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on Sun, 23/02/2014 - 17:54

Wind, so it is said, is the flow of gases on a large scale. On the surface of the Earth, wind consists of the bulk movement of air.

In some sports Wind is an absolute essential, sailing for example, where even into a head wind you can be propelled forward by the same wind, by use of close haul sails and tacking back and forth at angles across the wind direction. 

The same cannot be said for cycling.

The bike is a schooling in the Wind. There are of course two types of wind on the bike. The objective wind and the relative wind.

Lets talk about the easiest one; the relative wind is the wind we

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Hill 1 - Stoney Lane

on Sat, 22/02/2014 - 20:19


Stoney Lane a deceptive climb, in more ways than one. 1.5km long with a false flat it never relents, with an average gradient of 8%, hit it too hard and you will pay before the end – it is also tricky to find. I lived and cycled in the area for a couple of years before the first time I ever took on the climb, with the club on a Thursday night ride. 

How to find it. 

Stoney Lane runs parallel with the A5209, Parbold Hill road. From Ormskirk head through Newburgh and then turn left off the main road into Parbold. Cross the railway and past a row of shops on your right.

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The Hill Climbing Blog

on Sun, 09/02/2014 - 20:27

Hills can strike fear in any new rider (and a lot of experienced ones), the one thing you can be assured at HMCC the group will always wait at the top of hills. However you may want to ride a few of our favourite local climbs in preperation to joining us on a ride, or perhaps on a recent ride you rode up a climb such as Shaley Brow and you fancy another crack at it but can't remember where it is. Whatever your reason, this series of blogs will cover the location, gradients and advice on attacking the lumps and bumps of West Lancashire.