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Buxton Cycling Club Update

Buxton Cycling Club members have been riding time trials and road races on local courses and also further afield around the country.
In particular, the first two events in the Len Eyre series of Tuesday evening time trials attracted fields of more than 20 riders due to the relatively pleasant weather. Tom Thornely has taken a strong lead in the series competition with two wins in times of 20:55 and 20:02, with strong performances by Sam Clark with rides of 22:24 and 21:21 for the 8.8 mile course.
On Cheshire roads around Knutsford and Holmes Chapel, 4 Buxton CC riders tackled the first 50 mile time trial of the season, the classic Dukinfield CC event. On a cool and gloomy Saturday early May evening Mat Ivings managed a fast 1:54:44 for 10th place overall, with Chris Lea recording 2:0:20 and Steve I'Anson 2:10:58, but Tom Thornely's race was curtailed around half-way by a puncture. The following week, in the Manchester and District Championship 25 mile Time Trial, Mostyn Bullock was the fastest Buxton rider in 57:09, with Steve I'Anson (1:1:44), Jim Stewart (1:2:49), Rachel Batt (1:7:22) and Kate Barlow (1:14:16) also enjoying the warmer weather conditions. Elsewhere the same weekend Mark and Molly Horsley Frost doubled-up the West Pennine Road Club 10 mile time trial near Garstang on Saturday with the Border City Wheelers 29 mile hilly time trial near Carlisle on Sunday. In both events Molly was fastest woman with rides of 24:47 and 1:27:01, respectively, while Mark was 10th fastest man on Sunday with 1:18:56 and a fast 23:03 on Saturday.  Over near Hull on a fast course on the A63, Paul Birkin rode a personal best time of 22:48 in the City Road Club 10 mile time trial.
In the bunched road racing world, Tom Whalley, Joe Bowers, Phil Blundell and Rhys Roberts have been enjoying success in events across the Midlands, North Wales and the North West.


Buxton Cycling Club Mountain Time Trial

There was a friendly invasion of the village of Longnor on Good Friday by hundreds of cyclists and spectators for one of the country's most prestigious cycling time trial races, the Buxton Mountain Time Trial. It is thanks to the villagers of Longnor that this influx is welcomed each year producing a celebratory atmosphere especially when the weather is wet, windy and cold. Race organiser, Steve I'Anson said, "We owe huge thanks to the residents of Longnor; the village really makes it a great event, and I'm sure the friendliness helps us attract top riders year after year".

Hayley Simmonds

Multiple record holder Hayley Simmnonds prepares to start the 2017 Buxton CC Mountain Time Trial in Longnor wearing the red, white and blue bands that show she is  national champion (photo by Sue Todd).

The event is not only well-known in the area but is one of the keystones of the national Knight Composites Classic Series and attracts the best in this demanding discipline from around the country. The top cyclists for 2017 included current British National Champion Hayley Simmonds, who has also broken speed records at most distances, and fastmen Brett Harwood and George Evans from the all-conquering Team Bottrill. The professional ambience was, for a second year, enhanced by the presence of 9 of the Storey Racing women's team, including multiple paralympic champion Dame Sarah Storey, who could be seen warming-up outside their team bus at the HQ at Longnor School while their mechanic Barney Storey (himself a past paralympic gold medallist) prepared their bikes.  
The women's race was won by Hayley Simmonds from Cambridge who recorded 1:01:09 for the 22 mile race ahead of Elizabeth Banks (1:04:34) and Ejay Harris (1:04:49). Buxton CC women riders Fran Bromley (1:15:31), Rachel Batt (1:15:41) and Liz Batt (1:18:37) put in excellent performances..

Joe Bowers

Buxton Cycling Club's Joe Bowers seen against the background of the Staffordshire moors as he climbs a hill during the 2017 Buxton CC Mountain Time Trial (photo Ó Mick Hall Photos)

The hotly contested men’s race over 33 miles was won by Brett Harwood (1:25:49) followed by Jack Rebours (1:26:17) and George Evans (1:27:30) who had travelled, respectively, from Peterborough, Jersey and Wrexham. They competed against strong local riders like Buxton CC trio Joe Bowers (1:33:59), Mat Ivings (1:34:26) and Sam Clark (1:35:11) who achieved hard-fought 11th, 12th and 13th places with Joe's performance on a conventional road bike, rather than a specialist aerodynamic time trial bike, being particularly impressive.


Buxton Cycling Club Update

Buxton Cycling Club's annual Mountain Time Trial takes place every year on Good Friday and involves cyclists doing 11 mile loops through the beautiful Derbyshire scenery centred on the village of Longnor: 3 laps for the men and 2 laps for the women, veterans and juniors. For the last few years this local event has been part of the national Classic Series, meaning that we attract a strong field of riders from around the country looking for series points as well as more local entrants, including 25 Buxton CC riders this year. The women's field in particular features National Elite Time Trial Champion and multiple record holder Hayley Simmonds as well as multiple medal winning paralympian Dame Sarah Storey and 8 members  of her Storey Racing team.

Meanwhile Buxton riders have been competing around the area and, in some case, further afield. Last weekend the traditional season-opening Withington Wheelers 25 mile time trial took place near Chelford, giving an increase challenge after a month of 10 mile events. Established riders made a strong start at the longer distance with: Tom Thornely 57:01, Mark Horsley Frost 1:0:11, Steve I'Anson 1:3:28 and Molly Horsley Frost 1:11:30 and new 1st time riders also put in impressive debut performances: Jim Stewart 1:3:21, Kev Smith 1:8:10 and Kate Barlow 1:12:16. Meanwhile Andrew Ashmore was riding the Merthyr CC 25 mile time trial in South Wales in a fast time of 1:00:32


Buxton Cycling Club Riders Start the Racing Season

As winter approaches its end, Buxton Cycling Club riders have recommenced racing on the road in competitions across several counties.  As an opener, the Rossendale Road Club's hilly 11 mile time trial, however, suggested that spring was still far away with 3 Buxton CC riders coping with torrential rain and flooded roads in Lancashire. Mark Horsley Frost battled through the conditions in 28:57 for 28th place, with Steve I'Anson recording 32:00 for 52nd. Molly Horsley Frost was up against a super-strong women's field featuring a number of internationals, finishing 6th in 31:48. Mark and Molly were again riding in Lancashire the following weekend when they competed in North Lancashire Road Club's classic 28 mile Circuit of Pendle time trial, once again in wet and windy conditions. Mark achieved a fine 17th place in 1:12:24 and Molly won the women's event in 1:17:32. Meanwhile closer to home at the Matlock CC Hilly 22 mile time trial around Youlgreave in Derbyshire Steve I'Anson did 1:10:11 and Rachel Batt 1:13:32 in more pleasant, drier conditions. Also enjoying the better weather in Cheshire on Saturday, prolific club champion Tom Thornely opened his account, riding the Nova Cycling Club's traditional, season-opening 25 mile 2-up team time trial with Andrew Ashmore, passing the timekeeper in 1:4:20.
Fraser Cummings has started his road season after a successful winter of cyclocross.  He was up against stiff opposition having moved up to the under 10s , the category in which he will race for the next 2 years. He was not intimidated however and battled to a fine 3rd place at the Tameside circuit. despite being tactically outmanoeuvred by his two Merseyside breakaway companions. They tricked him after he'd done 3 laps on the front when they both attacked him at the same time but he chased them on his own for the next 4 laps, managed to reattach but it was by then the last lap and he came third in the sprint.


On Saturday, Sam Clark completed a remarkable achievement; he cycled until he had completed 8848 metres of climbing, the equivalent of riding to the top of Mount Everest from sea level in one day. From the beginning, Sam had his eyes set on breaking the UK record time for an "everesting" and he beat this by a considerable margin with his time of 11 hours 29 minutes and 2 seconds.

