January 2017 club news

Saturday sessions

There will be no session on January 28 as the Track Nationals are on. Group 1/2 schedule is

January 21 - Group 2
February 4 - Group 1
February 11 - Group 2
February 18 - Group 1
February  25 - Group 2

Group 3 attend weekly. There will be a meeting for riders and parents after the session on January 21, an opportunity to discuss track accreditation, Omniums and any other queries. We will arrange a meeting date for Group 1 parents next month.

Wednesday sessions

Omnium preparation - starting this coming Wednesday 18 we will be running a programme of sessions covering all the track omnium events (match sprint/keirin, time trial, elimination, scratch and points races. Information on the omnium structure and rules is here. Entries for the Eastlands event on Sunday May 21 are now open here.

Tameside circuit sessions

BC coach Craig Ansell is running a series of open sessions for Youth A/B riders at the Tameside circuit on Mondays January 16/30,February 13/27 and March 20, all 7pm start. Sessions aim to develop bunch riding skills and tactics in preparation for the coming season. Road bikes only, if the weather is too bad to use the circuit there will be an indoor roller/turbo session - bring your own! Booking essential - Go Ride events pages on BC website.

Craig is also running circuit race skills sessions for girls and women only on alternate Mondays, next session is January 23 at 7pm. More info and entries here. 

We are running an Eastlands/Sportcity session at Tameside on Saturday January 28, 11-1pm, road bikes essential, entries here.

Riders and parents meetings

There are two meetings arranged, the aim is for riders, parents, committee members and coaches to discuss the year ahead and the racing and coaching programme. The first meeting is for Youth A/Juniors/Wednesday riders and will be after this Wednesday's session, January 18, 8pm in the boardroom at the velodrome. On Saturday January 21 there will be a meeting after the session (11am) for Saturday riders. As this Saturday is a Group 2/3 session we will arrange a date next month for Saturday Group 1.

Club subs for 2017

If you haven't renewed already please do so by the end of this month - you can renew onlinehere.

NCC registration

Accredited riders - if you intend to ride velodrome SQTs when you turn 15 then you will need to register yourself with the NCC first - you can do this here or at velodrome reception - your parents will also need to complete and hand in a parental consent form.


Tim Ferguson
Club Secretary

October Update - Club News

Saturday cancellations

New members - these Saturday sessions are cancelled due to other events taking place at the velodrome -  19th Nov, 26th Nov, 3rd Dec.

We hope to run at least one road circuit session at Tameside on the 19th or 3rd, details later. Riders will need to bring a road bike.

Cyclo cross coaching sessions

BC are running these sessions at Tameside on Tuesday and Thursday this week:

Knowsley track sessions

No 1-3pm session this Sunday 30th but Matthew Crampton is running a coaching session for 12-16 year olds from 10am -12. Cost is £12, online booking required https://podiumfitness.ptminder.com

Eastlands Velo Monday beginners sessions

These are now fully booked until March 2017 but new riders looking to get on the track can still get on the velodrome's own youth taster sessions - details here.

Tim Ferguson
Club Secretary

More January News...

Session cancellation, Saturday 23rd January

Our 8-11am track session has been cancelled as Revolution want the rider's D to set up for their event.

York track training day

This is now on (weather permitting) and will run from 1-4pm on Sunday 10th April at York Velodrome, York Sport Village. It will focus on omnium events so bring your omnium kit and please use appropriate equipment and gearing. It is a new outdoor track, 250m and one of the Northern Youth Omnium rounds will be held there on 7th May so it's a great opportunity to prepare for this. Usual session charges and please keep an eye on the weather forecast. I will check conditions with the velodrome first thing on the Sunday morning and email if they have to cancel.

Youth Tour of Scotland

We have two U16 boys teams going to this event and would like to enter a girls team also - but we need more riders for a team! The girls event is open to U16 and U14s and is a great opportunity for Youth A/B girls with road/circuit racing experience. The event is from April 1st to 4th (full details here) , please let me know if you are interested.

Support Matt Rotherham!

Sportcity Velo's Matt Rotherham has launched a fundraising bid to support his 2016 sprinting season. Matt has made great progress over the past few months - some of you will have seen him beating national sprint champion Lewis Oliva 2-0 and setting a 10.14 PB for 200m at the last Revolution - and if you would like to support him this year you can make a donation on hisgofundme page. Read about what he's up to on 53x12.net.


Tim Ferguson
Club Secretary

September 2016 Club News

A reminder that we have a few session cancellations coming up, Saturday in particular - starting 17th September

3rd Oct, 26th Dec

5th Oct

17th September, 1st Oct, 8th Oct, 22nd Oct, 19th Nov, 26th Nov, 3rd Dec.

Club rollers

We need all rollers back in please as we hire them out to riders at the World Masters. Can you bring them in to Mondays track league or to next week's club sessions. Please make sure you let us know when you bring them back.

Cyclo cross at Belle Vue Speedway Stadium

This is a pre speedway race event on Friday 23rd September at the National Speedway Centre, Belle Vue, Manchester (just down the road from the velodrome). It's for youth riders and will be a 1 lap race on the shale track, starting at 7pm. Track standing ability (waiting for the start tapes to go up) useful but not essential. Free admission to the grandstand for the speedway event following for riders and parents. If you're interested in riding please contact Sarah Grimshaw - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Tim Ferguson
Club Secretary



Len Woffindin & British Cycling

A very big thanks for the support from Eastlands and Sportcity, and to those who came not on this email, and equally to those who ran the session to allow me time to go.


I am now a BC North West board member.


The first job will be to see just what goes on!