Welcome to Manilla Cycling Club

A modern day cycling club with traditional values

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Manilla Cycling host an extended range of events for all of our team members. Click below to view all the latest events we have to offer.

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We are always keen to welcome new members to the team whether you are novice looking to compete for the first time, a social rider looking to take on a supportive role or an experienced rider wishing to join an already successful racing team.

3 hours ago

Manilla Cycling

A fantastic morning with our youngsters this morning for our own ‘Manilla Mini World Champs’ part of the HSBC British Cycling Go Ride Racing Big Weekender. The kids had a fantastic morning of skills tests and individual pursuits and Time Trials. Lots of smiles and laughs along the way... hopefully we may have just inspired a future champion British Cycling HSBC UK Go-Ride North East
British Cycling North East #OwntheRide #Yorkshire2019 #FutureWorldChamps #GoRide Hartlepool News Presca Teamwear a huge thanks to Gem Fox 📸 and James for photos
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7 hours ago

Manilla Cycling

Little write up on last weeks Sunday Club run from the back of the pack and our very own Ste Hannah

Sun shimmering as it rose, bouncing off the silver layer sat on the road, there was very little wind. A perfect morning. All cyclists forecast dreams. It was Manilla Sunday club run.

Multiple pick up points on route, beginning at 8:20am, to the main meet up at NRG Thornaby for 9:30am is not to be taken for granted. Why? This is a Manilla Sunday Club Run, not just any ol' ride.

Unsure of how your legs are feeling? Unsure if you will still have your quads attached at the end? Maybe drive to NRG, saving that little extra for what is to come.

After losing 12 rounds to the constant low blows of the guttering winds the week prior – no it never became a tail wind – this week was different. One of those days we await in the UK, only to hear the tin man riding his Saint-Raphaël-Helyett reminisce about at the cafe. No wind, dry roads and a gentle warming sun.

This week, obviously due to the fair weather cyclist blowing off the cobwebs, seen the pack of white and blue over 10 strong. Following a very dangerous mechanical lesson from Josh – yes he helped build a bike as its owner seemed to miss understand the concept of time – however unbeknown to us all the wheels stayed attached. Chapeau Josh... Chapeau.
Click, Click, Click... what a beautiful sound that is. Cleats connect us with the bike, together as a pack we are in sync. ‘steady ride out today lads' is called after the route is explained – yeah we have heard that before. Out of Stockton onto the quiet country roads, today drivers the road is ours! Legs feeling fresh, as they always do giving you a false sense of security, we roll through taking it in turns on the front. All of a sudden-low blow – now that you are doing the work you come up with the imaginary 40mph gusts. Yes that must be it, 40mph gusts, not that this is a strong riding group. Today will be a test.

Hanging in, hoping that line will not pull through, yet it does. “How you feeling fella?”, horrible is it that obvious, can they hear the scream escaping my quads every time we hit those mountains...ok they were little kicks but you get the point. “Yeah fine, totally fine mate thanks", show no weakness.
Over 2 hours and it comes, like a beautiful symphony, all that you have been waiting for...20 min on this road and we are at the Cafe. Beautiful just beautiful. Now it gets serious, the young whippet up front Lewis and big cat 2 Russ put their foot down. Come on, time to chase.

Oh no mechanical – but after a look down nothing. Everything is moving well, all apart from my quads. As I see the pack become a mear dot in the beautiful scenic distant, it becomes a solo spin to the cafe for the last stretch, reflecting. Until today, have I wasted each and every Sunday going for a steady ride. Junk miles. Not pick ups. No short sprints. No change in pace or HR other than when that car cuts you up!

This is what a club run should be. Enjoyable, challenging, team building. Educational- not only on cycling but introducing Keith to a whole new world. The avocado!

Manilla, until next time, Chapeau.
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