This is called "everesting" and in cycling communities has to be completed according to specific rules which mean it has to be done in one ride and that it has to be done by riding up and down a single climb; in this case, St Marys Road in New Mills. This creates difficulties: a longer, easier climb might seem a good choice but you would need to ride too far but a very steep climb may prove too difficult with tired legs at the end of the day. St Marys Road was Sam's compromise choice and required 92 ascents, starting in the early morning dark and finishing an hour after dusk. He was accompanied at points during the day by various Buxton CC clubmates who each completed a few ascents alongside him, particularly Arne Beswick who also recently successfully took on the challenge on Peaslows Hill in Chapel-en-le-Frith and, earlier in the year, on the feared Winnats Pass out of Castleton.


Arne Everesting

It is a very busy time of year for Buxton Cycling Club and, in a week that saw the Aviva Women's Tour of Britain sprint through the centre of Buxton, riders competed in a range of disciplines. On the road, round 11 of the Tameside Circuit Series of closed circuit races was held on Tuesday 14th June and Fraser Cummings added the under 8s race to his season's tally of wins. Esther Clinton finished 13th in the mixed category senior race. The following day, in the 4th Round of the Dark and White Summer Trailquest Series of mountain bike orienteering events held at Carsington Water on Wednesday 15th June, Tony Styles was 10th with 179 points, while Ian Clucas and Esther Clinton enjoyed a more relaxed ride to finish together with 111 points.

Buxton Cycling Club held its annual Open 10 Mile Time Trial on the evening of Saturday 18th June on the Chapel-en-le-Frith bypass course.  The club's own 10 mile championship for 2016 was also decided on the results of this race, making it a mid-season target for several riders. The overall event was won by local star Jack Green (Velotik RT) in a time of 20:47 but Buxton CC's Tom Thornely was not far behind in 2nd place with a time of 21:18 which also won him the club's 2016 10 Mile TT Championship. Mostyn Bullock was 4th overall and 2nd in the club championship with 21:40. Other club performances: 3rd Mat Ivings 21:55, 4th Sam Clark 22:02, 5th Chris Lea 22:07, 6th Paul Dughan 22:44, 7th Mark Horsley Frost 22:57, 8th Jon Batt 24:27, 9th Liz Batt 24:48, 10th Molly Horsley Frost 24:58, 11th Simon Watson 25:06 and 12th Nick Sharpe 26:16.

This week also saw a very different but epic performance by Buxton CC member Arne Beswick. After marshalling at the 10 mile time trial on Saturday evening, Arne got up early on Sunday to attempt what is known as "Everesting" where in a single bike ride he had to do as much climbing as would be required to reach the top of Mount Everest from sea level, or 8848 metres. This might sound pretty difficult but Arne set out to do it by climbing the famous and feared Winnats Pass from Castleton 43 times! It should be understood that many hardened club cyclists who do tens of thousands of miles a year on the bike struggle to get up this mega-steep road once and many others avoid it completely having once tried and failed. This was an incredible achievement assisted only by an impromptu collection of Buxton CC members who had turned out to see if Arne could really succeed. In fact, Arne's nutrition plan for the day was to leave a shopping bag full of Snickers bars and Haribos at a farm on the climb. This is a performance which is sure to become legendary in the area but which few would be able to emulate.


Renewed Rivalry Between Buxton CC Fast Men

The rivalry between Mostyn Bullock and Tom Thornely to be fastest Buxton CC rider was revived on Saturday in a nail-biting 25 mile time trial championship in which Mostyn beat Tom by just 10 seconds on the roads around Goostrey in Cheshire. Both riders beat the fastest time in last year's event when Tom beat Mostyn by a more decisive 35 seconds. The 10 mile time trial championship follows in a few weeks - let us hope that the drama continues.

The 25 mile championship times were Mostyn Bullock 56:04, Tom Thornely 56:14, Chris Lea 58-06, Arne Beswick 1-01-50, Jon Batt 1-2-31, Paul Birkin 1-07-20 and Liz Batt 1-07-27.

At the longer end of the distance spectrum, Buxton CC riders recorded excellent times in the first 50 mile time trial of the season on the challenging Cheshire course between Goostrey and Knutsford, put on as always by Dukinfield CC. Tom Thornely was fastest Buxton CC representative with a personal best on this course of 1:55:09, closely followed by Mat Ivings who did 1:56:10, also a personal best for the course but this time by some four minutes. Mark Horsley Frost did a creditable 2:03:45 using less specialised equipment than his fast club mates and his wife Molly set a new club women's record with 2:15:54.

Meanwhile the series of 12 Tuesday evening 9-mile time trials for the Len Eyre Trophy have begun with Tom Thornely taking wins in both events to date around the hilly, twisty Fairfield Common circuit. Weather can be changeable at the course above Buxton but the turn-out has been very promising up to now with 19 and 13 riders braving the early season elements.

Phil Blundell has only begun riding bunched road races this year and has already scored his first win at the Tameside Circuit, taking him from the novice 4th category licence to 3rd. Joe Bowers, Adam Burns, Steve Ingram, Paul Dughan, Luke Beswick, Esther Clinton and Jonathan Huck have also been riding road races with some success. Fraser Cummings, one of the club's younger racing members, has been winning regularly in Boys Cat E races, carrying over his form from winter cyclo cross.


Buxton Cycling Club Mountain Time Trial

Triathlete Philip Graves of Clifton CC and professional rider Claire Rose of Podium Ambition powered by Club La Santa took the top honours in Buxton Cycling Club's Mountain Time Trial on Good Friday.  Both won 5-day holidays in Italy (courtesy of sponsor Hotel Milano Helvetia, Riccione) as well as £110 in cash for their performances on the hilly course based at Longnor.  

There were strong fields in all categories thanks to a record entry of 181 riders competing for £1700 in cash prizes plus holidays and spot prizes. Owing to the fact that this was also a counting event in both the prestigious RTTC Classic Series of Time Trials and the new SPOCO NW series, entrants came from as far afield as Scotland and Jersey to compete in the sunny but blustery conditions.

In the men's race, Tejvan Pettinger and Matt Clinton, both previous winners, were beaten into 2nd and 4th places, while in the women's race the full Podium Ambition team rode including Dame Sarah Storey, sporting her World Champion's skin-suit, although unfortunately previous winner Katie Archibald is injured and could not start. In the Veteran's event, Mark Turnbull (TORQ Performance) was fastest but the age-handicapped winner was Ian Holbrook of Stone Wheelers. Rik Waddon continued his dominance of paracycling events by taking a convincing win in the Para race and, in the junior event, Jamie Holmes did his new club Mid-Shropshire Wheelers proud by taking a narrow victory over Sam Walsham of Team Bikebox-Alan.

Longnor was full to the brim with riders and spectators and, on each lap, riders were cheered as they passed through the village. The event required the mobilisation of around 30 members and friends of Buxton CC, marshalling corners and ensuring that everybody had enough to eat and drink at the HQ but it was well worth it for the standard of performances and the size of the field.


Last season Tom Thornely was a prolific and very fast club champion on the more or less flat roads that are used for most cycling time trials. In 2016, however, he has started his season looking very lean and fit and put this to good used on Sunday taking a superb 5th place (in 39:24) in the Crewe Clarion Wheelers Hilly 22 mile event on Sunday. This is the first event in the new SpoCo North West, a series of challenging time trial events throughout the season which is a stated aim of hilly specialist Sam Clark who was 8th in 40:21, setting himself on the way to a high placing. Molly Horsley Frost continued her strong start to the season with a time of 46:04 for the prize for 1st woman and 31st place overall. It will be interesting to see how Sam and Molly do at Buxton CC's own Mountain Time Trial, the second race in the series, taking place on Good Friday 25th March, although Tom will be marshalling a corner rather than riding.

