Janus Road Club 2018

Updated webpage

As you can see we are updating the webpage to run on PC,Tablet and Mobile Phone, hope you like the new layout. As with any IT project there are still a few bits need tinkering with, it should all be sorted very soon.


Club Runs

Meet most Sundays at the Rising Sun, Hazel Grove at 09.30am Depending on the time of year, the runs cover between 30 and 60 miles usually with a short lunch stop and returning normally by mid afternoon. When a race is taking place within a reasonable distance the club run will generally head out to that race.

Club Meetings

Club meetings usually take place The next club meeting will take place on the second Thursday of the month. the next meeting is on Thursday 12th April. They are held at the Navigation Hotel, Hyde Road, Woodley and start at 8.00pm. Unless stated otherwise, members will usually get an email reminder a few days before.

Club History

The Janus was formed in 1953. Following repeated attempts by the founder members whilst in another club to have ladies accepted into that club, and in spite of the passing of a resolution to allow this, opposition was such that the proposal was reversed. The 9 founder members of the Janus eventually felt that their only way forward was to resign en masse and start a club of their own...

Janus is a Roman god and Apollo was thought to be a Greek god. However it appears that Apollo was both! Quote: ’Apollo is one of the most important and complex of the Olympian deities in classical Greek andRoman religion and Greek and Roman mythology

April 2018

Ashton Race Series

We are again involved in running the Tuesday night circuit races at Ashton under Lyne. Racing started on 3rd April and runs for 20 weeks. Our first date for marshalling was on the 3rd and adequately covered. Help is needed from 6.00pm for signing on and gear checks so anyone who can get there early will be a big help. If you cannot make an early start the still please come as parents of young riders will cover early on but need to leave once their children have finished. Future dates are 8th May, 5th June, 26th June, 10th July & 31st July. Riders also welcome, you will need a BC licence and register with the league.

Club Events

The first of the club events will be the MDTTA 25 on Saturday 12th May on course J2/9 starting at 2.00pm, HQ Goostrey. Entry as per CTT handbook. Other dates are the MDTTA 50 (16 June), MDTTA 100 (1 July) & a final 25, date and event to be decided. Entry as per handbook or online.

Fred Gratton 25

Our open 25 this year is on Saturday 9th June. The event is organised by me and help is needed to marshal & run the HQ. Marshals will be needed at the following locations:- Start (1 person), end Bomish Lane (1 ), Chelford Island (2 minimum, ideally 3), Ollerton cross Roads ( 2) , Seven Sisters / A50 (2), Whipping Stocks (1), A50/Twemlow Lane (2), Twemlow Lane sharp bend 220m from A50 (1), Twemlow Green (2), Finish (1). As you can see we need 16 out on the course plus someone to sign on and helpers in the kitchen so it is a big commitment. Please let me know if/where you can assist, it’s our clubs only promotion now and we need to make it a success.

Evening 10’s

The evening 10’s organised by the Westmead Team 88 start on Wednesday 25th April and we will be using them for our club 10 series. For our 10 series you can ride any or all of these events, best 6 to count for our championship. The courses used will be J2/1 Chelford(C) or J2/15 Lower Withington (LW), dates as follows:- April 25 (LW), May 2 (C), May 9 (C ), May 16 (C ), May 23 (C ), May 30 (LW) June 6 (C ), June13 (C ), July 4 (C ), July 11 (C ), July 18 (C ), July 25 (LW) Aug 1 (C ), Aug 8 (C ), Aug 15 (C ), Aug 22 (C ), Aug 29 (LW) This year we have been asked to marshal two events on 9th May and 11th July, 4 per event, anyone marshalling will get a free ride.

A Westmead Hill Climb will be on Monday 18 June on the Cat & Fiddle and a club 25 on 27 June All events start at 7.00pm. Entry fee (£5.00) and you will need a working rear light before being allowed to ride. The Headquarters and signing on are at Siddington Village Hall from 6.00pm, allow 20 minutes to reach the start.


The Manchester and District Time Trials Association 10 organised by Harry Fletcher and a Tricycle Association 10 organised by me took place on 24th March. The day went well with 84 riders entered in total. Many thanks to the club members and friends who marshalled and staffed the HQ for what was a long and busy day. We depend on this support to enable these events to take place.

