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Huddersfield Star Wheelers Road Races 2016

Road Race

Huddersfield Star Wheelers would like to announce the dates of our two annual summer road racing events on the Upper Birds Edge circuit.

Huddersfield Star Wheelers are very proud of our long standing history and commitment to providing high quality and highly regarded road racing events for 3rd and 4th category racers. Last year’s events were a huge success and were fully subscribed early so if you’re considering racing and being part of that long standing tradition click on the links below and enter online.

The first event is the Eric Biddulph Memorial Road Race which will be held on Sunday 12th June at 10:00am and entries are online via the British Cycling website https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/141138/Eric-Biddulph-Memorial-Road-Race-2016

The second event is the Huddersfield Star Wheelers evening road race which will be held on Wedneesday 22nd June at 7:00pm and entries are also online via the British Cycling website https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/141139/HSW-Evening-Road-Race-2016

Both events will use the recently renovated Dunford Parish Community Centre as the ride HQ which has amble parking for competitors, volunteers and supporters. Tea, coffee, cake and more will be available at both events. You can find the ride HQ (Click on the Star Wheelers logo to see the address of the HQ) and review the route using the map below:

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Huddersfield Star Wheelers are proud promoters of all forms of cycling and we hope that these 2016 events will be a success for the competitors, volunteers, supporters, club and the sport.

The success of our all of our events depends on the dedication and support of our club members so if you’re not intending to race then please contact our race organiser Matt Bourne at mattbourneracing@gmail.com and support your club by helping at the event.

Updating Your Huddersfield Star Wheelers Membership Information

British Cycling Website
Updating your membership information

Keeping your Huddersfield Star Wheelers membership information up to date will ensure we can always keep in contact with you to inform you about events, ride updates, and in the worst case scenario, if you were to be involved in an accident, we’d be able to contact someone you have nominated.

All Huddersfield Star Wheelers members are recorded on the British Cycling website. If you are a British Cycling member, you will be able to log in to the website as normal and update your personal information via ‘My Dashboard’. If you are not a British Cycling member, you will still be able to log in to the website in order to gain access to your dashbaord and still update your emergency contact information. Instructions are below for anyone who has never done this.

Step by step guide

Go to the British Cycling Website at https://www.britishcycling.org.uk and click Login in the top right hand corner of the page.

If you know your login details, simply login. If not click ‘recover’ and enter either your membership number or the email address you receive emails from the club, and click either ‘reset password’ or ‘get username’. If you don’t receive emails from the club contact our Club Secretary, WIll Boyes, and he will confirm your registered email address.

British Cycling Website Recover User Details

You will be sent an email from British Cycling – remember to check your junk folder. You can reset your password by clicking the reset password option above and using the membership number emailed to you.

Once you have successfully logged in click on ‘My Dashboard’ in the top right hand corner of the page.

British Cycling Website My Dashboard

Click on ‘About Me’ on the right hand panel, then click ‘Settings’

Please check your contact details. If you are a British Cycling Member, you should update your details using the links provided, if not please contact the Club Secretary, Will Boyes.

In particular, regardless of your British Cycling membership status, please scroll down the page to the ‘My Emergency Contact Details’ section and enter someone’s name (preferably not another rider if like me you ride with your wife) and click ‘SAVE CHANGES’

British Cycling Website Settings

Last but not least. Always carry your British Cycling membership card if you are a member, and make sure the details are correct on there. They will send you a new card out on request.

National Hill Climb Championship on Huddersfield Star Wheelers’ Hill

Granville Sydney

Cast your memory back to 1992. Chris Boardman, just prior to turning professional, and following success on Huddersfield Star Wheelers hill climb by winning the Granville Sidney Memorial Trophy, suggested that our very own Jackson Bridge climb be used for the National Championship. It’s worth noting Boardman himself had already won the nationals the previous four years so he knew what he was talking about.

The nationals came to Jackson bridge two years later in 1994 following a “mammoth amount of organisation” by “Eric Bidulph, John and Chris Giles, and Ian Hodgkinson” and was won by Jeff Wright after having come second the three previous years.

Considering hill climbing legend Granville Sydney had won the nationals six times between 1963 and 1973, who specialised in “short, sharp, horrendously steep climbs” and “sported facial hair and never ever shaved his legs”, then you know how special it is for the National Hill Climb to make a return 21 years after it’s last outing.

Let’s make this years’ event even more special by having our club colours visible all the way up the hill, so we don’t end up waiting another 21 years for our next visit of the nationals!

