Here we are into the month of May and still the weather can confuse us. Brave souls ventured out on Easter Monday and were rewarded with some good rides, more later. I look at the event diary for May and see more empty weekends than event full weekends. Events are cancelled or postponed and an ever-increasing number of events taking place in September and October. Adds to the challenge of maintain a level of form for such a longer period than normal and the increasing chance that, again, the weather worsens.

Looking forward to 2022 there is an intention that the Group will stage the VTTA National 15 ml Championship.

It will be our aim to enable all those that wish to ride the opportunity to do so.We will need marshals and we are giving early warning to all members, and others, that we will be calling on you. At this moment Mike Cotgreave is offering his services as organiser together with Tracy Rowlinson.

As an added bit of spice there is now a Manchester & NW VTTA club on Strava.

In the background the discussion regarding the rebranding of the Association goes on mainly through the National Forum platform. If you wish to express an opinion please do so and contact Tony Farrell or Nev Ashman.


On a sad note, many of us will be aware that local cycle dealer of many years, Rick Green, passed away recently. A  longstanding presence in Handforth the shop was the focus for many cyclists. Condolences are offered to the family.

Recent performances from members

Ade Hughes looks set for another good season following results including

Nova Raiders 25….56:57

Mersey Tri 10…….21.13

A fast time in BDCA 25….53:40

And a 22:41 on Bank holiday Monday, Manchester Bike club.

David Wright also rode Nova Raiders finishing with 1:00:55, a 23:47 0n L108 10ml and in L&L VTTA 25 event, a 1:01:50.

Dan Mathers recorded a 57:08 25 in April and one result of interest, the return(?) of Ian Holbrook with a 59:06 for 25.

Ian will be an interesting rider to follow this year.

We would like to publicise more of our members’ performances, so don’t be modest, let us know.


And just received the news that Graham Lawrence passed away this past week, May 13. A person who will be truly missed. A gentleman in so many ways, and an inspiration to many.Condolences to his family. No details yet of funeral arrangements.