Liverpool Century is a cycling club based in The Hub building at Knowsley Sports Centre.

With instant access to The Track and almost a Century of cycling behind us we are sure we can help you develop into whatever cyclist you want to be, from a quiet Sunday run to competitive racer, we cater for all.

New members can come down to the clubrooms and meet us to get a feel for the club.

All you need to get started is to fill in this form

 

George Darlington Memorial Ride

Hi All, meet up at track gates at 9:00 this coming Sunday OR entrance of the old Mersey Tunnel at 9:45 for our annual ride in memory of George.

The ride will take us out through the Tunnel and the Wirral for a café stop at the Two Mills(Eureka) at about 11:15.

The route back home will be via Upton near Chester, Mickle Trafford then around the back of Helsby and Frodsham before heading over The Runcorn Bridge .Back to club about 2:30 to 3:00 ish. 

Pace will be about steady  15mph with distance total aprox 60 miles.

Last year we did a charity collection on this ride with the money collected -approx. £100-going to the Myeloma Research (the disease from which George died).

This year ,following Andy Gibson’s passing , it would be great if we could make donations  to support SOBS, which is a charity that works with those bereaved by suicide .

I’ll happily collect  donations at ‘The Mills’ and then pass them on to Rebecca.

Hope to see you on Sunday

Best Wishes

Steve

Club Hill Climb

The club hill climb will be held on the 19th of October at 10.30am.

The course is the Ridgeway, it is situated off the A56 up the B5393 Tarvin Road.

If you turn left up the B5393 it is the first main left turn. The course is 8/10ths of a mile long starting opposite Burrows Lane and finishing 50yds short of the junction with Commonside.

Please be early as you have to sign on and put a number on. The CTT levy of £2 pounds is required when signing on. Meet at The Hub at 9am if you want to ride out to the event.

Yours Ray + Rob

Manchester Wheelers Cyclo-Cross NW3

Results The Lazer North West Cyclo Cross League
Race: Manchester Wheelers Cyclo-Cross NW3
Date 5-Oct-14

Mick Style’s (Manchester Wheelers) course was one that contained all elements that you’d expect to find at cross event. It tested rider skill and physical ability with it’s long drags and tight technical elements. 2 Century members rode their first race and on the face of it appeared to enjoy it, I’m sure inner demons where asking the usual question during the race ‘why am I doing this?’

11 riders in one event, fantastic turn out. Plenty of cross action left this year if you fancy it!!

Cat: Youth (B)

20 Brendan Thompson Liverpool Century RC U16B

Cat: U12 (Go-Cross)

4 Niamha Albones Liverpool Century RC U12G
(First girl)

Cat: Women / Vets (B)

20 Michael Fugaccia
24 Ian Kendall
78 Peter Leadbeater
104 Peter Albones (First race)
112 Graeme Fugaccia
117 Les Allen (First race)

Cat: Sen / Jnr (B)
15 Justin Finn (Only rider to bunny hop the planks on the hill…class act)
49 Kevin McCann (Great ride for first season back after a long time off)
65 Geraint Parry

Club Cluster of Training sessions at Litherland

Hi All,

 

Just a quick update in regards to the winter Club Cluster of Training sessions at Litherland. The sessions will be priced at £5 per session and will bePAY ON THE NIGHT ONLY. The sessions will start on the 14th October 7-9pm and will run for 20 weeks in the lead up to the 2015 road season. The CCT sessions are for Youth A and B category racing cyclists (please contact event organiser for availability for junior riders and high performing C’s going into B on 1/1/15).

 

The CCT’s will have a similar format to last year’s sessions and will have a primary fitness focus for the evening and will culminate in progressive training exercises driven by challenging the physical and technical demands of racing cyclists. Riders should have a suitable roadworthy bike and have experience at riding in groups including a chain gang. All riders must have fully working front & back bike lights to attend these sessions.

 

The CCT sessions are a great opportunity for riders to maintain and improve their fitness and technique over the winter months. The North West is leading the way with these sessions and club support is vital in making them a success. I would like to encourage club coaches to attend these sessions to support and pass on their expertise in developing a strong racing focus coaching session. After the circuit costs have been met there should be a small amount of surplus income to reimburse club coaches for travelling costs.

 

Please forward this message onto: club riders, club websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, other parents who may not be the in the communication network of this group. More information on these sessions can also be found on the British Cycling website.

 

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events

 

If you need any further information then please do not hesitate to contact myself on the below details and I hope to see many of you on the 14thOctober at Litherland.

 

Phil Ball – Litherland Session – philball@britishcycling.org.uk or  07712324801

 

Many thanks

 

Phil

 

Phil Ball
Go-Ride Coach: Knowsley | British Cycling

British Cycling, National Cycling Centre, Stuart Street, Manchester, M11 4DQ

Email: Philball@britishcycling.org.uk    |  +44 0161 274 2000  |    07712324801

Geoff Bewley Cyclocross Help

On the 15th November the club will be holding the annual Geoff Bewley Memorial Cyclocross race at Otterspool Park in South Liverpool.

