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Lewis Balyckyi Crits 30th May

The Lewis Balyckyi Crits are not far away, Saturday 30th May so get your entries in now.

Lewis B Crits2015

New for 2015 is an Elite, 1 & 2 entry and a 4 person team entry with a chance to win a Garmin Edge 200 for each member of the winning team. There are loads of prizes to be won and racing for all abilities, you don’t have to be a Bradley Wiggins to enjoy the day.

There is also a raffle with some excellent prizes including a cycling holiday in Spain courtesy of Cycling Holidays Spain.

Racing starts at 09:30 with the under 8’s and continues through out the day culminating in the Team challenge at 16:30.


Team entry front Team entry back





Below is a link to enter online through British Cycling

Lewis Balyckyi Crits 2015 Entry









Inspire Racing Team Presentation

We were very pleased to meet up with Jerrod Hartley, one of the team managers of the Inspire Racing Team recently to present a cheque to us from a fund raising initiative the team did last year. The team have adopted us and CRY (Cardiac risk in the Young) as the charities they wish to support, for which we are extremely grateful.

This is the article Jerrod wrote :

Everyone’s A Winner!

Around 12 months ago, and before our team was even officially launched, a fund raising initiative was started which involved completing the following “Tour De France” card:

The idea for the card came from the old pub style footy cards that Sunday League teams hand around the bar after the game to help to pay for catering.

Our objective was a little different…what we wanted to do was to raise funds for the team and also to raise money for our chosen charities.

On this basis, we decided to charge £20 per rider with 50 riders named on the card, each of whom has completed the Tour De France.

It took a while to complete the card but with perseverance and great team work by all of the Inspire VCUK riders, the card was eventually completed which enabled the winner to be drawn from a hat.

On Friday night, whilst attending the MRTL track league, Team Manager Jerrod Hartley arranged to meet up with two representatives from the two charities that the Inspire VCUK racing team supports.

The team supports the Lewis Balyckyi Trust and Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

From the Lewis Balyckyi Trust, Jacqui Balyckyi (mum to Lewis) attended whilst on behalf of CRY, Ian & Lynne Scanlan attended.

Jacqui and Kevin Balyckyi set up the Lewis Balyckyi Trust as a lasting tribute to their son Lewis who tragically lost his life whilst out training in his bicycle in 2011.

Ian and Lynne support CRY with a great amount of passion, having lost their daughter “Nina” through an undiagnosed heart condition in 2004.

The purpose of the meeting was to present a cheque to each charity for £100, raised by the Tour De France card.

In addition to these charitable contributions, the winner of the card (drawn from a hat) is also destined to receive £100.

The winning rider was Bradley Wiggins, drawn from the hat by Lynne Scanlan, and for a brief moment a few people present during the draw actually thought that Bradley was the actual winner! “No…he is the rider” remarked Jerrod, and so with much anticipation, we are pleased to announce the WINNER to be Mr Keith Bleazard from Hardhorn, on the Fylde Coast.

Keith is a very worthy winner of this campaign as he is a very big fan of the team and keen to see our riders progress.

The following photograph captures the moment when the two cheques for £100 were presented to our chosen charities:

Inspire cheque presentation Feb 2015


Ian Scanlan (Left), Jerrod Hartley (Centre), Jacqui Balyckyi (Right)




The remaining proceeds from the card (£700) are to be used by the team to help finance a professional bike carrier capable of transporting 7 racing bikes and spare wheels.

2015 Memorial ride is booked for 4th October 2015

The 5th Lewis Balyckyi Memorial Rides are to be held on Sunday the 4th October 2015. The routes will be the same as previous years, but for this year following feedback we are hoping to include a women’s ride.

This will depend on how many women want to participate and which route the ride will take. This is not compulsory and all women are free to ride whichever ride they want to ride of course.

I am pleased to announce that the direction signs have been redone and are now a lot bigger and more noticeable, which should make the routes easier to follow.

