The Kidsgrove Wheelers cycling Club.





Our Friendly Club

Who are we! What do we do!.

The Kidsgrove-Wheelers are a friendly cycling club based in Kidsgrove, Staffordshire . Our club caters for the family and the individual cyclist's that wishes to Time-Trial, road race, Audax, Mountain Bike or simply enjoy a leisurely bicycle ride around the local country lanes. If you are having trouble getting back onto your bike for whatever reason, we have professionally trained Nationally accreditted Bikeability Instuctors and Provisionally trained British Cycling Level 2 Coaches within the Club. They will train you to gain the confidence that it takes to ride your bicycle safely and enjoyably on or off the roads. All Coaches and Instructors are CRB and Enhanced CRB checked.

Most Sunday's throughout the cycling year a Club Run is organised. On these rides we attract both members that are competative and non-competative.Sunday is our day for a social ride where all members can meet, cycle and chat, we also meet on a Monday and Thursday mornings. Winter months, we tend to average between 30 and 40 miles (dependent on the weather forecast). Throughout the summer months we try to get in a few more miles as the weather is usually better. However as the cycling club is increasing in size and less experienced riders are joining us, there is always a group of cyclist's that are more than happy to slow the pace and lesson the miles to accomadate and make new members feel welcome and a part of the club. After all, its all about the smiles, and not the miles.

We have a meeting once a month at the Kidsgrove Fire station, this allows the members to have an insite into forth coming events and social gatherings. As a Great British cycling Club we have loads of interesting things happening throughout the year wether it be a social ride/Reliability Ride/Fun Rides/Turbo Nights/Open Day or a barn dance maybe even a disco

Latest News

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'The Hill Billy 50 mile challenge ride is a resounding success'.

Hill Billy 50 mile challenge rideMORE than 60 riders took on climbs totalling 5,600ft in the inaugural Kidsgrove Wheelers "Hill Billy" 50-mile Challenge. Cyclists from all over the country put themselves to the test over the hills and twisting lanes of the Staffordshire Moorlands. The course took in Gun Hill, near Leek, which will feature in next week's third stage of the Tour of Britain. Such was the success of the "Hill Billy", which was purely a test event, that it may now be turned into an annual competitive race. Kidsgrove secretary Andy Barratt, who designed the course, said: "We wanted to stage an event that would be different to anything else available in the region, a course that would present a challenge to even the top pro riders."

DAVE Joynson recorded his best time since 1982 when he clocked 1:10.40 at the Stretford Wheelers 25-mile time trial.

The Kidsgrove Wheeler followed home team-mate John Swinnerton, who covered the course in 1:01.21.

Joynson also competed at the Team Swift charity 10-mile time trial near Hull, finishing in 27.05. His wife, Mary, crossed the line in 28.17.

This is logo Groups benefit from cash awards

AMONG other groups to benefit from Lottery cash is Kidsgrove Wheelers Cycling Club. It received £ 3,225 to purchase more cycling equipment as part of the Big Lottery Fund's Awards for All Programme.

The equipment will be used to develop the club which aims to encourage more residents to take up cycling. For the full story goto

This is logo Kidsgrove Wheelers wish you all a Safe and Happy 2012 racing season

Kidsgrove Wheelers have a brand new website and look forward to a full 2012 year of safe racing and personal Best's. Good luck one and all and have a safe 2012

This is logo Cycling: Marathon man Wilkinson honours Wheelers' stars

Saturday, February 04, 2012

ENDURANCE legend Andy Wilkinson was guest of honour as Kidsgrove Wheelers Cycling Club dished out their annual awards.

Wilkinson, who holds the record for both solo and tandem rides from Lands End to John O'Groats, crowned John Swinnerton as men's club champion.

Swinnerton also received an award for producing the club's fastest 25-mile time trial of the past 12 months

Lisa Costa was named as women's champion, the women's hill climb champion and the 12-hour time trial champion, while Michael Baskerville was declared the club's 24-hour champion.

