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September Newsletter now on line 14/09/2020

Club History

The Janus was formed in 1953. Following repeated attempts by the founder members whilst in another club to have ladies accepted into that club, and in spite of the passing of a resolution to allow this, opposition was such that the proposal was reversed. The 9 founder members of the Janus eventually felt that their only way forward was to resign en masse and start a club of their own... Janus is a Roman god and Apollo was thought to be a Greek god. However it appears that Apollo was both! Quote: ’Apollo is one of the most important and complex of the Olympian deities in classical Greek and Roman religion and Greek and Roman mythology’.

Club Runs Are back !

Club runs have started again, meeting at the rising Sun car park and leaving at 9:30. group rides of no more than 6 have been allowed providing Social Distancing etiquete is adhered to.

Please try to join us on the club runs. They’re always fun, especially with an obligatory stop for a light lunch and refreshments. Additional riders are always welcome. It would be fantastic to see more Janus RC members on the runs this year. Bring along friends too to see if we can encourage more cyclists to join the club.

Meet most Sundays at the Rising Sun, Hazel Grove at 09.30am Depending on the time of year, the runs cover between 30 and 60 miles usually with a short lunch stop and returning normally by mid afternoon.

Club Meeting - Cancelled until further notice.

September 2020

The Village Kitchen

The Village Kitchen Address: 30 Market St, Whaley Bridge, High Peak SK23 7LP - 01663 635003

While out for a ride in the peak district I came across The Village Kitchen in Whaley Bridge. The staff are very firendly, tthe coffee is very good and the cakes are BRILLIANT, I didn't have the rocky road as I have climbed hills that were smaller earlier in the day. They also have seating and bike racks at the rear of the shop so you can sit outside and keep an eye on your bike too. If you do visit in a group of more than five please give them a ring about an hour before you arrive so they can get you all in. Well worth a ride out and there are plenty of hills to burn the cake (or two) off. Facebook link below.


the village kitchenwb

CLUB RIDE REPORTS by Pete Williams

Sunday 2nd August, We went to The Dunham Barn Cafe today, this used to be the Lavender Barn but due to various factors we stopped going. Now under new ownership things are looking good.

Colin P, Rob G, Martin L and myself had a good ride out via Mobberley and Bowdon. And back through Broomedge, Bucklow and Ashley.

Sunday 16th August, The ride today was through Poynton into Bollington then along Kerridge, into Langley then Sutton, finally ending up at Grasslands by way of Gawsworth and Siddington. Members out were Colin P, Rob G and myself. We were joined by ex-member Rick Johnson who had retired from cycling to take up running, but had taken advantage of Lockdown to dust his bikes down and start riding again. He is still looking lean and mean. The weather was a bit murky in the hills and then a few spots of rain, but at least we missed a heavy downpour just before the lunch stop.

Sunday 30th August, After the recent bad weather it was nice to get out on a dry and calm day albeit rather cool (early signs of Autumn). Four of us assembled at The Rising Sun, Rob G, Colin, Martin and myself and decided to go to Sandbach Wetherspoons. It was a good job that we didn’t go to The Cafe On The Square as they appeared to be shut, although the two are only yards apart! We went out via Alderley Edge, Chelford and Goostrey and back via Somerford and Bate Mill. Dry roads and no bikes to clean, always a bonus!

BRITISH CYCLING HORSE ETIQUETTE

Always let the horse rider know you are approaching, just say “hello” fairly loudly, slow right down, pass as wide as you can and be prepared to dismount and walk past if needed. Avoid hard braking or shifting gears as both can spook a horse. Further guidance can be found in the article Horses on the road.

The full British cycling article can be read here

VIRTUAL RACING

The time trials have been going well, but not many entries. With the weather being good and the club rides back on due to the lack of interest I am not racing virtualy. If anyone does though let me know and I will publish your times

PROMOTING THE CLUB 25 TT 2021

Phil has asked me to put to you all ideas for next years club 25. With views on wether we should put it on or not. And the willingness of us all to support him in organising it. And all in the current climate. The closing date for applications to MDTTA is the 18th September so not long. Please reply with your opinions ASAP.

More Cycling quotes to keep you pedalling….

