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10 June 2015 Enter the Abbotsford Park/TLI ROADRACE, Sat June 27th
Venue: UCLan Sports Arena. Preston PR2 1SG. Click here for entry details

02 January 2015 New Lower Club Membership
Fantastic news to start 2015! Not only is membership of the club free for the first year for new members but the yearly subsrciption has fallen to only £5.00. Contact the the club secretary to join!

24th January 2011 Board of news ?
As you may have noticed this page has not been updated for some time. This is not because there has been no news since the last post !. Rather it reflects the success of the club's message board. Over the last 18 months all important club news and notices have been reported there and this has been a great success. Thanks for setting this service up and indeed running all the club site go to John Cieslik. This page will be left here in case anyone wants to look up the old news, but it will not be updated regularly. From now on, for 'live updates' on our busy program of clubruns into the lanes of Cheshire and hills of Derbyshire, TTs, LVRC races, the Track, the occasional Audax, and lots lively banter, check on the message board (click on the link in the menu to the left).

October 2010 The Annual Club Hill Climb
The conditions were unspeakable. Horizontal rain and a gale blowing. Didn't seem to slow Jack down too much though !,

Hill Climb Result
1st Jack Bowyer7:060:007:06
2nd Mark Hancock7:230:057:28
3rd Neil Rothwell7:530:207:33
4th Andy Clark8:191:117:08
5th Ian Clark9:161:467:30
6th Tony Houghton10:281:558:33

4th March 2009 Norman Grattage
Norman Grattage, a founder member of Abbotsford Park Road Club has sadly passed away. Len Myatt has provided this fitting tribute to a man who will be greatly missed by this cycling club.

12th October 2008 The Annual Club Hill Climb
The conditions were good and it was a case of youth before experience as Mark Hancock recorded a record time up the brickworks to take the 2008 trophy
The hill climb was followed by a short hilly ride to Blaze Farm for lunch.

Hill Climb Result
1st Mark Hancock6:330:056:28
2nd John Cieslik6:520:106:42
3rd Ian Clark7:231:006:23
4th Alex Royle7:280:207:08
5th Simon Oldfield7:450:256:20
6th Tony Houghton7:571:006:57
7th Jonathan Booty7:581:206:38
8th Steve Stoddart8:290:557:34
10th Malcom Dobson9:092:107:29

12th Feb 2008 More New Club Members
The new year is off to a flying start with a group of new faces signing up for club membership.
Club run regular Mark Hancock has signed up for membership along with Ged Atkinson's grandson Alex Royle, who at 14 years of age is doing very well to keep pace with the Sunday club run.
Familiar faces in the local racing community Sean and Jon Williams have also signed up as members and we look forward to Sean's presence in the racing team in 2008.
Malcom Dobson's brother Chris makes it five new members in as many weeks and hopefully Chris will be a club run regular and go from strength to strength like his younger brother before too long.

14th October 2007 The Annual Club Hill Climb
The conditions were good and the performances were fast at this year's hill climb competition. The weather was dry and calm if a little cold for big effort required get up the brick works. Nigel Mallalieu put in a good effort again this year to take first prize and keep hold of the trophy with a fast 6:42, some 15 seconds faster than last year's time. A number of other fast times were posted, with 3 riders under 7 minutes, including new club member Miles Jefferson putting in a strong performance to take second place with 6:50 and a deserving win in the handicap competition.
Thirteen braved the climb this year, a strong turnout for a hard event that seems to get harder every year. The hill climb was followed by a short hilly ride, taking in the traditional cobbled climb to the Pott Shrigley Coffee Tavern for lunch.

Hill Climb Result
1st Nigel Mallalieu6:42scratch6:42
2nd Miles Jefferson6:500:106:40
3rd John Cieslik6:560:156:41
4th Jack (Weare)6:57--
5th Mark Hancock7:070:206:47
6th Steve Stoddart7:501:056:45
7th Jonathan Booty8:021:007:02
8th Simon Oldfield8:061:007:06
9th Ian Clark8:11407:31
10th Malcom Dobson8:25557:30
11th Pete Moore9:351:358:00
12th Dave10:20--
13th Chris Dobson10:45--

1st October 2007 M and D Points Competition
The Manchester and District Time Trials Association 2007 points competition results have been finalised. Well done to Ian Clark, winning the 60+ prize and achieving an impressive 5th place overall, up from last year's 7th final position.
Steve Stoddart came in a very respectable 18th overall, helping Abbotsford Park finished 5th overall in the team competition.