Wheelers chairman Barry Wilkinson, said: "Andy and his wife, Jill, are not only cycling superstars, but they are also two of the nicest people you could possibly meet."

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Thursday, December 08, 2011

CYCLING: Eight Kidsgrove Wheelers riders have been rewarded for achieving their veteran standards.

Colin Molloy led the way at the annual awards night held by the VTTA in Cheshire on Sunday, with Kidsgrove providing the most standard achievers of any club in the North West.

Molloy made the grade at five distances – 10, 25, 30, 50 and 100 miles – while his club-mates Dave and Mary Joynson achieved the mark at 10, 25, 30 and 50 miles.

Dave Till and Ellis Shufflebotham also each achieved the same four distances, while Lisa Costa made the standard at 10, 25 and 50 miles. Dave Handy and Roy Deakin achieved standards at 25 and 10 miles.

Club chairman Barry Wilkinson said: "It was brilliant to see a small club like Kidsgrove Wheelers having the highest number of VTTA achievers. It shows the dedication of local riders."

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

KIDSGROVE Wheeler star Lisa Costa was in outstanding form to set a new club record at the RTCC National Championships.

Costa shone on the tough 12-hour time trial through Shropshire and Cheshire to cover 172.05 miles.

Her efforts beat the previous Kidsgrove Ladies record by 12 miles.

The gutsy performer paid tribute to her club-mates for driving her on throughout.

Costa said: "I was the engine, but the support and encouragement from my team provided the high octane fuel that kept me going."

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MICHAEL Baskerville and Lisa Costa gritted their teeth to make it through a gruelling 24-hour annual classic through the Shropshire and Cheshire countryside.

The Kidsgrove Wheelers duo, who had entering the event for the first time, covered a combined 535 miles in the Mersey Roads Club day-long national championship, which started on Saturday.

Baskerville travelled 274 miles, while long-distance specialist Costa made it over 261 miles, a new 24-hour record for a Wheelers woman.

STEVE Fidler won the latest Crewe Clarion 10-mile time trial.

The Team Elite rider, from Wistaston, clocked 21 minutes and 34 seconds. Home cyclist Martin Parish was second, a minute further back.

Lyme were well represented by third-placed Mark Wynne (22.45), Chris Wilcox in fifth (23.17) and Cliff Knox (23.33).

Alan Bowen (28.00) was first home for Kidsgrove, while fellow Wheelers Dave Elborn (29.47), Julian Baggaley (31.47) and Janet Cartwright (34.58) all produced personal best times for the distance.

Lyme's Elliot Powell (23.17), Craig Ashton (26.56), Rob Seiver (23.34) and Barrie Whittaker (24.34) all completed their own fastest times at the Birkenhead 10-mile time trial.

Kidsgrove's Dave Till (26.14) and Costa (27.53) also set new personal records at the Merseyside event.

Sarah Swinnerton (1:21.39) made it a good week for new records when she rode at the Warrington 25-mile time trial.

Her husband, John Swinnerton (1:02.30), continued his good form, as did Dave Joynson (1:15.48) and Mary Joynson (1.19.20).

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

KIDSGROVE Wheelers duo Andy Barratt and John Swinnerton set a new club record at the first team time trial of the season.

The pair completed the 25-mile 2-UP Nova Cycling Club event at Gawsworth in 1hr 7mins 39s at an average speed of more than 22mph.

Club spokesman Lisa Costa said: "Both riders were thrilled with their times, having never previously ridden together in this type of event."

At least 50 cyclists then saddled up for a 35-mile jaunt when the club held their first ever Reliability Cycle Ride on Sunday. A loop course started and ended at Sandyford Fire Station and took in the Cheshire countryside as far as Goostrey.

This is logo Kidsgrove Cycling, Dave Handy and Colin Molloy give top performance

Thursday, March 24, 2011

KIDSGROVE Wheelers' Dave Handy and Colin Molloy outperformed the veterans' standard with inspired performances at the MDTTA 10-mile time trial on Saturday.

