|23-Apr-15||Hospice HC - Bigland - 23rd Apr 2015|
|23-Apr-15||Course record updated|
Craig Steele - Bigland HC
|23-Apr-15||Results Finder updated|
Latest event results added.
|22-Apr-15||Haverthwaite 10 - 22nd Apr 2015|
|20-Apr-15||2015 Picture gallery updated|
Pics from Torver SpoCo added.
|17-Apr-15||2015 Picture gallery updated|
Pics from Coast Rd 21 added.
|15-Apr-15||Coast Road 21 - 15th Apr 2015|
|15-Apr-15||Torver SPOCO - 18th Apr 2015|
Start-sheet available here
|08-Apr-15||Coast Road 10 - 8th Apr 2015|
|01-Apr-15||Coast Road 10 - 1st Apr 2015|
|27-Mar-15||2015 Event list updated|
Timekeeper/Marshal info added.
|23-Mar-15||AudaxUK rides from The Lakes School|
May 2015 - 3 distances - 100/200/300km
Ribble 7005 aluminium Road Bike
The classic winter training bike
|24-Dec-14||2015 Sportive List updated|
|26-Nov-14||2014 Prize winners|
View all prize winners here
|15-Jan-14||Information on club clothing for Road Races and 2-up Open Time Trials|
Torver SpoCo Spectacular!
The 36 riders who started the Torver SpoCo on Saturday certainly saw
the Lakes at their best. Not that they had time to appreciate these things on what is a pretty brutal course.
For some reason known only to himself, Howard Lindow decided that the course wasn't quite hard enough and so chose to ride round on 74" fixed. My knees ache just thinking about it. Chapeau!
Times of all local riders were...
Andy Stubbs also took a few great photos that you can view here
Coast Road 21 - 31 riders!
Another fantastic night of time-trialling on the Coast Road, this time on the 21 course, and another record field for this event.
And the crowd went wild...
A fantastic night of time-trialling on the Coast Road 10 on 8th April saw a record field,
certainly for the Coast Road and we think for any club event ever.
Lancaster CC Easter 10 on Levens
A good turnout from the club for the Easter Saturday 10 run by Lancaster CC
on Levens (L1015). In still but foggy conditions,
there were some good times posted. Congratulations to second claim rider Dave Huck (Lakes RC), first 'local' home
in an excellent 21:47. There were a few PB's recorded. Paul Lang did a
storming 22:19, Andy Stubbs must be well pleased with his comeback 25:03
and Dane Chapples and Pete Metcalfe continue their rivalry, both posting
Congratulations to all riders.
Club riders times were as follows...
Full results available here
Four club riders rode the Border City Wheelers 20 SpoCo event on the L202 course at Lazonby on Sunday in less than ideal conditions.
Second claim rider Eamonn Quinn (Lakes RC) also rode the event, and is now up to 8th in the individual rider classification, having ridden 4 events so far.
The event was won by Richard Bickley (Border City Wheelers CC) in a time of 00:48:04.
Individual times were as follows...
The club are currently 18th in the L&L SpoCo club classification.Full results available here
Just to clear up a bit of confusion about entering the NLTTA events.
Eden Epic Cycle Sportive - Penrith - A great day out
A fantastic day for the 60 mile Eden Epic Sportive up in Penrith. It really is a great route on quiet roads, and the weather just made it that much more enjoyable. 11 riders from the club (1st and 2nd claim) took part, plus a few other local lads that will be familiar. For info (and I know it's not a race, but I stick to my definition that they're a long hilly time trial - with food), the club times were as follows...
Just to put things in perspective, the first 2 didn't stop for tea and cake at the feedstop. Glenn's ride to finish 31st out of 900 finishers was a belter.
Scott Smith started off his TT season with a fantastic ride in the SPOCO series.
Second claim rider Eamonn Quinn (Lakes RC) also rode the event, finishing in a creditable 56:30
There was a great turnout for the NLTTA Combined Clubs 10 mile TT on
the L105 (Brock) course. No less than 127 riders took part, including 7
from the club.
The spin classes have obviously been paying off!
On a tough day, Graham Pitcher got the SPOCO season started. Along
with 91 others he rode the Rossendale RC organised Bolton by Bowland 11
mile event finishing 70th overall (46th in the L&L SPOCO only riders).
Club runs - Sundays, 9am at Tank Square roundabout, Ulverston
In an effort to get a bit of life into the club over winter, we're
getting some social Sunday club runs going, the emphasis being very much
We'll start to post some write-ups which you can find here.
Pat Hercberg takes on an MTBO event at Elterwater
Pat takes on a Mountain Bike Orienteering event at Elterwater.
Anyone got a spare Fred Whitton place for Pat?
Pat was unlucky with her entry for the Fred Whitton Challenge this time around, so if anyone has an entry and they can't make it for any reason, please and make her day!
Millom School Cycling Project
A new after school cycling project being run by Siobhan Quinn at Millom Secondary school needs any old bikes, frames, components or parts that you or your friends/neighbours may have lying around in your shed or garage.
If you think you can help in any way (good chance to spring clean the shed!) see below...
