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17/11/2015


Birdwell Wheelers Annual prize Dinner was held last Saturday at The Edmunds Arms ,Worsbrough where 39 members and guests enjoyed a three course meal after which the club’s Trophies and prizes were presented by long standing club member Vic Fielding.


The major Trophy winners were:

Trevor Mayne:         

     Wombwell Cup, Hoyland Nether Cup, Derrick Ogden Cup, Merit Shield, BAR Cup

Shaun Dolby:       

     Paul Hunt Cup, Upperthorpe Rose Bowl, Roadman of the Year Cup

Neil Addy:

     Wentworth Cup, Dearnesider Cup

John Langston:

     Dearnesider Cup

Paul Mason:

      Dearnesider Shield

Allan Whittaker:

      Danum Cup       

John Woodhouse:

      Neil Cup

Ben Harvey:

      Simpson Cup

 

From L-R John Langston,Allan Whittaker,Trevor Mayne,Shaun Dolby,John Woodhouse,Paul Mason & Neil Addy

 

At the previous night’s club meeting a cheque for £225 was presented to Barnsley Hospice. The money was raised during the club’s annual “Rarnd Tarn” ride in October which traces the old Barnsley Borough boundary.

 

 

 

This Sunday’s club run to  Lotherton Hall leaves the Brewers Fayre roundabout on the junction of Wath Road and the A6195 at 9.15am prompt.

 

Further details about how to join Birdwell Wheelers can be found in the links on the left. 

03/11/2015

 

Last Sunday saw Neil Addy, Roger Bacon, Tom Booth, Greg Godley, Paul Heggie, Jack Hollington, Rodger Holmes, Dave Hudson,  Steve Myatt, Paul Mynett, Rob Parkes, Paul Saunders, Bob Waterhouse and Mark Whittaker set off in misty conditions for the club run to Carburton near Clumber Park.


The mist cleared and the group enjoyed an 80 mile ride in the late autumn sunshine taking in a café stop at The Old School House.


Members on the Club run at the entrance to Clumber Park © R Waterhouse


The club’s annual Prize Dinner is at the Edmunds Arms on the evening of Saturday 14th November.

 

This Sunday’s club run leaves the Brewers Fayre roundabout on the junction of Wath Road and the A6195 at 9.15am.

 

Further details about how to join Birdwell Wheelers can be found in the links on the left. 

27/10/2015

 

Wheeler Shaun Dolby rounded off a fine first season of racing at the CTT National Hill Climb Championship last Sunday.


The Championship took place on the 1600 yard course at Jackson Bridge which has an average gradient of 11% but ramps up in places to 20%.


Dolby climbed in 4m 47.2s and for a large part of the day was in 3rd place.


However the elite seeded riders towards the end of the event eventually pushed him down to 26th out of 225 finishers, the winner Richard Bussell finishing in 4m 15.6s .The 2014 winner at the Pea Royd climb in Stocksbridge, Dan Evans was 2nd in 4m 20.5s and 3rd was Joseph Clark in 4m 21.9s while the last placed rider finished in 8m 54s.


Dolby nears the finish!  © T Lodge


One final push as the chequered flag beckons! © T Lodge


Wheelers Steve Myatt, Rodger Holmes, Tony Lodge, Corey Crossland, Dave Hudson, Paul Mynett , Bob Waterhouse ,Trevor Mayne, Paul Heggie and two new members Henry Silverwood and Paul Saunders  rode out to watch Dolby and afterwards a number of the group rode home via the Windmills Café, Penistone, Thurgoland and Hood Green. 


This Sunday's club run will be to Carburton, meeting at the Brewers' Fayre PH, on the junction of Wath Road and the A6195, at 9.15am.


The club’s Annual Dinner and Prize Giving is on Saturday Nov 14th at the Edmunds Arms Worsbrough  

         

Further details on the above and how to join Birdwell Wheelers can be found at  http://www.birdwellwheelers.org.


20/10/2015

 

With next week’s National Hill Climb Championships at Jackson Bridge looming large, last Saturday Wheeler Shaun Dolby confirmed his run of good results by storming up Well Hill to Green Moor in 2m 23.0 s to win Birdwell Wheelers Club Hill Climb by a margin of more than 20 seconds ahead of British Cycling’s Rick Bailey . In the process he broke the existing course record of Mike Brown by more than 10 seconds.


Shaun Dolby awaiting the start of Birdwell Wheeler’s Hill Climb © P.Heggie

 

 

 

Shaun Dolby             Birdwell Wheelers          02:23.0     new course record

Rick Bailey               British Cycling                 02:44.1    

Trevor Mayne            Birdwell Wheelers         02:57.7    

Dave Partridge        Team Cystic Fibrosis     03:19.6    

Oliver Bruff (J)          Barnsley R.C                   03:19.8     

Greg Godley             Birdwell Wheelers          03:26.1    

Paul Heggie             Birdwell Wheelers          03:52.3    

Austin Watson          Birdwell Wheelers         04:12.0    

Dave Hudson           Birdwell Wheelers         04:14.2    

John Langston         Birdwell Wheelers         04:22.6    

Roger Bacon           Birdwell Wheelers          04:30.5    

Jack Hollington        Birdwell Wheelers         04:33.5

 

Dolby will be one of 240 riders in the National Championships next Sunday. The first rider is off at 10:30 with Dolby setting off at 11:52.

 

Paul Heggie, Chairman of Birdwell Wheelers said “ The form Shaun is showing at the moment bodes well for him next weekend and I would not be surprised to see him finish high  up in what is probably the strongest field ever lined up for the National Championships”.

 

The next day Wheelers Trevor Mayne and Paul Heggie travelled to  ride Chesterfield Coureurs Hill Climb at Beeley Moor. Mayne finished in 11m 3.6s placing him 1st in the 50+ age group whilst Heggie finished in 13m 58.0s.

 

 

 

Heggie nears the finish at Beeley Moor © T Mayne

 

The club run on Sunday saw Wheelers Steve Myatt Rodger Holmes Rob Parkes Tom Booth Dave Hudson Dave Woodhouse Jack Hollington Tony Lodge &  Mark Whittaker complete a 70 mile loop from Brewers Fayre at Brampton to Lotherton Hall.


Sunday’s club runs will meet at Birdwell roundabout at 9am and Brewsters roundabout at 9.15am. 


Further details on the above and how to join Birdwell Wheelers can be found in the links on the left


12/10/2015

 

With the month well into the hill climbing season , Wheeler Shaun Dolby had a successful weekend.

On Saturday he rode in Rutland CC’s Hill Climb up Mam Nick in the Peak District and in a strong field finished 10th in 7m 15.6s just over 30 second behind the winner , which bodes well  for Shaun in the National Championships at Jackson Bridge on Oct 25th.

Wheeler Shaun Dolby on the steepest section on the way to 10th place at Mam Nick © G Banks


On Sunday he rode in Tickhill Velo Club’s Hill Climb at Bib Lane and finished 4th in 1m 15.7s only 4.5 seconds behind the winner.

Also on Saturday ,Wheeler Trevor Mayne rode Holme Valley Wheeler’s Hill Climb up Holme Moss and finished in 8m 11.5s.

Birdwell Wheelers’ Club Hill Climb at Green Moor which was postponed due to bad weather will now be run at 2pm on Saturday 17th October. Visitors welcome.

 

Sunday’s club runs will meet at Birdwell roundabout at 9am and Brewsters roundabout at 9.15am. 


Further details on the above and how to join Birdwell Wheelers can be found in the links on the left


06/10/2015

 

In his last standard-distance time trial of the year, Trevor Mayne took advantage of the good weather conditions in the VTTA (North Midlands) 10-mile event at Ranby to break the District veteran's age record for 52 year-olds at over 30mph. His 19m 59s  was also good enough for third place overall in the event.


Trevor Mayne passes his minute man on the way to a new District age record  © R Booth 


On Sunday Wheelers Shaun Dolby and Paul Heggie rode in the 85th running of the Monsal Head Hill Climb organised by Sheffrec CC. On a glorious day 150 riders attempted the 645 yd climb which has  a maximum gradient of 16%.  On his first competitive climb up the hill Dolby stormed up in 1m 30.8 seconds finishing in equal 11th place.  Heggie climbed in 2m 42.1s just 5 seconds outside his best on the hill.


Dolby just yards from the finish line at Monsal   © P Heggie


The club run on Sunday saw Rob Parkes, Neil Addy, Dave Hudson, Mark Whittaker, Rodger Holmes, Greg Farmer, Paul Mynett, Tony Lodge and Bob Waterhouse ride out to Hope on  a sixty miles round trip in the Peak District


Also on Sunday Wheeler Jack Hollington took part in the Aviva Tour Ride starting in Worcester. The 75 mile route with 1500 metres of climbing took in climbs from the Tour of Britain 2014 and Hollington completed the ride in just over 5 ¼ hours.


