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.

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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.

Marshalling Rota 2020

Jacky 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******

03/07/2020

7pm

10 mile

(CLUB)

Contact: Ian Clarke

Course: Saighton

(HQ:Outside Abbey Gate College)

 

8 Marshalls: 

12/07/2020

9am

WCTTCA 100 mile

(OPEN)

Contact: John Lyth

D100/1

(HQ:Wollerton Village Hall)

3 Marshalls: 

30/07/2020

7pm

10 mile

(CLUB)

Contact: Ian Clarke

Course:Saighton

(HQ:Outside Abbey Gate College)

8 Marshalls: Stephen Jones

23/08/2020

6am

WCTTCA 12 Hour

(OPEN)

Contact: John Lyth

Course:D12/1

(HQ:Prees)

4 Marshalls: John Lyth 

27/08/2020

7pm

10 mile

(CLUB)

Contact: Ian Clarke

Course:Saighton

(HQ:Outside Abbey Gate College)

8 Marshalls: 
       

 

 

 

Boardman 5 Mile TT Series 2019

Nathan Smith, 27/08/19 (Photo: Brandon Ridgway)

For the tenth year, Keith Boardman hosted his series of 5 Mile time trials on a course between Willaston and Clatterbridge this August, but it wasn’t all plain sailing this time round. There was a good turnout of North Enders at each event, as well as plenty of riders from other local clubs, and as always a few first timers getting their first taste of time trialling and plenty of Youth and Junior riders. That’s what cycling’s all about.

Our local time trials for the last few seasons have been plagued with roadworks, but that fate was avoided for the 5’s, instead there were different challenges for us. As normal, Keith was planning on hosting a series of 4 events, one on each Tuesday evening in August, loosely following a pattern of non-aero/retro and aero, but disaster struck on the first of these events with Keith’s car facing ‘technical difficulties’ en route to the race, with not just Keith but also all of the signs in the car as well. As such, the first event had to be cancelled at very short notice; we can’t run an event with no organiser and no signs.

Moving onto the second (or was this now the first?) event, the usual August weather was around, with a mainly sunny evening and importantly; it was dry. The first event was taken by Craig Rogers of Cambridge University CC, in a time of 10:39, with Adam Smith, BNECC, and Kev Larmer, Port Sunlight Wheelers, taking second and third with 10:47 and 10:57 respectively,

Adam Smith, 13/08/19 (Photo: Steve Molyneux)

Moving onto the next event, and this is where once again there were ‘difficulties’ for all involved; for the first time in 10 years we had our first ever rain. However, the riders weren’t put off by the slightly damp* conditions with a field of 27 and there were still plenty of brave marshals helping out too. Once again this weeks winner was Craig Rogers, CUCC, taking 9 seconds off his time from a week earlier, despite the weather, with a time of 10:30. Second was Sami Al’Hadid, BNECC, with 10:51 and rounding out the podium was Richard Evans, BNECC, stopping the clock at 10:59. (*By slightly damp, we mean it was almost biblical)

Craig Rogers, 20/08/19 (Photo: Brandon Ridgway)

And onto the final event of the year, the summer weather was back once again and we were greeted with 30 riders signing on. There was no Craig this week, his brother Rob reporting he’d suffered similar ‘technical difficulties’ to Keith, except to his bike; and that meant no hattrick of wins for the CUCC rider. The winner was the previous weeks second place, Sami Al’Hadid, BNECC, who shaved 15 seconds off his time, crossing the line on 10:36. Second this time out went to Rob Hennessy, North Wirral Velo, with a 10:49 and the final podium of the year was BNECC rider, Richard Evans, with a 10:50.

Sami Al’Hadid, 27/08/19 (Photo: Brandon Ridgway)

As always, following the final race it was a trip to The Weathsheaf Inn, Raby, commonly refferered to as ‘The Thatch’ for cheese and ‘a couple of drinks.’ A good way for many to sign off their season, and a good chance for a catch up. For more photos and full results from each TT, head to our Facebook page.

On behalf of the club, I’d like to thank all the riders for coming out and supporting the event, and to all the marshals who came out and supported the riders. And as always at a BNECC Club Time Trial, a special thank you goes to Dave Large for timekeeping. And finally, a huge thanks to Keith; who after 10 years of running these events announced that this year was to be his last as organiser. On behalf of BNECC, all the riders who’ve experienced a 5, and the Wirral Cycling Community as a whole, thank you Keith for all your hard work and effort over the last 10 years with these events.