2014 Prize Winners
The full list of 2014 Prize Winners is now available here.
Give me a ring if you want to come around and claim your trophies/medals.
Knottallow Hill Climb records broken
Dave Huck (Lakes RC) set a new course record for the Knottallow Hill Climb on Friday 15th August.
Adam McBirnie wins the Circuit of Cartmel trophy
Adam McBirnie was first club rider home in the Circuit of Cartmel TT on Wednesday 30th July, taking the Bill McDonald Memorial Trophy with a time of 36:20. Congratulations Adam.
Inter-club 25 - Levens - A great success
Well done all, we came second in the team standings, beaten by the new boys Cleveleys RC.
Special thanks to George, Pat and Neil and Steve Jenkin for helping with marshalling and timekeeping
and also to Lynsey and Wills Jenks (and another one or two from LRC possibly that I dont know about?).
Special congratulations to Barry Fittes for coming out and doing a 1:08 at age 80! He was one of the BCW team to first win the trophy for this event.
Col McKenna takes on the Tommy Godwin Challenge (205 miles)
On Sunday 23rd March, Col McKenna took on the Raleigh 'Tommy Godwin Challenge',
the aim of which is to ride an 'average' Tommy Godwin day of 205 miles.
Those who were at the club dinner in 2012 will remember Dave Barter telling us all about Tommy Godwin's 1939 record breaking feat when he rode 75,060 miles in a year. That's an average of 205 miles a day, every day, for a year!
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of this record, which still stands, Raleigh have thrown down a challenge which put simply, is to do one 'Tommy Godwin' average ride (205 miles) in one day.
You choose the course. It can be absolutely anything you like e.g. circuit(s), out and back, or just 'out'. It simply has to be 205 miles (or more) and be completed in one day.
There'll be a monthly prize draw with £205 of accessories being up for grabs for successful completion of the challenge.
Anyone fancy trying it?
Fred Whitton Challenge on fixed? - Bonkers
As some of you will know, Howard Lindow of the Lakes Road Club recently rode the 4 Seasons Fred Whitton Challenge route on fixed.
I've created a page which allows you to search/filter/sort club results.
Currently I've got all results from 2006 onwards in the system and will add as many of the others as I can as time permits.
I'd be grateful for any feedback on how you find it, any changes you might like to suggest etc etc (just so I feel like I've not been flogging a dead horse ;-)
At the very least it'll be useful for collating who's won what at the end of the season.
You can access it from the Events/Results menu above - just click on Results Finder.
We've just started trying to pull all the trophy information together.
I've put up a trophies page which you can get to here or via the Events/Results option on the menu bar above.
Bear with us as it's a pretty time consuming task! Over the years trophies have been 're-allocated' as courses changed or were scrapped altogether (Barrow-Newby Bridge-Barrow anyone?). We'll try and reflect this in the lists where possible if we can find date/course information.
If you spot any errors or can fill in any gaps then don't hesitate to let me know.
So how much faster are we going now?
Looking at an old diary from 1991, I thought it'd be interesting to see how times 21 years ago compared to those of today. I must admit I got a bit of a surprise. The link below shows a couple of events (Circuit of Coniston and Haverthwaite) to compare.
Rules is rules...
A bit of light relief after all those heroics. The UCI might have their rules, but really these are the ones that matter. I particularly like Rule 5 and its accompanying video.
Bad Weather Riding...
So, with the snow, rain and wind you think you've been a bit of a hero venturing out on the bike do you? Or perhaps you think that Andy Hampsten's ride over the Gavia in the 1988 Giro was the pinnacle of suffering?
Naaah - This is heroic - Milan - San Remo 1910 edition
Getting the miles in...
A few people have heard of Tommy Godwin the track cyclist, and very good he was too. Unfortunately, not many seem to have heard of another Tommy Godwin.
If you think you're going to get some serious miles in over the winter, then read this and weep. As if breaking the year record with a phenomenal 75,065 miles wasn't enough, he carried on to break the 100,000 mile record in exactly 500 days - at least it makes it easy to work out!
I can't help feeling you'd have to be a bit bonkers to do this, but as the write up says, this record will never be beaten, and you can't say that about many cycling records. The 1939 Stats link is interesting - you can compare your days mileage with what Tommy did on that day ;-)
Dave Barter who's "Writing the Book" (see above) is also writing a book on Tommy 'Mile-Eater' Godwin and the distance record in general, using Tommy's original diaries etc to chart the mileage.
Tommy 'mile-eater' Godwin
The Barrow Central Wheelers was formed in 1933 when two of the clubs of that era combined. The club gets its name from the Barrow Central railway station where the first club runs started from.
Over the years, the club has taken part in all forms of cycling and cycle
racing with some of it's members representing Great Britain at the highest level.
At the present time the club is predominantly a time trialling club promoting 3 open events and 21 club events each year with an annual prize giving held at the end of October.
The club still has a small active road racing section and a touring group that have very close ties to the Cumbria Cycling Club which is active most weekends and organises weekend runs and at least one major continental tour each year.
Please send any ideas / news / feedback to the