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Crit Series Success Boosts Lewis’s Young Cyclist Fund

The charitable trust created in memory of a young and talented cyclist has received a massive funding boost, thanks to donations from fellow cyclists and sponsors of a re-launched cycle race series in his name.

Glasdon MD Phillip Greenwood presenting the cheque to Kevin Balyckyi

Glasdon MD Phillip Greenwood presenting the cheque to Kevin Balyckyi

Launched in March and under a newly formed organisation to make it happen, the new Lewis Balyckyi Crits Series at the UCLan Sports Arena in Preston was named after the young cyclist who tragically lost his life in a road accident during a training ride in January 2011. 
This year’s Lewis Balyckyi Crit Series, sponsored by Glasdon, attracted over 100 riders, cycling in 18 rounds of races which concluded on 28 July. All profits from rider entry fees and sponsorship have been donated to the trust fund created by Lewis’ parents.
Jerrod Hartley, League Secretary of the new Crit Series explained: “I had the privilege of knowing and cycling with Lewis at the Arena. We’ve been organising charity cycles for the last 5 years, but we just wanted to do more for the Trust and create something that was here to stay. 
“The original race series finished in 2014, after 20 years, so we were determined to bring it back for Lewis. With Glasdon on board helping us cover the running costs, we could then focus on the fundraising by providing more youth and senior riders with the opportunity to compete on what is undoubtedly one of the best closed circuits in the country.”
At the time of Lewis’s tragic accident he was just days away from a move to France to join a team and fulfil his dream of becoming a professional racing cyclist.

The Lewis Balyckyi Trust Fund was founded by Kevin and Jacqui Balyckyi as a lasting tribute to Lewis, his passion and commitment to his sport and determination to succeed. 
And now the charity honour this by raising money to provide an annual grant for young cyclists who share Lewis’s dream, but may not otherwise have the opportunity to train and race in Europe.
Lewis’s Dad, Kevin Balyckyi said: “Lewis started his cycling career at the Preston Sports Arena and won his National Championship jersey there in 2008, he would have been so proud, as are we, to see the new series brought back to the track and in his name.”
The total amount raised for the Trust through the Lewis Balyckyi Crit Series, raffle and individual donations totalled a massive £6,000.
Kevin added: “I can’t say thank you enough to the organisers, sponsors, all supporters and of course the riders. This is additional funding that we wouldn’t have had without the Crits. It will enable us to provide grants for two more young cyclists next year supporting them to achieve their dreams.”
In 2016 the charity has supported 4 young riders from across the country providing them with the funds to cover their accommodation costs, which is often one of the barriers for young cyclists starting out.  The trust also work with local schools, police and supporting organisations to help raise awareness of cycle and road safety among young people through the Look For Lewis Campaign.
Presenting the final cheque, Philip Greenwood, Managing Director of Glasdon said: “We were delighted to support the Trust in this way, where the outcomes of such a successful event touch and benefit so many people including the young beneficiaries of the funds raised.”


2017 Sponsored Riders

We are very pleased to announce that we will be sponsoring 5 riders in 2017 – the most we have ever sponsored. This is solely down to the generosity of our supporters for which we are extremely grateful.

The riders are :

Ben Hetherington

Charlie Tanfield

David Hewett

David Reece

Oliver Maxwell

We have also been able to help BC Academy rider Adam Hartley fund the purchase of some equipment to help him train more efficiently.

Good luck to you all next year.

The 2016 Sportives


The 6th Lewis Balyckyi memorial Sportive started as usual bright and early, we got to the Uclan Arena before 8am and eager riders were already there waiting to sign on. The weather was glorious, a bit chilly early on but clear blue skies and bright sunlight. Over the next hour the riders arrived steadily and before long the place was humming to the sound of exited chatter and old friends meeting up again, sharing stories and planning what to do on the ride. At 9 am I started the safety brief and let the riders go in batches of 30 or so and before long an eerie quiet descended on the place as we were left on our own. That didn’t last long though and the 70km riders soon arrived at the process started all over again.


This year we had two Moto’s courtesy of one of our sponsored rider’s father for which we are very grateful. They set off after about an hour to act as broom wagons, mechanics, first aid and report back any problems and encourage the riders who were struggling on the hills.

The weather couldn’t have been better with virtually no wind and a clear warm day. The riders soon formed natural groups and rode round the two routes at their own pace, heeding our advice that this is not a race. Everyone got round safely and a lot took advantage of the food stop at the Chipping Church Hall which the Cobbled Corner café hired for us and laid out a large array of homemade cakes, sandwiches etc. This worked out well as there was lots of room for bikes and people could sit out in the sun and recover after the climbs.

The first riders returned early afternoon with big smiles, no problems and reports of stunning views from the top of the Trough of Bowland.

Pretty soon we were holding what can only be described as an after event party, with riders everywhere tucking in to the buffet and trying their luck on the tombola, or just relaxing in the afternoon sun.


The atmosphere was brilliant and I lost count of how many times riders came up to us and congratulated us on an excellent event, vowing to return next year and bring their friends, which is great for us as this is our Charities main fund raising event.