2019 Birkenhead North End Hilly 22

Once again Good Friday was the date for our first event of the year, our Annual Hilly 22 Mile Time Trial on the D22/1 course at Broxton. The 2019 event was held on the morning of 19th April.

The weather for this years event was just about as far away from last years as you can get, with a cold, dark and gloomy day being replaced with glorious sunshine and temperatures eventually reaching over 20°; it truly felt like it was a late spring event, not one held at Easter.

Following the success of an Event HQ relocation to Farndon Sports & Social Club for the 2018 edition, it was decided to once again use the facilities there, which once again proved to be a great addition to the event, meaning sign on and post-race refreshments and results were all indoors, as well as having toilet facilities for competitors and their supporters.

87 riders took to the start line (of 103 entrants) on this beautiful spring morning ready to tackle 22 miles of rolling Time Trial Course, leaving everything they have on the road in pursuit of the fastest times possible.


Results

Results Board (1/3)
Results Board (2/3)

Results Board (3/3)

For 2019 we had 7 Individual Categories, plus a Team Category for those Clubs/Teams with 3 or more entrants. The Individual Categories for 2019 were:

  • Juvenile (U16)
  • Junior (U18)
  • Espoir (U23)
  • Veteran Female (V40+)
  • Veteran Male (V40+)
  • Female (23-39)
  • Male (23-39)

For the Juvenile, Junior and Espoir Categories prizes were only awarded for the First Placed riders in each category. For the other individual categories, prizes were awarded for the fastest three riders.

The winner of the Juvenile Category was Max Jones of Birkenhead North End CC, with a time of 59:04.

The winner of the Junior Category was Adam Smith of Innovation Racing Team, with a time of 48:58

The winner of the Espoir Category was George Higgins of Birkenhead North End CC, with a time of 49:29.

Veteran Female

The third placed rider in the VF category was Elaine Jewkes of Port Sunlight Wheelers, with a time of 1:05:56. The second placed rider was Chester Road Club’s Louise Tobias, with a time of 1:00:58. The winner in the VF category was Alison Buckley of Niteriders, with a time of 58:56.

Veteran Male

The third placed rider in the VM category was Kevin Larmer of Port Sunlight Wheelers, with a time of 50:36. The second placed rider was Wrexham Roads Club’s Mark Jones, with a time of 49:14. The winner in the VM category was David James Williams of Velotik Racing Team, with a time of 46:58.

Female

The third placed rider in the Female category was Chester Road Club’s Rebecca Holland, with a time of 57:54. The second placed rider was Keri Parton of Pro Vision Cycle Clothing, with a time of 54:45. The winner in the Female category was Liverpool Century Road Club’s Kate Giddings, with a time of 54:11.

Male

The third placed rider in the Male category was Tom Brazier of Synergy Cycles Race Team, with a time of 46:18. The second placed rider was Manchester Bicycle Club’s Alexander Royale, with a time of 45:04. The winner in the Male category was Joseph Dobson, also of Manchester Bicycle Club, with an amazing time of 44:57.

Teams

Prizes are awarded to the fastest 3 riders of the team with the shortest combined time of their 3 fastest riders. This year the winner of the Team Competition was Manchester Bicycle Club with Joseph Dobson, Alexander Royale and Hugh English, with a total combined time of 2:21:25.

The second and third fastest teams were Wrexham Roads Club and Velotik Racing Team, with 2:25:28 and 2:26:50, respectively.

BNECC

The fastest Birkenhead North End CC rider on the day was George Higgins with a time of 49:29.


I would like to thank Mr Clive Wilkinson for once again organising and hosting a wonderful event on behalf of Birkenhead North End CC; and to all of the Marshalls and Helpers from the club, without whom events like these simply can’t go ahead. A special thanks also goes out to the Timekeepers for this event, Dominic McGinness (Start) and Kate Wooder (Finish) for their essential role in the running of the event.

