Fusion Cycling Club

Home of Dronfields only cycling club - Est 1986


A few weeks ago the club was joined by Simon Warren and a photographer from Cycling Weekly as we are to be featured on the magazines club ride page.  

Hopefully all members enjoyed the ride and the chance to speak about why cyclings important to them and why our club is the one to be a member of.    

This has now been published on the magazines website.  Read all about the ride by clicking here


Fusion riders out on the road 

Sunday 22nd July saw the British Schools Championships visit the Darley Moor circuit for a time trial and road race event.  Taking part was Ollie Coefield and Ryan Williams (Under 13s winner).  For Ollie it turns out big wheels are pretty important for TT’s and Circuit Races!! He had a steep learning curve being the youngest and on the smallest wheels, but nearly managed to get past someone on the last bend of the circuit race- 1 more lap and he’d have had him!! It certainly looks like good fun though. 

This years ride to Cleethorpes once again turned out to be eventful due to an incident for George with a "hole in the road" and a puncture on the way home.  Well Done to all riders who rode in high temperatures.  We all enjoyed the high mileage, quick average speed and of course "Fish and Chips".   

Were you one of the 2 million spectators who lined the road at some point over the four days to watch the Tour de Yorkshire?  Inspired by what you saw?  If so and you fancy a ride with a local club around the Peak District then take a look at our website for more details of how you could make it happen.  

You may have even got chance to meet one of you`re cycling heroes just like Steve did?  He caught up with the Belgian classics specialist Greg Van Avermaet at the start of stage 2 in Barnsley to talk tactics.  Two days later he went onto win the race overall  

On Sunday 29th April Antony Walker and Graham Coe took part in the Battle of Bradfield sportive which involved 6,000 feet of climbing during the 39 mile ride. 

Both can be seen still smiling after just completing the Cote de Bradfield!  WELL DONE Lads

Andy Hicklin who this year moved to Peak Road Club has just finished 2nd overall in the Over 40`s Tour of Malta.  The event includes 4 stages, one of which is a Time Trial won by Andy himself.   

It`s great to know that Fusion Cycling Club are helping to develop the next generation of cyclists (Well Over 40`s!!) 

Fantastic result Andy.  

The Wednesday morning group ride enjoying themselves on the roads in and around the Peak District.  They meet weekly at 9am and are keen to get extra miles in and on some occasions two cafe stops.  Photo: Alex Kingsley 

Finally we had some dry roads for a change on last weekends clubrun which felt long overdue.  Seven riders in the B group took full advantage to ride on roads with fantastic views between Elton and Youlgrave.  Photo: Peter White 

One of our youngest riders Ryan Williams (12 years old) was in action in March on the purpose built cycle circuit at Hammerstones.  For the first race of the season he started with a group of under 16`s and even though he felt "rubbish" due to having a cough and cold he still rode well and worked hard fighting for the right wheel at every opportunity.      

Fusion Four take on Sheffield’s Magnificent Seven

Four of our members raced the Magnificent 7 cycle race on 11th March, as part of the Sheffield Outdoor City Weekend.  

Click here to find out more about the event and the performance of Dan, Darren H, Darren M and Abbie.  Two of the four were involved in the prize presentations!

The event comprised of 130 competitors racing up seven steep Sheffield hills to gain points on each before riding leisurely in-between them.

A new concept for a race but one which is certainly proving to be a successful one (If you like hills!)   

The last Sunday of February can only mean one thing.  The Tom Simpson memorial ride taking in 55 miles of flat roads. For a small donation towards the fund for the upkeep of his memorial stone in Harworth where Simpson was born as well and his stone on Mont Ventoux, you are given the opportunity to pretend you are a pro rider and aim for a 22mph+ average speed.  This year over 500 riders took part on a bitter cold but sunny dry around Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire.  

Its a fantastic morning giving you the opportunity to mix with local riders such as legend Barry Hoban, Dean Downing and Graham Briggs until the hammer goes down and then its just eyeballs out hanging onto the wheel in front. 