1st October 2007 New Club Member
Welcome to Miles Jefferson, our newest club member and a regular on recent club runs.
Miles has been demonstrating some very strong climbing ability on our hillier club runs and his legs will be a very welcome addition to the club's hill climbing department!

1st May 2007 Two New Club Members
Club membership continues to expand with 2 new members, Mike Cooke and Ryan Bissett.
Mike is relatively new to club cycling and has been a regular on our Saturday rides in recent weeks and we look forward to his continued presence into the summer.
Ryan is a sportive-riding pal of Barry Hargreaves. On his recent Saturday appearance Ryan was displaying some real power and with an interest in riding some TTs he looks set to be a welcome addition to the club's regular testers.

12th April 2007 Two New Club Members
The club welcomes Jim Thompson and Barry Hargreaves as its newest members, both of whom have been out on the club run for a number of weeks.
These two riders could not be more different in stature, but both have been making the club run regulars feel like they're going backwards up the climbs. With a summer full of rides into the peak district we expect to see both Jim and Barry continue to set the pace over those big climbs.

25th February 2007 Saturday Rides
In response to a growing requirement from new and prospective members, the club is piloting a series of Saturday rides as an easier alternative to the club run. This Saturday run is open to all club members but will be shorter and easier than the regular club run and provide an enjoyable way for us all to get some miles in. All rides will meet at midday at Handforth each Saturday, weather permitting.

23rd January 2007 Open 10
The club will once again be host to an open 10 on Easter Monday
Full entry details are here.

1st January 2007 New Club Member
The new year is off to a flying start with a new addition to the club in Pete Thompson, who is well known to the club runs of recent weeks. Peter has shown more enthusiasm than many of the regular club members during the winter and we look forward to seeing more of Peter on the club runs over the coming weeks and into the summer.

29th December 2006 Club Kit
The new club kit has arrived and is now available for purchase.
Santini has again supplied us with the highest quality Italian cycle wear at the keenest prices.

new Winter clothing is now also available as both long sleeve jerseys and team bibtights.

For those of you who don't know what the club kit looks like :

club kit

Prices have now been finalised:
Full Zip Short Sleeve Jersey33.00
Full Zip Long Sleeve Jersey38.00
Bibtights with pad37.00

Stock numbers will be limited so contact your club secretary to reserve your items now.

13th December 2006 Club Dinner
The AGM, dinner and prize presentation is to be held at the Railway Inn, Mobberley on 14th January.
Club members are invited to choose their menu and return the completed form to reserve their place at this year's event.

3rd December 2006 New Club Member
Local veteran time trial superstar Derek Hodgins has become Abbotsford Park's latest member.
Derek remains at the Clarion but enjoys our club runs so much that he has today signed up for second claim membership. All who know Derek appreciate the contribution he makes to the local cycling community and we look forward to enjoying his continued presence on our club runs through the winter and into next year.

11th November 2006 Membership Fees to Increase
The club has resisted any increase in its subscription fees for many years, providing excellent value for money to its members. The club's costs have however increased over this time and regretfully these costs do ultimately put upward pressure on our membership fees.
The price for 2007 membership has risen to 15.00, an increase of just 1.50. The full details of all membership levels and fees for 2007 is contained in our latest membership application form.

8th November 2006 New Club Member
Welcome back Malcolm Dobson, an abbot of years past and now a club member once again.
Malcolm has been seen riding his bike around Manchester recently and is a valued contributer to the club message board.
Hopefully Malcom will be out on the club run and at other club activities very soon.

17th October 2006 M and D Points Competition
The Manchester and District Time Trials Association 2006 points competition results have been finalised. Well done to Ian Clark, winning the 60+ prize and achieving an impressive 7th place overall.
Steve Stoddart came in a very respectable 15th overall, helping Abbotsford Park finished seventh overall in the team competition.

8th October 2006 The Annual Club Hill Climb
The club hill climb would lose some of its character if it ran smoothly and this year will be remembered as the year that the timekeeper failed to appear and a convoy of tractors trundled up the hill between the riders.
Vince Lyons fixed the first problem by graciously volunteering to push off and time keep at the base of the climb, with Neil timekeeping the finish.

This year's scratch man and relative newcomer Nigel Malleluei didn't disappoint by going under seven minutes, even after a few weeks off the bike through injury, to take a well deserved first place.
Ian Clark went faster up the climb this year than for a number of years, coming within a whisker of snatching second place from last year's event winner John Cieslik. The handicaps were again close, with Pete Moore defying gravity up the hill to win the handicap competition for a second consecutive year.
Meanwhile Gary Birch, on his first day out with the club, put in a sterling effort to secure a determined time of 10:18, a very respectable result for a sporting effort.

