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C C Giro
Welcome to the GiroWe welcome you to the Giro, and hope that you will enjoy riding with us. Some of you will have experience of riding with a club, and in a group; others maybe less so. Please do not feel patronised if you already know all this, but hopefully it can serve to prevent people having to learn everything in a haphazard fashion, and also prevent the odd misunderstanding. Click here to find out more »Enjoy the Giro!
What is the history of the Giro?
The Giro was formed in 1993 by Robert Grinsell and named after the Giro D’Italia, the leader of which wears a pink jersey hence the pink on our predominantly blue and white club kit. The Club was originally formed to bring together a young team that would challenge for the Divisional Road Racing Championships. Success came quickly with Jonathan and Andy Perks both being crowned Divisional Champions and over the subsequent years the Club has sponsored many young riders who have gone on to compete in Elite and Pro level racing. Notably, Daniel Martin who as well as becoming the 2009 National Junior Road Race Champion, has gone on to take a stage in the Tour De France and to win Liege Bastogne Liege, one of the toughest of the one day Classics.
From these small beginnings the club has grown to its current size of around a hundred and fifty members who both participate in and provide voluntary support to a wide range of cycling and social events. This means that members can choose from a wide range of cycling activities to get involved in: touring, road racing, time trialling, cycle cross and mountain biking and regular social events which include organised training and trips to Majorca and to National and International racing events. We even have our own Sportive, the aptly named Midland Monster - a beast of a ride that takes in some of the most challenging climbs in the Peak District. So, we think we are a club with a broad appeal and there is something for everyone to take part in: young and old, returnees and new and recreational and competitive riders.
When are the regular Club rides?
Almost all the Club rides start at the Little Hay triangle and head towards Whittington for a secondary meeting place at the The Dog car park. From here we do a number of regular and scenic rides of around 35-50 miles within the area shown on the above map taking routes out through Barton under Needwood and up to Draycott in the Clay and Marchington, and through Clifton Campville up to Market Bosworth and Measham. The Sunday ride can vary inasmuch as we often take a route through the Kingsbury Water Park which takes a loop towards Market Bosworth via Sheepy Magna. All routes return via The Hub Café at Rosliston at around 12.30 – 1.00 for a lunch stop and we aim to be back at the Little Hay triangle around 3.00. Typically, these regular rides will be around 50 – 70 miles in total.
Meet at the Watford Gap triangle at 9.30.
There is an A Group ride for those wanting a more challenging pace and a B Group ride for those wishing to take it more easily. Please speak to the Group Leaders for advice on your choice of ride. Typically, both rides head in the same direction with the B Group doing a loop inside the A Group and all arriving at The Hub Café, Rosliston (not always this café).
Meet at Watford Gap triangle at 10.00 or The Dog, Whittington at 10.20
There is an A Group ride for those wanting a more challenging pace and a B Group ride for those wishing to take it more easily. Please speak to the Group Leaders for advice on your choice of ride. Typically, both rides head in the same direction with the B Group doing a loop inside the A Group and all arriving at The Hub Café, Rosliston.
Less formal rides:
Meet at Watford Gap triangle at 11.00
A run often goes from The Horse and Jockey on Lichfield-Whittington Barracks road at about 10.45
A run often goes out from John Perks',Clarence Road at sometime about 10.45.
Individual riders often meet at The Hub, Rosliston around 12.30
Steven 0121 294 6619 or Geoff 0121 308 0138