“A bicycle ride around the world starts with a single pedal stroke”– Scott Stoll

“Crashing is part of cycling as crying is part of love.” – Unknown

“When it’s hurting you that’s when you can make a difference” – Eddy Merckx

Some Cycling Race Results

1-8-20 Strada Bianchi 1st Wout Van Aert (Jumbo Visma)
3-8-20 Gran Trittico Lombardo 1st Gorka Izagirre (Astana)
5-8-20 Milan Torino 1st Arnaud De mare (Groupama FDJ)
5/9-8-20 Tour of Poland Overall Winner Remco Evenepoel (Deuconique Quick Step)
6/9-8-20 Tour of Czechoslovakia Overall Winner Damien Howson (Mitchelton Scott)
8-8-20 Milan San Remo 1st Wout Van Aert (Jumbo Visma)
12/16-8-20 CritéRium du Dauphiné Overall Winner Daniel Martinez ( EF Pro Cycling)
25-8-20 Bretagne Classic 1st Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)

everyone, whether it be indoors or out

Nick

August 2020

CLUB RIDE REPORTS

by Pete Williams

Sunday 12th July, Today we tried a new venue. Partridge Lakes Fisheries at Culcheth. It made a pleasant change from our usual hunting grounds and the weather could not have been better. Rob g, Colin, Barry, myself and Chris Lumb enjoyed an al-fresco lunch as their indoor café is presently out-of-bounds.

Sunday 19th July, Only three out today, Rob G, Chris Lumb and myself. We went to Wetherspoons at Buxton (good prices and bottomless coffee!) and came back via Peak Dale to avoid the usual heavy traffic on the A6 to Dove Holes.

Sunday 26th July, Five turned out for a breezy ride to Wetherspoons at Congleton. Colin P, Rob G, Martin L, regular guest Chris Lumb and myself had the full breakfast and bottomless coffee (no mask required). And even though there was quite a downpour while we were eating, the roads were dry on the way home. And a good tailwind to finish the ride !

VIRTUAL RACING

The time trials have been going well, but not many entries. Please try one as they are only 10.9 miles and you can do them from the comfort of your own home. 8th July – Ben Owen Memorial TT 10.9miles 15th July –Cycling Weekly TT 10 miles 22th July –Cycling Weekly TT 10 miles 29th July-Ben Owen Memorial TT 10.9 miles Nick Haining 29:30 Chris Aimson 26:45 Nick Haining 29:07 Nick Haining 30:19 Nick Haining 26:58 Chris Aimson 29:22 Darren Smith 27:07

More Cycling quotes to keep you pedalling

“You never have the wind with you, either it is against you or you’re having a good day” – Unknown

“I have always struggled to achieve excellence. One thing that cycling has taught me is that if you can achieve something without a struggle it’s not going to be satisfying.” – Greg Lemond

“The race is won by the rider that can suffer the most” – Eddy Merckx

Ramblings

I thought that this week I would swap my ramblings to a story from our very own harry fletcher ( I have had several members write in with their stories , mine being more of a fill in)

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When most of you were a twinkle in your dads eye. Me and my mate Eric after our Sunday morning paper would get the saddle bags full of sandwiches and a piece of cake, water in the bottles and the day was ours. Eventually we meet up several times with a group of fellas and rode with them. Their club was the Assheton Wheelers. They met every Sunday at the bus shelter in Ashton from 8:30 to 8:45. We were by far the youngest, the majority having done National Service. October time was the start of the social season till March. And so one year at about February time they decided to get some miles in at Easter the ride was to Great Yarmouth. Why you ask, why not I ask.

After Breakfast

A route was arranged (I am 16 ½ years old now) and we were to meet after work on a Thursday at 6 PM and cycle to a Y.H.A of the Ashbourne Road. In the morning after some “jobs” at the hostel which was expected, down the Ashbourne Road we rode. I can’t remember the exact route but after a days ride we made for another Y.H.A onlt to find they were fully booked. The next one was miles away so of to the local chippy we rode. Then along untilwe found a barn, in we went. Plenty of hay so it was cape on , gloves on and GOOD NIGHT. The following morning we were awoke by a couple of farm hands who turned out to be Ex P.O.W Germans. We explained what had happened. So they took us to their hut. Where they cooked up egg, bacon(plenty of food on the farm)and brewed up. After thanking them off we went. The first phone box one of the guys rang Yarmouth Y.H.A and booked us in for the night.

Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth was Blackpool at Easter time, booked in at the hostel, of to the chippy again and GOOD NIGHT. The next morning jobs then breakfast. We rang the hostel for our home run. We were lucky the weather was dry. Arrived at the hostel, found a café filled up with grub, back to the hostel GOOD NIGHT. The last day Easter Monday was back into Derbyshire, Chesterfield over to Baslow then the climb out to Chunel then home.

Enjoyed YES. Glad I did it YES.

Work next day .Plenty of skiving that day..

July 2020

GREAT NEWS!

British Cycling have given the following advice for club, joint group rides ... From the 18th June, group rides of no more than 6 have been allowed providing Social Distancing etiquete is adhered to.

CTT

The CTT have announced that club events are still suspended up to and including the 12th July. Over 85 events have had to be cancelled between 4th July and the 11th October. They are asking for volunteers to step up to help out at events. If interested, please contact the race organisers and clubs. Remember these are our events and cannot be run without your help.

UCI

According to the UCI, their latest release states they will resume on the 1st August.

