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23/05/2018 - Donation to Air Ambulance

Following the recent tragic accident to Chris Hewitt at the Gravesend Cyclopark on 7th April. it was decided, and sanctioned by Peter Wilson of Region 9, to donate the balance of the race monies to charity.

Accordingly, a cheque for £626 was sent to Kent Sussex Surrey Air Ambulance, by promoter Dick Naylor on behalf of the LVRC and his club San Fairy Ann, in recognition of their professional help and assistance on the day.



18/05/2018 - New: CEO at NEC

The National Executive Committee (NEC) has unanimously approved the following changes to the management of the LVRC.

Nigel Byrne (CC Luton) will become Chief Executive of the LVRC and responsible for all day-to-day operational and development work. Nigel has done a terrific job in leading and driving the recent back-office IT and process changes as well as managing the relationships with our partners. This puts him in a very strong position to lead the organisation through the ongoing development required to meet the challenges of our rapidly changing sport and external environment within which we operate.

I am sure we all wish Nigel every success in his new role.

I will remain as Chairman but in a changed, non-executive, capacity and available to assist both Nigel and the NEC whenever appropriate.  This means that Nigel should be the first point of contact for most operational issues from 1st June – NOT me.

All other members of the NEC will continue to carry out their roles in providing the working organisation that you all find so valuable.

The other NEC members are (contact details as per Handbook)

Ian Booth – Treasurer

John McMillan – Gen Secy

George Taylor – Acting Registrar Coordinator

Mike Amery – Events and Track Coordinator, Quartermaster

Mick Ives – Press and Social coordinator

Mike Jackson – Racing Improvement and Stallard coordinator

Trudie Bird – Director

Pete Wilson - Director

The benefits of these changes are

  • LVRC now has the basis of a succession plan in place – for the very first time.
  • positioning ourselves for further changes that may be required to reflect the needs of the membership and our external environment. Race Organisation and Safety is one high-profile example of rapidly changing requirements that we need to be constantly reviewing. 

Don Parry, Interim Chairman, LVRC 

10/05/2018 - Toachim Vets/PS+Cyclewear Series 2018


Many of you will be aware that Barry Jones keeps a spreadsheet running that shows all riders who have gained points in the Series.

Barry has experienced a problem with a computer upgrade - namely that he has lost the details of those of you who are already registered with him to receive the spreadsheet after each round.

Barry's e-mail address is

If you want to keep receiving the spreadsheet, please re-send your e-mail address to Barry.

Additionally, if anyone has not been receiving it, and may want to now - please also send your e-mail address to Barry.

Tom McCall - Series Co-ordinator on

29/04/2018 - Oversubscribed Events

This is written with the unanimous support of the NEC, and in support of ALL organisers and specifically Ian Wild organiser of the Peterborough CC Qualitetch Road Race on 29th April.

There have been several unfortunate and ill-informed comments on Facebook related to this event and how decisions are taken as to who is accepted – or not -  when entries are oversubscribed.

I would therefore like to remind everybody of the basic operating principles of the LVRC which are: -

  • LVRC is a totally voluntary organisation and this includes all race organisers. Without race organisers there would not be any races. They all deserve huge respect and mostly receive it. Organising a race is a significant undertaking which can only be understood properly once you have done it.
  • Race entry criteria is at the organiser’s decision - Rule of Racing 27 as per Handbook.  Different organisers use different criteria. Until we can apply and deploy much more sophisticated technology there is no other way it can work.
  • LVRC is an age-related organisation, not an ability-related one.
  • Many heavily oversubscribed races tend to indicate we do not have enough races for the membership. Its up to the membership to do something about this, by organising a race. If you are in a small club and think that you lack what it takes to organise a race – then combine with another small club and jointly provide the event, as many smaller clubs now do.
  • LVRC is a not-for-profit organisation. Races should break-even financially after all expenses have been covered and prizes allocated. If surpluses do arise then they should be reinvested in our sport and organisation – e.g. more first-aid kits, more radios, timing chip systems etc.
  • If races run at a loss, then that deficit will be covered by the local region or from central funds subject to a straightforward justification case. We have done this on several occasions. Nobody should ever be personally out of pocket because of organising an LVRC race.
  • The NEC and the huge majority of the LVRC will not tolerate bullying and disrespectful behaviour of any sort. The ultimate sanction could be a membership ban.

Finally may I take this opportunity to thank all race organisers and their helpers for the fantastic work they do. It really is appreciated, by me, by the NEC and by most of the membership.

I wish everybody a successful season – if only the weather would pick up at bit! 