In the Herefordshire Winter MTB Series event at Eastnor on Sunday Fraser Cummings continued his fine form by winning the Under 8s race and, as a result became series leader. Rob Cummings got 11th in the senior race.

In the 3rd of the series of Darley Moor Circuit Races organised by Ashfield RC on Sunday, Buxton CC had a strong representation in the event for 3rd and 4th category riders. Phil Blundell and Adam Burns both finished strongly contesting the final bunch sprint and Stephen Ingram taking a competitive step towards recovery from his recent illness to finish a bit further down. There was an amazing attacking ride by Luke Beswick (Buxton CC Road Racing Captain) who spent a considerable time leading the race until he was brought down along with Paul Dughan in the final lap by an over-enthusiastic fellow competitor. Elsewhere, Joe Bowers contested the Regional A BBM Revolution CC Road Race for 2nd and 3rd category riders, taking 14th place - a great result in more elevated company!

On Saturday in the 2nd of the season opening 10 mile time trials organised by M&DTTA on the J2/3 course near Goostrey in Cheshire, Buxton CC was represented by 5 riders: 5th Mostyn Bullock 22:58, 9th Mat Ivings 23:30, 22nd Mark Horsley Frost 24:13, 53rd Henry Foxhall 25:59, 3rd Woman Molly Horsley Frost 27:21.


Top Riders at Buxton CC Mountain Time Trial

Dame Sarah Storey the multiple Paralympic medallist is the most famous entrant to the 2016 Buxton Mountain Time Trial on Good Friday. She brings along the rest of her Podium Ambition powered by Club La Santa team including Katie Archibald who has taken National, European and World Championship Golds for Britain. The men's event includes top British time triallists Tejvan Pettinger and Matt Clinton, both past winners of the event.

The event will be held, as always, on Good Friday, 25 March this year, starting at 11:00am and finishing around 4:00pm, with the headlining women's race starting at 1.40pm. The course starts in Longnor and climbs to the Travellers Rest where it joins the A53 Leek Road, turning left back to Longnor at Royal Cottage. The races are part of the RTTC Classic Series, a season-long competition consisting of challenging time trial events around the country.

Race Organiser, Steve I’Anson said:

“It’s a great race: I've ridden it myself 19 times since 1984. The atmosphere in the village of Longnor is fantastic, which is a real boost for the riders and fun for spectators. There are also great prizes in cash, Italian cycling holidays, cycling kit and cake thanks to the generous sponsorship of Hotel Milano Helvetia, Detail Design Engineering Ltd, Sett Valley Cycles and the Old Wooden Spoon Bakery.”

The most comfortable place to watch the event is at Longnor which hosts the start, finish and HQ but there are many more windswept vantage points around the course. For all details, see the event website at


Buxton CC Road Season Starts

The Buxton Cycling Club road season started at the weekend despite the cold weather with a number of members dusting-off their best bikes and riding events across the midlands and north west. Jon and Liz Batt began their campaign on Saturday with the Nova CC team time trial, an event requiring them to ride two laps of the challenging circuit between Gawsworth and Congleton for a total of 25 miles. They recorded a time of 1:12:20 for 28th place. Further north in Lancashire Mark and Molly Horsley Frost rode the hilly Circuit of Pendle Time Trial on Sunday. Mark managed a magnificent 22nd place in a rapid time of 1:12:04 but Molly did even better taking the prize for first woman with a flying 1:21:38. Also on Saturday, Buxton CC's road race riders Joe Bowers and Phil Blundell took on their first circuit race of the season in the first of Ashfield RC's series of events at the Darley Moor motor racing circuit. Joe, being more experienced, rode the race for category 1, 2 and 3 riders whereas rookie Phil rode the category 3 and 4 race but both successfully finished in the top 20. More club members will ride the later events in the series.

Meanwhile preparations are well under way for the Buxton Mountain Time Trial on Good Friday, 25th March, which takes place on a hilly circuit above Buxton based on Longnor and is one of the key events in the year-long Classic Series. Former winners Tejvan Pettinger and Matt Clinton have already entered the men's event while Olympic stars Katie Archibald and Sarah Storey have signed up for what will be a star-studded and competitive women's and veterans' race. Because the route goes through the centre of the village of Longnor, this is a great opportunity to see all the stars pass by several times, with tea shops, pubs and the race HQ providing plenty of refreshment choice.


Buxton Cycling Club Celebrates 2015 Season Results

Prize WInners 2016

Last Sunday members of Buxton Cycling Club met at Whaley Bridge Bowing Club for their Presentation Lunch to award the trophies for the various 2015 championships and for other notable performances. The photograph is of a group of the prize winners showing off their trophies. The biggest winner was Tom Thornely who was the club champion at 25 and 50 miles, although he was narrowly beaten into second place by Mostyn Bullock in the 10 mile event. Tom also took both the scratch and handicap awards in the season-long 12 event Len Eyre series of time trials, an unheard of achievement as it requires early fast performances but also improvement later in the season as the handicapping system levels the playing field. This dominant set of achievements belies a season-long rivalry between Tom and Mostyn to be the fastest Buxton rider on the road, with each pushing the other to ever better times. Let's hope that they continue hostilities into 2016! Chris Lea won the Best All Rounder competition over 10, 25, 50 and 100 miles, as he has done on many occasions before. He also triumphed over early season injury to break club records at 10 (19:53) and 100 miles (3:51:57). These are startling results when it is recognised that Chris is now in his 50s but, at the other end of the age range, 7 year old Fraser Cummings won the Most Improved Rider by winning 5 cyclo cross races in the competitive under 8s category, along with a fistful of placings. Another hopeful development in 2015 was the recruitment of many new members with an interest in riding bunched road races including Paul Dughan who took the Road Racing Championship with a set of consistent high placings around the north west and midlands. It was also a dominant season for Sam Clark who won the Hill Climb Championship and also the Three Hills Trophy awarded for best cumulative result up three hill climbs at weekly intervals. The club is well-known around the hill-climb circuit and he was ably supported thoughout the season by Arne Beswick and Stuart Baker, although they couldn't match Sam's speed in the short and brutal anti-gravity races. Although the winter is far from over, it is the time of year when racing on the road re-starts and Buxton CC's first race promotion of the year, the Buxton Mountain Time trial is getting closer. This is a tough but prestigious event attracting top amateur and professional riders from around the country as well as local club riders. The location of the HQ in Longnor makes this event on Good Friday (25th March this year) a popular day out to watch the elite stars.



Buxton Cycling Club Seasonal Adventures

We may be approaching Christmas with its temptations of office parties and German markets but Buxton Cycling Club members are still finding plenty to attract them towards riding their bikes. On Sunday, our mountain bike enthusiasts began the festive period with a 3 hour Trailquest at Hope, while the club run went along many of the area's narrowest steepest roads - "The Buxton CC Christmas Hill Challenge".

Trailquest is effectively mountain bike orienteering and involves map reading, route planning and off-road experience as much as technical riding skill and speed. Contestants navigate between marked checkpoints to complete the route in 3 hours. Sunday's event was Round 3 of the Dark and White Winter Trailquest series in the Peak District National Park, in this case around beautiful Hope. Our Buxton CC entrants made a good showing, with Tony Styles achieving a creditable 10th place and Mark and Molly Horsley-Frost finishing as fastest team of 2 and in 15th place overall. Rob Cummings was in 25th place finishing in a fast time but unfortunately missing out on some of the points on the way round.

