Clubruns & Sportives

LIVERPOOL Mercury (Dolan) promotes two road races a year, as well as cycle cross. The club has weekly training rides, better know as ‘chaingangs’ ever Tuesday and Thursday, when the nights become much lighter during the spring and summer  months.
Every Sunday mornings, the club has three official clubruns. The first leaves Litherland Sports Park in Boundary Road, Litherland, where the club is based, at 9am, while the second group depart from the Copplehouse pub in Fazakerley at 9.30am.  While both groups are competative, the latter – known as the ‘Copplehouse mob’ – is mainly dominated by those who race regularly throughout the year, while the first group – affectionately called the ‘Umpa Lumpas’ – is made up of both older and younger members.  Both groups tend to venture into West Lancashire and further afield, usually covering distances between 40 to 60-miles – depending on the weather, time of year and which member has to get back early to take their wife or husband shopping.  The Copplehouse mob is more fast-paced, while the Umpa Lumpas tend to whizz around at a more reasonable speed but covering some good distances and taking in a few hardy climbs.


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