Huddersfield Star Wheelers Host The Yorkshire Summer Cross Opening Race For The Fourth Year!

Cylco Cross Racing

For the fourth year in succession, Huddersfield Star Wheelers are proud to announce that we will be hosting the first race of the Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross Summer season on Wednesday 26th April 2017.

The event will be held at Newsome High School and there will be two races, the first being for under 14s which will start at 7:00pm and the second for seniors which will start at 7:30pm.

Signing on will start around 6:00pm so please arrive early. Entry prices will be confirmed as soon as possible.

Further details can be found at http://yorkshirecyclocross.com/  and directions to Newsome High School can be found using the map below:

Please remember even if you’re not competing please make an effort to turn up to the event to support Huddersfield Star Wheelers, and to help with setting up the course, marshalling, signing in and taking down the course at the end of the night. Setting up the course starts at 3:30pm and the course is taken down after the last rider crosses the line and all the timing chips are collected.

For further information please contact Graham Piccavey at race@huddersfieldstarwheelers.com or visit our Cross page.

Huddersfield Star Wheelers – Club Dinner and Awards

Huddersfield Star Wheelers celebrated another successful year at the annual club dinner held at the Beaumont Arms, Kirkheaton. Trophies, medals, cups and toilet seats were awarded across a wide range of cycling disciplines, to members who raced for, regularly rode with and supported the club throughout the year. All winners including our club president who was awarded the road race trophy. An excellent night was had by all, and we’d welcome more riders to compete for the awards this year to build on the fantastic success of 2015.

CityConnect – Get Involved

City Connect - Get Involved

CityConnect are looking for cyclists who regularly ride between Bradford and Leeds to become champions for the new segregated cycle route. They are also interested in the views and opinions of cyclists in the region because this is a significant investment not only in Leeds and Bradford, but also in the town centre of Huddersfield and routes from the Colne Valley and through to Cooper Bridge from Brighouse.

Pete Zanzoterra, a sustainable travel consultant who works on the CityConnect Advisory Group, is organising two meetings, one in Bradford (Tues 1st March) and one in Seacroft (Thurs 10th March). Pete wants to reach as many regular cyclists as possible, especially people who cycle for sport and leisure.

The meetings are both on Eventbrite and Pete would like to invite you and if possible, to ask you to make as many other cyclists aware of them. Here are the details:

March 1st in Bradford –  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-bradford-to-leeds-cycle-superhighway-tickets-21759112090

March 10th in Seacroft – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-leeds-cycle-superhighway-tickets-21760664734

It is important that we build an understanding on why this sort of infrastructure is being built. We will need all the help we can get in making it a success and getting new or less regular cyclists to use it. This is a critical moment in convincing local authorities to fund more cycling infrastructure in the future and we want to mobilise all of the cycling support that we can muster. It is also a chance to discuss cycling provision and influence what we build in the future.

If you would like to speak at the meeting or know anyone else that would like to represent a club or a group of cyclists please contact Pete. There will be plenty of chances for anyone attending the meeting to get their voice heard.

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.

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 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:

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.

Hudderfsield Star Wheelers Off Road Season in Full Swing

Following on from the good turnout at the Nutcracker Races at Dalby Forest last weekend, we have the first Yorkshire Cyclo Cross event of the season proudly hosted by Huddersfield Star Wheelers at Newsome High School tomorrow night – Wednesday 29th April. Proceedings commence at 7:00pm for the under 14s and at 7:30pm for everyone else. For anyone not competing please make every effort to come along, cheer on your fellow club members and help Graham Piccavey put on a fantastic event.

We also now have the next three months MTB rides uploaded to the ride calendar so if you want to get a bit dirty after the fabulous weather of the last few days, check out the calendar and turn up on Saturday mornings at 10:00am at various locations around Huddersfield.

And finally, if you really want a challenge to test your endurance and skill off road, why not enter the Colne Valley Mountain Bike Challenge put on by our very own Jonny Brook, the ever reliable, but often prone to losing his way, Steady Eddie ride leader.