September Club News

Due to increasing attendance on Saturdays we are going to split the attendance times for Groups 1 and 2. Both groups will continue to run each week but Group 1 will run from 8 to 9.30am and Group 2 from 9.30 to 11am. Session cost for these groups will be £5. Group 3 will continue as previously, session cost £10. 

Group 2 riders, please sign on from 9am and get ready for a 9.15 roller warm up and then onto the track for 9.30. For riders new to rollers, the warm up will be run by a coach.

Saturday track cancellations and circuit sessions

Due to other events at the velodrome there will be no club sessions on Saturdays November 11/18/25 and December 2. We will be running road sessions instead at the Tameside cycle circuit. This is a closed (traffic free) tarmac circuit in Ashton under Lyne (OL7 9HG). The sessions are aimed at Saturday riders and for those new to circuits there will be a beginners group. You will need to bring a suitable road bike and there will be a bike check before the session. Bring a waterproof top, sessions continue when it rains!

To help plan the sessions it would be useful if you could let me know if you are likely to attend and any preferences for dates - November 11/18/25/December 2, 11am - 1pm, £5. Dates will be confirmed next month.

Wednesday session programme

Wednesdays will now be SQT and Derny sessions on alternate weeks, starting with SQT on October 4.

Winter track events

Icebreaker series at Newport Velodrome (27/1, 24/2, 24/3) - entries open Sunday October 1st at 10am

Youth A omniums at Derby Velodrome, Saturday February 17, running alongside National Track Omnium Championship.

Manchester Regional Track League - starts on October 6, first five weeks are fully booked, entries for the remaining weeks open October 9. You must be 14+ and registered with the league to enter.

Entries for these are on the BC website.

Chimp management workshop

Tim Buckle (former GB coach and squad member) will be running a chimp management workshop for us on Thursday 16th November, 7-9pm at the velodrome (BMX meeting rooms). Chimp management is a powerful mind management model that was developed by Dr Steve Peters and has helped support the success of the GB Olympic squad and in many other sports. The workshop aim is to help riders to get the best out of themselves.

Tim now works for Chimp Management Ltd and is giving his time free to raise funds for#rideforcharlie. This is a memorial fund, set up by the parents of the late Charlie Craig. Charlie was a very successful young cyclist who died in his sleep earlier this year and the fund aims to provide support to young off road cyclists who want to succeed in cycling as Charlie did. There will be a collection at the workshop and all contributions will go to #rideforcharlie

Club bike register

We're looking for volunteers to update our club bike register. We have a stock of track bikes which we loan to members so they can start racing before they get their own track bike. Updating the register will involve taking a photo and recording frame numbers and can be done at Saturday and Wednesday sessions. Please let me know if you are able to help and which session you could do.


Tim Ferguson
Club Secretary



August Club News

Session prices

We have kept session prices down for some time but with track hire charges increasing we are going to have to put up our session prices from September 1st. Saturday and Wednesday sessions will now be £10 (Manchester residents £8).

Saturday sessions

Groups 1 and 2 can attend all Saturday sessions for the time being. Please note Saturday cancellations on September 16, November 11/18/25, December 2.

Go-Ride Holiday Coaching Camps

BC Go-Ride coaches are running track, circuit and MTB camps for riders in Youth A/B/C and Junior Girls age categories. Entries must be online and details are available here.

HSBC UK Go-Ride Holiday Coaching Camps offer training and education dedicated to specific levels of rider over a range of disciplines. Camps are available at two levels.

If your child is new to cycling or not a regular at a club or races then the beginner’s camps are for them. These offer the participant a chance to develop and become proficient at a range of core cycling and bike handling techniques that will prepare them for their first club session or race.

If your child has experience of racing and is a Go-Ride Club regular then there are advanced camps. There will be the chance to improve on the skills developed at their club as well as look at techniques across disciplines that will progress your child to the next level of their cycling journey.

Youth accreditation

Wednesday sessions are for riders who have completed their youth accreditation and the aim of the Wednesday sessions is to improve a rider's skills and fitness for competition. Riders completing their youth accreditation on Saturdays will not be moved up to our Wednesday session until they are seen to be taking part in competition such as track leagues and omniums.

Please be aware that accreditation is not necessarily permanent. In line with the NCC accreditation procedures, accreditation will be suspended if riders do not attend Wednesday sessions for a period of six months. In order to return to Wednesdays a rider will first need to attend Saturday sessions for reassessment. Accreditation can also be suspended for inappropriate riding or conduct.

NCC accreditation

Riders age 15 and over who have completed our youth accreditation can take part in NCC SQT sessions. In order to access SQTs all riders must first register with the NCC so they have a customer file. To enable riders to book SQTs we pass on details of riders completing our youth accreditation to the NCC, so please make sure you are registered with them before trying to book an SQT. Online NCC registration is available here.

Track sessions at Knowsley Velodrome

The Sunday afternoon sessions have finished for the time being.

Carbon TT frame for sale

John Gledhill has a Ribble Aero TT frame/forks/seatpost for sale, £100, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Tim Ferguson
Club Secretary


Omnium Result 21 May 2017

Click for Omnium Results

July News

Saturday sessions

We're going back to having all groups riding on Saturdays as sessions are a bit less crowded over the school holidays - so it's groups 1/2/3 every Saturday until further notice. The session on Saturday September 16 is cancelled.