Birdwell Wheelers’ Club Hill Climb at Green Moor which was postponed due to bad weather will now be run at 2pm on Saturday 17th October. Visitors welcome.

 

Sunday’s club runs will meet at Birdwell roundabout at 9am and Brewsters roundabout at 9.15am. 



Further details on the above and how to join Birdwell Wheelers can be found in the links on the left


28/09/2015

 

On Saturday in the Rockingham CC 10 mile time trial at Hatfield Woodhouse Wheelers Trevor Mayne ,Andy Cutts and John Woodhouse took advantage of benign conditions to record times of 20m 41s , 21m 13s and 24m 00s placing them 10th, 16th and 44th respectively in a field of 57.


Sunday saw the club run of Neil Addy, Roger Bacon, Corey Crossland, Jack Hollington, Roger Holmes, Dave Hudson, Tony Lodge, Trevor Mayne , Steve Myatt, Paul Mynett, Bob Waterhouse, Austin Watson,  Mark Whittaker and John Woodhouse ride out to Stocksbridge to watch club member Paul Heggie in Stocksbridge CC’s Open Hill Climb up the daunting 20% ramps on Pea Royd Lane.

  

On another fine day Heggie was pleased to cross the finish line in 4m 31.4s just 0.3 seconds slower than his best time for the climb. After watching the event the group rode up to the Windmills Cafe and returned to Birdwell via Thurgoland and Stainborough.


Wheelers look on as Heggie is passed by 3rd placed rider Lee Baldwin just before the finish line © R Waterhouse 


Birdwell Wheelers’ Club Hill Climb at Green Moor which was postponed due to bad weather will now be run at 2pm on Saturday 17th October. Visitors welcome.

 

Sunday’s club runs will meet at Birdwell roundabout at 9am and Brewsters roundabout at 9.15am.

 

Further details on the above and how to join Birdwell Wheelers can be found in the links on the left


23/09/2015

 

Wheeler Tony Lodge rode the 65 mile York Classic on Sunday from Wigginton to Castle Howard and back. In fine weather he completed the sportive in less than 5 hours.


The Sunday club run saw the Wheelers ride out to the Old Station cafe at Pollington on a 60 mile loop.


Birdwell Wheelers’ Club Hill Climb at Green Moor which was postponed due to bad weather will now be run at 2pm on Saturday 17th October. Visitors welcome.

 

Sunday’s club runs will meet at Birdwell roundabout at 9am and Brewsters roundabout at 9.15am


Further details on the above and how to join Birdwell Wheelers can be found in the links on the left



14/09/2015

 

Last weekend  was one of mixed fortunes for members of Birdwell Wheelers.  


On Saturday Andy Cutts, Trevor Mayne and John Woodhouse rode in the Barnsley RC Open 10 mile event on the A1 at Ranby.

 

Mayne was quickest of the three in 20m 53s and Woodhouse in his first Open 10 of the season was pleased with his time of 24m 10s. Unfortunately Cutts punctured after 4 miles so did not finish.

 

Trevor Mayne © B Hall

 

The following day Dave Scargill and Trevor Mayne competed in the League of Veteran Racing Cyclists (LVRC) East Coast road race events at Burton Fleming. In his 37 mile age group race Scargill fought hard to get into a group chasing  a 2 man breakaway. With 2 laps to go he and another rider broke away from the group and Scargill was just outsprinted for 3rd place.

Mayne was unlucky in his 45 mile age race over the same circuit as he was nearly brought down  by a rider switching course in a large bunch sprint finish and was fortunate to keep the bike upright.


Wheeler Shaun Dolby had a mixed weekend as well. On Saturday at Dishforth in the 1st of 4 Prologue Circuit series races he finished 5th in the 50 minute long  race. The day after, riding the Knottingley Velo road race at Pollington he was brought down in a bad crash at over 30 mph in a sprint finish after 50 miles of racing , his bike being a write off in the incident and Dolby suffering cuts and bruises.


Sunday’s club run saw Neil Addy , Tony Lodge, Christine Minto,  Paul Mynett , Rob Parkes and Mark Whittaker ride out to Howden.


Members of Birdwell Wheelers enjoying a café stop at Howden © T Lodge


Birdwell Wheelers’ Club Hill Climb at Green Moor which was postponed due to bad weather will now be run at 2pm on Saturday 17th October. Visitors welcome.

 

Sunday’s club runs will meet at Birdwell roundabout at 9am and Brewsters roundabout at 9.15am.

 

Further details on the above and how to join Birdwell Wheelers can be found in the links on the left

31/08/2015

 

Last Sunday Wheeler Ben Harvey rode in the RTTC National 10 mile time trial Championships near Loughborough. Despite recovering from a virus , on a very wet day he finished in a time of 21m 15s placing in the top third of a very  strong field.


Dan Taylor had yet another top five finish when  he rode his last time trial of the season in the Border City 10 mile event. He placed 4th overall in 21m 25s. 


Also riding his last time trial of the season Paul Heggie rode in the Scarborough Paragon 10 mile event over a hilly course on a windy day at Burton Fleming and was pleased to finish in 27m 24s recording a plus of 27 seconds on his age standard.


Wheeler Dave Scargill rode in the Flex-Tech 35 mile Road Race at Gt Limber and despite some confusion arising when their race caught the one in front Scargill sprinted home for 5th place overall.


Sunday’s club run saw Neil Addy , Roger Bacon , Tom Booth , Dan Cooper , Rodger Holmes ,  Tony Lodge ,  Steve Myatt , Paul Mynett  , Ian Taggart ,  and John Woodhouse  complete a 65 mile loop through Snaith with a café stop at The Old Station House Pollington. 


Café stop Pollington  © T Lodge

 

 

Birdwell Wheelers’ Club Hill Climb at Green moor which was postponed due to bad weather will now be run at 2pm on Saturday 17th October. Visitors welcome.

 

Sunday’s club runs will meet at Birdwell roundabout at 9am and Brewsters roundabout at 9.15am 


Further details on the above and how to join Birdwell Wheelers can be found in the links on the left


25/08/2015

Last Saturday Wheelers Ben Harvey , Andy Cutts and 2nd claim member Dan Taylor rode in the Rutland CC 10 mile timetrial at Hatfield Woodhouse. On a very warm day in a strong field, Harvey was 4th overall with a time of 20m 45s just 22 seconds behind winner Connor Swift of Team Polypipe . Taylor finished 7th in 21m 34s and Cutts was 19th in 22m 31s. 


Ben Harvey at Hatfield Woodhouse © G Banks


On the same day Wheeler Paul Heggie rode his first ever 30 mile timetrial on the old A1 near Knaresborough. He finished 22nd in a time of 1h 18m 43s which was good enough to claim a new club age record at 61 years old.


On an beautiful sunny day, Sunday’s club runs saw the A group of Dave Scargill , Shaun Dolby and visitor James Allen ride a 100 mile loop to Tuxford while the larger B group of  Roger Bacon , Tom Booth  , Jack Hollington, Rodger Holmes , Dave Hudson, Tony Lodge , Steve Myatt , Rob Parkes , and Mark Whittaker completed an 80 mile round trip to Misterton.

 


Wheelers Café stop at Misterton © T Lodge

 

Birdwell Wheelers’ Club Hill Climb at Green moor which was postponed due to bad weather will now be run at 2pm on Saturday 17th October. Visitors welcome.

 

Sunday’s club runs will meet at Birdwell roundabout at 9am and Brewsters roundabout at 9.15am.

 

Further details on the above and how to join Birdwell Wheelers can be found in the links on the left


18/08/2015


Last Saturday 2nd claim Wheeler Dan Taylor rode the Leicester Forest 10 mile timetrial on the A46 at Loughborough. In a strong field of 94 riders he gained another top 10 finish for the season placing 7th in a time of 21m 16s.


Also on Saturday , Wheeler Trevor Mayne rode the Congleton CC 50 mile timetrial at Knutsford and finished 14th overall in 1h 55m 15s in a strong field of 100 riders. The time was good enough to place him 6th on handicap in the veteran category.


On an ideal day for cycling , Sunday’s club run saw Corey Crossland, Shaun Dolby, Greg Godley,Paul Heggie, Jack Hollington, Dave Hudson, Tony Lodge and Steve Myatt complete a 100 mile round trip to Knaresborough.

