Altrincham Cycling Club


Altrincham Cycling Club

Welcome to the Seamons Cycling Club website. We are a traditional cycling club based in Altrincham, Cheshire
and have members who take part in all aspects of the pastime and sport.
Club Time Trials
Best Cafe Club Award
Club Ride Groups
Club leads out TOB 2019
TOB 2019



What is a 'Seamons'?

It’s not a ‘who’ but a place, or rather it was. The district of Altrincham now known as Oldfield Brow overlooks an area that the locals called Seamons Moss. It was here, after the war,that a community centre was formed in the old school house and among the members a cycling section took root. Within a few years it became obvious that the cycling ‘tail’ was getting bigger than the community centre ‘dog’ so in 1948 independence was declared and the Seamons Cycling Club was born.

The gold and blue

More yellow and blue nowadays but just as distinctive in a bunch or at a time trial. Seamons has mainly been a time trialing club in the past (when it wasn't 'strictly legal'), but many of our members road race. In time trialing the club regularly gets placings on the local 'J' courses and has held the Manchester & District Best All Rounder title several times (with different riders). We even had two riders finishing in the top 5 of the national Best All Rounder competition (BBAR) back in 1965. Jim Boydel finished 5th with Keith Stacey winning the title that year.


Pictured is Charles Carraz - 2010 club Best All Rounder.


A bunch of nutters?

That’s a bit unkind, just because our club emblem is a squirrel. There’s no truth in the rumour that was the reason it was chosen. It’s proved to be a mixed blessing as the years have progressed and our perception of the mammal has altered - a rat with good P.R. is how it’s now regarded. Back in the ‘40’s it was unusual to see this ‘cute’ creature in urban areas and Oldfield Brow was an exception being densely wooded. Even so it would have been the dreaded grey variety that inhabited the local trees rather than the indigenous red that appears on our club badges and medals. Even though the numerous little blighters can cause havoc to cyclists as they dash across the roads we’ve kept faith and our quarterly magazine still bears the title 'The Squirrel'.




The late Bob Richardson rides a time trial in 1950 when competitors had to wear black and start in the early morning.


Seamons CC have rides suitable for all levels of rider (see below for more detail). All our rides (club runs) leave from the front of Rackham's in the centre of Altrincham every Sunday at 9:00am. Destinations are planned in advance and can be viewed on our calendar pages here.

New riders are more than welcome to come along on a Sunday and try a club run two or three times to see how they get on. After joining us on a few runs the expectation would be for you to apply to join the club.

Each one of our Sunday rides is open to members and guests. Should you opt to change from your usual groups for a ride, it is essential that you observe the guidelines for the group you have joined. You must bring with you easily accessible emergency contact details, sufficient food / drink for your intended route, phone, working pump and at least one inner tube and tyre levers. Accidents and mechanicals happen - be prepared!

Where Junior / Youth members are present on the Social Ride the group has a collective responsibility to ensure that these members arrive back safely and accompanied at the end point of the ride, usually Costa Coffee in Hale. Please note that there are no official Coordinators for our other ride groups, as there are with the Social Group. Members of other group rides will make every effort to provide assistance and direction to ensure that Youth / Junior members can return to the Altrincham area. However, there can be no absolute guarantee that this will always be the case. Consequently parents must ensure that younger members can make telephone contact with them for support, if need be.

All groups are expected to ride safely, showing respect for one another and for other road users. This includes care at all junctions and safely regrouping following any hazard or challenging climb. It is good practise to exchange your mobile number with at least one other ride member, in case you loose contact with the group.

For reasons of safety, and as a courtesy to other road users, the club limits any Sunday riding group to 20 members. If more than that number is present, reallocation / reorganisation will take place at Rackhams or, if necessary, at a convenient stop soon after the beginning of the ride. This will be done by a Seamons Committee member or, if none is present in that group, by a senior / experienced Club member. For the Social Run it will be the designated coordinator.

All riders should familiarise themselves with the Organised Ride Guidance document in the docs section.

SOCIAL: Supported Ride on First Sunday of the Month - Coordinator Present (else Self Supported) - Destinations on Club Website

This is our entry level ride and caters for newer but regular cyclists who wish to experience Club group riding. Rides are less demanding than the other club runs and are taken at a more gentle pace. All have a designated Seamons CC member as coordinator and are around 30-40 miles. Cycling parents of younger riders are both welcome and encouraged to take part. Rides generally last about 3-4 hours including a cafe stop. If anyone is struggling they will be supported on the ride and offered guidance on how to prepare before further participation. Experienced club members are encouraged to join these rides in order to support and offer guidance to newer members.

TEMPO 4 : Self Supported - Destinations on Club Website

For members who have enjoyed riding with the social section, feel comfortable riding in a group and now feel ready for the challenge of a regular and steady run but generally at a shorter distance than TEMPO 3.

TEMPO 1: Self Supported - Destinations on Club Website
TEMPO 2: As Above but at a slightly gentler pace - Destinations on Club Website & routes on "Ride with GPS"
TEMPO 3: As above but at a slightly gentler pace than TEMPO 2 - Destinations on Club Website

These runs are our intermediate level rides and contain mainly experienced riders. They are usually around 50 -75 miles and always take in a cafe stop. To take part you need a moderate to good level of cycling fitness. The rides aim to maintain an average speed of around 16-18 mph, returning around 1-2 pm.

HALF DAY: Self Supported - Destinations on Club Website

These runs are our fastest and contain many competition riders. You will be expected to have a high level of cycling fitness. If you can ride in reasonable comfort on your own for 30 miles at an average speed of 18 mph, then you should have the required level of fitness to stay with the group. Rides are usually 55-75 miles, always take in a cafe stop and may speed up considerably towards the end.

TOURISTS: Self Supported - Destinations on Club Website

The Touring section's club runs are ideal for those riders who want to go further afield on more challenging rides and are able to devote all day to it. Distances range from regular 80-plus mile rides in the summer, including a few over 100, to about 50 in the winter. Long-distance club riding is all about pace and consistency so touring section runs travel at an appropriate speed for an all-day ride.

The touring section is a very sociable bunch - as you'd expect from a group that regularly organises weekend "tours" together using hostels and campsites - so expect to enjoy yourself!