VIRTUAL RACING

Well we tried our first club ride on Wed 10th June. Only Pete and I rode with Pete stopping after 10-mins having done a big ride the day before. It works really well. The TT’s have now started, here are the first results ….

17th June - Newbury Velo TT 11.8 miles (1)Nick Haining 29:50 (2) Phil Robinson 27:49
24th June – Ben Owen Memorial TT 11.8 miles (1)Nick Haining 31:05 (2)Chris Aimson 29:13
1st July - Ben Owen Memorial TT 11.8 miles (1)Nick Haining 29:07 (2)Chris Aimson 29:22

More Cycling quotes to keep you pedalling …

“Like dogs, bicycles are social catalysts that attract a superior category of people” – Dr.K.K.Doty
“It doesn’t matter if you’re sprinting for an Olympic gold medal, a town sign, a trailhead, or a rest stop with homemade brownies. If you never confront pain, your missing the essence of the sport.” – Scott Martin
“Ride as much or as little, as long or as short as you feel. But ride” – Eddy Merckx

Continuing with my CYCLING MEMOIRS In Greece

(I know you’ve all be waiting with bated breath for this)

Tues 24th Sept 1991: Woke in the night. Crikey! The worst storm ever, thunder, lightning the lot. Hot but very overcast. Get up at 07:30 ish. Pack and I’m on the move by 8. Decide I’m not going to waste the day by getting there at dinner time. Retrace to Ano Messongi turn of to Agios Mattheos by-passing Sinarádes and think about going to the top of Pélekas on the side of a hill, very nice but not this time around. On and on think about turning down the hill to Paleokastritsa but it would mean climbing back up so go on to Doukádes . Have a pizza there and 2 cokes and top up with water all for 800 DK. And on up a winding hill to Troumpéta, not very high but in the clouds and it starts to rain, damn. After a coke (usually 100 DK)I decide to go on regardless. Thankfully it’s all down. Almost loose it on one corner. Forgot I’ve got 2 panniers on the back. Anywaygo to Sidári, have a look at the rock formations not very impressed. Can’t see anywhere to stay and it is still only 3 ish so go on to Róda. I think blink and miss it and so ask in a supermarket in Acharavi and go to the Chrisis Hotel looking a bit like a drowned cat. Thankfully he offers me a room (3000DK) not bad. Stops raining ,clean and oil the bike, wash all my kit, hope it dries. Went down town for a meal, lovely waitress cockney I think! (3000DK) Garlick starter 100% I think. Anyway stuff drying slowly, hope it’s hot tomorrow. 10:30 sign off.

Wednesday 25 Sept: 3 in the morning and it’s raining again. 7:30 banging on the door (early call) OK I shout. Check on the weather clear sky ish. Pack and on my way up up being the operative word. No breakfast ,the road slowly winds upwards , the sun is trying to get out but never does. Stop in Lafki for water , thankfully somewhere open early and on to Petália. Then in to mountain bike country, up and up. But the clouds moving in slowly until finally after 2 ½ hours constant climbing I reach the monastery at Pantokrator (906m) above sea level. The clouds all around by now , shame can’t see a damn thing. Take a couple of photos, chat to the priest or whoever there and then it’s down and down. End up back in Achariva so start the coast road to Corfu. And yes you guessed it ,it then proceeds to throw it down, so I shelter under a tree, try again after 30 minutes the stop at a garage and chat to 8 lads from England . Then on after a snack. Then all of a sudden the sky falls in, so make it to a bus stop, end up stopping there another hour. An English girl turns up so I chat to her. Then all of a sudden it stops the sun comes out and I’m off, pressing on to Corfu town. Stop just outside and find a great bakery 2 cheese and ham pasties a piece of cheese cake 2 cokes and a heavy pastry and I’m off. Lovely sunshine. Into Corfu town, go around the costal road. Albania is so close it is as though I can touch it.. find a hotel the Constantinople. Very very basic but for 2300 DK who’s complaining. Shower and of to buy a ticket for the ferry, another 600 DK not bad, and I’m of to the mainland tomorrow as early as possible. Well I’m in bed now after (1650 DK) of Petes Pizza. Ham and mushroom and 4 Stellas (to help me sleep). So things are not to bad, still talking to myself a lot. Sign off now early start 6:30. Red sky tonight hopefully hot and sunny tomorrow, need it after the last 2 days. Night To be continued ….

Please send me any cycling adventures you’d like to include in future editions of the newsletter. Or anything else as articles are running short.

whether it be indoors or out

Nick

June 2020

SADLY, Club meetings & runs are still on hold until further notice.

The CTT have cancelled all events until the end of June when they will review the situation according to the circumstances. All UCI cycling events have also been cancelled for June & July. According to their latest release they will resume on the 1st August.

Updates will be posted as soon as any further information is received.