The hill climb was followed by a short hilly ride in bright sunshine to the Pott Shrigley Coffee Tavern for lunch.

Hill Climb Result
1st Nigel Mallalieu6:57scratch6:57
2nd John Cieslik7:200:107:10
3rd Ian Clark7:240:406:44
4th Tony Houghton7:370:406:57
5th Steve Stoddart7:591:056:54
6th Pete Moore8:121:356:37
7th Jonathan Booty8:140:557:19
8th Mike Green8:421:506:52
9th Gary Birch10:18--

1st September 2006 Gerry Gorman
It is with deep regret that we announce the death of founder member Gerry Gorman.
Gerry was at the heart of Abbotsford Park Road Club for many years.
Len Myatt has written this tribute to Gerry
Following Gerry's well attended funeral, Irene has written this letter of thanks.

5th August 2006 John Sherwin
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of John Sherwin. John was an Abbotsford Park member for some sixty years and he will be greatly missed.

23rd July 2006 New Club Member
Andre Reihani becomes Abbotsford Park's newest member.
At just fifteen years of age Andre is also our youngest member. A regular at the velodrome, Andre has demonstrated an ability for road cycling by coasting along on our club run from Handforth.

1st May 2006 New Club Member
A big welcome to Nigel Mallalieu as our newest club member.
Nigel has joined us on a number of club runs and has been riding the legs off the regulars ...

28th April 2006 New Club Member
After making several club run appearances this year Simon Oldfield becomes our newest club member.
A cyclist of many years, we look forward to Simon's continued club run presence over the summer.

21st April 2006 Two New Club Members
Welcome to new members Dave Fisher and Helena McConnell, both in their twenties and keen on doing some racing this season. Dave is a past member of Cleveland Wheelers with a firm racing history so we look forward to seeing him turning in some strong performances in the near future.

17th April 2006 Open 10
Thanks to Neil King for organising this year's open 10. The event was a great success, enjoyed by all who took part.
The result sheet is here.

10th October 2005 The Annual Club Hill Climb
All eyes were on Tony Houghton at the this year's hill climb up the old brickworks after his recent prize winning performance at the Weaver Valley event. A sunny day with a tail wind most of the way up the climb, particularly on the flattish section two thirds up the hill, tipped the balance in favour of low weight rather than power helping John Cieslik go fastest up the hill again this year in a keenly fought and enjoyable contest.
The handicaps were well calculated with Pete Moore's recent mileage paying off to secure the first place in a close handicap competition. The hill climb was followed by lunch at the Pott Shrigley Coffee Tavern where the competitors were met by further club members for what is a very sociable as well as competitive annual event.
Hill Climb Result
1st John Cieslik7:11scratch7:11
2nd Tony Houghton7:42157:27
3rd Ian Clark7:44357:09
4th Paul Dentith (Peak Road Club)7:47--
5th Steve Stoddart8:101:057:05
6th Jonathan Booty8:11407:31
7th Pete Moore8:451:506:55
8th Mike Green9:591:308:29

5th October 2005 Jack Brownhill
With great sadness we report the sudden death of Jack Brownhill at the age of 92. Jack was a wonderful character and an inspiration to all of us. His son-in-law Ken Workman has kindly provided this fine obituary.

15th May 2005 Three New Club Members
Past club members Mike and Joan Green have re-joined the club after often being seen cycling around the Cheshire lanes.
Former ABC Centreville member Dave Wilson has also recently joined the club and hopefully we will see all three new members out on the club run very soon.

20th December 2004 New Club Member
Welcome back Steve Stoddart who has re-joined the club after a few years away from club cycling.
Steve has been spotted out on the bike a few times recently and we look forward to seeing him out on the club runs in the new year and hopefully he'll soon be enjoying an active racing season.

19th December 2004 Ian Clark Wins Fixed Gear
The MDTTA Christmas 10 enjoyed a bright sunny day as the Abbots were out in force with Ian Clark winning the fastest fixed gear prize. Full details are listed in the results section
Ian Clark

1st December 2004 The Wednesday Run
If you don't work on a Wednesday then you should be doing this.

27th November 2004 'B' Club Runs
The racing season is over and the club runs have got faster, leading to renewed interest in establishing the 'B' run on Sunday mornings. From the end of November two runs will set off from Handforth to cater for the wider range of abilities at this time of year.
From the start of next year the 'B' club run lunch venue will be decided on an ad-hoc basis rather than publishing the venue in advance to make the ride more flexible to the rider's wishes on the day.

