at the HQ of the events; all warmups must take place out on the road; but please be mindful of other competitors, especially if your start time is later in the event. Anyone found using turbo trainers or rollers will be asked to leave the event.

Car Parking

Due to the need for social distancing, we will have to limit the amount of parking available at both Saighton and Willaston. We would therefore ask riders to ride to the event if they can, or find alternative parking areas, but please bear in mind local communities whilst parking; we don’t want to upset them. We will have a parking marshal at Saighton, if you’re told that the parking is full please respect this and park elsewhere.

Start Line

There will be changes at the start line this year. The biggest change will be that this year there will be no pusher off due to social distancing. Instead, we will have a marshal in place to act as a spotter for any traffic approaching from behind. All riders will be required to do a standing start. The start line will also be gridded with no more than 3 riders allowed at the start at any one time, so please don’t proceed to the start location more than 3 minutes prior to your start time. Riders waiting for the start must follow social distancing at all times.

The CTT Covid-19 risk assessment states that, where possible, the start timekeeper should be positioned inside their vehicle with windows closed. This will be the case at Willaston for the ‘5s’, but due to space constraints at Saighton this is not possible. Instead, the timekeeper will be positioned a safe distance from all riders.

During the Event

During the event itself there will be very few differences to normal, the CTT rules already stipulate that riders need to stay apart whilst competing. However, please bear in mind that we are not using closed roads for these events, and that you may encounter other cyclists and pedestrians during your ride. Please remember social distancing and give plenty of space to other cyclists, pedestrians and the marshals.

After the Event

Once you have crossed the finish line please don’t stop and congregate with other riders or stop at the finish line to speak to the finish timekeeper. Proceed straight back to the HQ of the event. Once you arrive at the HQ, remove your number quickly and place in the box provided. Please do not congregate at the HQ under any circumstances, and respect social distancing. Once you have placed your number in the box, please leave the HQ promptly. No refreshments will be provided and results will not be displayed at the HQ. Results will be posted online after the event ends.

We know that some of these changes are quite substantial, and the events won’t look how you remember them; but unfortunately this is the only way that we can safely run events in the current climate. If the above requirements aren’t adhered to by all, we may have to cancel any further events this year; so please, do your part to keep everyone safe whilst racing.

Trek Madone SLR 6 Disc

A year ago club rider Barry purchased a 2019 Trek Madone SLR 6 disc from our sponsor The Bike Factory in Chester. Below is his update on the bike after living with it for a year.

“Time for an update on living with a Trek Madone SLR6 Disc.
I bought this from The Bike Factory, Chester last year taking delivery of it in early June. Dave Quinn did a smashing deal for me. Having seen my dad’s saving eaten up in care home fees I’d decided what savings I had were being spent before that fateful day for me comes along.

Now I’m no Dave Lloyd I just a big fat lad who enjoys cycling. At 6ft 1” and fifteen stone I’m not your typical cyclist…or am I? So whilst I can’t claim a racing pedigree I can perhaps write about the realities of owning a pure performance aero racing bike.

So far the Madone has not disappointed it’s responsive, handles great, comfortable to ride long distances on, climbs brilliantly as I found out when riding the Wild Wales last year. Those bugger’s in the CTC are sadists when it comes to planning a gentle day long ride in North Wales. Thankfully the weather for the day was fantastic which made 100 mile + with well over 3,000m of climbing somewhat more bearable. I don’t ride my good bike during the winter so my mileage on it is nowhere near Lloydy’s at a modest 2142 miles.

Early teething problems with the Madone were few and far between however the Aeolus 5 Comp wheels did cause me some issues. The spokes on the rear wheel began snapping after 350 miles of riding. The splendid chaps at the Bike Factory quickly repaired the wheel for me at no charge and sent me on my way. After the fourth one snapped Dave Quinn stepped in and had the wheel replaced with a new one.

All was well until I was using the bike on holiday in the Dordogne, France. Ping another bloody spoke on the new rear wheel.

Once home Dave took issue with the rep from Trek and I received an upgraded set of Aeolus 5 Pro wheels again free of charge with profuse apologies, great service from the Bike Factory.

So far I haven’t had any more problems with the wheels and the Madone continues to please. Even during these times of restricted riding I am able to cram more miles in over a shorter period of time so as not to upset the anti-exercising COVID brigade.

The Bike Factory is still open for business during this period of lockdown for phone and internet sales, so support your local bike shops.”

As Barry says above, although The Bike Factory is currently closed to customers, they are still able to help cyclists via their website, or over the phone on 01244 317893 and they’ll be there ready for your new bike purchase once normality resumes.

Birkenhead North End CC & Covid-19

As you are all aware the UK, and the world as a whole, is facing a long period of uncertainty as a result of the Covid-19 Coronavirus.

