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Birdwell Wheelers season of Club events started on Tuesday with the 1st of four 5 mile timetrials on a sporting course from Thurgoland to Hoylandswaine roundabout and back.


Five Wheelers and six visitors braved the bitterly cold weather. The first Wheeler home was Dan Taylor in 13m 40s  and Trevor Mayne was 2nd in 14m 27s. The first two on handicap were Greg Godley in 11m 22s and Austin Watson in 12m 12s. The second round takes place on Tuesday over the same course.


Greg Godley 1st on handicap © Mossienet Photography



The previous weekend Dan Taylor rode in the Otley 25 mile timetrial on the old A1 at Boroughbridge. His time of 57m 55s placed him 17th in a strong field of 70 riders.


Also that weekend Paul Heggie rode in the Ogmore Valley Wheelers 25 mile timetrial at Hirwaun in S Wales. His time of 57m 52s only placed him 84th but was good enough for a new personal best at the distance , also setting a new club age record.


Saturday saw Trevor Mayne and Dave Scargill ride in the LVRC (League of Veteran Racing Cyclists) Derek Smith Memorial Road Race on an undulating course at Halifax. Scargill finished in 3rd place in his age group while Mayne finished 10th in his .


Sunday’s club run saw Dave Hudson, Dave Scargill, Phil Adams, Roger Bacon ,Neil Addy and Rob Parkes ride a 90 mile loop to Naburn and back.


Birdwell’s Open 25 mile timetrial takes place tomorrow (29th) at Hatfield Woodhouse starting at 2pm. The next day club members will be out in force watching the 3rd and last stage of the Tour de Yorkshire as it once again enters Barnsley Borough.


More details on all the above can be found in the links on the left.



April 8th saw the running of Birdwell Wheelers first Open Timetrial of the season at Hatfield Woodhouse. Two sets of roadworks, one only notified on the day, meant the event had to be rerouted and shortened from 10 to 7.5 miles.

The weather was glorious and fastest on the day and winner of the Taylor Trophy was Dan Barnett of Team Bottrill. Wheelers Dan Taylor was 7th ,Trevor Mayne 15th and Tom Booth 21st and first under 19.

The women’s event was won by Karen Ledger of Rutland CC and the club were delighted that Alison Martin, granddaughter of the club’s founder Jim Carr, was there in person to present Karen with the Jim Carr Trophy which Alison has donated to the club for the fastest women in the 10 mile Open.

Karen Ledger receives the Jim Carr Trophy from Alison Martin © R Booth Photography


The road bike event was won by Oliver Bridgewood of Spokes BPC Racing .


In last Sunday’s Out of the Saddle road race at Braithwell ,Wheeler Shaun Dolby missed the break but still managed  11th place in the bunch sprint.


On Good Friday Trevor Mayne rode in the 22 mile Buxton Mountain Time Trial over 2 laps of a hilly course at Longstone Edge. His time of 1h 5m 54s was good enough for 11th overall and 2nd overall in the road bike category.


The next day saw 16 year old Tom Booth ride in the 21 mile North Midlands Championship over a demanding course starting at Fox Valley. His time of 55m 48s placed him 15th overall and 2nd Junior.


On the same day Wheelers Paul Mason and Paul Heggie rode the Otley 10 mile Time Trial at Boroughridge on the old A1 in a full field of 111 starters. Despite very strong winds Mason’s 22m 41s put him in 17th place and 6th in the 40-49 year old category while Heggie’s 25m 58s placed him 70th and 4th in the 60-69 year old category.


On Easter Sunday Phil Adams and Dave Hudson completed a 70 mile loop to Misterton just avoiding the afternoon’s rain.


More details on all the above can be found in the links on the left



Last weekend saw Wheeler Dan Taylor ride in the Border Wheelers hilly 20 mile time trial near Carlisle. His time of 50m 56s was good enough for 11th overall.


Dan Taylor riding to 11th place at Carlisle        © R Booth Photography


Shaun Dolby ,Trevor Mayne and Dave Scargill have just returned from a training week in Majorca which should set them up for a successful season ahead.


The Sunday club run saw half a dozen Wheelers head out on a loop to Torworth. This Sunday sees the club ride out to Slaithwaite at 9.15 from the Brewers Fayre roundabout at Brampton.  Visitors are welcome.


Entries for the club’s Open 10 mile time trial at Hatfield Woodhouse on April 8th have just closed and the Madison Genesis rider Connor Swift ,last year’s winner is the top name on the start sheet.


More details on all the above can be found in the links on the left.



Last weekend was another busy one for members of Birdwell Wheelers. On Saturday a strong team of Dan Taylor, Trevor Mayne, Junior Tom Booth and Greg Godley rode the Bolsover & District 10 mile time trial at Cuckney.


Taylor finished 10th in 21m 40s closely followed by Mayne in 21m 44s. Booth finished 22nd in 22m 42s , a new course PB and good enough for 2nd placed Junior while Godley finished in 25m 11s.


Dan Taylor riding to 10th place at Cuckney        © R Booth Photography


The following day saw the first of the club’s Audax events, a 105km loop from Birdwell Community Centre out to Snaith and back.


