Derek’s weekend round-up

The latest round of the L&L spoco series took place last Saturday’s time trial at Hurst Green, near Longridge, and the competitors had to endure a very wet and windy event. The 14 mile circuit took in a loop around Bashall Eaves and, together with major sponsorship, had attracted a large field of the NW’s top riders. Rossendale Road Club were well represented. The event was won by James Gullen of JLT Condor in 32:40, over 2 minutes ahead of second placed David Allonby. Derek Schofield headed the valley based riders in 22nd place (39:54), also taking the 1st V60 award. Paul Warrener (42:29) just held off Russell Milnes (42:59) to take 36th place, with Sean Greenwood making a welcome return to racing in 66th. Lisa Greenwood headed the local ladies in 71st (52:27) and Norman Lomax was unfortunate to suffer a puncture and didn’t finish.

The action on the following day moved North to Caton for a 22 mile event and, in equally bad conditions, James Gullen took his second win of the weekend. The sole representative from Rossendale was Paul Warrener who finished just over the hour in1:04:29 to take 41st spot.

The Spoco series moves further North this weekend with a 2 lap circuit on Sundayaround Lazonby, nr. Penrith.

Derek Schofield

2016 AGM Minutes

Rossendale Road Club Annual General Meeting


Present: Will Brown, Linda Felton, Paul Warrener, Adrian Watts, Damian Ludlow, Norman Lomax and Riche Watts
Apologies:  Derek Schofield, Mick & Tracey Taylor

1.     Opening remarks – Chairperson

It has been a good year for the club, 5 open events, 2 time trials, I mtb event, 1 cx event and a hill climb, for a small club we punch above our weight, my personal thanks to all who get involved with making these a success. They are all well received by the competitors and officials alike.

We ran over 20 club events, some more successful than others, which are up for discussion later.

Thanks to Damian again for organising the Sunday rides , these could be better attended, if anyone has any ideas we can discuss them at the end of the meeting.

The press results have been good again this year thanks to Derek Schofield, but he can only report on what we as members tell him.

Thanks to Mike O’Shea for administering the SPOCO league and also collating the Harry Law series

2.     Minutes from last meeting – 30th November 2015           Proposed                    Seconded
3.     Election of Officials

Post                 Willing to Stand              Proposed                     Seconded

a.     Chairman          Adrian Watts                           

b.    Secretary          Will Brown

c.     Race Secretary  Paul Warrener

d.    Treasurer           Linda Felton                            

e.     Social Sec        Norman Lomax         Richie Watts    Paul Warrener

f.     Publicity           Derek Schofield          All position passed enbloc

g.    Welfare             Lisa Greenwood

h.     Website             Russ Milnes
4.     Treasurer’s Report       Linda presented her accounts and these were accepted and are available for inspection.

Subscriptions to be left at the same level and the preferred payment method is BACS payment with a copy of the membership form emailing to Linda Felton and Secretary Will Brown.
5.     Club events
a.     Whalley to Settle and Festival of Britain to be discontinued

It was felt that we should look for a course nearer to the valley to continue the Festival event.

b.    Tuesday ‘Harry Law’ Hapton 10 dates for 2017

i.      Dates Evening 10’s – 2/5 9/5 16/5 23/5 30/5 6/6 13/6 20/6 27/6 11/7 18/7 25/7 1/8 8/8 15/8 22/8 29/8 There will be 2 categories for this series the usual TT series and also a Roadmans series where road bikes only are used (no TT bars allowed) It will be the best 8 to count and we will be awarding an open series award to non club members.

ii.      Roadman Hill Climb 4/7/17 and 5/9/17 The result will be decided on both event ie the total time for both events will decide the winner of the Roadman’s Hill Climb Cup

c.     Club Open Events

i.    SPOCO – Bolton by Bowland – 25 February 2017

ii.    Woodplumpton Hill Climb – 7 October 2017

d.    Midweek Mountain Bike Race Lee Quarry – July 2017
e.     CX Event (NWCCA) Landgate Quarry  – 17th September 2017

6.     AOB The future direction of the club was discussed and Norman Lomax offered to produce a ‘SurveyMonkey’ survey to go out to all members to get a feel from all members hopefully on what is required to include the possibility of a name change to show that we are and inclusive club not confined to the road.

It was proposed by Richie Watts and seconded by Paul Warrener that we elect John Leach as an Honorary  Life Member, this was carried unanimously.

7.     Date of the next meeting:  Monday 30th January 2017 at the Jolly Sailor.

8.     The meeting closed 21:45


Minutes of Latest Club meeting

Rossendale Road Club meeting 26/9/16

Attendance: Luke Dabbs, Richie Watts, Damian Ludlow, Adrian Watts, Will Brown, Lisa Greenwood

Apologies: Mick and Tracey Taylor, Paul Warrener, Linda Felton, Derek Schofield, Chris Thomas, Si Ollerenshaw

Training rides: Chris Thomas asked about being able to vary the Thursday evening rides to include other areas, it was discussed and the feeling was that the system worked well and there is scope to vary the rides so long as the initial direction is kept to so that riders know where to join in if late. If there are other rides that could be fitted into the schedule are wanted then we can insert them into the range of rides.

