The 2018 Lakes RC Ulverston Summer Road Race took place on the 15th July 2018 and was a great success.
The Lakes Road Club event brought amateur road cycle racing back to the Furness area for the first time in several years, and the event created a real buzz in the north west cycle racing community with the event being hugely oversubscribed.
The 55 mile race took place last Sunday in good conditions, dry but windy, and that strong wind did play its part in what was a tough and attritional race on a course that is tough at the best of times.
60 riders from all over the north west – and some from further afield – signed on early Sunday morning, and the race left Ulverston Sports Centre at 9:50 for a neutralised ride for about 2 miles to the Start / Finish line at Birkrigg, where the race proper got underway.
There was an attack fairly early on in the first lap, and a break of 10 riders formed – creating a gap of 20 seconds by the end of the first lap, and it turned out that this was the break from which the eventual winner Adam Hartley from Team 100% ME, would be selected.
This break did contain a lot of the race favourites and once a reasonable time gap had been achieved, this proved impossible for the chasers to bridge the gap.
There was a strong wind blowing in off the sea and this meant a headwind all the way up the long drag from Ulverston to the start / finish line at Birkrigg, making it difficult for the riders. During the course of the race a number of riders got dropped from the leading break and other riders pinged off the front of the main bunch in what ultimately proved to be a fruitless effort to get across to the break. Other riders got distanced from the main bunch during the race, and so there were riders spread over about 20 minutes by the end of the race.
The latter stages of the race saw a number of solo attacks off the front of the break, with local riders Dave Huck (Barrow Central Wheelers) from Dalton-in-Furness and Michael Hall (TBW Bottechia Wigmore Race Team) from Ulverston both attacking but failing to stay away.
The last mile or so of the final lap saw Adam Hartley (100% ME) attack and hold off Michael Hall (TBW Bottechia Wigmore Race Team) for about 5 seconds for the win, with Adam Macrae (Crimson Performance RT) a further 8 seconds back for third place.
There were a good number of cycling fans, as well friends and families of the riders watching the event all round the course, with plenty of people around the Fan Zone at the Start / Finish area and a lot of spectators and riders commented on how well that worked and a number of riders said it made for a great experience!
Local Riders Making an Impact
Local riders make a big impact in the race, with the winning break containing three local riders; Ulverston rider Michael Hall (TBW Bottechia Wigmore RT) who rode a brilliant race to eventually finish second, Tom Martin from Kirkby (Wheelbase Castelli MGD) who finished in 6th place and Dave Huck from Dalton (Barrow Central Wheelers) who came in 10th, after making a big attack to try and get away from the break on the last lap.
Well done to all the Lakes RC riders who took part: Chris Anderson, Josh Murphy, Brian Pearson, Joe Richards, Phil Smith and Sam Stephenson.
The top 15 places were filled as follows:
Pos Race No. Name Team
1st 26 Adam Hartley Team 100% ME
2nd 25 Michael Hall TBW Bottechia Wigmore RT
3rd 38 Adam Macrae Crimson Performance RT
4th 22 Jamie Fletcher Ellan Vannin CC / Appleby
5th 23 Ben Granger Kendal Cycle Club
6th 41 Tom Martin Wheelbase Castelli MGD
7th 20 Sam Fairhurst Bill Nickson Cycles RT
8th 10 Richard Butler Kendal Cycle Club
9th 51 Jimmy Smith Specialized Racing
10th 28 David Huck Barrow Central Wheelers
11th 12 Jake Cowen
12th 15 Simon Deplitch Team Chronomaster
13th 30 Samuel Jackson
14th 14 Alan Dean Edinburgh Road Club
15th 5 Robin Atkinson Shetland Wheelers
As well as the overall race, two Primes were provided by Mountbarrow Service Station for the first across the line on laps two and four, and these were also won by Adam Hartley on lap 2 and Michael Hall on lap 4.
A big thankyou to everyone who helped with the event – it took over 50 volunteers to put on, including the 7 strong race committee, the over 30 marshals and helpers from the Lakes Road Club, the 8 British Cycling Accredited Marshals, the 3 Race Commissaires and their assistants and the 3 Motorbike Marshals from the National Escort Group. We’ve had some great feedback and the race officials from British Cycling and the NEG said it was one of the best marshalled events that they’d been to.
Thanks to Martyn Uttley for the great photographs – more can be seen (and purchased) at www.martynuttleyphotography.co.uk.