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The 2016 Sportives


The 6th Lewis Balyckyi memorial Sportive started as usual bright and early, we got to the Uclan Arena before 8am and eager riders were already there waiting to sign on. The weather was glorious, a bit chilly early on but clear blue skies and bright sunlight. Over the next hour the riders arrived steadily and before long the place was humming to the sound of exited chatter and old friends meeting up again, sharing stories and planning what to do on the ride. At 9 am I started the safety brief and let the riders go in batches of 30 or so and before long an eerie quiet descended on the place as we were left on our own. That didn’t last long though and the 70km riders soon arrived at the process started all over again.


This year we had two Moto’s courtesy of one of our sponsored rider’s father for which we are very grateful. They set off after about an hour to act as broom wagons, mechanics, first aid and report back any problems and encourage the riders who were struggling on the hills.

The weather couldn’t have been better with virtually no wind and a clear warm day. The riders soon formed natural groups and rode round the two routes at their own pace, heeding our advice that this is not a race. Everyone got round safely and a lot took advantage of the food stop at the Chipping Church Hall which the Cobbled Corner café hired for us and laid out a large array of homemade cakes, sandwiches etc. This worked out well as there was lots of room for bikes and people could sit out in the sun and recover after the climbs.

The first riders returned early afternoon with big smiles, no problems and reports of stunning views from the top of the Trough of Bowland.

Pretty soon we were holding what can only be described as an after event party, with riders everywhere tucking in to the buffet and trying their luck on the tombola, or just relaxing in the afternoon sun.


The atmosphere was brilliant and I lost count of how many times riders came up to us and congratulated us on an excellent event, vowing to return next year and bring their friends, which is great for us as this is our Charities main fund raising event.

Thanks to everyone who turned up and made the event a success, you did Lewis proud, all the helpers – we couldn’t do it without you, and the Uclan Arena for allowing us to invade the place for the day.

We hope to see you all next year and we will try to make it even better.

James Claydon

official-team-photoEarlier this year James contacted us to tell us about an opportunity he had been offered. This was a chance to train for a week with a World Tour Team in the USA. What was different about this was that the team consists solely of diabetic riders.

As James is diabetic he felt it could benefit him in all aspects of his racing, such as how to get the best performance racing while managing his diabetes, along with diet advice, exercise off the bike etc.

Well we felt we couldn’t refuse so we packed him off to Athens USA. Read his report in the sponsored rider section, its an interesting read.

2016 Sportive

Photo Neil CrossThe Lewis Balyckyi Memorial RideIt’s less than 3 weeks to go till our Sportive, preparations are well under way and it should be another great event. Garmin routes are available on request.

I will be sending event information out to all entrants in the week prior to the 2nd October, parking, directions etc. and any last minute changes (which I hope will be none) but you never know.

How many riders we get on our sportive directly affects how many riders we can sponsor next year so make sure as many as possible turn up, it’ll be another cracker !

See you on the 2nd

p.s. The application for sponsorship for 2017 will open on the 1st October for 4 weeks, get your entries ready. application forms will be available on the sponsorship page.



New Jerseys now available

We have just received our latest order of jerseys, there are our normal ones and we have also got a limited number of Pro quality available, and some Roubaix long sleeve jackets. If interested please get in touch.

S/S jersey S/S jersey backRoubaix Jacket

The 2016 memorial Ride

This years ride will be on Sunday the 2nd October, it will be the same format as previous years, namely three rides varying in length to suit all abilities. A guided family ride consisting of a 10 mile ride to an ice cream shop and back, a 70km medium route travelling through Bleasdale, and a 100km route going over the Trough of Bowland and Waddington Fell.

All rides to start from the Uclan Arena, Tom Benson Way, Preston PR2 1SG. The long ride starts at 09:00am, the medium route at 10:00am and the family route at 11:00am. The start time is not hard and fast, we will not turn anyone away, all we ask is that riders are back by 16:00 (4pm) or let us know if its going to be a late return.

As usual we have some great prizes on the tombola, such as a new mini hire for the weekend courtesy of Preston Bowker BMW, a completion certificate for riders and our legendary buffet and chat on their return.

Due to the excellent attendance last year we were able to support 4 riders this year, making a real difference to their prospects of fulfilling their dreams of becoming a professional cyclist, and hopefully with your support this year we can do the same again next year.

Mark it in your diaries, 2nd October. We hope to see you there.

Entry is via the British Cycling website here or on the day if places are still available.


Update on Ed Wilson

EdEd was a very impressive 5th in the National Time Trial Championships in October, and as a result has been invited by British Cycling to take part in trials for selection for the Paralympics in Rio 2016.

Fingers crossed !

The 2015 Sportive’s

The weather was kind yet again to us on the 4th October, after a week of cold and rain it’s always a worry if anyone will turn up, but we weren’t disappointed, the morning was chilly but dry and windless.

As we arrived at 7:30 to get set up riders were already at the Arena preparing their bikes, chatting and contemplating the ride ahead. A steady stream continued to arrive and pretty soon there was a sea of colour and bikes milling around waiting for the start.

An LEP photographer turned up to take some pictures and then after a short safety brief the riders were set off in groups of about 30 so as not to block the small roads, which took a while as there was well over 200.

I couldn’t help but feel sorry for one rider whose pedal disintegrated on the way to the start and was left behind, but better it happened then than on top of the Trough I suppose.

A lull followed until the family ride at 11 am which gave us a chance to set the tombola and buffet up before the quick ones came back.