Click here to be taken directly to the British Cycling entry page :


Inspire Racing Team Launch

We at LBTF are pleased to be associated with The Inspire Racing Team, and are extremely grateful to be nominated as one of the chosen charities who they will be supporting in the coming year.

Inspire RC Team launch

Us at the launch with Team rider Jonny Holden

Inspire RC Gazebo with Luke Cheetham

Team rider Luke Cheetham next to the team gazebo bearing the LBTF logo












The team gazebo and team kit will both carry the LBTF logo for all to see – and hopefully donate to !





Good luck in 2015, we look forward to watching your success



The 4th Lewis Balyckyi Memorial Ride 2014

Poster 2014The 4th Lewis Balyckyi Memorial rides got underway on the 28th September on a perfect day for cycling, no wind and warm but not hot. We still had the usual worry though of would anyone turn up? As soon as we turned into the Arena car park however our worries disappeared, the ride was due to start at 9am but as when we got there before 8 to set up there were already about 50 people there getting ready to ride. The next couple of hours were very busy as over 200 people turned up and queues formed to sign on. There was a definite ‘buzz’ about the place as people recognised old friends or met up with their team mates, ribbing each other and making friendly bets on who would get up the climbs first.

Signing On

Signing On

For safety reasons I had to stagger the start, setting people off in groups of about 30 or so after a brief safety talk, this went off without a hitch and before we knew it we were setting off the next lot who were doing the Men and Boys ride, closely followed by the Family ride.

We emphasised that this is not a race, and we want everyone to return safely, but I can’t help worry as by their nature cyclists are competitive. Happily this year everyone did return in the same condition as they left, apart from being a bit tired! Thanks must go to our marshal’s who spent all day on the top of the Trough of Bowland to warn the riders of the sharp descent.

While the riders were out enjoying themselves we were busy setting out the buffet for them and the tombola stall, thanks to Joanne from the NW Air Ambulance who worked hard all day on the stall.

Tired Teddies

Tired Teddies

Riders returned in the afternoon, some still smiling, some with a bit of a grimace, some looking the worse for wear, but once they had sampled the buffet and a drink the smiles returned and the banter continued, most had tales to tell and compared notes on how the ride went.

I must mention a Chorley CC rider Rob who rode the midnight Manchester to Blackpool ride then rode straight to our ride and did the 100k route, a ride of about 150 miles, a great effort.

Just as impressive though are the riders who took on the ride who have never ridden any distance before, all have their own challenges and targets and we must thank and congratulate them all for supporting us and taking part. Without riders taking part we could not do what we do.

Thanks to Preston Arena for allowing us to use their venue, all the helpers, we couldn’t have done it without you, and all the sponsors who donated prizes, food etc. And of course all the riders who gave up their day and took part. We raised just short of £5000 which is absolutely brilliant.

I tried to speak to everyone as they came back but if I missed anyone I apologise, all I can say is come back next year and I will make every effort to say hello!


Toms July Blog

New Team
Well im back with another update on how my season is going, its been a while sine my last blog because there has a lot been happening in the middle part of the season.

It started with moving house and changing team. I have now moved to the Limburg province of Belgium after being offered a place on a Wallon Continental team called Tpalm PCW, it’s a small continental team but it is a good opportunity to race at a higher level and gain some experience that will help me to become stronger and improve. I was also nominated for the South Ribble Council Lewis Balyckyi rising star award, unfortunately I didn’t win but it was an honour to be nominated.

After my transfer and house move I started my first race with the team which was a UCI 1.1 race with the professionals called the Ronde van Limburg, talk about throwing myself in at the deep end! It was a great experience, it was a 210km race with lots of cobble sections. I managed to hang in the peleton (first main group on the road) until around 30 kilometres to the finish then I got dropped with a small group on one of the cobble sections. My new manager was pleased with my race as it was my first time with the pro’s. I was a little disappointed that I couldn’t make it to the finish with the leaders.

