Test your winter form at the winter crit series at Forge Valley. The 4 race series will take place on
Test your winter form at the winter crit series at Forge Valley. The 4 race series will take place on
The Sharrow TT Series is back for 2018!
Course OC5/11 for six evening dates,
“ 22 May 2018 Lighting up time 21.13
‘’ 5 June “ “ 21.31
“ 19 June “ “ 21.40
“ 3 July “ “ 21.39
“ 17 July “ “ 21.27
“ 31 July “ “ 21.02
Guest riders are welcome up to a number restriction at the discretion of the organisers. Entry on the line £5.
Course: Start at ‘Foolow’ village sign south of village at north end of rough lay-by. Forward to T junction in village at Bulls Head PH. (0.26 miles). Turn left passing two lanes on right. At minor X roads just south of Great Hucklow turn left. (1.31 miles) Across Trot Lane minor X roads to B6049 (2.18 miles). Left onto B6049 CAUTION to Lane Head, jct A623 (2.67 miles). Left onto A623 to first lane on left opposite Housley House leading to Foolow (4.86 miles) Repeat circuit to finish at north end of lay-by as Start.
To mark the 130th Anniversary of the Sharrow we have had a limited edition cap made to celebrate. Made by VeloPac, the cap is made from technical fabric with a plastic insert in the peak. There caps cost £12.60 and are available from Pete. There are also socks available in 2 size options for £6 a pair.
For those of you who have not heard? To celebrate Sharrow CC 130th anniversary we will be riding out to the Peaks on Sunday 15th of October at 9am. The meet is at the bottom of Rundle Rd, Netheredge, riding to the Grouse for 12pm. Food at 12.30pm. It would be great if you could attend at least for the meet or food and refreshments. I am planing to get a group photo at the location of the original meet.
Up The Mighty Sharrow!
Our first little worry was that the boat broke down before we had even set off from Hull. We left a couple of hours late with the announcement that we would arrive nearly an hour behind schedule in Zeebrugge. There seemed nothing to do but eat as much as possible in the buffet restaurant. No-one matched Sean’s long standing record of six puddings at one sitting, but I don’t think anyone lost weight over the weekend.
Saturday morning dawned windy and chilly as promised. We left with the wind behind us and, after a few minor diversions, were soon rolling along the canal side towards Brugge, with the wind at our backs and grey clouds rushing overhead .
Our party of eleven quickly reached the outskirts of Bruge where Roger, with the lady from Google Maps whispering directions in his ear, took us round the outskirts of the city.
It was lovely to see so many people of all ages, wearing their ordinary clothes with scarcely a crash helmet in sight, using bikes as a perfectly normal way of travelling. It was wonderful to see a middle aged woman on a sit up and beg bike with flowers in her panniers overtaking us on one of the bike lanes. At one point a little old lady on her traditional bike lead the mighty, lycra clad Sharrow peleton through parts of the city. We should have made her an instant honorary member.
It was clear that after our late start and with the prospect of heading back to the port in a strong headwind we weren’t going to make it to Ghent, so after a lovely ride alongside the canal we turned into the small town of Alter for lunch. We found a busy cafe in the central square where we ate well and prepared for the return journey.
As we pushed northwards into the wind, the rain came down and we settled in for a long slog back to the boat. The rain eased and we we soon arrived at Bruges where we went into town and sat outside a cafe in the chilly sunshine. A massive number of waffles and chocolate sauce and cream were devoured before the sailing deadline forced us back on our bikes for the last leg to Zeebrugge. A fierce north wind had us trying to shelter behind each other, and our slow progress forced Pete and Graham to go ahead to stop the ship from sailing without us. I punctured a few miles from the port. Steve kindly helped me mend the puncture after which sheer panic at the thought of missing the boat forced us into battering ourselves back to the ferry.
We all made it, though Sarah’s chain gave up the ghost as she entered the terminal. Back on board there was nothing to do but shower, relax then attack the buffet as only a group of hungry cyclists can.
Thanks to Pete for organising a great weekend, thanks to Roger for his navigation and thanks to everyone for making it a great social event.
What originated as a Leek CC trip to Belgium to watch the 100th edition of the Tour of Flanders was soon to turn out to be a joint trip with the Sharrow after Steve Allott opened the invite to his new club. Not anticipating such a decent take up, the 7 Leek riders were soon doubled by 7 Sharrow- Pete C, Brett, Steve (Tex) Harrop, Steve Allott, David Goy and Diego.
The plan was to head over to France on the Friday morning Euro tunnel, ride the Tour of Flander Cycle sportive on the Saturday and watch the Tour of Flanders on the Sunday before heading back Sunday evening. Arranged at Christmas, this gave plenty in months to discuss the logistics, watching places and of course tyre widths! All of which was done with the exception of the logistics which resulted in a very last minute arrangement to actually get to Belgium!
Once there however it immediately began to unfold that this was going to be a great weekend. We rolled up to our hotel in Kortrijk ,which Steve Allott had very kindly booked for us, to find the full Team Sky entourage staying at the same hotel. To say there set up is impressive is an understatement.- coaches, riders, mechanicals, chefs, physios and various other staff. After checking in we got straight on our bikes and headed out for the 20 mile ride to the start of the next day’s sportive in Oudenaarde, stopping for lunch on the way. Shortly after signing on and collecting our numbers Brett suddenly realised to his distress that he was riding a sportive! However his displeasure was our amusement and we did the only thing good club mates can do in such a circumstance and rip him the whole weekend! Once back in Kortrijk we had a nice meal in a local Italian.
