The Tour de France Grand Depart Stage 1
--------------- Saturday 5th July 2014 ---------------

Still looking for somewhere to watch Stage 1 or somewhere to stay to be within reach of both stages? Well being a Wheelers member has certain benefits... ...John Baxter, founder member of the club and workhorse for just about anything we do has been working with organising groups to offer camping and viewing of the race at decent rates. He has secured a great spot to view the Stage from for all Seacroft members; it's somewhere where we can all group, stick up Wheelers banners and flags and hopefully be seen en masse by the world as the race and media passes us all. And of course we will all also be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of this great club! Great work as ever John.
Full details, are on this page... SW TdF Yorkshire

 Seacroft Wheelers Vertex:Ride Easter Road Races
--------------- Sunday 30th March 2014 ---------------

This was a very successful and amazingly popular event last year, so the club has agreed to promote two races for 2014 again, with kind sponsorship from Vertex:Ride. There will be a Regional 'B' Cat 3 & 4 60km race and a Regional 'A' Cat 2, 3 & 4 race over 93km. Entry is only via the British Cycling website. To be held on the Bishopwood circuit near Selby. For all of the full details, course map and entry please see this page... SW Easter Road Race

  Social Evening, Wednesday 5th February.

The meeting place for the next social gathering, (for paid up Wheelers members only), is The Roundhay Fox, which coincidentally is right next to where the Leeds Planning Department decided to build Roundhay Park, which by some astounding accident ended up being situated in the area us locals like to call Roundhay. Hopefully this will be well attended. Banter, ale, orange juice and coffee, ...come and listen to Mike in full flow. Erm... actually let's not go into that! - 7:30pm onwards.

Seacroft Wheelers Reliability Trials, Sunday 26th January.

Start and Finish - Squires Café Bar, Sherburn-in-Elmet.
Car park, refreshments and toilets available.
ROUTE 1 -- 80km (50 miles)
Sign-on and start from 8.30 - 9.45am, Latest finish 1.30pm.
Micklefield - Towton - Tadcaster - Wetherby -Sicklinghall - Harewood Bridge - Weardley - Alwoodley - Shadwell - Thorner - Aberford - Sherburn.
ROUTE 2 -- 50km (31 miles)
Sign-on and start from 9.45 - 10am, Latest finish 12.15pm.
Micklefield - Towton - Stutton - Bramham - Thorner - Aberford - Sherburn.
ENTRY at the start £3 - (Includes insurance). MORE HERE.
See this event on the Cyclosport website for map etc.

...and here is a write up from Antony with a list of finishers before the cut off time. -Roundup-

  The Club Annual Dinner will be on Sunday 19th January.

Our annual dinner and trophy presentation lunch is to be held at Sant Angelo Italian Restaurant which is on the High Street in Wetherby. Our guest speaker is Matt Stephens, a guy who had a very illustrious professional cycling career both here and on the continent before starting a media career that now sees him commentating on Eurosport and ITV4 particularly with the ToB and other national races. The cost is £20 for adults and £16 for under 18's and the meal will commence at 12:30. Anyone interested in a ride to get an appetite before the meal is to meet at The Riverside carpark in Wetherby for 10:00am.

This turned out to be a brilliant afternoon. Our guest Matt was on top form, informative and in great humour... ...we would like to thank him for his time and for being a great guest raconteur and prize presenter! Everyone who attended thoroughly enjoyed the occasion. Thanks also to everyone at Sant Angelo for the good food and service.

  The Club Annual General Meeting will be on Saturday 4th January.

The Club AGM will be held at the Parish Hall, St Mary's Church, Church Lane, Kippax LS25 7HF on 4th Jan 2014 from 1pm -4pm. This is your chance as Club Members to get involved and have your say on how the club is run and the direction it takes over the coming year and beyond. If you have a suggested agenda item please PM 'BG' the details on the club forum and it will be put to the committee when we meet in mid December.
 

  Jonathan Noble Memorial Cyclo-Cross.
-------------Roundup from Steve Barnes-------------

Many thanks to all that turned out to help on Sunday 6th October for the clubs Jonathan Noble Cyclocross. All went very well with no complaints and the only major incident being the youth event start crash; a big thanks to Julie Smithies for sorting out the injured parties. Tea and cake were all sold bar a few butties and a nice profit made for the club, cheers John and Sylvia for coordinating that. I know that marshalling can be a long day at a cross event and trying to pack so many races into a short period means there is not much rest in-between events, but thanks to you guys it all ran like a Swiss watch (almost). Cheers to the lads, Frank and Audrey that turned out for the 7.00am start to set the course out. Also thanks to some of the non-Seacroft Wheelers members for their help, the commissaires, Tim Evans and Nikola Butler, Phil and Nora for lap scoring the under 12's event, Mandy (my Mrs) and Mandy P for the signing on duties and members of the YCCA for their support. If I missed you off above sorry, thanks to all. - Steve.

