28th October 2016: Bury Clarion sweep the board at national hill climb championships – Bury Times
BURY Clarion riders took the team, individual and junior titles at the National Clarion Hill Climb Championships after a storming set of rides at the Newport Shropshire CC hill climb in Ironbridge.
In the popular event, which doubled up as the national clarion championships, Joe Cadwallader was fastest finisher of Bury’s team of three, completing the course in 3mins 42secs to take third place overall, just 29 seconds down on winner Matt Garthwaite, of Rhino Valley RT.
Cadwallader’s time also ensured he was second fastest veteran and leading clarion rider, to claim the individual title.
Out of the 44-strong field, there were 23 riders from across the country competing for the national clarion honours.
Bury’s other two riders, Dave Stammers and Francis Woodcock, completed a one-two-three finish in the clarion championships to claim the team crown in some style.
They also won the overall team title on the day, beating second-placed Wolverhampton Wheelers’ aggregate time by 24 seconds.
Stammers was fifth-place overall, following his time of 3:44.
And Woodcock followed up his juvenile victory in the recent Ramsbottom Rake with the national clarion junior title after finishing in 3:49.
The 14-year-old beat off competition from riders two years his senior to win the crown, finishing 17 seconds faster than Newport Shropshire’s Charlie Fisher, aged 16, in second.
Woodcock also finished third in the clarion race and seventh overall on the day.
11th October 2016: Best ever’ Ramsbottom Rake hill climb one for the history books – Bury Times
THIS year’s Ramsbottom Rake hill climb turned out to be one for the history books as organisers hailed it the best ever. Hundreds of people turned up for the annual event, organised by Bolton-based Lancashire Road Club, which sees riders tackle the testing 875m steep course….
Talented young cyclist Francis Woodcock, aged 13, from The Bury Clarion Cycling Club was the fastest in the juvenile category with a time of 3min and 7sec.
Peter Roscoe, secretary for The Bury Clarion Cycling Club, commented: “It really is a fantastic event, in some ways it’s like the Tour de France because people can get so close and see the riders in their agony.
“It’s a really good community event with people coming out to support the riders.”
6th October 2016: City club should win Northants series – Peterborough Today
FENLAND CLARION Simon Pitchford completed his excellent season with fourth place in the Northants time trial series at Middleton in 44:42. He was well supported by team-mates Steve Kaye(45:42) and Mark Ingram (45:53). Young Harry Tozer won from the front in the Under 8 event at the Hitchin Cobbled Classic while Jerry Norman and Ruby Isaac have both been doing well in the Central Cross League. At RAF Halton, Norman was fifth junior man and Isaac first Under 10, then at Milton Keynes they both finished third. Isaac also gained a third place finish in the West Midlands Cross League event in Worcester. Mia Purnell started her cyclo-cross season in the Spalding event with a win in the Under 16 age group. Fenland Clarion’s hill-climb has been won several times in recent years by Lynden Leadbeater, but this year he had to settle for second place as Tom Stokes took the honours over the two climbs at Ketton.
29th September 2016 Sunderland Clarion Cycling Club hosts two stage hill climb event – Sunderland Echo
The Sunderland Clarion Cycling Club hosted its two stage hill climb at the weekend – and Tim Wilcock, of GS Metro, successfully defended his title.
