Region News

The latest information from around our region

We’re doing some work to find out what our members need, want and expect from British Cycling.

British Cycling are reviewing the services they provide to clubs and groups. To help understand what services clubs value now and would value in the future, staff from headquarters and the regions wish to meet as many volunteers from clubs and groups as possible to listen to their views.

If you have a lot of contact or if you rarely have anything to do with British Cycling, we’d like to invite you to this meeting and hear what you have to say. We might not be able to accommodate everyone, so for now, we’d like you to register your interest in attending and we’ll send invitations based on those responses.

Please do this by replying to with your details.

We’ll be looking for a good representation of all types of club. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 5th February meeting 6.30, starting at 7 and finishing at 8.30. The North West’s session will be held in the National Cycling Centre, Stuart Street and we will put the kettle on for you!

Hope to see you there.


Youth Tour of Scotland 2020

The North West Region has now received an official invitation to send boys and girls teams to the 2020 youth tour of Scotland. Whilst we are happy to enter teams racing under our regional banner; as stated previously the riders selected will be required to fund themselves as this event is not part of the regional events calendar.

A significant number of riders have expressed an interest but can we now request that all interested riders e-mail Tracey Taylor at

In the e-mail can riders please outline their three best results from the 2019 road/circuit season. Further to this can each rider write a piece that does not exceed 250 words explaining why they should be considered as part of the NW teams in this event.

The top two riders who apply (based on results in the 2019 National Circuit / Road series) will form part of each team and the other places will be awarded to riders chosen by a committee from the NW regional board and will take account of the views of Joe Malik and the Development Centre Coaches. Priority will be given to second Year Youth A riders.

The closing date for receipt of this information is Friday 3 January 2020. All riders will be notified by 12 January 2020.

What changes to cycle sport would you like to see in the North West Region?

The British Cycling North West Regional Board are looking for members to take part in their workgroups. Whatever your background, cycling discipline or involvement in cycling, if you have an opinion about what our sport should look like, we want to hear from you!

Please get in touch with Carole Leigh, North West Region’s Board Administrator via to register your interest.

Youth Tour of Scotland 2020

Dependant upon receiving an invitation, the Region are willing to send teams to this event in 2020. However as it is not an inter-regional event the riders selected will have to be self-funded.

The team will be selected by the Board with two from each team being based on 2019 national results and two being selected by the Board and BC coaches.

To be considered for selection, applications should be sent to the Regional Team Coordinator Tracey Taylor at

Region Board Vacancies

The North West Region Board has vacancies for the positions of Team & Coaching Co-ordinator and Press & Media Co-ordinator at the AGM on Monday 16th September 2019.

Further information and nominations (which must be seconded, accompanied by a CV and submitted by Monday 26th August 2019) to the Region Administrator  at

North West Region team success in Norway

Riding as Team England, the North West Region team won the team competition at the Heroes of Tomorrow race in Norway on August 18th 2019.

Congratulations to Adam Scarffe, Conor McKinnon, Dan Kucerjavijs, Will Corkill, Charlie Paige, Liv Bent, Kate Taylor, Flora Knight & Maisy Vasic.


Emily Burgess wins the U16 Girls World Individual Cycle Speedway Title

The North West Region has a new World Champion!

Astley & Tyldesley rider Emily Burgess, raced unbeaten to win the U16 Girls World Individual title at Leszno, Poland.

Despite being just 15 years old, Emily was the stand out British Women's performer in the World Championships tournament, losing only one race out of her four matches ridden. Her only defeat saw her finish 2nd in the Women's World Individual Final to 23 year old Australian Lucy Millikin.

Emily raced unbeaten as England won the Women's World Cup and Great Britain won the Women's Federations Cup.

A&T's Steve Harris was another top performer for the England team which won the Veterans World Cup and for the Great Britain team which won the Veterans Federations Cup.

Report & photo from Mike Hack

The podium in the U16 Girls World Individual Final.
L-R: Maddie Saunders (Poole), Emily Burgess (Astley & Tyldesley), Zuzanna Klett (Poland & Zoledowo)


Regional Competition Administrator Vacancy

The North West Regional Board are now seeking to appoint a Regional Competition Administrator (“RCA”), following the retirement of our current RCA.

This is a part time self-employed position with a remuneration of £333.00 per month plus expenses.

Please click the link below for further details:

RCA Vacancy


Glentress MTB Stage Race

Following the cancellation of the proposed IR MTB competition at Leeds Urban Bike Park, the Region have received an invitation from Scottish Cycling to enter an U16 team of 2 Boys and 2 Girls at the Glentress Stage Race on 27th & 28th July 2019.

Due to the short notice, and the difficulties of devising a selection process before the closing date, the Region are asking for riders expressions of interest from which a team will be selected by a panel from the Board.

Riders should list:

  • Full name and BC number

  • Club/Team

  • Best MTB results to date, National and Regional

  • Why you would like to represent the Region in 50 words or fewer.

Email your interest to

Update following Region Board Meeting

The North West Region Board met on 3 June 2019 at which the recent cancellation of events was discussed, with input from the Region Road Subgroup.