After that I raced some small kermess races and managed 3 or 4 top 15 results after a bit of a chest infection I caught after limburg. Then I went onto the under 23 omloop het nuisblad with yet more cobblestones ‘YAY!!’ I am not best suited to the cobbled climbs as I am still only 56 kilograms so it would be another day of just following and that is what I did, I managed to get around in the 2nd peleton after it split into two. It was a great experience though and the first time I had ridden on the classics cobbles and I surprised myself with how strong I was, if I had ridden smarter I could have made the split I think.

The next week was the start of the Tour of Liege which was a 5 day stage race with 140km-160km every day. The first 2 days where mainly flat with some small climbs, nothing serious and I got through fairly fresh. At the beginning of the tour I spoke with my coach and she said as it was my first 5 day race at this level I would do good just to make it through, so that made me determined to do more and not just follow and make it through – I wanted to race! On the 3rd day it was the day where it was supposed to get hard as we started the climbs and sure enough it was hard! In the beginning a large group rode off the front and I tried with a team mate to bridge across a few times with no luck, then there was a crash between the yellow jersey and a moto marshal and a fellow british rder Dan Mclay which neutralised the peleton until the jersey got back into the race, but doing this caused the break to gain a large advantage. After a lot of attacking and fast climbing I reached the finishing circuit in the 1st peleton but maybe the 4th group on the road and lost nearly 8 minutes on the leaders.

Stage 4 was just as hard, after a very fast first hour trying to get into a breakaway the team of the yellow jersey decided to set a hard tempo on the front and all we could do was just follow the peleton. We came to the finish with no more than 70 riders after starting with around 130 and I managed to get to the finish without losing more time. The next day was the last day but by far the hardest with 11 climbs and a hill top finish after a fairly fast 4 days of racing in the legs already. I managed to stay in the front group for the majority of the race and was fairly happy with how I was riding. I was climbing with the front guys all day right up until the fireworks started, and when the current under 23 world cyclo cross champion attacks you know its going to go hard. I got round to the finish in 50th place in a group with some respectable riders and finished 45th on GC, around 13 minutes behind the winner. It was one of the hardest races I have done in a long time. My coach and manager were more than happy with my result and my coach thinks I can go back next year and race for a good place on GC.

The next race for me now is a 1.2 in France and I am feeling pretty good, so I am hoping if I am still there at the finish I can have a go at getting a good result.

Again I would like to say a huge thank you to the LBTF for all their support, every time I pin a number on I feel a massive sense of pride and motivation because I am representing the fund and a good friend.

The Lewis Balyckyi Memorial Crits 2014

  Great day of racing at 3rd annual Lewis Balyckyi Crits at the Blackpool Promenade on Sunday 11th May

Report & Results – Lewis Balyckyi Memorial Crits

(Report by Alexander Reed, photos by Martin Holden)

Rain, wind and one very steep hill, that’s what the riders had to deal with at the Blackpool Promenade for the 3rd annual Lewis Balyckyi Memorial Crits. The event was organised by Jerrod Hartley in memory of Lewis Balyckyi, a promising young cyclist from the North West who sadly died in 2011, and all proceeds went to the Lewis Balyckyi Trust Fund ( which gives financial support to young British cyclists racing throughout Europe, as well as supporting other good causes such as the NW Air Ambulance. The event was sponsored by Smiths Equipment Hire ( who provided the crowd control barriers, barrier tape, fire extinguishers, generators, tables, chairs and safety signs. Thanks must also go to Blackpool Council for allowing the use of the Promenade as the circuit and for supplying plastic safety barriers to protect riders from road furniture.

The first race of the day was for the Under 8s and the winning boy was Trayden Jarrett who just pipped Riley-Saint Simmons and, the winning girl, Esther Wong to the line. It was followed by the Under 10s race which was comfortably won by Scott Fisher who crossed the finish line ahead of Deetray Jarrett in second place. Evelina Black finished not far behind to win in the girls’ category. The Under 12 boys then took to the challenging 1.9km course for their race. George Southby pulled away in the first lap and maintained his lead to win the race, with George Ball in hot pursuit finishing second. Tilly Percy was the first girl

Under 8 Winner

Under 8 Winner

Under 10's

Under 10’s

Under 12's

Under 12’s


Then it was time for the biggest event of the morning, the Under 14 and Under 16 Boys race. 35 riders were on the start line and were treated to a brief period of blue sky for their race. In the Under 14 category, the peloton of 12 riders stayed together for the whole of the race as attacks failed to prevail. It came down to a bunch sprint and it was Jack Ford who took victory over Alex Ridehalgh and Jim Brown.


