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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.

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

14th MAY 2019 HARRY LAW HAPTON 10s

We are now into our second round of the Harry Law Hapton 10’s.   The event is organised by Paul Warrener and all the grateful help received from members of Rossendale Road Club and Friends!

These are run on Tuesday evenings and are sign on at the Hapton Inn at 6.30 p.m. for a 7.00 p.m. start, PRICED @ £3.00. PLEASE SEE OUR FACEBOOK SITE FOR THE LATEST RESULTS.

You are welcome to come along and ‘have a go’!

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.


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.

vvs7   vvs5  vvs1

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