21-Apr-172017 Picture gallery updated
BCW SpoCo Coast Road 21 pics added
Courtesy of Craig Williams & John Calvert
See here
21-Apr-172017 Picture gallery updated
Haverthwaite 10 pics added
Courtesy of Craig Williams
See here
21-Apr-17BCW League Table updated
See here
19-Apr-17Haverthwaite 10 - 19-Apr-2017
Results here
19-Apr-17Results Finder updated
Latest event results added.
See here
15-Apr-17BCW Open SpoCo - 15-Apr-2017
Coast Road 21 (L212)
Results here
15-Apr-17Course record updated - Coast Rd 21
Tom Rigby (Springfield Financial RT) 45:53
Dave Huck - Club Course record 47:57
See here
14-Apr-172017 Picture gallery updated
Coast Road 10 pics added
Courtesy of Rob Matheson
See here
12-Apr-17Coast Rd 10 - 12-Apr-2017
Results here
12-Apr-172017 Picture gallery updated
Pics from Wild Boar Fell SpoCo added
See here
05-Apr-17Coast Rd 10 - 05-Apr-2017
Results here
05-Apr-17Course record updated - Coast Rd 10
Dave Huck - Club Course record 22:27
See here
19-Mar-172017 Picture gallery updated
Pics from West Pennine and Lancaster CC SpoCo's added
See here
28-Feb-17NLTTA Combined Clubs 10 Start Sheet
Sat 4th March 2017 (L1017)
See here
26-Feb-172017 Picture gallery created
Pics from Rossendale SpoCo event added
See here
21-Feb-17Minutes of AGM - 6-Feb-2017
View here
17-Feb-172017 NLTTA Handbook
Available here
08-Feb-172017 Salt Ayre TTs
Full timetable available here
01-Feb-172017 Salt Ayre Crits
Full timetable available here
01-Feb-172017 Sportive list updated
View here
12-Jan-172017 Event list
Timekeeper/Marshal info will be added when confirmed
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25-Nov-162016 Prize winners
View all prize winners here
24-Sep-16Final BCW League Table (honest!)
See here
16-Sep-16Knottallow Hill Climb 15-Sep-2016
Results here
09-Sep-16Course record updated - Gamswell HC
Dave Huck - Course record 04:58
Alex Fairer - Ladies Course Club Record 07:47
See here
09-Sep-16Gamswell Hill Climb 08-Sep-2016
Results here
01-Sep-16Coast Road 8.4 Fancy Dress

Results here
31-Aug-16Coast Road 8.4 (Newbiggin-ish)

Results here
26-Aug-16Course record updated - Woodland HC
Dave Huck - Course record 04:31
Alex Fairer - Ladies Course Record 07:45
See here
26-Aug-16Woodland Hill Climb 25-Aug-2016
Results here
24-Aug-16Coast Road 8.4 (Newbiggin-ish)

Results here
18-Aug-16Course record updated - Bigland HC
Dave Huck - Course record 05:22
See here
18-Aug-16Bigland Hill Climb 18-Aug-2016
Results here
17-Aug-16Coast Road 9.7 (Newbiggin)

Results here
10-Aug-16Coast Road 9.7 (Newbiggin)

Results here
09-Aug-16Paul Revell's 24hr TT write-up
Great account with loads of useful info
Read it here
27-Jul-16Club Cup - Coast Rd 25 - 27-Jul-2016
Results here
22-Jul-16Minutes of Mid-Season meeting

View here
21-Jul-16Circuit of Rusland course record set
Dave Huck (Lakes RC)
John Brannon
Pat Hercberg
See here
21-Jul-16Circuit of Rusland - 20-Jul-2016
Results here
21-Jul-16Inter-Club 25 - Levens - 13-Jul-2016
Results here
06-Jul-16Coast Rd 21 Course record updated
Craig Steele (Lakes RC)
Amanda Howard (Kent Valley RC)
See here
06-Jul-16Furness Trophy & Inter-Club 21
Coast Road - 06-Jul-2016

Results here
30-Jun-16Coast Rd 10 - 29-Jun-2016
Results here
22-Jun-16Course record updated - Coast Rd 25
Sean Casson - Club record
Sharon Lovidge - Ladies Course & Club record
See here
22-Jun-16Jackson Trophy - Coast Rd 25 - 22-Jun-2016
Results here
Event list updated

View here
08-Jun-16Circuit of Coniston - 8th June 2016
Results here
05-Jun-16Circuit of Coniston (Inter-Club)
1st June 2016

Results here
05-Jun-16Coast Road 10 - 25-May-2016
Results here
18-May-16Course and club record updated
Coast Road 25
See here
18-May-16Hadwin Cup - Coast Road 25 - 18-May-2016
Results here
11-May-16Coast Road 21 - 11-May-2016
Results here
04-May-16Coast Road 10 - 04-May-2016
Results here
02-May-16Coast Road 10 - 27-Apr-2016
Results here
02-May-16Course record updated
Craig Steele - Coast Road 21
Alex Fairer - Ladies Club Course record
See here
02-May-16Coast Road 21 - 20-Apr-2016
Results here
13-Apr-16Coast Road 10 - 13-Apr-2016
Results here
21-Mar-162016 Event list
Timekeeper/Marshal info added
View here
06-Mar-162016 Picture gallery updated
Pics from NLTTA event added
See here
06-Mar-16NLTTA Combined Club 10 - 5th Mar 2016
Results here
12-Feb-16Minutes of AGM - 1-Feb-2016
View here

BCW Open SpoCo - Coast Road 21 - 15th Apr 2017SpoCo

A fantastic turnout for the club saw 15 members taking to the start line for this the second running of the Coast Road 21 Open SpoCo event.  Out of a field of 50 starters, that's some percentage!  It was encouraging to see that this was a first Open event for a number of members.

