Minutes of Latest Club meeting


Rossendale Road Club meeting 26/9/16

Attendance: Luke Dabbs, Richie Watts, Damian Ludlow, Adrian Watts, Will Brown, Lisa Greenwood

Apologies: Mick and Tracey Taylor, Paul Warrener, Linda Felton, Derek Schofield, Chris Thomas, Si Ollerenshaw

Training rides: Chris Thomas asked about being able to vary the Thursday evening rides to include other areas, it was discussed and the feeling was that the system worked well and there is scope to vary the rides so long as the initial direction is kept to so that riders know where to join in if late. If there are other rides that could be fitted into the schedule are wanted then we can insert them into the range of rides.

Tuesday training: We would like to formalise Tuesday evening rides September to May so we are seeking ideas.

Kit: There is the potential for another manufacturer for the kit and this will hopefully be on show at the October meeting, there is website that can be accessed to view the offer.


CX at Landgate; this was a success and the help that was given on both the Saturday and Sunday was greatly appreciated by Richie and Adrian. The event earnt the club over £100. There has been one complaint this year about the parking which we will respond to in the near future.

Club Events: The two events we run in the Ribble Valley have failed to attract enough interest to make them worthwhile to put on and the meeting felt it was time to stop them, no decision has been made to give other members the chance to come to the October meeting with other ideas.

Harry Law 10’s: After the success of the road bike only event on the last event in August it was suggested that we try running two competitions in one next year and splitting the results as road bike and TT bikes when published.

Hill Climbs: A suggestion was made at the Roadmans Hill climb that we could try another one during season.

Presentation: This years presentation will be on Saturday 19th November at Sykeside as in previous years. Please return all trophies to Adrian ASAP.

Open Events: Next year we are only committed to two time trials, Spoco on 25th February and Hill Climb 7th October.

The AGM will be held at the November meeting 27/11/16.

Next meeting 31st October at the Jolly Sailor at 8pm.

WoodPlumpton Hillclimb 1st Oct 2016

20 David Huck Lakes Road Club Male Senior 2.37.4 1st overall
21 Aidan Holgate North Lancs RC Male Senior 2.46.9 2nd overall
27 Thomas Brook Lancaster CC Male Senior 2.52.4 3rd overall
15 Sam Anderton North Lancs RC Male Senior 2.53.4 4th overall
10 Mark Tickle Leigh Premier Road Club Male Senior 3.00.8 5th overall
25 William Brown Rossendale RC Male Senior 3.07.7
5 Chris Smith Condor RC Male Senior 3.10.7
24 David Stammers Bury Clarion CC Male Senior 3.22.4
22 John Hartley Salford Cycling Club Male Veteran 3.24.6 1st vet
23 Russell Milnes Rossendale RC Male Veteran 3.31.6 2nd vet
16 Paul Targett Pendle Forest CC Male Veteran 3.34.1 3rd vet
26 Kevin Williams ABC Centreville Male Veteran 3.43.6
6 Charlotte Gorman Bury Clarion CC Female Senior 3.49.6 1st lady
17 Will Kerry Lancashire RC Male Junior 3.58.8
3 Julian Monk Rossendale RC Male Veteran 4.11.8
4 Holly Carter Manchester Wheelers Female Senior 4.19.4 2nd lady
11 Martin Wilson Manchester Wheelers Male Senior 4.22.3
8 Julie Holden Salford Cycling Club Female Veteran 4.23.9 3rd lady
7 Hope Kerry Lancashire RC Female Senior 4.24.3
13 Carol Westmorland Border City Whs CC Female Veteran 4.26.2
12 Christopher Thomas Rossendale RC Male Veteran 4.28.3
14 Craig Howarth Rossendale RC Male Veteran 4.37.2
18 Paul Drake Clitheroe Bike Club Male Veteran 5.24.6
19 David Tinker Clayton velo Male Veteran 5.39.9
1 Lisa Greenwood Rossendale RC Female Veteran 5.54.5


Combined Clubs’ 25… Impromptu 10

Nine riders from Rossendale braved a threatening forecast to ride the Impromptu 10 mile time trial at Garstang on Sunday, after roadworks on the A6 forced the Combined Clubs’ 25 mile tt on the L2528 course to be shortened. The rain held off for the Rossendale Riders’ late start times, although blustery conditions made going difficult at times. It being particularly tough on the outward leg through Nateby, but stronger riders were able to take advantage of the strong tailwind through St Michael’s to the finish.