Wheelers Tony Lodge, Paul Mynett, Rodger Holmes, Roger Bacon, Trevor Mayne ,Tom Booth, Dave Hudson, Austin Watson, Phil Adams, John Woodhouse and Neil Addy were joined by 23 other entrants. They had to battle very strong headwinds on the return leg but all riders completed the route inside the target time with Mayne and Booth the first two riders home.


Sunday’s club run is a 50 mile loop to Torworth starting at Brewers Fayre Wombwell at 9:15. Prospective members are welcome to join in.


More details on all the above can be found in the links on the left



The 2nd week of the racing season was again a successful one for Birdwell Wheelers.


On Saturday in the North Midlands Veteran Time Trial Association (NMVTTA) 14 mile event at Cuckney Trevor Mayne finished 6th overall in 34m 04s which also placed him 5th on VTTA handicap. Tom Booth in 35m 47s was a fine 14th overall and 1st Junior.

Trevor Mayne NMVTTA 14  © R Booth


The next day saw Booth, Dan Taylor and Paul Heggie ride in the Yorkshire Cycling Federation (YCF) 10 mile event at Fairburn. Taylor despite suffering from a heavy cold finished 10th in 22m 40s. Booth in 24m 06s was 22nd overall and 1st Junior while Heggie recorded a course PB in 26m 40s.

Tom Booth YCF 10  © R Booth

Dan Taylor YCF 10  © R Booth

Paul Heggie YCF 10  © R Booth


Also on Saturday John Woodhouse, Rob Parkes, Steve Myatt and Rodger Holmes rode in the 104km Three Fields Audax event. Starting at Alfreton the route took them through Clumber Park to Bothamsall then onto Southwell before returning to Alfreton. All completed the ride in well under the time limit.


Sunday was also the date for the club’s annual 50 miles in 4 hours reliability ride. Starting at Brewers Fayre Brampton the ride followed a loop through Askern, Darrington, Purston Jaglin, Ryhill, Grimethorpe and back to the start. The ride was completed by Roger Bacon, Rodger Holmes, John Woodhouse, Neil Addy, Phil Adams, Dave Scargill, Trevor Mayne, Rob Parkes and Steve Myatt all within the allotted 4 hours.


This Sunday the club is running its own 110km Audax event over a flattish route out to Snaith. Entries are available on the day from 9am at Birdwell Community Centre Rockingham Street Birdwell.  £6/£8 depending on status.


More details on all the above can be found in the links on the left.



The racing season got off to a flying start last weekend for members of Birdwell Wheelers. On Saturday in the first event at the new cycle circuit at Sandal, Wheeler Shaun Dolby rode in the 40 lap Category 2/3/4 race organised by Barnsley Road Club.


Two riders went away from the off and stayed away for the whole race. At half distance Dolby managed to get into a break of 4 riders but they were unable to shake off the pursuing group. With 5 laps to go two more riders broke away and in the ensuing sprint Dolby finished in a top 10 place.


On the same day Trevor Mayne rode Matlock CC’s 21 mile time trial on one of his favourite hilly courses. His time of 1h 1m 33s was good enough for 6th veteran and 12th overall.


The following day Wheelers Dan Taylor, junior Tom Booth and Greg Godley rode in Featherstone CC’s 10 mile time trial at Fairburn. Taylor finished 5th in 22m 40s , Booth was 14th in 23m 40s which placed him 1st Junior in a new course PB and Godley also achieved a course PB in 25m 43s.


Sunday’s club run saw Dave Scargill, Dave Hudson, Austin Watson, Steve Myatt, Rodger Holmes, Rob Parkes, Shaun Dolby, John Woodhouse and Phil Adams ride a cold and wet 80 mile loop to Cawood.


The club’s next meeting is  tonight (Friday 10th Mar) at Birdwell Community Centre Rockingham Street starting at 7:30 and prospective members are welcome to attend.


Sunday’s club run will meet at 9:15 at the Brewers Fayre roundabout Brampton and visitors are welcome.


More details on all the above can be found in the links on the left



Last Sunday saw members of Birdwell Wheelers take part in their opening event of 2017.


Steve Myatt, Roger Holmes, Rob Parkes, Bob Waterhouse, Austin Watson, Dave Hudson and John Woodhouse joined 200 riders on the hilly “Hopey New Year” annual 100 km Audax  event which included 1750 metres of climbing.


The route took them from the Hope Valley via Bakewell, Ashbourne, Longnor and returning through Tideswell to Bradwell . They all completed the route within the time limit and were glad that unlike previous years the weather stayed fair!


Wheelers Dave Hudson and Austin Watson at the finish of the Hopey New Year Audax


The club’s next meeting is the AGM (Friday 13th Jan) at Birdwell Community Centre Rockingham Street starting at 7:00 and prospective members are welcome to attend.


Sunday’s club run will meet at 9:15 at the Brewers Fayre roundabout Brampton and visitors are welcome. The ride will be approximately 50 miles in total.


More details on all the above can be found in the links on the left.