It was a blustery day, making the leg from Rampside to Roose particularly hard, but all thoughts of slower times went out of the window when Tom Rigby (Springfield Financial RT) came home in a course record time of 45:53.  Fastest club rider was Dave Huck with a club course record of 47:57 gaining him 4th place overall.  No less than 7 riders recorded sub 50 minute rides. 
Fastest lady on the day was Claire Swoboda (Chorlton Velo) in a time of 57:57.

Positions were as follows...

RiderTime L&L SpoCo Position (Overall)
Dave Huck 00:47:574 (4)
Kieran Lacey 00:50:106 (8)
Darren Brackwell 00:51:56 15 (17)
Richard Helm 00:52:3417 (19)
Sean Casson 00:53:1920 (22)
John O'Callaghan 00:53:2621 (23)
Martyn Uttley 00:54:0622 (24)
Henry Moss 00:54:5327 (30)
Derek Schofield (Rossendale RC) 00:55:0428 (31)
James Hodgson 00:56:0531 (34)
Eamonn Quinn (Lakes RC) 00:56:0732 (35)
Glenn Rhodes 00:56:5233 (36)
Stuart Garnett 00:58:2036 (40)
Graham Carrick 00:59:1539 (43)
Jack Billingham 01:00:0640 (44)
Alex Fairer (L) 01:00:4741 (45)
Duncan Scott 01:12:5345 (50)

 A huge thank you to all timekeepers, marshals, tea and cake makers, and anyone who helped in any way.  The event went off very smoothly and seemed well received, all thanks to you.
Congratulations to all riders. After 10 events, we are now back at the top of the table in the L&L SpoCo club standings.

Full results available here

Weekly race roundup (8th/9th April 2017)

Jim Lawley rode the VTTA National Championship 10 on the J2/1 course down at Monks Heath on the Saturday (8th), finishing in a time of 31:59. Well done Jim. Flying the flag!

Further north, 6 club riders took on the Kent Valley promoted Circuit of Wild Boar FellSpoCo SpoCo in good conditions. In a strong field of 74 riders, first home was Simon Wilson (Brother NRG Pro Cycling) in a course record time of 1:07:07.  First club rider was Dave Huck who finished in an excellent 3rd place with a time of 1:09:08.
Jonny Hill continued his good form with a strong ride for 20th place, in 1:14:05.

Positions were as follows...

RiderTime L&L SpoCo Position (Overall)
Dave Huck 01:09:082 (3)
Kieran Lacey 01:12:298 (13)
Jonny Hill 01:14:0515 (20)
Darren Brackwell 01:15:0120 (25)
Martyn Uttley 01:19:2532 (37)
Eamonn Quinn (Lakes RC) 01:21:2140 (46)
Derek Schofield (Rossendale RC) 01:23:0444 (51)
Jack Billingham 01:28:3253 (61)

Congratulations to all riders. After 9 events, we are now second in the L&L SpoCo club standings.

Full results available here

Finally, not a race (I mean no one rides them for a time do they!), 5 club members rode the 100 mile Forest of Bowland Sportive. Paul Willets, Kevin Lovidge, Colin Garnett, Gareth Kerr and Diane Stretch made the most of the good weather to get the best out of the views (and the 8,000+ ft of climbing) and by the looks of things they all had a great time.  Well done all.

Circuit of the Dales SpoCo (2-Apr-2017)SpoCo

96 riders took to the start of the renowned Nelson Wheelers promoted Circuit of the Dales.
The event was won by Philip Graves (NOPINZ) in a time of 2:03:45, with that well known Olympic Gold medal winning triathlete Alistair Brownlee third in 2:04:33.
Kieran Lacey was first club rider home with an excellent 2:14:25, and it was a fantastic ride by Alex Fairer, riding her road bike in her first ever SpoCo event and finishing 3rd lady overall (2nd in the SpoCo only table).  Well done Alex!

Positions were as follows...

RiderTime L&L SpoCo Position (Overall)
Kieran Lacey 02:14:257 (13)
Chris Anderson (Lakes RC) 02:26:1423(40)
Derek Schofield (Rossendale RC) 02:33:0232 (55)
Glenn Rhodes 02:39:3642 (69)
Alex Fairer (L) 02:45:0144 (76)
Jack Billingham 02:56:1447 (81)
Sharon Lovidge (L) 02:56:3448 (82)

Congratulations once again to all riders. After 8 events, we are currently third in the L&L SpoCo club standings.