This year started unfortunately for Darren M and Ryan who ended up on the floor 20 meters after the start.  This led to a split in the Fusion CC riders and meant that the plan of sticking together failed.   As usual the ride involved some sections of cross winds and head winds meaning that grovelling was the order of the day.  But remember, its not a race and its February.  Well Done to all riders taking part in Fusion CC colours with the biggest Kudos going to young Ryan Williams who after picking himself up off the floor rode all 55 miles in small groups with little shelter and recovery time.  

Rides over the past few weeks have been tricky due to the frozen conditions on the roads in Derbyshire.  Thanks to Ray, Peter and John for sending in proof from Owler Bar and Longshaw.    

Due to inclement weather conditions last Sunday, a trio of Fusion riders decided to swap winter road bikes for much heavier mountain bikes.  Thanks to Darren H for the route and directions through what turned out to be very wintery conditions.  Despite Richard managing to fall off more than 3 times on ice and into deep frozen channels, a great time was had with 25 miles of hard work being put in for an average speed of 7mph! Even though we thought we knew Derbyshire pretty well the pictures below could have been taken in Scandinavia.  The ride proved that we should not be beaten by the weather and with some early morning communication we can look at alternatives for turning the pedals!

The first sunday clubrun of 2018 saw us visit a new cafe in Retford due to our original plan of visiting Gamston airport cafe having to be aborted due to closure.  We found this to be a great cafe with lots of recent memorabilia from the Tour of Britain.  The service was excellent and they helped us to celebrate Dan`s birthday by lighting a candle on his teacake! 

As you can see they provided us with bike racks which were then covered by CCTV which was visible whilst we enjoyed a cappuccino.

If any Fusion members visit new cafe`s or have ideas on new locations then please make them known

On Sunday 17th December it was the annual Xmas clubrun which gave some of us the opportunity to add the spare tinsel, baubles and lights onto our winter bikes.  Although the plan to meet some of the youngsters at Millers Dale was firmly "put on ice" it failed to dampen our spirits and the day ended with some fantastic tasting pies at the Blue Stoops in Dronfield.  A "BIG THANKS" from us all go to Adam for organising everything for the day. If you have any pictures from the day then please send them in... 

The clubrun on Sunday 30th October saw the A group visit a new cafe at the National Stone Centre in Wirksworth (Nr Cromford).  Following an invite by e-mail to visit we were not left disappointed as the "Gastro Pod" has outdoor tables, ample and safe space to store bikes as well as a fantastic view.  

The clubrun was a 60mile round trip taking in Youlgrave, Biggin and the climb up to Wirksworth from the Via Gelia.  On the way home we decided to take in one of the toughest climbs in Derbyshire, Rowsley Bar.  Average Speed for the ride was 16.5mph.     

Darren, Andy, Bruce and Dan looking "fresh" after completing the coast to coast route in one day.  This included riding through torrential rain which contributed to numerous punctures.  151miles in one day is a fantastic effort but include 12,000 feet of climbing and it turns into a mamouth effort.  WELL DONE LADS 

Sunday 21st May saw the A group visit Langsett Café and take in the roads used by "Le Tour" and the "Tour de Yorkshire".  It also gave us chance to wear our new club kit whilst climbing a total of 1,900 meters on smooth roads.  The route included the climbs of Bradfield, Wigtwizzle,  Ewden Bank and Midehopestones.

BIG THANKS to Dan for organising the design, order and delivery of the new kit.    

Adam was happy to provide evidence that Ewden Bank (aka deliverance) was taking its as toll on some riders   

The B Group took advantage of some dry roads to see the breathtaking views from Longstone Edge last weekend.  One of those places we take for granted being able to ride in the Peak District every weekend.  Daryl paced Trevor up the climb whilst Jane looks comfortable tackling it on her own. 

Photo`s courtesy from Les whilst taking "a breather"    

Sunday 29th January saw the clubrun pop over to Bolsover Castle via some icy roads making riding very tricky at times.  Fortunately nobody was hurt or injured during our two wheeled ice skating trip! 

It was great to see the group sticking together, looking after everybody and ensuring safety was at the top of out agenda.  

What a shame the cafe does not sell toast or teacakes though :(