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22-May-15Hospice HC - Woodland - 22nd May 2015
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22-May-15Results Finder updated
Latest event results added.
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20-May-15Haverthwaite (Hadwin Cup) 25
22nd Apr 2015

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05-May-15Results Finder updated
Shap Hill Climb and Lancaster CC 10 added.
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03-May-152015 Picture gallery updated
Circuit of Coniston pics added.
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03-May-15Results Finder updated
Wigan Wheelers SpoCo results added.
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29-Apr-15Circuit of Coniston - 29th Apr 2015
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23-Apr-15Hospice HC - Bigland - 23rd Apr 2015
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23-Apr-15Course record updated
Craig Steele - Bigland HC
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22-Apr-15Haverthwaite 10 - 22nd Apr 2015
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20-Apr-152015 Picture gallery updated
Pics from Torver SpoCo added.
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17-Apr-152015 Picture gallery updated
Pics from Coast Rd 21 added.
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15-Apr-15Coast Road 21 - 15th Apr 2015
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15-Apr-15Torver SPOCO - 18th Apr 2015
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08-Apr-15Coast Road 10 - 8th Apr 2015
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01-Apr-15Coast Road 10 - 1st Apr 2015
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27-Mar-152015 Event list updated
Timekeeper/Marshal info added.
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23-Mar-15AudaxUK rides from The Lakes School
May 2015 - 3 distances - 100/200/300km
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13-Jan-15For Sale
Ribble 7005 aluminium Road Bike

The classic winter training bike
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24-Dec-142015 Sportive List updated
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26-Nov-142014 Prize winners
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15-Jan-14Information on club clothing for Road Races and 2-up Open Time Trials
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Woodland Hill Climb - Records tumble

In great conditions, giving a slight tailwind up the course, both course and club records were broken on the night.
Craig Steele (Lakes RC) smashed the previous course record by a massive 32 seconds with a time of 4:41, certainly the man on form as was seen by his excellent 3rd fastest time in the Fred Whitton Challenge earlier in the month.
The club record also fell to Glenn Rhodes who took 12 seconds off the previous best finishing in 5:35.

Thanks to Howie Lindow and the clan for organising the event and to all who took part.

Full results available here


Hadwin Cup 25 - First trophy decidedHadwin Cup

On a cold night, the first trophy of the season was decided on the Haverthwaite 25 course.

With a good field of 21 riders taking part, and 5 riders recording course PB's, it was a very close run thing at the sharp end between Sean Casson and Paul Lang with Sean coming out on top by 7 seconds to win in a time of 58:26.

Congratulations to all who rode.

Full results available here


Bowland Forest Populaire Audax event - Sunday 14th JuneAudax UK

Next running of the Bowland Forest Populaire Audax organised by Lancaster CTC will be on Sunday 14th June.
It's a good day out starting in Caton, on some lovely roads (Wray, Hornby, Slaidburn etc). A hilly 66 miles.

All the details you need are here.


Timekeepers mobile phone number...

Can anyone marshalling any of the club events please make sure that you have Mike Speights mobile phone number in your phone.
This allows you to make contact with Mike should anything crop up at the event (like roadworks!)
The number is... 07849 170426 and it's also available on the Contacts page. Thanks.


IMPORTANT - Next event (Wednesday 20th May)...

Note that the next Wednesday night event (20th May) will be the second attempt at running the Hadwin Cup 25 mile event.
The event list has been updated accordingly. Let's hope they've finished doing whatever it is they're doing!
Any volunteers for marshalling, please let Glenn or Allan know.


Bank Holiday action...Adam McBirnie

Bank Holiday Monday saw two very different time trials taking place, with 3 riders from the local clubs tackling each.
For those who like all things flat, there was the Lancaster CC Bank Holiday 10 on Levens (L1015)
On a very windy day which made for a hard ride out, first man home was Ryan Coulton of promoting club Lancaster CC in 20:59.
First BCW rider home was Adam McBirnie in 24:47 for 24th place, followed by Tony Johnston, 32nd in 26:19 and Mark Spedding, 39th in 29:07
Full results available here.


Sean CassonFor those who like the road going up, there was the Kent Valley RC promoted Shap Hill Climb on the L817 course.
Due to roadworks, the course was shortened slightly, and with a good tailwind, there were some excellent times.
First home was Tejvan Pettinger (Sri Chinmoy Cycling Team) in 16:43.
Of the local club riders, Darren Brackwell (Lakes RC) led them home in 20:29 for 18th place, closely followed in 20th spot by his clubmate Kieran Lacey in 20:39, and our own Sean Casson had an excellent ride, finishing 25th in 21:17.
Full results of the Shap event here.