And also, on behalf of Clive, and everyone at Birkenhead North End CC, I’d like to thank all the riders for coming along and testing themselves against the clock, some to try and take a win, many just simply to race against themselves, which truly is the beauty of Time Trialling. We hope to see many of you for our next CTT Open event, The Jackie Mac Memorial (25) TT on Sunday, 30th June. Full details of that event can be found here: https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/19112

Marshalling Rota 2019

Jacky Mac Marshalling Rota 2019

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 Scott Smith at the following email address: birkenheadnorthendcc@gmail.com

Date/Time

Event/Event type & contact

Course

Allocations

19/04/2019

8am

22 mile hilly

(OPEN)

Contact: Clive Wilkinson

D22/1

(HQ:Broxton)

18 Marshalls: Brandon Ridgway, Jeff Vernon, Allyn Cunningham, Keith Boardman, Geoff Brandt, Steve Jones, Geoff Dutton, Andy Templeman, Cheryl Templeman, Barry Jones, Mark Jones, Helen Jones, Simon Ball, Brad Smith, Pete Davies, Lionel Harvey, Pete Smith, Dave Large, John Forbes, Helen Forbes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

********FULL********

02/05/2019

7pm

10 mile

(CLUB)

Contact: Ian Clarke

Course:Saighton

(HQ:Outside Abbey Gate College)

8 Marshalls: Brandon Ridgway, Pete Davies, Brian Jones, Steve Jones, Barry Jones, Chris Bujac, Lionel Harvey, John Lyth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

********FULL********

30/05/2019

7pm

10 mile

(CLUB)

Contact: Ian Clarke

Course:Saighton

(HQ:Outside Abbey Gate College)

8 Marshalls: Brian Jones, Allyn Cunningham, John Kent, Conrad Rafique, Chris Bujac, Brandon Ridgway

16/06/2019

7am

WCTTCA 50 mile

(OPEN)

Contact: John Lyth

D50/3r

(HQ:Prees)

4 Marshalls: John Forbes , David Petit, Andy Petit 

27/06/2019

7pm

10 mile

(CLUB)

Contact: Ian Clarke

Course:Saighton

(HQ:Outside Abbey Gate College)

8 Marshalls: Chris Bujac, John Simpson, Andy Phillipson, Claire Lloyd, Steve Jones, Brad Smith, Steve Thomas, Stuart Whatling, Ewan Whatling 

*****FULL*****

30/06/2019

8am

BNECC 25 mile

(OPEN)

Contact:John Owens

D25/8e

(HQ:Prees)

 

14 Marshalls: Keith Boardman, Steve Jones, Andy Templeman, John Kent, John Simpson, Mike Garner, Lewis Ball, Simon Ball, Stuart Whatling, Ewan Whatling

14/07/2019

9am

WCTTCA 100 mile

(OPEN)

Contact: John Lyth

D100/1

(HQ:Wollerton Village Hall)

3 Marshalls: Andy Black, John Lyth, George Aldridge

25/07/2019

7pm

10 mile

(CLUB)

Contact: Ian Clarke

Course:Saighton

(HQ:Outside Abbey Gate College)

8 Marshalls: Andy Black, Mike Garner, Dave Simmons, Barry Jones, John Lyth, Steve Thomas, Mark Jones, Helen Jones

18/08/2019

6am

WCTTCA 12 Hour

(OPEN)

Contact: John Lyth

Course:D12/1

(HQ:Prees)

4 Marshalls: Geoff Dutton, John Lyth, Doreen Lyth

22/08/2019

7pm

10 mile

(CLUB)

Contact: Ian Clarke

Course:Saighton

(HQ:Outside Abbey Gate College)

8 Marshalls: Conrad Rafique, Simon Ball, Lewis Ball, Brandon Ridgway, Paul Lawton, Keith Boardman, Nicole Clarke

tbc

All day

Birkenhead Park Races

Contact:

John Forbes

(HQ: Birkenhead Park Rugby Club)

AM 20 Marshalls:PM (11.30-2) 20 Marshalls:

 

 

 

2018 Leverhulme GP

The High Point of the 2018 Road Racing Calendar for the Club was the Luverhulme Grand Prix in Birkenhead Park, which we hosted on Sunday 22ndJuly alongside Pedalare. The day was a success with everyone enjoying racing and spectating the day-long event.

You can find Cycling UK’s report of the event here:

LeverHulme GP Bike Race-Report