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 if you want any more information, and if you are going to ride, please let me know as well.

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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

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.

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.

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.

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.



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