22nd September 2016 – Peterborough Today
FENLAND CLARION Fenland Clarion rider Andy Gilbert made a very impressive road racing debut when finishing second in the Bourne Wheelers end-of-season race on a 55-mile course around Castle Bytham. In the penultimate round of the club championships members raced over 25 miles for the Cullip Cup. Paul Lilley won on the day with his time of 57:36, but with Steve Kaye claiming second place with 58:08 he now has an unassailable lead in the championships. Other times: Simon Pitchford 58:43; Ian Waddilove 59:58; Richard Moys 1.00:08; Lynden Leadbeater 1.01:39; Chris Shaw 1.04:45, Phil Merritt 1.05:52; Lindsay Clarke 1.06:13; Phil Jones 1.10:56; Ethan Nightingale 1.17:54 n In the VTTA 10-mile event, Kaye finished fifth in 21.03. Other Clarion times: Paul Lilley 21:48; Alison Lilley 24:50. n Kaye also led the Clarion riders home in the Northants & District CA event in 21:55. Other times: Mark Ingram 22:21; Jerry Norman 22:50; Malc Jacklin 23:37; Phil Merritt 25:05. n Teenage talent Jerry Norman had a great time at the Clarion track championships in the Derby Velodrome. He won all five events in the Youth A Omnium – the 500m time trial, 10-lap scratch, 2000m pursuit, 20-lap points race and 16-lap scratch race – to score a maximum five points and go one better than last year’s second place. In the senior events Tom Stokes won the 2000m pursuit in an impressive 2.24.94, while Adam Robinson was second in the sprint final. n Fenland Clarion are hosting an evening of cycle racing for youths up to 16 years-old. It’s on Friday September 30 at the Embankment athletics track and costs £4 per rider for a minimum of two races. Registration is from 6pm with racing starting at 6.30pm. All abilities, including novices, are very welcome. For further details contact Malc at firstname.lastname@example.org
15th September 2016: Fenland Clarion had three junior riders qualify for this year’s George Herbert Stancer Trophy final in Warwickshire. – Peterborough Today
Fenland Clarion had three junior riders qualify for this year’s George Herbert Stancer Trophy final in Warwickshire. The national 10-mile race involves 170 of the country’s top young riders who qualified from regional races. Jerry Norman was the first Clarion rider home in 22:19 for 29th place. Jonathan Toma (13) was 98th in 26:39 and Mia Purnell was 99th in 26:45.
14th September 2016: Schoolboy with promising cycling future ahead hits Tour de France course – Bury Times
A TALENTED young cyclist with a promising future has followed in the footsteps of two of his role models.
Francis Woodcock is a member of Bury Clarion Cycling Club and gave an impressive performance at the club’s annual hill climb in his home town of Ramsbottom this summer.
Thirteen-year-old Francis completed the gruelling course in 2 minutes and 26 seconds — 10th place overall, in the open-age contest and faster than Bury’s very own Tour de France success story Adam Yates did when he was at the same age.
24th August 2016: Mark ready for non-stop Race around Ireland – Pendle Today
A Barnoldswick man is gearing up for an epic grand tour cycle ride raising money for a cancer charity. Mark Sandamas (49) is part of a team of eight riders taking part in the relay section of the non-stop 2,150km Race Around Ireland which begins on Sunday. A keen cyclist and runner, Mark is a member of Pendle Forest and Barnoldswick Clarion cycling clubs and Barlick Fell Runners.
18th August 2016: Gelsthorpe claims his fifth open victory – Peterborough Today
In the Bourne Wheelers 25-mile time trial there were some strong local performances from Fenland Clarion riders.
They were led home by the in-form Dave Langlands in sixth place with his time of 54.48 and this was backed up by clubmates Paul Lilley in 57.50 for 13th and Steve Kaye in 58.45 which gained him 16th place. The club’s Bluebell Series has just one round to go and some excellent performances thoughout the season have left young Jonathan Toma sitting in first place, with Dave O’Brien currently second.
5th August 2016: Wheely Good Fun – Bury Times
As part of a nationwide scheme, Bury Clarion Bullets is holding a Go-Ride session for youngsters to jump on their bikes and take part. Starting tomorrow and for the following two Fridays (August 12 and 19) coaches from British Cycling will be at Heywood Old Road in Middleton for a host of exciting activities and challenges. The Go-Ride Summer of Cycling is a national festival designed to offer children entry-level coaching and competition on the bike, riding with friends and young club members.
Riders can take part in group coaching to improve their bike handling skills, followed by some fun short races. Prizes on offer include T-shirts and wristbands, while supporters are welcome to come along and cheer them on.
Laura Trott, a current world champion who is heading for Rio, first started cycling at Welwyn Wheelers Go-Ride Club. She said:
27th July 2016: Adam Yates Britain’s newest Grand Tour sensation – Cycling Weekly
The seeds were sown back in late 2010 when Yates, who started on the track and in the colours of Bury Clarion CC, was turned down for a place on British Cycling’s track-based U23 Academy while his brother Simon was accepted.
25th July 2016: Linlithgow cyclist Alex Ball selected for Scottish Young People’s Sports Panel – Daily Record
The 14-year-old Linlithgow Academy pupil is one of the youngest members of the panel, which is run by sportscotland.
