Stadt Moers CX Round 11 NWCCA


The latest round of the North west cyclo-cross series took place at Stadt Moers, St Helens, on Sunday and the clear skies and drying course were welcomed by riders, after the recent event mudbaths. First up was the youths event and Maisy Vasic returned to winning ways with a fine result in the girls U14 class. Matt Toman was 7th in the U16 boys and Adam Nelson, sporting his Cycle Sport Pendle jersey, just behind in 8th.

Onto the Vets/Womens race and present leader of the series, Dave Haygarth of Helmshore, tried to keep on the tail of Tim Gould, ex National trophy winner, but Gould eventually pulled away with Dan Alexander coming through to take second, leaving Haygarth taking the last place on the podium. Further down the field, Richie Watts suffered another mechanical problem, this time forcing his retirement. Carl Nelson was riding strongly, taking 47th spot at the finish. Derek Schofield was hanging onto his tail and looking to take the V60 award, but a slipped chain and dislodged rear wheel saw him drop off the pace, just managing to beat Adrian Watts to the finish line, Watts riding the whole course without any dismounts. Paul Warrener completed the RRC team in 82nd, just behind Mike O’Shea.

Ian Hazell, who is just learning the ropes in this branch of the sport finished 45th in the senior race and will surely make his mark in the future.

Annual General Meeting


The 2015 Annual General Meeting is being held in the upstairs room of Marl Pits Sports pavilion on Monday 30th November 2015 starting at 7.30pm.

Please come and show your support for the club and have your say on how we run the club, volunteers are always welcome and we promise there will be no press ganging to take on jobs.

An email has gone out with the agenda and last years minutes if you haven’t received this please contact the secretary.

Subs for next year can be paid on the night still only £10 (bargain).

Otterspool, Liverpool Round 10 NWCCA CX League


Heavy rain the day before, and during the event, made survival the aim for many riders in the latest round of the North West CX series at Otterspool Park, Liverpool, last Saturday. Many of the normally rideable short climbs on the technical circuit became treacherous, forcing riders to dismount and run/carry their bikes.

First up was the combined youths event and the Rossendale valley was represented by Adam Nelson who finished in 22nd spot overall and Maisy Vasic who scored a fine second place in the U14G class. In the vets/womens race, Dave Haygarth was toppled from his recent winning streak by Pete Middleton of Zepnat racing. On the same lap, Carl Nelson was making the most of the tough conditions and was the top Rossendale Road Club member, finishing in a sound 35th place. Richie Watts was unfortunate to retire with a dislodged rear wheel, leaving Derek Schofield as the next RRC rider in 62nd, just clear of a rapidly finishing Adrian Watts in 65th. Paul Warrener completed the valley squad in 89th.

Matt James also the going tough in the final Seniors event to take 29th spot, with new member Iaian Hazell riding well to finish just one lap down in 43rd.

Action this weekend moves to Stadt Moers, St Helens with racing starting at 11am on Sunday.

Otterspool Park 31st October 2015


The latest round of the North West cyclo-cross series took place at the popular Otterspool Park in Liverpool on Saturday, and Rossendale juniors continue to improve their performance in the series. In the combined U16 and U14 event Matthew Toman finished a creditable 19th overall. Just 2 places back, wearing her Eastlands Velo jersey, Maisy Vasic won the U14 girls event for the second week running but she was closely pressed by Niamha Albones of Liverpool Century. A further 2 minutes behind, Adam Nelson finished 24th. The new transponder system being worn by riders for the first time this year makes for interesting reading of the results, especially when fields are spread out and individual lap times are made available.

In the combined Vets and Womens event Carl Nelson was the top local rider, using his technical skills on the tricky circuit, finishing in 43rd from the 125 strong field. Richie Watts was 67th and his older brother, Adrian, just over a minute behind in 75th.

The final event of the day was the Seniors race and Matt James was the sole valley rider, coming home 33rd spot from the 67 finishers.

The action moves to Cartmel racecourse on Saturday for the next round of the series.