Some stats on entries: Youth (12-16 year old) - 55 riders; Under 12's - 100 riders; Women (senior/Junior) and Vets(40 +) - 137 riders; Senior and Junior men - 53 riders. That's a total of 345 riders signing on, breaking the record for a Yorkshire Points event.

As webmaster I think I can and should speak for us all in thanking Steve himself for organising such a brilliant event yet again! Loads of hard work bringing it all together behind the scenes made to look easy.

'Spadger's Ride', Saturday 13 October.

Held in memory of the late Lewis Barry and in aid of charities, 'Spadger's Ride has been an enormous success in the last three years with almost 600 cyclists taking part last time, including a large contingent of Seacroft Wheelers.
This year the ride will be held on Sunday 13th October from 10.30am and will start at Lotherton Hall, taking in Church Fenton, Selby, Cawood, Ryther, Ulleskelf, Tadcaster, Bramham, Thorner, Scholes and Barwick before returning.
As well as this 80km route based on Lewis' favourite training circuit, there's also a 50km option.
Participants will receive a commemorative wristband and there will be refreshments at the HQ finish.
Enter online here, in advance £5, or £6 on the line, with proceeds going to two charities, CRY - Cardiac Risk in the Young and The Dave Rayner Memorial Fund. Poster.pdf,   Spadger's Ride website

  Jonathan Noble Memorial Cyclo-Cross, Sun 6th October.

The winter cyclo-cross season is now underway and Seacroft Wheelers will promote Round 5 of the Yorkshire Points series on Sunday the 6th of October. The Jonathan Noble Memorial event held at Temple Newsam Park is one of the most popular meetings on the calendar and organiser Steve Barnes will require the assistance of as many members as possible on the day to ensure another successful promotion. If you are able to help please advise Steve in advance. details

Club Race Meeting at York Circuit.

Richard is organising a club-members-only race meeting on the York Cycle Circuit, for Sunday 22nd September at 10am-12am, to comprise of:

* 15min practice / warmup session;
* 1-lap Individual Timetrial, set off at 30-sec intervals;
* 12-lap Handicap Scratch Race with handicap based on TT times;
* "Devil" Elimination Race (run on the short circuit - approx 40 laps).

There will be results for each individual race, but also an overall "Omnium" result based on scores across all three races. There will be awards for Seniors, Vets, Juniors & Women within the results.
Entry fee for the event will be £4 each, which will go towards venue hire, BC event registration and insurance costs. We will award club prizes at the Annual Dinner.

Open 25m Time Trial - Sunday 1st Sept 2013.

For the 3rd year running Seacroft wheelers are holding an open 25 mile Time Trial on the V236/1 Topcliffe to South Kilvington 2 lap course. There are separate events for Men, Women (BAR event) and Tandems with a total field of 119 riders. The 1st rider, Seacroft Wheelers own Lynn Hanson, will start at 8.03am.

We have had good days for the previous 2 runnings of the event with many personal best times recorded so here's hoping for similar conditions again for the riders. For any Seacroft Wheelers at a loose end on Sunday morning please come along and give your support.

All of the August Seacroft TT Results are now in...

To go to the Results page... Click me! ...or click the Results button on the left.

Cyclesense 2013 Evening League Results - SO FAR.

...are here... Results so far.

Summer Cyclocross and Mountain Bike Training.

Mike Farthing is running some extra offroad training sessions for July/August. These will be held at Temple Newsam Park, next to the BMX track, on Wednesday evenings starting at 7.00pm. All riders are welcome.
The dates are 24th July, 7th Aug, 21st Aug and 28th Aug.
Working on skills for cyclocross and mountain biking. Details here.

Fred attempts Le Haute Route Pyrenees.

Combining 750km cycling distance with 20,300 metres vertical ascent and 19 Pyrenean mountain cols (in Spain and France) and every day with a cut-off time. Well, that's the summary of what's facing Fred in September. There is a little summary HERE...!

Tour de France Stage 1 - 2014

14th July at 7am from the Skyliner - A tough and fairly long distance ride through a few of the lumpy and scenic bits of God's Own County. Quite a few of the Ladies and Gents in the club feel up to giving it a good go and the weather is set fair and warm... Let's see how we get on!

Seacroft Wheelers Mont Ventoux Trip.