 

Due to inclement weather the Wheelers’ Club Hill Climb at Green moor was postponed to a provisional date of 2pm on Saturday 17th October. More details to follow.

 

Sunday’s club runs will meet at Birdwell roundabout at 9am and Brewsters roundabout at 9.15am.

 


11/08/2015


In a good week for Birdwell road racers , on Thursday Andy Cutts rode in the North Midlands Road Race League at Stainton where he outsprinted the bunch for his first victory of the season.

 Wheeler Dave Scargill took another podium place last Sunday when he rode in the LVRC (League of Veteran Racing Cyclists) Nottingham CC 50 mile road race.  At the start of the 3rd lap of 5, Scargill and two others broke away from the bunch and in the sprint for the line he was just beaten into 3rd place. At the same event in his 60 mile race Trevor Mayne finished in 10th place in the second group over the line.

Also on Sunday,  Wheelers Ben Harvey and Paul Heggie rode the RST 10 mile timetrial near Nuneaton. Harvey finished 13th in a very strong field in a time of 21m 09s while Heggie finished in a time of 25m 14s.

 

Tuesday saw the annual 5 mile timetrial Championship on Park Springs. Only 11 seconds separated the top three with Trevor Mayne coming out on top with a time of 11m 02s. Paul Mason was 9 seconds behind with Andy Cutts a further 2 seconds back. Handicap winner was Greg Godley with a handicap time of 9m 49s.

 

Mayne Trevor

Birdwell Wheelers

00:11:02

Mason Paul

Birdwell Wheelers

00:11:11

Cutts Andy

Birdwell Wheelers

00:11:13

Heggie Paul

Birdwell Wheelers

00:11:55

Godley Greg

Birdwell Wheelers

00:12:49

Parkes Robert

Birdwell Wheelers

00:12:54

Hollington Jack

Birdwell Wheelers

00:13:14

Whittaker Alan

Birdwell Wheelers

00:13:15

Addy Neil

Birdwell Wheelers

00:13:44

Hudson David

Birdwell Wheelers

00:14:01

                                     

 

On Sunday Steve Myatt ,Rodger Holmes, Roger Bacon, Jack Hollington , Corey Crossland , Tony Lodge , Paul Mynett, Dave Hudson, Shaun Dolby ,Rob Parkes, Mark Whittaker and Bob completed a 70 mile loop of the “Rarnd Tarn” Audax route in reverse. The Audax itself will take place on October 11th. More details available on club website.

 

Today (Friday 14th) sees the Wheeler’s club Hill Climb up to Green Moor. Visitors are welcome and the first rider is off at 7pm.

 

Sunday’s club runs will meet at Birdwell roundabout at 9am and Brewsters roundabout at 9.15am.



04/08/2015

Pride of place this week goes to Wheeler Shaun Dolby who rode a brilliant race in the Barnsley Grand Prix for amateur riders on Wednesday.. He stayed at the front of the bunch for the whole race and with a few laps to go joined a breakaway of 9 riders. One rider jumped away for a 10 second lead and Dolby was just outsprinted in the home straight to finish 3rd.

On Sunday he followed this up with an 11th place in the bunch in the 56 mile Coalville roadrace for 2nd 3rd and 4th category riders after being boxed in while sprinting for the line.

Two Birdwell Wheelers were in action at Sinderby in the Drighlington CC 25 mile timetrial last Saturday.  2nd  claim member Dan Taylor finished 4th in  54m 11s while Andy Cutts finished in 57m 29s beating his previous best on the course by six minutes.

Also on Saturday Paul Heggie rode the Pendle Forest 10 mile timetrial at Levens in the Lake District. His time of 23m 51s placed him 5th out of 23 in his age group.

On Tuesday in the last of six 10 mile timetrials at Park Springs Ben Harvey again was fastest in 20m 49s -a new club course record-which also placed him 1st on handicap. Dan Taylor was 2nd in 21m 38s and Andy Cutts 3rd in 22m 20s. Overall handicap leader is Paul Mason on 60 points.

Harvey Ben

00:20:49

Taylor Daniel (2nd Claim)

00:21:38

Cutts Andy (Student)

00:22:20

Mayne Trevor

00:22:54

Mason Paul

00:22:57

Taggart Ian

00:23:31

Heggie Paul

00:24:46

Godley Greg

00:27:03

Whittaker Alan

00:27:41

Addy Neil

00:27:56

Langston John(OAP)

00:28:46

 

Sunday’s club runs saw the A group of Trevor Mayne , Dave Scargill and Paul Mason complete an 80 mile loop to Monyash in the Peak District while the B group of Neil Addy, Jack Hollington and Bob Waterhouse rode a 70 mile loop to Clumber.

Sunday’s club runs will meet at Birdwell roundabout at 9am and Brewsters roundabout at 9.15am.


29/07/2015

Birdwell Wheelers riders put on a really strong performance in the Rossington Wheelers 25 mile timetrial on Saturday at Hatfield Woodhouse. Ben Harvey was 4th in 53m 27s ,2nd claim member Dan Taylor 5th in 53m 28s and notably, in his first race over the distance Paul Mason finished 25th inside the magic hour with a time of 58m 53s. The aggregate time of Harvey and Mason gave them the team first prize. Dan Taylor’s placing puts him second in the J E James Series with one event left.

On Sunday Paul Heggie raced  in the EDCA 100 mile timetrial on the A11 in Norfolk and was very pleased to record a personal best of 4h 27m 00s , beating his old mark by more than 30 minutes. It was also a new club age record.

Wheeler Shaun Dolby had mixed fortunes in his first season of road racing. Last week in the Sheffield Grand prix event he punctured just as he caught the main group but had better luck in the Geared Up CC circuit race at Forge Valley where after doing most of the work to make a break away was caught on the 2nd last corner and sprinted to 5th place.

On Tuesday in the 5th of 6 ten mile club events on Park Springs Ben Harvey came out on top in 21m 16s.Dan Taylor was 2nd in 21m 26s and Andy Cutts 3rd in 22m 11s. John Langston was first on handicap and Paul Mason’s 4th place on handicap means he retains his overall lead in the series.

Harvey Ben

Birdwell Wheelers

00:21:16

Taylor Daniel (2nd Claim)

BikeboxAlan/Birdwell Wheelers

00:21:26

Cutts Andy (Student)

Birdwell Wheelers

00:22:11

Taggart Ian

Birdwell Wheelers

00:23:08

Mason Paul

Birdwell Wheelers

00:23:17

Mayne Trevor

Birdwell Wheelers

00:25:14

Whittaker Alan

Birdwell Wheelers

00:26:34

Parkes Robert

Birdwell Wheelers

00:26:45

Heggie Paul

Birdwell Wheelers

00:26:52

Langston John(OAP)

Birdwell Wheelers

00:28:09

Addy Neil

Birdwell Wheelers

00:28:47

 

Sunday’s club runs will meet at Birdwell roundabout at 9am and Brewsters roundabout at 9.15am. Further details on the above and how to join the Wheelers can be found in the links on the left.



21/07/2015

Pride of place this week goes to Wheeler Trevor Mayne who achieved his only target of the season on Sunday when he beat the Birdwell Wheelers' 24-hour record which has stood for 46 years!

At the CTT National Championship event run by the Mersey Roads Club he set off on Saturday afternoon, rode through 4 hours of heavy rain in the middle of the night and then managed to keep going until Sunday afternoon.  Despite several minor problems, such as having to change front lights and losing his pump, he was able to notch up 453 miles, beating Christine Minto's record of 427 miles.  

As well as being presented with the Minto Trophy by Christine as best-placed Yorkshire rider, Mayne came 8th in the RTTC (Road Time Trials Council) National Championship 2nd in the VTTA (Veteran Time Trial Association) National Championship which were run concurrently and first veteran over 50 years of age.  He was quick to note, however that:"Christine's ride is still the better ride - I'm on a much better bike, and when she set the record she beat the famous Beryl Burton whilst setting the greatest distance ever by a woman."


Trevor Mayne receives Minto Trophy from Christine Minto

Mayne now holds club records at 30 , 50 and 100 miles ,12 hours and 24 hours. 

Wheeler Andy Cutts had a busy week. On Thursday he rode in the NMRRL (North Midlands Road Race League) event at Stainton over 7 laps of a 3.4 mile circuit                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             . He worked hard in a group to chase down a breakaway and in the end finished 7th. On Saturday he rode in the Selby RC 10 mile time trial at South Cave and was pleased to record a Personal Best for the distance of 20m 51s beating his old mark by 25 seconds.