Club Activity

As a result of guidence issued by the Government, British Cycling and the CTC, Birkenhead North End CC has made the difficult decision to suspend all official club rides, from Tuesday 17th March, until further notice. This comes following the advice from the Government around Social Distancing and the club feels that the continuation of Club rides will go against this advice. We would still recommend to all members and friends who feel fit, healthy and are showing no symptoms of the Coronavirus to continue riding their bikes solo or in very small groups. However, anyone showing symptoms of the virus or is in a high risk group should follow the advice of the Government and the NHS which can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

The club will resume it’s club rides once advice from the Government and British Cycling allow us to do so. In the meantime we ask all of our members to Stay Safe and continue to follow all advice from the Government and we’ll see you all back on the roads once we can begin returning to normal.

Events

As with most organisers of Cycling Events; we have had to unfortunately cancel some of our planned 2020 events following advice and restrictions from The Government, British Cycling and CyclingTimeTrials, as a result of the Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic. Currently CTT have cancelled all Time Trials until the 31st May 2020 which unfortunately means our Hilly 22 scheduled for the 10th April and our first Saighton 10 scheduled for 7th May can no longer go ahead. All riders entered for the Hilly 22 at the time of cancellation (Tuesday 17th March) will receive a refund in due course. At present, the remainder of our events for 2020, starting with our second Saighton 10 scheduled for 4th June, will be going ahead as planned. However the situation regarding Covid-19 is constantly changing and this will be reviewed constantly going forward as the situation changes and further advice is issued from all relevant authorities

From everyone at BNECC we thank you all for your understanding during this challenging and scary time for everyone but the health and wellbeing of all riders, and the country, must come before cycling. We’ll see you all out on the roads (hopefully) soon.

Marshaling Rota 2020

Jackie Mac Marshalling Rota 2020

Each club member over 18 MUST marshal a minimum of two events – one of these MUST be an OPEN event. Any member who only allocates themselves to two club events will have the second event removed and be allocated an open event. To add your name to the rota contact Brandon Ridgway at the following email address: birkenheadnorthendcc@gmail.com

Date/Time

Event/Event type & contact

Course

Allocations

CANCELLED

22 mile hilly

(OPEN)

Contact: Dave Simmons

D22/1

(HQ:Broxton)

18 Marshalls: Brandon Ridgway, Barry Jones, Allyn Cunningham, Colin Gray , Geoff Brandt, Andrew Saunders, Mark Bennett, Lionel Harvey, Andy Templeman, Brad Smith, Mark Jones, Helen Jones, Thomas McDermott, Stephen Jones, John Forbes, John Simpson

******CANCELLED******

CANCELLED

10 mile

(CLUB)

Contact: Ian Clarke

Course:Saighton

(HQ:Outside Abbey Gate College)

8 Marshalls: Brandon Ridgway,  Allyn Cunningham, Colin Gray, Geoff Brandt, Andrew Saunders, Mark Bennett , John Lyth , Lionel Harvey

******CANCELLED******

CANCELLED

10 mile

(CLUB)

Contact: Ian Clarke

Course:Saighton

(HQ:Outside Abbey Gate College)

8 Marshalls: John Kent, Simon Ball, Stephen Jones, John Simpson

******CANCELLED******

CANCELLED

WCTTCA 50 mile

(OPEN)

Contact: John Lyth

D50/3r

(HQ:Prees)

4 Marshalls: Andy Petit, David Petit

******CANCELLED******

CANCELLED

BNECC 25 mile

(OPEN)

Contact: John Owens

Course:D25/8e

(HQ:Prees)

14 Marshalls: John Kent, Simon Ball, Andy Templeman, Stephen Jones

******CANCELLED******

CANCELLED

10 mile

(CLUB)

Contact: Ian Clarke

Course: Saighton

(HQ:Outside Abbey Gate College)

 

8 Marshalls: 

CANCELLED

CANCELLED

WCTTCA 100 mile

(OPEN)

Contact: John Lyth

D100/1

(HQ:Wollerton Village Hall)

3 Marshalls: 

CANCELLED

30/07/2020

7pm

10 mile

(CLUB)

Contact: Ian Clarke

Course:Saighton

(HQ:Outside Abbey Gate College)

8 Marshalls: Stephen Jones, Brandon Ridgway, Brad Smith, Paul Lawton, Steve Molyneux, Dave Simmons, Mike Garner, Geoff Brandt, Martin Rogers

23/08/2020

6am

WCTTCA 12 Hour

(OPEN)

Contact: John Lyth

Course:D12/1

(HQ:Prees)

4 Marshalls: John Lyth, Dave Petit, Andy Petit 

27/08/2020

7pm

10 mile

(CLUB)

Contact: Ian Clarke

Course:Saighton

(HQ:Outside Abbey Gate College)

8 Marshalls: Brandon Ridgway, Keith Boardman, Paul Lawton, Jamie Dixon, John Forbes, Andy Phillipson, Claire Lloyd, Richard Evans, Andy Smith