Manchester Wheelers Hilly Time Trial Report

The club’s Open hilly time trial took place on Sunday 12th June. Here is the race report from organizer Tom Goldthorpe:

Despite the windy conditions, some fast times were posted in Manchester Wheelers’ Hilly Time Trial on the challenging 20.6 mile Circuit of Morridge in the Staffordshire Moors.

19 year old Jack Rootkin-Gray of British Cycling’s Team Inspired took first place with a time of 49:27, closely followed by his former Solihull CC teammate, David Fellows finishing in 49:34; both riders getting as close as anyone ever has to the course record of 47:31, set in 2017 by New Zealand’s rowing legend turned cyclist, Hamish Bond. Third overall was David Parkin of Chorley Cycling Club finishing in 52:25 and heading the road bike category, another strong performance, given the difficult conditions.

Alison Dockney of Macclesfield Wheelers was first woman with a time of 1:04:23 followed by Liz Batt of Buxton CC / Sett Valley Cycles in 1:05:54 and Gail Lowe of Congleton CC in 1:09:53.

1. Jack Rootkin-Gray, Team Inspired, 0:49:27
2. David Fellows, Solihull CC, 0:49:34
3. David Parkin, Chorley CC, 0:52:25 (road bike)
4. Alastair Ribbands, Congleton CC, 0:53:12 (road bike)
5. Gavin McCloskey-Lambert, Manchester Wheelers, 0:53:42
6. Matt Lawton, Macclesfield Wheelers, 0:55:41

1. Alison Dockney, Macclesfield Wheelers, 1:04:23 (road bike)
2. Liz Batt, Buxton CC / Sett Valley Cycles, 1:05:54
3. Gail Lowe, Congleton CC, 1:09:53 (road bike)

Club 10’s 2022

Our weekly club 10 series continues this year with the addition of an Open 10 for those of you that like to race of a weekend. Events are hosted by us and Stockport Clarion on the following dates. Enter on the line – £5 for non members, £3 for members of MW and SCCC. Course is J2/1. HQ Alderley Park. All welcome.

For those new to time trialling, it’s a perfect way to begin racing, challenging yourself and racing but without the pressure of being in a group. You can enter on any bike you want, the aim is to beat your previous time and set a new personal best. The course is roughly 5 miles out from here – towards Knutsford, turn at a roundabout and back making up 10 miles. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us.

Don’t forget – Make sure to have a front and rear light and helmet as these are now compulsory through CTT guidelines.

RRA Record Holder Poses with Proud Pooch

Huge congratulations to Gavin McCloskey-Lambert who just received his well deserved RRA red cap for smashing the Circuit of Yorkshire Dales record last year with an incredible time of 5:59.10!


Club Wattbike Sessions 2022

The weekly Wattbike sessions are back, starting on the 2nd Feb. Last time we had these they were fantastic as everyone gets a workout regardless of fitness. Andy is a great coach, it’s a fiver and runs from 7-8pm every Wednesday at the National Cycling Centre. Perfect for meeting and riding with other members with no worry of getting dropped.

If you’re not a member yet but you want to try one before you join us then feel free. All sessions are on the rides list, please sign up to make sure you get a spot.

See you there,


Annual General Meeting + Prize Presentation

The 2021 AGM will take place on Thursday 25th November 2021, from 7pm to 9pm at The Wharf, 6 Slate Wharf, Castlefield, Manchester, M15 4ST. The meeting will be held in the ground floor function room. In an alteration to previous years, the meeting will be followed by the presentation of this year’s Club prizes and awards.

All welcome.

The agenda includes receipt of the Annual Report and Accounts, the election of Officers for 2020, rule changes (including those proposed by members) and Any Other Business.

If you would like a specific item added to the agenda, please contact the Membership Secretary in writing (email is fine) by Thursday 11th November.

Nominations for officers: If you’d like to join the Committee, or to take on another role, please inform the Membership Secretary, to be added to the nominations list.

Current vacancies include:

  • General Secretary (or Membership Secretary)
  • Journal Editor
  • Racing Secretary
  • Social Secretary
  • Nominations for Auditors are also sought.

The programme of events for next year will be agreed together with accompanying Event Secretaries and delegates to the other cycling organisations to which the club is affiliated will also be agreed during the meeting.

Please do attend if you can to have your say in how your club is run. Everyone is welcome and all ideas are welcome.

Prizes & Awards, 2021

This year’s presentation of Awards and Prizes will take place after the formal AGM has closed. Please submit your claims for Awards and Prizes by Friday this week (5th November), to allow time for trophies to be engraved.