16th October 2004 The Annual Club Hill Climb
This years annual hill climb at the Old Brickworks near Macclesfield had the riders battling not only the gradient, but also against a fierce headwind for the second year in succession.

On a shorter course and with a smaller field than usual, all the major contenders were at the start line to give it their all up the hill. The final result showed little time separating the riders, this strong form perhaps reflecting the club's participation in more late-season racing this year.
Tony Houghton continues to show strong form, finishing just 12 seconds behind John Cieslik and a vast improvement over last year, while Ian Clark revealed his often-hidden climbing skills by finishing just a further six seconds back.

The handicap competition was as close as ever, with Neil King taking the award for the first time.
Also braving the cold and the wind to take part was former club member Steve Stoddart who looks to be regaining some form after taking a a few years off the bike.
Hill Climb Result
1st John Cieslik5:58scratch5:58
2nd Tony Houghton6:10265:44
3rd Ian Clark6:16265:50
4th Jonathan Booty6:26465:40
5th Steve Stoddart6:48--
6th Neil King7:061:325:34

14th October 2004 Stolen Bikes
Two of our club members had their bikes stolen from outside the Coffee Tavern at Pott Shrigley at lunchtime, 10th October.
Bike 1 : Trek 1400, 58cm frame, US Postal colours, Shimano 105 Groupset, frame no. WTU078G070U
Bike 2 : Principia RSL, 55 cm, Matt Black, Isaac carbon fork, Dura-ace groupset, Mavic cxp33 black rims, Frame No. PA 50345
Any information which may secure their recovery will be greatly appreciated. We can be contacted here

27th September 2004 AGM and Lunch
The annual lunch, prize-giving and AGM is to be held on 16th January at the Railway Inn, Mobberley. Start time for the AGM is yet to be finalised but expect this to be around 3 PM. This venue and time should provide those who like to brave the winter weather a good opportunity to get some miles in first and work up a hearty appetite.
Final details will be published here as they become available.

19th September 2004 Abbots out in force at last 25
The Abbotsford Park Racing Team, aka Ian Clark, Tony Houghton and John Cieslik were out on the A50 near Stoke for a bright but cold early morning start at the Stone Wheelers 25 this Sunday morning. The event was held on the fast dual carriageway course which dropped some 400 feet out to the turn, and with a gentle tailwind most riders were achieving an average 30 mph on the outward leg. In stark contrast, the return journey was a grinding effort which got increasingly difficult to the finish. The worst of the climbing into the wind over the final five miles of the course proved to be an ordeal to hurt the legs of the strongest of riders.

Tony Houghton, riding his first open 25 for some ten years, put in a sterling effort to finish in 1:02:23. John Cieslik recorded a personal best of 59:44, finishing ahead of Ian Clark (1:00:02) for the first (and maybe last) time. As a strange twist of fate, both riders' fastest 25 times of the season are now exactly the same at 59:44.

The promoting club entered a large number of riders including the final event winner Barry Charlton (53:38) and so the team prize was never within the Abbots' grasp but they didn't come away empty handed.
The event handicap competition was split into segments and the Abbots took 2 of the five awards. Tony Houghton took the E category prize while the C category prize went to John Cieslik.
Not everyone, however, was quite so lucky. Local veteran time trial legend and National Clarion rider Derek Hodgins punctured at the 8-mile mark, ending his hopes of adding another fast ride to his current run of impressive performances.

12th September 2004 Gerry Gormans 90th Birthday
Gerry Gorman celebrates his 90th Birthday more>>

29th August 2004 Wet 'n Wild Wales
Today saw the annual Wild Wales challenge set off from Bala for the challenging 89 hilly miles around the North Wales country side. Several hundred cyclists turned up at the start line with the Abbotsford Park represented by Neil King, Ian Clark, Tony Houghton and John Cieslik.
The Abbots set off at 8:45 in a group containing ex-abbot Pete Bell and some of his vets club-run regulars under overcast skies which soon turned to rain.

A short distance after the first control at 20 miles the challenge became an ordeal. The Abbots were heading towards what would otherwise have been beautiful views overlooking Barmouth Bay when they had to battle against gale force head wind, torrential rain and near-vertical climbing. With 70 miles left to go this was testing the hardiest of riders.
For the next three hours the riders continued their weary way through rain swept Dolgellau toward Tywyn, keeping stopping times at the two controls to a minimum in an effort to keep body temperatures from dropping too low.