Cyclo Cross at Pignut Hill Northwich


After the late fine autumn weather, cyclo-cross returned to it’s roots, literally!, on a wet and muddy course at Northwich last Saturday. There was no need for artificial barriers with several sections of the course unrideable . This didn’t seem to bother Dave Haygarth though, who took a convincing win in the combined Vets and Womens race. Helmshore resident Haygarth overcame his disappointment from the previous week to win by nearly 2 minutes from second placed Andrew Brindle from Horwich CC.

From the Rossendale Road Club, it was Mike O’Shea and Adrian Watts who made the brightest starts. O’Shea found the testing conditions too tough to maintain his position in the top 20 and Richie Watts moved up through the field to catch his older brother. The pair had a close battle throughout the race until Adrian faded on the last lap, leaving Richie to finish in 44th overall, with Adrian 49th. Derek Schofield was struggling with a mud-packed bike but held on to 42nd.

In the seniors event, James Tudor was the lead valley club rider, taking a magnificent 13th place finish in the worsening conditions. Matt James is also showing his prowess in this form of cycle racing, just 2 minutes back in 20th.

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Mike OShea, Richie Watts, Adrian Watts and Derek Schofield in the bomb hole.

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Matt James and James Tudor at Pignutt Hill

Harry Law 10 mile TT 16/6/15


Harry Law Hapton 10 – 16 Jun 15

Tuesday night’s Harry Law Hapton 10 saw the biggest field of the year so far compete on a lovely Summers evening.  The time trial was one once again won by Chris Smith of Condor Racing in a time of 24:18.  The first three Rossendale riders finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th, they were James Tudor (25:45), Damian Ludlow (25:48) and Richie Watts (26:17)PB.

A special mention for Josh Whitehead – aged  15 of Rossendale Road Club who finished in 5th place in a time of 26:31, this was his first attempt at this course, the young man has definitely got potential.

Full results are below:

Pos Name Club Race Time
1 Chris Smith Condor 24:18
2 James Tudor RRC 25:45
3 Damian Ludlow RRC 25:48
4 Richie Watts RRC 26:17
5 Josh Whitehead (15) RRC 26:31
6 Matt James RRC 26:51
7 Russ Milnes RRC 27:04
8 Andy Russell RRC 27:22
9 Luke Dabbs RRC 27:24
10 Dave Hunt RRC 27:26
11 Joe Curran NLRC 27:42
12 Rob Aindow CSP 28:56
12 Anthony Pilling RVTC 29:38
14 Alan Sagar NLRC 30:29
15 Paul Shuttleworth RRC 30:32
16 Duncan Allton NLRC 30:57
17 Phil Entwistle NLRC 31:44
18 Natasha Newell NLRC 32:05
19 Lisa Greenwood RRC 32:36

Criterium Results Steven Burke Hub Barrowford


Report from criterium at Steve Burke Hub.
The third round of the criterium series at the Steve Burke Hub in Colne took place on Thursday April 3rd. Three local youngsters participated in a well- contested event giving excellent accounts of themselves. In the category A event Josh Whitehead raced ahead of a group of more experienced cyclists in pursuit of CSP’s Nathan Hawthorn and although he mounted a focussed pursuit of the leader for the full thirty minutes of racing he could not quite make contact and finished a creditable second. Matthew Toman raced for the first time in the 12-14 year old category B event. He too was committed throughout, riding for substantial periods on the front of a group into a strong headwind. Kate Taylor stuck successfully with this group. Kate sprinted from this group on the last lap to win her category for the second time in the series to date.

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The Easter weekend’s highlight in the NW cycling time trial events was the Buxton Mountain time trial on Good Friday, the second round of the RTTC classic series. The star-studded entry list included Olympic gold medallists and world champions Sarah Storey and Joanna Rowsell. Nick Cooper proved to be the star rider from the Rossendale Road Club, following up his first round victory with another fine win in a time of 1:00:32 for the 22 mile junior event. The wet road surface required caution on the tricky descents and Cooper’s time was all the more encouraging.

Derek Schofield was the leading veteran from the valley club, finishing in 14th in a time of 1:08:39, with John Leach taking extra care in the conditions to finish 33rd (1:22:16).

This weekend the action moves to Yorkshire with the 50 mile classic Tour of the Dales time trial  on Sunday. A full field of 150 riders will take the start line and the valley club will be looking to build on their present 2nd place standing in the Lancs and Lakes Spoco series.