Arriving in Bedoin on the 25th May and leaving on the 1st June. A trip to the Windy Mountain, the Giant of Provence. Standing at 1912m, or 1.2 miles high this isn't for the feint hearted and is a tough cycling challenge. This is a trip organised by David Robertson with assistance from Malcolm Davidson, it will be the culmination of all the training put in by those signed up to go and attempt Les Cingles de Ventoux or to "just" attempt to get up the mountain once! It looks like one hell of a trip to one of the legendary cycling Meccas. To learn more or read a full report click HERE...!

CycleSense Thursday Evening Time Trial League & Results.

Sponsored by
CycleSense cycle dealers of Tadcaster the Evening Time Trial League takes place each Thursday from 2nd May to 8th August with a mix of distances up to 25 miles on courses in the Wetherby/Tadcaster/Cawood and Fairburn areas. With a generous prize list to be competed for by a wide range of categories the League presents an ideal opportunity for all abilities, expert or novice, to participate in Time Trial racing. It's as serious or as fun as you like and you can ride as many or as few events as you choose but competitors must be a First or Second claim member of one of the six participating clubs.
Full details HERE

Weekly results will be on the CycleSense website homepage usually the day following each event.

Seacroft Wheelers Club Time Trial Events.

Starting on the 25th April with another three events from 15th August, these club events are open to all members of CTT affiliated clubs. The circuits used are the Thorner Hilly 11 for solo and the Fairburn 10mile course for two up and three up events. An ideal opportunity for anyone to give Time Trialling a go. Just as the league above it can be as serious or as fun as you like and you can simply turn up with your entry fee for any event. The cost to enter is £3 for seniors and £2 for under 16's. Under 18's must provide a signed CTT club events parental consent form.
Full details of all four events are
HERE

GHS Rides, Sunday 14th April.

The traditionally popular Springtime rendezvous with cyclists from all corners of Yorkshire converging on Burnby Hall Gardens café, Pocklington. Local riders start at Lotherton Hall from 9.30am with a choice of 65 miles in 7 hours, 80m in 7hrs or the challenging 100 miles in 8 hours.

Entry £2.50 in advance, (contact Malcolm Davidson), or £3 on the line. Please note that there is also a car parking charge at Lotherton Hall.
Under 16's must produce a signed parental consent form on the day -
-- Strictly 'no form no ride'. -- Download one here.

  Seacroft Wheelers Easter Road Races, Sun 31st March.

Due to the ongoing popularity of this event, the club has agreed to promote two races for 2013. Regional 'B' Cat 3 & 4 60km and Regional 'A' Cat 2, 3 & 4 93km races. Entry only via the British Cycling website. To be held on the Bishopwwod circuit near Selby. For full details see this page... Open Events

 Social Evening, Wednesday 6th March.

The venue is The Gaping Goose, Garforth from around 7:30pm until whenever. Members only to chat about all things Wheelers related, all things bike related and all things totally unrelated too. Good company, camaraderie and eyewash guaranteed.

  Social Evening, Wednesday 13th February.

The course for the next social gathering is The Roundhay Fox, (aka The Silver Gerbil by those secretive TT folk), by Roundhay Park. Open to paid up members only, these are usually well attended. Much banter, much ale, (orange juice and coffee), much to plan and much too many tall, wide, high, fast, slow and in all probability long, tales to be told. Part III.

  Seacroft Wheelers Reliability Trials, Sun 27th January.

Seacroft Wheelers present the first in a series of Yorkshire reliability trials designed to help local cyclists build fitness for the coming season. Whether you are training for racing, sportive, touring or just for the fun of riding this is a great way to get the season off to a good start. Choice of 80km and 50km routes, entry on the line, parking and refreshments, open to all cyclists no need to be a club member. Full details

...and here is a list of finishers before the cut off time. -Roundup-

   Annual Christmas Lunch, Sunday 20th January.

The venue is The Owl at Hambleton, the time is 12:30 to eat at 1pm, the cost is £13.99 for a first claim member and £15.99 for second claim members, guests and family members not in the club. This is for a substantial 3 course lunch that will include tea or coffee. Your choice from the extensive menu along with payment must be given to Ian Wood beforehand to secure your booking. Cheques should be made payable to Seacroft Wheelers please.

Special guest of honour will be Andy Wilkinson. The holder of several time trial records including the 12 hour and 24 hour distance records and former BBAR title holder.

There will be a short bike ride as an appetiser beforehand should you wish to participate. This will leave from The Owl carpark at 10:00am and return in time to change and eat.
Details including the menu choices are here... menu details. SPOTY nomination details HERE!

 Social Evening, Wednesday 2nd January.

The venue is The Gaping Goose, Garforth from around 7:30pm until whenever. Members only to chat about all things Wheelers related, all things bike related and all things totally unrelated too. Good company and camaraderie guaranteed.

 Seacroft Wheelers AGM, Saturday 29th December.

