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Youth Competition Grant Awards

We’re please to announce that the riders being awarded Youth Competition Grants for 2017 are
James Alexander
Sarah Briggs
Jack Brough
George Cooper
Jude du Toit
Rory Knowles
Lotta Mansfield
Owen Lightfoot
April Tacey
Amelie Wayte
The awards are made available to riders who have participated in the Mallory Youth League to assist them in participating in races at National and International level

Youth Competition Grants

We are pleased to announce that for 2017 we will be making available £1000 in the form of 10 grants of £100 each to assist young riders who with to compete in national races or races overseas. There is a simple application form which defines the criteria by which applications will be assessed and also asks for a bit of information describing past achievements and what the rider wants to use the grant for.
Applications will be assessed independently of the Mallory Park RR League committee, by Alan Vallance and Martin Booth, who were both involved in the league in its early days.
The deadline for submissions is midnight 31st March 2017 and the decisions will be communicated by 15th April 2017.
The application form may be downloaded by clicking here or from the downloads section on the RHS of the Youth Racing home page.

Women only racing in 2017

2017 sees the planned re-introduction of Women’s only racing at Mallory Park RR League.

Event Dates, Races and Rules

  • We have 3 events on the programme on 13th, 20th and 27th April, for 2nd, 3rd and 4th category riders.
  • The races will be run on the track at the same time as the mens 4th category races, but the groups will be started half a lap apart.
  • Safety is a big concern for us when operating in this way, so we will have strict rules on what needs to happen should the 2 groups come together, the onus being on the caught riders to drop back.
  • Anyone who doesn’t drop back will be warned and if they continue riding in the other group will be disqualified. Its an approach that works fine on other circuits.

Ladies, we need your commitment

  • The events will proceed providing we have sufficient commitment from the riders.
  • We are therefore asking lady riders who wish to participate to take a league subscription for £30 and with this they will get free entry to all 3 events. If we have 15 subscriptions by 31st March the events will run.
  • If we don’t make that number then anyone who has subscribed will be refunded and the races will, unfortunately, be cancelled.
  • League subscriptions may be made via the BC website by clicking here and then on the ‘Join or Club’ ta

2017 Youth Calendar

Below is the 2017 Youth calendar at Mallory Park RR League. Click on the image to zoom in. Its quite similar to 2016 with a variety of circuits and race formats.  A pdf version of the programme may be downloaded by clicking here

We’ve got 17 nights of league racing, starting 11th April and then most Tuesdays through to 22nd August, then finishing off with Champions Night event on 5th September. Its quite similar to 2016 with a variety of circuits and race formats, although this year we are taking a 3 week break at the start of the school summer holidays

Unfortunately we are going to have to increase entry fees by £1 per rider for 2017, but are confident we will continue to deliver excellent value
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2017 Senior Calendar

The 2017 senior calendar for Mallory Park RR League is shown below. Click on the image to zoom in.

A pdf version of the programme may be downloaded by clicking here

In contrast to the last 2 years, races will be run as standalone events, not as a league. This year sees the re-introduction of Womens racing (subject to sufficient interest being shown) and for the first time at Mallory Park RR League, a series of events for Over 40’s, running under LVRC rules. With 3 womens events, 3 4th category only events, 3 3rd category only events, 6 2/3/4 category events, 5 O40’s events and 8 different circuit configurations, we hope there’s something for everyone.

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2016 AGM Minutes

Minutes of the 2016 AGM are available by clicking here
A brief summary of the main decisions taken were

  • 17 race youth league plus Champions Night
  • Youth entry fees to be increased by £1
  • 17 race senior programme as follows, 3 x 4th Cat only races, 3 x 3rd Cat only races, 6 x 2/3/4 cat races, 5 x LVRC Veterans races
  • 3 women’s only races will be promoted subject to receiving sufficient interest
  • 10 youth competition grants of £100 each to be made available

Further communications will be issued in the next 2 or 3 weeks providing more detail on the above.

Raleigh bikes for U14 and U16 winners

Raleigh, sponsors of the Mallory Park Youth Road Race League which starts in April, are pleased to announce that they have decided to continue to use the under 14 and under 16 leagues as an entrance point into their Rider Development programme.
As a direct result of this, the winners of the U14 and U16 Boys and Girls leagues in 2016 will be invited to join the 2017 Raleigh Rider Development programme which supports up and coming athletes with the loan of a latest racing bike for a full 2017 season.
In addition to this, the winners will also get a day with Team Raleigh, including a ride with some of the team professionals, and Mallory Park RR league will also provide the winners with free entry to all 2017 events.
League Organiser Mikes Twelves said “This is a fantastic prize that Raleigh has put up and shows their commitment to supporting cycling in the UK at all levels. It stimulated some great competition in 2015 and we are thrilled that they have decided to continue with this for 2016”
Raleigh’s Product Director Geoff Giddings commented “3 of the 4 2015 winners will be returning to the Raleigh League at Mallory this year on their new bikes, which is great for us. We were delighted with the commitment and passion shown by all the riders to the 2015 league. The competition across all categories last year was excellent and the Organisers have added some extra, innovative race formats for 2016. We are really excited about this opportunity to continue supporting what must be one of the best Youth leagues in the country”
Pictured below, Finn Mansfield, April Tacey and Sarah Briggs collecting their new Raleigh Criterium Competition bikes from Raleigh HQ last month
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AGM

With family, work and other commitments getting in the way, we have been unable to schedule an AGM for Mallory League. As the season approaches this becomes increasingly difficult. Over the last few years, attendance has been very low, typically just 3 or 4 people. There are no proposals for changes to the constitution or general operating procedures for 2016. Our financial affairs have been reviewed in line with the requirements of our constitution and have been deemed satisfactory. A short statement of financial performance is given below, and anyone who wishes to have sight of the accounts will be given them on request. Unless we receive any objections within 7 days we will proceed into 2016 without holding an AGM

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New Chairman

Before Christmas, it was announced that our current Chairman, Ian Penrose, was stepping down. We asked for volunteers but unfortunately were not exactly inundated with offers. Recently, Geoff Giddings has volunteered to assume this role. Geoff has been a great supporter of the league over the past 2 or 3 years as a club coach and via his business interests as the main contact for the Raleigh sponsorship for the Youth League. We believe Geoff’s involvement as Chairman will further strengthen Mallory League. Given there have been no other people come forward, unless we receive any objections within 7 days, Geoff will be appointed Chairman.

2016 Youth Calendar

The 2016 Mallory Youth League Calendar is now available by clicking here

Racing starts on Tuesday 12th April and runs every Tuedsday through to 23rd August apart from a break on 21th June.

We have made a few tweaks to the points system to try to reduce the problems of missing races in school/family holidays

  • 15 races from 19 to count
  • Individual stages in stage races now get only half points
  • Reduced the number of big scoring events in the summer holidays

We’ve introduced a new circuit for a stage race time trial – starting on the big bend and running up under the bridge to finish at the top of the hill just before the hairpin. Under 1km, but a lung burster. A real prologue type of effort

We have also introduced 2 new race formats
Points race – we experimented with this in the stage races last year and it worked well so this year we have some main events run as points races – sprints every lap, the winner being the rider with most points
Golden Lap – our version of the Enneco Tour Golden KM, its a normal race apart from there will be 3 or 4 equally spaced sprints on the final lap, the winner being the rider gathering most points in these sprints

The race programme is on our website and events should be loaded on the BC Events site in the next few weeks. A downloadable programme will also be available on our website shortly