On Sunday Wheeler Dave Scargill rode the LVRC (League of Veteran Racing Cyclists) Tour of the Wolds-a 40 mile road race over a 4 lap course at Great Limber. On a wet and windy day Scargill joined a group which chased a lone breakaway for two laps and he  finished 3rd in the sprint and 4th overall.

On Saturday at Hatfield in the YCF (Yorkshire Cycling Federation) 10 mile timetrial Wheelers Ben Harvey and Dan Taylor finished 5th and 6th respectively in 21m 0s and 21m 21s. Also on Saturday Wheeler Paul Heggie rode the VTTA N Midland 25 mile time trial at Newark and recorded a personal best time for the course of 1h 2m 2s.

In the 4th of the club’s six 10 mile timetrials at Park Springs on Tuesday Paul Mason was fastest. First on handicap was John Langston. Mason currently leads the handicap competition by 9 points fron Neil Addy.

Mason Paul

Birdwell Wheelers

00:23:25

Booth Tom

Geared Up Cycles/Birdwell Wheelers

00:24:38

Moseley Mark

Featherstone Wheelers/Birdwell Wheelers

00:25:42

Whittaker Alan

Birdwell Wheelers

00:25:53

Parkes Robert

Birdwell Wheelers

00:26:11

Heggie Paul

Birdwell Wheelers

00:27:24

Addy Neil

Birdwell Wheelers

00:27:29

Langston John(OAP)

Birdwell Wheelers

00:28:20

 

.Sunday saw Wheelers Neil Addy, Rodger Holmes , Dave Woodhouse, Jack Hollington and Rob Parkes ride a 70 mile loop to Birkin and back.

Sunday’s club runs will meet at Birdwell roundabout at 9am and Brewsters roundabout at 9.15am.

 

Further details on the above and how to join Birdwell Wheelers can be found in the links on the left.

14/07/2015

Wheeler Shaun Dolby continued his recent run of success this week when last Wednesday he competed in British Cycling’s Huddersfield Criterium Race for category 2, 3 and 4 riders. In a race shortened by 3 laps due to a number of crashes Dolby finished 9th overall.

Two days later he rode the Sheffrec CC’s  Bradfield Hill Climb. On the short but very steep climb he finished 7th in 2 m 23.3s , only 8 ½ seconds behind local professional rider Russell Downing.

To round off a successful twelve days on Sunday he rode British Cycling’s Racing Chance Foundation Circuit Race at Stalybridge. In finishing 5th he gained enough points to move from Category 4 to Category 3.

On Wednesday Wheeler Trevor Mayne rode in Sheffrec CC’s sporting timetrial over a hilly course taking in Baslow and climbing Owler Bar. His time of 48m 34s placed him 8th overall.

On Tuesday in the club’s 3rd of 6 ten mile time trials at Park Springs Barnsley Rc rider Rich dean came out on top in 20m 33s narrowly pipping clubmate Anthony Bromley on 20m 50s and Wheeler Ben Harvey on 20m 57s. Wheelers Neil Addy and John Langston topped the handicap section with Addy pipping Langston by just 6 seconds. Paul Mason leads the Wheelers handicap competition on 37 points ahead of Trevor Mayne.

Name

Club

Time

H’cap Time

Rich Dean

Barnsley RC

20:33

 

Anthony Bromley

Barnsley RC

20:50

 

Ben Harvey

Birdwell Whs

20:57

20:57

Steve Lacey

Barnsley RC

22:10

 

Paul Armstrong

Sheffrec CC

22:13

 

Ian Taggart

Birdwell Whs

22:34

21:04

Lee Ibbotson

Stocksbridge

22:55

 

Paul Mason

Birdwell Whs

22:56

20:46

Trevor Mayne

Birdwell Whs

23:20

21:50

Richard Butterley

Team Manvers

23:29

 

Brett Daughtrey

Team Manvers

23:40

 

Rob Barnard

Team CF

24:22

 

Tom Booth

Geared Up

24:27

 

Alex Simon

Stocksbridge

25:45

 

Allan Whittaker

Birdwell Whs

25:47

21:47

Paul Heggie

Birdwell Whs

25:58

22:08

Tom Braham

Calder Clarion

26:56

 

Neil Addy

Birdwell Whs

27:04

20:24

Kath Brankin

Birdwell Whs

27:25

20:45

John Langston

Birdwell Whs

28:10

20:30

Kate Armstrong

Sheffrec CC

30:00

 

Also last weekend Wheeler Allan Whittaker competed in the Civil Service Cycling Championships in the time trial,road and track events.

Sunday saw Tony Lodge, Jack Hollington and Roger Bacon complete a 70 mile loop to Lotherton Hall while Dave Scargill and Paul Heggie completed a 100 mile loop to Misterton

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Roger Bacon and Jack Hollington - ice cream stop at New Miller Dam !

Sunday’s club runs will meet at Birdwell roundabout at 9am and Brewsters roundabout at 9.15am.


08/07/2015


Another week of tumbling records saw Ben Harvey break his own club record at 10 miles when he rode the City RC event at S Cave on Sunday. His time of 18m 47s beat his previous best by 32 seconds and placed him 8th overall in a very strong field.


Ben Harvey on his way to a new club record

 

In the same event Dan Taylor recorded a personal best for the distance of 18m 57s to place 10th overall.

 

On the previous  day Trevor Mayne rode the Belper RC 25 mile event at Etwall. Despite a strong headwind on the out leg he finished in 51m 55s ,his second best ever time over the distance which also set a new club age record. He placed 30th overall in a strong field of over 100 riders.

 

On Saturday Wheeler Shaun Dolby warmed up for Birdwell’s Open Hill Climb at  Wentworth Castle Gardens by finishing in a fine 8th place at the inaugural Jenkin Road Hill Climb which took place in Sheffield  on one of the steepest of last year’s climbs in the Tour de France. His time of 2m 29.4s was just 6.7 seconds behind the 3rd place finisher.

 

On Tuesday  Wheeler Paul Heggie rode in the Team Swift  10 mile event also at S Cave and was pleased to set a new personal best for the distance in 23m 22s. This was also a new club age record.

 

Sunday’s club run saw a half a dozen Wheelers ride a hilly route to Scammonden reservoir to watch the LVRC road race.

 

Sunday’s club runs will meet at Birdwell roundabout at 9am and Brewsters roundabout at 9.15am.Further  details on the above and how to join Birdwell Wheelers can be found in the links on the left

 


07/07/2015


WENTWORTH CASTLE GARDENS HILL CLIMB JULY 4th 2015


Saturday saw the 2nd running of Birdwell Wheelers Open Hill Climb at Wentworth Castle Gardens preceded by a “Come and Try It” event  over the same course.

 

The climbs were the culmination of the Family Cycle Day at the Gardens which saw the trails open to cyclists of all abilities.

 

In the preliminary event 19 competitors ranging in age from 6 to 41 tried their hand at the climb. Impressive performances came from a number of youngsters from Huddersfield Star Wheelers.

 

                                                                                 Age      Time                       

1    David Todd          La Squadra                          41     01:15.0

2    Jenson Young      Pedalsport                           14      01:15.9

3    Tom Whitworth    Huddersfield Star Whs       14      01:27.1

4    Oliver Cash       Holme Valley Whs                  13     01:51.4

5    Ruby Boyes        Huddersfield Star Whs         13      01:56.6

6    Sophie Ramsden    Huddersfield Star Whs   13     02:01.1

7    Joseph Whitworth    Huddersfield Star Whs      9     02:06.5

8    Dylan Boyes       Huddersfield Star Whs          10      02:28.3

9    William Huddlestone Huddersfield Star Whs      8     02:37.5

10   Jody Mills          Huddersfield Star Whs              6     02:56.3

11   Ben Mourne          Huddersfield Star Whs          8     02:57.1

12   Sophia Foulger    Huddersfield Star Whs        8      03:00.6

13   Nathaniel Foulger   Huddersfield Star Whs       6     03:02.7

14   Paul Woodhouse    Birdwell Whs                     29    03:06.8

15   Rowan Baxter      Huddersfield Star Whs          8      03:09.5

16   Amos Dukes          Huddersfield Star Whs        9     03:16.3

17   Harriet Claxton     n/a                                           8     03:19.5

18   Oscar Baxter      Huddersfield Star Whs            7    03:25.6

19   Josephine Exton     n/a                                       8     04:38.7

 

13 year old Ruby Boyes Huddersfield Star Wheelers © M Baxter

 

In the main event 21 riders tackled the climb which took place on the closed drive to the Visitors Centre. On a lovely sunny day Wheeler Shaun Dolby came out on top with a time of 1m 5.1s ,just 2 seconds faster than Andy Nichols of Langsett RT. Third and 1st Junior was Henry Cash of Holme Valley Wheelers in 1m 10.0s and 1st woman was Emilie Verroken also of Langsett RT in 1m 21.1s.