The Annual General Meeting will take place at the Lower Hall, St. Mark's Parish Church, Kippax at 2pm. If you want to raise an item for the agenda then please contact Chris Beetham before the deadline of 26th December. All welcome and invited to contribute to the future of Seacroft Wheelers, but only first claim members are eligible to vote on any item.

 Social Evening, Wednesday 5th December.

The venue for this first social gathering was at The Roundhay Fox, by Roundhay Park. Open to paid up members only, was very well attended. Much banter was partaken in, much ale was drunk, (and orange juice and coffee), much was planned and many tall tales were told. An excellent evening was generally had.
Next one planned for 2nd January (see above).

   Ladies Ride, Sunday 4th November.

The next in our popular series of rides for ladies. A 25-30 mile, mainly flat route. All welcome including children (see details), no need to be a club member, easy pace suitable for all ages and abilities and led by British Cycling trained 'Breeze Champion' ride leaders Julie Smithies and Amy Foulerton. full details

  Novice Rides now go EVERY Sunday.

If you'd love to get out for a Sunday morning bike ride with like minded friends but are maybe a little apprehensive about Club cycling then these rides are just for you. Led by British Cycling trained ride leaders and designed especially with beginners in mind, the 'Novice' rides have a speed and distance tailored to suit the group members present on the day; typically 30 miles at 8-12mph including a welcome café stop half way. No need to be a club member, everybody welcome. see further details

  Jonathan Noble Memorial Cyclo-cross, Sun 7 October.

The winter cyclo-cross season is now underway and Seacroft Wheelers will promote Round 5 of the Yorkshire Points series on Sunday 7 October. The Jonathan Noble Memorial event held at Temple Newsam Park is one of the most popular meetings on the calendar and organiser Steve Barnes will require the assistance of as many members as possible on the day to ensure another successful promotion. If you are able to help please advise Steve in advance. details

'Spadger's Ride', Saturday 13 October.

Held in memory of the late Lewis Barry and in aid of charities, 'Spadger's Ride was an enormous success last year with almost 400 cyclists taking part, including a large contingent of Seacroft Wheelers.
This year the ride will be held on Saturday 13th October from 10.30am and will again start at Garforth, taking in Church Fenton, Selby, Cawood, Ryther, Ulleskelf, Tadcaster, Bramham, Thorner, Scholes and Barwick before returning to Garforth.
As well as this 50-mile route based on Lewis' favourite training circuit, there's also a 34-mile option.
Participants will receive a commemorative wristband and there will be refreshments at the HQ finish planned at Garforth Academy.
Entry online in advance £5, or £6 on the line, with proceeds going to two charities, CRY - Cardiac Risk in the Young and The Dave Rayner Memorial Fund. Poster.pdf,   Spadger's Ride website

   Ladies Ride, Sunday 7th October.

The next in our popular series under the British Cycling 'Breeze' Rides for Ladies banner, a 30 mile, mainly flat outing to Scalm Park, near Sherburn. All welcome including children (see details), no need to be a club member, easy pace suitable for all ages and abilities and led by British Cycling trained 'Breeze Champion' ride leaders Julie Smithies and Amy Foulerton. full details

  Novice Ride, Sunday 30th September.

If you'd love to get out for a Sunday morning bike ride with like minded friends but are maybe a little apprehensive about Club cycling then these rides are just for you. Led by British Cycling trained ride leaders and designed especially with beginners in mind, a regular series of 'Novice' rides with speed and distance tailored to suit the group members present on the day, but typically 30 miles at 8-12mph including a welcome café stop half way. No need to be a club member, everybody welcome. see further details

 Ladies Ride, Sunday 23rd September.

Despite a cool start there were double the numbers along for the second of our popular series of British Cycling 'Breeze' Sunday morning Ladies rides from John Smeaton Sports Centre. 13 riders enjoyed a crisp but dry and bright morning spin to the Tykes Tea Rooms stop at Tadcaster where hot tea and buns were much appreciated. Watch out for details of our next easy pace outing suitable for all ages and abilities and led by British Cycling trained 'Breeze Champion' ride leaders Julie Smithies and Amy Foulerton. full details

Seacroft Wheelers Open 25 mile TT, 2nd September.

Following the successful promotion of the open 25 mile time trial last year, Sunday 2nd September saw the second running of what is hopefully to become an annual event.  It was another good day, perhaps not quite as good as last year, but there wasn’t too much wind and it became steadily warmer as the event went on and this resulted in some impressive times.  The field was even bigger than last year with almost a full field for the men’s event which was won by Andy Jackson from Team Swift in a stunning time of 50 minutes and a single second.  Although he was a little frustrated to be 2 seconds off a ‘49’ it was a convincing win for him by over 2 minutes.