Full results available here

Weekend race roundup (25th/26th March 2017)SpoCo

What a difference a week makes. Spring has finally sprung and it was sunny conditions for this weekends racing.

Dave Huck and Martyn Uttley represented the club in Sunday's Border City Wheelers hilly 20 miles SpoCo event on course L202.  Richard Bickley of the promoting club broke the course record, finishing in 47:41, with Dave finishing 4th overall with an excellent 49:10.

Positions were as follows...

RiderTime L&L SpoCo Position (Overall)
Dave Huck 00:49:103 (4)
Chris Anderson (Lakes RC) 00:54:0516 (20)
Derek Schofield (Rossendale RC) 00:55:0824 (28)
Martyn Uttley 00:55:1625 (29)
Eamonn Quinn (Lakes RC) 00:58:2531 (37)

Congratulations once again to all riders. After 7 events, we are currently third in the L&L SpoCo club standings.

Full results available here

Road Racing (courtesy of Graham Carrick)Pete Metcalfe
Good crew down at Salt Ayre today. David Huck, Kieran Lacey, Michael Wilson, John Stephenson, Peter Metcalfe and myself. Plus honorary Cumbrian Oliver Ingham, Tom Martin and Brian Pearson (LRC)
Pete and John rode in cat 4 with Pete getting caught behind a crash (I think) and John finished in the pack.
Everyone else raced in 3/4 apart from Tom who competed well in a strong E123 race, not sure if he got any points.
Kieran managed a super 3rd place in a tough race. Tough due to there being 60 riders in it making it very difficult to move around the peloton and get in a good position. The rest of us all finished in the pack.
It's been a great series hosted by Lancaster Uni and sets us up well for the rest of the season.
Lovely to be racing in sunshine today!

A wet and windy weekend of racing (18th/19th March 2017)SpoCo

It was bad weather all round for those racing this weekend.
Must be due some decent weather for these SpoCo's soon!

On Saturday 18th, Jim Lawley was the lone rider flying the flag for the club at the West Pennine RC Hilly 14 mile SpoCo (L142).  The event was won by James Gullen (JLT Condor), who is on blistering form at the moment, completing the course in 32:40, over 2 minutes up on the second placed rider. 
In nasty conditions, Jim did a very courageous 1:07:28.  Not only that but he was out again the next day marshalling on the Lancaster CC Hilly 21 mile SpoCo in atrocious conditions - hardcore.

Darren Brackwell described the weather as 'brutal' for the Lancaster CC Hilly 21 mile SpoCo (L211), with lashing rain and strong winds. 
Not wanting to repeat myself, but James Gullen (JLT Condor) took the honours with a ride of 48:11, this time 3 minutes up on the second placed rider.
Four local riders took to the start, with Dave Huck coming out on top for the club in a time of 54:38.

Positions were as follows...

RiderTime L&L SpoCo Position (Overall)
Dave Huck 00:54:383 (7)
Kieran Lacey 00:55:276 (11)
Darren Brackwell 00:57:2514 (20)
Chris Anderson (Lakes RC) 00:59:0719 (27)

Congratulations again to all riders. After 6 events, we are currently second in the L&L SpoCo club standings.

Full results available here
A few pics here  - Photos © Ellen Isherwood.

Road Racing (courtesy of Graham Carrick)
Another good afternoon down at Salt Ayre, despite the weather!
John Stephenson, Michael Wilson and I were representing the club albeit sporting Better Cycling kit (away colours ;-)
John had a mechanical in the Cat 4 race meaning he was unable to finish higher than in the bunch.
We all raced in the Cat 3/4 race and in another large field of 40 ish riders there was some competitive racing. John and I stuck to Jack Barton's wheel towards the end of the race and I managed to get in the points finishing 10th, whilst Jack won it for the second week running.
John and Mike finished just outside of the points alongside Tyla Loftus.
Hopefully the sun will shine for the last week of the series!

Great weekend of racing (11th/12th March 2017)

A great weekend of racing this week.SpoCo

A fantastic 9 club riders took part in the tough Circuit of Ingleborough TT on Sunday 12th March, and it was great having 2 ladies representing the club too (though I'm not sure I'd choose this TT as my first ever Di!).

There were some excellent times (and we'll brush over the astonishing 59:21 set by James Gullen Of JLT Condor, to obliterate the course record and finish over 31/2 minutes ahead of the second placed rider).

Special mention to Kieran Lacey, Darren Brackwell and Richard Helm who secured the team prize on the day. Brilliant!
Congratulations to all riders who took part on what is a tough course.  Your efforts have placed us top of the Lakes & Lancs SpoCo leaderboard once again after 4 events.  Keep it up!

Positions were as follows...