More SPOCO action...SPOCO

Four club riders took part in the Wigan Wheelers 30 mile SpoCo event on 26th April on the L304 course.
The event was won by Simon Bridge (Manchester Wheelers) in a time of 1:05:18
First home for the club was Scott Smith in 1:11:55 giving him 13th place overall, followed by Martyn Uttley, 34th in 1:18:59, Shaun Johnston, 38th in 1:20:06 and Jim Lawley (V70!), 58th in 2:15:01.
Congratulations to all.

Full results available here


Torver SpoCo Spectacular!Glenn Rhodes - Torver SpoCo 2015SPOCO

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.
There was a good turnout of local riders with 10 from Barrow Central Wheelers and 5 from the Lakes Road Club taking part.
Henry King of Ilkley CC was unbeatable on the day, coming home in an excellent time of 49:42, the only rider to dip under 50 minutes, and also taking 1st place on the timed climb of Grizebeck in 7:53.
He was closely followed by 16 year old junior rider Adam Hartley (PH-MAS Cycling) in a time of 50:10 and he also took second on the climb with 8:21.
In third place was Richard Bickley (Border City Wheelers) in 50:41, taking 4th on the climb with 8:39.
Dave Huck (Lakes RC) was the first local rider home taking 4th overall and 3rd on the hill climb with 51:47 and 8:38 respectively.

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...

Pos. Rider Club Time Hill Time Hill Pos.
4 Dave Huck Lakes RC 0:51:47 8:38 3
7 Scott Smith BCW 0:55:08 9:55 15
9 John O'Callaghan BCW 0:55:22 9:30 6
11 Kieran Lacey Lakes RC 0:56:05 09:37 9
12 Paul Lang BCW 0:56:06 9:51 14
13 Sean Casson BCW 0:56:25 10:15 20
14 Glenn Rhodes BCW 0:56:41 9:58 16
18 Graham Carrick Lakes RC 0:57:24 9:47 13
23 Eamonn Quinn Lakes RC 0:58:27 10:41 27
27 Shaun Johnston BCW 1:0:47 10:35 26
28 Adam McBirnie BCW 1:0:56 10:53 28
29 Howard Lindow Lakes RC 1:1:52 11:16 30
32 Paul McKenny BCW 1:05:40 12:11 32
34 Joe Husband BCW 1:10:50 13:39 34
35 Peter Metcalfe BCW 1:11:22 13:57 35

Full results here

Andy Stubbs also took a few great photos that you can view here


Coast Road 21 - 31 riders!Scott Smith

Another fantastic night of time-trialling on the Coast Road, this time on the 21 course, and another record field for this event.
31 riders took part in the event in sunny but breezy conditions, making the leg from Rampside to Roose particularly hard. It was Scott Smith's (BCW) turn to take the honours this week with a course PB time of 49:46, the second fastest time ever recorded on this course. Dave Huck (Lakes RC) was close behind, with a fine 49:58 and third was Craig Steele (Lakes RC) in 50:37.
It certainly looks like it's going to be a great season of racing with these three so evenly matched.
Great to see such a good turnout and again, new riders coming to have a go.
Thanks again to everyone involved in any way.

Full results here


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.
41 riders took part in the event in ideal conditions. Dave Huck (Lakes RC) stormed round the course to win in an impressive 22:50.
Scott Smith's comeback to TT'ing looks like it's come back! He came a very fast second in 23:20, equalling his PB on the course from 4 years ago.
Third fastest was Craig Steele (Lakes RC) in an impressive 23:28.
A quick mention to 13 year old Oliver Mashiter, riding his first TT. Judging by his time, we'll hopefully be hearing a lot more about him in the future.
So, all in all a brilliant night, made all the better by the number of new riders who turned up to give it a go (and seemed to enjoy it!)
Thanks to everyone.

Full results here


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 PB's.
Winner of the event was Michael Ellerton (Team Swift) in a time of 20:22.

Congratulations to all riders.

Club riders times were as follows...

Position Rider Time
7 Dave Huck (Lakes RC)   21:47
14 Paul Lang 22:19
24 Adam McBirnie 23:16
25 Glenn Rhodes 23:30
34 Andy Stubbs 25:03
42 Dane Chapples 25:52
44 Pete Metcalfe 26:04
47 Tony Johnston 26:30
55 Jim Lawley (Trike) 36:21

Full results available here

Border City Wheelers 20 - SpoCo resultsSPOCO

Four club riders rode the Border City Wheelers 20 SpoCo event on the L202 course at Lazonby on Sunday in less than ideal conditions.
Shaun Johnston was the first club rider home in a time of 00:57:17.

