For the first time on this site and hopefully not the last, the week’s interclub cycling news from Bikie Bob. Thanks Bob!

With the road cycling season stretching from late February to the end of October for those that ride hill climb events there is not much time in the “social season” for all the essentials that need to be done before the new season. In the old days a lay off period after the last race was called for but nowadays for some training for the new season starts almost as soon as the old one finishes while for others racing continues throughout the winter either with wet and muddy cyclocross racing or the relative warmth and comfort of racing indoors at the velodrome.Some time however is put aside for important planning for the new season and a chance to celebrate the successes of the old one. The Lune RCC have already held their AGM and have confirmed the dates of their race promotions for 2011 and the Lancaster CC will hold theirs this Saturday, the 27th, at the Gregson on Moor Lane starting at 7:30pm. Besides the formalities of running the club discussion will take place over the clubs calendar of events for 2011. Racing will probably follow a similar format to this year when the club promoted five open events – the Hilly TT; 10, 25 & 50mile TT’s and the Jubilee Towers Hill Climb – providing nearly 300rides. Besides the open events Lancaster CC organised a successful Thursday evening TT series providing 775 rides (including the Salt Ayre Cog Set 2&6mile TT’s) over the 21 events and also four 10mile TT at Levens giving another 75 rides. The club racing season ended on a high with 65 rides in the two hill climbs in September – over 1,200 rides in racing events plus 219 riders in the Le Terrier Cycle Sportive ride – definitely the clubs most successful year in recent memory, perhaps ever. 

Members, families and friends of both local cycle racing clubs have the opportunity to celebrate their successes at the annual dinners & prize presentations which this year have both been arranged on the same night, Saturday the 4th of December. The Lune have opted for a traditional Christmas dinner at the Borough in Lancaster while the LCC have chosen a hot buffet at the Faulkner Suite, Boot and Shoe at Scotforth with bookings for both events open to this weekend. Contact Des via the Lune website or Jann at / 01524 62250 re the Lancaster dinner. Despite the expected late nights and the forecast of wintry weather this weekend the miles must be logged and there will be the usual range of clubruns, hopefully throughout the winter. The faster Lune run leaves Dalton Square shortly after 9am on Sunday morning with the traditional clubrun about 15minutes later while the Lancaster riders meet at the Leisure Lakes bike shop on Penny Street for an 8:30am start.

Bikie. (@bikiebob)