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March News

Track closure

The track closes this week and your last chance to move anything from the clubroom will be at this week’s Wednesday session, March 21. There will be no access to the clubroom after this date until the track reopens at the end of May. First session back should be Wednesday May 30, check club website nearer the time.


Sessions during the closure

We have track sessions at Knowsley and Derby, dates below. Please note that the Knowsley session on April 1 has been cancelled.


Sundays 09.00 – 12.00

April 8 and 29, May 6 and 27


Tuesday April 10, From 11.00 – 14.00

Tameside circuit

Saturdays March 31 and May 26, From 09.00 = 12.00


BC Tameside Easter Holiday sessions

BC coaches are running circuit race specific coaching sessions at the Tameside Circuit in Ashton Under Lyne on Weds 4 and Thurs 5 April and then Weds 11 and Thurs 12 April. Links to all 4 sessions at the bottom of this post.

These sessions are for racing riders and aren’t aimed at very young novice riders/racers. These sessions are aimed at bridging the gap between club sessions and Regional Schools of Racing.

The sessions are therefore aimed at:

Cat A (U16) – newcomers to the sport that have not had the years of club coaching as a U12/U14 and the less developed youth A riders that lack the physical and technical level that is needed at CCT and RSR sessions.

Cat B (U14) – all Bs with the exception of riders that are on GBCT pathway as an apprentice rider.

Cat C (U12) – all youth C riders that are racing at the front end at regional level.

Junior Girls (U18) – all Junior girls that are racing or intend to race in the near future.

Each session is 4 hours from 9am – 1pm and costs just £9 (+£1 admin fee).

Each session will aim to get 3-3.5 hours of riding in, with tactics and techniques thrown in as well, so these sessions will be physically challenging.

Entry is online in advance only. There is no option to sign up on the day.

Weds 4 April:…/HSBC-UK-Go-Ride-Holiday…

Thurs 5 April:…/HSBC-UK-Go-Ride-Holiday…

Weds 11 April:…/HSBC-UK-Go-Ride-Holiday…

Thurs 12 April:…/HSBC-UK-Go-Ride-Holiday…


Northern Youth Omnium

The first round at York on April 21 is now open for entries

There is a separate youth sprint omnium at York the following Saturday April 28 – this is not a youth omnium round.


Bikes for sale

Sandra Gordon Campbell has a number of bikes for sale, 45c Ridley CX bike, 45c Dolan Precursor track bile and two Isla Bike 26, 44c. Contact Sandra via


Tim Ferguson
Coaching Secretary 

New Website!

Welcome to the new website!

We’re still developing and modifying a few things, so you may see some changes from time-to-time, but we hope you all like it.  There are a couple of features of the site which should make things easier to find.

The first is the new calendar, which you can find under ‘What’s On?‘, so please head over there to have a look at the upcoming sessions and important dates.

The second is that the website is now mobile-friendly! This should hopefully make things easier for some of you and make the news updates easier to read on mobile devices.

We are aware that there are still a few things to be changed over to the new site, so if you would like to visit the old website in the meantime, click here.

Please feel free to email with any ideas for additions or improvements.



Training Session Update

The intermediate training session on Saturday 17th March is the last until June, as the track is closing for resurfacing.

There will be other training sessions going on in the meantime, (some are weather-dependent) so please check the latest news update for details of those.  The calendar has been updated with details of the training sessions.

Please bear in mind that 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.

Although the track is set to reopen in early June, there is no definite date for reopening yet, so please keep an eye on your emails and the website for updates.

February News

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 Gostling via

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


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 Ormerod via


Team Track Championships

Herne Hill Velodrome, Sunday June 3–-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


 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.


 Track wheels for sale

John Gledhill is selling a pair of hand-built track wheels, 32 hole butted spokes, Miche single sided hubs and Ambrosio Durex Clincher rims – £80. Contact John via


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