It was acknowledged that difficulties have arisen over the course of the season, in particular with respect to a change in how the risk assessments for road races in the North West are being interpreted. This has led to a reliance on a larger number of accredited marshals to enable races to take place.

The Region Board are keen to resolve this issue as soon as possible and the Road Subgroup are meeting in the near future to look at what changes can be implemented to ensure that road racing continues in the North West. This will include better communication with members and enhanced coordination to ensure we can engage with volunteers better.

It was also agreed that to recognise the role accredited marshals play in enabling road races to take place, further support will be put in place to recognise the considerable contribution they make, and also to encourage more people to get involved as volunteers.

Further updates will be made available as we have them, including details of upcoming courses for accredited marshals. 

Alan Gornall
North West Region Chair


Region Road Race Cancellations

The Region Board, like the riders, are disappointed at the cancellation of an increasing number of regional road races at the moment.

We have raised this as a critical issue with BC and will be discussing the best way to reduce the chances of this continuing at our next Regional Board meeting on Monday 3 June, following which we will provide further details about what our next steps will be. 

Please rest assured that we are taking this issue, and the implications of the cancellations, extremely seriously.

Alan Gornall
North West Region Chair


Cancellation of North West Region Road Race Championships

It is with regret we have to announce that the North West Region Road Race Championships, which were due to take place on 1st & 2nd June 2019, have had to be cancelled.

 This is due to us being unable to secure sufficient Accredited Marshals to meet the risk assessment requirements. We have tried to find a solution which would be acceptable but unfortunately this has not proved possible.

 This has highlighted that there are issues with how our events are currently managed and we have already taken steps to address this going forward.

 Please note that we have not yet agreed on an alternative event, however further details will be released by the Region Board should we be able to secure a future date.

Press release

Heroes of Tomorrow Race 2019

The Region is again privileged to have received an invitation from the Norwegian Cycling Federation to field a Junior Male and a Junior Female Team in the prestigious Heroes of Tomorrow Road Race.

The race will take place on Sunday 18th August 2016 in Narvik, Norway.

If you wish to be considered for this event further information can be found in the link below:

Heroes of Tomorrow Race Information

Inter Regional MTB Team Selection 2019

The 2019 Inter Regional Mountain Bike Championships will be held on 10-11 August 2019 at Leeds Urban Bike Park.

The selection criteria for the Region team is detailed in the link below


Inter Regional Track Team Selection 2019

The 2019 Inter Regional Track Championships will be held on 31st August 2019 at Derby Velodrome.

The selection criteria for the Region team is detailed in the link below:

Inter Regional Track Team Selection

Inter Regional Road Team Selection 2019

The 2019 Inter Regional Circuit Championships will be held on Sunday 8th September 2019 at Castle Coombe Circuit, Wiltshire.

The selection criteria for the Region team is detailed in the link below:

Inter Regional Road Team Selection

North West Regional & National Championships 2019






Men, Women, Junior Men Regional Road Championships



Youth Circuit Race Championships



Women Masters National Road Race Championship



Men Masters National Road Race Championship



Men, Women Circuit Race Championships

*provisional date

Major Cycle Speedway Events 2019





Astley & Tyldesley

British Womens League Round 1


Astley & Tyldesley

North & Scotland Regional Individual Championships



North & Scotland Regional KO Cup Finals


Astley & Tyldesley

Cycle Speedway Cup National Final


Astley & Tyldesley

North & Scotland vs South East & Eastern


North West Womens Road League 2019

In an effort to develop and retain the number of women participating in women’s cycling in the North West, we are piloting a new road league. This is open to all female riders, regardless of category or location.

For further information please use the link below:

BC NW Womens Road League 2019

Youth Tour of Scotland 2019

Please see below for the Region's statement regarding this event.

Youth Tour of Scotland 2019

Regional Conference 2019

The 2019 conference will bring a sharp focus to the development of cycling in our region, with regional staff delivering content specific to our area.

The North West Region Conference will take place on Sunday 17th February 2019 at Burnley College, Princess Way, Burnley, Lancashire BB12 0AN

It will provide coaches and commissaires with an understanding of the latest British Cycling developments, while also featuring interactive workshops across the day.

For commissaires the morning workshop will provide a Cycle Sport update, the revisions to the technical regulations for 2019 and best practice guidelines. The afternoon sessions will be developed and delivered by regional staff, focusing on areas most relevant to our region.

Please note that in order to attend our free local conference, you will need to be a British Cycling member and you must book your place using the appropriate link below:

Coach          Commissaire

News Archive
Region Coaching Forums 2018

Coaches, Team Mangers and club volunteers from North West Regional British Cycling affiliated Clubs and Teams are invited to attend one of the Coaching Forums to be held during December to see how the Region can help support your riders and aid Coach development.

It will also be an opportunity to pass on relevant information regarding training and racing for all categories of riders both within the BC Pathway and outside of it.

For full details, please click the link below:

Coaching Forums 2018

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:

Road   Track   MTB

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