Don Parry – Interim Chairman, LVRC

17/04/2018 - Mallory Park RR League

Thursday 3rd May sees the first of 4 evening events at Mallory Park, starting at 7pm. Enter via RiderHQ, on or before 22nd April. Use it or lose it!

15/04/2018 - Further information re-Gravesend Cyclopark accidents


I have received encouraging news from Colin Fullalove who was hospitalised following his accident at the Gravesend Cyclopark on 7th Ap[ril.

He has been discharged from hospital after sustaining fractured neck vertebrae and a broken shoulder. He is now recuperating at home, and we wish him a speedy recovery from his injuries

Series Co-ordinator Tom McCall at,uk

10/04/2018 - Further information re-Gravesend Cyclopark accidents


I would like to add a few words to the report that has already been issued about the accidents to two LVRC members on 1st April at the Gravesend Cyclopark in Kent.

The races, which constituted the first round of the Toachim Vets/PS+Cyclewear Series for this year, were rearranged by promoter Dick Naylor following the cancellation of the original date due to adverse weather.

During the C/D race, there were separate accidents to Chris Hewitt and Colin Fullalove - both of Sussex Revolution. Both were hospitalised, but news came through later that Chris Hewitt had tragically passed away. I am advised that thankfully Colin Fullalove's condition was stabilised, and, I hope that he will have an early release from hospital.

This is devastating news for all concerned, and our sympathy and condolence go out to Chris's family, friends and clubmates.

A vote of thanks to promoter Dick Naylor for co-ordinating matters in a professional manner.

Needless to say, racing was abandoned after these incidents.

The next rounds of the Toachim Vets/PS+Cyclewear Series will be the Paul Simon Homes races at Blackmore, Essex on April 29th, followed by the Farnborough & Camberley races at Dunsfold Airfield, Surrey on May 6th, then the Eagle RC races at Radwinter, Essex on May 13th.

I look forward to seeing you all there.

Tom McCall - Series Co-ordinator at

07/04/2018 - updated: Gravesend Cyclopark Incidents

Two very serious  accidents happened at the Gravesend Cyclopark on April 7th. The two riders concerned, in separate incidents, were taken by ambulance to the local hospital. However we are sad to confirm that one rider, Chris Hewitt, passed away and the whole of the LVRC expresses its heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. 

Don Parry, Acting chairman

05/04/2018 - Email race results to, in Word or Excel


FOLLOWING the death in a cycle race of Mr Phillips-Schofield, LVRC has responded as below to the Coroner, and requires that all organisers and competitors are aware of what follows.


To David C Horsley, Senior Coroner

Re: Richard Frederick Phillips-Schofield

Dear Mr Horsley

Thank you for your letter 28th February informing us of the sad passing of Mr Phillips-Schofield in a cycle race. Our condolences go to his family and all concerned with this tragic event.

The LVRC aims to fulfil your request as far as is possible and in doing so has liaised with TLI Cycling, a similar organisation to the LVRC, which provides literally hundreds of cycle races across the UK for its members to enjoy. Although many riders are members of both our organisations we probably have more than 4000 members across both bodies. We take great trouble to do everything we can to ensure these races are run off safely and securely and we are continuously reviewing our race organisation and safety arrangements.

Our response to your specific request has been made after consultation with TLI Cycling as we wanted to ensure we had a consistent and thorough approach. The response detailed below will appear in our Race Organisation and Safety Manual at the next reprint and it will go on our web site,  and Facebook pages as a stand-alone item almost immediately.

I hope our response meets your needs. If it does not please let me know as soon as possible and we will attempt to meet your requirements.

The form of words we have arrived at, with TLI Cycling is as follows:                                                                                         

“If there is an accident during the course of a race, either at a velodrome or on a closed circuit or public roads, the race officials at the scene will assess the seriousness of the situation and, if necessary, take action to halt the event.

In making the decision the race officials will take into consideration the following: -

· The condition and position of the injured person(s).

· Whether an ambulance or other emergency vehicles will require access to the velodrome, closed circuit or public road and / or create a necessary obstruction.

· The visibility for competitors and other road users at the scene of the accident.

· Any other relevant factors, such as queueing traffic and the risk to passing competitors and whether the race will be passing the accident again.

· Any risks associated with halting the race.

If in doubt, race officials should halt the race and form a protective area around the scene of the accident.

In the case of a known fatality the race should be stopped at the first safest possible opportunity taking into account the conditions listed above.

The appropriate Emergency Service(s) must be contacted without delay.

Any decision will be communicated asap with the Event Organiser or other “designated” official.”