Handy covered the Goostrey course in 28 minutes 49 seconds at an average speed of 21mph. Molloy, who had not competed in a time trial since 1972, came home in 29.28, way ahead of the benchmark 31.15.

Kidsgrove chairman Barry Wilkinson believes the displays show the club's continued progression in all fields.

He said: "We now have male and female competitive riders, of all ages, performing well over all the core distances."

This is logo KIDSGROVE Wheelers are heading for the hills in force this weekend.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The club will field 15 male and six female riders in Sunday's Crewe Clarion Wheelers CC annual open 17-mile Hilly Time Trial.

Kidsgrove chairman Barry Wilkinson was delighted to have such strong representation at the event, saying: "To have 21 of our riders making up almost a third of the starting line-up is testament to the enthusiasm and camaraderie we encourage and develop towards cycling."

Kidsgrove duo John Swinnerton and Dave Handy produced consistent performances over the J2/9 course near Jodrell Bank on Saturday.

Swinnerton covered the course in 1h 3m 13s at an average speed of 24mph.

Handy clocked 1h 14m 18s at an average of 20.2mph to complete the course five minutes and 47 seconds inside his veteran standard.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011


JOHN Swinnerton set a new Kidsgrove Wheelers club record in his first ever 30-mile time trial at the WCTTCA.

The club's in-form trio, Swinnerton, Dave Joynson and Colin Molloy gave inspiring performances on the course, near Prees.

Swinnerton came home in one hour, 13 minutes and 36 seconds, at an average speed of 24.5mph, to break the club record by more than a minute.

Joynson recorded his best time for 37 years at 1:31.34.

Molloy, who was also racing his first ever 30-mile trial, beat his veteran standard by 2.07 to finish in 1:33.07.

Kidsgrove's Lisa Costa said: "All three riders performed well in a class field."

Swinnerton was back with his wife Sarah for the tandem event at a 10-mile veterans time trial at Chelford on Tuesday – and set new club and personal best times.

The pair covered the course in 24.37 at an average speed of 25mph.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

MARY Joynson and Lisa Costa set a new Kidsgrove Wheelers ladies veterans team 10-mile time trial record, knocking 2.16 off the previous mark at the Crewe Clarion event.

Joynson came home in 30:13, following Costa (30:07).

Fellow Wheelers finishing were Dave Till (28:48), Dave Joynson (30:53) and Sarah Swinnerton, who despite a mechanical problem came home in 36:49.

Meanwhile, Costa finished in 29:02 in the Manchester and District invitation only 10-mile time trial on Saturday.

ELLIS Shufflebotham (Kidsgrove Wheelers) completed the VTTA Manchester and North West 25-mile time trial in 1:13.16, while his club-mate Sarah Swinnerton clocked 1:24.22.

In the VTTA Manchester and North West 30-mile time trial, Shufflebotham finished in 1:27.46, with Dave Till in 1:24.07, Lisa Costa in 1:32.33 and trike rider Roy Deakin 1:51.22.


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Club Events

Kidsgrove Wheelers annual organised events


'35 mile Loop de Loop ride'

Every year the Kidsgrove Wheelers organise and run several different cycling events. In early March we have the '35 mile Loop de Loop ride' that takes the riders through the scenic lanes of Cheshire and back into Kidsgrove, Staffordshire. It takes about 2-3hrs at a leisurely pace, the route is well marshalled and there are refreshments at the finish. Remember its a Reliability ride, so its up to the rider to complete the course succesfully.


Loop de Loop route 35 miles

Organiser Andy Barratt, Loop de Loop 35 mile ride


Hill Billy 50 Mile Challange Ride

Sunday 8th September 2013

Venue:Sandyford Fire Station Marlborough Way, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire,

ST6 5NZ.