Alex, who has been a member of West Lothian Clarion for eight years, was one of just 16 people selected from almost 200 applicants and he will serve two years on the panel which includes top young athletes from the age of 14 to 25.
He commented: “I was recommended to apply and I looked into it a little bit and straight away thought it would be something I would like to be involved in so I applied. I just gave it a shot and didn’t really expect to be selected.”
24th July 2016: Cycling Club Modern Hero Adam Yates – The Guardian Newspaper
Cycling club launched by Suffragettes finds modern hero in Tour’s Adam Yates. The members of Bury Clarion are thrilled as their protégé closes in on the white jersey for best young rider.
“I can’t wait to know the final result,” said membership secretary and club oracle Peter Roscoe, who has been with the club since 1949. “I’m 82 years old, but I’ve not been watching it sitting down this year – it’s been that agonising.
Riding the wave of cycling’s increasing popularity, with the membership of British Cycling leaping from 50,000 to 123,500 in the four years since Bradley Wiggins became the first Briton to win the Tour de France, Bury Clarion Club has never had so many members in its 115-year history. A record 112 people have paid their £10 subs for the current season, including many young people inspired by Yates.
Whatever his end result, Adam Yates would not show off about it, said Roscoe. “The twins don’t do the celebrity thing. Years ago I proposed them both for junior sportsman of the year and they came to the club presentation, but afterwards I got the message: ‘Don’t do that again, Peter.’”
21st July 2016: The Scarborough News
Particular thanks go to … Chris Goode for compiling the totals, Yorkshire Coast Clarion for providing the signs…. Chris Goode (Yorkshire Coast Clarion and second claim Paragon) was 21st in 4:36:01, five minutes slower than in the National 100 the previous Sunday.
13th July 2016: Young Bury cyclist impresses at Tour de France as Rio Olympic challenge awaits – Bury Times
A TALENTED cyclist is blazing a trail in the Tour de France, and top coaches believe he is a future champion. Adam Yates has not only impressed fans by dominating the youth category during the first half of the prestigious contest, but the Bury-born 23-year-old has also held his own in the all-age competition….
Adam became interested in cycling with his twin brother Simon when their father John took them to watch races and ride at the Manchester Velodrome.
John was also a member of Bury Clarion cycling group, and Adam and Simon started to race as they began their studies at the Derby High School in Bury.
Bury Clarion’s secretary Peter Roscoe said: “The twins learned their magic riding at the Velodrome.
24th June 2016: Adam Yates makes Team GB Olympic squad – Bury Times
BURY’S Adam Yates will compete for Great Britain at the Rio Olympics after being named in the men’s road cycling squad. The lifelong Bury Clarion member joins two-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, Peter Kennaugh and Ian Stannard. At 23, he is the youngest member of the squad, which is packed with talented climbers in readiness for what is a hilly course.
16th June 2016: Clarion ace Langlands – Peterborough Today
Fenland Clarion veteran Dave Langlands’ recent good form was put to the test in the weekend’s National 50-mile Championships. The event was run over a hilly course from Plymouth, where fast times were never going to be the order of the day.
Langlands finished in an excellent 23rd place with his time of 1.51.23 to average a shade under 27mph. Leading Clarion rider was Steve Kaye in 35.16 for 11th place. Other Clarion times: Simon Pitchford 35.24, Jerry Norman 35.55, Richard Moys 36.16, Malc Jacklin 36.37, Sean Beard 37.59, Phil Marritt 41.35.
The winning margin in the Clarion 2-Up Championship was just nine seconds as youngsters Jerry Norman and Tom Stocks gave the favourites Simon Pitchford and Andrew Gilbert quite a scare with their time of 50.13. Third place went to Paul Lilley and Steve Kaye with 50.36.
Other times: Malc Jacklin & Sean Beard 53.43, Steve & Lindsay Clarke 56.28, Nick Evans & Stuart Goodliffe 58.14, Lynden Leadbeater & Steve Walters 59.50, Mia & Gareth Purnell 62.19, Jonathan Toma & Ethan Nightingale 63.40, Luke Armstrong & James Piercy 64.35.