Tuesday training: We would like to formalise Tuesday evening rides September to May so we are seeking ideas.

Kit: There is the potential for another manufacturer for the kit and this will hopefully be on show at the October meeting, there is website that can be accessed to view the offer.


CX at Landgate; this was a success and the help that was given on both the Saturday and Sunday was greatly appreciated by Richie and Adrian. The event earnt the club over £100. There has been one complaint this year about the parking which we will respond to in the near future.

Club Events: The two events we run in the Ribble Valley have failed to attract enough interest to make them worthwhile to put on and the meeting felt it was time to stop them, no decision has been made to give other members the chance to come to the October meeting with other ideas.

Harry Law 10’s: After the success of the road bike only event on the last event in August it was suggested that we try running two competitions in one next year and splitting the results as road bike and TT bikes when published.

Hill Climbs: A suggestion was made at the Roadmans Hill climb that we could try another one during season.

Presentation: This years presentation will be on Saturday 19th November at Sykeside as in previous years. Please return all trophies to Adrian ASAP.

Open Events: Next year we are only committed to two time trials, Spoco on 25th February and Hill Climb 7th October.

The AGM will be held at the November meeting 27/11/16.

Next meeting 31st October at the Jolly Sailor at 8pm.

WoodPlumpton Hillclimb 1st Oct 2016

20 David Huck Lakes Road Club Male Senior 2.37.4 1st overall
21 Aidan Holgate North Lancs RC Male Senior 2.46.9 2nd overall
27 Thomas Brook Lancaster CC Male Senior 2.52.4 3rd overall
15 Sam Anderton North Lancs RC Male Senior 2.53.4 4th overall
10 Mark Tickle Leigh Premier Road Club Male Senior 3.00.8 5th overall
25 William Brown Rossendale RC Male Senior 3.07.7
5 Chris Smith Condor RC Male Senior 3.10.7
24 David Stammers Bury Clarion CC Male Senior 3.22.4
22 John Hartley Salford Cycling Club Male Veteran 3.24.6 1st vet
23 Russell Milnes Rossendale RC Male Veteran 3.31.6 2nd vet
16 Paul Targett Pendle Forest CC Male Veteran 3.34.1 3rd vet
26 Kevin Williams ABC Centreville Male Veteran 3.43.6
6 Charlotte Gorman Bury Clarion CC Female Senior 3.49.6 1st lady
17 Will Kerry Lancashire RC Male Junior 3.58.8
3 Julian Monk Rossendale RC Male Veteran 4.11.8
4 Holly Carter Manchester Wheelers Female Senior 4.19.4 2nd lady
11 Martin Wilson Manchester Wheelers Male Senior 4.22.3
8 Julie Holden Salford Cycling Club Female Veteran 4.23.9 3rd lady
7 Hope Kerry Lancashire RC Female Senior 4.24.3
13 Carol Westmorland Border City Whs CC Female Veteran 4.26.2
12 Christopher Thomas Rossendale RC Male Veteran 4.28.3
14 Craig Howarth Rossendale RC Male Veteran 4.37.2
18 Paul Drake Clitheroe Bike Club Male Veteran 5.24.6
19 David Tinker Clayton velo Male Veteran 5.39.9
1 Lisa Greenwood Rossendale RC Female Veteran 5.54.5

Combined Clubs’ 25… Impromptu 10

Nine riders from Rossendale braved a threatening forecast to ride the Impromptu 10 mile time trial at Garstang on Sunday, after roadworks on the A6 forced the Combined Clubs’ 25 mile tt on the L2528 course to be shortened. The rain held off for the Rossendale Riders’ late start times, although blustery conditions made going difficult at times. It being particularly tough on the outward leg through Nateby, but stronger riders were able to take advantage of the strong tailwind through St Michael’s to the finish.

Steve Irwin (NLRC) took the first place in a strong field with a time of 21:52 but there were some excellent rides from our club contingent, with Paul Warrener (24:03) leading the pack, followed by Derek Schofield (24:49) and Russ Milnes (25:02).

Eyes turn to the hills now with the Woodplumpton Road HC this Saturday 1st October, followed by Lancashire Road Clubs event on the Rake the following Sunday.

results-1   results-2


Harry Law 10

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.



Chris Thomas PB Second Week Running

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

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 if you want any more information, and if you are going to ride, please let me know as well.

Map 200 mile bike ride                                              logo life and comfort

Bolton-by-Bowland SPOCO

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