VIRTUAL RACING

… I’ve had an email from Pete Williams suggesting that we arrange some virtual racing on Zwift (obviously for those of you that have it, apologies if not). It’s a great idea and we could run a series of time trial events if we have enough takers. I’m open to suggestions on how to take this forward, and am happy to arrange things. Email me if interested and with suggestions on how we can get our wheels rolling on this. My initial thoughts are a 10 series with a couple 25-mile time trials.

Zwift

More at zwift.com/uk

Find a dealer or take a zwift test ride at Here

After a good suggestion from Pete Wiliams I have created a Janus Zwift club ride group.
You need to have the Zwift Companion App and also follow me (Nick Haining Janus RC) on Zwift.
Please let me know if you want to join us on what hopefully will be the start of rides whilst things are not so good outside.
The first ride is tonight at 7 so get going if you want to join myself and others later.
Any questions don’t hesitate to ask.
Hope to see your avatars later.

Bike Re-cycling corner

If you have any bike parts, spares or otherwise that you’d like to see re-cycled, passed on to a good home, please let me know. I’ll gladly build up a store and list items in future newsletters so you know what’s available.

BIKE BOOK SWAP

The same goes for any cycling books you’d like to pass on to our Club library (yes, we really do have a club library). Please have a look through your books to see if There are any you feel you’d can part with and donate. Again, I’ll publish a list sometime in the future so you know what’s available in “the bike shed” - Reasonable to good condition - no chain grease where possible please.

More Cycling quotes to keep you pedalling …

“I don’t ride a bike to add days to my life. I ride to add life to my days” – Unknown

“The best rides are the ones where you bite off more than you can chew, and live through it.” – Doug Bradbury

“As long as I breathe, I attack” – Bernard Hinault

THIS MONTHS CYCLING MEMOIRS

come from yours truly and are pages from the diary I kept with I took my mountain bike on an island hopping tour of the Ionian islands of greece in 1991. Yes, 1991 when I was still a youth (well kind of). I hope you enjoy a small sample of my adventures. Apologies for the gramatical errors, cycling I am good at, Grammar, not so. I’m going to sertialise said adventure into several parts just to help you contain your excitement. This was back in the days pre Euro (€) - the exchange rate was 324 Greek Drachma (DK) to Pound Sterling (£). I hope you enjoy it, it’s a bit of a madcap adventure, and reading it back it relly made us laugh a lot, especially Ali …

At the time I entitled the diary “What an Adventure? You’re not kidding are you? No I’m b****y not.”

Sun 22nd Sept 1991:

The Start … bike and panniers packed. Dad driving me to the airport. Thought 2½ hours before the flight was early, but the queues on the 25 & 26 are usually massive. Dad then runs in – he can’t start the car. So I dash out, start it, and dash back in. Finally, at the airport, I get some funny looks with my bike under my arm. The family in front of me can’t quite believe what I’m doing. Neither can I. Through passport control on through the metal detector ‘buzz, buzz, buzz’ after removing everything bar my fillings ‘buzz’ again – oops! Sorry, forgot about my glasses case. Finally, on to the plane. Great take off, nice stewardess, nice meal, nice(ish) landing in the dark at 10pm local time. I wait for my pannier, OMG, my bike. I ask the passport man nicely and he lets me through to the end of the conveyor and there’s mike bike - thankfully still all in one piece. Up and out through the airport entrance and take a taxi to a hotel – 2000 DK later for about a 2-mile drive – the fasted buck he’ll ever make. Hotel great, build bike and off to bed.

Mon 23rd Sept:

Find out I’m only in Pérama the room cost 4500 DK & breakfast was 350. It’s 08:30, I’m packed and I’m off. Overcast, no sun but very warm. I set off with Kávos as my goal. Though Benites, don’t think much of it. B road next via Spilio and up, up to Hlomós. Then down, down (sweated a bit there). Back on the main road to Lefkimmi. I stop for a bottle of water the only thing to drink. Then right before my eyes a girl gets knocked off her moped by a car. I saw the whole thing. Still can’t believe it. Everything happened in slow motion. She was crying but seemed okay. Petrol all over the road from the burst petrol tank. The driver didn’t seem to care. Anyway, I didn’t get involved, can speak the lingo. Bought what looked like a jam pastry instead – turned out to be Greek cheese, lovely. Then on my way, last bit, to Kávos – looks like a fun town, one long drag of pubs, discos and people. Find a nice cheap room. Still early 12:30 so go off for a spin, get a couple of postcards & send them off. Out for dinner at 7pm, nice restaurant, two small pastries, lasagne & chips, two Becks and a cup of coffee. Back to the room, drink some fluids and watch life go by until 10:30. Really hope the mosquito burner works. Blimey it’s noisy outside, drop off anyway.

To be continued ….