There were also some good performances by Seacroft riders.  Nick Hanson was the fastest in 56.50, followed by John Smithies (in only his 2nd ‘25’) who did an excellent 57.23 beating Pete Nixon for the first time this year by only 10 seconds.  Newcomer to the club Phil Batin, riding his first ever time trial, managed to just scrape ‘under' with an impressive 59.59.  Organiser Ian Lazenby was feeling the effects of the organisation role and decided not to ride.

In the ladies BAR event it was again a win for Katherine Pimlott (Ilkley CC) with personal best of 1.00.18.  Julie Smithies from Seacroft Whs was riding her first ‘25’ and did 1.11.38 which was enough to win the ladies handicap prize.

Many thanks to all the members and friends of the club who helped out on the day and the fantastic donation of cakes.  Ian.   Results Men,  Women,   Tandem.

Ladies 'Breeze' Ride to South Milford, 26 August.

In the first of a new periodic series of Sunday morning 'girls only' rides 7 ladies enjoyed cycling out to South Milford and back on quiet roads, including a welcome café stop and chat. Organised by Seacroft Wheelers member Julie Smithies, under the British Cycling 'Breeze' banner, the rides are planned to provide an easy introduction to cycling for women of all ages and abilities. Led by 'Breeze' Champion Julie, along with Amy Foulerton, the 25 miles were completed in perfect weather conditions at a relaxed pace of 8.4 mph. The next ride will be on 23rd September.  Photos

 

Autumn/Winter Club clothing order.

A new order for club clothing is now being collated. All club design clothing is heavily subsidised by the club to members. Also new members are able to order their first S/S jersey at just £18. Orders to be emailed or phoned to Phil Beever at philipbeever[at]btinternet[dot]com. The order will be placed when the minimum quantity is reached.

                              ... and now available in pink.

 

Now available to order, especially as an option for the club ladies, the same extensive range of club clothing in cerise pink and light blue. Garment cut and sizes as per standard colours.

Club clothing and ordering details

Cyclo-cross training starts 6 September.

Mike Farthing's cyclo-cross training sessions resume on the 6 September, from 7pm at East End Park. Cyclo-cross is an excellent way to maintain fitness over the winter and the club has a distinguished history in this branch of the sport. Even if you have no wish to compete these sessions offer a safe and enjoyable training option for the darker nights. details

Evening events results, 16, 23, 30 August.

The thursday evening events season came to a close with a 2-up 10 and 3-up 10, followed by the Jonathan Noble hilly 11 on the Thorner circuit. The events were well supported and the times can be found on the results page. Thanks to organiser John Smithies and all who turned out to assist throughout the season.

CycleSense Evening Time Trial League, final result.

Another successful Thursday Evening Time Trial League draws to a close with Mac Wontorowski (Wetherby Whs) taking the first claim title, and Mike Cross (Yorkshire RC 2c) the competition for second claim members. Pete Nixon emerged the best of the Seacoft riders in an excellent 2nd place overall after a close season long battle with John Smithies (5th overall) and Stu Wood (6th). Seacroft's Chris Barnes won the youth competition.
Thanks to all involved in promoting the League including original co-ordinator Mike Penrice, scorer Barbara Penrice, John Smithies for organising the 'Seacroft' nights and the participating clubs for their support organising, marshalling and competing and, not least, to CycleSense of Tadcaster for their continued generous sponsorship, please support them in return.

Final Result

Malcolm making headlines on Mont Ventoux.

Bradley Wiggins is not the only British cyclist to be hitting the headlines for his recent exploits in France as Seacroft Wheeler's own Malcolm Davidson again features prominently in the media following his second successful attempt at 'Les Cingles du Mont Ventoux' raising funds for mesothelioma and prostrate cancer charities.

Full story, photos, and how to give your support.

Radio Leeds Interview, Mon 30 July.

Malcolm will be interviewed on the Radio Leeds mid-morning programme from 10am on Monday 30th July.

Happy 80th Barbara.

Seacroft Wheelers founder, long time President and mainstay of the club, Barbara Penrice, recently celebrated her 80th birthday in fine style by chartering a coach on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for family and close friends. Although outings on the tandem with Mike are limited these days, Barbara is kept fit and well by dog Cassie on daily long walks around the Osgodby countryside.

 

Seacroft Wheelers Summer Cyclo-cross, 18 July.

The Seacroft Wheelers summer cyclo-cross promotion, round 7 of the YCCA Pedalsport Summer Series, held at Kippax Brigshaw High School, was a great success with large entries in the under 14s and over 14s races. Despite recent rain the course was in good condition for racing with Jenson Young (Pedalsport) taking the U14's event and Jack Clarkson (Hope Factory Racing) the Senior race. Seacroft's only rider, Chris Barnes (left), rode to a strong 3rd in the U16 category. Thanks to organiser Chris Beetham with the support of members and friends on the night. result & report

 

Paris pride and Ventoux vanquished, 23 June.