Sessions on August 16/30 will be Derny, other August sessions are SQTs. Wednesday riders age 15 and older are accredited to ride velodrome SQTs. To book a place on an SQT you must be registered with the NCC (do this at reception) and the club needs to confirm your accreditation with the track manager. Please let me know if you need your club accreditation confirming. In order to ride velodrome Derny sessions you need to have ridden on club Derny sessions first and coaches need to be satisfied that you are a competent rider.

BC Go-Ride Holiday Track Sessions

These are open sessions for A/B/Cs and Junior Girls, school holiday Mondays 9-12. They must be booked in advance - here.

Please remember that the clubroom will not be open for these sessions so you must take your bike/rollers home and bring them to the session.

Knowsley Velodrome Sunday sessions

There will be no session this coming Sunday July 30. These are open sessions (you don't need to be a club member) and riders from 8 years upwards, including parents, are welcome. Sessions are every Sunday, 1-3pm, this is an open air velodrome so please check the weather before travelling. Location is Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park, Longview Drive, Liverpool, Lancashire, L36 6EG.

ACT Track League

This starts on Monday September 4, details are now on the BC events pages - but you still have to enter by post.

Manchester Regional Track League

This starts on Friday October 6, minimum age is 14, registration here.

Previous News Bulletin..

Wednesday sessions - change to training programme

After a disappointing turn out at the pre Nationals session last Wednesday it has been decided that Wednesday sessions will revert back to training for all Wednesday accredited riders. The programme for this month is:

Wednesday 12   SQT
Wednesday 19   Derny
Wednesday 26  SQT

Those riders who attended this week and would like to continue their Pursuit preparation can come on between groups. Any other training requests please contact me before Wednesday and we'll try to accommodate them within the regular session.

Monday beginners track sessions 

We will be running our Girls First sessions again over the school summer holidays, with free sessions for girls age 10-15. This summer's sessions will also be free for Manchester residents (girls and boys) age 10-15. Sessions are every Monday, 6-7pm, from July 24 to August 21. Registration and booking required, details on the club website.

Summer track sessions

BC North West Go-Ride are running a series of fast track training sessions at Manchester Velodrome on Mondays, starting July 24, 9am-1pm. They are open to Youth A/B/Cs and Junior Girls. Places must be booked online, details here.

Sunday afternoon coaching/training sessions continue at Knowsley Velodrome (L36 6EG) from 1-3pm. Sessions are open to riders from 8 years upwards, parents welcome to ride, sign on and pay at the Leisure Centre reception. Bike hire available. This is a 400m outdoor tarmac track, the banking is not as steep as Manchester so it's a good place for beginners. Please check the weather as the track can't be used if it's wet.


Tim Ferguson
Club Secretary

May Club News

Saturday sessions

Please remember that our sessions on June 3rd/24th are cancelled due to other functions going on at the velodrome.

Group 1/2 dates are

May 20   Group 2
May 27   Group 1
June 3    no session
June 10   Group 2
June 17   Group 1
June 24   no session
July 1       Group 2 

Group 3 attend every Saturday. All riders are encouraged to bring rollers for roller exercises between group sessions. If you want to hire club rollers please ask at the sign on desk.

After these dates there are no more scheduled cancellations until September. 

Wednesday sessions

These are open to accredited riders only. Programme for the next two months is

May 17    SQT
May 24    Derny
May 31    SQT
June 7     Derny
June 14   SQT
June 21   Derny
June 28   SQT
July 5/12/19  Nationals preparation sessions

SQT sessions focus on developing fitness through a series of hard training exercises. The Nationals sessions are only for those who have entered the Youth A and Junior Track Nationals and will give the opportunity to work on individual events and skills, including time trials, sprint, individual pursuit and use of starting gates. If you're not doing the Nationals you can still attend the weekly CCTs........

Track CCTs

Track CCT (Club cluster training) sessions run every Tuesday from 8-10pm throughout the summer. They are open to accredited riders - Youth A/B boys, Youth A/B/Junior girls. Online booking through the BC website is required.

Youth A and Junior Track Nationals

These are at Newport Velodrome from July 31 to August 4. Entries through the BC website - closing date Sunday July 2.

Meeting for Youth A and Junior members and parents

The meeting is to look at preparation and entries for the track Nationals and at the road programme, including a possible racing trip to Belgium and 2018 training camp in Mallorca. Wednesday 31st May at 8.15pm at the velodrome.

Sportcity kit

We have another kit order going in and there is an option for an aero long sleeve skin suit. This skin suit is available from Le Col in club design for the same price as our regular skin suit. If you want to order one please let me know as soon as possible - this week. You are advised to use the Le Col sizing guide to measure yourself before ordering.

Knowsley Velodrome

The weekly summer track league at Knowsley Velodrome (Longview Dr, Huyton, Liverpool L36 6EG) starts this Friday, May 19, at 7pm. No registration fee and £10 for juniors and seniors to race, £5 for youth riders. Racing starts 7pm, youth coaching session from 6pm. This is an open air track so check the weather before you leave. More details on the track league's Facebook page.

Training sessions at Knowsley

The Sunday afternoon sessions start again on May 28 and will run throughout the summer (weather permitting). Sessions are from 11am-1pm and are run by an Eastlands coach but are open to all riders from age 9 upwards. We usually run two groups, skills for newer riders and training exercises for others. Track bikes are available, these are not club sessions and you sign in and pay at the Leisure Centre reception (address above).

School holiday and Tameside circuit events

Details from Manchester Go-Ride coach Craig Ansell
Craig and John Wych are putting on some women/girl only sessions every Thursday at Tameside. Around 12-16 riders each week turn up for these, they are great sessions.


Tim Ferguson
Club Secretary