Please send me any cycling adventures you’d like to include in future editions of the newsletter. Or anything else as articles are running short.everyone, whether it be indoors or out

Nick

May 2020 Edition

Sadly, once again due to current circumstances, club meetings & Club runs are on hold.

UPCOMING EVENTS CTT have cancelled all events until 30th June when they will review the situation according to circumstances.

All UCI cycling events have been cancelled until 1st July for International Road Calendar and 1st August for World Tour Events - watch this space for further news.

Bike Re-cycling corner If you have any bike parts, spares or otherwise that you’d like to see re-cycled, passed on to a good home, please let me know. I’ll gladly build up a store and list items in future newsletters so you know what’s available. Let’s see if we can do our bit to help the re-cycling cause.

BIKE BOOK SWAP

The same goes for any cycling books you’d like to pass on to our Club library (yes, we have a club library). Please have a look through your books to see if There are any you feel you’re willing to part with & donate. Again, I’ll publish a list in future newsletters so you know what’s available in “the bike shed” - Reasonable to good condition please, no chain grease where possible.

More Cycling quotes to keep you pedalling …

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

“Beyond pain there is a whole universe of more pain.” – Jens Voight

“Crashing is part of cycling as crying is part of love.” – Johan Museeuw

A short story from Barry Beardsell and his misfortunes on his Wilier

After a long time hankering after such a thing I first bought an all carbon bike in August 2014. It was a Haibike Affair SL. Now we have a house in Cyprus and we go there whenever we can fit it in and when I'm there I ride a bike for exercise. In 2016 I came across a group of mostly ex-military men who were in training for a charity ride around the island, I started going out with them and they agreed I could join their group. So, the next time we went out I took the Haibike to Cyprus.

For some time I had been having trouble with my right hip - just wear and tear, and having got more serious about cycling I gave up the running and when we returned to the UK I needed another bike and I wanted something special. For a while I scoured eBay. There were plenty of really nice bikes and eventually I settled on a Wilier Zero.7 with Campagnolo Chorus group-set paying just over £2k for it.

Here's a snippet from the road.cc review:

The Zero.7 comes in right at the top of the Wilier road bike line up, but don't expect to see the Lampre-ISD team racing on a fleet of these next year.The Zero.7 is too light for the pro peloton. Well, that's the slant that Wilier's marketing department is putting on it. Our test bike tips the road.cc scales at 6.48kg/14.3lb without pedals. Even allowing, say, 200g for a pair of top-end pedals, that's just below the UCI's 6.8kg minimum weight limit for racing, so Lampre would need to add some ballast.

Wilier are making a lot of this bike's light weight - it's the lightest Wilier ever - and that explains the name. Each frame is guaranteed to be under 800g - hence 0.7-something kilos. Minor differences in the manufacture mean the exact weight will vary slightly from frame to frame, but everyone goes onto the scales when it comes off the production line and gets its own certificate showing the precise figure - so you can put it on your mantelpiece with your Etape finisher's medal and your swimming certificates.

That was in September 2016, the bike was 2-years old and I'd bought it, fully serviced, from a cycle shop in Kirkham. The review referred also said:

"The Zero.7 is available as a complete bike or as a frameset, with the full ultra high modulus carbon fork, for £3,999. A complete Zero .7 will set you back a whopping £8,250. Even for a top-end bike, that's clearly a helluva lot of cash. That gets you a Campagnolo grou-pset - 11-speed Super Record, naturally."

So, I didn't think I'd been robbed!

In the three and a half years I've owned it, according to Strava, I've done a bit over 5,000 miles and up until October last year I'd spent nothing significant on it. Then on 14th October my front derailleur cable broke; £17.95, on 10th November on a club run, the rear derailleur cable broke, £26.97. On the 2nd December returning from Rippon, where I'd left the Bongo for a service, the chain kept slipping and I bought a new chain and it also needed new brake blocks, £24.98. But that didn't fix the issue and after Christmas I took it into Wills Wheels and a new cassette and front chain ring were fitted £175!

On the 19th January on a club run I was running last and using the pavement to pass a long line of cars held up at some road works. We were in Furness Vale, the sun was very low right in my eyes, I spotted ahead, just as the road works finished a ramp down off the pavement and re-joined the road but right there was a pile of broken tarmac lumps and I had no time to react. I came off over the bars. I didn't seem to have hurt myself seriously and the bike looked all right. I got back on and caught up with the group. Just a couple of days later (21/1/20), out on my own climbing up from Compstall towards Romiley, I selected bottom gear only to come to a very sudden stop! I managed to get off safely but somehow my derailleur had become wrapped in the spokes of the back wheel!