Meanwhile the "Christmas Hill Challenge" ride met early in the morning at Sett Valley Cycles in New Mills where club sponsor Sam Clark opened the shop to provide shelter, coffee and mince pies to the 19 hardy souls prepared to brave the cold, damp weather and the harsh terrain. Suitably warmed and fed, the group started off by heading for Disley and the first stiff climb of Buxton Old Road, by which point the riders had already split into two more manageable groups with the keener types at the front and the more experienced progressing slightly more slowly and keeping their powder dry. From Whaley Bridge they climbed over Pym Chair into the Goyt Valley followed by Overhill Rd (by Chinley Churn), Wash, Sparrowpit and down to Chapel-en-le-Frith before climbing once more to Dove Holes and Combs and finally over Eccles Pike to finish at the Tea On The Green Cafe in Chinley for refreshments. All 19 riders finished but some had underestimated the severity of 1870 metres of climbing in 62 kilometres on mostly twisting, damp back lanes and took the easiest route home for a somnolent Sunday afternoon. The mood was however good throughout not least because of expert climber Arne Beswick's Christmas jumper which he wore over his club kit for the whole day!

Hill Challenge Group

There are Buxton CC rides each week on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays with women-only rides once a month. See the club website for details if you fancy joining in.



Buxton Cycling Club Update

Buxton Cycling Club is now deep into its colder weather programme of activities and, despite the change of seasons, is still in full swing.  The hill-climb season featured great rides by Sam Clark, Arne Beswick and Stuart Baker but finished at the end of October with the National Championship. Those who revel in muddy cyclo-cross and MTB events are at their fittest, with Tony Styles, Rob Cummings, Molly and Mark Horsley-Frost all getting involved in events across the region. Special mention should be made here of young future star Fraser Cummings with several wins in under-8s races over the last month.
For the rest of us, racing on the road in spring still a long way off  and members are enjoying 3 or 4 sociable  group rides each week in a programme re-energised for this winter by Steve Ingram and Paul Dughan. Distances have ranged up to the lengthy 175 km completed in wet and windy conditions by 5 younger and tougher  riders led by Road Racing Captain Luke Beswick a few Sundays ago. The annual club trip took place the same weekend with a group of 14 staying at Bridges Youth Hostel in Shropshire. They rode 140 km on Saturday and 90 km on Sunday interspersed with meals and a few drinks on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Most Sunday rides are, however, around 80 km starting in the centre of Buxton, with a stop at a bike-friendly cafe, a steady pace and a commitment to keep the group together by waiting for anyone who is temporarily tailed off. These are the most popular in our weekly programme and have sometimes involved in excess of 20 riders in a traditional club-run.
There are also rides each Wednesday evening when a tight group rides with lights and reflective clothing goes out at 6:00 pm for about an hour. On Thursday mornings Kevin Clark takes out a group at a steady, sociable pace for a 2 hour ride to a cafe and this is popular with those who can rearrange work commitments or have retired. In another brand new development, Molly Horsley-Frost takes out a women-only group once a month on a Saturday, with distance and start point decided by those who have expressed interest.
If you fancy giving group cycling a go, you can find out details of routes, meeting points and contact details on the club website at or you can join our Facebook group for the latest updates, discussion and reports. You don't have to join the club to come out on a ride with us but new members are always welcome!


Dame Sarah Storey Rides Cycle Race Near Buxton

Buxton Cycling Club will be running its final high-profile promotion of the year on Sunday 6th September when it stages the annual Long Hill Open Hill Climb. Previous winner Tejvan Pettinger, the holder of the record time for this course and event, a startling 12 minutes 16.3 seconds or 21.7 mph, will be the man to beat in the men's race. The highest profile contestant will, however, be local rider Dame Sarah Storey in the women's race who has recently been seen training near Buxton in preparation for the event. Dame Sarah holds 10 Paralympic gold medals, 5 for swimming and 5 for cycling out of a total of 31 podium places since she started to compete in 1992. A few weeks ago she demonstrated that she has lost none of her speed, winning gold in the World Paracycling Road Championships in the road race and time trial in Nottwil, Switzerland.
The race consists of a timed ascent of the climb out of the road from Whaley Bridge towards Buxton, starting on the edge of the village and finishing just before the turn-off to the Goyt Valley, for a total distance of 4.4 miles. 65 riders will head out individually from 10am at one minute intervals, with the fastest hoping to maintain a speed of over 20 mph on their ultra-light bikes. A full programme of start times will be available on the club's website as soon as it is available so that those who turn out to watch will be able to match names to numbers but please do not park on the hill except in designated lay-bys.


Rivals Vie to be the Fastest in Buxton Cycling Club

For the whole of the 2015 cycling time trials season, Tom Thornely and Mostyn Bullock have been battling against each other on the roads of Cheshire and Derbyshire to be the fastest man in the club, leaving all others in their wakes. The time trial races that they, and other members of cycling clubs, take part in are solo efforts against the clock and are perfect tests of man or woman and machine without outside assistance.
The latest development is that Tom Thornely won the 2015 Buxton CC 25 mile time trial championship on Saturday 11 July with his fastest ever ride on the challenging J2/9 course in Cheshire. Tom recorded 56 mins. and 23 secs. to beat his previous course PB by a minute as well as pushing defending champion Mostyn Bullock into second place despite his fast time of 56:58. Chris Lea was not too far behind with a fine 57:57 as he comes back to form after an early season injury. 4th was Steve I'Anson with 1:00:50 seconds, 5th Jon Batt with 1:04:36 and 6th Liz Batt who finished with 1:05:46.
The 25 mile race was the second time trial championship of the season with Mostyn having previously relegated Tom to second place in the 10 mile event on the Chapel bypass course on 20 June with 21:44 compared to 21:51. They have also locked horns most weeks in Buxton CC's Len Eyre series of time trials on Tuesday evenings around Fairfield Common where Tom has now secured his first win in the season-long scratch competition having taken maximum points with 6 wins from 12 events, a total that Mostyn cannot now pass.  The two riders watching each other's form like hawks week by week!

The season is far from over - the 50 mile championship does not take place until mid-August - and it is certain that both riders will continue to vie for the position of fastest rider in the club.


Buxton CC Mountain Time Trial, Good Friday 3rd April 2015

Almost every Good Friday since 1972, Buxton Cycling Club has held its early season Mountain Time Trial on the hilly roads to the south of the town. The event has settled on Longnor as the ideal location for the HQ, start and finish as it is attractive to riders, their families and other spectators, highlighting the spectacle as each participant races several times through its narrow streets. In between visits to Longnor, the event climbs to the Travellers Rest at Flash where it joins the A53 Buxton - Leek road for a rolling but fast section before turning left at Royal Cottage, before the Winking Man pub, to descend once more to the village. This adds up to a hilly and challenging 11 mile lap completed three times by the men under 40 and twice by everyone else.

Since it is now one of the six events in the national RTTC Classic Series, it attracts the best riders both locally and nationally, including many who are not specialist time triallists who can compete on a road bike for the Athletes' prize list. In 2015, the big names did not disappoint with Katie Archibald taking a narrow victory over local celebrity Dame Sarah Storey, both of the Pearl Izumi - Sports Tours International - Boot Out Breast Cancer professional team, for a second year running. Katie's winning time of 1:02:13 for the tough 22 mile route was slower than last year reflecting damp, cold conditions which meant that bends and corners had to be treated with a great deal of respect. However, despite the conditions, Matt Bottrill (1:22:17 for 33 miles), a previous winner on 6 occasions and probably the fastest man on British roads over the last year, came within 4 seconds of the course record set on dry roads in August 2003 by Stuart Dangerfield.