As Dave Smith and Fred Lyn rolled triumphantly into Paris on the third stage of their "epic" London-Paris sportive further south in France Malcolm Davidson was sucessfully completing the first of his three '2012 challenges' Club des Cinglés du Mont-Ventoux (see article below) cycling up and down Mont Ventoux by three different routes in the same day. Riding alongside friend and former Seacroft member Bernard Marsden, in temperatures up to 42ºC and through a raging Mistral, the 'Giant of Provence' was duly slain in 8 hours 40mins.

Bon chance les 'Wheelers.

The roads of France beckon as the club's 'foreign legion' depart for some of cycling's biggest amateur events in June and July. Experienced sportivers Dave Smith and Fred Lyn will tackle the tough three day, 315 mile London to Paris ride from 21-23 June, riding in the company of a host of cycling royalty including Stephen Roche, Maurizo Fondriest, Magnus Backstedt and Nigel Mansell?

Meanwhile, after receiving a "100% go ahead" from his specialist, Malcolm Davidson will be embarking on the first of a number of 'challenges' to revisit personal goals whilst raising money for charities (detailed below). Depending on local weather conditions 'Le Maitre' will tackle 'Les Cingles du Mont Ventoux' sometime around the 23rd June before moving on to the Alps for 'La Vaujany sportive on 1 July followed by 'the daddy of them all' La Marmotte on 7 July, hoping to lay the ghost of l'Alpe d'Huez where cramp forced a short stretch 'à pied' a few years ago.

'Mad' Mal's 'Cingles' challenge hits the headlines.

In the spirit of inspirational Yorkshire heroine Jane Tomlinson club member Malcolm Davidson continues to set arduous personal targets in the face of life threatening illness, raising funds for a number of charities. News of Malcolm's chosen 'challenge' for 2012 has now reached the regional media resulting in recent interviews on Radio Aire and 828, and spreads in the Yorkshire Evening Post and Leeds Weekly News.

In June, Malcolm will attempt to renew his membership of Club des Cinglés du Mont-Ventoux (Club of the crazy men of the windy mountain) by riding the infamous climb, and descents, three times in a single day, by three different routes totalling 136km in conditions which can range from freezing fog to 40 degree heat coupled with the notorious Mistral winds. Although in his 'younger' days (2009) 'grandad' Davidson has achieved this ride before, three difficult years later is sure to make one of the most feared and mercurial mountains in cycling an altogether more difficult challenge. Full story, and how to offer your support.

 

Mike's End to End, 3-22 May.

Mike Emery has joined an elite group of club members by completing the iconic John O' Groats to Land's End marathon cycle ride.

Unlike the faster Wood-Brumby-Bodell expedition of 2010 Mike chose the 'downhill' route setting off from John O' Groats in Scotland and in a 1072 mile, 20 day solo trip, was entirely self-sufficient carrying all equipment by pannier and camping or staying in B&B's overnight.

Facing the best and worst of the British weather en-route Mike lost 8lbs in weight on the journey and took a welcome 2 day 'holiday' in Penzance to recouperate before taking the train back to Leeds. Story & photos on the Forum.

 

Wetherby-Scarborough-Wetherby, Sun 3 June.

9 members, and 1 guest, shrugged off the cold, wet conditions to take on the club annual Long Distance Ride, this year run in conjunction with the 'Bigger Bike Ride' raising funds for Brain Tumour research. Despite almost incessant rain all completed the 126 mile Wetherby-Scarborough-Wetherby route with comparative ease, some setting personal 'distance' marks in the process. Thanks in no small part to the much appreciated support from John Baxter in the team car, whose moveable feast kept the riders well fuelled, and the roadside encouragements from Norma and Sue. Rider reactions and photos to follow on the Forum.

The Brain Tumour Research (BTRS) Just Giving page , a charity close to the club, is open for sponsorship and donations.

National Road Race Championships, Sun 24 June.

The National Road Race Championships are being held in North Yorkshire this year with the HQ, Start and Finish at Ampleforth. Clubrun destination for the day, Yearsley, which is on the circuit, gives an opportunity to see the Mens and Ladies races. It is hoped to arrange a car-assisted Social Ride to the same area, if you are interested, and possibly willing to drive, contact Richard Barker, full details on the Forum.

York Cycle Rally, 23/24 June.

Note the annual CTC York Rally is on the Knavesmire, York the same weekend. details

CycleSense Thursday Evening Time Trial League, results.

Weekly results can be found from the CycleSense website homepage usually the day following each event.