Thanks to everyone who turned up and made the event a success, you did Lewis proud, all the helpers – we couldn’t do it without you, and the Uclan Arena for allowing us to invade the place for the day.

We hope to see you all next year and we will try to make it even better.

James Claydon

official-team-photoEarlier this year James contacted us to tell us about an opportunity he had been offered. This was a chance to train for a week with a World Tour Team in the USA. What was different about this was that the team consists solely of diabetic riders.

As James is diabetic he felt it could benefit him in all aspects of his racing, such as how to get the best performance racing while managing his diabetes, along with diet advice, exercise off the bike etc.

Well we felt we couldn’t refuse so we packed him off to Athens USA. Read his report in the sponsored rider section, its an interesting read.

2016 Sportive

Photo Neil CrossThe Lewis Balyckyi Memorial RideIt’s less than 3 weeks to go till our Sportive, preparations are well under way and it should be another great event. Garmin routes are available on request.

I will be sending event information out to all entrants in the week prior to the 2nd October, parking, directions etc. and any last minute changes (which I hope will be none) but you never know.

How many riders we get on our sportive directly affects how many riders we can sponsor next year so make sure as many as possible turn up, it’ll be another cracker !

See you on the 2nd

p.s. The application for sponsorship for 2017 will open on the 1st October for 4 weeks, get your entries ready. application forms will be available on the sponsorship page.



New Jerseys now available

We have just received our latest order of jerseys, there are our normal ones and we have also got a limited number of Pro quality available, and some Roubaix long sleeve jackets. If interested please get in touch.

S/S jersey S/S jersey backRoubaix Jacket

The 2016 memorial Ride

This years ride will be on Sunday the 2nd October, it will be the same format as previous years, namely three rides varying in length to suit all abilities. A guided family ride consisting of a 10 mile ride to an ice cream shop and back, a 70km medium route travelling through Bleasdale, and a 100km route going over the Trough of Bowland and Waddington Fell.

All rides to start from the Uclan Arena, Tom Benson Way, Preston PR2 1SG. The long ride starts at 09:00am, the medium route at 10:00am and the family route at 11:00am. The start time is not hard and fast, we will not turn anyone away, all we ask is that riders are back by 16:00 (4pm) or let us know if its going to be a late return.

As usual we have some great prizes on the tombola, such as a new mini hire for the weekend courtesy of Preston Bowker BMW, a completion certificate for riders and our legendary buffet and chat on their return.

Due to the excellent attendance last year we were able to support 4 riders this year, making a real difference to their prospects of fulfilling their dreams of becoming a professional cyclist, and hopefully with your support this year we can do the same again next year.

Mark it in your diaries, 2nd October. We hope to see you there.

Entry is via the British Cycling website here or on the day if places are still available.


Update on Ed Wilson

EdEd was a very impressive 5th in the National Time Trial Championships in October, and as a result has been invited by British Cycling to take part in trials for selection for the Paralympics in Rio 2016.

Fingers crossed !

The 2015 Sportive’s

The weather was kind yet again to us on the 4th October, after a week of cold and rain it’s always a worry if anyone will turn up, but we weren’t disappointed, the morning was chilly but dry and windless.

As we arrived at 7:30 to get set up riders were already at the Arena preparing their bikes, chatting and contemplating the ride ahead. A steady stream continued to arrive and pretty soon there was a sea of colour and bikes milling around waiting for the start.

An LEP photographer turned up to take some pictures and then after a short safety brief the riders were set off in groups of about 30 so as not to block the small roads, which took a while as there was well over 200.

I couldn’t help but feel sorry for one rider whose pedal disintegrated on the way to the start and was left behind, but better it happened then than on top of the Trough I suppose.

A lull followed until the family ride at 11 am which gave us a chance to set the tombola and buffet up before the quick ones came back.

Family ride waiting to set off

As the family ride set off the sun came out and the temperature climbed which made the ride all the more pleasant. The sun stayed out all afternoon and as riders returned they could chill out on the seats around the barn exchanging tales of assaults on hills and break neck descents while refuelling on the buffet provided. It was as if someone was smiling on us from above :)

All the riders arrived back safely, which was the most important thing, with the last one getting back about 4:30. He actually rang us up to make sure we saved him some of the flapjack which he had been thinking about all the way round!

We were slightly down on numbers compared to last year but the people that did turn up did us proud and we raised as much if not more than last year, partly due to the excellent prizes on the tombola donated by a range of businesses from around the area, to which we are very grateful.

The final figure, including gift aid, will be approaching £6000 which is amazing and we can’t thank all the riders, helpers, supporters etc. enough. This will enable us to continue to support up and coming riders in their quest for a career in cycling next year.

Massive thanks to everyone who rode and supported us, Chorley CC were out in force yet again with over 30 riders taking part, and thanks to the riders who came from as far away as Cornwall. Thanks also to The Ribble Valley Juniors for marshalling the family ride again and bringing along a lot of their young riders who rode exceptionally well for the full 20 miles.

Thanks must also go to the Uclan Arena for letting us take over the place for the day, and everyone else who helped, either in a large part or small, without you all we could not have done it.

We hope you enjoyed the day and we look forward to seeing you again next year.