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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.