RiderTime L&L SpoCo Position (Overall)
Kieran Lacey 01:07:424 (10)
Darren Brackwell 01:09:4410 (17)
Richard Helm 01:09:5711 (18)
Jonny Hill 01:12:0119 (28)
Martyn Uttley 01:14:3330 (45)
John Brannon 01:15:3236 (52)
Eamonn Quinn (Lakes RC) 01:17:2945 (64)
Glenn Rhodes 01:18:1048 (67)
Diane Stretch (L) 01:29:2768 (95)
Sharon Lovidge (L) 01:33:0069 (96)

Full results available here

NLTTA Point Series
After 2 events, we are also leading the NLTTA points series.
See here.

Road Racing (courtesy of Graham Carrick)
Great afternoon down at Salt Ayre today (Saturday 11th March). There were some big fields for each race with the 3/4 race full at 50 riders.

John Stephenson rode fantastically to claim his first cat points finishing 7th in the 4ths only race. Proud moment John, well done!

Me and Robert Armstrong raced well in the 3/4 race alongside local lads Tom Martin and Jack Barton.
It was a fast pace at 26.7 mph for the 45 minutes and Jack won it with an excellent sprint. Rob, Tom and myself were just out of the points between 11th and 20th.
It was a quick change of numbers and then onto the E123 race. With a number of elite riders in this as it was a national B race, the pace was slightly higher with a number of attacks. I lasted 40 mins with Tom, Rob and Jack completing the race. Jack may have snuck in for some points.
Well done to all the other riders, there was a number of clubs represented from the North West.
(Photo courtesy of Alex Reed - Lancs Racing Scene)

Fantastic start to the SpoCo seasonSpoCo continues!

Kieran Lacey and Martyn Uttley kept up the SpoCo momentum with two great rides in the Border City Wheelers Hilly 25 on Saturday 4th March.  Kieran went under the hour for the hilly 25 course and Martyn's hard winter training to focus on the SpoCo series is obviously paying dividends.

Only 2 club riders this week, but their efforts have increased our lead on the club table after just 2 events, with Kieran currently lying 2nd and Martyn 5th in the individual tables.

Positions were as follows...

RiderTime L&L Spoco Position (Overall)
Kieran Lacey 00:59:235 (7)
Martyn Uttley 01:02:4311 (15)
Eamonn Quinn (Lakes RC) 01:07:0018 (23)

Full results available here

Two club members rode the North Lancs RC SpoCo on Sunday 5th March. Jack Billingham recorded 1:29:08 to finish in 40th overall.  Unfortunately it wasn't such a good day for Darren Brackwell, who DNF'd with a puncture. Commiserations Darren.

NLTTA Combined Clubs 10 mile TT

After an early scare with temporary traffic lights, 114 riders took to the start of the NLTTA Combined Clubs 10 mile TT on Saturday 4th March. The first 'flat' 10 for most, it was a good test of form.  Six club riders lined up, with Dave Huck taking the honours for the club in a time of 23:15. As can be seen from the clubs results below, it was a close run affair with the next 3 seperated by only 11 seconds.  Sharon Lovidge narrowly missed out on another 5 this week, coming a very creditable 5th in the ladies category.

Overall winner was junior Jake Wright (Zappi RT) in a very quick 20:51.

Dave Huck23:1515
John Brannon24:2532
Sean Casson24:3034
James Hodgson24:3635
Derek Schofield (Rossendale RC)24:46 38
Sharon Lovidge (L)28:2486
Jim Lawley38:41114

Full results available here
A few pics available here, courtesy once more of Ellen Isherwood

Fantastic start to the SpoCo seasonSpoCo

A great effort by the 6 club riders who took part in the opening Bolton by Bowland opening SpoCo TT on Saturday 25th February 2017.
Dave Huck, Kieran Lacey, Darren Brackwell, Martyn Uttley, Sharon Lovidge and Jim Lawley took to the start line in let's say what were pretty disgusting conditions, and did the club proud, leaving us top of the club leaderboard. Early days I know, but it bodes well for the coming season.

Positions were as follows...

RiderTime L&L Spoco Position (Overall)
Dave Huck26:46 3 (8)
Kieran Lacey 27:066 (11)
Darren Brackwell 27:398 (14)
Martyn Uttley 29:3918 (34)
Sharon Lovidge (L) 36:3645 (75)
Jim Lawley48:03 52 (84)

Full results available here
A few pics here courtesy of Ellen Isherwood

2017 Lakes & Lancs SpoCo Event listSpoCo

The full list of Lakes & Lancs SpoCo (Sporting Courses) events for 2017 is now up on their website here.

Entries are open for our own Open event which counts in this series. The course is our Coast Road 21 course (L212).
Entry is via the CTT website here

Be good to see a few targetting this series of events.

2017 Salt Ayre Time Trial Events

A full list of the Thursday night Salt Ayre Time Trial events is available here.

2017 Salt Ayre Criterium Series

A full list of the Tuesday night Salt Ayre Criterium Series is available here.

Club Dinner & Prize Winners 2016

To round off a fantastic season, we finished off in style with a belter of a club dinner at Chequers in Dalton, organised by the irrepressible Sharon Lovidge who definitely earned her 'Services to the Club' award.
Around 80 attended which is the most we've had for many years, and was great to see, with lots of old and new faces.