A result from 1995

This is from the Withington Wheelers 25 on Sunday 9th April 1995. The course used was J2/7 which started near Monks Heath and went via Chelford, Holmes Chapel to the M6 roundabout, back to Chelford then Booths Hall then back to near start. Winner was R Harrington in 1,01,21

Image to follow shortly

up coming events

  • Sat 7 April Withington Whlrs 25 J2/9 1400

  • Tues 10 April VTTA (Mcr & NW) 10 J2/19 1400

  • Sat 14 April Macclesfield Whlrs 25 J2/9 1400

  • Sun 15 April Glossop Kinder Velo 25.6 mountain TT J8/4 0900

  • Sat 28 April East Lancs RC10 J2/1 1400

  • Sun 29 April Manchester Whlrs 20.5m J8/25 1300

  • Sat 5 May Dukinfield CC 50 J4/16 1600

  • Sat 12 May MDTTA 25 J2/9 1400

  • Wed 16 May Saddleworth Clarion 18m mountain TT J8/7 1845

  • Sat 19 May Racing Chance Foundation 25 J2/9 1400

As you will see from above there is not a great deal happening within the club at the moment, regular club runs are taking place with a stalwart group of hardy riders despite the weather. I am not aware of any results so far this year so if you have anything, MTB, Triathlon etc please let me know and apart from the need for marshals there has been not a great deal to put on the newssheet. If you have done any interesting rides such as on holiday then a short article would be a useful and interesting addition.

March 2018


Meet most Sundays at the Rising Sun, Hazel Grove at 09.30 am. Destination to be decided on the day. In spite of the conditions we have experienced this year there are still members out most Sundays even though a couple were snowed in at a café recently and had to be rescued!


The MDTTA early season 10’s start on Saturday 10th then 17th 24th March. The one on 24th March is organised by Harry and also includes a Tricycle Association 10 run by me. It’s on course J2/19, a new course due to roadworks, starting near Astle Park, going via Chelford to Booths Hall and returning to finish near the start. Goostrey is the race headquarters. We will be providing marshals and helpers in the HQ on that day. We should have enough to cover the event but an extra pair of hands are always welcome. If you are available on the day please contact Harry and help run the event to the high standard we and others have come to expect.


We have again agreed to marshal the Tuesday night circuit series at Ashton. Our first allocated date is Tuesday 3rd April followed by 8th May / 5th & 26th June / 10th & 31st July. If you can help at any of these please let me know.


Our open 25, The Fred Gratton event is on Saturday 9th June, organised this time by me. First rider off at 1400 and on J2/9 course. Headquarters are again Goostrey Village Hall. To run this event we will need at least 14 marshals plus helpers in the HQ so please make a note of the date and reserve it. In the past we have had many complements on the organisation and I would not like this years race to fall short of that standard. Your help is needed, we are only a small club and if we are to continue running events then every member needs to be willing to assist if possible, not just leave it to someone else.

Hail the 'King'

Here are a couple of photographs of John King winning his medals last year at the World Masters Games in New Zealand. He won four medals in total, Gold in the 20 kilo time trial, Silver in the 2 kilo pursuit, Silver in the scratch race and Bronze in the sprint. The Janus colours have been promoted across the world, well done John. We also marked your success with our Best Performance trophy and a special award from the club.


  • Sat 17 March MDTTA 10 J2/191400

  • Sun 18 March Crewe Clarion 17 2 up J8/2R 0800

  • Sat 24 March MDTTA 10 J2/19 1400

  • Fri 30 March Buxton CC mountain TT J8/3

  • Mon 2 April Manchester BC J2/?? 1400

  • Tues 3 April Tameside Circuit Races – event 1830

  • Sat 7 April Withington Whlrs 25 J2/91400

  • Tues 10 April VTTA (Mcr & NW) 10 J2/19 1400

  • Sat 14 April Macclesfield Whlrs 25 J2/9 1400

  • Sun 15 April Glossop Kinder Velo 25.6 mountain TT J8/4 0900

  • Sat 28 April East Lancs RC10 J2/1 1400

  • Sun 29 April Manchester Whlrs 20.5m J8/25 1300

February 2018

Annual Dinner

Once again the club dinner turned out to be a really enjoyable evening. Numbers were down a little on last year and concern was expressed beforehand that this might be the last time we were able to justify holding an evening dinner and prize presentation. A quick survey by Harry indicated that all those present were in favour of continuing the existing format so hopefully we will be there again next year. Many thanks to Bill once more for the organisation to Harry for running the proceedings.


Another reminder for those who have not yet paid their subs for 2018. Senior £12.00, (under 18 - £5.00), Social - £5.00. To save on having to remember paying every year you can set up a Standing Order to make the payment. Bank details are available via the usual channels. Please put your name in the ‘reference’ section so Chris knows who the payment is from. It would also be a good idea to send him an E mail just to say that you are going to pay this way. Chris's deatils are available by mailing the club webpage. He is still accepting cash or cheques if you don’t want to use a Standing Order.


This year’s MDTTA early season 10s promoted by Harry is on Saturday 24th March. It will also incorporate a Tricycle 10, racing starts 2.00pm with Goostrey Village Hall the HQ. Looks like it will be on a slighting different course than last time due to the dreaded road works. Details yet to be finalised but it should still include Chelford Island. Our open 25, The Fred Gratton event is on Saturday 9th June, organised this time by me. First rider off at 1400 and on J2/9 course. Last year’s 25 was unfortunately cancelled due to roadworks so we will have to hope for the best that all are finished by June and the event can go ahead without problem Both these events require marshal and assistance. If you can help please let Harry or me know asap.