Sponsored by CycleSense cycle dealers of Tadcaster the Evening Time Trial League takes place each Thursday from 3 May to 9 August with a mix of distances up to 25 miles on courses in the Wetherby/Tadcaster/Cawood and Fairburn areas. With a generous prize list to be competed for by a wide range of categories the League presents an ideal opportunity for all abilities, expert or novice, to participate in Time Trial racing. It's as serious or as fun as you like and you can ride as many or as few events as you choose but competitors must be a First or Second claim member of one of the five participating clubs. full details

 Ladies Fun Ride, 22nd April.

The inaugural Seacroft Wheelers 'Ladies Fun Ride' was a great success despite unhelpful weather conditions, undeterred 61 ladies of mixed ages and abilities took to the road on a choice of 12, 24 or 36 mile rides whilst the men did the route marshalling and mechanical support chores, all enjoying excellent refreshments afterwards.

Thanks to organiser Julie Smithies and her team for promoting what hopefully will become an annual event, and to the members and friends of the club who helped on the day or provided refreshments. Photos

GHS Rides, Sunday 15 April.

A traditionally popular Springtime rendezvous with cyclists from all corners of Yorkshire converging on Burnby Hall Gardens café, Pocklington. Local riders start Lotherton Hall from 8.50am with a choice of 65 miles in 7 hours, 80m in 7hrs or the challenging 100 miles in 8 hours.

Entry £3 on the line. (note car parking charge at Lotherton Hall). Groups will start from 8.50am, please allow sufficient time in advance to register as there will be queues. details

 Invitation Ride, 8th April.

Despite a damp start 30 riders including a good number of 'new faces' enjoyed a leisurely local Invitation Ride to Lotherton Hall. We look forward to seeing you all out again on our regular Sunday Social rides and Clubruns.

 Seacroft Wheelers Spring Road Race, 25 March.

Early morning fog did little to dampen the enthusiasm of Karl Downes (Active CP Cycles) as he took control of the opening Road Race of the BC West Yorkshire calendar promoted by Seacroft Wheelers on the Bishop Wood circuit near Selby.

Breaking away on the first of nine laps in the 50 mile race Downes, later assisted by Tony Grassby (Peak Road CC) and Ben Roberts (Bridlington CC), held off the best efforts of the chasing bunch to take a well deserved but narrow sprint victory ahead of Grassby just as the spring sunshine began to emerge. report and result,

Photos by Print My Ride

There's much involved in staging a road race these days but with the willing help of members and friends of the club, and utilising the services of Community Traffic Management, expert organiser Ian Hirst delivered another very successful promotion. Thanks to all involved including drivers, marshalls, admin, catering and those donating refreshments.

 

 Sport Relief 'Turbo Challenge' fund raiser, 24 March.

A number of members staged a 'Turbo Challenge' to raise funds as part of Sport Relief weekend with a non-stop turbo trainer relay at Sainsbury's Centre, Colton. Taking turns on 'the rack' twelve members competed to complete a 16 mile virtual course with Ian Lazenby posting the fastest time.

The event also involved members of the public who were invited to see how quickly they could ride 400 metres on a stationary bike with prizes, generously donated by Drakes Cycles , Dave Rayner Cyclesport and Fine Fettle Cycles, for winners Noel Booth (fastest), Gail Barraclough (fastest Lady) and Harry Sanderson (fastest under 18).

At the end of a very worthwhile day of publicity for the club, incorporating some useful training!, well over £300 was raised for Sport Relief charities. report and photos on the Forum

Sportive Diary 2012.

The Sportive season is already underway with a number of members having had a warm-up in the Evans Harewood 75 mile event, but for Fred Lyn and Malcolm Davidson the serious business begins with the 'Cheshire Cat' on Sunday 25th March as a prelude to an ambitious list of events planned for both home and abroad. If any member is planning to ride a Sportive let the website 'Sportive Diary' know in the event that other members may also be tempted to join them. details

Spring/Summer Club clothing order.

Following the recent AGM Phil Beever has taken over the ordering of club clothing and it was agreed that in order to streamline the task orders will be now be placed twice yearly, in spring and autumn. A minimum of ten items are required before an order can be placed and at present Phil has orders for four items. Anyone who requires additional or replacement kit, or new members who are thinking of buying kit, should place an order in the next week or so to avoid disappointment. Orders to be emailed to Phil at philipbeever@btinternet.com. The order will be placed when the minimum quantity is reached.
Club clothing and ordering details

Seacroft Wheelers Reliability Trials, Sunday 29 January.