Yours in sport 


Don Parry, Interim Chairman

08/03/2018 - Race entries stay at 5am

You may all recall there has been considerable conversation on the subject of Race Gate Opening Times on RiderHQ. As a consequence the NEC conducted a poll on Facebook. The poll was open for about two weeks, to give time for people to respond.

The poll results to the question – “What time do you think race entries should open on RiderHQ?” are as follows;


0500 hrs                                               125 (24%)

2000 hrs                                               91 (18%)

12 pm (Midnight)                             15 (3%)

1700 hrs                                               33 (6%)

Not fussed                                          124 (24%)

Let the NEC decide                          66 (13%)

1200 as it was before                     66 (13%)

Total Votes                                         520

It can be seen that 61% voted to retain the status quo, or were not fussed, or are happy for the NEC to decide. On that basis the opening time will remain at 0500 hrs on the Sunday, 8 weeks prior to the actual race date.

Apologies there has been a slight delay in reporting this back to the membership.


Interim Chairman

02/03/2018 - Toachim Vets/PS+Cyclewear Series - 2018



I have just been advised by promoter Dick Naylor that the opening round of the Toachim Vets/PS+Cyclewear Series at the Gravesend Cyclopark on Saturday 2nd March has had to be cancelled due to extreme weather conditions.

The good news is that the event has been re-booked at the Gravesend Cyclopark for Saturday 7th April.

For anyone who has entered this event, be aware that this will mean that a fresh entry has to be made through RiderHQ for 7th April. This new date may be suitable for anyone else who wanted to make a slightly later start to their 2018 campaign. 

This event will definitely be part of the Toachim Vets/PS+Cyclewear Series, and will now be round 1, so please pass the word to friends and colleagues.

A vote of thanks must be extended to Dick Naylor for all his efforts.

Tom McCall - Series Co-ordinator on


23/02/2018 - Region 9 - Commencement of Racing



The 2018 Racing Season commences on Saturday 3rd March with the San Fairy Ann Criteriums at the Gravesend Cyclopark. It continues the following weekend Sunday 11th March with the start of the Ciclos Uno Spring Series at Redbridge cycling Centre (Hog Hill) which is a series of four events on consecutive Sundays. Full details are on the RiderHQ website Events Calendar.

In view of the recent changes to on-line LVRC membership applications only, it will not now be possible to take out a membership on-the-day at any of these events or others during the year. All membership applications, new and renewals, must be applied for On-Line through RiderHQ prior to race days, and if the applicant is not in receipt of their actual Racing Licence prior to the event, they must produce proof of their application – ie Confirmation email in either hard copy, or on a mobile phone or tablet. It’s a case of “NO LICENCE”, or proof of = “NO RIDE”.

At the Ciclos Uno Spring Seriers which is Entry-On-The-Day only, it will be necessary to complete a one-off race Entry Form at your first event. As in previous years, the completed Entry Form will cover you for all Region 9 Events during 2018 at Hog Hill, Dunton, and Lee Valley Velopark.

To save time on the day, it would be helpful if competitors completed an Entry Form in advance. A standard LVRC Entry Form is acceptable – a blank of which can be downloaded from the LVRC Website.

The organising teams look forward to seeing you all again from 3rd March onwards.

Fred Little, Events Co-ordinator, LVRC Region 9

17/02/2018 - Madison and Derny, at Derby

Dates for the inaugural Madison Derny Six Race Series at Derby Velodrome (entrants and spectators welcome, 6-9pm) are;

24th Feb

31st Mar

28th Apr

23rd Jun

28th Jul

25th Aug

02/02/2018 - Membership Cards & Race Calendar

There are a few disappointing comments around, questioning the credibility of the partner companies we are using in support of our new membership and race calendar systems.

The two companies we’ve partnered with are OneLife iD and RiderHQ.

I would like to make it clear to all, that these companies are doing a terrific job in supporting the LVRC through membership and calendar system changes, and any delays are not from within OneLife iD nor RiderHQ.

The current delays to some individual personal membership cards are entirely self-inflicted, through members not following the joining instructions that have been sent out and published by every available media (except carrier pigeon) on multiple occasions. For a short version, please read the news item below this one, "Licence requirements".

The online race calendar is a major step forward from where we have been, paper based, for too long. Moving to an online system was requested by many members and was inevitable as volunteers were not coming forward to fill the necessary roles in the LVRC. The race calendar system is being continually developed with our input, based on your feedback and that of other organisations who use it.   

Don Parry, Chairman (interim)

01/02/2018 - Licence requirements

Our new licence system requires the upload of a passport style photo and the notification of an emergency contact, via the RiderHQ website. Both photo and  emergency contact info will then appear on your new membership card, which is being produced by a company called OneLife iD.