Huddersfield Star Wheelers Hill Climb Results

Hill Climb

The 42nd running of the Huddersfield Star Wheelers Granville Sydney Memorial Hill Climb was held on Saturday 10th October. The weather was set fair for this prestigious event and with a field of 96 riders coming from all over the country, as well as Switzerland and Guernsey, it was set to be a tight and very competitive affair. Back to defend his title was Dan Evans, the present national hill climb champion from Colwyn in Wales. He was to be challenged by three ex national champions in the guise of Tejvan Pettinger, Matt Clinton and five times national champion, Jim Henderson.

It turned out be a tight affair with Dan retaining his title in a time of 4mins 11 seconds for the 1540 yard course up the climb from Jackson Bridge to Tinker’s Monument at Cumberworth. In fact, the main challenge came from two other competitors instead of the ex national champions who all performed excellently. In second place was Adam Kenway (Belper, Derbyshire) just 4 seconds slower than Dan, followed just 2 seconds adrift by Joseph Clark, also from Belper. Perhaps one of the best performances came from a junior racer in the form of Tim Home who finished sixth overall with a stunning time of 4mins 27secs. Tejvan and Matt had to settle for 4th & 5th places respectively. Jim Henderson, fresh out of retirement, finished 8th overall and won the Veterans prize in a time of 4mins 28secs.

Two other prizes were scooped up by travelling riders in the form of a father and daughter from Guernsey. Heather Despres won the Junior Ladies prize with a time of 6mins 5secs with her father Nick winning the Men’s Vet 50+ category with a time of 5mins 2secs.

The Ladies prize was won by Lou Bates of Nottingham in a time of 5mins 29 secs. Nathan Allatt of Castleford won the male Juvenile prize and Ruby Boyes of Huddersfield Star Wheelers took the Juvenile female prize.

This race was a precursor to the National Hill Climb Championship which is to be held on the same hill on Sunday 25th October at 10.30 where there will be 240 competitors taking part, many of these riders having taken part in the Huddersfield Star Wheelers event.

Full results can be found at http://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/event/1195

Report written by Richard Facey.

Huddersfield Star Wheelers Go Ride for Yorkshire!

Ruby Boyes and Emilia Clarke racing for Yorkshire.

British Cycling staged this year’s Inter Regional Youth Mountain Bike Championships this weekend at Hadleigh Farm on the course used for the London 2012 Olympics. The championships act as a focal point for the development of youth cycle racing within each of the regions of Great Britain, and allows young riders to come together and compete in a team environment. For some this weekend was the biggest sporting event they have ever done, for others the first step on their path to becoming Olympic Champions, and for everyone it was a unique experience and provided lifelong memories.

The event was open to British regional Under 16 Teams by invitation only and Yorkshire sent a team of seven riders for the mountain bike event. Three of the seven members of the team were local riders, Harry Hardcastle former Kirklees Cycling Academy, Ruby Boyes of Huddersfield Star Wheelers and Emelia Clarke of Holmfirth CC and Huddersfield Star Wheelers.

The riders competed against teams from all over the country. The events included a skills test on Friday, a handicap race and eliminator on Saturday, team relay and cross country on Sunday. The two Scottish teams dominated the event finishing 1st and 2nd with the Central team in 3rd place. Yorkshire were in 5th place which is a great result as they were 1 girl short as one rider had to drop out. Individually the Yorkshire boys won two events with Ben Turner winning the Skills competition and Tom Pidcock winning the Handicap and Cross Country.

The event was a great success and the Yorkshire team had a fantastic weekend which shows the level of commitment locally with many go-ride sessions and events available for all local children to attend. For further information on how your children can take part in local events please visit huddersfieldstarwheelers.com

Huddersfield Star Wheelers 10 Mile Time Trial

HSW Time Trial

Huddersfield Star Wheelers has a long history of being a club that promotes and organises cycling race events. These events often ‘sell out’ and the club is recognised regionally for hosting well managed and safe events that attract some of the best riders in the region. Sunday’s 10 mile Time Trial on the cryptically named V915 course continued that tradition, and thanks again go to Matt Bourne for organising a fantastic event.

Cool early conditions with a slight wind from the south meant it was a day for some good times from the assembled riders, who ranged from complete novices to seasoned specialists, on compact road bikes to full aero machines. Rider feedback was excellent and many commented on how safe the course was with the support of the many marshals, the number of people out supporting the race, and thanks go to the timers and starter.

