Port Sun­light Wh. club run

Ride high­lights

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Tinkers­dale short­cut A typ­i­cal Sun­light off-the-beaten-path back lane, knowl­edge passed down through the gen­er­a­tions. Short, steep and bumpy, I doubt any cars have been up this way to the War­ren.

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Ban­ter No ride with the Sun­light would be com­plete with­out the good-hu­moured ban­ter that is bandied around for the whole ride. Yes, with the Sun­light it is pos­si­ble to laugh out loud while climb­ing!

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Nev­erend­ing Lane This slightly up­hill, nearly 2km cut-through is of­ten the last stretch home after long days in the North Wales hills, many a rider re­quir­ing a push along here back to the Eureka cafe.

and sim­ple black, white and red. “I’ve still got an orig­i­nal one,” says John John­son, known as JJ to the rest of the club. “It’s the same colours but with the let­ters all em­broi­dered on.” John joined the Sun­light in 1959 as a 13year-old. “The club was good then but it’s even bet­ter now. It’s the so­cial side and the ca­ma­raderie — it’s al­ways the peo­ple that make a club.”

Skirt­ing the back of the Cl­wydian hills we head on through to Log­ger­heads, cut­ting through a se­ries of wind­ing and un­du­lat­ing fast lanes be­fore even­tu­ally pass­ing through Queens­ferry and onto the ‘Never-end­ing Lane’, guid­ing us home to the Eureka cafe.

It’s not just the rides and rac­ing that the Sun­light is fa­mous for, I’d also heard about their week­ends away, so I quiz Tabiner. “They’re the last week­end in March be­fore the race sea­son kicks off. We had over 30 this year rid­ing to Bux­ton. Some of my best mem­o­ries, best hol­i­days and best laughs have been with the Sun­light, and al­though the Sun­light has had that tra­di­tion of a hard rac­ing club, I think we’ve also evolved from that.

“From the out­side we look like a tight clique, and we are a tight-knit group, but what I’ve found is that once you’ve joined you’ll be wel­comed in and it’s like you’ve been in the Sun­light for­ever.”

The Sun­light set­tle in for their Eureka mo­ment

The leg­endary laughs con­tinue in the cafe...

The force is strong in this young Wheeler

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