A number of Buxton CC riders took part and a great many more marshalled the corners to keep riders safe. In the 33 mile event Chris Lea recorded an impressive 1:42:52, with Luke Beswick (1:45:22) and Stuart Baker (1:50:23) competing on road bikes in the Athletes competition. In the Womens 22 mile event, Liz Batt (1:16:50) and Molly Whittall (1:16:02) put in strong performances and in the Veterans event (also 22 miles) Mark Horsley-Frost (1:05:10) was not only 9th fastest but was 1st in the Athletes competition at this distance. Jon Batt also competed in the Veterans event, recording 1:16:23 for a narrow victory over wife Liz.


Last weekend Buxton CC riders were competing in races around the region.
In the Manchester and District Time Trials Association 10 mile time trial on Saturday 28 March near Holmes Chapel in Cheshire, Tom Thornely achieved a fast early season time of 23:11 on a very windy and damp afternoon beating club fastman Mostyn Bullock who recorded 23:17 and Steve I'Anson who did 24:29.
Elsewhere the club was represented at the National Mountain Bike Cross Country Series at Sherwood Pines Forest Park in Nottinghamshire by Rob
Cummings, who was 4th in the Men's Fun Race, missing out on a podium place by only 16 seconds and only 1:56 behind the winner, and Tony Styles who was an impressive 30th out of 68 starters in the Men's Open Race, just over 3 minutes down on the winner.


Top Riders at Buxton CC Mountain Time Trial

Dame Sarah Storey the multiple Paralympic medallist is the most famous entrant to the 2015 Buxton Mountain Time Trial on Good Friday. She brings along the rest of her Pearl Izumi - Sports Tours International - Boot Out Breast Cancer team including Katie Archibald and Joanna Rowsell, who have both taken World Championship Golds for Britain. The men's event includes top British time triallists Matt Bottrill, Tejvan Pettinger and Matt Clinton, last year's winner.

The event will be held, as always, on Good Friday, 3 April this year, starting at 11:00am and finishing around 4:00pm, with the headlining women's race starting at 1.30pm. The course starts in Longnor, climbs to the Travellers Rest where it joins the A53 Leek Road, turning left back to Longnor at Royal Cottage. The races are part of the RTTC Classic Series, a season-long competition consisting of challenging time trial events around the country.

Race Organiser, Steve I’Anson said:

“It’s a great race: I've ridden it myself 19 times since 1984. The atmosphere in the village of Longnor is fantastic, which is a real boost for the riders and fun for spectators.  There are also great prizes in cash, Italian cycling holidays, cycling kit and cake thanks to the generous sponsorship of Hotel Milano Helvetia, Detail Design Engineering Ltd, Sett Valley Cycles and the Old Wooden Spoon Bakery.”

The most comfortable place to watch the event is at Longnor which hosts the start, finish and HQ but there are many more windswept vantage points around the course. For all details, see the event website at


On the evening of Saturday 21st June 2014 Buxton Cycling Club held its annual Open 10 Mile Time Trial on the local course up and down the Chapel-en-le-Frith bypass in unusually warm and pleasant conditions. The close rivalry between the club's fastest riders was renewed when Tom Thornely, who finished in 21:58, narrowly beat Mostyn Bullock who did 22:01. Up to now this season, Mostyn has had the upper hand, having beaten Tom into second place in 3 of the club's Tuesday night time trials on the roads around around Fairfield Common and he has sown up the scratch prize for the season-long competition in these events. Time will tell whether Tom can turn the tables for the second half of the season.
The overall winner of Saturday's event was Cheshire rider Jack Green (VC St Raphael) who broke the event record with a scorching 20:36 and the women's event was won by Alex Deck (Langsett Cycles Racing Team) in 23:57 which was also a new event record. See for more result details.


The time trial season is now fully underway and Buxton CC members have been competing in a events organised by the club on Tuesday nights and in open events along with riders from other clubs. The first two weeks of the Buxton CC Len Eyre time trials have taken place on Tuesday evenings around Fairfield Common and, in both cases, Nik Cook showed early season form to win by a good margin:

6th May 2014
1       Nik Cook           20:24
2       Mark Boundy        23:07
3       Carl Braithwaite   23:47
4       Jon Batt           25:02
5       Paul Birkin        25:27
6       Rob White          25:48
7       Liz Batt           26:07
8       Lissa Cook         29:40

13th May 2014
1       Nik Cook           20:19
2       Mostyn Bullock     20:57
3       Steve I'Anson      22:24
4       Paul Blundell      22:38
5       Simon Baines       23:01
6       Carl Braithwaite   24:57
7       Molly Whittall     26:40
8       Tony Millington    30:36

These events continue to take place every Tuesday at 7pm until August but see for details and updates.

Several club members took part in a 25 mile time trial organised by Stone Wheelers on Saturday 17th May on a fast course between Stoke and Uttoxeter along the A50, all "beating the hour":

21st   Tom Thornely    53:57
37th   Chris Lea       55:19
86th   Steve I'Anson   58:47
90th   Will Mansfield  58:59
93rd   Sam Mansfield   59:30


Here is a short report summarising our successful promotion this weekend: Buxton Cycling Club's traditional Good Friday Mountain Time Trial based at Longnor was again a great success this year.

The weather often plays a significant role in this event, brought particularly into focus by the hilly location, but this year the many helpers, friends and family enjoyed warm sun as they watched the massive field of 145 riders pass the finish line in the village each lap. There was a light tail wind on the climb from Longnor up to the Travellers Rest in Flash on the A53 Buxton - Leek road, neutral cross wind along the rolling main road section to the Royal Cottage, and a light head wind to temper the speed on the winding descent back to the start, making for fast and safe conditions. Juniors, women and over-40 "veterans" completed 2 laps for a total of 22 miles and the men did 3 hilly laps for 33 miles.

This year's race was also event 3 (of 6) of the RTTC National Series which, along with the generous prize list, ensured a star-studded field from across the nation peppered with the braver local riders including those Buxton CC members who were not marshalling on the corners of the course. In particular, the women's field featured the Pearl Izumi Sports team headed by multiple paralympic medallist Dame Sarah Storey and Katie Archibald who recently won a World Championship Gold Medal for Great Britain on the track in Columbia, but with strong competition provided by Wiggle-Honda's Joanna Rowsell who is currently a World Champion in both the team and individual pursuit. Last year's winner TejvanPettinger (Sri Chimnoy Racing Team) headed the men's field along with Matt Clinton (Mike Vaughan Cycles) and Charles Taylor (South Pennine Road Club) who is a prolific winner of local time trial events.

The final results were close with Matt Clinton (1:23:25) beating Tejvan Pettinger (1:23:27) by a meagre 2 seconds. Close examination of the results showed that Matt was faster than Tejvan on laps 1 and 3 having maintained a steady pace throughout but Tejvan managed a blistering second lap to claw back nearly a minute on his rival, before fading towards the end. In the women's race, Katie Archibald won in 1:00:02 with a 32 second margin over team-mate Sarah Storey with Joanna Rowsell relegated to third place with her 1:01:31. Winners in the veterans' and junior races were Julian Ramsbottom (Pedal Pushers) 56:58 and James Falconer (Ferryhill Whs/Mountain High) 58:10, respectively. For Buxton CC, Liz Batt was 21st in the women's race in 1:16:05 and Molly Whittall was 22nd in 1:20:28; in the veterans' race, Chris Lea was 13th in 1:05:22, Steve I'Anson was 18th in 1:06:26, Mark Horsley-Frost was 31st in 1:11:07 and Jon Batt was 36th in 1:15:23. In the men's race Bhima Bowden was 24th in 1:38:43 followed by 25th Chris Baines (1:39:23) and 27th Luke Beswick (1:40:05), all of whom rode the event on standard road bikes rather than the specialist time trial bikes favoured by the top few riders. As always, the full result can be found via the club's website:

MTT Women Winners

In addition to the report below, I've attached a photograph of the podium finishers in the women's race taken by Richard Towse the race organiser. As a caption I suggest: "Winner of the 2014 Buxton 22 mile Mountain Time Trial Katie Archibald flanked by, on her right, Sarah Storey who was second and, on her left, by Joanna Rowsell who was third (photo: Richard Towse)."