Youth Mountain Biking in the North West


ROSSENDALE ROCKY RIDERS is a section of the Road Club.

We are looking to recruit new members from the age of 10 upwards, from anywhere in the North West (we have members from as far afield as Buxton and Huddersfield) the only requirement is that they can ride a bike. We have the use of bikes and helmets courtesy of Fearns Community Sports College, please contact Adrian Watts 07818054529 if you are interested.

Bolton by Bowland SpoCo February 2015


We hosted the opening time trial of the 2015 Lakes and Lancs Spoco series last Saturday, with an 11 mile event at Bolton by Bowland. And a lucky break in the winter weather provided some great racing around the relatively short, but tough, circuit. An encouraging 114 riders had entered the event, and the overall winner was junior Adam Hartley of the PH-MAS Cycling squad in a time of 24:07 min, close to the course record. He’s clearly a name to watch for the future.

The leading valley club members were Roy Flanagan and Derek Schofield, who tied for 44th place in a time of 28:52 m. Paul Warrener finished in 61st spot (30:04), closely followed by the improving Mike Taylor, 63rd (30:26), building on his successful cyclo-cross races over the winter. A welcome return to racing for Julian Monk (31:29) and Dave Baron (33:52) saw them placed in 72nd and 84th places, and Lisa Greenwood took the 4th Ladies place.

Thanks to everyone for their help putting on another successful event.

SpoCo 2015 Starts this Saturday


After a successful winter of cyclo-cross, competitive cycling for the Rossendale Road Club returns to the roads this Saturday for the opening round of the 2015 Lakes and Lancs Spoco time trial series. After winning the series for the first time in 2013, the club slipped to third place overall last year. Hopes of regaining that top spot are high this year with a new crop of younger riders coming through including Matt James, Nick Cooper and Sean Greenwood, after his time with sponsored team Jedi Cycle Sport. This opening event is hosted by the valley club and starts at 2pm from Bolton by Bowland, taking in an 11 mile hilly circuit. A record entry is expected with 114 riders already registered at the start of this week, and all are welcome to spectate this season opener.

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Photo: Nick Cooper taking the 2014 North Lancs time trial 10 mile trophy from club chairman Adrian Watts

Latest Club News


The latest round of the NW cyclo-cross series at Stadt Moers country park, nr. St. Helens, on Sunday provided some excellent racing. Despite heavy rain during the week, the course held up well and the full circuit could be ridden without dismounts, although the double log obstacle was the undoing of many with several riders coming to grief as they tried to ‘bunny hop’ over.

Local riders fared well in the opening youth event, all having to step an age group to ride in this U16 category. Maisy Vasic was 2nd U14 girl, an excellent performance, 5 places overall in front of Adam Nelson, with Matthew Toman hot on his heels.

Carl Nelson continued to improve in the Vets race, in 36th spot, in front of Derek Schofield for the second week running, who was 3 places back. Richie Watts and Mike Taylor continued their own season long battle, with Watts taking the honours this time in 50th spot, to Taylor’s 51st finish. Richie’s elder brother, Adrian, got the better of British cycling coach Mark turner, to finish in 58th, Paul Warrener completing the valley club team in 80th.

Matt James was the only Rossendale representative in the senior’s event and finished in a strong 32nd place amongst the North’s top CX riders.

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Riders: Adrian Watts; Richie Watts; Derek Schofield; Mick Taylor

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Club News


Autumn is traditionally the time for hill climbs for the racing cyclist who prefers the roads and, on Saturday morning, Rossendale Road Club hosted the Crown Point event. The lung bursting sprint up Woodplumpton Road was won by Louis Szymanski of Heywood-based ABC Centreville in a time of 2 mins 52.7 secs. RRC members Sean Greenwood Continue reading

Roadman’s Hill Climb


On the final mid-week event of the season, Richard Bideau finished one place better than last year by winning the Rossendale Road Club’s Roadman’s hill climb from the old Towneley Arms Hotel to the summit of Deerplay. Riding for the Pendle Forest CC, Bideau smashed the target time of 10 minutes finishing in 9:22, 20 seconds clear of second place Sheffield University student Alex Auty, with his brother Joe Auty 3rd, a further 14 seconds back.