Steve Irwin (NLRC) took the first place in a strong field with a time of 21:52 but there were some excellent rides from our club contingent, with Paul Warrener (24:03) leading the pack, followed by Derek Schofield (24:49) and Russ Milnes (25:02).

Eyes turn to the hills now with the Woodplumpton Road HC this Saturday 1st October, followed by Lancashire Road Clubs event on the Rake the following Sunday.

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Harry Law 10

In the absence of the ‘big hitters’, it was the turn of the lesser lights to shine at Tuesdays’s latest round of the Rossendale Road Club’s summer time trial series. Andy Horner of Bury Clarion took the opportunity to record his first win of the season in an excellent time of 25:31min for the 10 mile circuit in blustery conditions. Close on his heels was valley club member Derek Schofield, making a rare appearance in this series, in 25:44 with Russ Milnes just another 24 secs back in 3rd.
Riders from both North Lancs and Clitheroe bike clubs made an appearance, in preparation for next week’s running of the Malcolm Eccles Trophy, raised in memory of Malcolm who was a long serving member of Rossendale RC. This will be run over Tuesday and Wednesday evenings over the Hapton and Bashall Eaves circuits, with the aggregate scores from the top 5 riders from each club counting towards the event, and the valley club will be hoping to retain the trophy they won in 2015. With 5 riders counting, strength in depth is the key and all members are urged to turn out to support the club over the two nights of racing. Marshals will also be needed and all help would be appreciated.



Chris Thomas PB Second Week Running

For the second week in succession, Chris Thomas of Edenfield, riding for the Rossendale Road Club, broke his PB for a 10 mile time trial. At The Lancashire RC’s event at Garstang on Saturday, Thomas finished in a time of 24:42 min, average speed 24.29 mph, to take 35th spot in the full field of riders. It was success all round for the valley club with Paul Warrener and Linda Felton taking the tandem award in 27:24 and Lisa Greenwood in the Ladies race with 28:43. Derek Schofield completed the valley team with a time of 23:57 to take 28th spot overall.

Warrener continued his good form on Tuesday to be top local rider in the evening Harry Law TT series, in second spot being North Lancs’ Paul Taylor, and just 3 seconds in front of Andy Horner of Bury Clarion. Roy Flanagan was 5th in 26:22 with Luke Dabbs a further 30 seconds back in 6th. The action continues at Hapton next Tuesday with sign on from 6:30 pm, all are welcome to come and give time trialling a go. The club events are open to novices and newcomers, ordinary road bikes are fully suitable and no club membership is necessary.

200 Mile Bike ride

200 Mile Bike ride – Sunday 29th May 2016
Not only a personal challenge but a way of raising money for a charity raising money to buy a Neonatal ICU incubator for Pennine Acute Hospitals Charity, “Life and Comfort”
I am asking all riders to give a voluntary £20 donation to the charity and also to share this page with friends so they can sponsor you.
The route is shown on the Map, basically we will cycle to the coast and back, but the long way, a tcx file is available.
We are also looking for somebody to possibly support the ride by driving the route carrying spares and nutrition, any volunteers to contact Damian, Adrian or myself.
The more riders we have the easier it will be to complete, so please do join us, it is open to anybody, not just RRC riders.
It will start at 6 am from Kay Street car park in Rawtenstall.
Please email Richie on richie.watts@btinternet.com if you want any more information, and if you are going to ride, please let me know as well.

Map 200 mile bike ride                                              logo life and comfort

Bolton-by-Bowland SPOCO


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

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

Macclesfield Supacross 2015

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.