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...

Position (L&L) Rider Time
17  (12) Shaun Johnston 00:57:17
19  (14) Eamonn Quinn (Lakes RC) 00:58:00
23  (18) Martyn Uttley 00:58:55
26  (20) Graham Pitcher 01:01:48
31  (25) Tony Johnston 01:10:46

The club are currently 18th in the L&L SpoCo club classification.

Full results available here

NLTTAEntering NLTTA events

Just to clear up a bit of confusion about entering the NLTTA events.
The only events where the NLTTA want one entry per club is for the 2 Combined Club events.
That's the 10 on the 7th March and the 25 on the 20th September.
All the other events you enter as normal as indicated in the CTT handbook (usually via the CTT website).
Hope that's clear now.

A full list of NLTTA events is available here.


Eden Epic Cycle Sportive - Penrith - A great day outEden Epic 2015

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...

Rider Time
Glenn Rhodes 3:13:33
Allan Nelson 3:44:15
Dane Chapples 3:49:03
Andy Stubbs 3:53:12
Peter Leviston 3:57:25
Derek Schofield 3:59:02
Peter Metcalfe 4:21:07
Ralph Cooper 4:23:28
Tony Johnston 4:25:53
Joe Husband 4:25:54
Peter Knowles 4:40:34

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.

Full results here


Scott Smith comes out of retirement - with a bang!SPOCO

Scott Smith started off his TT season with a fantastic ride in the SPOCO series.
Scott rode the Ribble Valley promoted 19 mile Circuit of Longridge on Saturday 21st March, finishing 9th with a great time of 49:46.Scott Smith

Second claim rider Eamonn Quinn (Lakes RC) also rode the event, finishing in a creditable 56:30

Full results available here


NLTTA Combined Clubs 10 mile TT - great turnoutNLTTA!

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.
On a very windy afternoon, there were some great times posted as for most, this was the first time trial of the year, and for some it was their first open event.
Club riders times were...

Position Rider Time
11 Sean Casson 23:24
30 Adam McBirnie 24:35
33 Martyn Uttley24:46
83 Peter Metcalfe 27:32
96 Dane Chapples 28:27
103 Tony Johnston 28:55
126 Jim Lawley (Trike) 37:54

The spin classes have obviously been paying off!

Full results available here

A few pictures available here


Bolton by Bowland SPOCOSPOCO

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).
The event was won by Adam Hartley (PH-MAS Cycling) in a time of 24:07, narrowly missing the course record.

Full results available here


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 on 'social'.
There'll be a club run starting at Tank Square, Ulverston every Sunday starting at 9am.
Rides will happen rain or shine so we hope to see a few of you there, and feel free to bring friends along.

We'll start to post some write-ups which you can find here.


Pat Hercberg takes on an MTBO event at ElterwaterPat Hercberg

Pat takes on a Mountain Bike Orienteering event at Elterwater.

Bike - check
Helmet - check
Compass - buggar
Map - sh*t
Drink - back to the car...

Read how she got on here


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.
Thanks... Allan.


Knottallow Hill Climb records broken

Dave Huck (Lakes RC) set a new course record for the Knottallow Hill Climb on Friday 15th August.
With a stiff headwind at the top part of the course, Dave beat the old record by 10 seconds, coming in with a time of 6:20.
Connor Furness updated the club record for the course too, with a time of 6:51, beating the previous best by 7 seconds.
Lakes RC take the Hospice Hill Climb Trophy for 2014.

Full results here


Adam McBirnie wins the Circuit of Cartmel trophyAdam McBirnie

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.
Lakes RC were 3rd so a good showing by us all down here on the peninsula!

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?).
These events can't happen without them. Also thanks to Howie for getting this going again with Andy Barlow.

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.


UnsurpassedRaleigh 'Tommy Godwin 205 mile Challenge'

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.

Full details of the challenge are available here, and here is a link to tips, ride reports and the 'hall of fame' for those who have completed the challenge.

Anyone fancy trying it?


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.
Col's kindly written up all the gory details of his epic day.

Read all about it here.

Col McKenna

Howard LindowFred 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.
Anyone who's ever ridden the Fred will understand just how tough that probably is (as we're not daft enough to ever want to attempt it).
So, in Howard's own words...

Read all about it here


Results Finder

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.


Trophy Information

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.

Trophy

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.

Comparison events 1991 / 2012

Allan Nelson

Something to read while the rain lashes the windows...

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.
The Rules

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


About the Club

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.