Waking the next morning to an excellent breakfast at the hotel we rode the 20 miles over to Oudenaarde where we met up with the illusive Diego (yes he does actually exist!) who had made his way over from Brussels. All 7 Sharrow riders set off in the cold but dry conditions to embark on the 140k of Flanders. One word…tough! We all expected the cobbled sections to be rough but wow…they are hard. The climbs are short and steep but even with the cobbles, with a clear run they aren’t too bad, however it’s the flats and descents that are the real killer. The best way to deal with them is to push a big gear allowing some decent resistance to keep your body solid and reduce the effect of the vibrations. Even then the effect is tiring and fatiguing and most of us felt the early onset of arthritis at the end of the day! At the finish food was calling and we headed straight to a local eatery for a celebratory beer and plentiful amounts of steak and chips. Back in Kortrijk and after a shower and a surreal incident involving the Sharrow breaking Team Sky’s coffee machine! It was time for more food at a lovely Thai.
The next day we woke to fantastic sunny weather and after breakfast we packed up the cars and headed out to the Kwaremont. This was a great place to watch this iconic 100th edition of the race as it was included 3 times this year. The atmosphere on the Kwaremont was fantastic (also helped by the 22 degree temps) with beers, food and coffee readily available. We watched the first time round from an excellent spot about 200 yards from the start of the cobbles. As we were waiting for the them to come round for the second time of asking we also saw the womens race come past (won by Lizzie Armitsted). After the second time round he walked down to the town at the bottom of the climb and watched the rest of the race from a bar at the back of a bike shop, with a quick sprint round the front to watch them pass on the road outside. For those who didn’t watch the race it was one not to miss with a solo win by Peter Sagan after an attack on the last climb of the day, the Patterburg.
After the race had finished it was a case or getting away as quick as we could to make the 7pm tunnel crossing. A brilliant weekend had by all. Roubaix next year!??
Our kit from new supplier Pro Vision is very nearly ready. A big step up in quality from our current supplier accompanied by reduced prices! Design stays pretty mech the same except we have replaced the ‘Sharrow’ text on the collar with ‘Sheffield’. The initial order includes Pro Vision’s top end silicone edge short sleeve jerseys with full zip and rear zip pocket, bib shorts and a long sleeve jersey with Lombardia fleece lining. Pre orders have been taken however we have also ordered a good stock of mixed sizes.
All items are now available. Please see Pete to purchase.
Report by Jack Ward.
The Sharrow team consisted of Jack, Pete, David, Dom, and Brett in the B group and Steve in C group. The series got off to a moderate start with Pete opening proceedings with 10th place and points on the board. Pete then went on to take a 5th place in race 3. There were no other major events of this series, well apart from Brett who was involved in what Jeremy Clarkson would call a fracas – sprinters eh what can you do?!!
Jack, Pete, Dave and Dom were competing in group B this series. It got off to a moderate start for the team with Pete taking 8th. In race two the pressure was on Jack as the only Sharrow rider and he didn’t disappoint! He managed to get into a breakaway of 2 and attacked on the final climb to win solo. Unfortunately he forgot to smile whilst celebrating becoming the saddest person ever to win a bike race! This must have angered the rest of the team who had been trying to win a race since the beginning of the season and Pete channelled that anger to win race 3, expertly assisted by David who sacrificed himself on the last lap to not only chase and catch the break but put the field under enough pressure to ensure only a small group remained in contention. Race 4 and it was back to Jack as the only Sharrow representative. The race was mixed in with the A group, with the A’s setting off 1.5 minutes behind the B’s. When the two groups combined Jack was the only B rider to get away with the breakaway consisting of all A riders. This group managed to hold the lead to the line with Jack taking 5th in the sprint and was the first B home!
Steve started in the C’s, Pete and Dom were in the B’s and Jack had been moved up into the A’s for this series. Pete – still a little upset that a 16 year old had more wins under his belt went on to win the 1st race of the series. In the 2nd race Pete again with Jack finishing 10th in the A race. In the 3rd B race, Pete had his worst place of the Stainton series… 2nd!! This unfortunately was the last race of the series as road racing was provisionally banned in the area due to the circuit being deemed “unsafe” by the powers that be (even though there had been no safety issues mentioned during the series). Oh well – maybe we should invest all our efforts into a much safer sports such as rugby or boxing!!
Overall it was a very good season for the Sharrow, taking 5 wins in a row. Pete taking the B group overall as well as winning his age category and the Stainton series, and Jack taking 9th overall in the B’s along with the best junior and the Barlow series. I have to give a special mention to Dom, Steve and David who all competed brilliantly throughout the season and to Brett who hasn’t had anymore fracas!! We will be back bigger and stronger next season to hopefully add more wins to out tally!
Keith was a much-respected and active member of the club who tragically suffered a heart
attack on Ecclesall Road South while returning from a club run to Edale on Wednesday, 18 September 2013. As a mark of respect it was decided to rename the Bridington trip in memory of Keith who attended the first reproduction of the ride historical ride to Bridlington in 2012. Back then the first objective of the club then was to ride to a cycle rally in Bridlington and to win the trophy for the club with the highest aggregate mileage travelling to the rally. Our history tells us that they were successful in this venture. Subsequent club records from 1963 show that Pete Webster set a record cycling from Sheffield to Bridlington in 3 hours and 4 minutes, which still stands today.
We are really pleased to have Keith’s son, Matt , attending this year. Fingers crossed for good weather and here’s hoping El Gringo’s Mexican restaurant is still in business!
Attending this year are;
Jack (the lad!)