There was plenty of competition between the valley club riders Continue reading

Last Club 10 of 2014


Roy Flanagan didn’t race on the last round of the Harry Law Hapton 10 mile TT series on Tuesday, he was on marshalling duty, but his absence from the results didn’t stop him from taking the series overall. Nick Cooper and Damian Ludlow were snapping at his heels Continue reading

Bolton by Bowland Results


Download available on the RESULTS page

On Saturday, 1st March on a pleasant spring afternoon, we hosted the opening round of the 2014 Lakes and Lancs Spoco time trial championships at Bolton-by-Bowland. The 11 mile circuit is a real tester starting with a steep climb out of the village and circulating the hills above Paythorne. Craig Battersby, riding for the new Team Chronomaster, took the win in a very quick time of 25:04 mins. Best local rider was seasoned hill climber Bill Belcher of Helmshore, riding for the Clayton Velo club, who finished in 24th place with 27:39. He was closely followed by team Rossendale, with just 21 seconds covering the first of the valley club riders. Roy Flanagan led the way in 25th spot (27:41), with Matt James and Nick Cooper =26th (27:48), and Derek Schofield 30th (28:02). Paul Warrener finished in 42nd (28:50), Richie Watts 60th (30:45) and Michael Taylor in 68th (32:59), completing the local riders.

Series Winner


James T Brownbacks 2013

James Tudor was unfortunately beaten into 2nd place in the final round of the Brownbacks race series, he did however win the overall Weekend Warrior category.

James’ thought are below

“I really like it that a series like this is held in Rossendale, the organisers always manage to come up with a challenging course every round! Also there are some great prizes to be won too. Its nice that the series attracts some quick riders from further afield, but also welcomes people who are new to racing. I remember this from when i first raced it!


I’ll definately be back next year, but in the racer category this time!”




Hi all,

 Latest News

So what’s been happening over the last month? Well, the attached photos should give you the first clue – the 2013/14 cyclo-cross season is under way, with the first round of the NWCCA series at Leverhulme Park, Bolton. With the recent dry weather, fast and furious racing was expected and this turned out to be the case. Even the heavy rain during the Continue reading

Deerplay Roadman’s Hill Climb – 3 Sep 13


Pos Name Club Race Time
1 John Findley Bil Nickson Cycles 00:09:10
2 Richard Bideu CBC 00:09:26
3 Aiden Hogate NLRC 00:09:38
4 Wilf Sargeant WPRC 00:09:55
5 George Nolan CBC 00:10:08
6 Roy Flanagan Rossendale RC 00:10:34
7 Rob Dickinson VC+AC 00:10:35
8 Nick Cooper Rossendale RC 00:10:38
9 Paul Target PFCC 00:10:45
10 Jon Ferguson WPRC 00:10:50
11 Jay McCarthy CBC 00:11:00
12 Andrew Stubbs PFCC 00:11:10
13 Paul Ashcroft RAPHA CC 00:11:46
14 Paul Warrener Rossendale RC 00:12:07
15 Gary Kay NLRC 00:12:53
15 Stuart Sumner Rossendale RC 00:12:53
17 Arthur Findley SCC 00:12:55
18 Charlie Paige CBC 00:12:59
19 Barry Chester Chorley A+TC 00:14:27
20 Richard Paige CBC 00:14:31
21 Gerrard Navan Ross Tri Club 00:16:05
Timekeepers Richie Watts & Linda Felton
Marshalls Andy Lacey

Hapton 10 – 20 Aug 13


Hapton 10 20-Aug-13
Pos Name Club Race Time
1 Ian Stott Blackburn CTC 00:23:37
2 Rob Dickinson VC+AC 00:24:43
3 Matt James Rossendale RC 00:25:55
4 James Tudor Rossendale RC 00:26:24
5 Andy Horner Bury Clarion 00:26:33
6 Paul Warrener Rossendale RC 00:26:40
7 Julian Monk Rossendale RC 00:26:47
8 Bill Belcher Clayton Velo 00:26:57
9 Joe Curran North Lancs RC 00:27:54
10 Andrew Russell Rossendale RC 00:28:04
11 Chris Holt Rossendale RC 00:28:59
12 Michael Taylor Rossendale RC 00:29:26

