Journal / local riders

  • Monsal Hill Climb, 2019

    It's hill climb season and one of the main attractions on the calendar is the Monsal Hill Climb at Monsal Head, Derbyshire. First run in 1930, this has been a fixture in the diary of those who enjoy the pain-cave for an amazing 89 years!  Malcolm Elliott holds the current record that has stood since 1981 ~ 1:14.2 Will it ever be broken? Not this year!  All photos by Thom Barnett

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  • Around the World with Rutland CC

    There is sometimes something new to be found in something old. I have always enjoyed the camaraderie and tales that come with riding with a cycling club - we all love a good story and if it involves the bike then even better!  Whilst out riding with the famous Sheffield club Rutland CC I've heard numerous stories during cafe-stops including fights in fancy dress, drunken shenanigans and the odd 'epic' ride. One story that kept popping up was the round the world trip of four Rutland members back in 1980, so I got in touch with one of these men, Malcolm Pearce to see if he could shed anymore light...

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  • Local Riders Q&A - Hugh Carthy

    Born in 1994 in Preston, Hugh Carthy is a British racing cyclist with a bright future. In 2014 he won the Tour of Korea stage racing in the colours of Condor-JLT before joining the Spanish Team Caja Rural-Seguros RGA until 2017. He now rides for UCI WorldTeam EF Education First and has been on the start line for the 2016 Vuelta  and the 2017 Giro.  This year saw Hugh race an amazing Giro d'Italia finishing 11th overall (+16' 36") and hung-out with the favourites in the mountains, including an epic wet assent of The Mortirolo; thus proving he can mix it up with the best and perform on the...

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  • Local Riders Q&A - Gary Speight

    Gary Speight was a road racing cyclist from Doncaster, South Yorkshire. He started riding at the age of 13 years old after his Dad bought him a bike from a local auction for £15 - A 25" Puch frame, which enabled Gary to ride to his (then) girlfriends house, instead of catching the bus! Soon after he joined the Rotherham Wheelers in 1982 and began to take bike riding more seriously after riding from Doncaster to Castleton at the age of 15. He described this as "a great feeling". He then joined the Chesterfield Couriers the next year.  In 1985 he went with a local friend Steve Goff (Rutland.CC) to Belgium for...

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  • Local Riders Q&A - Chris Sidwells

    Chris Sidwells is an author and editor who’s writing has featured in many magazines and websites including Cycle Sport, Cycling Weekly, The Guardian, The BBC and The Sunday Times. He has written best-selling books about cycling and contributed to many others.  Chris’s latest offering is his own publishing brand - Cycling Legends (www.cyclinglegends.co.uk) a website with free-to-read exclusive content. In November 2018 Cycling Legends published 01 Tom Simpson the first book of a series of beautiful illustrated publications which were are proud to stock at Mamnick HQ Sheffield.      _____________________________________________________________________ Which are your favourite stretches of road to ride on...

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  • Local Rides Q&A - Colin Sturgess

    Colin Sturgess,  is a former English road and track cyclist who enjoyed a 14 year career between 1986 and 2000. He won gold and bronze in the individual pursuit on the track at the world championships in 1989 and 1991. He won the British National Race Road Champs in 1990 on the road. Born in Ossett, Wakefield, Colin turned professional after the 1988 Olympic Games and rode for Greg LeMond at the iconic ADR team.  Colin has also worked as a wine maker and wine educator near Sydney, Australia, winning national awards for this work. __________________________________________________________________________ As a racing cyclist,...

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  • Barnsley GP 2018

    A night out in Barnsley. All image by Thom Barnett. 

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  • Local Riders Q&A - John Herety

    John Herety is a former British racing cyclists who is currently the manager of the JLT-Condor cycling team. Born in Cheadle, Greater Manchester, John joined Cheshire Road Club as a teenager and had some success as a junior.  He became British Professional Road Race Champion in 1982 after a spell of riding for French amateur team, Athletic Club Boulogne-Billancourt (ACBB) in Paris with fellow british rider Sean Yates before turning Pro in 1982 for the French Coop Mercier team riding alongside Joop Zoetemelk.  Other notable results from an impressive palmares include 1st Manx Trophy (1980), Stage 9 of the Peace Race in East Germany (1980), 16th at...

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  • Sheffield GP 2018

    A night to remember at Sheffield GP.  All images by Thom Barnett.   

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  • Otley GP 2018

    A view of Otley GP with Dave Coulson and the Cycling Sheffield team.  All images by Thom Barnett.   

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