The event requires the course to be built up from 7am and taken down at around 2-3pm (whenever the final race finishes).

There is a requirement to help with the following jobs;

  • Sign on
  • Marshalling
  • Building the course
  • Dismantling the course

If you are available to help please email  mikefugaccia@googlemail.com

Thanks in advance

Link to event page on BC below

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/113422/Geoff-Bewley-Memorial-Cross/North-West-League-Round-11

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PGP’s Tour de L’ain

An update from the Tour de L’ain.

http://www.tourdelain.com/tour-ain-professionnel/presentation.html

Well a disastrous start to the holiday saw me lose my phone and wallet in Troyes which hopefully explains the lack of photos and updates from in race.

Anyway armed with my daughter’s pay as you go mobile complete with pink case I joined my team.

We met at the hotel in Lons-le-Saunier. The first sight that greeted me was the Astana, AG2R, Le Pomme Marseille and Team France team busses. After a quick meeting and issuing of passes we departed to the prologue. Our main host was AG2R and we hung around their bus meeting a few of the riders and generally lusted after all the team bikes before departing to the vip stand to watch omega pharma quickstep win everything.

Wednesday:

The worst summer in France for 30 years greeted us on the start line. The 200 odd people registered for the whole craft challenge plus loads of day riders started in torrential rain. The sportive had started. By that I mean RACE. Once the neutralised zone finished and the flag dropped POW! Away we went. Full Tour de France experience now lead cars, closed roads, motorcycle outriders zooming up and down the peloton. All at close to 30mph.

Today was an 86 mile stage with two cat 3 climbs mid way. I lasted with the front until half way up climb one. By this time the weather had cleared up, but I was cooked. I sat up and waited for a group of seven other riders. We all worked together and finished strongly. All the results can be found on the website above albeit with a few mistakes as quite a few riders would cut out the odd section and register a time. Not that it affects the top few but by the end I finished a genuine 10 or so places higher.

Now for the cool bit. I crossed the line and a helper was watching out for me. Handed me a bottle of water and took my bike. We walked to the car (50m) and I retrieved my race bag and was pointed towards the showers. Once clean I was directed towards the food hall where a three course meal was served to every rider in the challenge. Once fed, we departed before the pros arrived in town back to a hotel in Lyon. On arrival we collected our bikes and had the use of the AG2R and Le Pomme Marseille Lorries and mechanics to wash and service the bikes. We then went to our rooms to recover and wait for the knock on the door. Massage time! An AG2R masseuse then spent 40 minutes pummelling my legs to bring them back to life. I must get one of these for use at home it was fantastic. Our main meal was then served in the dining room. Our table was alongside AG2R, Astana, Bretagne, Le Pomme Marseille and Omega Pharma Quickstep.

Thursday:

Today was the flat day. It was 102 miles through the villages and towns of the Jura. Don’t ask me about them as i don’t think I saw any of them. Every village had a slight climb to the church. We did every one. The pace was averaging at 26 mph through all the twist and turns. I was comfortable in the front group up until about 70 miles, but I had lost a bottle earlier and faded quickly. I had missed the last feed station and had to stop to get a bottle of water from a shop. The group was well gone by now and I was in a no man’s land between groups so I steadily rode the final 25 miles alone.

At the finish it was a rerun of yesterday.

Friday:

OMG everything aches and the weather is back.  Today is 94 miles with cat 2, cat3, cat2, cat1 and cat1 climbs. It will rate as one of the hardest days on a bike I have done ever. The rain lashed it down all day but on the whole I rode well. Until the last descent. It was freezing and I bonked on the way down. With 15km to go I had to stop and take a breather for a couple of minutes. Fortified by my last gel and only 15km to go I finished strongly. Even better I was starting to finish higher up the standings as other riders weren’t coping with the fatigue (the luxury treatment and massages had no effect on my ability to recover more than other riders sleeping in dormitories).

Today was also a tough day for the pros with some serious time gaps appearing and groups all over the road.

Saturday:

My sort of day, warm and sunny. Today’s parcours 86 miles cat 4, cat3, cat4, cat3, cat4, cat4, cat3.

Today was fantastic. Loads more day riders in blue numbers saw us hard case black numbers leapfrogging from group to group. I had also learnt something from talking to other French riders that would have made a huge difference earlier in the race. Loads of cycling clubs and spectators line the route. It’s customary that if you hold up an empty bottle and throw it down before them they hand you a full one back. Some French clubs now have two century bottles. I rolled in with a group of 8 riders well up the field.

In summary what a fantastic experience. The atmosphere was excellent and having people in every village come out to cheer you on was one I will never forget. Living like a pro was superb but they can keep it, how they do it completely escapes me and I have gained a new level of respect for them. If you ever get the chance to do something like this then go for it it’s great.

I officially finished 69th 3 hours 44 after the winner although I should be a few places up due to some short cuts taken on stage 3 by some riders. The individual stage results are all on the above website and they stop registering finishers once the cadet race gets going.

Below is my team with our AG2R helpers, David Moncoutier our host and Romain Bardet from AG2R.

Pictures and routes to follow.

 

PGP