Bolton-by-Bowland SPOCO

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Saturday saw the time trial season begin with an excellent turnout for the 11 mile hilly circuit above Bolton-by-Bowland. James Gullen took the honours with a time of 23:11, which was 26 seconds quicker than second-placed man Adam Hartley (23:37). … Continue reading

Macclesfield Supacross 2015

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The penultimate round of the 2015/16 North West CX series took place at Macclesfield during the festive break, and Rossendale riders were well represented. The course was surprisingly dry and this made for plenty of fast open racing. Cyclo-cross really is a family sport, catering for all ages and abilities, and Matt Toman was first to show, finishing in a sound mid-table 19th in the Youths U16 event. The go-cross event followed and Elsie Haygarth had a great ride to win the U8 girls class in the mixed race. Elsie is now leading the U8 girls series and, with just one round remaining, is on course to take the overall series.

Her father, Dave Haygarth, is leading the V40 class and did well to finish 6th in a very competitive combined Vets and Womens race, won by ex-National champion Nick Craig. Further down the field, Derek Schofield finished 60th and first V60, Richie Watts 71st and Mike O’Shea 75th. Adrian Watts recovered well from a fall and mechanical problem to finish 101st, just in front of Paul Warrener (103rd) and Graham Wright who took the V65 win in 128th overall.

There is now a 2 week break in racing prior to the final round at Beacon Fell, Upholland on Sunday 24 January.

Stadt Moers CX Round 11 NWCCA

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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.

Criterium Results Steven Burke Hub Barrowford

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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.

Hapton 10 – 27 Aug 2013

Hapton 10 27-Aug-13
Pos Name Club Race Time
1 Ian Stott Blackburn CTC 00:23:53
2 Duncan Park North Lancs RC 00:23:59
3 Rob Dickinson VC+AC 00:24:29
4 Matt James Rossendale RC 00:25:25
5 Karl Smith unattached 00:25:52
6 Nick Cooper Rossendale RC 00:26:17
7 Paul Warrener Rossendale RC 00:26:35
8 Julian Monk Rossendale RC 00:26:40
9 Richie Watts Rossendale RC 00:27:11
10 Mike O’Shea Rossendale RC 00:27:18
11 Joe Curran North Lancs RC 00:27:27
12 Patrick Hamilton Rossendale RC 00:28:01
13 Chris Holt Rossendale RC 00:28:38
14 Dave Hunt unattached 00:28:40
15 Andy Lacey Rossendale RC 00:29:09
16 Duncan Allton North Lancs RC 00:29:48
17 Dave Baron Rossendale RC 00:31:27
18 Vanessa Hamlet Ross Tri Club 00:37:09

The role of Club Welfare Officer

The Role of the Club Welfare Officer

To distribute or otherwise communicate to all members, any relevant codes of practice, policies or updates relating to welfare issues.

To advise where appropriate, on the development of activities / events for young people within the Club.

To be a point of contact for parents / responsible adults of any young person who becomes a member*

To receive, record and if required, pass onto British Cycling Child Protection Officer, or the Cycling Time Trials Governing Body any concerns relating to the welfare of young people or vulnerable adults.

To undertake an annual review of risk assessments relating to young people / vulnerable adults and raise any issues with the Committee.

Attend committee meetings and ensure the Chairman & Secretary are fully up to date with any changes in legislation, regulation and best practice with regards to Club welfare and safeguarding.

To, where practicable, liaise with other Cycling Clubs and share best practice with regards to Club Welfare / Safeguarding / Risk Assessment.

*Existing Club policy in relation to young persons’ riding with the Club is unaffected.

 The role of the Club Welfare Officer is an advisory role and is not intended to replace, even on a temporary basis, the roles and responsibilities of parents, guardians, responsible adults or carers. The final decision as to whether an activity or event which involves young people / vulnerable adults receives approval remains at all times with the Committee of the Club.

Lisa Greenwood is Rossendale Road Club and can be contacted by email  welfareofficer@rossendaleroadclub.com

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.