Where is Horwich?
What is the clubs history?
A 15 yr old Dave Leyland in time trial action
What have been the clubs interests over the years?
Start of the Elite race at Horwich Carnival 2004
How does the club support Cycling?
Unlike many other cycling clubs, Horwich CC believes in putting a lot back into cycling. The club hosts cycling events in the local area throughout the year. These have included the concluding round of the British Cycling National Veterans Series - The Peter Fryer Trophy. This year saw the resurrection of the Rvington Road Races as part of the popular Recycling Road Race League in the North West. The club has also hosted many cyclo-cross races during the winter season. Success in this arena in recent years, along with the benefit of a centrally located and challenging course at Queens Park in Bolton, has allowed the club to hold this year the annual 'Roses Challenge' and one of the biggest events of the 2003-4 season, the Inter-Area Championships in January 2004. Off the back of the success of the Commonwealth Games in 2002, the club was also able to resurrect the Horwich Carnival Road Races, held on a tight 1 mile circuit in the town centre. These are held in association with Horwich Town council, and organised along with Horwich RMI Harriers. Sponsors include Asda, and Miller-Melcalfe Estate Agents. Full details on the special site www.horwichcarnivalraces.co.uk .A variety of time trials are also held, usually on the Garstang courses, near Preston.
Is the club sponsored?
Horwich CC line up at the Paris-Roubaix VTT
|Do the members only ride local events?|
No, riders represent the club throughout the country and beyond. Riders of all ages can be found racing in National Series events and Champioships both on and off-road. Veterans regularly ride in LVRC and British Cycling events throughout the country and ride in National Championships. Riders have also represented the club in the Sleepless In The Saddle 24hr MTB race, Paris-Roubaix MTB race and the National Track and Cyclo-Cross Championships.
Wasn't Horwich used as part of the Commonwealth Games in 2002?
And the National Road Race?
Mark Leyland riding for the North West. Queens Park, 2004
What about current interests?
It is not just road riding that the club has excelled at. Cyclo-Cross and Mountain Biking have also been popular amongst the members. Horwich stalwart Eric Taylor has competed in numerous editions of the gruelling 3 Peaks race, with top 20 results along the way. In recent years the club has enjoyed something of a boom in it's cyclo-cross success. Taking the team championship in the North West Cyclo-Cross League during the 2001/2 season, this was repeated in 2002/3, 2003/4 and 2004/5 seasons. Mark Leyland became the first Horwich rider ever to be crowned North West Cyclo-Cross League Champion in 2002/3, which was repeated in the 2003/4 and 2004/5 seasons. Many of the club have also represented the North West at the Inter Area Team Championships. The club has also been represented in the local criterium series at Preston Arena, and in the North West region Recycling.co.uk Road Race League, as well as numerous LVRC events. On the mountain bike side, Roy and Amy Hunt, who now ride for Science In Sport and Onimpex-Bioracer respectively have achieved numerous successes at national and international level. Amy is the current Women's National Circuit Race Champion and Roy is the Over 50s National Cyclo-Cross Champion. Both remain second claim members of the club.
Adam Wood in the club's hill climb championship 2004
|And the future of HorwichCC?|
When the more mature members of the club finally hang up their wheels, there will be a strong new young membership to take over the helm, with Liam Worthy, Adam Wood, Rick Sale and Andrew Davies already demonstrating their abilities at every discipline. These guys look like being the future HCC stars.
Is the club just for racing?
|I'm interested in knowing more about the club. Where do I go?|
If you would like to learn more about the club, and possibly join, please use the CONTACT US page here: http://www.horwichcycling.co.uk/contactus.htm