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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!


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.

Scores get on their bikes for Lewis memorial ride 2013

Photo Neil Cross The Lewis Balyckyi Memorial Ride

The Lewis Balyckyi memorial ride took place on Sunday, with three rides around the Trough of Bowland. The 18-year-old from Walton-le-Dale was killed in a collision with a van in 2011. Former Lostock Hall High School pupil Lewis was about to move to France to embark on a professional cycling career and had been tipped for the 2012 Olympics. His parents, Kevin and Jacqui Balyckyi set up the Lewis Balyckyi Trust Fund to raise money to help junior cyclists achieve their dream. The memorial ride was to raise funds to help the charity continue its work. Dad Kevin said: “It was brilliant, we had 235 people turn up. We had brilliant weather, we couldn’t have asked for better weather. “The people we have spoken to have all said they enjoyed it. “Some people got sponsored and there as an entry fee and a tombola, North West Air Ambulance had a stall there. “We have raised about £5,000 which is brilliant.” There was family ride, a men and boys ride and the man up ride. To find out more about the charity’s work, visit:

A special young lady with a very big heart


Tarryn & Matt

“I decided to collect money for the Lewis Balyckyi Trust Fund at my 18th birthday party because although I didn’t know Lewis personally he was a good friend of my boyfriend. I gave people the option of donating instead of buying me a present and also left collection tubs on the tables at my party so that they could donate loose change. A lovely evening was had by all and in the end £100 was raised for a very deserving cause. A Big thank you to my amazing family and friends for their kind donations!!”

Presentation of cheque from Jerrod Hartley – Balckpool memorial Crits

chequeSmiles all around, Jacqui Balyckyi receiving a cheque from Jerrod Hartley for £1021.75 which was raised at the 2nd Blackpool memorial crits. Jacqui received the cheque on behalf of the LBTF at the Preston Sports Arena; the arena holds special memories as this is where Lewis won his national title. Along Jacqui on a sunny thurs evening were Jerrod Hartley, Ivor Armstrong, Len Woffindin, and Tom Leivers

Lewis Balyckyi Memorial Crits Cronshaw Wins

Second in last weekend’s Norma Bains Memorial road race, Matt Cronshaw (IG-Sigma Sport) went one better to open his account for the season with victory in the feature race of the Lewis Balyckyi Memorial Crits on the Palatine Circuit in Blackpool.

Matt CronshawCronshaw got the better of Dillon Byrne (Champion Systems-Maxgear-Base) in a hard-fought sprint with a gap of 24 seconds to Richard Hepworth (Node4 Giordana Racing), who led in a four-man group battling for third place with the rest of the field a lap down.

“It’s the first win of the year for me and I’m really happy to have done it remembering an awesome guy,” said 25-year-old Cronshaw.

The supporting senior race ended in a bunch sprint won by Dan Spashett (Team Wheelguru).

James Ellmore (Mid Shropshire Wheelers) soloed to a 17-second victory in the Youth A race, while the other age group races were split between Bolton Hot Wheels CC, with wins for Theo Hartley and Benjamin Peatfield, and Mossley CRT who landed a double through brothers Robert and James Donaldson.

The event was run in memory of late age-group champion Lewis Balyckyi who died, aged 18, two years ago in an accident while training.

Skelmersdale Fire Station Triathlon 2012

On the 7th September 2012 the first Skelmersdale Fire Station Triathlon was held. Damian O’Shaughnessy (Paddy) was the organiser, and managed to cajole 20 people to enter, some (not many) seasoned triathletes, but for many it was their first. The course consisted of a 400m swim in the local pool, followed by a 12 mile bike ride around the outskirts of Skem, taking in part of the Tour of Britain route, including Crank Road Hill, a beast of a 25% gradient hill which a lot were quietly worried about. To finish was a 3 mile run around Tanhouse Road which circled the Fire station.

