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Mar
23
Sat
all-day North West Youth League – Southp...
North West Youth League – Southp...
Mar 23 all-day
The first race of the NWYL will be run by Southport Cycling Club at Victoria park. For entry details, please see the following link. https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/296342/SCC-Youth-Races-sponsored-by-Dolan-Bikes—Round-1-of-NW-Youth-League  
Apr
6
Sat
9:00 am SCC Annual Bickerstaffe Road Race
SCC Annual Bickerstaffe Road Race
Apr 6 @ 9:00 am
Men’s Start time: 9 am Women’s start time 11:30 am. Free entry and day licence for club members only. If you’ve not road raced before, this is an ideal opportunity to give it a go.[...]
Apr
11
Thu
6:45 pm Provisional First SCC 10 mile TT
Provisional First SCC 10 mile TT
Apr 11 @ 6:45 pm
First rider off at 6:45 due to low light conditions. Please bring exact cash £ 5 per rider.  ALL COMPETITORS MUST HAVE A HELMET – CTT REG (15), A WORKING FRONT AND A REAR RED[...]
Apr
18
Thu
7:00 pm Provisional SCC 10 mile TT
Provisional SCC 10 mile TT
Apr 18 @ 7:00 pm
First rider off at 7:01 pm Please bring exact cash £ 5 per rider.  ALL COMPETITORS MUST HAVE A HELMET – CTT REG (15), A WORKING FRONT AND A REAR RED LIGHT  FIXED TO THEIR[...]
Apr
25
Thu
7:00 pm SCC 10 mile TT
SCC 10 mile TT
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm
First 10 mile TT event of the season. First rider off at 19:01. Please bring exact cash £ 5 per rider.  ALL COMPETITORS MUST HAVE A HELMET – CTT REG (15), A WORKING FRONT AND[...]
May
2
Thu
7:00 pm SCC 10 mile TT
SCC 10 mile TT
May 2 @ 7:00 pm
First rider off at 19:01. Please bring exact cash £ 5 per rider.  ALL COMPETITORS MUST HAVE A HELMET – CTT REG (15), A WORKING FRONT AND A REAR RED LIGHT  FIXED TO THEIR MACHINE [...]
May
9
Thu
7:00 pm SCC 10 mile TT
SCC 10 mile TT
May 9 @ 7:00 pm
First rider off at 19:01. Please bring exact cash £ 5 per rider.  ALL COMPETITORS MUST HAVE A HELMET – CTT REG (15), A WORKING FRONT AND A REAR RED LIGHT  FIXED TO THEIR MACHINE [...]
May
16
Thu
7:00 pm SCC 10 mile TT
SCC 10 mile TT
May 16 @ 7:00 pm
First rider off at 19:01. Please bring exact cash £ 5 per rider.  ALL COMPETITORS MUST HAVE A HELMET – CTT REG (15), A WORKING FRONT AND A REAR RED LIGHT  FIXED TO THEIR MACHINE [...]

Chris Truett in New Zealand

My Adventures Down Under (ooh er,missus)

Spectacular Scenery

Spectacular Coastal Scenery

Whilst everyone at home was safely tucked up in bed on Christmas Eve and Santa(Amazon) was out delivering those Rapha Kashmir finger bootees, Assos elbow warmers and Oakley diamante sunglasses you were no doubt all hoping for, I was part way through a 44 hour journey and flight that would take me from Birkdale to Auckland in New Zealand.

I have now started a 3 month trip which will see me ride around the North Island before crossing the Cook Straits to circumnavigate the rugged South Island. Then from there I plan to fly to Sydney for the last part of an epic tour of the Antipodes.

The week between Christmas and New Year was spent in Auckland recovering from the journey and jet lag. I did, however, enjoy some cycling around the coast in the 30◦ temperatures and summer sunshine, much in contrast to what I believe was seemingly endless rain experienced at home, although things would change soon enough in that respect.

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Like being an Audaxer, sheltering in bus stops

After seeing in the New Year with a spectacular firework display in the harbour, I set off on the first part of my tour of the North Island on 2nd January with a 2 hour ride in heavy rain. On reaching Bombay (I might have misread the map, there) I crossed the Hunua Ranges on a roller coaster 12 mile ride before ending up at Thames, my port of call for that night, after an 82 mile day in the saddle.

Sunday 3rd January saw me heading around the coast to Coromandel in wet & steamy conditions before climbing the longest steepest hill I’ve tackled for many a year, in the scorching heat. With 4 further climbs it made for one of the toughest days I have ever done on a bike not made any easier with panniers. The day ended for me in on the coast at Whitianga.

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Nev & Thelma at home in Cambridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nice Jersey that, Nev. Can see it from 12,000 miles away.

The following day was again a hilly one, taking me southwards down the eastern coastline to Waihi Beach where I was able to meet up with Southport CC stalwart Nev Holgate. As you may recall, Nev and his partner,Thelma, emigrated to New Zealand in 2012 and now live in Cambridge. I spent a couple of days with Nev who took me on a tour of the area including the newly built National Velodrome where we were able to watch the national squad train. As you would expect from such a sadly missed couple, they treated their clubmate to great hospitality and shared their vast knowledge of the area to help me with route planning, accommodation etc.

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Trip Advisor 5*? You must be kidding!

After leaving my friends behind, albeit briefly, it was back on the road, this time to the spiritual home for the Maori people in Rotorua and then on to Lake Taupo. Here I was able once again to meet up with Nev & Thelma who took me back to the coast to Napier as the mountain roads are too dangerous with huge logging trucks thundering past struggling cyclists. Anyone who has ever read Josie Dew’s book “ Long Cloud Ride” will appreciate the dangers of sharing the road with such vehicles in some of the more remote parts of New Zealand.

After a brief stop in the famous Hawkes Bay wine growing area, the next leg of my journey takes me on a 3 or 4 day 200 mile route to the city of Wellington, the nation’s capital to boot!

To be Continued……………..

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