Sharrow Cycling Club was established in 1887, making it the oldest cycling club in Sheffield still in existence.
Four Sharrow boys met at the bottom of Rundle Road and talked about starting a cycling club to go to the Bridlington Cyclists Rally to win the prize awarded for the most miles ridden to the rally multiplied by the number of members attending. The first publicized meeting of the Sharrow was only attended by two riders, however the idea was pursued and at the next meeting the club was officially formed and the name ‘Sharrow’ was decided upon in preference to the other option of ‘Heeley’. The club succeeded in winning prize at the 1887 Cyclists Rally. The barometer won at Brindlington is still in the club today.
In 1887 there were already fourteen cycling clubs in existence in Sheffield, Sheffield Bicycling Club being the oldest dating from 1870. Sheffield Bicycling Club had their headquarters at the Sheffield Bicycle Grounds at Sharrow Bottom, now demolished and know today as Sharrow Vale. After their members had learnt how to balance a bike they organised a road race in 1871. The course was out at Owler Bar and was won in the first year by Frank Cooper who went on to become ‘Champion of all England’ in 1873.
From the early days the Sharrow promoted track racing on the track around the Bramhall Lane cricket pitch. These events attracted large crowds of spectators and ran until the early 1900’s when it was decided to hold a new type of event; a 50 mile time trial. The event was first held in 1908 and was the first of its kind in the area. The ‘Sharrow 50’ was promoted for 100 years before it was removed from the calender in 2008.
In addition to the ‘Sharrow 50’ the club promoted a number of road races in the 1960’s and 1970’s on various circuits, including the Burbage, Laughton-en le-Morthen, and Monyash circuits. Today the Sharrow is still involved in race promotion and together with Sheffrec and the Whirlow Wheelers ran the first Monyash Road Race in 2010. Going on to promote this first class event in 2011, 2012, 2013 and now again on the 29th June 2014.
Today we are a dynamic cycling club offering twice weekly club runs, trips, events and racing.
A typical club run ranges from 40 miles (Winter) to 70+ (Summer), so we expect a good level of fitness. Expect summer runs to take you further afield into less travelled areas, including classics such as the legendary ‘Four Counties’!
Interested? Then come along on a Sunday and give it a try.