Region News

The latest information from around our region

British Cycling North West Region Women’s Racing Academy 2018/19

The North West Region have agreed to support The Racing Chance Foundation in providing a road-based academy for female riders who are looking to broaden their skills and develop their endurance base with a view to becoming successful road riders.

For full details, please click the link below:

Womens Racing Academy

Youth Tour of Scotland 2018

The Region will be sending both boys and girls teams to the Scottish Cycling Youth Tour of Scotland, which takes place in Perthshire from 6th-9th April 2018.

For further details and to apply for selection, please click the link below:

Youth Tour of Scotland 2018

2018 Date Fixing & Organisers Seminar

A seminar to agree dates for the 2018 North West Region Racing Calendar will be held at the National Cycling Centre on Monday 6th November 2017 at 7.30pm. All organisers who wish to run an event in 2018 are invited to attend.

For further details, please contact

Trainee Track Commissaire Course

British Cycling will be delivering a training course for new track commissaires on Sunday 1st October 2017 at The National Cycling Centre in Manchester.

If you are interested in participating you can find all the details here:

The closing date for enrolment is Sunday 24th September 2017

Youth Tour of Scotland 2017

Following careful consideration at the North West Region Board meeting on 9th January 2017, the Board decided that the Region will not be submitting a team for the 2017 Youth Tour of Scotland.

This decision was reached for the reasons detailed below:

  • ·     The timeframe from the Event criteria being publicised to the entry closing date was unrealistic for a fair and equitable selection process.

  • ·     A selection process could not be implemented using results from 2017 as no Youth events would have taken place.

  • ·     A selection process using the previous year, 2016, would have been biased and unfair as Riders wouldn’t have known those results may be used for an event in the future.

  • ·     Riders moving up a Category for 2017 have had no opportunity to race with their peers making using National Ranking or National Series points impractical.

  • ·     A Riders selection to represent the NW has always been based on results and merit and not on financial standing with team members and staff not incurring any costs for events. The Board felt funding a single event to the level required given the points above would not have been the best use of the Teams finances and asking riders to pay would have gone against the ethos of the NW Team.

  • ·     The Isle of Man is part of the NW Region and as such would be included in any selection process as they are for all other Inter Regional Events.

We are perhaps more fortunate than some Regions in having a large group of Youth riders from which to select teams which is why selections and their criteria are carefully considered so as to be open and transparent to Members.

Tom Leivers
North West Region Team Manager


Tom Greep receives Gold Badge of Honour from Sir Bradley Wiggins

One of the North West Regions longest serving and most dedicated race officials, Tom Greep, has been presented with the British Cycling Gold Badge of Honour.

Sir Bradley Wiggins was on hand to congratulate Tom and make the formal presentation at the recent North West Circuit Race Championships in Southport.

It was a family day out for Brad, as he watched his children Isabella and Ben race in the Championships.

Picture courtesy of Tarleton Photography

Press Release
2016 Circuit Race Championship Results

BC North West Teams Selection Criteria 2016

Selection criteria for riders to be selected to represent the Region at events in 2016 have now been published. The document can be downloaded using the links below:

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BC North West Teams Selection Criteria

Our Region Team Manager Tom Leivers has published the criteria for riders to be selected to represent the Region at events in 2015. The document can be downloaded using the link below:

Team Selection Criteria for 2015

Chorley Grand Prix - marshals required!

BC North West Region is hosting the opening round of the British Cycling Elite Road Series this year. A brand new event, The Chorley Grand Prix, is on Easter Saturday 4th April and takes in 5 laps of a challenging 23 mile course, passing through Chorley and heading out into the West Pennine Moors.

To support the event and enhance the experience for riders and spectators we need a team of volunteer marshals to deploy around the course. If you would like to be involved please contact Adam Newall at British Cycling:   Tel: 07711 007729


Transponder training session

In order to support the use of the transponder timing equipment at events in the North West Region we will be organising a training session for any interested volunteers to learn how to operate the Mylaps transponder system. 

The training session will take place at the National Cycling Centre on Thursday 5th March from 7.00pm – 9.00pm.

The training will be free of charge to attend and places will be limited.  If you know of anyone who might be interested in learning how to operate the transponder equipment to support future events in the Region, please ask them to contact me by before Friday 27th February to book their place on the session by emailing:

 Jenny Gretton
North West Regional Events Officer

Junior Riders Development Day

The NW Region are holding a Development Day for NW Junior Riders on 21st February at Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Club, Preston.

The day is a mix of workshops and a social ride aimed at riders born 1998 or 1997. Speakers include Olympian and past National Circuit Champion Rob Hayles, Sarah Broadhead from Chimp Management and Annie Simpson from OTE Sports Nutrition.

The social ride will be kindly organised by VCUK PH-MAS

The aim is to help provide information and advice to help develop and retain Junior riders in the sport.

Below is a link to the event registration page.

There is a nominal entry fee and places are strictly limited,

Any questions please contact me

Tom Leivers
BC North West Team Manager

Women’s Race Coaching sessions

Wednesday 14th January will see the return of the Tameside race coaching for women, this has proved popular over the past few seasons and will this year be led by Tameside British Cycling Go Ride Coach Simon Wilson.

Over the eight weeks riders will have the opportunity to develop their group riding skills at the sessions, as well as cornering, starts, sprinting, practising race scenarios which will equip them with the skills to be able to confidently participate in some of the local events being held this season.

Whilst the sessions will be race focused its not essential that you do race and the skills developed will enhance any group riding situations.

Sessions will run from 7pm to 9pm, spaces are limited and online entry is encouraged for this reason although you can also turn up on the night. Entry is £5 online or £6 on the evening.

Riders will need a road bike, a helmet, drink and snacks.

Dates and links for online entry are listed below:

14th January 2015,-Women-Only

 21st January 2015,-Women-Only-

 28th January 2015,-Women-Only-

 4th February 2015,-Women-Only-

 11th February 2015,-Women-Only-

 18th February 2015,-Women-Only-

 25th February 2015,-Women-Only-

 4th March 2015,-Women-Only-

Accredited Marshal training course

If you are based in the Lancashire area and are interested in supporting Road Race events in your local area, there is an Accredited Marshal training course taking place on Saturday 24th January at the National Cycling Centre aimed at further developing the Team in your area: 

Please click here to register your interest in the course before Wednesday 14th January 2015.

You can also contact Jenny Gretton for further information:

Road Commissaire training course

There will be a Road Commissaire course taking place at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester on Sunday 15th February from 9.30am – 5.00pm.

If you are interested in training as a Commissaire to support events in the North West region, please click here to register your interest in the course before Wednesday 31st January.

Further information about the Commissaire training is available here: 

If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Gretton