Croston Velo Winter Routes 2019

It looks like winter 2019 is now in full swing and it is getting dark before we set off for our evening rides. As usual at this time of year we shorten the ride distances and reduce the number of routes (to ensure you can become familiar with the route and road conditions). Please can all riders review the routes below and download them to a bike computer if you are able to do so. 

On a Tuesday evening one of three routes will be selected (Winter CV2, CV3 or CV4) depending upon the weather conditions on the evening. Thanks to Leigh Nolan for completing these. 

On a Thursday we will stick to one route throughout the winter season Winter CV1 until spring.

This year for each route we have also completed a risk assessment to identify some of the key risks and actions required to minimise these. Please ensure you read these everyones safety. Please note the roads are a very dynamic enviroment and these do not cover all risks, as usually please be sensible and aware of your surroundings and adjust ride speeds to suit the conditions. We will shortly publish a reminder on winter riding etiquette to support with this.

Winter CV1 – Thursday

Risk Assessment Winter CV1

Winter CV2 – Cobbs Brow

Risk Assessment for Winter CV2 Cobbs Brow

Winter CV3 – Hunters

Risk Assessment for Winter CV3 Hunters Hill

Winter CV4 – Banks

Risk Assessment for Winter CV4 Banks

Croston Velo Road Race 2019

Photo Credit Ellen Isherwood

Today was the 2019 edition of the Croston Velo Road Race at Pimbo. The weather looked a bit grey to start but it soon brigthened up and largely held out for the day. Some great racing in both the 2/3/4 mens and womens races. Congratulations to our winners today Steven Fidler and Monica Eden. Full provisional results can be found below. 

As ever these races couldnt happen without the the commitment of the volunteers from the club, massive thank you to

Andrea Whitehouse, Bill Tinsley, Carl Ryding, Chris Breen, Chris Woods, Dan Connor, Lindsey Styler, Jane Bodrick, John Decamp, Ken Birtles, Mandy Beard, Mike Newton, Nick Clarke, Paul Newton, Peter Bland, Peter Rigby, Richard Crompton, Sarah Williamson, Nicky and Geoge Wilson (The Coffee Caddy) 

Thanks also to all the officials – Peter Deary, Iain Walker, Dave Greatorex, Gary Bryson, Iain Hutchinson, Michael McMillan, Sue Gornall, Tom Wareing

As ever thank you to Ellen Isherwood for her awesome photos (it just wouldnt be the same without her) the full album is available here

Mens 2/3/4




Steven Fidler


Josh Whitehead


Tom Bracegirdle


Alexander Hutchinson


Brian Rigby


Alex Dobrowolski


Christopher Humphries


Declan Hudson


Richard Bickley


Thomas Davison


Tom Roper


Sami Al Hadid


Tim Worthington


Thomas Mitchell


Matt Johnson


Andrew Markham


Graham Howell


Thomas Hogan


Matthew Rodger


Matthew Finnegan


Oliver Newlan


Conor McKinnon


David Nearney


Samuel Wadsworth


Matthew Wales


Gavin Berry


Stephen Talbot


Christopher Quinn


Ronnie Coleman


Thomas Hanlon


David Jackson


Oliver Barker


Tim Riley


Ian Clarke


Matthew Kirkbright


Karl Freeman


Mark Fenton


Charlie Critchley


Robert Bagot


Ralph Wilding


Paul Foster


Ron Plumbley


Andrew Parker


Tristan Piling


David Wilkinson


David Gleave


Ben Metcalfe


Tom Davies


Thomas Sparkes


Steve Knowles


Keith Bailey


Martin Phillips


Harvey Stroh


Jamie O’Connor


Gareth Frankland


Mark Lowden


Stuart Crawford


William Abbott


George Hodgkinson


Martin Harney


Sam Dobson

Womens 2/3/4 


Monica Eden


Flora Knight


Flora Giles


Keri Parton


Jo Ryding


Gemma Sargent


Rosie Walsh


Lydia Hunter


Rachael Galler


Helen Jackson


Emily Martin


Nicola Greenwood


Katie Parry


Alexandra Kendall-Smith


Amy Couton


Victoria Peel


Hope Kerry


Josie Cram

Thanks all

Daniel Styler

Croston Velo

New Club Records

Lindsey Styler’s excellent season draws to a close with two new club records beind set for the ladies 10 and 25 miles time trials. 

On 8th August a new 10 mile record was set with a time of 22 mins and 26 seconds on the new Southport course. Closely followed by a new 25 mile record on the South Wales course of 56 mins and 52 seconds. 

