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Margaret Biggs rides 100 Mile TT

Margaret Biggs rides 100 Mile TT

Margaret Biggs rides 100 Mile TT

Douglas Bader Foundation only this year launched their cycle racing team, Team Bader Amputees. Already inspired by the famous Sir Douglas Bader, team member Margaret Biggs set herself the challenge to ride a 100 mile time trial race against the clock. To finish and do it in under 5 hours, doing 20mph. Both goals were completed for this 64 year old Southport lass.

Margaret lost her leg following a severe traffic accident in 1973. A long time member of the Southport Cycling Club, and ex-paracyclist, Margaret has been able to make this year her comeback into time trialling again. “ I am over the moon. Absolutely delighted, I am so grateful for the support and encouragement from the Southport Club, and consider it a privilege to ride for Team Bader Amputees. I hope that my efforts will raise the profile of amputees in cycling, and encourage others that the sky is literally the limit.”

If you would like to make a donation to the work of the Douglas Bader Foundation, details are here: Douglas Bader Foundation

Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning Saturday 27th September 2014

Macmillan logo thumb Southport CC is holding a coffee morning to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Come along to the Club Room between 9.00am and 2.00.pm. and support the day. Club runs will start and finish at the club room. Donations of cakes etc welcome.

Club Kit – Champion System On-Line Shop Order your Winter Kit!

The on-line shop for Club kit will be open from Saturday 30th August to midnight on Sunday 15th September. Delivery of the items ordered will be about 6 weeks after the shop closes. Log in to the shop HERE. Contact Champion Systems if you have any problems – phone number is on the log in page.

Ben Gautrey Foundation Charity Ride

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A group of juniors at the club room on Monday 29 July in the Club Jerseys sponsored by the Ben Gautrey Foundation.

On Sunday 17th August the 3rd annual Ben Gautrey Foundation charity was held starting from Meols Hall, Churchtown. In total 160 riders took part in the event with about 30 members from the club, with a good number of junior riders with parents and senior riders. The route meandered across the moss towards the Martin Inn, Burscough, Parbold, Stoney Lane, Mawdsley, Croston, and returned via Rufford, Holmes, and Banks.

A strong tailwind was evident on the outward journey which made the start easier for the youth riders,however,on the ascent of Stoney Lane a couple of the young lads succumbed to walking, James Holloway(12) being one of them, but quickly remounted when I told him there was a photographer just around the bend! At the summit, helpers were in attendance with a supply of water to replenish bisons. There followed a swift descent past the High Moor Inn towards the Dive Centre for a coffee stop, the youngsters always seem to order bacon/sausage butties and the like, not ideal race food.

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The return ride was now into a block headwind and our group was overtaking many struggling riders including  relatives of the hon.sec. who dropped back to stay with them. Chris(which way are we going?) Stone, was doing his usual strong man efforts on the front causing chaos in the peloton, almost came adrift when turning round, collided with a kerb, but managed to stay upright, only to be castigated by Maddy Scott calling him a ‘chopper’!!!

On arrival back at Meols Hall about noon, everyone commented on what a well run event it was. Next year we will return with more members. The club youth members were well represented on the ride resplendent in the jerseys kindly donated by the Foundation, which has generously supported other sporting groups within the town such as tennis,swimming, cricket and football.

Report by Colin Baldwin aka El Presidente

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A Message from Down Under

Chris Nolan was visiting Southport from Australia and rode out with the club:

Just wanted to say thanks for the rides whilst I was back in Southport. I really enjoyed it, and was great to ride on many of the roads that I haven’t been on since I was a kid.
The Southport CC were a great bunch of guys to ride with – and of course to enjoy a brew with! If you’re ever over here in the Canberra region, please get in touch as I’d be more than happy to take you on some of the local rides here, or at the very least let you know what rides and events that are on. Just a warning though, there are not many flat roads here. Cheers Chris Nolan

Allan Taylor Rides Three Steps to Severn – 19/20 July 2014

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Audax is about riding long distances and at 610km this ride qualified on that score.

The event was a Calendar Event starting in Macclesfield. The route (see map below) took the riders into Wales to reach the M4 services at Magor and then across the “old” Severn Bridge alongside the M48. Through Tewkesbury and Gloucester and east of Birmingham to finish at Macclesfield.

The start was at 6.00.am on Saturday and with a time limit of forty hours riders were required to finish by 10.00.pm on Sunday.

Controls were: Prees Heath, Newtown, Builth Wells, Llandovery, Magor Services (M4), Severn View Services (M48), Strensham Southbound Services (M5), Alcester, Meriden, Fradley, Finish.

At the start the weather forecast was for heavy rain and thunder – and it was correct – the first four hours were completed in heavy rain. Once the rain stopped the weather improved and Sunday was very hot. I had a sleep at Magor and also in a McDonalds near Gloucester.

Statistics for the ride:

608.9 km, moving time 28hrs 15mins, overall time 36hrs25mins, 6,400m of climbing. I managed to eat four McDonalds meals, six sausage rolls, six mini pork pies, numerous chocolate bars and breakfast bars and drank ten water bottles together with tea, coffee and coke at all the stops. Click the image below for a large version:

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SCC Juniors with Ben Gautrey Foundation Jerseys

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A group of juniors at the club room on Monday 29 July in the Club Jerseys sponsored by the Ben Gautrey Foundation.

The foundation provided £1,000 which was added to by the club to purchase 50 jerseys for the use of Junior members.

Picture courtesy of Graham Moreton Photography

Bill Bradley Memorial Ride 2014

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Members of Southport CC at the Bill Bradley memorial at top of the Trough of Bowland. Due to the Preston Arena being unavailable, there was no open event this year, so Alan Stark organised a tribute ride to Bill Bradley as the 3rd Sunday of the Month long club run. Thanks to Mike Lloyd for photographs: more photos here.

Tour de France 2014 – Southport CC Ride Out

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Andre Greipel of Lotto-Belisol as the peletom heads into Kettlewell on Stage 1 – pic by Simon Kirwan

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Southport CC members rode out to Yorkshire for Stage 1 of the 2014 Tour de France. Here the peleton arrives at the climb of Cote de Buttertubs.

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Ken Beck and team about to begin ascent of Buttertubs. Thanks to Pete Scott for photos.