Wills Wheels were closed the following day and I left the bike with Decathlon to sort out. I got it back on 27/1/20 and It cost me £239.91, ouch! With the weather uninspiring some use was made of the Wahoo trainer and during a session the gear lever inside the back brake broke off - I guess it must have been bent when I came off in Furness Vale. We were going to Cyprus in a few days and I left the bike with Decathlon again. They recommended that both brake levers should be replaced and on 26th Feb I collected the bike, £207.97 poorer.

I was almost home, returning from a long ride with Janus on 8th March when as I hit a speed bump there was a bang and I turned to see my water bottle and pump rolling in the road! I couldn't work out what had happened and after a few minutes got back on, but my front brake was catching, and I realised that my front wheel had a serious buckle. I thought perhaps my pump had jumped out and got caught in the front wheel? I limped home; I was only a mile away. Once back a more careful look revealed a broken spoke. On Monday I took the wheel out and left it with Decathlon to straighten.

A couple of days later, 10th March, I thought I'd give the Wilier a good clean and I noticed that the paint or decals were lifting on the downtube and then it hit me; the frame was fractured and seriously! Having thought about it long and hard the only conclusion I can reach is the crash into the tarmac pile back on 19th January had cracked the frame, bent the derailleur and the gear lever and I had ridden 200 miles since that incident.

I did some research on repairing carbon fibre and whilst there are some very good repairers out there that could put the bike back as it was, in my case the estimated cost of repairing just the downtube as £330 plus extra £100 for repainting and £110 for stripping and rebuilding bike. I decided to have a go myself and ordered a repair kit.

In the meantime, the Wilier would have to be stripped down and when I started that job I found further cracks around the head stock and the bottom crank and also that the frame was damaged where the dropout would fix. So, it wasn't going to be repaired.

My next issue was what was I to do with a few hundred pounds worth of bike components? Since mid October I had spent over £700 and I wasn't keen to throw that away.

I decided I would build another bike…

I bought a Kinesis alloy frame for £189 but that was the easy part! I needed a dropout and it took me several hours of research to find the right one. The Willier crank would not fit into the new frame and a £70 adaptor was required, I also needed head bearings and the derailleur cable outers had to be remade to suit the new frame. I have called the finished product an ASP: All Spare Parts, it works but it would have been cheaper to buy a complete bike!

A FEW OTHER REMINDERS / NOTES …

As always, if anyone has an article or anything they’d like to publish please email or phone me. Remember this is our Newsletter and the more we put into it the more we’ll enjoy reading it.

As always safe cycling everyone indoors and out.

Nick

P.S Apologies for the delay in sending this month’s edition. My other half is a Key Worker & has only just had time to edit this edition.

April 2020

April 2020 Edition

Unfortunately, due to the current circumstances club meetings are on hold until further notice as are club runs.

CLUB RIDE REPORT by Pete Williams

Sunday 1st March, four of us went to Wetherspoons at Congleton, Rob Gregory, Barry Beardsell, Colin Pierce and myself. On a fine and cold day. We have been checking out various Wetherspoons establishments as a change to the usual cafe venues due to the good value and service. No incidents on route apart from one member with a loose right-hand crank! Although there were plenty of flooded lanes en-route due to the recent heavy rains.

Sunday 8th March, three went to investigate Wetherspoons Sandbach (Rob Gregory, Barry Beardsell and myself). Quite strong headwinds and a cold shower through Twemlow, but it was worth it for the good food and bottomless coffee, followed by a fast ride back.

Sunday 22nd March, we (Colin, Rob G and myself) went to Redesmere burger van today, at least he was open! We might have to resort to filling stations as long as they have sandwiches, which is okay on a fine day, but fun if it's wet. We might have to use musettes like the old days!

CTT

UPCOMING EVENTS The CTT have cancelled all events until 31st May when they will review the situation according to the circumstances. This means that our opening 25 in May is cancelled and we will have to select a new event to count for the championship.

Club Clothing

1xWinter jacket Large £66.00
1xWinter jacket Medium £66.00
1xSkin suit Large £45.00
1xSkin suit Mediun £61.00
1xShort sleeve top ¾ zip Medium £34.00
1 Short sleeve top L £42.50
1 Long sleeve top M £40.00
1 Bib shorts M £39.00
2 Gillet M £22.00 1
Ankle socks white/red JRC One Size £7.00

Mail the cub for details

Possible future events

20th June J4/9 50 MDTTA
12th July D100/1 100 SCCA + WCTTA
19th September J2/9 25 Stretford Wheelers

All UCI cycling events have been cancelled for April. Watch this space for further news.

Bike Re-cycling corner

If you have any bike parts, spares or otherwise that you’d like to see re-cycled, passed on to a good home, please let me know. I’ll gladly build up a store and list items in future newsletters so you know what’s available. Let’s see if we can do our bit to help the re-cycling cause.

BIKE BOOK SWAP

The same goes for any cycling books you’d like to pass on to our Club library (yes, we have a club library). Please have a look through your books to see if There are any you feel you can donate. Again, I’ll publish a list in future newsletters so you know what’s available in “the bike shed” - Reasonable to good condition please, no chain grease where possible.