A list of all the trophy winners is available here, but special mention has to be made of Craig Steele (Lakes RC) who dominated the trophy list, and Dave Huck (Lakes RC) who dominated whenever the road went skyward!

Congratulations to all who took part in any of the races this season and to all marshalls, timekeepers and race organisers without whom none of this would happen.

This season will be hard to top but we can give it a good go. Hope everyone has a successful winter's training, and I'm sure Sharon is already planning next years dinner ;-)

British Cycling 'new member' offerBritish Cycling logo and insurance

British Cycling have an offer on at the moment for new members at a reduced rate (see here for full details).

For new club members, and as a reminder to others, in order to race you need insurance. This is usually done either via British Cycling or Cycling UK (was CTC). Our club is affiliated to both organisations. Even if you don't race, e.g. commuting, training, the odd sportive, or just enjoy a weekend ride, you really should have a minimum of 3rd party liability insurance.
British Cycling offer Gold, Silver and Bronze membership. To race, you need a minimum of Silver membership (see here for full info on BC liability insurance cover).

In addition to the necessary insurance, you also get 10% discount at Chain Reaction Cycles and Halfords (conditions apply) plus other perks.
With renewal of club membership around the corner now's the time to get your insurance sorted out.

Mike Edwards has put a lot of work into moving the club bank account and is setting up the means for electronic payments and importantly, electronic reminders re membership via the British Cycling website, so the more people we get using Britiish Cycling, the easier it is for administration.

Any questions, just ask.

Gamswell Hill Climb - Course and club records go!

A good turnout for the penultimate hill climb of the year, with 2 records taken by the usual suspects.

Dave Huck continued his blistering hill climb form ahead of the Nationals taking the honours with a course record ride of 4:58 taking 22 seconds off his old record.

Alex Fairer took the ladies club record with her 7:47, taking over a minute off the old record.

Juniors George Wharton, Oliver Mashiter and Tyla Loftus filled places 2-4 all recording sub 6 minute rides!

First club rider home was Glenn Rhodes riding a 53" fixed gear for an excellent 6:20.

Congratulations to the following on recording course PB's...
Dave Huck, Kieran Lacey, Chris Gunson, Graham Carrick and Reuben Lindsay.

Thanks once again to all timekeepers, marshalls and anyone who helped with the event in any way. Hope to see you all again at the final event on Knottallow on the 15th Sep.
Bring a friend!

Full results available here

Woodland Hill Climb - Course records go!

Dave Huck (Lakes RC) and Alex Fairer (BCW) both broke the Woodland Hill Climb course records on Thursday night.
Dave chose to use gears on this one, and stormed up the climb to knock 10 seconds off the previous record, clocking 04:31 for the mile long climb.
Alex Fairer knocked a hefty 22 seconds off the previous ladies overall course record with her time of 07:45, as well as adding her name to the club record.

The event was well attended, with 24 riders taking part (the best yet for this climb). Congratulations to all who rode, and hope to see you at the next ones, which are Gamswell on 8th September, followed by Knottallow on the 15th September.

See the Events List for all the upcoming events.

Full results available here

Dave Huck (Lakes RC) smashes Bigland Hill Climb course record

In ideal conditions, and the only rider choosing to ride fixed on the night, Dave Huck smashed the Bigland Hill Climb course record by 28 seconds to set a new mark of 05:22 for the 1.05 mile climb.
Next man up, and the only other rider to go sub 6 minutes was George Wharton (Kent Valley RC Junior) in an excellent 05:51.

It was a shame to see so few riding the event. Hopefully the other 3 in the series will be better attended.
See the Events List for all the upcoming events.

Full results available here

Paul Revell survives the Mersey Roads 24hr TTPaul Revell

Paul Revell chose the legendary Mersey Roads 24hr TT event over the weekend of 23rd/24th July for his first crack at a 24 hour TT, not knowing that our club has a long history with this event and awards the Whinnerah Memorial Trophy for the fastest vet on standard.

Paul rode 77" fixed on the day, totally self supported, and finished an excellent 36th out of 83 starters with a total mileage of 376.131

Chapeau Paul!

Paul has kindly done a great write-up of his 24hr ride and the preparations for it.
Essentially, everything you need to know about riding a 24.
(Personally I think he glossed over the 'suffering' bit)

Read all about Paul's preparation and riding of the Mersey Roads 24hr TT here.

Full results available here

The Club Cup (Coast Rd 25) goes to Craig Steele (Lakes RC)Club Cup

Despite mechanical problems, Craig Steele (Lakes RC) stormed around the Coast Road 25 course in a time of 55:36 to win the Club Cup. Having only 2 useable gears for much of the event didn't stop him coming within 26 seconds of his own course record.

Kieran Lacey pipped Dave Huck to second place by a single second with his 58:35 and Jonny Hill was first BCW rider home in 4th place with an excellent 1:02:05.

BCW Ladies win the Ladies Inter-Club TrophyAlex Fairer

A great nights racing in the Kent Valley RC organised Inter-Club 25 on Levens on Wednesday 13th July, saw BCW ladies Alex Fairer and Pat Hercberg take the Ladies Inter-Club trophy.

