News Round up 27/10/2012

A collection of news items that have come our way but don’t really warrant an article on their own.


British Cycling have arranged an Inter cluster competition on the Velodrome for Go Ride clubs on 4th November 2012, The Go-Ride Cup.

Rosa Martin from Ribble Valley Juniors has been selected to represent the Amber group in the Lancashire Team.



Several club members have been asking about Bike Maintenance sessions which we promised to pursue as winter approaches…

If you are interested in basic maintenance at (say) the club premises on a Saturday instead of the normal ride (or any other idea) please register your interest with a committee member.

bike_maintenanceAmong several other possibilities, is this British Cycling flyer..location and cost are the unknowns we have queried.

‘If you’re a regular cyclist thinking about improving your bike maintenance knowledge this autumn and winter, we’ve got the perfect courses for you.

Run in conjunction with Pro Tool School, we’ll be offering workshops in a range of locations from November. They’re designed to go beyond the basics and really develop your skills and confidence.


Late news: Cost from £125. Location Manchester. More information can be found on British Cycling and Skyride


Winter Training

Several Ribble Valley Juniors would be racers remember arriving at Southport last year not quite as well prepared as others… queries have been raised about Winter Spinning Classes, off season Preston Arena sessions and joint parent/guardian/young rider opportunities at Manchester Velodrome.

Spinning Classes previously have not been well supported and have cost the club funds. We are investigating possibilities but need to quantify the level of interest and commitment!

Sessions at Preston Arena in the period before May 2013 are obviously weather susceptible but another possibility. Interested??

Taster sessions are available at Manchester Velodrome for family riders (adults +children) on Friday evenings 5-6pm for limited numbers. Interested?

We are registered with the Velodrome for Track availability/cancellations    but the programme is currently full until April 2013. More realistic opportunities will be via NW Cluster sessions-the next will be 25/11/2012 details soon.


Opportunities at Blackpool

Half Term

31st October, 1st November, 2nd November

Closed road coaching, skills and races. For ages 11-16 years. Cost £7.50/day.

11.00-15.00.Bring packed lunch,drinks & suitable clothing.
At Palatine Circuit, Blackpool FY4 2AP

For further information contact Tom Leivers,
Mobile: +44 (0)7534 281261 |  Office 0161 274 2070

and then

Starting on Tuesday 6th November from 7pm till 9pm there will be Youth Chain Gang sessions on Palatine Circuit, Blackpool, FY4 2AP. Cost £2/rider

Maintain that summer form or improve ready for next season.

Training on a safe floodlit circuit for Youth A, B’s and competitive C’s whatever the weather (if its icy bring rollers/turbos and we’ll be in the sports hall) Club volunteers welcome as well.

Dress for the weather, a solid light front and back. Showers and changing available in the Leisure Centre. Siblings/others can join in with BYCA’s indoor fitness session in the Sports Hall from 7pm. Cost £2.

Note: For Youth A, B and competitive C riders. For further information contact Tom Leivers, Mobile: +44 (0)7534 281261 |  Office 0161 274 2070



Coaching Qualifications. British Cycling has coaching courses in January and February for Level 1 and Level 2 with limited bursaries available. See British Cycling website for details if interested.



Fed up with trying to dodge craters in the road?

Well the CTC have created a website to make reporting them a lot easier. . Simply click on a map to locate the problem and fill out a short form to describe it and the relevent Highways Authority will be notified. Who knows, if enough people report them some may even get fixed.



  • If you are interested in the Blackpool events contact Tom Leivers direct as detailed above.
  • If you are interested in pursuing any of the other items above please  send comments/commitments/ideas in reply to this email or raise them with any coach or committee member.