Quotes

More Cycling quotes to keep you pedalling …
“It never gets easier, you just get faster” - Greg Lemond
“Cycling isn’t a game, it’s a sport. Tough, hard and unpitying, and it requires great sacrifices. One plays football, or tennis, or hockey. One doesn’t play at cycling” - Jean de Gribaldy
“Don’t buy upgrades, ride upgrades” - Eddy Merckz

Any Other Business

A FEW OTHER REMINDERS / NOTES …
As always, if anyone has an article or anything they’d like publish please email or phone me. Remember this is our Newsletter and the more we put into it the more we’ll enjoy reading it.
As always safe cycling everyone indoors and out.
Nick

Don't try this at home (or on the road)

Sorting through some old files on my PC, I found a saved link. Hopefully staying indoors hasn't made you as loopy as this chap from 1986. Got to admire his control thought.

Stay safe everyone ... Patrick

March 2020

UPCOMING EVENTS


2020 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP TIMETRIAL EVENTS

March UCI Races

Find out more @ www.uci.org

Some March cycling event dates for your diaries should you with to view, read about, watch or be lucky enough to attend – photos for the Newsletter if you do please.

Enjoy!

Club Subs

Another gentle reminder if you’ve not yet paid your ‘club subs’ for the year ahead. It would be much appreciated if you could do so ASAP please.

Senior £12.00 : Under 18’s £5.00 :Social £5.00. Make Payment To: Janus Road Club (if you are a club member please see your mailed news letter for details, or contatc the club direclty if you are new or need to have the details for Chris Aimson)

You could set up a Standing Order (SO) ‘club subs’ via the bank details given above. If you do choose this payment method, please remember to put your name in the ‘reference’ section so that Chris can easily identify who the subs are from. You could drop him a line too to let him know if you’re going to set up a SO. If SO’s are not for you then cash/cheque are, as always, still a welcome method of payment.

Thanks to those who have already paid.

Re-Cycling

Bike Re-cycling corner If you’ve got any bike parts, spares or otherwise that you’d like to see re-cycled to a good home please let me know. I’ll gladly build up a store and list items in future newsletters to see if we can do our bit to help the re-cycling cause.

BIKE BOOK SWAP

The same goes for any cycling books you’d like to pass on to our Club library. Please have a look through your books to see if there’s any you feel you can donate. Again, I’ll publish a list in future newsletters so you know what we’ve got in the bike shed. Reasonable to good condition please, no chain grease if possible.

Cycling quotes to keep you pedalling

“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“Thank goodness the days are getting longer so I can get out on my bike more.” Nick Haining

“Ride as much or as little, as long or as short as you feel. But ride.” Eddy Merckz

A FEW OTHER REMINDERS / NOTES

The committee position of “Press Secretary” remains unfilled. Please contact me directly if you would be willing to take up the post.

Please remember to forward any RESULTS from events entered this year so I can put them in our Newsletter.

And as always, if anyone has any articles or items for future Newsletters please email or phone me. Remember this is our Newsletter and the more we put into it the more we’ll enjoy reading it.

Safe cycling everyone.

Nick

February 2020

PRESENTATION LUNCH

The presentation lunch on Sunday 19th January at the Alma Lodge went exceedingly well. 42 members, relatives and friends were booked in and had an enjoyable meal up to usual Alma Lodge standards with a choice from the full lunchtime menu.
Thanks to Harry for the organisation and once again obtaining some great raffle .

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  • TT Champion (Squires Trophy)
  • Handicap Champion (Stan Brooks Trophy)
  • Vets Champion (Hyde Roads Vets Cup)
  • Road Race Champion
  • Track Championship

not awarded in 2019

  • TT Champion (Squires Trophy)
  • Handicap Champion (Stan Brooks Trophy)
  • Vets Champion (Hyde Roads Vets Cup)
  • Road Race Champion
  • Track Championship
  • Short Distance Championship 10, 25 & 50 miles
  • B.A.R. Champion 25, 50, 100 miles
  • Club Member of Year (The Bill & Kath Clayton Trophy)
  • Best Performance (The Harry & Jean Fletcher Trophy)
  • Most Improved Rider (The Bill Howarth Trophy)
  • Junior championship
  • Club 25 (Event 1) Fastest
  • Club 100 Fastest

PRIZEWINNERS 2020

Club Hill Climb (Ken Foster Rosebowl)
Fastest George Couglan

10 Mile Junior Novice Shield
(Under 18 years ) Josh Haining

10 mile points series (Harold Samuels Trophy) Fastest David Flux 22:17

10 mile points series (Handicap Shield) 1st Handicap Josh Haining

Fastest 10 of year David Flux 22.17

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Fastest 25 of year (Hyde Roads 25 Trophy)Phil Robinson