 

 

 

 

 

1   Shaun Dolby                            Birdwell Whs        01:05.1

2   Andy Nichols                     Langsett Cycles RT   01:07.1

3   Henry Cash         J          Holme Valley Whs        01:10.0

4   Ivan Boyes                        Team Cystic Fibrosis 01:12.7

5   Paul Mason                           Birdwell Whs        01:14.2

6   Garreth Bruff                          Barnsley RC         01:15.5

7   Emilie Verroken    W         Langsett Cycles RT   01:21.1

8   Karl Wooffindin                       Dinnington R C    01:22.2

9=  Thomas Booth     Juv    Geared Up Cycles        01:25.6

9=  Alex Deck          W            Langsett Cycles RT   01:25.6

11  Julia van Campen   W        Sheffrec CC             01:27.2

12  Oliver Bruff     Juv                Barnsley RC             01:33.7

13  Mick Kelly                        Team Milton Keynes   01:34.2

14  Neil Addy                                 Birdwell Whs        01:34.5

15  Dylan Harries    Juv             Rockingham CC      01:37.7

16  Zoe Hibbard        W           Bolsover & Dist  CC  01:40.7

17  Trevor Mayne                           Birdwell Whs        01:42.4

18  Allan Whittaker                         Birdwell Whs       01:44.7

19  Chris Exton                              Birdwell Whs        01:47.8

20  James Hawkins    Juv      N Mid Youth Squad    01:51.1

21  John Woodhouse                    Birdwell Whs       01:54.1

 

Shaun Dolby © R Booth

Emilie Verroken © R Booth

 

Henry Cash © R Booth

 

Shaun Dolby receives the Upperthorpe Bowl from Club president Christine Minto

 

The four prize winners

Preparations are already underway for next year’s event 


05/07/2015


Link to results of both yesterday's Hill Climb events     http://www.birdwellwheelers.org/Pages/WCGHillClimb2015.aspx



30/06/2015

 

For the second week running a Birdwell Wheelers club record has been broken. On Saturday Trevor Mayne riding in the BDCA 50 mile Time Trial on the notoriously fast course at Etwall finished in 1h 48m 17s cutting 9 seconds off his previous record.

 

Trevor Mayne on his way to new club record © Brian Hall

 

Also on Saturday Dan Taylor rode the East Lancs RC 25 at Knutsford and on a tricky technical course finished in 56m 40s to place 6th.

 

On Sunday in the Otley CC 50 mile Time trial at Dishforth , Wheeler Paul Heggie recorded a time of  2h 06m 46s which was a new personal best for the distance. It was good enough for 2nd in the 60-69 age group and also lowered his club age record by over 2 minutes.

 

In the first of the club’s six 10 mile Time Trials on Tuesday Ben Harvey broke his own club course record recording 21m 01s just 1 second better than his own record set last year. Second was Trevor Mayne and third Paul Mason. Neil Addy topped the handicap result. Fastest visitor was Anthony Bromley of Barnsley RC in 21m 23s. A notable performance came from Paul Mynett who in his first ever attempt at the event recorded 31m 40s.

 

TimeHandicap time
Harvey BenBirdwell Wheelers00:21:0100:21:01
Mayne TrevorBirdwell Wheelers00:23:0300:21:33
Mason PaulBirdwell Wheelers00:23:1500:20:45
Taggart IanBirdwell Wheelers00:23:2900:21:59
Moseley MarkBirdwell Wheelers00:25:2700:25:27
Whittaker AlanBirdwell Wheelers00:26:2100:22:21
Addy NeilBirdwell Wheelers00:27:4100:22:41
Bacon RogerBirdwell Wheelers00:27:5200:27:52
Brankin KathleenBirdwell Wheelers00:28:3300:21:53
Mynett PaulBirdwell Wheelers00:31:4000:31:40
Bromley AnthonyBarnsley R.C.00:21:23
Ibbotson LeeStocksbridge CC00:24:09
Barnard RobTeam Cystic Fibrosis00:24:52
Rowe JohnStocksbridge CC00:25:49
Thortenson LeeCalder Clarion00:27:07
Hampshire CraigWakefield Triathlon00:27:27
Braham TomCalder Clarion00:27:41
Smales PhilSheffield Triathlon00:28:23
Reddington FrankRavensthorpe Cycling Club00:31:07

 

Stop Press: Last weekend Wheeler Rob Parkes competed in the Ironman Austria event. Details next week.

