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Derek’s Sparkling Saumur

This summer, my wife and I spent the last weekend of our holiday in France at the lovely town of Saumur on the banks of the River Loire which, incidentally, is the longest river in France. Our aim was to take in the Anjou Vélo Vintage. 2017 was the 7th running of the vintage cycle festival, although we can remember riding in the Sunday traffic-free cycle ride along the Loire some 20 years ago.

vvs6The festival just about takes in everything you can cram into a long weekend in typically French style. Added to this is the Saturday market in Saumur which takes over all the streets in the centre of town. There are 3 signposted rides on the Saturday of various length and difficulty. I rode the 120km ‘Authentic’ which is only open to pre-1987 bikes. The ride is noted as 120km, which turned out to be 130km, and includes 30km of gravel tracks. I rode my 1984 Holdsworth fitted with 25mm Schwalbe Durano tyres which were perfecty adequate. Many riders on narrower and lighter rubber suffered punctures! The route was well signposted and on very quiet roads and tracks.vvs3 vvs2

My 32 Euros included a brioche before the start, one drink stop, 2 food stops and an eat-all-you-want dinner at the end in the Town Hall square with musical entertainment, including wine. Typically French, wine was also on tap at the stops! My goody bag included energy bar, wine drink voucher, wine glass as an event memento and also a voucher for a bottle of Saumur sparkling white, especially bottled for the event.

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The entertainment on stage and in the streets was fantastic, obviously geared at 40s and 50s dance and jive music. Getting dressed in period was ‘de rigueur’, with plenty of stalls selling food, wine, clothing, bikes and bike bits.

On Sunday – plenty of choice. There were 3 signposted routes on offer plus the chance to ride alongside both banks of the Loire down to Angers, with roads completely closed to traffic. In 2016, we rode the 30km ‘family’ route which was great fun – with SEVEN included stops, all including a glass of wine. The 30km route took us nearly 51/2 hours! The best part of the route was through the underground ‘Caves’, old tunnels into the Tufa limestone, which are now used for storing and maturing the sparkling wines of this region. After that wobbly ride, we decided this year not to register but to make our own way around the closed 30km circuit. In every village around the route, there are bars, barbecues and food stops where you can stop, sit and watch the world on 2 wheels (and one, three or four wheels!) go by.

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We camped at the Camping d’Offard which is on an island in the middle of the river. The campsite has it’s own bar, restaurant and swimming pool, although it’s only a 15 minute walk or ride into town. There are other camp sites nearby and I believe decent budget to top standard accommodation is also plentiful. Saumur is 3 -4 hours drive South from Caen, and obviously there are other ports and flight options.

We’re definitely going again in 2018, Pauleen’s already supplementing her wardrobe!, so if anyone’s interested or wants more information please let me know. Check out some of the photos on the attached – you may be able to spot yours truly in ‘l’Authentic’!

Derek Schofield

TT News

Rossendale riders have been busy lately in competition, both on and off road, with the highlights being the performances in the recent West Pennine 10 mile time trial event at Sawley, near Clitheroe. The club just missed out on the overall team award by under a minute, with Lisa Greenwood and Sean Greenwood both gaining PBs, in 28:75 and 23:27 respectively. Paul Warrener was 12th overall with 23:14 and Chris Thomas 23rd (24:53).

Lisa Greenwood

Off road, the 1st round of this summer’s Mountain Bike Madness series took place at Leverhulme Park, Bolton. James Tudor was the leading valley rider, coming home 16th in the Expert racer class. Carl Nelson was 34th and Adrian Watts also 16th, this time in the Enthusiast class.

Back on the roads, Blackburn CTC’s 2 up time trial took place at St Michaels last Thursday evening. On a tricky circuit JLT Condor took the win in an astonishing time of 19:16 mins for the 10 miles. Three pairings from the club rode in the event and Paul Warrener and Derek Schofield took the vets award in a time of 23:07 with Chris Thomas/Craig Howarth in 22nd place. A welcome return to racing for Peter Duerden and Tony Pilling saw them take 26th place with an encouraging time of 26:25 mins.

Derek Paul

After 3 events in The Harry law evening TT series, Paul Warrener leads overall by a slender margin of one point from Roy Flanagan. Mick McGrane leads the road bike club class and Natasha Newell heads the Ladies.

April 2017 Meeting Minutes

  1. Apologies & Minutes

Norman Lomax sends his apologies

Discussed group riding link shared on Facebook page about group riding etiquette

  1. Tuesday night Harry Law TT series

Starts next Tuesday 2nd May. Dates to go up on the website.

Volunteers are required to Marshall if anyone would like to help out.

Deerplay Hill climb events on 4th July and 5th September

  1. Club trips

Club trip to Wales is going to be postponed due lack of interest

The club are organising a ride to watch the tour of Yorkshire on Sunday 30th April

A few members are looking at going to the York rally on 24th June

  1. Club rides

Last Tuesday ride until after the summer 10 mile TT series tomorrow

  1. Events 2017

Next event summer mountain bike on 20th July

Cyclocross race date still tbc

  1. Club challenge ride this year

We will be riding la grim Pierre which is a local ride of about 60 very hilly miles on Sunday 23rd July starting at 9am from kay street car park in Rawtenstall

  1. AOB

There is still a small selection of club kit priced at £69 for the bibtights.

Website needs redesigning to make it easier to access information and easier for new members to join. We would like members input on how we can improve this. Details to Adrian Watts (adrianc.watts@gmail.com)

  1. Next meeting

Tuesday 6th June at the Hapton Inn after the time trial

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.

Events:

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.

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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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”
http://www.justgiving.com/David-Royle3
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.

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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).