Half Year Membership

We are coming to the end of the summer season and we are nearly half way through the membership year (Which runs from 1st April until 31st March).

As of today any new members will pay half price membership of £10 which will take you through to next April.

If you wish to join please complete the membership form which is available at

Please send this through to Dan Styler or Lindsey Styler and you can pay subs either in cash or we can provide account details for a transfer.

Happy Winter Cycling!

Club Ride Etiquette Reminder

The club has recently received a complaint from a member of the public about a Croston Velo group riding through Mawdesley on Thursday 30th August. In this instance a group was passing a skip on the side of the road however as it passed a member of the group seemed to swerve out of the group in front of an oncoming vehicle causing the driver to have to slam on to avoid a collision.

We are unaware of who specifically this was however it seems like an opportune moment to ask all members of the club to always ride with courtesy for other road users and pedestrians. The club has a published guide to group riding and group etiquette to ensure the safety of everyone in the group, if you are unfamiliar please read/review this.

It has also been mentioned to me recently that it seems only a small number of each group have the routes downloaded to their GPS devices. The more members who have the routes available allows us to be more flexible when arranging groups and ride captains and also ensures you are aware of upcoming turns for safety. All 2018 routes are published on our ‘ride directory’ page of the website. If you are unable to download the route please try and familiarise yourself prior to the ride.


A step by step guide to downloading routes to Garmin has been published  below.

Garmin Guidance


Thank you to everyone who helped yesterday

We had an awesome days racing yesterday at the Croston Velo Road Race held at the Pimbo circuit. Congratulations to our race team of Tom Warren, Tom Hobson, Dave Bigio, Graham Yardley and Jo Ryding and awesome to get the home win. Chapeau to Tom Warren!

However none of would be possible with the help and support off a large number of volunteers who give up their time to make these things happen, here goes and I really hope I don’t miss anyone!

Thank you to our officials on the day Chris Novak, John Novak, Oliver Stuart and Rob Aindow who did a great job of ensuring we had a well-run and fair event, and our NEG riders Terry Martin and Andy Hunter for keeping everyone safe.

Thank you to Carl Ryding and Paul Newton for lead car duties, those well-polished cars looked immaculate in the midday Pimbo sun!

Thank you to all the marshalls you gave up there Sunday to stand by the side of a road on an industrial estate with a flag! Cheers Dave Taylor, Dan Connor, David McLennan, Gary Heron, John Decamp, Mandy Dirkzwanger, Nick Clarke, Peter Rigby, Peter Bland our our accredited marshals Ann Taylor and Keith Emery.

Thanks to our HQ crew who did a fantastic job of ensuring that sign on was a smooth and efficient process Andrea Whitehouse and Emma Pulsford.

Great work by Shirley Ryding and Kerry Rigby on getting all the catering together and managing it all on the day. Those cakes looked impressive and the drinks were needed in the scorching heat!

Thanks to Mark Wilson (from Taste) for providing a full scale coffee machine and supplying all the tea and coffee and sorry our generator wasn’t big enough to provide the power! Bit of an oversight on our part there….. Next time we will know better! Thankfully cold drinks were ok on the day as it was scorching (although I was getting caffeine withdrawal by the end of the day – making up for it today).

Thank you also to those people that didn’t have a specific task but were there on the day and kept busy as I gave out orders to takes stuff here, ferry all the kit to the start, film the finish, deliver food to marshals, taking time gaps, doing the lap board etc etc. (it was quite a tough job that one as you had to spend most of the day with me!). Cheers to Sarah Williamson, Andy Ashton on that one!

Ellen Isherwood was there capturing the moment as always. Her photos always capture the action in the best possible way and the NW racing scene would not be the same without you. Thank you. (Couple of photos below – appreciated)

Thank you to Event Medical UK for your medical support on the day (thankfully you had a quiet one as everyone stayed on two wheels).

Thanks to Heather Bamforth, Fred Bamforth (Racing Chance Foundation) and Colin Baldwin (Southport CC) who still provide me support and advice from time to time given this is only our clubs second road race promotion.

Thanks to Dave Cockram and Adam Newall at British Cycling for co-ordinating things from your perspective to make the race happen and also lending us some kit.

Finally perhaps the most important thank you is reserved for my wife Lindsey Styler as although I was down as organiser it really was a joint effort to bring yesterday together. Lindsey handled so much of the logistical arrangements and collecting of kit this year and invested many, many hours in making it happen. Thank you for all your support.

That’s a long list of thank you’s but without you all it cannot happen so on behalf of Croston Velo Thanks again for making a great days racing and we really appreciate your support.

Summer Weekday rides

To make things slicker and easier for members in 2018 we have created 10 set routes for the Tuesday and Thursday rides (plus two bonus ones if people want a hilly one on those long sunny, summer evenings – positive mental attitude!). This way you can download all twelve routes to your Garmin now titled CV1 – CV12 and it will save you downloading a new route each week. The chosen route for a Tuesday/Thursday ride will be announced the evening before via our social media channels.

All routes have been published permanently on the route directory page of our website for future reference http://www.crostonvelo.co.uk/ride-directory/ .

Croston Velo AGM – Committee

Firstly thank you to all who attended yesterday evenings AGM at Croston Sports Club it was great to see so many of you along to discuss the progress of the club. It is really important that we hear and understand what our members want so we can best shape the club for future success.

We had a hugely successful year in 2017/18 which included

·         Growing our membership to 112 members

·         Continuing with some long established social events which were better attended than ever before (Summer BBQ, Xmas party/annual awards and the Festive fun ride)

·         Became affiliated to the main cycling bodies allowing members to compete nationally and in most NW leagues in Road race and time trailing

·         Ran our first Road Race at Bickerstaff

·         Had our first Road Race and Time Trial wins in club colours

·         Active participation by members in road races, time trialling, triathlon and sportive’s with members achieving personal goals along the way.