Hapton 10 Result – 13 Aug 13


Pos Name Race Time Pos Name Race Time Pos Name Race Time
1 Duncan Park –   NLRC 23.53 13 Bill Belcher – CVBC 26.45 25 Jay McCarthy –   CBC 29.51
2 Fraser   Snape – NLRC 24.38 14 James   Tudor – RRC 27.00 26 Jane   Nolan – CBC 29.52
3 Paul   Taylor – NLRC 24.39 15 Paul   Jarrett – PFCC 27.01 =27 Duncan Austin – NLRC 30.11
4 Mark   Haydock – NLRC 24.58 16 Julian   Monk – RRC 27.11 =27 Alan   Sagar – NLRC 30.11
5 Richard   Sagar – NLRC 25.05 17 Ryan   West – NLRC 27.19 28 Phil   Entwistle – CBC 31.13
6 Roy   Flanagan – RRC 25.33 18 Joe   Curran – NLRC 27.26 29 David   Baron – RRC 31.46
7 Damian   Ludlow – RRC 25.34 19 Patrick   Hamilton – RRC 27.3 30 Stuart   Carter – BTC 32.1
8 Rob   Dickinson – VC+AC 25.35 20 Carl   Mason – CBC 27.42 31 John   Kirkham – CBC 32.13
9 Dave   Hargreaves – NLRC 25.56 21 Andrew   Russell – RRC 27.47 32 Alice   Capstick – NLRC 32.22
10 Matt   James – RRC 26.09 22 Andrew   Hodgson – CBC 29.02 33 Charlie   Paige – CBC (13) 33.22
11 George   Nolan – CBC 26.17 23 Richard   Paige – CBC 29.23 34 Ella   Carter – BTC 33.42
12 Carl   Varley – NLRC 26.31 24 Keith   Slack – NLRC 29.45 35 James Marchant – BTC (15) 35.55
Duncan Park – NLRC 00:23:53 Roy Flanagan – RRC 00:25:33 George Nolan – CBC 00:26:17
Fraser Snape –   NLRC 00:24:38 Damian Ludlow –   RRC 00:25:34 Carl Mason – CBC 00:27:42
Mark Haydock –   NLRC 00:24:58 Matt James – RRC 00:26:09 Andrew Hodgson –   CBC 00:29:02
Paul Taylor –   NLRC 00:24:59 James Tudor –   RRC 00:27:00 Richard Paige –   CBC 00:29:23
Richard Sagar –   NLRC 00:25:05 Julian Monk –   RRC 00:27:11 Jay McCarthy –   CBC 00:29:51
02:03:33 02:11:27 02:22:15
Time Keepers:  Adrian and Richie Watts
Marshalls:  Linda Felton, Paul Warrener and Michael Taylor

Hapton 10 – 6 Aug 13


Pos Name Club Race Time
1 Paul Taylor North Lancs RC 00:24:52
2 Rob Dickinson VC+AC 00:24:55
3 Paul Warrener Rossendale RC 00:25:55
4 Jon Ferguson West Penine 00:26:10
5 Roy Flannagan Rossendale RC 00:26:10
6 Sean Greenwood Rossendale RC 00:26:56
7 Andrew Russell Rossendale RC 00:26:56
8 Richie Watts Rossendale RC 00:27:30
9 Michael Taylor Rossendale RC 00:29:30
10 Chris Holt Rossendale RC 00:29:35
11 Duncan Allton North Lancs RC 00:29:42
12 Alan Sagar North Lancs RC 00:29:52
12 Stuart Carter Bolton Tri 00:31:41
14 Ella Carter Bolton Tri 00:33:05