 Tomorrow ( 6pm July 4th) sees the 2nd running of Birdwell Wheelers Open Hill Climb at Wentworth Castle Gardens. The event is free to spectators.  Prior to the open event is a Come and Try it event at 5.30.  Anyone wishing to have a go should sign on in the visitors centre from 4.30pm. Cost is £3.50. This is part of a Family Cycle Day at Wentworth Castle Gardens which starts at 11am. Sunday’s club run saw Wheelers Steve Myatt, Rodger Holmes , Roger Bacon , Neil Addy , Corey Crossland, Mark Whittaker , Tony Lodge, Paul Mynett and Tom Booth of Geared Up CC complete a 70 mile loop through Manvers, High Melton, Bentley, Arksey ,Barnby Dun ,Stainforth, Thorne, Snaith, Pollington ,Hooton Pagnell, Clayton, Thurnscoe and Wombwell . Sunday’s club runs will meet at Birdwell roundabout at 9am and Brewsters roundabout at 9.15am. Further details on the above and how to join Birdwell Wheelers can be found in the links on the left.23/06/2015 The most notable performance of the week came from Wheeler Ben Harvey on Saturday when he rode the  25 mile Walsall RC time trial at Etwall and despite heavy rain at times recorded a time of 50m 50s which broke his own club record for the distance.  Ben Harvey on his way to a new club record A week last Wednesday Wheeler Trevor Mayne rode one of his favourite courses the Peak Road Club 17 mile time trial over a very hilly course near Ashford in the Peak District. In poor conditions he finished in 46m 47s giving him victory in the 50-59 age category. Last Wednesday night saw Wheeler Shaun Dolby ride in the Huddersfield Star Wheelers category 3/4 road race around 6 laps of the Birds Edge / Windmills  circuit. On the second lap Dolby was pulling away from the group up a hill with another rider who then  attacked and went on to win the race. Dolby waited for the group and on the last bend of the race  was in 5th place but a wrong gear selection for the sprint meant he could only finish 14th.  On Saturday Dolby also rode the Harrogate Bike Bash  Cat 2/3/4 road race. It was a 45 min race around a hard fast circuit with a hill which levelled off on the finishing straight. Three riders immediately broke away and were not caught. Dolby gradually worked his  way through the pack and then joined  a group of  10 of which broke away from the rest of the field. On  the last lap there were seven riders left in the group. Dolby attacked at the start of the final hill and in a sprint finished in a fine 5th place. Saturday was a busy day for other Birdwell time triallists. Dan Taylor had another podium finish when he placed 3rd in 21m 6s at the Lindsey Roads CC 10 mile time trial near Grimsby just 31seconds behind the winner. Paul Heggie rode the Yorkshire RC 25 mile event at Topcliffe and recorded a personal best for the distance of 1h 0m 14s placing 4th in the 60-69 age category. His time also set a new age record for the club. On Tuesday the last of three 16 mile time trials took place over 5 laps of the Thurnscoe circuit. Another fine ride by Shaun Dolby saw the unusual situation of a tie for 1st place with Dolby equalling Trevor Mayne’s time of 38m 58s. Third was Steve Lacey of Barnsley RC in 39m 36s.Allan Whittaker was winner on handicap ahead of Chris Exton. Sunday’s A ride saw Dave Scargill and Shaun Dolby ride a 120 mile loop through Scunthorpe and Gainsborough while the B ride of Jack Hollington ,Rodger Holmes , Dave Woodhouse and Allan Whittaker completed a 50 mile loop out to HolmfirthSunday’s club runs will meet at Birdwell roundabout at 9am and Brewsters roundabout at 9.15am. Further details on the above and how to join Birdwell Wheelers can be found in the links on the left.  16/06/2015 Last  Sunday saw the running of Birdwell Wheeler’s second Audax of the year. The untimed event started from Wharncliffeside and followed a 100 km route with over 2200 metres of climbing.  26 riders set off in sunny conditions which soon turned wet and wintry as the riders went over the Midhope Moors to Holmfirth then over Holme Moss to Glossop. Riders returned through Edale, Ladybower with a finalsting in the tail on the climb up Cote de Bradfield.  Tuesday’s 2nd of three 16 mile events at Thurnscoe saw Dan Taylor fastest on the night in 37m 01s. Second was Trevor Mayne in 38m 21s and third was Shaun Dolby in 39m 02s. Dan Taylor               37m 01s Trevor Mayne            38m 21sShaun Dolby             39m 02sSteve Lacey             39m 28sSteve Wood             40m 53sJohn Woodhouse     45m 06sChris Exton              45m 29sNeil Addy                 45m 50sJohn Langston         49m 25s Neil Addy was winner in the handicap competition in 36m 35s. The last of the three 16 mile series is on Tuesday June 23rd  at 7pm .It takes place  over 5 laps of a course starting on Barrowfield Road at Thurnscoe .Visitors are welcome. Sunday’s club runs will meet at Birdwell roundabout at 9am and Brewsters roundabout at 9.15am.  Further details on the above and how to join Birdwell Wheelers can be found in the links on the left. 02/06/2015 On Sunday a fortnight after his 2nd place at Louth Dave Scargill was again on the podium in the League of Veteran Racing Cyclists (LVRC)   Bridlington CC road race at Burton Fleming.  On the first of 5 laps of the 12 km circuit with one significant climb 6 riders including Scargill escaped from the bunch. By the end of the first lap this was whittled down to Scargill and two other riders who worked well together until 2 laps to go when Ilkley CC rider Reg Haigh attacked on the hill. Scargill tried vainly to get on his wheel but in the end had to settle for another fine 2nd place. The previous day Trevor Mayne rode in the Veteran Time Trial Association (VTTA) National 10 mile Time Trial Championship at South Cave. Despite a strong westerly wind on the return leg he was pleased to record his 5th fastest ever time over the distance of 20m 30s finishing 39th out of 140 starters.Also on the podium on Saturday was 2nd claim member Dan Taylor who rode in the Border City Wheelers 25 mile Time Trial near Penrith. On the undulating course Taylor finished in 57m 14s –over 2 minutes quicker than his time last year – which was good enough for 2nd place overall. Also on Sunday Paul Heggie rode in Scunthorpe Wheelers 25 mile Time Trial on the A180 at Grimsby. A strong westerly wind on the return leg saw him finish in 1h 2m 35s which was his 4th best ever time at the distance.The poor weather on Sunday morning did not deter  Roger Bacon , Rodger Holmes,  Jack Hollington , Corey Crossland and Tony Lodge from completing a 36 mile loop out to Upper Denby and back. Birdwell’s 10 mile Time Trial Championship was held on Tuesday on the Park Springs course and saw Ian Taggart come out on top in a time of 24m 6s. 2nd was Paul Heggie in 25 m 11s in a new course Personal Best and 3rd was John Woodhouse in 26m 19s. 1st on handicap was Heggie in 21m 31s. Ian Taggart               24:06Paul Heggie             25:11John Woodhouse    26:19Ben Harvey              27:18Alan Whittaker          27:38Neil Addy                  28:27 The next club event is on Tuesday June 9th at 7pm .It is the first of three 16 mile time trials over 5 laps of a course starting on Barrowfield Road at Thurnscoe .Visitors are welcome. Sunday’s club runs will meet at Birdwell roundabout at 9am and Brewsters roundabout at 9.15am.  Further details on the above and how to join Birdwell Wheelers can be found in the links on the left. 26/05/2015 Members of Birdwell Wheelers were again out in force last week.  On Saturday Wheelers  Paul Heggie and 2nd claim member Dan Taylor rode in the Holme Valley Wheelers 25 mile Time Trial on the old A1 at Sinderby. Despite strong headwinds on the return leg Taylor finished 8th overall in 56m 36s. Heggie’s time of 1h 4m 33s placed him 4th in the 60-69 age group.   Dan Taylor at HVW 25© P LambPaul Heggie at HVW 25 © P LambAlso on Saturday Andy Cutts rode the Mapperley CC 10 mile Time Trial near Nottingham and finished in the top half of a strong field in 22m 51s. Andy Cutts at the Mapperley 10 mile TT On the same day Bob Waterhouse rode the “Peaks and Troughs” Audax event-a challenging 100 km ride starting in Sheffield and climbing more than 2000 metres in the Peak District. Waterhouse finished the ride in just over 5 hours. Bank Holiday Monday saw Wheeler Trevor Mayne ride the Anfield 100 mile Time Trial in Shropshire. He finished 8th overall in 4h 5m 22s which placed him 1st in the 50-59 age group and 6th overall on age related handicap. The Sunday  club run saw Roger Bacon , Tony Lodge ,Mark Whittaker and two guests ride  a 60 mile loop through Mexborough ,High Melton, Barnby Dun, Blaxton and back to Birdwell. The next club event is on Tuesday June 2nd .It takes place on Park Springs Road at 7pm and will incorporate the 10 mile club Championship. Visitors are welcome. Sunday’s club runs will meet at Birdwell roundabout at 9am and Brewsters roundabout at 9.15am.  Further details on the above and how to join Birdwell Wheelers can be found in the links on the left. 19/05/2015 Once again members of Birdwell Wheelers had a very busy weekend.  On Sunday Dave Scargill rode his second road race of the year in Alford Wheelers 42 mile event over a rolling course near Louth.  Scargill  went hard on the first hill just after start and at the top only one other rider , Gaz Hill, was with him. They worked together for 40 miles to keep ahead of the chasing pack and Scargill came second overall after losing out in the sprint for the line. The previous day saw Wheelers Trevor Mayne , Ben Harvey and 2nd claim Dan Taylor ride in the Sheffrec 25 mile time trial at Hatfield near Doncaster.  