All posts by Roy Flanagan

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.

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.

Weekly news from RRC

Last week saw the annual 2-leg inter-club challenge for the Malcolm Eccles time trial trophy. Unfortunately, due to road works on the Rossendale course, the event was held on a single night at Bashall Eaves. With additional interest from the Pendle Forest, Nelson Wheelers and Green Jersey clubs, a total of 40 riders made the start line. Rossendale suffered an early omission when Derek Schofield punctured on the start line, but the club fared well to finish in 3rd place overall with Paul Warrener leading the team. The hosting North Lancs RC took the trophy overall.

Tuesday this week was a return to the Hapton circuit and it was returning club member Mark Berry who took the overall win in a time of 25:22 for the 10 mile circuit against a strong head wing on the climbing section of the course. Berry was over a minute ahead of 2nd placed Tony Bowler, who finished just 2 seconds in front of Patrick Walkington. Regular riders Paul Warrener and Roy Flanagan were 4th and 5th respectively. The unfortunate 16 year old Maisy Vasic lost a minute when she misjudged the turn at her first race on the Hapton circuit and finished 8th overall, which must surely be improved on her next visit.

There are 2 remaining rounds of the Harry Law series at Hapton, with all welcome to set a time for 10 mile time trial. Sign on from 6:30 pm at the Hapton Inn.

Derek Schofield