Road Races 2015

2015 Season

The Weaver Valley Autumn Cat3/4 Road Race

Well done to Craig placing 1st in this race!! Sounds like he broke away on the final lap with a group of four and held off for the win. Top stuff!!!

Write up from the event here

Bob Swailes Memorial Road Race, Old Hutton, Sept

Me (Craig Steele), Andy Whalley and Derek Leggett were flying the flag for the club at the Bob Swailes Memorial Road Race this Sunday. Andy who is in cracking form had the bad luck of his chain snapping at just after halfway which ended his race and Derek also did not finish. This was my first road race with my shiny new Cat 4 licence and the field of 60 from across the North of England was made up of around half Cat 2 riders and even a Cat 1 rider managed to sneek in.  I got into the very early break of four, which proved to be a good move as three of us stayed out until the finish. I got a gap on the last climb but got pipped by a bike length by Hamish Graham (Green Jersey RT) to finish second.  Thanks to KVRC for a great day and a great event. Thanks also to John McMinn for providing support and advice to the Lakes lads!

Up front and gunning for glory!

Up front and gunning for glory!

Jim Rogers Memorial Road Race, Cockerham, Lancashire

“The Jim Rogers memorial road race saw Kieran and Darren compete. The 76 mile course consisted of laps around Cockerham, Lancashire and was fast and competitive as you would expect from a elite/1/2/3/4 race. The coastal course was made tougher on a windy day and the race for both was spent battling for minor places. A good effort from both riders on their venture into road racing and good to see club colours being flown at more race events.


(Pictures courtesy of Ellen Isherwood-Lancs Racing Scene)

Tuesday 2/3/4 Crit Series- Salt Ayre, Lancaster

There has been a number of riders competing in the Salt Ayre summer crit series this summer and with some success! Andy Whalley and Kev Chadwick have both won and placed as has Kieron Lacey and Darren Blackwell. Great stuff. Pics below are of Kev winning and Kieron coming 4th in a recent event.


T.L.I Crit- Preston

I rode the T.L.I. crit at Preston arena yesterday which was run as a handicap event with us old boys ( over 50 ) getting a 90 sec start over the youngsters. Some of our older members will remember some of the riders in my group, Alan Ramsey, Ray Pugh, Rob Pye and ex pro Phil Thomas.
After a couple of laps getting organised we got going throu and off and started shelling riders out off the back. A sprint prime at 20 mins caused a split in our group leaving about 12 of us 30 meters clear and pulling further away every lap. Just before the 40 min prime a youngster from the scratch group riding for the Pedal Heaven pro team cam across to us and sat on the front for about 7 laps !!!!!!!  This split our group again leaving just 6 of us as the young lad just rode off into the distance.
The last lap was interesting as nobody wanted to do to much on the front but with the group still behind we had to keep working. It all kicked off at the 2000 meter to go mark, unfortunately one guy snapped his chain on the last corner causing chaos in the sprint and me to ground my pedal but I managed to stay upright and get 3rd place
My race stats were
30 miles, ave speed 25.6 mph.

Lune RCC Aughton Road Race May 31st

Darren represented the club in his first road race this weekend competing in the Lune RCC Aughton Road Race.  With over the half the field at Cat 2 level in wet and extremely windy conditions it was always going to be a difficult day.  After a fast first lap he was pretty sure he heard someone call “grupetto” as a few abandoned the race but he hung in with the main group until the half way point until the attacks starting going off the front ultimately finishing somewhere in the middle of the second group.
A great experience building towards a strong season next year :)
Cheers, Darren

Pearl Izumi Support Race- May 29th

The Pearl Izumi race went well on Friday without crashes or fighting. There were 13 riders from Lakes Road Club but team tactics went out the window when Carl went out the back.
Are the Lakes riders camera shy ? I arranged with the Evening Mail photographer to do a team photo but when the time came I couldn’t find anyone. Not one! However Martyn did a cracking job- link here
I lined up Tony Danson with an interview with Bay Radio. Did the interviewer get a word in?
We got loads of good comments from the riders who all enjoyed the race. We also got thank you emails. Two of these said the same thing, that as the word novice was included they had come along for their first ever race. So for £15.00 they got a race and then stayed on to watch the main event.
The first four were   Theo Hartley from Speedflex RT.
                                 Joe Richards  from Wheelbase
                                 Jeremy Copland from All Terrain Cycles.
                                 Andy Sudell from the Alternative Tour
The winner was born in 1999 so expect that other riders have children or grand children of a similar age.
David Huck helped to raise the Lakes profile when he went on to the Town Hall balcony to watch the main race while wearing his Lakes top.
A reporter from the Evening Mail asked Brian for a short quote just after the end of the race. The reply was two short words that I don’t think will be printed.
I enjoyed the day and I hope every one else did. Barrow is the only town from the Tour that has a race for amateurs. Thanks to Tony Danson for arranging for a trophy from BAE and to Top Mark on Greengate for the vouchers for the winners.
Evening mail report of event here and here!
Elsie and Brian Pearson

Tuesday 2/3/4 Crit Series- Salt Ayre, Lancaster

Kev Chadwick and Darren Brackwell have been competing in a few of the regular Tuesday night races at Salt Ayre. They have both placed well, but Kev went a few places better this week (26th May) by winning one! Brilliant stuff. Hopefully a few more of us can get down to some of these.


Winter Warrior Race Series- Salt Ayre, Lancaster

It has been a successful series with 4 members of the club taking part in the races. Dave Huck has scored 13 points, Kev Chadwick 13 points and Graham Carrick 7 points. Brian Pearson raced in the E1/2/3/4 crit and placed in a competitive pack containing many pro riders!  Great results for four riders, some just dipping their toes into the world of racing.

Dave and Kev are now upto 3rd Cat. Brilliant effort after three races!! The club is up to 3rd in the regional rankings