Several local riders have been entering the north west Sporting Courses (SPOCO) time trial series, the Lakes & Lancs SPOCO – click here for more details on the series.
These run from late February until early July, on undulating B roads (ie steep hills!) rather than flat dual carriageways, at distances up to 50 miles.
A rider can enter as many races as they wish but only the 8 best times count towards the placing in the results tables.
Veteran Lakes rider Eamonn Quinn has been travelling the length and breadth of the north west competing and flying the club colours again this year…
Eamonn’s season opener was on 4th March at the Border City Wheelers Calthwaite 25 mile course clocking 1-07-00,which for once was dry & sunny, followed by the ever popular 27 mile Circuit of Ingleborough, on 11th March, where Eamonn clocked a respectable 1-17 -29 on a day with light drizzle but light winds.
The 26th March saw him riding on the Border City Wheelers Lazonby 20 mile circuit managing a 58-25,with fellow Lakes RC rider Chris Anderson riding an excellent 54-05 to claim 3rd Vet 50.
Here’s Eamonn on the Wild Boar Circuit on a rare flat bit!
The Barrow Central Wheelers SPOCO on the Coast Road 21 followed on 15th April. This is a good but fairly tough course – and being on the Coast Road, always windy. This day was no exception, with strong crosswinds making bike handling somewhat interesting, especially with deep section wheels! Eamonn managed a 57-07, off his best time but a great effort in the conditions.
The Wigan Wheelers 30 miler followed on 23rd April on the Winmarleigh Course near Garstang,where Eamonn completed the course in 1-19-27.
The 14th May saw Eamonn riding for the first time on the technically difficult Border City Wheelers 29 mile course at Dalston,near Carlisle. He completed the course in 1-24-02 and reported that the some of the descents (40 + mph) tested both bike handling and nerve – tests which Eamonn passed with flying colours!
Eamonn is currently occupying 8th place in the V50 category with 7 races under his belt – great effort, congratulations, and good luck in the rest if the series!