January Club News

Happy New Year to all our club members.

With the new year in mind we have a couple of updates for you, which we wanted to communicate.

Club Session Payments
After discussion with some parents and suggestions that this may make things easier and more streamlined for some, we have decided to introduce a system for online payments for club sessions.

We are now able to accept payments via mobile banking so if you want to pay for session fees, membership, kit, etc online just show us the confirmation on your phone and we will match it to our bank.

For bank account details – see email version or ask at any Club session.

Annual Membership
As we approach the end of January all of our members should now have renewed their annual club subscription. Can we ask that for the month of February, that you bring your membership card to all club sessions. Any rider who does not have their membership card, may not be allowed to attend club sessions without one.
Also, from February 1st all club subscriptions will be increased by the value of £5. This will increase subscriptions as follows,

Family – £55
Adult (18+) – £35
Youth (Under 16)  – £25
Junior (16-17) – £30

Could any outstanding memberships be renewed by the end of the month to prevent you being subjected to any further costs.

Racing Success
As a track based club the National Track Championships always form a focus point for our club efforts. Over the past weekend it was the turn of our senior club members at the National Cycling Centre, here in Manchester. Over the weekend we were represented on the track in various events, and as in previous years we have achieved more success.

We would like to congratulate our new National Champions, Jess Crampton – Women’s Keirin (for the 2nd consecutive year !!) and Matthew Rotherham – Men’s Kilo. Matthew as pilot to Neil Fachie in the Tandem Kilo also managed to set another World Record this weekend. This time Anti Doping were present so this should be made official very shortly. The question is… “Can they get down to 58 seconds ??

Many other riders who competed across the Senior and Para events over the weekend, and we would like to congratulate everyone on their hard work and effort.
In other disciplines, action continues in Cyclocross with many of the regional leagues now coming to close. In North Wales, Sam Stewart-Ball achieving 2nd place overall in the Under 12s. The North West CCA League is also coming to a conclusion, and we are expecting more success from our club members there. Congratulations goes out to Joe Watkins-Wilson who took his first win this weekend in Northwich.

We also have the road circuit race season, getting underway with the MAMIL series in Stourport, Worcestershire. The annual series of 4 races takes part in January/February and is often a baptism of ice and snow for the intrepid competitors. Congratulations to anyone competing there !

Finally it was the opening round of the Icebreakers Track series in Newport, Wales this weekend. It saw some of our Youth A – C riders competing in the endurance based omnium series. The event comprises Scratch, Elimination and Points races and allows riders to blow out the winter cobwebs and se how their winter training is progressing. We had representation from Casper and Lola Ellis, Sam Stewart-Ball, Dan Jackson, Xavier Teece-Round and Evie Black. They all rode extremely hard and we would like to congratulate them all on their hard work.

Martyn Teece-Round
General Secretary