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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.

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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 (

  1. Next meeting

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