Photos and contact details are intended as a member benefit for your safety and security. 

29/01/2018 - Licence despatch

LVRC race licences are now being despatched for you, by a company called OneLife iD, who may advise you of the despatch by prior email and with whom LVRC is partnering on licence production. 

The LVRC licence package will also contain the 2018 Handbook and a snap-off key tag containing your emergency contact information. Such contact information is mandatory on the licence, and is being scraped by OneLife iD from the details you enter on RiderHQ.

Because OneLife iD are producing the licences, they are offering you the option to extend your emergency contact details to a secure online record, accessible via their website; details on what this means and how to do this are included in both their email and the package itself. Unlike your emergency record on RiderHQ, the one you can choose to activate on OneLife iD can include extra emergency contacts, medical information or even extra documents.

It is not a requirement of LVRC membership that you take up the option offered by OneLife iD, therefore you do not have to activate your OneLife iD if you don't wish to. However as stated, your basic emergency contact information must be submitted to RiderHQ and will appear on your printed licence.

19/01/2018 - Region 9 lunch change of venue

LVRC REGION 9 LUNCH Wednesday 7th February 12 for 1pm

Unfortunately, we have received late notification from the manager at Stapleford Tawney advising that they cannot cope with the numberts for lunch, so, it is goodbye to our traditional venue.

The lunch has been re-arranged in Central London at NOIZE, 39, Whitfield Street, London W1T 2FS. The restaurant is only 150 yards from Goodge Street station on the Northern line. The time is the same - 12 for 1pm.

The Manager is Michael Meteyer, a Region 9 member, and active racer. They are giving us a special deal - the same as Stapleford - i.e. £27 for three courses, but without wine, which can be purchased at £21 per bottle - why not share a bottle or two with friends and colleagues.

The food is truly excellent, and solid French Rustic in style, with a vegetarian option available - please advise if this is required.

We hope you can make it, and that those who have already sent cheques stay on board.

Google Noize Restautrant and check it out.

Cheques payable to Richard Wall, or details from him at 142, Holden Avenue, Oxley Park, Milton Keynes MK4 4HT. tel 01908 501556, e-mail -

17/01/2018 - Online, not on-the-line membership.

In order to race with LVRC, with immediate effect you must join the LVRC online, and prior to attending a race. A hard copy photo-style licence will then be created centrally and posted to you. You will no longer be able to join the LVRC and enter a race on the day at the same time. Don Parry, Interim Chairman

16/01/2018 - TLI race entrants

Over the last 7 plus years the LVRC and TLI Racing have forged a productive and mutually supportive working relationship, which manifests itself in many beneficial ways to our members.

TLI Rules and Regulations specifically mentions LVRC members, and requests that their organisers view race applications from LVRC members favourably in situations of over-subscribed races. Quite a number of our riders have benefited from this in the past as indeed have I on a number of occasions.

LVRC do not have a similar reciprocating rule so by way of this note I request that when our organisers have difficult decisions to make regarding field selection, if possible they take into account our TLI colleagues, particularly their organisers, where they can be identified. Thanks. Don Parry, Interim Chairman 

11/01/2018 - Racing in 2018

Both revised 'Rules of Racing', and the 2018 Handbook, can now be viewed online, respectively under the 'Racing' and 'Membership' tabs. Note that the 'racing' tab has a link to RiderHQ where many race dates can be found.

07/01/2018 - Region 9 lunch

Region 9 lunch for members and friends

The lunch will be held on Wednesday 7th February 2018 at the Stapleford Tawney Airfield Clubhouse RM4 1SJ, on the A113 a mile or so East of Abridge.

Be aware that there is a price increase to £27 per person (Inflation and New Management), and decreased to 3 courses (Brexit!) - don't be put off - the food is good and the company even better!

Arrive 12.00-ish for 1pm.

A collection for staff will be made after the lunch.

First come will have reservations, but the maximum number is limited to around 35.

Please make cheques out to Richard Wall (£27), and send to:-

Richard Wall, 142, Holden Avenue, Oxley Park, Milton Keynes MK4 4HT

tel - 01908 501556

03/01/2018 - Joining/re-joining for 2018?

Our new membership system requires the upload of a passport style photograph of yourself, which will then appear on your new plastic membership card along with any personal details that you have chosen to include.

This is intended as a member benefit for your safety and security; your acknowledgement email will contain a "link" instructing you to upload a passport style photo that is a good current likeness of you.

Without an appropriate photograph, your new membership card will not be issued. 

Don Parry, Interim Chairman


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