Lakes Road Club riders have been in action in the first tranche of club events promoted by the Barrow Central Wheelers in April, posting some decent times but most importantly getting out there and giving it a good go!
5th April 2017 – Coast Road 10
The first BCW event of the season took place on a cold and windy night on the coast road – a 10 mile test from Baycliff to Rampside roundabout and back. It’s a tough course, with both flat and hilly sections, and always plenty of wind – usually a headwind in both directions.
There was a good field of 37 riders, with the fastest time of the night going to Dave Huck with an astonishing time of 22:27, and in a class of his own.
6 Lakes RC riders took part:
Eamonn Quinn recorded a cracking time of 26:12, coming in 10th overall. Eamonn set off one minute after Richard Dixon, on his comeback event, who recorded a time of 27:09, fending Eamonn off by a mere three seconds at the finish line, coming in at 14th place overall. Rumours that as Richard approached the finish he could feel Eamonns breath on the back of his neck remain unproved.
John Lever, testing his new bike out in anger for the first time, was close behind in 15th overall in a time of 27:23, with M Armstrong coming in 22nd with a time of 28:52.
There was another close battle between Jonathan Baines and Chris Bugler, with Jonathan coming out on top this time, with a time of 29:30, claiming 26th place overall, Chris another mere 3 seconds behind at 29:33 and 27th place.
12th April 2017 – Coast Road 10
Another, even windier coast road night, another winning time from Dave Huck in 22:35, with a good turnout of 32 riders, including 6 Lakes riders.
Jon Brown, in his first ever TT, did a cracking time of 26:48 for 9th overall, with John Lever not far behind in 14th with 27:50. Rob Herdman turned out to record 28:28 for 17th, with Jonathan Baines claiming 21st place with 29:34. The Baines / Bugler Battle continued with Chris just 4 seconds behind in 23rd.
Peter Leviston recorded a creditable 34:26 for 30th place.
Richard Dixon’s comeback fizzled out early with illness striking and keeping him off the start sheets after just 1 TT.
19th April 2017 – Haverthwaite 10
The first TT on the faster Haverthwaite course – a welcome return after last year’s roadworks prevented any events being run on the course in 2016. It was a somewhat cloudy and murky night, although not too windy and some good times were posted.
Dave Huck continued his clean sweep with another winning (and stunning) ride of 21:36 out of a field of 39. Seven Lakes RC riders contested the event, with Jon Brown leading the pack with a 24:35 for 17th place, with John Lever hot on his heels just 9 seconds behind for 18th. Max Nicholson came in 22nd with a 25:30, and Steve Morrison not far behind with a 26:00 – although in that 30 second gap were a further 4 riders, meaning Steve placed 27th.
Chris Bugler did a cracking PB of 26:43, placing 31st and getting one up on his rival Johnathan Baines in this event, who came in with a 27:27 for 33rd. Josh Murphy followed with a 28:05 for 34th.
26th April – Circuit of Rusland
This a real tough course – so kudos to all riders for entering this event. A 14 mile hilly event through Rusland and back through Force Forge to Greenodd, for a fast finish back to Haverthwaite. A fairly calm but cold night, with quite a few PB’s recorded across the field of 25.
Yet again Dave Huck won, continuing his amazing start to the season recording a time of 33:19, which, if you know the course, is incredible it has to be said. There were only four Lakes riders in the event, led in by Josh Hartley in 9th place with a 38:16 – a great ride. Steve Morrison was 2 places behind with a 39:15 and Eamonn Quinn a further two behind Steve with a 39:58. Chris Bugler completed the Lakes RC contingent with an excellent ride of 42:46 for 19th.
Commiserations to Jon Brown, who was a DNS – at the start line, as he clipped in, his pedal snapped – and with no team car to provide a spare bike, that was the end of that – bad luck Jon!
Both John Lever and Richard Dixon hoped to ride but were thwarted by work commitments and illness respectively.
3rd May 2017 – Haverthwaite 10
Again there was great turnout and plenty of Lakes riders present but the event was cancelled on safety grounds – there was a strong crosswind and combined with a higher than normal volume of traffic, it was decided that conditions weren’t safe. A difficult decision to make but respect to the organisers for making a judgement call and sticking to it.
So, no results to report, but there were a few hard training rides put in instead! John Lever and Richard Dixon put the time to good use doing the Circuit of Rusland as a 2 up TT, and Chris Bugler did a circuit of Cunsey.
As always, a good effort by everyone getting out there, and if you fancy it give it a go – it’s a great way to get into some competition, and the atmosphere is very friendly.