February Newsletter

Saturday March 3

No track session. There will be a road circuit session at the Steven Burke Sports Hub, Pendle, from 11.30 to 13.30. The session is for the YTOS girls teams to practice team time trials and for other riders from 2nd Year Youth B and older. Please confirm your attendance to Simon via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

There is no session at Tameside on Saturday March 3.

Manchester track closure

The track will be closed for resurfacing from March 22 until the end of May. Our last Saturday session will be March 17 and on Wednesday March 19. There will be no access to the track or clubroom during the closure. If you keep your club track bike in the clubroom you will need to remove it before the closure if you want to use it on other tracks. No definite date for reopening yet.

Other sessions during the closure

We will be running a number of track sessions at Knowsley and Derby as well as circuit sessions at Tameside. Dates below, Track sessions are open to Saturday and Wednesday riders. Please confirm your attendance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sundays 9.00 - 12.00

April 1/8/29
May 6/27

Open air track, check weather before you travel.


Tuesday April 10 from 11.00 to 14.00

Tameside Circuit

Saturdays March 31 and May 26 from 9-12

Tameside Circuit League

The League starts again on Tuesday April 3 and participating clubs have been asked for volunteers to help with marshalling etc. We've been asked for volunteers on April 10 (Wednesday), May 1/29, July 3/24. If you are available could you please confirm to Brian via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Team Track Championships

Herne Hill Velodrome, Sunday June 3 https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/172668/Friends-of-Herne-Hill-Velodrome-Team-Championships---Youth - our girls team won this event two years ago and we are looking for riders who would like to be considered for teams in this years event. Open to Youth A/Bs, if you're interested please let us know This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sprinters forum - Saturday March 10 at 11.15

A few successful sprinters have started at the club over the years and we're always keen to encourage others to develop. This forum is an opportunity to talk to some of our current sprinters - the ones you see up training on our sessions on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Ask them about their training, competition and how they got into sprinting. The sprinters will include current world para cycling sprint champion, Matt Rotherham, soon on his way to another world championships in Rio. Meeting room at the NCC.

Roller riders wanted

Bob Barber is putting on competition roller racing at the Eroica cycling festival in Derbyshire on Saturday June 16. Bob is looking for youth volunteers for demonstrations roller racing so if you're a competent roller racer then please contact Bob. Free entry to the festival for rider and guest. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Track wheels for sale

John Gledhill is selling a pair of handbill track wheels, 32 hole butted spokes, Miche single sided hubs and Ambrosia Durex clinchers rims - £80. Contact John via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Tim Ferguson
Coaching Secretary



November Club News


A reminder on cancellations up to the end of the year. There are no club track sessions at all next week, Monday 6th, Wednesday 8th and Saturday 11th are all cancelled for the Track World Cup. After that we have cancellations for Saturdays November 18/25 and December 2. Wednesday December 27 is also cancelled.

Circuit sessions at Tameside

Instead of the track sessions Saturday riders can come to our road circuit sessions at the Tameside Cycle Circuit (OL7 9HG). These are running on Saturdays November 11/18 and December 2 from 11am to 1pm. They are aimed at riders who are new to circuit racing or with limited experience. You will have to bring your own road bike and wet weather gear is advisable - sessions can continue in wet weather. Please make sure your bike is roadworthy, there will be a bike check before each session. Cost is £5, no booking required.

Volunteers needed!!! We have club road coaches running the sessions but could do with some help running the sign on and collecting payments before the session. Please let me know if you can help with this.

Wednesday riders - there are opportunities for Youth A/B/Juniors at Tameside at the CCTs now running on Tuesdays, 7-9pm. There is a women and girls session every Thursday, 7-9pm. More info on BC events pages.

Club loan bikes
The club has a stock of track bikes which can be loaned to members. Subject to availability they can be loaned to riders who are attending Saturdays on a regular basis and are aiming at  entering track events. This would normally be a rider in Saturday Group 2/3. The NCC bikes (Dolans) cannot be used in open track racing.
The club committee would like members to be aware that bikes are not offered on permanent loan. The purpose of the loan period is to give parents the opportunity to see if children are going to take up track racing before they invest in their own bike. The committee feels that we should now have a fixed loan period of six months. Club membership is increasing all the time and we have no loan bikes available in some frame sizes. 
This loan period will now be applied to all new bike loans. If you already have a bike on loan for over six months we’re not asking for it to be returned immediately but please look at replacing this with your own bike. If this is likely to be a problem then please let me know or speak to Rebecca or Nicola at the sign on desk.
Loan bikes are the responsibility of the person to whom the bike is loaned. This includes damage, necessary repairs or the loss of the bike. If a bike is taken home, it’s advisable to ensure that the bike is covered by your existing house or bike insurance.