Big congratulations to Alex and Pat, with Alex recording a time of 1:09:41 and Pat 1:11:02 - a course PB for her.  The third BCW lady riding (Sharon Lovidge) unfortunately had an 'off' at around 12 miles and dislocated her shoulder. We all send her our warmest wishes for a speedy recovery.
Great to see our ladies contesting the trophies!Pat Hercberg

We had a good turnout of riders, with 12 taking to the start line, and a few big PB's recorded too on what was a windy night. Fastest club rider on the night was John Brannon, just missing his first under the hour ride with 1:00:38, but I'm sure it won't be long now.

In the mens competition, the Lakes Road Club trio of Craig Steele (54:31), Dave Huck (55:51) and Kieran Lacey (57:21) won the Inter-Club shield.

Congratulations to all who rode, and particular thanks to all the marshals and helpers, and Andy Barlow (Kent Valley RC) for organising a great event.

The Furness Trophy (Coast Rd 21) goes to Craig Steele (Lakes RC)

In fact, it goes to Craig Steele with a course record breaking time of 47:06!

This years event was combined with an Inter-Club event which made for a strong field of 40 riders. Craig stormed around the course, beating his previous course record by 11 seconds.
The ladies course record was also taken by Amanda Howard of Kent Valley RC in a splendid time of 57:26.

Dave Huck (Lakes RC) took second in a time of 49:32, with Kent Valley RC junior rider George Wharton finishing third with an excellent 50:16.

The Les Docker Trophy (Circut of Coniston) - goes to Dave Huck

The Les Docker trophy, awarded for the best aggregate of the two events run on the Circuit of Coniston course, goes to Dave Huck (Lakes RC).

Dave rode two fantastic times of 39:37 (in the Inter-Club event on 1st June) and 40:10 on 8th June.
Oddly enough, this is one of the trophies Dave didn't win last year!

Here's the full list of all those who completed the two events...

Rider Club 1-Jun-2016 8-Jun-2016 Aggregate time
Dave Huck Lakes RC 39.37 40.10 79.47
Kieran Lacey Lakes RC 40.44 40.29 81.13
Andy Gunson Lakes RC 41.31 41.32 83.03
Darren Brackwell Lakes RC 41.14 42.06 83.20
Mark Edwards Kendal CC 42.31 42.10 84.41
Chris Anderson Lakes RC 42.14 42.11 84.25
Jonny Hill BCW 42.39 42.44 85.23
Glenn Rhodes BCW 42.58 43.13 86.11
Chris Gunson (J) Lakes RC 43.41 42.59 86.40
Gavin Thomas Kendal CC 45.19 44.59 90.18
Mike Hutchins Lakes RC 46.31 45.17 91.48
Roger Lindsay BCW 45.50 46.40 92.30
Neil Hercberg VC Cumbria 49.42 48.19 98.01
Ian McKenzie Lakes RC 51.59 50.23 102.22
Sharron Lovidge (L) BCW 52.50 51.44 104.34
John Calvert BCW 53.53 52.40 106.33
Zoe Wilson (L) Guest 54.55 54.44 109.39

First trophy of the season - Hadwin Cup - goes to Craig Steele

The first trophy of the season, the Hadwin Cup (one of the oldest trophies in the club, dating back to 1937) goes to Craig Steele (Lakes RC) for a great ride in the first running of the Coast Road 25 in a time of 55:10.

Whether it was the new course, nice (but cool) weather or just new found enthusiasm, an amazing 36 riders took to the start. Surely a club record for a 25 club event.

Thanks to all riders, marshals, timekeeper, sign-putter-outer for making the event a cracking success, and thanks to Glenn Rhodes for devising what proved to be a very popular course.

Fantastic start to the season

It really has been a fantastic start to the TT season.

The opening Coast Road 10 saw an unprecedented 45 riders take part. It's not often that running out of daylight has been a concern for the season's opener.
As well as many newcomers, it was great to see 5 ladies taking the start line. Well done girls!

Next up was the club Open event on the Coast Road 21 course, part of the Lakes & Lancs SpoCo series. A good field of 49 riders took part and top of the pile was Craig Steele (Lakes RC) who not only won the event, but smashed the course record in the process.
The ladies course record was also taken by Carol Westmorland (Border City Wheelers) in a time of 58:49.
Hopefully this will become an annual event on the L&L SpoCo calendar.

Not content with taking the record on the Saturday, Craig followed it up by shaving a few more seconds off on the Wednesday night club event, taking the record down to 47:17 (a staggering 26.65 mph!).
Not to be out-done, Alex Fairer rode a ladies club course record time of 1:00:47 on the same night!

NLTTA Combined Clubs 10mile TT (L105)  - Saturday 5th MarchJohn Brannon

Six club members rode their first TT of the season at the NLTTA Combined Clubs 10 on Saturday 5th March. There was a large field of 139 riders this year, of which on the day 120 turned up to face the timekeeper. Club times were as follows...

