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

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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.

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