Under 14’s


Under 16 Winner Robert Scott

Under14 & 16 Girls

Under14 & 16 Girls


In the Under 16 category, it wasn’t until the second lap that the decisive move was made as Robert Scott pulled away from the peloton. Harry Hardcastle and Jamie Ridehalgh chased hard and they soon caught Scott to form a 3-man breakaway which would never be seen again by the rapidly dwindling main bunch. The trio worked brilliantly together and built up a lead of two minutes over Adam Hartley and Timothy Jones who continued to chase. It came down to a sprint between the three of them and Scott just beat Hardcastle to the line with Ridehalgh coming in for third.


After the boys had their turn, it was time for the Under 14 and Under 16 Girls race. Lucy Horrocks pulled away from the other 4 girls in the first few laps and she stayed away for nearly the whole race, only to be caught by Anna Docherty and Rhiannon Gornall with 4 laps to go. The trio of Under 14s worked together and it came down to a sprint which Anna Docherty won by just 0.025 seconds over Gornall and Horrocks. Sophie Thackray came in not far behind and was the winning Under 16 girl.


After a short break for the Youth prize presentation, it was time for the 2/3/4 Women race. Almost immediately, Eve Dixon, Abby Parkinson and Amy Gornall pulled away from the group and worked brilliantly together as the weather turned bleak. Not far behind, a group of 5 riders battled the conditions in pursuit of the escapees but their efforts proved futile as the leading trio lapped all the other competitors. It once again came down to a sprint and Eve Dixon rocketed to victory with Parkinson just edging out Gornall for second.


Women’s Race

Team Smithshire

Team Smithshire


4th Cat Breakaway

Shortly after the women, it was the turn of the 4th Cat men. There were 3 guests of honour in this race: David Smith, Chris Hall and Rob Montgomery from Smiths Equipment Hire, the main sponsor of the event. The strong wind combined with the tough terrain made the race incredibly challenging but no less exciting as Anthony Bromley pulled away from the group. He kept the pressure on and built up quite a lead over the peloton. It wasn’t long, though, before Aaron Tonks, Mark Horrocks and Paul Braithwaite began their pursuit. Braithwaite struggled to keep it up and dropped off but Tonks and Horrocks continued chasing and caught Bromley with around 3 laps to go. It came down to a sprint to the line and Bromley showed that his solo efforts hadn’t left him tired as he unleashed a powerful sprint to beat Horrocks with Tonks crossing the line in third place.

With all but one of the races completed, the weather brightened up and the riders lined up on the start line for the 2/3/4 Men race. The peloton stayed together for the first part of the race as the riders got to grips with the course. Then, on the 4th lap, Robert Scott and Tom Pidcock, both Under 16s riding up with dispensation, pulled away from the group, just like Scott had done a few hours before in the Under 16s race. The two riders worked brilliantly together and, as the race progressed, the lead of the escapees only increased. With 5 laps to go, Gerallt Allen and Ryan Whatmough shot off the front of the main bunch with a view to catching Scott and Pidcock. Despite narrowing the gap, the two leaders stayed away going into the final lap. It came down to a very fast sprint for the line but Robert Scott couldn’t match Tom Pidcock who raised his arms in the air as he won the final race of the day.


2nd,3rd & 4th Cat Men

Race Winner Jersey

Race Winners Jersey

Receiving the cheque from Smithshire

Receiving the cheque from Jerrod

More photos from the event can be viewed at


The Lewis Balyckyi Trust Fund would like to thank all the riders, officials, sponsors, parents and, most of all, the volunteers who made the event a great success which raised nearly £4000 !!! Without all your help and support we could not do what we do. Hopefully we will see you all in September.