M&DTTA – Call for volunteers

Please take some time to read the latest M&DTTA newsletter below, and see if you can assist in keeping the sport alive locally. All such cycling events are manned by volunteers, and there are fewer and fewer new volunteers stepping up to take part and contribute in keeping our great discipline of time-trialling alive.

Manchester District Cycling Time Trials

NewsletterMarch 2016


2016 Season – Stay Safe

The new season is now upon us so here are a few reminders to help keep everyone safe.

  • Keep your head up at all times.
  • Get off your tri bars at roundabouts -Chelford is a particular hot spot for this unsafe act.
  • Follow the yellow Cycling Time Trials arrows directing you on the course. Don’t be misled by the Sportive signs left from a past event! (Last year some riders got lost following the wrong arrows).

North West SPOCO series

This new series of events is the initiative of Tom Goldthorpe of Manchester Wheelers and Martin Harney of Manchester Bicycle Club with Richard Weltman Manchester Bicycle Club putting together the website. BioRacer are kindly supplying the series winner’s Jersey. Hopefully lots of riders will tackle the challenging courses.

Time Trialling in Manchester District

For the start of the season we have 86 clubs/teams affiliated to Manchester CTT which is 10% up on last year. So it looks as though we will be enjoying bigger fields of riders; for example M&DTTA 10 19th March has 126 starters. This is a very encouraging position, with more riders taking up the sport of time trialling with healthy representation across all age groups and gender.

The committee of the Manchester CTT fully understand and appreciate that Time Trialists want to focus on getting on their bikes and competing throughout the season. However to ensure that events are organised in a professional, safe and compliant manner a considerable amount of effort, time and commitment is put in by a relatively small group of volunteers from local clubs and teams to ensure all riders are provided with the facilities and support that they both want and need to enjoy the sport. With this in mind it is timely to recognise two volunteers in particular.

Ian Ross, Nova CC (Assistant Secretary Open Events)

Ian was presented with a CTT Certificate of Honour at the M&DTTA Lunch and prize giving. This is a well-deserved recognition for all that Ian has done and does to make things happen in the District. He is an event organiser, handicapper, time keeper, course designer and measurer as well as secretary for all open events. He plays a key role in running the successful Cheshire Points Series and he makes an extremely valuable contribution to the Manchester District Committee with his extensive knowledge of the sport and its organisation.

On behalf of everyone in the District a big thanks goes to Ian.

Gordon Pickering, Stretford Wheelers (Assistant Secretary Courses)

Gordon was looking forward to the start of season for another year of time keeping. Unfortunately Gordon was recently taken ill and is under medical supervision.

I am sure you will all wish him well and hope that he is soon back in his time keepers chair.

What do we need to secure our sport in future seasons?

In a nutshell, the current Manchester CTT needs more people (new people) to become part of the infrastructure underpinning the current members. We need successors to come into and be part of the organisation who can contribute to taking our sport forward, helping it to continue to develop and grow.  We need people to take on jobs, for example Time Keepers are in short supply at the moment, and we need people with new ideas and a passion for the sport.

We are keen to continually look forward and develop new initiatives to make our sport more interesting, more challenging, more inclusive, more attractive to younger riders and safer for everyone.  We are keen to build on the success of recent years and ensure we have a vibrant time trialling community in the North West.

So, what’s next ……..  If you would like to contribute to the District’s organisation and future development and want to put something back into your sport please feel free to contact someone from the list below.

Tony Millington               tony@millington.f2s.com

Ian Middleton                   ianmiddleton@uwclub.net

Rob Bailey                          Rob.bailey@pzcussons.com

Mike Cotgreave               mike.cotgreave@gmail.com

David Wright                     davidwright1000@btinternet.com

Tony Farrell                        f.t.a1@cloud.com

We look forward to hearing from you.

Finally on behalf of the Manchester District Cycling Time Trials we hope that you enjoy successful and safe riding in the 2016 season.

Ian Middleton

Manchester DC Secretary

As a club, we’d like to wish Andrew Simpson @simmo_on_sport all the best for the future, with a heartfelt thanks for supporting WVCC all these years....

Upcoming Events

10:00 Training Rides
Training Rides
Dec 14 @ 10:00 – 14:30
“Both Saturday Rides” 1 & 2 Meet 10:00 at Hatchmere Ride 1 – Training ride – off first at 10:00. Bangor on Dee with a cafe stop at Cleopatras. Through and off, average 20-21mph Ride[...]
10:00 Wrinklies Ride Out
Wrinklies Ride Out
Dec 18 @ 10:00 – 14:30
A 10:00 for a 10:10 depart.. an easy, no one gets left behind run. Usually head out into the wind so we have a tail wind home.
10:00 Training Rides
Training Rides
Dec 21 @ 10:00 – 14:30
“Both Saturday Rides” 1 & 2 Meet 10:00 at Hatchmere Ride 1 – Training ride – off first at 10:00. Bangor on Dee with a cafe stop at Cleopatras. Through and off, average 20-21mph Ride[...]
10:00 Training Rides
Training Rides
Dec 28 @ 10:00 – 14:30
“Both Saturday Rides” 1 & 2 Meet 10:00 at Hatchmere Ride 1 – Training ride – off first at 10:00. Bangor on Dee with a cafe stop at Cleopatras. Through and off, average 20-21mph Ride[...]

Club Meeting Times

Sunday runs:

09:30 - Winnington Park Rugby Football Club - see calendar for updated start times (Most runs 10:00 during the winter months)

Tuesday evening (informal - usually a small gathering!)

20:00 onwards - Winnington Park Rugby Football Club

Wednesday runs:

10:00 - Hatchmere

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