By mid-afternoon the rain had eased back and the sun had started shining brightly. Capes were now replaced by shorts and no sleeves as temperatures moved to the opposite extremes. The Dinas Mawddwy control was reached at 3:30 and this provided a welcome opportunity for a cup of tea and a well-earned rest for tired legs. After this control there was just 25 miles left but this was to include the monster climb over Bwlch y Groes and this impending ordeal cast a dark shadow over the group's tea break.
Before too long the big climb reared its ugly head. At the steepest section of the climb more cyclists were walking than pedaling and Ian Clark found his climbing legs (and a 3rd chainring) to be the only member of the Abbots group not to dismount before the summit.

From the top of Bwlch y Groes it was a far easier ten miles down hill past the lake back to the finish at Bala.
Relieved (extremely) at the sight of the event headquarters, it seemed a long eight hours since the departure that morning but the Abbotsford Park had seen and conquered the Wild Wales Challenge for another year.

Greeting the returning riders at the finish were fellow Abbots Vince Lyons and Ged and Alicia Atkinson. Needless to say, they were in a far better state than the riders !

31st July 2004 Abbotsford Park move up to 6th place.
After 11 events, the Manchester and District points competition now places Abbotsford Park Road Club in 6th position from a list of 33 participating clubs. Ian Clark has moved up to take joint 3rd placed individual. Highlights of the competition are :
First placed individual : Rob Nelson, Dukinfield CC, 200 points.
Club members : Ian Clark at 3rd place with 153 points and John Cieslik at 23rd place with 60 points.
First placed team : Warrington Road Club with 433 points.
Abbotsford Park Road Club : 6th place, with 218 points.

31st July 2004 Manchester Etape ?
British Cycling is organising the ManchesTour on Bank Holiday Monday 30th August.
Fifteen pounds to enter, each rider is timed and the long course takes in a challenging hilly route over Holme Moss.
More Details

6th July 2004 Manchester and District points competition : 9 events
After 9 events, the Manchester and District points competition highlights are :
First placed individual : Rob Nelson, 155 points.
Highest club member : Ian Clark, 9th place with 92 points.
First placed team : Warrington Road Club with 270 points.
Abbotsford Park Road Club : 9th position, with 112 points.

6th July 2004 Manchester and District 100
The annual local 100 mile time trial took place on Sunday 4th July and was won by Dukinfield CC's Rob Nelson in 4:10:02 on a day that started out in sunshine but saw torrential rain in the last hour of the event. Ian Clark was highest placed club member after putting in a sterling ride to achieve a finishing time of 4:21:07 and third place overall.
John Cieslik came in at 4:36:58 to secure 11th place.

4th June 2004 Wild Wales Challenge
The Wild Wales Challenge - possibly the most enjoyable and challenging ride of the year. The event is to be held on Sunday 29th August and expect a hilly, challenging ride in picturesque surroundings.
A number of Abbots will be taking part again this year, but numbers are limited so apply now to avoid disappointment.
Further details of the route and the entry form are available on the Wild Wales web site.

31st May 2004 Abbotsford Park RC currently 11th in local Competition
After 5 qualifying events, the Manchester and District Time Trials Association Cheshire points competition places Abbotsford Park Road Club 11th out of 22 teams with 57 points. Warrington Road Club are currently first placed team with 118 points.
Our very own Ian Clark is 7th placed individual with 42 points while Rob Nelson of Dukinfield CC holds first place with a current total of 68 points.
With plenty of qualifying events left to run, expect to see us nearer the top by the end of the season.

26th February 2004 Race Entry Forms
Both CTT and TLI have new entry forms for the 2004 racing season.
We have them both here

21st November 2003 Club Runs Going Strong
The racing season is well and truly over and the club runs are seeing a good turn out of club members as well as non-members at Handforth on Sunday mornings. Some new faces (and quite a few old ones) have been seen braving the weather and hopefully this enthusiasm can be maintained through the winter and into the new year!

20th November 2003 New-Look Web Site Goes Live
The new, cleaner, faster web site is up and running. Please e-mail your comments and suggestions to the secretary.

18th October 2003 The Annual Club Hill Climb
A strong headwind made this years annual hill climb at the Old Brickworks near Macclesfield even harder than usual.
Neil Rothwell stormed up the climb in 6 minutes 40 seconds with first placed club member John Cieslik struggling to stay inside a 40 second deficit. Last years event winner Jonathan Booty finished in 5th place with a time of 8:31, 27 seconds off last year's winning time.
A good turnout for the event followed by a good lunch at the Pott Shrigley Coffee Tavern ensured that a good time was had by all.
Hill Climb Result
Neil Rothwell6:40
John Cieslik7:18
Ian Clark7:54
Pete Moore8:28
Jonathan Booty8:31
Tony Houghton8:37
Vince Lyons9:08