The overall winner was Alistair Wareham of Team Swift at 21m 53s. Alisa Healy of The Racing Chance Foundation was first woman at 28m 44s. Nathan Allatt of RN&RM Cycling Association was first 23 and under at 22m 54s. Peter Holdsworth of HD Revolutions was first 24 to 39 at 23m 44s. Julian Ramsbottom of Pedal Pushers was the first 40 and over at 22m 58s.

Congratulations go to the winners and to everyone who took part on the day and raced. Special thanks go to the marshals who gave up their time to keep the riders safe, and to everyone who came along to support our fantastic club.

The heritage continues…….

Huddersfield Star Wheelers Eric Biddulph Memorial Road Race 2015

2015 Eric Biddulph Memorial Road Race

Huddersfield Star Wheelers hosted the 2015 Eric Biddulph Memorial Road Race today in some not so Summer weather. The rain, cold and low cloud couldn’t stop an almost full field of riders racing hard over the 80km course near Birdsedge in Kirklees.

An early breakaway of three riders, Oliver Bridgewood of Bespoke Cycling, David Beachill of Geared Up Cycles and Joshua Ruddiman of HD Revolutions managed to stay away once they broke loose of the main group. With two laps to go the main peleton upped the pace but the damage was already done. A lone rider tried to bridge the gap but the the breakaway was too strong.

Congratulations go to Oliver who eventually took the win by around three seconds from David, with Josh making it third. The first Junior, Max McMurdo of Team Vertex followed shortly behind in the main group. a big well done to all the riders competing in not the best of conditions on an already tough Yorkshire course.

Huddersfield Star Wheelers would like to thank all of the competitors, marshals, drivers and everyone who came along in what were quite dismal conditions to make this another great event.

See you all again on Wednesday night!

Huddersfield Star Wheelers – Tuesday Ride Changes Start Point

Change to Tuesday Night Ride

Tuesday Club runs will now départ Earnshaws as of 19th May 2015.

Huddersfield Star Wheelers’ popular Tuesday evening road ride will now be meeting and departing from Earnshaws “ two wheel centre”, on Manchester Road, HD1 3LE. Anyone who has ridden for the club for some time will recognise the scene pictured above and know that at times, on a busy Summer’s evening with over 50 riders present, it can be quite a squeeze.

There are a number of safety reasons for moving the ride start to Earnshaws including a safe and spacious meeting area, available off-road parking and most importantly all rides will start with us filtering into a bus and cycle lane and not into main stream traffic.

As an added bonus Earnshaws’ cycle shop will stay open until 19:00 on Tuesdays, so those members who arrive early can take a look around and buy any last minute supplies, and hopefully in the future, buy Huddersfield Star Wheelers kit!

Tuesday Club runs will now départ Earnshaws as of 19th May 2015.

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Huddersfield Star Wheelers Friday Evening Track Sessions

Hammerstones Track Sessions

Huddersfield Star Wheelers have exclusive use of the Brooksbank closed circuit cycle circuit in Elland on Friday nights from
7pm to 8.30pm. Everyone is welcome whether you’re a Steady Eddie or a Pacey Peta – there will be sessions for everyone.

The sessions are structured to improve race skills and strength with various drills and timed laps. The sessions are aimed at over 16s only with road bikes. Youth riders are permitted with club coach accreditation.

The sessions are only £4 for each member of Huddersfield Star Wheelers. Non club members can attend on invitation of an existing member and the price is £5.

More information on the Brooksbank circuit can be found at https://brooksbanktrack.wordpress.com/about-the-circuit/ and directions can be found using the map below:

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Huddersfield Star Wheelers – All New Sunday Social Ride

Social Ride

During the Summer months of 2015, Keith Sandiford will lead out a series of sub three hour social rides aiming to bridge the gap between the Tuesday night Steady Eddie rides and the longer slightly pacier Sunday club runs. The rides will give newer club riders an opportunity to ride in a group without the constraints of fading light at the end of a working day. Rides will start from various locations but aim to end with a café stop to discuss how the ride went, eat cake and drink coffee.

The inaugural ride will set off from Huddersfield train station on Sunday May 31st at 9:00am and aim to finish at the Café in the Park around noon.

The next ride will départ the Albion Cycling Co, Albion Mills, Thongsbridge and return to the café at the same location. There is plenty of parking available here if your don’t want to ride to the start line.

Please remember, whilst this is a social ride, riders will be expected to ride in close formation, and all riders should bring spare tubes, a pump, appropriate clothing and have adequate 3rd party insurance.