9th June 2016: Locals make world final in Australia – Peterborough Today
A handful of local riders qualified for a world championship final in Australia when racing in the huge Tour of Cambridgeshire at the weekend….. Highest placed local in the Chrono, which started and finished at the East of England Showground, was Peterborough Cycling Club’s James Gelsthorpe. He was 11th fastest with 37:46:90 and that placed him sixth in the 19-34 age group. Fenland Clarion’s Dave Langlands was not far behind. He finished 14th in 37:48:09 and that earned him a win in the 50-54 age group. Both riders qualified for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships
2nd June 2016: Peterborough Today
Dave cracks record, Fenland Clarion rider Dave Langlands continued his rich vein of form at the weekend with another record-breaking performance in the Eastern Counties CA 25-mile event. Langlands’ time of 49.18, slightly in excess of 30mph, was a new national Clarion record to go with the 50-mile record he took just two weeks ago. His time also eclipsed the long-standing Fenland Clarion record of Olympian Gary Dighton that had stood since 1987 by a full three minutes. In the same event Fenland’s Paul Lilley finished in 55.14.
31st May 2016: Saddleworth News
Saddleworth Clarion Cycling Club host the Saddleworth Mountain Time Trial. Saddleworth Clarion Cycling Club (SCCC) recently hosted the Saddleworth Mountain Time Trial with a strong field of 65 riders meeting in Saddleworth for a testing 19 mile course that included the climbs of ‘The Isle of Skye’ and ‘Wessenden Head’. Conditions on the day in May were favourable with the last riders off missing the promised rainfall and all riders benefiting from a slight tail wind on the first climb. The Ladies race was close with Mossley based Vanessa Whitfield (The Racing Chance Foundation) pipping Rippondens Nicola Mathews (Boot Out breast Cancer CC) for the £100 first prize. The result sees Ness extend her lead in The North West porting Course competition.Francis Woodcock of Bury Clarion was the first Junior rider home, coming home in 59.37 with Moorside’s Thomas Anchor (Saddleworth Clarion) coming in second.
25th May 2016: Oldham Evening Chronicle
Saddle up at Saddleworth A STRONG field of 65 riders saddled up for the Saddleworth Mountain Time Trial, a testing 19-mile course including the climbs of ‘The Isle of Skye’ and ‘Wessenden Head’. Conditions were favourable with the last riders off missing the promised rain and all the competitors benefitting from a slight tail wind on the first climb. The women’s race was close, with Mossley-based Vanessa Whitfield (The Racing Chance Foundation) pipping Ripponden’s Nicola Mathews (Boot Out Breast Cancer CC) for the £100 first prize in a time of 59 minutes, 11 seconds. Mathews posted 1:00:11. The result saw Whitfield extend her lead in the North-West Sporting Course competition. Francis Woodcok, of Bury Clarion, was the first junior rider home, stopping the clock in 59:37, with Moorside’s Thomas Anchor (Saddleworth Clarion) taking runner-up spot.
21st May 2016: Sunderland Echo May 2016
Super Wallbank secures Sunderland Clarion’s first win of the season. Sunderland Clarion secured a first victory of the season in the Prima Team Racing Criterium at Hetton Lyons Country Park. The triumph came courtesy of a well-timed sprint from Neil Wallbank to take the honours in the 3/4 category race. Wallbank won ahead of Durham University’s Jamie Francis, as they outpaced South Shields Velo pairing of Paul Tyrrell and Mark Keedy in the gallop to the line after an hour of racing. The race was in the first a series sponsored by Prima Windows and Lawson Construction. Wallbank was joined in the bunch by Sunderland Clarion team-mates Paul Cottrell and Kris Adlington, and his victory follows a strong start to the season which has seen him finish second in the two-day Tour of Northumberland, and fourth in the Reivers Road Race.
21st May 2016: The Local
The first race of the Hereward series, which is competed between Peterborough Cycling Club, Fenland Clarion plus the Bourne Wheelers and Spalding Cycling Club, took place on Thursday last week.
19th May 2016: Peterborough Today
RECORD BREAKERS: Longlands smashes club best by over eight minutes, Burrill breaks a 34-year-old record. Fenland Clarion Club’s Dave Langlands finished second in the event in 1.41.14, a staggering eight minutes better than the club’s previous best time at the distance of 1.49.57 set by Paul Lilley in 2008. In the Wisbech 25 mile event Fenland Clarion’s Lindsay Clarke finished as second lady with her time of 1.04.20, while John Royle recorded 1.04.28 and Steve Clarke 1.05.50.