Well done on a fantastic season. All current club records can be found on

Croston Velo Summer BBQ

The weather is finally starting to look more like summer and all members are invited along to the annual BBQ. You are welcome to bring a guest and children. Food and entertainment is provided by Croston Velo. 

This year so we have a clearer idea of numbers we ask that you register via the link below. All that we require is your name and number of attendees (please include yourself in the response). Please can you ensure you are registered by no later than Saturday 13th July – its no more than a 2 min job.

British Cycling Accredited Marshal Scheme

British cycling are looking to train and recruit accredited marshal’s to support with the North West Road Racing scene. I have recieved the below mail from Adam Newell if you are interested more details on what is involved can be found on the link below. 

I am hosting a trainee accredited marshal course on Monday 1st July at the National Cycling Centre initially to try and increase the marshal numbers. I will look to put another course on if we have a good response for a course. It is important that we promote the accredited marshalling scheme and build our numbers up once again otherwise we may find further cancellations going forward. If you can promote and ask for volunteers to come forward and contact me about training to become an accredited marshal that would be a great help. The following link gives a bit more detail on what is involved with being an accredited marshal.

Majorca – October 2019

Following on from the success of our Croston Velo Majorca trip last October we are planning on heading our there again this autumn. 

To ensure it is flexible and suits everyone we are using a company we know well, Stuart Hall Cycling, and we are staying in Puerto Pollensa. That way you can join us for the whole two weeks or simply fly out for a long weekend. Stuart Hall will arrange the transfers and we will all be staying in the same hotel. They run at least three groups each day from the hotel and cater for all abilities so works for the whole club (we simply meet at Stay bar after the rides for a few recovery ales, much like Croston sports club). 

Good quality carbon bikes are available to hire at a reduced price of £15 per day for Croston Velo members or if you prefer to fly your steed out the hotel are more than happy for you to keep your pride and joy in the room. 

The first people are going out on Saturday 28th September and the last people are coming back Saturday 12th October. 

You simply book online at choose the dates for your stay and select the Playa Mar hotel. Their are discounted ‘early bird’ prices available now until the end of July (10% off the standard price) and Croston Velo has a further 10% off due to the size of our group, simply add the booking code CR1 into your booking to receive this off the final invoice. 

Flights are available daily from Liverpool and Manchester via easyjet and Jet2. 

Want to see what it’s all about here is a photo album from our last club trip

Be great to see Croston Velo #flyingtheflag overseas again in October, see you there. 

New Croston Velo Club Records

It’s been a bumper bank holiday where our club time trial records have tumbled.

First of all, Lindsey Styler broke our ladies 10 mile time trial record with a great performance at the Lancashire Road Club TT on the L1015 course at Leven’s with a time of 22:50 and an average speed of 26.3mph on Saturday.

Today, Tom Rigby put in an awesome performance to set a new club record for the men’s 100 miles TT at the Anfield Bicycle Club 100 mile TT near Shrewsbury setting the new bar at 3 hours 44 mins and 43 seconds with an average speed of 26.8 mph (and it was a less than pleasant day with heavy high wind and showers).

Congratulations to you both, club records have been updated at

Croston Velo Club Kit

For this club kit window we are going to try a new kit supplier (albeit we have used them previously) GSG. You can read more about them and download a brochure at

With this supplier we have to order a minimum of 10 of each item (e.g. 10 Jerseys or 10 bib shorts) however as a result they do represent great value for money given the high quality of the product. The club Jersey will come in at £40 per Jersey and the bib shorts will be £50, people have also enquired about the possibility of a gilet (we will find out a price, if you would be interested let us know and we will see if we can get near the 10 minimum order). We have a selection of samples so you can try them on for size, these will be at the sports club after club rides on a Thursday, if you cant make this and would like to try kit on do let us know and we will see what we can arrange.

If you would like a Jersey and/or bib shorts let Dan Styler, Lindsey Styler or Steve Nolan know and we will ensure it is added to the order, please MESSAGE US DIRECT so that kit orders dont go missing amongst the noise in the main WhatsApp group. You will also need to pay the funds into the Croston Velo bank account (same as the subs or available on request) before the kit window closes to secure your order.

The kit order window will CLOSE ON 31ST MAY so dont miss out if you want a Jersey.

Going forward the intention is for the club to carry a stock to avoid the 6 week wait time for custom kit.

Alternative kit supplier

For one off, top quality cycling kit we do have a premium supplier which is No Pinz.

No Pinz Custom Kit Brochure 2019

With No Pinz you can order singular items (no minimum order) in Croston Velo colours. Jerseys start from £70 upwards and a whole range of kit is available (see website above). Dan Styler will co-ordinate a no pinz order which will also close on 31st May. If you would like to be sent the price list for custom kit drop Dan a line and we can send he will send it over.