With the Buxton CC Prize Giving Dinner approaching in January, the results of the season-long competitions have now been calculated. The results of the weekly time trial series around the Fairfield Common circuit are combined in the Len Eyre competitions for scratch and handicap awards, both of which use the results of the riders' best 6 performances, with 10 points for the winner down to 1 point for 10th place. The handicap allowances are worked out each week using the previous week's time, meaning that riders of all abilities have a chance to win overall, but the scratch competition is won by the most consistently fast rider. Although the weekly events are open to all, only Buxton CC riders are eligible for these trophies.
Mostyn Bullock won the scratch competition with a maximum 60 points, having come second in 2011 and 2012. He beat Tom Thornely (57 points) into second place and Sam Bowden (51 points) into third. This is Mostyn's 4th win in 6 years but he needs to keep on looking over his shoulder as the younger riders are catching up! In the handicap competition,
Steve I'Anson won with 53 points from Liz Batt, 2nd with 46 points, and Tom Thornely, 3rd with 45 points, demonstrating that he is consistent as well as fast.
Overall, it was a successful season for the time trial series with 23 club members gaining points in the scratch competition and 18 in the handicap competition, showing a healthy level of involvement at this grass roots level of our sport. In the longer distance events,
Chris Lea has once again won the Best All Rounder competition, with rides of 22-25 for 10 miles, 54-18 for 25 miles, 1-58-21 for 50 miles and 3-53-59 for 100 miles, with all but the last of these having to be completed on local courses to satisfy the rules of the competition. This set of rides averaging a speed of 26.35 mph is a tribute to Chris's continuing fitness as he passes 50 years of age.


Sunday 27th October 2013
Buxton Cycling Club fielded an impressive six riders for the National Hill-Climb Championships held on "The Stang" in North Yorkshire near Barnard Castle.  The day was awful, featuring strong, gusty winds and rain, making the narrow 2.3 mile climb with a maximum gradient of 18% a tough proposition.  As predicted by many, the race was won by the dominant rider this season, Tejvan Pettinger of Sri Chimnoy Cycling Team, in 7 minutes 57.7 seconds, with most of the rest of the top 10 being full-time professionals more familiar in the Tour of Britain or the televised town centre races over the summer.  The best performance by a Buxton CC rider came from Chris Baines who was 28th with 8:56.3, a rider who always raises his game for the big event having won the under 18 National Championship a couple of years ago. Other riders:  57th Bhima Bowden 9:36.4, 93rd Stuart Baker 10:18.5, 113th Jonathan Baines 10:57.7, 117th Sam Mansfield 11:01.6, 142nd Simon Baines 11:51.1.


Sunday 20th October 2013
It was a busy day in the hill-climb season based around Matlock with three events being held in the area during the day. At 10:00, Matlock CC ran the Riber hill-climb in Matlock. Lee Baldwin continue his strong run of form to finish a close second in 3:43.0, being beaten by Adam Kenway (Team by 3.5 seconds.
At 11:30, Buxton CC won the team prize for the 3rd time in 4 years in the Chesterfield Coureurs hill-climb on the Beeley Moor climb near Rowsley in Derbyshire on Sunday. The club's team win was lead by Chris Baines who was 6th overall in 9 minutes 55.9 seconds, a startling 1:15.9 behind Tejvan Pettinger (Sri Chimnoy Cycling Team) who is one of the men on form as we approach the National Championships next week. The other Buxton CC performances were: 8th Sam Clark 10:15.8, 20th Stuart Baker 11:09.3, 21st Sam Mansfield 11:34.7, 34th Jono Baines 12:01.1, 40th Simon Baines 12:58.1.
In the afternoon, Matlock CC staged their second promotion of the day on the Bank Road climb. Lee Baldwin was again the only Buxton CC representative for the short, steep ascent but he put in a strong ride to finish in second place in 1:54.7, only 2.1 seconds behind James Allen (Langsett Cycles RT).
Meanwhile also at 2:00pm, the Yorkshire Road Club held a hill-climb on the Cragg Vale road from Mytholmroyd in West Yorkshire up to Blackstone Edge, which also saw the finish of two other events in the last few weeks when approached from the Littleborough side on the A58. This road is famous for being the longest continuous road climb in England and, consisting of 4.8 miles of uphill pain without a moment's respite. This was ideal territory for Buxton CC's Bhima Bowden, who prefers the longer climbs, and he finished 7th in 19:27.0 in a strong field dominated by professional James Gullen (Hope Factory Racing Team) who won in 16:18.4. Conditions were far from ideal, with strong side/headwind and heavy hale showers on the moorland finish, making this a very tough day out!

The National Championship hill-climb will be held near Richmond in North Yorkshire next Sunday with a strong turn-out by Buxton CC riders in the field of 180 riders. Chris Baines, Bhima Bowden, Stuart Baker, Sam Mansfield, Simon Baines and Jono Baines will all be competing on the basis of their dominant local performances.


Saturday 12th October 2013
On Saturday Buxton CC had 6 riders entered for the Rutland CC hill-climb up Mam Nick, which rises from Barber Booth in the Edale valley to Rushup Edge above Chapel-en-le-Frith. The club's reputation as one of the best in the country at these short, sharp, painful events was again confirmed by Lee Baldwin's win in 6 minutes 47.7 seconds, beating Rutland CC's Darren Otter (7:20.4) into second place by the massive margin of 32.7 seconds. His dominant performance was backed up by Chris Baines (4th in 7:27.7), Sam Clark (7th in 7:41.4), Stuart Baker (13th in 8:10.1), Sam Garner (21st in 8:43.7) and Jono Baines (29th in 9:43.9).

Sunday 13th October 2013
The hill-climb season continued on Sunday with another strong performance by Lee Baldwin who was 3rd in Lyme Racing Club's Mow Cop event straddling the Cheshire/Staffordshire border. In cold, wet conditions that saw many struggling to maintain rear wheel traction on the steep sections, Lee stormed up in a time of 4:35.9, 13 seconds behind the untouchable Tejvan Pettinger (Sri Chimnoy Cycling Team) who posted a new course record with 4:22.9. Lee was joined by Chris Baines (4th in 4:54.4) and Bhima Bowden (8th in 5:13.7) in winning the competition for the fastest team of three.
Meanwhile Sam Mansfield was having some success in the prestigious Lancashire RC climb up The Rake from Ramsbottom to Holcombe in Lancashire. Sam recorded 2:53.9 for 6th place behind winner James Gullen (Hope Factory Racing Team) who did 2:35.3. Sam's strong performance also clinched the prize for 1st Junior (under 18).


Saturday 5th October 2013
Rossendale Road Club held their annual hill-climb on the Crown Point hill out of Burnley on Saturday afternoon. Sam Mansfield made a fine effort to finish 6th in a time of 3:05.9 and also won the prize for 1st Junior. The overall winner, Aidan Holgate (North Lancashire RC), did 2:43.2. Saturday also saw Lee Baldwin competing in the Otley CC 2-stage hill-climb in Yorkshire. The prolific Tejvan Pettinger (Sri Chimnoy Racing Team) won both stages and the overall in, respectively, 3:23.8, 4:56.4 and 8:20.2 but Lee, as always, pushed him close for 2nd on stage 1 (3:27.9), 3rd on stage 2 (5:08.4) and 3rd overall (8:36.3).