Rider Info: Staffordshire Moorlands

The route incorporates 'Gun Hill', part of the Tour of Britain, you will be grinding the crank arms up the Dumbers and the infamous Mow Cop Climb. Ever heard of Woodhouse Lane? A tough climb to the top of Biddulph Moor. The route has an overall climb of 5500ft with some beautiful views of the Staffordshire Moorlands. When you have clocked 29 miles you will have reached the fuelling point, where you can take aboard fuel bars, top your bottles up and even have a well deserved cuppa tea or coffee. At the end you will recieve a certificate and refreshments are at hand.

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Organiser Andy Barratt, Hill Billy 50 mile Challenge ride


'Kidsgrove Wheelers Bike Week Open Day'

Venue: Sandtford Fire Station Marlborough Way, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST6 5NZ.

Fun, Fun, Fun

We celebrate bike week around the middle of Bike WeekJune.We have an open day once a year at our clubroom,Sandyford Community Fire Station. Usually we have help from Sustrans, British Cycling, the Fire service and Stoke City Council. We hold races for parents and children and award prizes for winners. There is a bicycle smoothie maker. You have to pedal hard to make a good tasting smoothie. British cycling Watt bikes that test your strength and cycling skills. Dr Bike will help you or your children to fix their bikes, wether it be a puncture or faulty brakes you will gain a good understanding of how it all works. Refreshments all day, a treasure hunt to Bathpool and Lots of freebies for the kids and adults. Test a bike or skateboard and loads more. At Kidsgrove Wheelers cycling club we believe that cycling should be Fun, Fun, Fun. Its a great way to meet people and socialise and it gives the kids chance to learn how to ride a bicycle safely whilst having Fun.

Organiser Andy Barratt

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Turbo nights

Want to get fit and have fun.

The Kidsgrove-Wheelers organise a Turbo night once a week, in the winter months, it costs just £ 1.00 to participate for members and £ 2.00. Basically you bring along your own bicycle and a Turbo Trainer, attach the rear wheel into the Turbo Trainer and you can start to train. There maybe spare Turbo Trainers on the night.For the people who do not know anything about Turbo Training, this does not stop you from joining in. All you need is the Turbo Trainer as pictured above and the bicycle.

You can sit and train on the bicycle for as long or short time as you so wish.You will be training to Spinerval DVDs whilst watching a large screen HDTV. The room is air conditioned for when everyone starts to sweat and the room becomes warm.After the training session there will be refreshments for all.

Frequently asked questions:

  1. What do I get from Turbo Training? Answer: Social aspect, loads of people, loads of Fun
  2. Why do I pay a Pound? You pay a pound and it goes to investing into the future of the cycling club, without this money we as a club cannot survive.
  3. Will I loose weight? I cant guarantee you will loose weight, But your sure to get fitter as you progress each weekly session
  4. I have not got a Turbo Trainer, could I borrow one for the night? It maybe possible to borrow one on the night but not guaranteed.
  5. Are the refreshments Free? No the refreshments must be paid for, however the prices are very cheap and the cafe is open for the full 2 hours
  6. How many people can you fit in the room? At a guess I would say 15 to 20 people
  7. Do I need a towel and a change of clothes? You definently need a towel, it stops the sweat from getting on your bike and on the floor, hence stops you and others from slipping over. "You will sweat, alot!" A change of clothes is optional, but maybe a spare T-shirt would be a good idea.
  8. Caution - Please be cautious when walking around or between the riders when they are cycling fast on their Turbo trainers, for obvious reasons! Firstly - The rear wheel spins very fast, any contact via head, hands ect could cause serious injury to the spectater, so please be aware of your distance between yourself and the Turbo trainer/cyclist's. Kidsgrove Wheelers and its members/officials hold no responsibility to any injurys/damage ect to participants or viewers whilst within the location of the Turbo area. Thank you and enjoy keeping fit.....!
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Club runs

Club Runs

The Club has several different club rides for all members and potential members. The Sunday is a leisure ride that meets up at the Redbull Traffic Lights just outside of Kidsgrove, Staffordshire. The meeting point is at the bus shelter at 09.30am. The ride distance is approximately 40 miles with a cafe stop.There arrival back to Kidsgrove is approximately 13.00hrs. In the winter there is a faster cycle ride that takes place at the same place but meeting time is 08.45am and distance is approx 60 to 70 miles.