RRC Hapton 10 – Tuesdy 30 Jul 13


Hapton 10 30-Jul-13
Pos Name Club Race Time
1 Rob Dickinson VC&AC 00:25:26
2 Nick Cooper Rossendale RC 00:26:29
3 Gary Smith Pendle Forest 00:26:33
4 Jon Ferguson West Penine 00:26:58
5 Paul Warener Rossendale RC 00:27:35
6 Joe Curren North Lancs RC 00:27:36
7 Andrew Rusell Rossendale RC 00:28:08
8 Sue Cheetham North Lancs RC 00:29:56
9 Alan Sagar North Lancs RC 00:30:13
10 Phil Entwistle Clitheroe BC 00:30:16



Hello all,

By the time you hear this, the results will be known from the Final Lakes & Lancs Spoco event of 2013. We were lying 2nd going into the final round with one result in hand over the leaders, Border City Wheelers, so it was going to be a close finish. Well done to all those who took part and thanks to the organisers and helpers. Continue reading

June Newsletter


Apologies for being a bit late with this newspiece – no excuse!

By the time you receive this, the end of June meeting has passed, again arranged in The ‘Jolly’ in Waterfoot. I attended the first meeting here and, by all accounts, we have been warmly received on a Monday night and so let’s hope we can continue with a regular spot. Any comments please? Continue reading

Manchester Great Cycle 2013



Pos BIB Name Finish Time Event
38 68 Derek Schofield 02:08:19 Great Manchester Cycle 2013 – 52 miles
85 54 Mike OShea 02:12:59 Great Manchester Cycle 2013 – 52 miles
93 52 Richie Watts 02:13:19 Great Manchester Cycle 2013 – 52 miles
130 49 Adrian Watts 02:14:27 Great Manchester Cycle 2013 – 52 miles
198 1330 Damian Ludlow 02:18:51 Great Manchester Cycle 2013 – 52 miles
199 41 James Stewart 02:18:53 Great Manchester Cycle 2013 – 52 miles
203 2962 Andrew Lacey 02:18:56 Great Manchester Cycle 2013 – 52 miles

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June Meeting Agenda


Rossendale Road Club Monthly meeting – 24 Jun 13 – 8-8.30 start

Jolly Sailor


  1. Minutes from previous meeting – 29 Apr 13
  2. Evening 10/Club events marshals storage etc
  3. Cyclocross event – 22 Dec 13 – Edgeside Park
  4. Kit – orders by Friday 12 Jul 13
  5. Sportive
  6. New kit etc
  7. AOB

April Minutes



29th April 2013 – Ye Olde Boot & Shoe.




Adrian Watts, Richie Watts, Mike O’Shea, Roy Flanagan, Julian Monk, Damian Ludlow, Andrew Lacey, James Tudor, Mick Taylor, Andrew Russell

Derek Schofield, Paul Warrener, James Stewart

1.   Matters arising from previous meetings

There were no matters arising. Continue reading

March Minutes



25th March 2013 – Ye Olde Boot & Shoe.






Adrian Watts, Richie Watts, Paul Warrener, Mike O’Shea, Derek Schofield, Roy Flanagan, Gareth Williams, Julian Monk, Damian Ludlow, Andrew Lacey, Linda Felton, Nick Wallwork, James Tudor, James Stewart




1.   Matters arising from previous meetings

a.  AW thanked everybody for their help with the SPOCO opener at Bolton by Bowland time trial. Continue reading

Meeting Minutes 25th February 2013 – Watts News, Waterfoot







Adrian Watts, Richie Watts, Paul Warrener, Mick Taylor, Tracey Taylor, Kate Taylor, Julian Monk, Damian Ludlow, Andrew Lacey, Elliot Skorupa


Derek Schofield, Mike O’Shea, Roy Flanagan, Gareth Williams

1.   Matters arising from previous meetings

a.  A discussion was held on the format of the annual presentation evening, still no decision made.

b.  It was agreed that the following trophies would be presented at the end of 2013: Continue reading

Event Reminders


Two of our early season events are coming up one social, the presentation dinner at Sykeside Country House Hotel on the 26th January (contact Julian 07929918409).

The first time trial event, Bolton by Bowland SpoCo is a week later than planned on Saturday 2nd March first rider off at 14.01 entries to Adrian Watts by 20th February. Help will be required on the day, marshalls, refreshments and signing on, please contact Adrian on 07818054529.

Mike O’Shea has taken over the SpoCo organising and has produced a new website