Rossendale Road Club

Minutes of 2019 Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 26th November, 7:30pm at Marl Pits Sports Club 

Present:  Derek Schofield, Pauleen Schofield, Adrian Watts,, Julian Monk, Roy Flanagan, Kay Flanagan, Tony Bowler, Damien Ludlow, Lisa Greenwood, Mark Berry, Graham Wright, Paul Warrenenr.

Apologies: Patrick Hickey, Richie Watts, Tracey Taylor, Linda Felton.

Minutes of AGM 2018 (not presented)

Officers reports:

Chairman Paul Warrener

“ Thanks to everyone for supporting our club events. It’s good to see some new names on the trophies this year. I would like to say a big thank you to all our members, new and old, for marshalling, time keeping, organising meetings and, more important, taking part. You’re all amazing. Let’s hope the winter is kind and Xmas is peaceful and happy.

See you all at our first event in February.

Let’s keep our wheels and enthusiasm turning.”


Treasurer Adrian Watts

Profit and Loss account attached.

Adrian noted there is additional expenses of some £300 for the Lee Mill MTB event to be added. This would reduce the net surplus to approximately £107.

Adrian noted there are 23 members paid up for 2019.

There is a balance of over £8,000 in the club account.

The following items were recommended and approved:

  1. Membership subscription for 2020 remains the same as previous at £10
  2. Entry fee for club TTs remains the same as previous at £3. It was noted this covers the CTT levy charge.
  3. The first 2 rides for non-CTT affiliated riders are free. This to be advertised closer to the start of the race season, say mid April.

There was some questions on membership and media. Adrian advised membership forms and club bank account details are available on the club’s website and should be completed.

Tony will set up Facebook and WhatsApp groups which should broaden the information spread.

Post meeting note: This has been completed, together with an Instagram account by Pat Hickey.

Secretary Derek Schofield

Derek noted the Tool and Book libraries are open for business, and thanked those that have made donations. These will be made avilable at each monthly meeting or by contacting Derek direct.

Welfare Lisa Greenwood

No incidents to report

Race secretary Paul Warrener

There have been a few cancelled club events due to inclement weather and roadworks which has reduced the total income. The Whalley – Settle and Bolton by Bowland events attracted a reasonable entry.

It was agreed to run the same events through 2020. 

Election of officers

Chairman             Paul Warrener                                                                                                                       proposed Roy Flanagan   seconded Kay Flanagan

Treasurer             Adrian Watts                                                                                                                   proposed Derek Schofield  seconded Tony Bowler

Secretary             Derek Schofield                                                                                                           proposed Adrian Watts  seconded Kay Flanaga                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Welfare               Lisa Greenwood                                                                                                              proposed Derek Schofield  seconded Adrian Watts

Race Secretary   Paul Warrener                                                                                                          proposed Kay Flanagan seconded Roy Flanagan


Any other business

DS queried the status of club kit. Adrian had looked at alternative suppliers but Champion appeared to provide a reasonable quality and price and it was agreed this should remain. Adrian noted a minimum 10 major kit items must be ordered at any one time, and some additional items are in stock – jerseys and bib tights. It was agreed a new order is opened in the New Year for delivery prior to the 2020 race season.

Date of next Annual General Meeting    TBA


The Rossendale Road Club held their annual dinner and trophy presentation evening at the Sykeside Hotel on Friday, and it was Mark Berry who took the major time trial awards in his first full season of racing with the club. It was not the first time that M.Berry appeared on the trophy winners list though, since Mark was following in his father’s footsteps when his name was noted as a winner during his spell as British Cycle Speedway champion in the early 1970’s.

In addition to the Hill Climb cup, Whalley – Settle cup and Bolton by Bowland cup, Mark’s biggest achievement in 2019 was taking the Harry Law trophy for the evening 10m TT series with a maximum 80 points from his eight winning rides, from 2nd placed Paul Warrener on 73 and 3rd placed Tony Bowler on 70.

Roy Flanagan took the 25m TT cup, the E.Sutton Trophy for the Lakes and Lancs Spoco series and Best All Rounder award with Paul Warrener taking the Labour Party cup for the best 10m TT.

A great night was had by all with a lovely meal, good coversation and a fiendishly difficult test of unscrambling anagrams of pro-cyclist’s names, set by Derek Schofield.


Rossendale Road Club

Annual General Meeting, to be held on Tuesday 26th November, 7:30pm at Marl Pits Sports Club 




  • Minutes of AGM 2018
  • Officers reports:





Race secretary

  • Election of officers
  • Monthly meeting (minutes from October 2019)
  • Any other business

Date of next meeting

October meeting

Rossendale Road Club

Minutes of Tuesday, 29th October 2019 at The Jolly Sailor, Waterfoot

Present:  Derek Schofield, Pauleen Schofield, Linda Felton, Paul Warrener, Adrian Watts, Patrick Michael, Tony Bowler, Roy Flanagan, Richie Watts, Damien Ludlow, Lisa Greenwood


Mark Berry

  • Club rides

Thursday night proposals for September (repeated for October):

31st Oct               Cliviger, Tod and Bacup

Rides for November to follow previous ‘winter’ rides ie. with street lighting. Adrian to advise. 

  • MTB event

To attract more entries, the 2020 event will be held earlier in the year, possibly on a Saturday. AW to confirm.

  • Club Trophies

PW to advise details of 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for trophies.

Agreed that awards are only presented for winners of each trophy. 2nd and 3rd placed to be recorded.

Secret vote taken for Clubman of the Year – to be presented at the Club Dinner.

4 no cups are past their best – to be replaced with shields (18” model in catalogue)

Past winners to be engraved on rear of new shields. 

  • Club Dinner

AW confirmed only available date for Sykeside is Friday 22nd November, and is now booked.