Family ride waiting to set off

As the family ride set off the sun came out and the temperature climbed which made the ride all the more pleasant. The sun stayed out all afternoon and as riders returned they could chill out on the seats around the barn exchanging tales of assaults on hills and break neck descents while refuelling on the buffet provided. It was as if someone was smiling on us from above :)

All the riders arrived back safely, which was the most important thing, with the last one getting back about 4:30. He actually rang us up to make sure we saved him some of the flapjack which he had been thinking about all the way round!

We were slightly down on numbers compared to last year but the people that did turn up did us proud and we raised as much if not more than last year, partly due to the excellent prizes on the tombola donated by a range of businesses from around the area, to which we are very grateful.

The final figure, including gift aid, will be approaching £6000 which is amazing and we can’t thank all the riders, helpers, supporters etc. enough. This will enable us to continue to support up and coming riders in their quest for a career in cycling next year.

Massive thanks to everyone who rode and supported us, Chorley CC were out in force yet again with over 30 riders taking part, and thanks to the riders who came from as far away as Cornwall. Thanks also to The Ribble Valley Juniors for marshalling the family ride again and bringing along a lot of their young riders who rode exceptionally well for the full 20 miles.

Thanks must also go to the Uclan Arena for letting us take over the place for the day, and everyone else who helped, either in a large part or small, without you all we could not have done it.

We hope you enjoyed the day and we look forward to seeing you again next year.

Our latest rider . . . meet Ed Wilson

To further our aim of helping riders fulfil their potential we have decided to assist Ed Wilson in his quest to compete at the Rio Paralympics next year. Who is Ed ? read on to find out . . .


Introducing Edward Wilson

Date of Birth: 15. 03. 92

From: Walton le Dale, Preston

Currently studying for a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering at The University of Manchester.

Ed was born in Preston in 1992, and was found to have a short left arm. Despite this, he has always been an avid sportsman, ranging from competing nationally at para-swimming events in his early teens, and playing rugby from age 11 to 21, culminating in captaining the rugby team at University. Edward decided to take up road cycling at 18, this is when he came into Wallis Cycles with his Dad Gary, and Martin made a cyclo-cross bike with all the controls on the right side for both brakes, and front and rear gears. Ed progressed very quickly, and was soon giving Martin a hard time on the bike! Martin then suggested a quicker road bike. He acquired a Pinarello, and converted this to the same spec. He did some informal training, this lead to him taking part in a paracycling circuit event at Salt Ayre, Lancaster put on by teamwallis/Wallis Cycles. Ed rode well, racing against athletes who went on to compete and win medals at London 2012. Due to studying commitments at university in Manchester at the time cycling had to take a backseat, with the plan being to take it seriously in 2013/14 with the aim to make the para-cycling setup, but he continued to ride and follow the sport just for fun.

In January 2014, Edward’s plans had to change, his tenacity and resolve were put to the test due to being diagnosed with Stage 3, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This was a knock to the plans, he was forced to take time out from university, and sports and life in general. Undaunted Ed fought the disease with his usual courage and verve. Following 9 months of successful treatment, Edward was able to resume training once more. This break from sport made him realise how much he enjoyed competing and spurred him on to train to become fitter than before his illness. The idea was born to train to be able to compete at the national paracycling time trial championships in October 2015, with the view to hopefully breaking into the British paracycling set-up, and either being considered for Rio 2016, or the Para Worlds in 2017.

Following a winter of hard training to regain his fitness he has started competing at cycling time trials with his times dropping weekly. In the pursuit of faster times and to help with bike control he has started riding using a prosthetic arm (something he had always avoided for 18 years of cycling). To help with weight and comfort a new carbon fibre version of the arm is on its way!

Ed started competing for the first time trial at Southport, on the 11th of June, he rode a standard bike and posted a 27min 39secs for 10miles, finishing 26th out of 36 riders. The next event was similar the week after. Martin was now coaching Ed, and with two weeks of intervals, and training, we were hoping for a better time. The GB rider at London, Jon-Allan Butterworth did the equivalent of a 24min 40secs on a Special Carbon Time Trial bike, on a race track with closed roads. Martin knows from experience with the team, a ‘TT’ bike is worth between 1min and 1min 30secs, an Aero Helmet approx 20secs, and a Disc 20secs, plus at least 30secs for no braking and taking corners flat out. With this in mind we would need a 26min 30secs to be faster than Jon-Allan, Ed did a 25min 14secs on a slightly short course, a 25min 40secs for full distance. A massive result!

With this done Martin once again has built another bike, below is the first Time Trial race bike Ed has ridden, built with help from Shimano UK (Madison) the bike is equipped with state of the art electronic gears, and has a bike-fit and race prep by Martin.

We are pleased to help with Ed’s quest and are helping fund his second bike – essential in case there are any mechanicals in a race. Hopefully this will be a start of a Golden Dream.

Watch this space . . .


The 5th LBTF Sportive’s are on 4th October

Not long now to the 5th LBTF Sportive’s, we are hoping to make the event bigger and better for all. We have mage bigger signs after some riders commented last year that they missed a few, so this year they are twice as big and bright yellow. The start is at the Uclan Arena as usual on Tom Benson Way, Preston. We have held the entry fee at the same price as before despite increased costs but if we get more people riding then that will make up for the difference.

Get your entry in early to avoid the on the day increase, and it also helps us  for catering numbers.

See you on the 4th !