January 2019 Newsletter now on line 14/01/2019.

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’.

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.

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Club Meeting

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 10th January. 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.

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roger booth

I have just heard the sad news that Roger died on 13th December. He was aged 88. Roger was a founder member of the Janus and in his time was a great hill climber winning many local hill climbs and being placed in National ones. Our condolences to his family.

club runs

2 Dec. The club run went to Spinney Caravans at Goostrey for lunch yesterday, just three out, Rob G, Colin and Pete W. A bit on the warm side and a good tailwind home.

We need more members out on the clubruns!"

16 Dec The Club went to watch the Xmas 10 at Cranage today. Pete B was marshalling on the A50. Colin, Rob G and Pete W went to the Seven Sisters Cafe on the A50. We had to dodge fallen trees brought down by Storm Deirdre.

ANNUAL PRIZE PRESENTATION LUNCH

on Sunday 20th January 2019 at the ALMA LODGE, 149 Buxton Road, Stockport Meet 1.30pm for a 2.00pm start The club lunch will be at the Alma Lodge and will be priced at £17.00 (£8.00 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 a selection from the menu but numbers are required so please indicate if you plan to attend. Tell Harry or me. 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.. support your club – contact HARRY NOW!!.

subscriptions 2019

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 (address available on request) or at the next club meeting. You may pay by cash, cheque, standing order or direct debit. Bank details are aslo available on request. Please put what you are paying for (Subs, clothing etc) in the ‘reference’ section so Chris knows what it is for. It would also be a good idea to send him an E mail just to say that you are going to pay this way.

Velodrome

The Manchester Regional Track League starts racing again for the new year on Tuesday 8th January for the Premier Division (racing starts 8.00pm) and the First Division on Friday11th January starting at 7.30pm. The Monday ACT track meetings start on 7th January. Racing starts 7.30pm.

Club events 2019

The events nominated as club events for 2019 are:
25 miles MDTTA 25 11 May
50 miles MDTTA 50 3 August
100 miles SCCA/WCTTA/MDTTA 100 14 July.
No date yet for the last 25, usually an event in September.
There is no 100 on Cheshire this year, the event will be incorporated in the Shropshire and West Cheshire event on course D100/6A.

Hopefully we will be able to use the Cheshire Roads Club hill climb again for our final event with perhaps a better turn out than this year.

Christmas lunch

The Christmas lunch was attended by 15 members and friends and proved to be very enjoyable with an excellent meal at the Spring Gardens, Marple.

Thanks to Christian Aimson for organising it at very short notice and it proved to be an excellent venue.

Boxing Day club run in the 1950’s

Every time Boxing Day comes round it reminds me of the rides many years ago. In the late 1950’s we used to have a club run on Boxing Day. It started as usual at Hazel Grove but just across the road from the Rising Sun at a café where you could amongst other things get hot vimpto, a good warmer on a cold day.
We started at a gentle pace up the A6 eventually arriving at the Hanging Gate motto “This Gate Hangs Free and Hinders None, Refresh Yourself and Carry On” located on the main road at Combs just before Whaley Bridge. The gentle pace was designed so that we would arrive at 12.00, opening time. Bank holidays were treated in those days as Sundays with opening 12.00 to 2.00pm.
The pub being open we ordered drinks and occupied the darts room. In those days (a pint was about 1/6 (7 1/2p in today’s money).Pubs did not sell food only crisps with a little bag of salt in it and pickled eggs in a large jar at the end of the bar. It was very rare to see anyone buy a pickled egg but they were always there so somebody must have bought them! We took our own sandwiches which they did not mind us eating and spent the next 2 hours drinking, eating and playing darts.
At closing time we got back on the bikes and made our way steadily back speeding up only for the ritual sprint for the railway bridge at Hazel Grove before separating and making our ways home. I don’t know how this routine started or for how long it continued, perhaps an old former club member can add some detail. Happy memories.

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