Membership renewals

Membership renewals are coming up (unless you've joined after October 1st 2017). Please renew online if at all possible. You can do this through the club website link or (if you want to pay an extra £1 to BC) through the BC website. Please notify us if any of your details (contact information, medical issues etc.) have changed since your last subscription. If you want to renew at the sign on desk please give any changed details - you don't need to fill out a new membership form.

Track closure

The Manchester track is being resurfaced next year and will be closed from March 24 to June 4. We're hoping to run weekend sessions at the Knowsley track during this period, more details later. 

Track dates 2018

Youth track omnium

Knowsley         May 12
Scunthorpe      May 19
York                 To be confirmed

Derby (final)    July 7

No Eastlands Omnium in 2018 due to the track closure.

Youth A/Junior Track Nationals - Newport July 23-27.

Team managers

We have an increasing number of riders in road and circuit events and planning for 2018 is well under way. For events which look for team entries we're hoping to have teams for Youth A and Junior girls and boys. To make this work well we will need more support on the day/weekend with organising riders/kit/bikes etc and we need women to support the girls teams. Please let me know if you're interested and we'll get people together before the new season starts.

Young volunteers

British Cycling's Young Volunteers scheme is open to all 14-18 year olds and gives you the opportunity to get involved in different aspects of cycling, including coaching, events and club activities. BC run an introductory workshop, free membership is available and it can lead to a BC award. More details here.

Club Annual General Meeting

This will be on Saturday February 10 at 11.30am in the velodrome. All members welcome to attend, more details later.

Chimp Management workshop

Unfortunately the workshop scheduled for later this month has been postponed as Tim Buckle is not available. We're looking to run it early in the new year, details later.


Tim Ferguson
Club Secretary

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


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

Club News March 2017

Saturday track sessions

Our Saturday track session on March 25 is now back on. This is because GB have cancelled their morning track session (which is why the Eastlands session was cancelled originally).

This means that, as Group 2 were on last Saturday March 11, Saturday 25 will be a Group 1 session and the Group 1/2 schedule will now be:

March 25   Group 1
April 8   Group 2
April 15   Group 1
April 22  Group 2

Groups 1/2 will continue on alternate Saturdays and Group 3 attend every Saturday.

Cancelled Saturdays are now
March 18
April 1
May 13
June 3/24

Apologies for any inconvenience this causes. Our session cancellations are due to the NCC booking out the velodrome for other events.

Youth Omnium series

All four events in the Northern series are now open for entries on the BC track events pages. If you're a Saturday rider and have queries about entering, please speak to a coach. We will be running an omnium preparation group as part of the Saturday sessions on April 22/29. This is for Saturday riders who've entered. 

Youth A and Junior Track Nationals

These will be at Newport from July 31 to August 4, entries open shortly.


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

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!



Club News for January 18th 2014

Club News 18th January 2014


  • There is no Saturday session on February 1st, due to the Revolution on that evening.  Group 1 & 2 riders who would normally attend this session, should come the week after.


  • Clubroom cupboards – if anyone would like a large metal or wooden cupboard, there are three spare (one metal, one wooden and one with a glass front) outside the bike store, they are around 4 feet wide and about 3ft 6inch high and free to whoever would like them.


  • Membership – a quick reminder that membership must be renewed as soon as possible unless already completed.  British Cycling membership will also need renewing from the beginning of the year, as racing licenses run to December 21st.  BC licenses will only be issued to paid-up club members.


  • The ACT track league will accept last year’s BC racing licenses until the end of January 2014.


  • Session Fees – these are now £8 for Saturdays and Wednesdays, with a discount of £2 for Manchester City Council Tax payers.  A valid club membership card is needed to sign on to each session; otherwise there is an extra £1 charge for the session.


  • Safety Checks – If riders are using their own or Club bikes, it is rider’s and parents’ responsibility to safety check the bikes before riding them.  Club Coaches will always provide advice or assist in bike checks. The main points to consider are as follows:
    • Tyres – condition and pressure
    • Wheels – damage, loose spokes wheelnuts or bearings, 
    • Pedals – tightness and condition 
    • Cleats – check for wear, damage and loose screws
    • Handlebars - security of clamps and presence of bar-end caps
    • Chainset and chain – tightness of chainring bolts and chain tension



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