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Fastest 50 of year (William Howe Trophy) (“J” courses only Phil Robinson 1.57.57

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Fastest Vet on Standard over 10 miles (“J” courses only)Dave Flux

7

Club 25 (Event 2) Fastest Phil Robinson

7

Club 50 Fastest Phil Robinson

7

Open 25 Fred Gratton Trophy Fastest D. Maironis 54:53

Mike Collins trophy Vet on Standard Andy Wilkinson

not awarded in 2019

TT Champion (Squires Trophy)
Handicap Champion (Stan Brooks Trophy)
Vets Champion (Hyde Roads Vets Cup)
Road Race Champion
Track Championship
Short Distance Championship 10, 25 & 50 miles
B.A.R. Champion 25, 50, 100 miles
Club Member of Year (The Bill & Kath Clayton Trophy)
Best Performance (The Harry & Jean Fletcher Trophy)
Most Improved Rider (The Bill Howarth Trophy)
Junior championship
Club 25 (Event 1) Fastest
Club 100 Fastes

Looking at the awards there seem to be allot not contested. Lets try and fill all the blanks in the 2020 season and make the awards ceremony a celebration of all the hard work put in by you and all the other riders.

EVENTS

Our open 25, The Fred Gratton event is on Saturday30th May, Promoted by Phil Robinson. First rider off at 1400 and on J2/9 course. Marshals and helpers always needed so please reserve the date.
The first of the Westmead / Macclesfield Wheelers evening 10’s is on Wednesday 22nd April starting at 1900 and will be on JC/36,start at Lower Withington sign on from 6pm , followed by 29th April and 6th May.Then 13th , 20th and 27th on J2/1 , sign on at Siddinton village hall from 6pm . We will be using these again for our club 10 series, More dates to follow.
I will publish more event dates as and when I get them.

*STOP PRESS : TIME TRIAL RULE CHANGE - COMPULSARY USE OF REAR LIGHT*

Here is one for all time trialists out there. This year all events you enter OPEN AND CLUB you will need a working rear light. No light, no ride. CTT Rule 14(i)

14. Competitor's Machine

(i) No competitor shall be permitted to start either a Type A or Type B event unless such competitor has affixed to the rear of their machine a working rear red light, either flashing or constant, that is illuminated and in a position that is clearly visible to other road users.

RESULTS

Can all racing members or non racing members please forward any results from events they enter so that I can put them in to the newsletter.

SUBSCRIPTIONS

Another reminder for those who have not yet paid their subs for 2020. Senior £12.00, (under 18 - £5.00), Social - £5.00. To save on having to remember paying every year you can set up a Standing Order to make the payment. Payment to Janus Road Club, Sort Code ,Account Number and deatils of how to contact Chris are available on request. Please put your name in the ‘reference’ section so Chris knows who the payment is from. It would also be a good idea to send him an E mail just to say that you are going to pay this way.
He is still accepting cash or cheques if you don’t want to use a Standing Order.

ANNUAL AGM

This was held on the 8th January at Barry's house. Many thanks to him for the use of his room. The following posts were filled as follows :-

January 2020

Happy New Year

CLUB MEETING and AGM

The next club meeting and the Annual General Meeting will take place on WEDNESDAY 8th January 2020. The meeting will take place at a private address, please contatc the club for details. At the AGM/meeting we hope to put in place an active committee and arrange a location to resume regular club meetings.

ANNUAL PRIZE PRESENTATION LUNCH

on Sunday 19th January 2020 at the ALMA LODGE, 149 Buxton Road, Stockport Meet 1.30pm for a 2.00pm start

The club lunch will be at the Alma Lodge and will be priced at £17.00 (£8.00 for under12s). This is a specially reduced price as agreed at a club meeting to try and encourage more members to attend The main meal will be a selection from the Sunday lunch menu, 4 courses plus tea and coffee. Numbers attending are required so please indicate if you plan to attend. Tell Harry (details available by mailing the website.

Pay in advance if possible. (cheques should be made payable to ‘Janus Road Club’) As in previous years, the raffle is an important part of the evening and prizes are welcome. support your club subscriptions. 2020 subs due now

Senior Racing Member £12.00, (under 18) - £5.00, School member - £4.00, Social member - £5.00. They can be paid to the treasurer :- Christian Aimson or at the next club meeting. You may pay by cash, cheque, standing order or direct debit. Please Mail the club for our bank details. Please put what you are paying for (Subs, clothing etc) in the ‘reference’ section so Chris knows what it is for.

trophies

If you have one of the club trophies please return it to Harry asap so that it can be engraved.

Club 10 Series

1 May
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1. Nick Haining Actual 28.56 9.26 19.3 6 6
2.Josh Haining Actual 30.03 NQR - 5
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