The first Cycling Club in Lancaster was the ‘Vale of Lune Bicycle Club’ founded in 1879 but disbanded in 1882. After a few years the first ‘Lancaster Cycling Club’ was formed in 1887. The Captain of this club for all bar the first few months of its existence until it was also disbanded was Mr. Sam Dawson and he wrote an excellent evocative book entitled ‘Incidents in the Course of a Long Cycling Career’
(Right-click here to download the 5.2Mb PDF file of the book) The present Lancaster Cycling Club was founded back in 1924 and membership varies from year to year but is usually in the 50's to 60's. Members ages range from early teens to well past retirement age.
From March each year, until mid September, the club organises a variety of racing events. These include open and club time trials at 10, 25 & 50 miles, hilly TT's & SpoCo events, hill climb events, road racing at Salt Ayre Cycling Track and, from the first Thursday in April a series of weekly evening Time Trials in conjunction with the Salt Ayre Cog Set on the closed circuit at Salt Ayre. In addition we also hold a Club 10 mile Time Trial on the superfast Levens (L1015) course (where Bradley Wiggins set a new TT record of 17:58 in 2006) on the four Bank Holiday Monday's through the year.
Winners of these events receive prizes and awards at the club's annual dinner dance in November/December. Trophies awarded include ones for the club senior, junior, women's & veterans Best All Rounder, which is based on individual times for time trial races over various distances, as well as awards for performances in individual races and the season long 10 mile time trial series. There are also awards made to the most improved novice, most meritorious ride of the year and the keenest young member of the club.
Anyone of any age is eligible to join the club and subscriptions are currently free for juveniles (under 16) and juniors (under 18) and £15 for all seniors. Benefits of being a club member include eligibility to compete in club and inter-club events, being able to wear the distinctive club racing jerseys and support and comradeship from one of the oldest clubs in north west Lancashire.