Rider Time
Sean Casson 25:02
Glenn Rhodes 25:35
Graham Pitcher 25:49
Tony Johnston 28:28
John Brannon 29:41
Jim Lawley 37:44

It was an unfortunate day for John Brannon, who went off course which cost him around 4 minutes. (Glenn has promised not to mention it again ;-)

The event was won by David Allonby (Springfield Financial) in a time of 20:39.
It was a tie for first lady home between Hope Kerry (Lancashire RC) and Theresa Taylor (Preston CC) in a time of 26:36

Special mention to second claimer and spin class regular Derek Schofield (Rossendale RC) who recorded 24:35 on his new TT bike, taking first place in the V60 category.

Congratulations to all who rode.
Full results here.
A few pictures here (sorry Graham - they seem to have missed you)

2016 Lakes & Lancs SpoCo Event listSpoCo

The full list of Lakes & Lancs SpoCo (Sporting Courses) events for 2016 is now up on their website here.

Be good to see a few targeting this series of events.

Pat smashes the Monster Miles Mini Massif - MMMM

Pat rode the Monster Miles Mini Massif on Sunday 4th October, and in Pat's words...

"an event designed for cross bikes but allows us mountain bikers to slog along as well! It was a good, well organised event in pleasant conditions. It is of course 'not a race is it', more of a sportive or challenge but you know how it is! So, pleased to say that my time of 3.58.47 gave me second place out of 47 female riders. First female place went to a lady who rides for Jersey in a splendid time of 3.55.20. I knew I  should not have stopped to take my jacket off!"

Well done Pat!

Pat has a great ride in the Kielder 101km MTB event

Pat Hercberg raced in the Kielder 101km MTB event on 5th September.
Pat says it was a good event with an interesting course crossing the English/Scottish border from Kielder to Newcastleton and back, with a few diversions along the way.

It was a mass start event of 240 riders varying from elite to veterans. At 61 Pat was the oldest person in the race, and was rightly very pleased to gain 146th position, 3hrs ahead of the last man.

This also got her on the podium with 2nd lady over 40.

Congratulations Pat.

Inter-Club Hill Climb - Knotallow - Course record smashed...

A fantastic turnout of 31 riders on just about the perfect night for a hill climb. No wind and warm, and it resulted in some stellar times.

Niall Paterson of Honister 92 certainly found it to his liking, smashing the previous course record by 33seconds, to finish in 5:47. In fact the top 4 riders all broke the previous record. Congratulations!

Congratulations also to the following who recorded course PB's...
Kieran Lacey, Glenn Rhodes, Graham Carrick & Roger Lindsay.

The local inter-club Hospice Hill Climb Trophy was won by Lakes RC...
Craig Steele & Howard Lindow (Lakes RC) - 13:08
Glenn Rhodes & Sean Casson (BCW) - 14:26

All in all, a fitting end to the Hospice Hill Climb series, and a credit to the organiser Howard Lindow.
Many thanks from everyone.

Full results here

Great turnout for the Levens Inter-Club 25 on 8th July.Adam McBirnie

A good turnout of local riders saw 10 BCW and 7 Lakes RC riders taking part in the Kent Valley RC organised Inter-Club 25 on Levens on Wednesday 8th July.

The event was won by Ryan Coulton (Lancaster CC) in an excellent time of 53:48 given the breezy conditions.

The team event was won by Cleveleys with three ridiculously good rides. Quite a few of our locals went under the hour with a particularly impressive ride of 56-06 by Craig Steele (Lakes RC) for 6th place.
Wheelers Adam McBirnie, Paul Lang and Sean Casson all got comfortably under the hour too.
Well done to them and everyone else and particularly to Peter Metcalfe for appearing to smile his way through the entire event! (at least that's how it looked when I saw him).
Huge thanks to Andrew Barlow for putting the event on and of course to all the marshals and timekeepers which included our own Roger Lindsay and Mike Speight.

Full results here
Pictures here (courtesy of Roger Lindsay)

Inter-Club Coast Road 21 - Peter Thomas (Kent Valley RC) triumphs

Another fantastic turnout for the latest round of the Inter-Club series, held on the Coast Road 21 course.
Luckily, the forecast rain just about held off and it was a sticky humid night for the 42 riders who took part.

There were some very fast times with the top 3 riders all recording sub 50 minute rides, and Peter Thomas (Kent Valley RC) recorded the second fastest time ever on this course, an excellent 49:13. Close behind (how much closer can you get!) was Tom Brook (Lancaster CC) in 49:14 with local hero Dave Huck (Lakes RC) taking third place with 49:50, along with the Furness Trophy in the Lakes RC / BCW competition.

No less than 10 PB's were recorded on the night, so congratulations to...
Dave Huck, Darren Brackwell, Kieran Lacey, Sean Casson, Shaun Johnston, Mike Connolly, John Evason, Tony Johnston, Joshua Bailey & Alex Fairer.

It was great to see a few new faces, some riding in their first time trial. Hope you enjoyed it and we hope to see you again soon!

Last but not least thanks to the marshals and timekeeper. It's very much appreciated.

