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