Mayne finished 8th in 56m 15s to claim 1st place in the 50-59 age group, Taylor was 7th in 55m 57s and Harvey was 11th in 56m 31s despite suffering a dropped chain. Also on Saturday Paul Heggie rode in the City RC 10 mile time trial at South Cave. In a race which included World Time Trial Champion Bradley Wiggins he was just 6 seconds outside a personal best in 23m 36s. Wiggins finished in 17m 58s just 38s outside the national record for the distance. Sunday saw the club’s annual 100 mile ride in 8 hours or less . Trevor Mayne, Shaun Dolby, Rodger Holmes, Roger Bacon, Bob Waterhouse, Dave Hudson, David Woodhouse, Paul Mynett ,Neil Addy, Jack Hollingsworth, Mark Whittaker  and two visitors took advantage of a strong tailwind on the out leg to speed to York and a café stop at Howden. The return into the headwind dropped the average speed but all riders were home inside the 8 hours. On Tuesday the club held its annual Hilly time trial at Brierley. The poor weather forecast saw just 4 riders compete. Fastest Wheeler was Shaun Dolby in 38m 58s followed by John Woodhouse on 46m 28s. Fastest was Adam Machin of Sheffrec in 37m 54s with Tom Booth of Geared Up CC on 46m 33s. The next club event is on Tuesday June 2nd .It takes place on Park Springs Road at 7pm and will incorporate the 10 mile club Championship. Visitors are welcome. Sunday’s club runs will meet at Birdwell roundabout at 9am and Brewsters roundabout at 9.15am.   Further details on the above and how to join Birdwell Wheelers can be found in the links on the left 12/05/2015 Last week saw Wheelers travel far and wide to race. Best result of the weekend came from 2nd claim member Dan Taylor on Saturday , when he won his first ever Open event by the slimmest of margins.  Dan Taylor   © Brian Hall Photos On a blustery day at Hatfield in the Rossington Wheelers 10 mile timetrial his winning time of 22m 03s was just 1 second quicker than the second place man. This was despite having to cope with a last minute course change due to roadworks. On Sunday Wheeler Paul Heggie travelled to Teeside for the Stockton Wheelers 50 mile timetrial.  On a day when there was a helping tailwind on the return leg he was pleased to record a personal best for the distance of 2h 08m 57s which placed him 2nd in the 60+ category. It was also good enough to break the existing club age record by nearly 2 minutes. On Saturday Trevor Mayne travelled south to Etwall to ride the S Pennine RC 25 mile timetrial recording a time of 54m 09s which was good enough to place him 1st in his age category. Also on Saturday Andy Cutts rode the Drighlington BC 25 mile timetrial at Topcliffe where despite strong winds he recorded a time of 57m 25s.  On the road racing front Dave Scargill rode his first race of the season  in the League of Veteran Racing Cyclists (LVRC) National Championships at Sherriff Hutton. The 57 mile race on a rolling course in strong winds soon broke into small groups and despite chasing hard Scargill finished in the bunch behind the breakaway group of 5 riders. Last but not least Paul Mason was one of 2028 riders to complete the Fred Whitton Challenge –a gruelling 110 mile ride in the Lake District including the 30% slopes of Hardknott Pass. Paul completed the ride in the top 10% of finishers  in a time of 7h 30m. On Tuesday the  last of the Wheelers four 5 mile timetrials at Thurgoland had to be cancelled on safety grounds again due to high crosswinds. The next club event is on Tuesday 19th May at 7 pm. This is a 15 mile sporting course involving 4 laps of a circuit just outside Brierley. Sunday’s club runs will  meet at Birdwell roundabout at 9am and Brewsters roundabout at 9.15am.   Further details on the above and how to join Birdwell Wheelers can be found in the links on the left05/05/2015 Competitive riding took a back seat last weekend as Birdwell members and the general public flocked into Barnsley town centre to watch the 3rd and final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire. The crowds were not deterred by the early rain which had cleared by the time the riders sped through. Prior to them entering town members of Birdwell Wheelers and Barnsley Road Club rode the part of the route up Eldon St Regent St and Church St. On Tuesday the third of the Wheelers four 5 mile timetrials at Thurgoland had to be called off on safety grounds due to the very high crosswinds on the course. The last one of the series is on Tuesday 12th may at 7 pm. Sunday’s club runs will  meet at Birdwell roundabout at 9am and Brewsters roundabout at 9.15am.  The 3rd of the club’s beginners’ rides will meet on Saturday 9th May 10am at the West end of Footbridge north of J36 M1, Birdwell  S75 3DD . More details of the 30 mile ride can be found here http://www.goskyride.com/Search/Details?eventid=57945 Further details about how to join Birdwell Wheelers can be found in the links on the left28/04/2015 Last Saturday saw the 57th Annual 25 mile Open timetrial at Hatfield Woodhouse incorporating the Birdwell Wheelers 25 mile Championship.  58 riders battled strong winds and rain and the eventual winner for the second year running was Nigel Haigh (Strategic Lions) in 53m 25s. Second was Joel Wainman (Team Swift) in 53m 58s and third was local rider Anthony Bromley (Barnsley Road Club) in 54m 47s. Fastest woman was Karen Ledger (Langsett Cycles) in 1h 2m 29s. Fastest in the 50-59 age group and fastest veteran was Wheeler Trevor Mayne in a time of 56m 39s while fellow Wheeler Paul Heggie was fastest in the 60+ age group in a time of 1h 7m 6s. In the concurrent Club Championship ,Trevor Mayne came out on top. In his first ever 25 mile timetrial Wheeler Shaun Dolby riding a standard road bike recorded a fine time of 1h 6m 23s Trevor Mayne                 56m 39sAndy Cutts                1h 00m 29sJohn Woodhouse    1h 06m 04sShaun Dolby             1h 06m 23sPaul Heggie              1h 07m 06s On Tuesday in the second of the club’s 5 mile timetrials at Thurgoland Wheeler Shaun Dolby was fastest in 13m 21s closely followed by Paul Mason in 13m 34s. Fastest visitor was Dave Partridge of Team CF in 12m 28s. Winner on handicap was Paul Mason in 11m 59s. Shaun DolbyBirdwell Wheelers00:13:21Paul MasonBirdwell Wheelers00:13:34Trevor MayneBirdwell Wheelers00:14:43Alan WhittakerBirdwell Wheelers00:15:35Paul HeggieBirdwell Wheelers00:15:37Neil AddyBirdwell Wheelers00:16:17David HudsonBirdwell Wheelers00:16:47Steve LaceyBarnsley R.C.00:12:58Tony JohnsonBarnsley R.C.00:13:08Oliver BruffBarnsley R.C.00:15:57Chloe SelmanBarnsley R.C.00:17:00Lee ThortensonCalder Clarion00:14:52Tom BoothGeared Up Cycles00:14:15Alex SimonStocksbridge CC00:14:56John RoweStocksbridge CC00:15:05Dave PartridgeTeam C F00:12:28  Sunday’s club runs headed west into the Pennines with café stops at Holmfirth and Uppermill.  Sunday’s club runs will  meet at Birdwell roundabout at 9am and Brewsters roundabout at 9.15am and ride out to vantage points on the route of the final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire. Further details about how to join Birdwell Wheelers can be found in the links on the left. 21/04/2015 There was a 6am start last Saturday for Wheeler John Woodhouse from Wharncliffe Side as he rode the 302km (190 mile) “Everyone Goes to Skeggy” Audax starting at Alfreton passing through Newark, Woodhall Spa, Skegness, Horncastle , Lincoln and back to Alfreton. He completed the marathon route in 12 hours. Saturday also saw 2nd claim member Dan Taylor ride the Otley CC 10 mile time trial. Despite suffering from a cold he finished 11th in a strong field of over 100 riders in a time of 21m 32s. Taylor was again in action the following day when he and fellow Wheeler Ben Harvey rode the Yorkshire Coastal Clarion 24 mile time trial at Beverley. On a very windy day they rode magnificently to finish 1st in a time of 53m 06s. In the corresponding solo event over the same course Wheeler Paul Heggie finished in 1h 6m 48s which placed him 1st in the 60+ age group. Last Tuesday saw the first of the Wheelers season of club time trials. On a night with favourable conditions many riders recorded a personal best for the course. Fastest was Dan Taylor closely followed by Trevor Mayne. Dan TaylorBikeboxalan/Envelope Master00:11:41Trevor MayneBirdwell Wheelers00:11:50Dave PartridgeTeam Cystic Fibrosis00:12:03Matt HarrisSheffrec CC00:12:04N HuntFlextech00:12:10Tony JohnsonBarnsley R.C.00:12:29Lee WoodheadSheffrec CC00:12:29Steve LaceyBarnsley R.C.00:12:31Ben HarveyBirdwell Wheelers00:12:42Paul MasonBirdwell Wheelers00:12:45Michael BrownGeared Up Cycles00:12:55Nick EmersonFlextech00:13:01Gareth BruffBarnsley R.C.00:13:09Andy CuttsBirdwell Wheelers00:13:29Tom BoothGeared Up Cycles00:13:38Alex SimonStocksbridge CC00:14:00John WoodhouseBirdwell Wheelers00:14:18Sam WoodGeared Up Cycles00:14:26Dave BowenBarnsley R.C.00:14:30Tony GalvinBarnsley R.C.00:14:38Trish MellorHolmfirth00:15:21Chloe SelmanBarnsley R.C.00:15:26Oliver BruffBarnsley R.C.00:15:42Kate ArmstrongSheffrec CC00:16:44   Sunday’s club run saw six Wheelers Roger Holmes, Jack Hollington, Paul Mynett, Dave Hudson, Mark Whittaker and Bob Waterhouse battle strong headwinds on the out leg of a 130km out and back trip to Wetherby. Sunday’s club runs will  meet at Barnsley Town Hall at 9am. Further details about how to join Birdwell Wheelers can be found in the links on the left. 14/04/2015 Last Saturday four Wheelers John Woodhouse , Shaun Dolby ,Dave Woodhouse and Rodger Holmes rode Audax events starting from Worrall near Sheffield .John and Shaun rode the 200km  “Paris and Moscow in the Spring” while Dave and Rodger rode the 100km  “Paris in the Spring”. Both routes went over the Strines to New Mill where the 200km route climbed up through West Yorkshire to Saltaire Heritage centre while the 100km route went over Emley Moor to re join together through the Dearne Valley  and returning to Worrall.The 200km route passed through Paris, near Scholes and Moscow Barn , near Thornton-two small West Yorkshire villages while the 100km route went through Paris. They all completed the wet and windy rides within the allotted time. On Sunday the club’s A ride saw Dave Scargill , Andy Cutts and Rob Parkes battle strong winds on a 100km loop through Retford and back while the B group of Tony Lodge, Paul Mynett , Corey Crossland and Jack Hollingworth headed west on a windy 60 km loop to Upper Denby  and Penistone. Also on Sunday was the second of the club’s C rides for newer riders.  