Sunday 6th October
Sunday morning saw the much-anticipated Monsal Head hill-climb promoted by Sheffrec CC. This Peak District event has for many years been popular with both fans and riders, often boasting top-level professional cyclists on its start list. Excellent sunny but cool weather ensured that this short but excruciating race was again a success. The fastest three finishers were all professionals who have featured in televised road races over the summer months: 1st Jack Pullar (Madison Genesis) 1:19.9, 2nd Graham Briggs (Rapha Condor JLT) 1:21.4 and 3rd ex-Team Sky veteran Russel Downing (Team Net App Endura) 1:22.5. The Buxton CC challenge was led by Lee Baldwin who took an excellent 7th place in 1:27.0, Sam Mansfield was 38th in 1:44.5 and Sam Garner was 62nd in 1:49.7.
Photos at Monsal sent: and


Saturday 28th September 2013
Ex National Junior Champion Chris Baines achieved what he feels is his best ever hill-climb result on Saturday in the Kingston Wheelers John Bornhoft Memorial event on Leith Hill, Surrey. Chris did 4:00.7 for third place behind Tejvan Pettinger (Sri Chinmoy Cycling Team), 1st with 3.33.1, and Pete Tadros (In Gear-Quickvit-Trainsharp), 2nd with 3:50.6.

Sunday 29th September 2013
Three riders represented Buxton CC in the Stocksbridge CC hill climb on Pea Royd Lane. Lee Baldwin (2:33.7) was narrowly beaten into second place by Team Raleigh professional rider Graham Briggs (2:32.4). Stuart Baker was 12th with 3:10.5 and Sam Mansfield was 13th with 3:13.8 and was second in the under-18 competition.

In his second outing of the day, Lee Baldwin was again second in the Withington Wheelers hill climb on Peaslows Hill on the edge of Chapel-en-le-Frith, his home town, this time being beaten by 9.5 seconds by Adam Kenway (Team Zenith). With strong support from Sam Clark in 3rd place and Sam Mansfield in 6th, Buxton CC also won the team prize. It was a tough day with a strong headwind blowing down the steep climb and, although the course was shortened due to farm machinery frequently using a gateway at the top, times were slower than in previous years.
Buxton CC performances:
2nd Lee Baldwin 2:40.1
3rd Sam Clark 3rd 2:49.7
6th Sam Mansfield 3:04.0
13th Bhima Bowden 3:10.8
14th Stuart Baker 3:13.8
20th Sam Garner 3:28.4

The 3 Peaks Cyclocross is a traditional starter for the winter season, providing the challenges of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-Y-Ghent, a distance of 38 miles and 5000 feet of climbing. Buxton CC hardmen Bert Gallagher (3:47:30) and Nathan Harrison (3:50:21) both put in strong performances for 51st and 60th places, respectively, from a field of 544 finishers. Winner for the 10th time was Rob Jebb (Hope Factory Racing, 3:5:14), who is also a top fellrunner, giving him a significant advantage on the rough climbs.


Saturday 21st September 2013
Saturday's Seamons CC 25 mile time trial on the J2/9 between Twemlow, Chelford and Knutsford in Cheshire also hosted Buxton CC's club 25 mile championship.  This was won by Mostyn Bullock, the club's fastest rider all season, with Chris Lea beaten into second place by over a minute.  Liz Batt completed the podium places, beating husband Jon by 11 seconds, having also done so in the 50 championship earlier in the year.  The event overall was won by the consistently fast Simon Bridge (Manchester Wheelers) with 52:43.
8th Mostyn Bullock 57:17
9th Chris Lea 58:26
49th Liz Batt 1:06:55
50th Jon Batt 1:07:06

Sunday 22nd September 2013
The Weaver Valley CC hill-climb up the 6.5 mile Cat and Fiddle climb from the edge of Macclesfield to the pub at the top took place in ideal conditions: cool and dry with sunny intervals and a roaring tail wind. Buxton CC riders took on their usual dominant role, placing Lee Baldwin second with 18:59.6, Bhima Bowden  was fifth with 20:06.3 and Sam Clark ninth with 20:33.3 giving them the award for the best team of three in a new record composite time of 59:39.2.  The overall winner, Tejvan Pettinger (Sri Chinmoy Cycling Team), also broke the individual event record by 14 seconds with 18:16.8 on a day when the previous bests by Ladies and riders over 60 were also beaten.  In all 6 Buxton CC riders took part:
2nd Lee Baldwin 18:59.6
5th Bhima Bowden 20:06.3
9th Sam Clark 20:33.3
30th Luke Beswick 22:09.9
40th Stuart Baker 22:43.2
83rd Jono Baines 25:29.4


Saturday 14th September 2013
The Stone Wheelers 25 mile time trial was held on the fast J5/8 course between Stoke and Uttoxeter. There were excellent Buxton CC rides from Mostyn Bullock 52-21, Chris Lea 54-18 and Tom Thornely who did a personal best with 53-52.

Sunday 15th September 2013
The hill-climb season continued on Sunday afternoon with the East Lancashire Road Club event on the J9/11 course which takes the A58 from the edge of Littleborough to the Whitehouse pub at the top of Blackstone Edge. In challenging conditions, Buxton CC took away most of the prizes with Lee Baldwin winning in 07:48.2, over a minute clear of second placed Chris Dyke (Manchester Wheelers) who did 08:57.9. Stuart Baker was not far behind, taking 7th place with 09:15.7, a few seconds ahead of Sam Mansfield (09:45.2) who took 9th place overall as well as 1st Junior. These results were also combined to give Buxton the prize for the best team of three.


The Buxton CC Open Hill Climb was held on Sunday 8th September on the Long Hill climb out of Whaley Bridge towards Buxton.
The full results are here:
The winner, from a total of 53 finishers, was Tejvan Pettinger of Sri Chinmoy Cycling Team whose 13 minutes 13.0 second ride averaged faster than 20 mph for the 4.4 mile climb. For Buxton CC: 4th Sam Clark 15:19.2, 5th Bhima Bowden 15:22.6, 10th Sam Garner 15:44.3, 18th Chris Lea 16:22.1, 33rd Stuart Baker 17:17.0, 40th Simon Baines 18:03.1, 45th Michael Allcroft 19:03.8, 51st Simon Cocksey 21:37.9.
The Fastest Woman, and 24th overall, was Vanessa Whitfield (Velo Club St.Raphael) with 16.44.9.


Saturday 31st August 2013
In the Stretford Wheelers 25, on the J4/8 course in Cheshire on a tough, windy day, Mostyn Bullock was 13th with 58:49, Nick Bowden did 1:0:34, Sam Bowden 1:1:49 and Sam Mansfield 1:3:37.

Sunday 1st September 2013
Luke Beswick continued his run of form to take 14th place in the Richard Hoyland Memorial Road Race at Stainton in Yorkshire.

In the Snake Pass hill climb: 4th Sam Clark 13:17.9, 5th Bhima Bowden 13:24.4, 14th Stuart Baker 14:48.8.. The winner Tejvan Pettinger (Sri Chinmoy Cycling Team) broke the course record with 11 36.6 on a day with a strong following wind.

Monday 2nd September
Richard Towse won the sprint for second place in the 12 Lap Scratch Race at the first ACT Track League event of the winter at Manchester Velodrome.

Club Championships
As we approach the end of the season, club championships are starting to be decided:

3 Hills Championships (decided on results from 3 ascents of Pym Chair):

Position Rider The Street Jenkyn Chapel Windgather Total
1 Sam Clark 05:46.1 04:01.1 07:12.2 16:59.4
2 Stuart Baker 06:13.4 04:29.6 08:09.2 18:52.2
3 Michael Allcroft 07:13.4 05:28.3 09:11.0 21:52.7

Club Hill-Climb Championship (decided on the ascent of Pym Chair from Kettleshulme):
1 Sam Clark 07:12.2
2 Bhima Bowden 07:26.9
3 Stuart Baker 08:09.2

Junior Best All Rounder (best under 18, decided on best time from the 12 club events at Fairfield Common, the Monyash hill club time trial and the Tuesday night Long Hill event) Won by Sam Garner


Wednesday 21st August 2013
Luke Beswick was 10th in the Litherland League circuit race in Liverpool.