Cycle Jumble

The Annual cycle jumble takes place on Sunday 11th February between 10.00am and 2.00pm. It is at the Manchester Velodrome and is always very popular with plenty of bargains to be picked up. Too late now if you want to sell something as you would need to book a table unless you know someone who has already done that.

Ashton Circuit Races

Tuesday night racing will again be on the cycling circuit at Ashton under Lyne. The series runs for 20 weeks from 3rd April until 14th August and we have again agreed to marshal at several of these starting with the first one on 3rd April followed by 8th May. Other dates requiring our services are 26th June, 10th July and 31st July. Help needed and always welcome. Any member planning to ride will need a British Cycling racing licence and register with the Ashton league


  • TT Champion (Squires Trophy)not awarded

  • Handicap Champion (Stan Brooks Trophy)not awarded

  • Vets Champion (Hyde Roads Vets Cup)not awarded

  • Road Race Champion not awarded

  • Track Championship Chris Aimson

  • Club Hill Climb (Ken Foster Rosebowl) Fastest George Coghlan 14.35

  • 1st Handicap Barry Beardsell

  • Short Distance Championship 10, 25 & 50 miles George Coghlan 25.617 mph

  • Club Member of Year (The Bill & Kath Clayton Trophy) Peter Brocklehurst

  • Best Performance (The Harry & Jean Fletcher Trophy) John King

  • Most Improved Rider (The Bill Howarth Trophy) Kyle Fletcher

  • 10 mile points series (Harold Samuels Trophy) Fastest George Coghlan

  • (Handicap Shield) 1st Handicap David Flux

  • Fastest 10 of year George Coghlan 20.13<

  • Fastest 25 of year (Hyde Roads 25 Trophy) George Coghlan 56.47

  • Fastest 50 of year (William Howe Trophy) (“J” courses only) Phil Robinson 2.00.23

  • Fastest Vet on Standard over 10 miles (“J” courses only) Phil Robinson

  • Club 25 (Event 1) Fastest George Coghlan 56.47

  • 1st Handicap Andy Pyatt 1.02.56

  • Club 25 (Event 2) Fastest Phil Robinson 58.52

  • Club 50 Fastest George Coghlan 2.02.05

  • Club 100 Fastest not awarded

  • Special Award John King for a gold medal, two silver medals and a bronze medal in his age category at the World Masters in New Zealand.

  • The Fred Gratton Trophy and the Mike Collins trophy for the open 25 were not awarded as the event had to be cancelled.

January 2018


on SATURDAY 27th January 2018 at the ALMA LODGE, 149 Buxton Road, Stockport The club dinner will be at the Alma Lodge and will be priced at £20.00 (£10.00 for under12s). This is a specially reduced price as agreed at the last club meeting to try and encourage more members to attend The main meal will be Lamb but alternatives of Chicken or Vegetarian are available provided they are ordered beforehand. Tickets are available from Bill Bolton detailsby mailing the club. Please pay in advance if possible. (cheques should be made payable to ‘Janus Road Club’) As in previous years, the raffle is an important part of the evening and prizes are welcome. Meet 7.00 for a 7.30 start. support your club – contact Bill and order your tickets NOW!!

Club Riding

I have been advised that a member of the club regularly rides through red traffic lights without stopping and while wearing club clothing. This as we all know is illegal, potentially very dangerous and could damage the clubs reputation. Please do not do this in your own and all of our interests, the lights will only be on red for a couple of minutes at the most.

Subscriptions 2018

subs due now Senior Racing Member £12.00, (under 18) - £5.00, School member - £4.00, Social member - £5.00. They can be paid to the treasurer :- Christian Aimson or at the next club meeting. Details of other methods of paying are on the last news sheet (December)


The Manchester Regional Track League starts racing again for the new year on Tuesday 9th January for the Premier Division and the First Division on Friday12th January.

Christmas Lunch

The Christmas lunch was attended by 13 members and friends and proved once again to be very enjoyable at the Vernon Arms Poynton, Thanks Bill, another excellent venue.


A long time ago

In the late 1950’sand early 60’s we organised several dances to raise money for club funds. Here is some information about one run in 1960. Tickets 4/6 ( 22.5p in new money). To get people home we hired a bus for £4 10s (£4.50). The bus journey was a bit tortuous as the journey was Piccadilly, Levenshulme, South Reddish, Cheadle Heath, Hazel Grove, Bredbury, Hyde and Denton. I remember people grumbling after about an hour, bearing in mind we did not start until the dance finished at 11.45. The arrangement with the Princess Ballroom was that we would keep the money from all the tickets we sold and that they would provide the band and keep all the money taken on the door. Going off the ticket sales we must have sold over 300 with a similar number of regulars turning up at the door. Bus hire was getting expensive(!) the previous year it was only £3 10s. That time we ordered 3 buses, only used 2 and sent one back which cost just £1.00. Still the evening was a good one and made a substantial contribution to the club accounts.



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