·         Significant growth in female membership

·         Creating our first junior rides

As I move into the role of chairman I want to thank Glen Higson for the work he has done over the last 4 years in the role. The club started from a conversation over a beer between Glen and Dave Taylor and never did they think that 4 years later we would have grown into the established club that we have now. Glen has worked hard alongside the committee to achieve this and at last night’s AGM the club voted unanimously to give Glen and Dave a lifetime membership for their contributions. 

In 2018/19 we look to continue this great success and there will be no significant changes. We need to continue with our vision of being a friendly and inclusive club for all where people can come to enjoy the joy of cycling amongst a group of like-minded people and make great new friends along the way.

As we grow I think remembering this vision is critically important for all of us. The clubs success is reliant on recruiting and retaining new members and as more people join our rides we must ensure they feel welcome and supported so they become ‘core’ members like all of us that turn up on a regular basis and are great advocates for our club.

Yesterday there were a number of changes in the committee which have been published on our website at http://www.crostonvelo.co.uk/the-committee/ . I would like to thank all outgoing committee members for their contributions to the club and I look forward to working with the new committee members in 2018/19 to ensure that the club continues to be the success it has become.

Minutes from the AGM will be published shortly once they have been written up

Kind Regards


Dan Styler


Annual Award Winners 2017

Congratulations to all our winners at the Croston Velo 2017 awards yesterday evening, what a great night was had by all.

Most Improved (Male) – Andy Harrison
Most Improved (Female) – Alison Price
Best Dressed – Carl Ryding
Half Wheeler of the year – David Bigio
Most Epic acheivement (Male) – Tom Rigby
Most Epic acheivement (Female) – Lindsey Styler
Best Strava Ride Title – David Bigio
Sprint Poacher – Tom Warren
Post Ride Beer Monster – Allan Suthers
Biggest Annual Mileage – Sean Owens
The Flying Dutchman – Lindsey Styler
Club Member of the year – Andrew Maddran

Affiliations for 2018

Pleased to confirm that all affiliations for the 2018 season are either completed or in the post. For the 2018 season Croston Velo will be affiliated to the following organisations

* British Cycling
* Club Time Trailling
* North Lancs Time Trialling association
* Lakes and Lancs SpoCo

Looking forward to another successful season for the club (once we get through winter!)

Croston Velo winter season 2017/18

Croston Velo Winter Season 2017/18

Unfortunately it’s that time of year again, the winter bikes are out and the mudguards are on (well most are anyway!). It is now pretty much dark when we head out for our Tuesday and Thursday evening rides so here are a few pointers for us to stay safe and ‘enjoy’.

Winter routes – In the winter we usually publish a limited number of routes and stick to the same one. That way everyone knows where they are going and gets to know the roads and potholes (given the darkness doesn’t allow you much time to react to them). The winter routes for 2017/18 winter season will be published shortly.

Following the route – Groups should follow the published route. That way should the worst happen it makes locating a rider easier.

Group sizes and consideration for other road users – Ideally groups should be no larger than 10. Any more than this and it becomes particularly difficult to communicate and know whether everyone is together. It also becomes difficult and inconvenient for other road uses to pass due to reduced visibility beyond our group. Please be considerate to other road uses and where necessary single out to let people pass.

Checking who’s out – We have a good discussion going in the Whats app group now (if you are not in the group and wish to be added let Dan Styler or Paul Newton know). As the weather worsens numbers do start to fall a little. It may just be worth popping a message in WhatsApp to see who is out from your group.

Ride Speeds – Keep it sensible, hazards approach a lot faster in the dark. The ride speeds are guidance only and if the speed feels unsafe due to conditions then knock it down a mph or so. #safetyfirst

Sticking together – Please try and ensure you select a group suitable for your ability. No one likes to be left by the side of the road in the dark, please ensure we look out for one another through the winter months. If someone is dropping off the back of the group please can other members of the group check they are ok and know there way back before carrying on.

Lights – Some descent lights really help, being able to see the road in front makes it easy to react to potholes and other obstacles that the British highways present us. Where possible keep a 2nd small light on the front and back as backup if your main light was to run flat or fail.

Clothing – Being cold and wet is the reason most people suffer on winter rides. If possible invest in the best quality kit your budget permits. When out in tough conditions you will certainly appreciate it! It is always recommended that you carry a waterproof (you just never know!) Out kit window is currently open until the 16th October with a full range of winter kit.

Mudguards – It’s the worst thing being behind someone without mudguards on a wet ride. As a minimum we suggest a rear mudguard for winter club rides, that way the person on your wheel doesn’t get as a mouthful of what is on the road. I use SKS raceblades and really like them as they clip on and off really easy and appear sturdy, therefore if you do get a random nice day you can unclip them.

Punctures – Punctures are more common in winter as the debris on the road increases. Make sure you are self-sufficient and able to fix a puncture, it is worth carrying a minimum of 2 spare inner tubes, tyre levers and a pump or CO2.

Tyres – Linked to the above. Proper winter tyres serve 2 purposes firstly they are more durable and secondly they have more grip for when it is wet. On the plus side they are often cheaper than softer compound summer tyres

Maintenance – Unfortunately the weather does take its toll on your bike, a lot of cyclists have a cheaper bike they use though winter for this very reason. Worst case though making sure your ride is in tip-top condition will prolong its lifespan, pay particular attention to moving parts such as the chain and group set.


If all else fails there is always the turbo…….. however it would have to be pretty bad to resort to that!