To not let anyone get out of it Paddy allowed 2 team entries for those that felt the whole event was a bit beyond their capabilities, which worked as the start sheet was full come race day.
We were set of in groups of 4, the slowest first, or so we thought, and the first swimmers emerged after about 9 minutes, jumping on bikes with wobbly legs muttering among other things ‘what am I doing’ to themselves. There was a photographer at the top of crank Rd hill to capture the pained expressions as the riders crested the hill, luckily there wasn’t a microphone to record the swear words and cursing, poor Paddy was called all the names under the sun that day.

The 3 mile run followed, which some took very seriously, completing it in 14 minutes, and others that didn’t, as can be seen in the pictures.

After all the complaining around the course everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and congratulated Paddy on a great event, although some vowed never to repeat it! I think that might change come next year though.

The event finished off with the prize giving and food kindly made by our station cook.

Thanks must go to the Station Manager for allowing us to run the event, Paddy for organising it, and all who competed, including the local councillor, who did the run in a skeleton suit!

The event raised approximately £100 for the fund, which we are extremely grateful for.

Blue Watch

Parbold Hill Cross Country Race 2012

The LBTF runners, Paddy, Dave Kev, Tash and Paul

The LBTF runners, Paddy, Dave Kev, Tash and Paul

The Parbold Hill Race is one of the first of the running season, and consists of nearly 7 miles of hills and muddy trails, fields and ditches. Despite this it is very well attended, the organisers having to set a limit of 300 runners.

So on a cold and wet February Sunday, the flag dropped and we set off on a very wet course, knowing there was at least 3 steep hills to run up, and loads of mud to negotiate. By the time we had reached some of the fields they looked like they had been just ploughed, with your feet disappearing up to your ankles in the mud, a few unfortunate’s actually lost shoes when they came off, and had to finish in their socks!
Just over an hour later the finish line was in sight, and we were welcomed back by a large crowd clapping us in, and a marshal handing out Mars bars.

A cold, painful day out but very satisfying to have done it, and we raised about £150 for the fund too.

Thanks to all who participated and raised sponsorship, looking forward to the next one.

A Day of Croquet

After getting off to a bumpy start with Dad the main organiser not being able to attend our croquet day was a hit!!

The sun came out so the Mad Hatter theme was not only hilarious to look at but also provided much needed shade out on the green. (Although there were a few burnt faces at the end of the day!) At lunch time we served our 50 or so guests hot dogs with coleslaw and chips. This went down a treat and then it was back out on the green. We sold raffle tickets throughout the day and had a bar open. With the motto of sell one and then buy one (for himself) the bar tender was very happy at the end of the day and had contributed his share to the fundraising cause!
We had a best hat prize which was taken out by Robyn V for herself created hat with wine glasses attached! Plenty of raffle prizes were given out and we took a moment to reflect on the foundation that we were raising money for.

It was such a great day and everyone who attended had such fun.

It was great to have so much fun and also be raising money for such a worthy and close to our heart foundation.

Watch this space for Dad’s event!!!!

The North West Youth Tour 2012 Auction


Kev & Jacqui with the Mark Cavendish shirt winner

It was the long bank holiday weekend and for once the weather was on our side, we went along to the North West Youth Tour which was always a favourite of Lewis’s , so it was a pleasure to go along and help out a long time friend Ivor Armstrong with the signing on for the event.

On the Sunday evening we went along to the Imperial Hotel where everyone tucked into fish & chips in a bucket it even came with its own spade for anyone who wanted to try there had at building sandcastles during the evening we held an auction which was for items which had been very kindly donated from the world of cycling including a GB jersey off Pete Marshall, a sky jersey which had been signed by the TOB boys and a word championship jersey signed by Mark Cavendish & Lucy Garner.
We were also very fortunate to be given some fantastic one off photographs take by Andy Whitehouse these included Mark Cavendish & Geraint Thomas.
We would like to thank everyone who bid for items on the evening we made an incredible amount of £1500 which is tremendous.

The winning bidder on the World Championship Jersey – Mr Clarke (many many thanks)