In January 1990, Tony Slater started working at OMC Ford, Oldham. He noticed a man turned up to work each day riding a bike. That man was Frank Leigh, a 63 year old life member of West Pennine CC – he had been with them for 40 years. Tony and Frank became good friends and spent many hours talking ‘bike’ – Frank still had a huge enthusiasm for cycling and had worked at the company for a long time, thus knew everyone. He mentioned to various people employed there that Tony was also a cyclist, including to one Keith Ogden.
In June 1991, Frank and Tony rode a Charity Ride, 76 miles, from Hope Hospital (Salford) to Southport and back. Keith heard about this and became determined to join them the next year. Sadly, in 1992, Frank died.
However, in 1992, Keith read an article in Cycling Weekly about a club in the USA who were looking for a British chapter. They were attached to the Los Angeles Police Dept and used their club to get youth off the streets and away from crime. This appealed to Keith so he asked various friends and workmates if they would be interested in forming their own club under the guise of the Law Enforcement Cycling Association (LECA), as the LAPD Cyclists were called.
The response was favourable, and in September, after Keith had advertised for members, the club started to meet for rides. A policeman from Sheffield had joined us, promising more members from the city, so in respect to them and the area in-between, the club was named “Trans-Pennine”.
The parent LECA club let us use their crest and motto, Cycling Against Drugs. In October we had our first meeting and a committee was formed. Our colours and kit (derived from the L.A. Sheriffs – the original name of LECA and the Australian national kit) were designed with our own logo.
Sadly, our policeman left soon afterwards and we never did see any of his promised Sheffield members.
But the name stuck and the clothing, to this day, is very distinctive and looks excellent. Now we were a real cycling club and with a real racer in our midst – Paul Radford.
This photo might possibly be one of the earliest group photos taken of the club. The location is at our meeting place – the Wrens Nest, and the date was the 9th of January, 1994
Back: Christine, Dave and Paul.
Front: Keith, Tony, Phil and David.
After leaving Sheffield Polytechnic in July 1992, for whom I raced whist studying, I saw an article in Cycling Weekly from Keith Ogden who was considering forming a new club in the Shaw area. I met Keith and we spoke about the affiliations and governing bodies, what we wanted, the objectives and establishment proper of the club, and I also met Tony Slater and a big chap called Derrick and his son.
Keith had been in liaison with an American Team called the L.A. Sheriffs, which was a professional team based in Los Angeles. Its policy was to help promote a healthier lifestyle against drug culture through cycling: team members and representatives would visit schools and colleges and tell them of the benefits of cycling and the highs you can get from exercise, rather than smoking crack and other drugs which were prevalent in L.A. Working with the law enforcement over there they saw some success. Keith was active in youth work and was keen to emulate this policy.
Over the next weeks we had a number of meetings and one chap called Guy Aldworth from Sheffield attended. The most important meeting thus far was to decide on a name and team colours for the club. Several suggestions were put forward including ‘Trans-Atlantic C.C.’ and ‘Shaw Jubilee Wheelers’, but a consensus was finally reached on ‘Trans-Pennine C.C.’ as we wanted to show the link between members on both the east and west sides of the Pennines.
The club shirt design changed little over the ensuing years. It was designed emulating that of the LA Sheriffs, but in place of their ‘Chevrolet’ sponsor logo, we had a cyclist passing through the hills. The C.A.D. or ‘cycling against drugs’ was retained from the American jersey showing our affinity to the promotion of cycling against socially unacceptable activities such as drug abuse. The sheriff star logo on the sleeves was a derivative form the L.A. police department and has the script LECA or ‘Law Enforcement Cycling Association’ circling the inner of the logo.
On entry forms for road races and time trials we originally entered the team as ‘Trans-Pennine CC / LA Sheriffs English Chapter’. However, after the demise of the American squad and cessation of links, this secondary side was dropped.
For several years the club went through a turbulent period. About half the club left to form an off-shoot road team: when this happened there were only six of us left and we debated whether it was viable to keep going – happily, we did. That other race-team lasted for only one season, but the TPCC remains stronger than ever.
I am pleased to see the club growing in prestige both on the racing front and in the promotion of rides in conjunction with the BHF etc. The TPCC is going places and I would like to thank all the members new and old for their input to the club and their friendship over the years. Happy cycling.
Way back in 1990 a work colleague died from cancer, and in his memory and in aid of Christies Hospital my work-mates (including Keith Garlick and Big Gaz) organized some sponsored walks. By 1992 a few of us had fermented the idea of building a three-seater bike and riding it from Scarborough to Blackpool. We accomplished this in the summer and the following year we did a similar event from Portmerian to Christies. The radio and tabloid publicity from this last event was noticed by Keith Ogden who contacted us and suggested that we meet for a training ride. Gary and I had already had a few rides out on mountain-bikes with a cycling club in Glossop, but neither of us felt particularly welcome or experienced enough to fit in. So we met Keith at the foot of Crompton Moor with some scepticism and were even more doubtful when he came without a bike. Apparently he had had an accident the previous weekend when he had crashed through a hedge during a time trial and needed to rest.
Being a friendly and persuasive character, Keith talked Gary and I into joining him and his newly formed ‘Trans-Pennine Cycling Club’ on the upcoming annual Manchester–Southport–Manchester ride. As we had already taken part in a Manchester to Blackpool ride, we felt we could at least have a go at keeping up with these ‘professionals’ and if we dropped off there would be plenty of others to ride with. On the day of the event I was particularly impressed with the club when we rolled out from the start: they wore their new club jerseys and, viewed from the back of the line, I thought they looked fantastic. I had never ridden with a group on the road before and I found the teamwork and sheer speed exhilarating. And what’s more I could keep up! I remember Keith and Tony on that ride and they and the other members were very encouraging, helpful and friendly. By the time the event was over I was hooked.
A year or so after joining the club I was finally persuaded to have a go at a time trial. I had long admired our experienced racers such as John and Paul Radford but had lacked the confidence to race. Now I was fitter and faster and ready for a ten-miler. I entered a two up event in Cheshire with another new member – Neil Stansfield. We both enjoyed the event, and it was the start of many years cycle racing. Soon the club was organizing it’s own time trials and road races. Our two-up and four-up events became quite famous – especially with Keith Garlick’s ‘tombstone’ trophies, and our ‘Horse and Jockey’ road race became an annual fixture for several years. This was organized jointly by our club and the late Chris Knight of the T.L.I.
I was a member of Trans-Pennine CC in 1993 when I lived in Manchester for most of that year, having relocated from Nottingham.
Like Paul Radford, I got in touch with Keith Ogden after he wrote a piece for Cycling Weekly about the club and the link to the LA Sheriffs.
I took a real pasting from the boys on my first club run, being originally from East Anglia where its flat – the Pennines, which are not flat, were an eye opener. But I got them back on the descent of Blackstone Edge – at 6′ plus, I’m not a natural climber, but I’m heavy enough to descend ok!
I edited a few of the club newsletters and rode the York 100mile ride, organised by Cycling Weekly for National Bike Week. Because I had a road racing background, I got on with Paul & John Radford particularly well; eventually Paul persuaded me to ride a time trial with him (see photo), where I took the mother of all kickings from him – he didn’t even seem out of breath, such was the quality of Mr Radford!
I only stayed for the one year, being relocated with my firm down to the south coast at the end of 1993, but remember my time with the TPCC fondly.Can antihistamines cause erectile dysfunction