The Monday is a social ride that is usually organised by a member of our club. All the Monday cycle rides are printed on a leaflet throughout the year and distributed to members in the Club; they are also placed on the Kidsgrove Wheelers website. The Monday cycle ride can be a full day cycling or half a day cycling and are very well planned out.The cyclist will enjoy some lovely views and great cafe stops along the way.

The Thursday cycle rides are towards the local Congleton Garden Centre and mileage is approx 30 miles with a cafe stop.You can go the easy route along the main Kidsgrove to Congleton stretch or take the more difficult route towards Mow Cop, its really up to you.

If any members wish to organise their own rides you can contact most members from our club by following this Link Goto Contacts button along the top navigation bar.
You will need a Username and a Password, this you will receive from your membership secretary and will be on the back of your individual I.D membership cards every year.Please keep your username and password safe at all times.

Weekly Sunday Club Runs

1.We meet at Redbull Traffic Lights near Kidsgrove, A34, Congleton Road North, every Sunday; throughout the year we meet at 9:30am. Expect to leave 10 minutes after the meet time.

2.The club run is not a training bash, although rides can be quite challenging & often in hilly terrain, so suitable gearing is advisable.

3.Bike/equipment should be in mechanically & safe working order, with special attention to tyres, brakes & chain.

4.Expect rides to cover 25 - 35 miles to the cafe stop, then a choice of a direct route home (about 15 - 20m), or a longer route with a total of maybe 45 - 60 miles, depending on season/weather.

5.Expect average speed to be around 12 - 16 mph over the full distance, depending on weather & terrain.

6.The group will wait at junctions, & wait & help with mechanical problems or a puncture. The group do try to keep together; however, we often split on hills, & re-group straight after. It is, however, a good idea to carry a mobile with at least one members number saved in case we do lose you.

7.Expect to become isolated if you ride out of shouting distance ahead of the group route finder/leader.

8.Wear clothing suitable for the expected weather conditions; carry a rain jacket. It's a good idea to look at weather or a local forecast before leaving home.

9.Carry a drink & snack; it can be 2 hours between stops.

10.Carry spare inner tube, tyre levers & pump; also money for the cafe stop.

11.Obey the Highway Code; our public image is important to us, as is our safety. Please ride sensibly & be considerate to other members of the group & other road users. Remember that we are all ambassadors of our chosen club & our chosen sport.

12.When encountering horses, slow down, communicate with their riders, & pass when safe to do so.

13. When possible, signal to other riders any potholes, glass, lose gravel, street furniture/obstacles, parked cars, pedestrians.

14.Important: please understand that cycling clubs/groups cannot be held responsible for your safety; you are part of a group of individuals, each of whom accepts the inherent risks. It is recommended that you obtain Third Party insurance; both British Cycling & the Cycle Tourist Club have suitable policies at reasonable premiums.



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"Hello, my name is Andy, I am the website designer/developer for Kidsgrove Wheelers Cycling Club. My role is to update and amend the website. Another role of mine, when I'm not busy riding my bicycle is to organise fun and competative events for our members. If you are thinking of joining our club why not come down to our club room at Sandyford Fire Station, Marlborough Way, off Reginald Mitchell Way, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 5NZ and have a look around, a chat and a cuppa.
The club meetings are always held here on the last Friday of the month at 7.00pm until 9.00pm. Turbo Training nights are held on a Tuesday night at 7.00pm until 9.00pm at the same place, so come along. Wether you decide to have a chat, a cuppa or ride a bike its really upto you!"

Andy Barratt, General Secretary