DS has prepared a light hearted quiz for the evening.

Ken Whitehead (Master’s World Team Pursuit champion) has kindly accepted an invitation to attend the dinner as a club guest and to present trophies.

AW has issued the menu, to be returned by latest Wed, 20th November.

Meal booked at 7pm for 7:30. 

  • Annual General Meeting

It is proposed to hold the AGM on Tuesday 26th November. Whitewell Community Centre proposed as a possible venue – AW to check out a contact.

DS will also check out Marl Pits pavilion and Sports Club as possible alternatives. 

  • AOB
  1. AW asked for ideas to increase off-road interest for youth riders, via Rocky Riders. DS offered to place article in Free Press. DS/AW to prepare.
  1. Tool and Book libraries now set up for loan by members. DS will administrate.
  1. GW has now confirmed a NWCCA event at Marl Pits on 18th Jan 2020, under the banner of the RRC. A rosta for helpers has already been issued by GW. Possible additional help will be needed on Friday 17th Jan for course preparation and marking out.
  1. RF noted long term roadworks between Rosegrove and Hapton may reduce traffic on the club’s 10m TT course during 2020. To be checked.
  1. DS queried which affiliations are required.

Agreed as CTT, British Cycling, NLTTA (to included L&L Spoco)

DS to action.

Date of next meeting

AGM 8pm, Tuesday 26th November Venue to be confirmed

NWCCA Cyclocross Heaton Park Manchester

The latest round of the North west cyclo-cross series took place at Heaton Park on Sunday and, after all the recent rain, the course was surprisingly not complete with glutinous mud and the day itself kept dry. Several steep hills were still present though and greasy off-camber bankings kept riders alert.The weather and super venue helped to attract the majority of the North West’s top ‘crossers’ and all the races were extremely competitive.

First rider from Rossendale in action was young Elsie Haygarth in the U12 race, and she rode strongly to finish 3rd girl and 14th overall, slightly down on her previous results but commendable considering the strength of the field.

In the combined Ladies and V50 Men’s race, Tony Bowler continued his strong showing in the league as the leading RRC club member in 17th, with Derek Schofield 30th and 3rd V60. One lap down Roy Flanagan continued his learning curve in his first season of ‘cross’ and, after a bright start, slowed to 49th, and another newcomer,  Phil Warner, turned the tables on Graham Wright from the previous week to finish 62nd, repeating his V70 victory.

In the men’s V40 race, Dave Haygarth was slow off the line, but pulled back to finish 19th, but couldn’t repeat this performance in the later Senior race, coming in 33rd, just in front of Men’s Junior Matt Toman in 38th, a good showing in his first race of the season after a long lay-off due to exams.

There’s a break in the league this weekend, with the next event on Sunday 3rd November at Stadt Moers, Whiston.

Quieter road for next year’s 10’s?

There are plans for road works at Rosegrove starting in November for a period of 12 months. Accrington road from Rosegrove to the bottom roundabout will be closed for this period meaning that there will be no traffic entering the bottom roundabout from Accrington Rd and no traffic coming off the motorway to turn left towards Rosegrove, also there should be very little traffic flow from the Accrington direction.

World Masters Track cycling Championships

The 25th running of the World Masters Track Cycling championships was held recently at the Manchester Velodrome. It was a jubilant Ken Whitehead of Haslingden who was a member of the Manchester ‘A’ team, representing Great Britain, to take the Gold medal in the team pursuit for the Male 65-69 age group, retaining their title from 2018 in Los Angeles. This was Ken’s first ride in the World Championships, having been brought in to strengthen the 4 man squad to defend their title.

Derek Schofield of RRC was also taking part in these championships for the first time, in the Manchester ‘B’ team also representing Great Britain, but was disappointed when the team failed to qualify for the bronze medal final by 8 seconds, finishing their 4 km ride in a time of 5:24:35.

Derek also competed in the  points race and although not getting in the medals he enjoyed his first taste of competition at this level and is looking forward to competing again next time.

Annual Presentation and Dinner

Hi all,

The Sykeside, Haslingden, is provisionally booked for Friday 22nd November, 7:30. Price will be £20 per head for the dinner – menus will be issued shortly. Please can you confirm interest soonest to myself and/or Adrian, then we can confirm with Sykeside.

Harry Law 10

Riders in the penultimate round of the Harry Law cycling TT series met a rare calm evening on the Hapton circuit on Tuesday and both Tony Bowler and Phil Hull recorded PBs of 25:49 and 27:56 respectively.. Mark Berry took the win in an impressive time of 24:47 and leads the series overall. The final round takes place next week and all are welcome, with refreshments provided afterwards, and all are welcome to attend and post a time. Entry fee is £3 on the line, with sign on from 6:30 at the Hapton Inn

Hope Pre-Peaks Ride

Three intrepid members of Rossendale Road Club were up early on Sunday morning to travel to Barnoldswick where the Hope Pre-Peaks ride starts at the Hope factory. Graham Wright, Derek Schofield and Paul Warrener were accompanied by friend and NLRC rider Phill Warner. Hope Technology organise the ride and part of the proceeds go to the charity Bosom Friends who help to support Cancer sufferers. The ride sets off over Weets Hill and heads towards the Yorkshire Dales, the home of the 3 Peaks classic race. The Pre-Peaks covers a choice of distances  of either 70 or 85 km and can be ridden on a mountain bike or a Cyclocross bike. There is a total of 1800 metres of climbing.

The ‘boys’ are pictured below at the second food stop where it was raining, the only other time it rained was at the first food stop – there must be a moral to this!

The ride was quite eventful with 1 puncture, 3 broken spokes, one bent rear mech and one snapped chain but there were, thankfully, no mishaps/injuries to report and they all finished together in a time of just over 8 hours.