Manchester to Blackpool Ride, 8th July

Dear Friends,

I'm doing a 60 mile Charity Bike Ride from Manchester to Blackpool on Sunday 8th July with members of the South Manchester CTC to raise funds for Francis House Children's Hospice in Didsbury. If you are free on Sunday 8th July please join me on the charity bike ride to Blackpool. Just go to bike events online:  Manchester to Blackpool and group bookings, look for South Manchester CTC to register.

If you would like to kindly sponsor me please go to Just Giving online fundraising. Just enter my full name: Francis McAndrew.

Website: http//

Thank you,

Francis McAndrew
[ Member of South Manchester CTC ]

Garmin tutorial and discussion

On Thursday 17th May we plan to hold a meeting at the club room to discuss how to use Garmin GPS units for route following and ride recording. This special session will cover popular, free, route planning systems such as GPX Editor, BikeHike, RidewithGPS, and how to load GPX files onto your device. As well as an overview of these tasks, we hope that Garmin users will come along to share their experiences and tips. The meeting will take place at the usual time, 9.00 pm.


Buxton Adventure Festival

We’ve been asked to help publicize this forthcoming event in Buxton.

On 15th May, adventurer Dave Cornthwaite is headlining the LowePro Buxton Adventure Festival.

 Dave is best known for his Expedition1000 — a mission to complete 25 1000+ mile non-motorised journeys, with the latest being a 1500 mile slog along the tortuous coast of Norway on a Schiller Bike.

 Our support speaker is Kajsa Tylen, who completed over 32k miles on a bicycle in 365 days, breaking the previous, 80-year old record.

 For further details and for tickets visit:

Janice’s Soup Kitchen Ride

Janice Bennett (pink top, centre of photo) organised her annual charity ride, ably assisted by Phil (in front of fridge), taking in a number of scenic (read hilly!) lanes around Chapel-en-le-Frith, Chinley and New Mills. Suitably hungry, we then repaired to Janice’s house for her usual array of delicious home-made soups and cakes. A great day out and sincere thanks to Janice and Phil. 

Janice sends her thanks to all those who supported this event. The total raised was £225, which will be divided equally between Blyth House Hospice (in Chapel-en-le-Frith), and East Cheshire Hospice (in Macclesfield).

(Clare Ridgway kindly took the photo — she was there too, and cycled all the hills!)

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Bike stolen in Buxton

Here’s a post about a bike stolen in Buxton.

Hello Roger

I am contacting all the cycling clubs around Manchester to see if I can track down my bike that was stolen in Buxton on Sunday 8th April and was for sale on Facebook Marketplace that evening advertised by a 14 year old scally in Stockport. It’s a MEKK POTENZA 3.0 which is uncommon enough that I’ve never seen another one.  Picture below.  I know this is mine because the saddle slipped on the ride that morning — and of course there are several other features that I can see in the photo.

Would be really grateful if this could be circulated and anyone that finds it could let me know. There is currently one on eBay that I know about and isn’t mine (has black bar tape.)

Many thanks

Glenn Brennan  (

Runs List meeting

There will be a Runs List meeting at the Club Room on Thursday 5th April at 9.00 pm.

GPX files launched

For GPS users we are trialling a new web page that allows you to download GPX files for some of our rides. The idea is that you can follow our favourite routes without having to know them by heart. Who knows, you could even use them to start leading rides! To download them go to RESOURCES—>GPS Resources—>GPS files for download. Clicking on a link should download the selected file.

At present we are starting with the Vets’ Wednesday rides, and if this proves popular then we’ll expand it over time to include Sunday routes and touring routes as well. If you want to preview a route then take a look at the page RESOURCES—>GPS Resources—>GPX file editors for advice.

Rides cancelled

Both the A and B rides have been cancelled this Sunday (18th March) because of risk of snow, ice and very high winds.

Veteran Cycle Club meeting

Bob Bennett has sent details of this meeting:

Wednesday 14th March  7.00 pm for 7.30
Woodside Golf Club, CW4 8HJ  Map 118 746698

Cycling Erotica  -  Cycling Advertising in the 19th Century
Speaker Nicholas Oddy  - Head of Design History and Theory, Glasgow School of Art.

We are delighted to have Nicholas make the journey from Glasgow to speak to us about and illustrate the development of male cycle related erotica that emerged in the 1860's, in the context of the development of the bicycle. 

Nicholas is a longstanding V-CC member, one of the founders of the Scottish Section, a speaker at meetings of the International Cycling History Conferences and Chair of the Trust which controls the National Cycle Archive. 

By the nature of the subject matter there may be images that may disturb some persons.  Most may be described as "titillating" although, for completeness of the topic, there will be a few illustrations which may be regarded as (19th C) pornographic. If there is time there will also be illustrations of poster and graphic art.

As in previous years, to keep track of numbers for licensing and fire regulations, bookings must be made in advance by contacting Bob Bennett (as in the Year Book). Bookings will be restricted to V-CC members and friends until the 1st March but after that date any remaining places will be offered to CTC and other local cycling groups.

We are promised an interesting evening in accordance with the object of the club - to stimulate interest in all types of old cycles and cycling history!

If you wish to attend you must contact Bob: 07860 349818,

Rides cancelled

Please keep an eye on the Runs Lists. Because of the exceptionally cold weather some rides are likely to be cancelled, including Wednesday 28th February and the A ride on Sunday 4th March (which had been due to go into the Peaks).