30th April 2016: Sunderland Echo
Sunderland Clarion rider Michael Sloanes secured an impressive third place in the Sloan Trophy, one of the region’s top races. Sloanes joined four club-mates in the 62-mile race from Stamfordham in Northumberland. After an early break was pegged back, Sloanes found himself in a four-man move that contained the day’s podium as they took the bell to mark the fifth and final lap.
30th April 2016: The Telegraph and Argus
Carnival atmosphere in Otley to welcome Tour de Yorkshire riders. Tim Mitchell and Rachel Wood had travelled from Saddleworth and were enjoying the day with their children Orla, four, and two-year-old Seth. Tim, who is a member of Saddleworth Clarion Cycling Club, said: “It is fantastic – it’s an amazing continuation of the Tour de France.”
1st April 2016: Cycling: James Shaw’s excellent early season result in Tour de Normandie – Derby Telegraph
DERBYSHIRE cyclist James Shaw has his second season in France up and running in fine style after claiming a top-10 finish in the prestigious six-stage Tour de Normandie race. The 19-year-old former Heanor Clarion flyer was also placed fourth among the junior riders after the week-long race.
29th Feb 2016: Daily Record
West Lothian Clarion Rad Tour, West Lothian’s leading cycling club are holding their annual ‘Seven Castles of West Lothian’ event on Sunday, March 6. Starting from Linlithgow, the route will take in 100km of the county’s best back roads before swinging north through the Forth Valley before a swooping descent back to the starting point.
9th January 2016: National Cyclo cross Championships Report – British Cycling
Conquering the mud on day one of the British Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Championships in Shrewsbury. The youth races provided the shocks of the first day of competition and saw 15-year-old Megan James, from Abergavenny follow in her sister’s footsteps to clinch her first national title. “It was amazing and a complete shock which I didn’t expect at all, said James. “I am speechless, I didn’t want to go out too hard and saved something for the end which worked.” James, riding for Abergavenny RC, got off to a perfect start taking the lead ahead of Harriet Harnden (Malvern Cycle Sport). A mechanical for Harnden saw the Welsh champion pull out a small lead before extending it to over 40 seconds with a lap to go. The drama was played out behind as Harnden had another mechanical which saw her drop from a comfortable second down to fourth allowing Poppy Wildman (Nottingham Clarion CC) to clinch silver
1 Megan James Abergavenny RC 39:39
2 Poppy Wildman Nottingham Clarion CC 42:32
31st Dec 2015: Wakefield men presented with Queen’s New Year honours
British Cycling President Robert Ellis Howden, better known as Bob, has been awarded an OBE for his services to cycling… Mr Howden began cycling in 1968 with Calder Clarion, before becoming a founder member of Wakefield Cycling Club in 1974.
11th Nov 2015: Peterborough Today
CYCLING: Local clubs share a £10,000 grant from Sport England. Local cycling received a huge boost on Friday night (November 6) when the Fenland Clarion and Thorpe Ventures clubs received a £10,000 grant from Sport England to help increase youth participation in the sport. Both are Go-Ride clubs and provide young people with the opportunity to get into competitive cycling in a fun way. They regularly hold race nights for under 16 year-olds and the presentation of the award was made at Fenland Clarion’s latest Go-Ride cyclo-cross race meeting at the Embankment athletics track.
24th September 2015: Peterborough Today
Jerry in record-breaking form for Fenland Clarion. For the second weekend running a Fenland Clarion club record was broken by one of their junior riders.
8th Jan 2015: Bury Times
Bury Clarion Cycling Club riding high after record breaking year. BURY Clarion Cycling Club celebrated 114 years of pedalling by recording their highest ever membership figures in 2014. The club now boasts 112 members – 12 more than the previous record of 100 set in 1954. The club of course has a proud recent history with honorary members the Yates twins – Simon and Adam – respectively riding last years’ Tour de France and Vuelta de Espana. Competition remains high within the club as highlighted by the trading of blows between serial winners Andy Horner and Nick Hall. Both men broke club records as Horner was named Best All Rounder Champion with Nick Hall coming second.