Full results here

Club Cup 25 - Top 10 go under the hourClub Cup

A great nights racing for the Club Cup 25 on Haverthwaite. Out of the 21 riders taking part, 10 recorded sub hour rides, and there were 11 course PB's.
Honours on the night went to Dave Huck (Lakes RC) taking the trophy in a time of 56:44. Well done Dave.
Second place went to Adam McBirnie, in a course PB time of 57:34. The places 3rd to 5th were very close. Third place went to Paul Lang (58:17 - another course PB), just pipping Sean Casson (58:18 - yet another course PB) and Kieran Lacey (Lakes RC) in 58:24 - you guessed it!

Thanks to all marshals and the timekeeper for turning out and making the event possible, and of course to everyone who rode. It's very much appreciated.

Finally, here's the full list of course PB's on the night - well done to all...
Adam McBirnie, Paul Lang, Sean Casson, Kieran Lacey, Michael Wilson, Graham Carrick, Graham Pitcher, Shaun Johnston, Andy Stubbs, Tony Johnston and Pat Hercberg.

Full results here
Event pictures here

Circuit of Coniston - PB's a plentyConiston

A breezy night, made the outward leg to Coniston hard, but obviously not hard enough for some, with 9 riders recording course PB's on the night.
Craig Steele stole the show with a tremendous sub 40 minute ride.
Craig was closely followed by clubmate Dave Huck with both riders recording PB's on the night, and quite massive ones at that, Craig knocking a minute off his and Dave knocking 1:31 off his!
First BCW rider was Paul Lang in a very impressive 42:16, also a PB, giving him 3rd overall.
Despite the breezy conditions, there were a raft of PB's, with a lot improving their times by a minute or more. Congratulations to the following...
Craig Steele, Dave Huck, Paul Lang, Adam McBirnie, Sean Casson, Graham Harcourt, Shaun Johnston, Mike Connolly and Antony Pearson.

Full results here

Another Hill Climb record goes!Dave Huck

The Gamswell Hill Climb record, previously held by Connor Furness since 2012 in a time of 5:27, was lowered by Dave Huck (Lakes RC) to 5:20 on what was a less than ideal night, with a headwind on the exposed upper part of the course.  Seeing Dave at the finish, I think we can safely say he tried quite hard ;-)

Craig Steele took second with an excellent 5:31 (these two seem to have a monopoly on the hill climb records), and third was the first (and only) lady rider, Lynn Hammel (Team Lusso) in 6:08. Lynn is a multi Ladies National Hill Climb Champion, and it's great to see her out supporting these events.
First BCW rider home was Glenn Rhodes in 4th place in 6:24, overjoyed on just pipping his team mate Sean Casson by 4 seconds.
Congratulations to all who rode, and special mention to junior rider Chris Gunson (Lakes RC) who finished with a very respectable 6:48.

Full results available here

Lancaster CC Open 10 Results - 13th JuneGlenn Rhodes

Six club members rode the Lancaster CC promoted evening event on Levens (L1015) on Saturday 13th June.
106 riders rode the event, which was won by James Gullen (Velosure Starley Primal Pro Cycling) in a very fast time of 19:03, making it the 10th fastest '10' time of the year so far. It was certainly a strong field, with the top 5 riders all recording sub 20 minute rides.
Sean Casson continued his good form, being the first club rider home in a seasons best 21:59. Next up was Glenn Rhodes again in a seasons best of 22:17, just pipping team mate John O'Callaghan's 22:19.
Martyn Uttley came in next in 23:09, followed by Tony Johnston in yet another season best time of 24:27. Jim Lawley (V72) rounded off the evening for the club, riding his trike home in 33:18.
Congratulations to all riders.

Full results available here

Lancaster CC 10 on Levens - Bank Holiday MondaySean Casson

Three club riders took part in the early morning 10 on Levens (L1015) on Bank Holiday Monday, organised by the Lancaster CC.
The event was won by Ryan Coulton (Lancaster CC) in a time of 20:24.
Sean Casson had an excellent ride, finishing in 22:48, followed by Tony Johnston with a seasons best 24:37 and the club stalwart Jim Lawley riding his trike for a time of 33:18.
Congratulations to all.

Full results here

Woodland Hill Climb - Records tumbleWoodland HC 2015

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

Write-up of the event here - courtesy of Howie

Pat Hercberg - her final Fred Whitton?Pat Hercberg

Pat Hercberg was the clubs lone participant in the Fred Whitton this year, and is saying it may be her last, having ridden numerous editions up until now.
Pat says she was disappointed with her time this year (9hrs 44mins) but I think a fair few others were equaly disappointed, and the weather (shall we say WIND) really took its toll. She says she was on target for her more normal sub 9hrs until she crested Whinlatter, and then realised there was no chance. She was blown off the road on Fangs Brow and it was a real struggle until Calder Bridge. However, she's fairly up beat, the stats showing she was fastest over 60 woman and 51st out of 103 women starters. Chapeau!
But its not a race is it ;-)
Will she be back next year? Let's wait and see eh? And maybe she'll have some company from others in the club who fancy a go?

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

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.

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.


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.  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.