Wheelers Christine Minto, Bob Waterhouse and Malcolm Wilson accompanied a guest rider on a blustery ride to Wintersett covering the 25 miles at 12mph.  Further details about how to join Birdwell Wheelers can be found in the links on the left. 07/04/2015 Good Friday saw  Wheeler Paul Heggie ride in the Veterans category at the Buxton Mountain time trial which was round two of the RTTC Classic Series. The event , regarded as one of the toughest on the calendar , was centred on  Longnor and consisted of 2 laps of an 11 mile course including 350 metres of climbing. On a miserably wet and misty day with standing water in places  Heggie was pleased to finish in 1h 22m 27s. Sunday saw 2nd claim Wheeler Dan Taylor ride the Ilkley CC  25 mile time trial. On a rolling course in a very strong field he finished 5th overall in a time of 56m 44s. This Sunday’s club runs will leave Birdwell roundabout at 9 and Brewsters roundabout at 9.15. Sunday also sees the second of the Wheelers beginners rides which will meet at Brewsters roundabout at 9.30. More details in this link http://www.goskyride.com/Search/Details?eventid=56231 Further details about how to join Birdwell Wheelers can be found in the links on the left. 01/04/2015 Despite the absence of the event for the last three years thirty three riders set off last Sunday on the revived 105 km  Audax ride out to Snaith and the Thorne flatlands.  Wheelers Trevor Mayne and new member Shaun Dolby were the first to return completing the ride within the maximum speed of 30 km/hr which was an outstanding ride considering the wet conditions which resulted in only twenty eight riders battling back against the wind and rain. The previous day 2nd claim member Dan Taylor rode the Team Swift 10 mile timetrial at South Cave. Battling against a strong headwind on the return leg he finished 15th in a strong field of 97 with a time of 20m 46s. Sunday’s club runs will leave Birdwell roundabout at 9 and Brewsters roundabout at 9.15. Further details about how to join Birdwell Wheelers can be found in the links on the left 25/03/2015 Last Saturday Wheeler John Woodhouse rode the Roses to Wrags 210km (130 mile) Audax from Alfreton to Gainsborough, Wragby, Newark, Southall and back to Alfreton.  On this non-timed ride John was pleased to finish in under 9 hours including stops as the day was very cold and he had to battle with head and crosswinds for large parts of the ride. On the same day Wheelers Trevor Mayne , Andy Cutts and 2nd claim member Dan Taylor rode in Bolsover CC’s 10 mile timetrial at Hatfield. In a very large field of 126 riders , Taylor’s early season form continued as he finished in 22m 02s to place 5th. Mayne riding a new bike finished 21st in 23m 19s and Cutts placed 40th in 23m 55s. The club run on Sunday saw 9 Wheelers and 1 visitor ride out to Lotherton Hall covering 120 km. Also on Sunday was the first of a monthly beginners ride out to Millhouse Green. This Sunday sees the first of three Audax rides organised by Birdwell Wheelers. Starting point is Birdwell Community centre at 9am. Entries can be made on the day for the non-timed ride which is a flat route out to Snaith and back. Full details of the route are available on the club website and paper copies will be available on the day. Further details about how to join Birdwell Wheelers can be found in the links on the left 17/03/2015 Last Saturday six members of Birdwell Wheelers  Neil Addy, Roger Holmes ,Tony Lodge , Paul Mynett ,David Woodhouse and John Woodhouse  rode the 3 Fields Audax event from Alfreton through Clumber Park,  Laxton and Southall returning back to Alfreton .All riders completed the 104 km ride in less than 5 ½ hours. The same day Paul Heggie rode in the Veteran Time Trial Association (VTTA) 18km event at Ranby near Retford. Due to roadworks the course was shortened to 10.5km. With quite a strong headwind blowing, Heggie was pleased to finish in 17m 57s. Also on Saturday 2nd claim member Dan Taylor claimed his first podium finish of the season when he placed 3rd in the Scunthorpe CC 10 mile event in a time of 21m 45s just 30 seconds behind the winner. On Sunday Trevor Mayne rode in the League of Veteran Racing Cyclists (LVRC) Fleche Waltonne road race. Unfortunately after his great win in the same race last year he was a marked man and was unable to distance the bunch finishing 15th in a sprint finish. Sunday also saw the club’s annual 50 miles in 4 hours reliability ride take place on a route from Wombwell  through Askern and back.. A good turn out saw Corey Crossland,  Andrew Cutts, Shaun Dolby, Paul Heggie, Jack Hollington, Rodger Holmes, Mark Lafferty, Steve Myatt, Ian Taggart, Bob Waterhouse ,David Woodhouse and John Woodhouse all complete the ride within the stated time limit. This Sunday the A and B club runs will leave Birdwell roundabout at 9am and Brewsters roundabout at 9.15am. A new initiative for the club is a beginners’ ride also starting at 9am from Birdwell roundabout. Details can be found here:   http://www.goskyride.com/Search/Details?eventid=56065 Further details about how to join Birdwell Wheelers can be found in the links on the left10/03/2015 Last Saturday Wheeler Ben Harvey and 2nd claim Wheeler Dan Taylor rode in the SheffRec 2 up 25 mile Time Trial at Hatfield. On a windy day they recorded a time of 54m 55s placing them a fine 3rd overall despite Harvey having a problem with his chain which cost them nearly a minute.   Ben Harvey (behind) moving in front of Dan Taylor(in front) at Hatfield on Saturday© M.Pitchford On the same day Wheeler Trevor Mayne rode one of his favourite courses when he competed in the Matlock CC Hilly Time Trial over a course shortened to 23 miles due to roadworks. Battling strong winds he finished 5th overall in a time of 1h 2m 55s.The club run on Sunday was well attended despite poor weather and rode to Naburn near York and back. This Sunday Club run is a 50 mile in 4 hours reliability ride on a flat route via Askern.The rides  leave Birdwell roundabout at 9am and Brewsters roundabout at 9.15am On March 22nd the club is organising a beginners ride. It will be about 25 miles at an easy pace suitable for all types of bike. Details can be found in this link http://tinyurl.com/m7t72b8  Further details about how to join Birdwell Wheelers can be found in the links on the left. 24/02/2015 Last Sunday saw Wheeler Paul Heggie ride his first competitive event of the year when he competed in the Yorkshire Cycling Federation 10 mile timetrial on the old A1 at Fairburn.  On a windy , very cold but fortunately dry day he was pleased to record a time of 28m 11s placing third in the 60-69 age group. Heggie on his way to 3rd in his age category                              ©Steve Frith 2015  The day before , John Woodhouse completed another long distance Audax event when he rode the 130 mile North West Passage which started in Rochdale, passing through Settle, Kirby Lonsdale and the Lune Valley to Lancaster returning south  via Scorton and  Haslingden moors back to Rochdale. Woodhouse completed the distance at an average of over 15mph. There were two club runs last Sunday, Dave Scargill , Andrew Cutts and Trevor Mayne covering a 50 mile hilly route through the Strines while Jack Hollington, Paul Mynett and Mark Lafferty completed a 50 mile loop via Askern. The Sunday Club runs  leave Birdwell roundabout at 9am and Brewsters roundabout at 9.15am Further details about how to join Birdwell Wheelers can be found in the links on the left. 27/01/2015 Last Sunday saw Birdwell’s long distance champion John Woodhouse complete the Mere 200-as the name suggests a 200km (125 mile) ride which started in Cheadle , Cheshire. John Woodhouse in the Cheshire lanes The route went through Mere, Pickmere, Delamere, Malpas, Ellesmere, Audlem  and Somerford finishing back at Cheadle.  Woodhouse completed the 200km at an average speed of just over 25kph(15.6mph) On the same day club members completed a 100km ride to Snaith and back to Birdwell via  Askern. The Sunday Club run leaves Birdwell roundabout at 9am and Brewsters roundabout at 9.15am Further details about how to join Birdwell Wheelers can be found in the links on the left. 14/01/2015 Last Friday at the Birdwell Wheelers AGM the main positions on the Committee for the coming year were elected as follows: President                                           Christine MintoVice Presidents                                David Wingfield  Connie OgdenChairperson                                      Paul HeggieSecretary                                           Trevor MayneTreasurer                                           David Wingfield Also agreed were the club’s events for the coming year. These include three Open events , a 25 mile timetrial at Hatfield, a 29km timetrial at Hemsworth and a Hill Climb at Wentworth Castle Gardens.  The club events , at which visitors are welcome, comprise four 5 mile timetrials at Thurgoland , a sporting timetrial at Brierley, three 15 mile timetrials at Thurnscoe, six 10 mile timetrials at Park Springs where the 5 mile and 10 mile club championships will also be held. The season finishes in August with the club Hill Climb up to Green Moor. As well as three reliability rides of 50 miles ,100km and 100 miles the club is promoting three new Audax events. These are not races but self supported rides which need to be completed within a set time. These will take place on March 29th, June 14th and October 11th.  Also a new kit design was adopted for the coming season to be made by ForceGB of Liversedge.  Further details about all these events and how to join Birdwell Wheelers can be found in the links on the left.