Another record breaking year for the Seacroft Wheelers season-opening Reliability Trials with 209 enthusiastic local cyclists signing on for the 30 and 50 mile routes. Despite the cold, road conditions were good and very efficient start and finish registration by organiser Antony Brumby and his team made sure the event ran smoothly and was enjoyed by all. Finishing lists.

NEW for 2012, 'Seacroft RELIABLE 5' award.

Open to paid-up 1st and 2nd claim members of Seacroft Wheelers only, a new club award to replace the much coveted, but now defunct, 'Ron's Reliable Five' medal. Simply! complete the long version of four local early season Reliability Trials and the Evans Harewood sportive to claim your gong and your name alongside previous RR5 winners. full details

Annual Prize Presentation and Luncheon, 22nd January, 2012.

With the recent increase in membership, an 'A-list' Guest of Honour and the promise of a 3 course meal for just £10 there were all the ingredients for an outstanding social occasion, and so it was for the club Annual Prize Presentation and Luncheon, which to accommodate the extra numbers of over 75 members and guests was this year held at The Owl Hotel, Hambleton. Following an excellent meal the prizewinners of the year were presented with their hard won awards by our Guest of Honour, Brian Robinson, including the well deserved 'Club Person of the Year' for Malcolm Davidson and the David Jakeman Merit award for Ian Lazenby. Photos

Thanks to Ian Wood and his team for organising the very successful occasion, to Mike Penrice for co-ordinating the awards and Prize Presentation and to CycleSense and all who donated prizes for the auction and raffle organised by John and Sylvia Baxter which raised over £230 for club funds.

And a special thanks to our Guest of Honour, Yorkshire's own Tour de France legend Brian Robinson. In a question and answer session Brian gave us a flavour of the life of a continental Pro in the 'steak and rice' days of the late fifties when he became the first Briton to finish Le Tour and the first 'coureur Anglais' to win a stage. If Brian's account of his trailblazing exploits has whetted your appetite then his biography 'Brian Robinson, Pioneer' is still available from Amazon and other bookshops.

National Trophy Cyclo-cross, final standings, 15 January.

Another strong end of season performance of 14th place in the final round of the National Trophy at Shrewsbury moved Chris Barnes up to an excellent 17th position out of 58 overall in the series final standings, U16's category. Despite ' a bad day at the office' for Seb Marsh (Paul Milnes RT) he'd already done in enough in previous rounds to cap a super season by making the top 10 with a final 9th position overall in the same U16's competition. In the Junior race Nick Barnes (Zepnat RT) also saved the best till last, 8th on the day being his best ride of the campaign to secure a very accomplished 12 place overall in the final adding up. report, results, final standings

'Mad' Mal goes 'National'.

He's long been an inspiration to clubmates and Yorkshire cyclists for his sporting prowess and, more recently, for remarkable resilience in the face of adversity and now Mal Davidson is set to inspire a much wider audience after featuring in the latest edition of a national publication.
Malcolm (pictured centre finishing the 2011 Tour of Britain sportive flanked by clubmates Andy Shearman and Fred Lyn) has been a member of the ProtecT Study into Prostrate cancer treatment since 2007 and the Winter 2011 issue of the Study magazine tells the story, including a welcome 'plug' for the club.

Malcolm's sponsorship page for the Tour of Britain ride on behalf of The Prostrate Cancer Charity is still open at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/madma

National Championships Cyclo-cross, 7-8 January.

It was a very worthwhile long trip to Ipswich for teams Barnes and Marsh competing in the cyclo-cross National Champs at Suffolk Cricket Club. Saturday saw strong rides in the Under 16's Youth race by Chris Barnes (left) in the Seacroft jersey and Seb Marsh (Paul Milnes RT) placing 24th and 14th respectively, whilst on Sunday Nick Barnes Zepnat RT) produced an outstanding performance for 8th place in the Junior title race. report and photos

Yorkshire Points final standings, 2 January.

Round 9 of the Yorkshire Points cyclo-cross at Todmorden brought the 2011 winter series to a close with Nick Barnes (Zepnat RT) clinching the Junior title overall with another strong ride in the Jun/Senior race, a just reward for consistent progress at the top level. Younger brother Chris taking 6th U16 boy with only 5 out of the required 7 qualifying rides, whilst on form Seb Marsh (Paul Milnes RT) had an excellent series finishing a super 2nd position overall in the U16's boys on just 6 appearances, including a number of wins along the way. In the battle of the V50s Chris Beetham (WYPCC) just pipped Garry Marsh in 16th & 18th place respectively whilst Steve Barnes (Zepnat RT) made the top 20 on only 5 finishes in the V40s, where Martin Clough also made two appearances in the Seacroft jersey. MTB downhill specialist Matthew Downes was our only representative in the Senior category finishing around 20th place on only 5 outings. final standings

 

2011 News archive