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.
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 – 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 email@example.com if you want any more information, and if you are going to ride, please let me know as well.
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).
Lee Baldwin (24:49) led Champion Systems VCUK to the team prize.
Full results available here. Download
Photos: Norman Lomax
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.
The club and friends tribute to Ben, you will be missed by all.
Ben on the Rake
Start at Kay Street At the start of Cragg Vale
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.
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).