Mike Hack took over for another spell as Club Chairman, with Gary Nuttall
carrying our further winter improvements to the track, drainage and pits
retaining wall. The club was awarded the prestigious Clubmark accreditation,
from Sport England, only the second cycling club in the country to receive
it. Mark Keirl took over as Development Officer and he
acquired five new club sponsors and secured an excellent seven page feature
on the club in Singletrack MTB magazine. The increased sponsorship enabled
the club to purchase new club jerseys and bottoms, for all club members. The
only drawback was that they were made in an aqua blue colour and not the sea
green colour as ordered!
The club pulled off a major coup with the signings of the two European
Champions, Damian Zareba and Remi Burchardt (junior). George and Danny
Hughes returned to the club, but business commitments restricted the
availability of the Finnigans. Several other riders and newcomers signed up
and the club had 40 riders by the end of the season. A&T struggled in the
Midlands/ North League Division 1, finishing 7th out of 8 teams. The
Northern KO Cup was extremely controversial again, where we lost a last heat
decider to finish 2nd, we finished 3rd out of 7 teams in the Northern Fours
League. However, we won the Manchester League Division 1, out of 3 teams, to
win our first ever official senior trophy.
At junior level, we were 8th out of 8 teams in the Midlands/ North
Combination Division, 4th out of 11 teams in the North/ Midlands Qualifying
League of the British Youth & Junior League, 2nd out of 6 teams in the
Northern Junior League and 2nd out of 3 teams in the Manchester League
Remi Burchardt was top points scorer, with 311, whilst Damian Zareba topped
the race averages, on 3.73.
1st team photo, back row, l-r: Damian Zareba, Remi Burchardt, Tom Hall,
Chris Finnigan, Frank Finnigan, Mike Hack. Kneeling, l-r: Ewan Tulloch,
Gavin Kennedy, Warren Mee.