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

 

Track night

Another great night at the track. 3 groups of ability all working together from beginners to experienced riders.  Skill sessions with some hard work thrown in. These sessions for Century members are for all abilities and all are welcome.

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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

 

 

4KM Pursuit at the Track

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Thanks to Rob, Ray, Andy, Mike and Steve for standing in the chill wind to time the 4km Pursuit this eve. Next time someone get them a cuppa!

Some great rides on a rather windy backstretch!

Time Bike
Daniel Stevens 5.27.40 TT
Tommy Murphy 5.27.62 TT
Jonny Freeman 5.51.71 Road
Graham Prentice 5.54.62 TT
Alex Nurse 5.58.61 Road
Dan Gibson 6.02.68 Track
Hannah Macdonald 6.07.11 TT
Ian Kendall 6.09.80 TT
Steve Stuart 6.10.19 Track
Rick Meadows 6.13.38 Road
Jamie Pleavin 6.13.92 TT
Paul Stevenson 6.14.52 Road
Kevin McCann 6.15.16 Road
Geraint Parry 6.17.44 Track
Peter Thomas 6.18.21 Road
Savannah Morgan 6.30.44 Track
Brendan Thompson 6.43.75 Track
Joe Pink 6.48.25 Road
Terry Giblin 6.54.16 Track
Ian Collier 7.05.24 Track
Jamie Ford 7.51.18 Track

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Sports Therapy Liverpool

Phil from Sports Therapy Liverpool will be at the club from 6.30pm. He will have a massage table set up in the clubroom and will be able to give advice on massage and sport related injuries. He will be giving £5 discount vouchers on the night for future consultations. He is a sports therapist based at the Climbing Hangar Sandhills and treats triathletes and has the Worlds number 2 climber on his books.

So come along and have a chat to Phil his website is www.sportstherapyliverpool.co.uk

Annual LCRC 4km Pursuit Challenge

Annual LCRC 4km Pursuit Challenge:

Knowsley Track

August 18th 2014

Fee is £2, free for juniors.

Only LCRC members are eligible to ride.

Road/TT/TRACK bikes are allowed.

ALL WELCOME TO SPECTATE: Bring the

Family/Friends to cheer you on!

WEATHER DECISION TAKEN AT 6.30PM

Registration from 6.30pm until 7.10pm.

Track Opens at 7pm for warm-up. Please be

careful and ride sensibly. Helmets required.

First heat at approx. 7.15pm, subsequent heats to

start as soon as previous has finished.

No crossing the track during heats.

Format: 2 riders on the track for each heat.

Riders start at finish line or 200m line.

Riders will be individually timed for 10 laps for a

total distance of 4km.

Hold your line at all times, if you are overtaking

then make sure the rider in front knows you are

passing.

Estimated total of 10-12 heats, riders will be

placed in heats with riders of similar ability on a

first-come first-serve basis.

Knowsley Track session update

Hi all,

 

Just a quick update regarding the Thursday track cluster of training session at Knowsley. Due to a number of riders currently on holiday and with it being track nationals week we have decided to cancel the session this coming Thursday 7th August. Sorry its late notice but could you please forward this onto all of your riders that have been attending the sessions. The training session will continue for two more weeks after this before we finish for the summer. These session will concentrate on Madison practice and will run on the  14th & 21st August 2014.

 

Riders that have attended the sessions so far include:

 

Tom Ashcroft, Brendan Thompson, Savannah Morgan, Daniel Gibson, Richard Morris, Thomas Cornwell, Charlotte Collier, Daniel Mckenzie, Chris Falton, Kiera Byland, George Elliott, Rosie Walsh, Charlie Critchley, Maddy Scott, Lauren Bate-Lowe, Lizzie McDermott, Richard Morris, Patrick Merriman, Ellie Russell

 

Many thanks

 

Phil

 

 

Phil Ball
Go-Ride Coach: Knowsley | British Cycling

Club BBQ

Next big Century Promotion The BAR-B-Q on 17th August at the

Merseyside Police Club,

Riversdale Road,

Aigburth,

Liverpool L19 3QN.


Tickets are £9 adult and £4.50 child. veggies catered for (please say if veggie). Numbers have to in by 12th of August so please book now. Get in touch with me (rob pleavin ) or Rebecca Gibson. Hope to see you there.
Rob.