Sunday 25th August 2013
In the Team Swift 10 mile time trial on the ultra fast V718 near Hull, Chris Lea did a great ride, clocking 21:09.  The event was won by Michael Hutchinson (In-Gear Quickvit Trainsharp RT) in a startling 18:14!

Tuesday 27th August 2013
Sam Clark was a clear winner of the final hill-climb of the 3 Hills Competition, which this year featured the three ways up to Pym Chair on the Cheshire / Derbyshire border. This final event was from the edge of Kettleshulme village, past Windgather Rocks to Pym Chair and was the longest, although least steep, of the three. This event was also the Club Hill Climb Championship so that the first three also take the podium places for this!
1 Sam Clark Buxton CC 07:12.2
2 Bhima Bowden Buxton CC 07:26.9
3 Stuart Baker Buxton CC 08:09.2
4 Rhys Roberts High Peak Tri 08:16.6
5 Cían O'Leary Base2Race BikeShack 08:20.0
6 David Heathcote High Peak Tri 08:29.5
7 Mark Pickles Manchester Wheelers 08:30.0
8 Jon Batt Buxton CC 08:59.7
9 Michael Allcroft Buxton CC 09:11.0
10 Melanie Bailey Seamons CC 09:58.6

Buxton CC 3 Hills Championship
This competition is held each year over 3 of the midweek club hill climbs, on aggregate time, and is considered very prestigious amongst the strong following of this painful branch of the sport. This year the three hills were the climbs of Pym Chair done from the Goyt Valley (The Street), from Saltersford (Jenkin Chapel) and from Kettleshulme (past Windgather Rocks). It is only open to 1st claim Buxton CC riders. The result was:
1 Sam Clark 16:59.4
2 Stuart Baker 18:52.2
3 Michael Allcroft 21:52.7


Sunday 18th August 2013
Luke Beswick outsprinted a small group to take 15th Place in Sunday's Jim Rogers Memorial Road Race at Oakenclough in Lancashire.

Tuesday 20th August 2013
This week's club time trial was a hill climb up the steep and narrow lane between Jenkin Chapel, Saltersford and Pym Chair. This was the second event in the club's 3 Hills competition which, this year, consists of the climbs up the three lanes which all lead to the high point at Pym Chair, adjacent to Oldgate Nick and right on the Cheshire-Derbyshire boundary. This climb, which has the shortest and steepest of the three routes, was won by a clear margin of just over 20 seconds by Lee Baldwin, who has just finished a successful season of road races culminating in the achievement of 1st category status a few weeks ago. Sam Clark, who is gradually coming back to form after a bad crash earlier in the year, was second, with Aaron Handley, only 16 and improving fast, in third.
1 Lee Baldwin Buxton CC 03:40.2
2 Sam Clark Buxton CC 04:01.1
3 Aaron Handley BikeBox Alan 04:12.9
4 Chris Dyke Manchester Wheelers 04:19.0
5 Rhys Roberts High Peak Tri 04:25.7
6 Stuart Baker Buxton CC 04:29.6
7 Bhima Bowden Buxton CC 04:30.5
8 Cian O'Leary Base2Race BikeShack 04:32.6
9 Phil Blundell High Peak Tri 04:33.2
10 Samuel Garner Buxton CC 04:37.9
11 Luke Beswick Buxton CC 04:46.5
12 David Heathcote High Peak Tri 04:48.9
13 Nicola Soden MaxGear / Buxton CC 05:06.1
14 Mark Boundy Chinley Churners 05:25.1
15 Michael Allcroft Buxton CC 05:28.3
16 Liz Batt Buxton CC 05:32.6


Saturday 10/8/2013
On Saturday the new J4/8 25 mile time trial course was used for the first time with some success. The course uses a circuit based on Pennys Lane, King Street and Byley near Middlewich and avoids the difficult area near Chelford where this weekend a traction engine rally was held, making the roads busy with slow vehicles, and which also often sees car boot sales. The Altrincham Ravens 25 on this course, rescheduled from snowy March, was won by Simon Bridge (Manchester Wh) with a quick 52:44, Steve I'Anson being the only Buxton CC finisher with 59:43 for 11th place.
Elsewhere, Tom Thornely (54:41) and Chris Lea (53:43) both did fast rides in the Derby Mercury 25 on the Etwall to Uttoxeter course near Derby. That this was a fast day was underlined by Matt Bottrill's 46:10 which was not only a course record but also the 4th fastest ever 25 mile time trial in Britain.

Sunday 11/8/2013
In today's Lune RCC/Dolphinholme Road Race, the 15th in the CDNW Road Race League, Lee Baldwin was 5th at 12 seconds and Luke Beswick was 16th in the main group. This was the latest in a sequence of strong performances from Lee and Luke.

Tuesday 13/8/2013
The club event this week was the first of three ascents to the Pym Chair junction in Cheshire for the prestigious Three Hills Trophy. This week the riders climbed from the side of Errwood reservoir in the Goyt Valley up The Street (a rather inappropriately named narrow lane) to Pym Chair, the summit apparently named after a local highwayman. This was contested by an impressive field of 17 riders, with good turnouts by Buxton CC and the High Peak Triathlon Club. Winner was Ben Gillespie (Saddleworth Clarion) in 5:36.1, closely pursued by 2 Buxton CC riders: Chris Baines (5:43.0) and Sam Clark 5:46.1). Full result on


Saturday 3/8/2013
Burton and District Cycling Association 50 mile time trial on the A50/6 course (from Derby to Stoke and back):
1st Matthew Bottrill ( 1:36:45
For Buxton CC: 42nd Chris Lea (Buxton CC) 1:52:02 53rd Steve I'Anson 1:55:17 This was a very fast event and, in fact, Matt Bottrill's performance is the 3rd fastest ever at this distance and was his personal best. Chris Lea's 1:52:02 also beat his previous best ever time by a small margin, demonstrating that at 51 he is still improving. Full result at:
Withington Wheelers 10 mile time trial on the J2/1 course in Cheshire (Monks Heath to Knutsford and back) 1st Darren Maironis (Withington Wheelers) 20:31. For Buxton CC: 13th Tom Thornely 22:32 28th Sam Garner 23:52 - Sam was also 1st Junior. Full result at:

Sunday 4/8/2013
Clieves Hill Road Race in Ormskirk 1st Liam Glen (Wheelbase Altura MGD) 2nd Lee Baldwin (Buxton CC)at 00:49 9th Luke Beswick (Buxton CC) at 02:43. Lee has recently earned his 1st category racing licence and continues to improve his skill and speed in bunch races.
Full result at:

Tuesday 6/8/2013
The club holds events intended chiefly for members, although others are welcome, on Tuesday's. Last week's event was a hill-clim up Long Hill from the Whaley Bridge side. There was an excellent turn-out of 30 riders. The winner was Bhima Bowden in 14:38.5, narrowly beating Sam Clark who did 14:48.4. See for all this year's club event results.

Future Events For the next three Tuesday's the club events will be hill-climbs which will count towards he club's Three Hills Trophy. This year the challenges will be the three different climbs up to Pym Chair in Cheshire, starting with the ascent from the Goyt Valley on 13/8/13. For all three events, we will meet in the car park at the top of Pym chair for signing on at 6:45 pm. See Events.html for details of forthcoming events.