Sunday, 26 July 2015 15:38

Salt Ayre TTs, 21 - 23rd July 2015

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Another 'not bad if not particularly good' week at Salt Ayre, from a performance-perspective, with a bunch of Personal Bests coming more through stronger mid-season form than through especially conducive conditions. But it was dry & mild, albeit blustery. And as usual there was a super turn-out, with 73 rides all up (11 at 2 miles, 32 at 6 miles & 30 at 10 miles).

Over 2 miles Graeme Cook was fastest, in 5:23, ahead of Jake Edwards in 5:58. Girls took the next 3 places - Megan Howarth was 3rd in 6:51, Kirsty Maher 4th in 6:56, & Anya Bardsley 5th in 7:12.

At 6 miles the top 3 all cracked 16 minutes - Bobby Horton was first in 15:03, Evan Busby 2nd in 15:41, & Ben Pennance 3rd in 15:54. The first 3 ladies were Hannah Edwards in 16:58, Alice Earnshaw in 19:27, & Esther Wong in 19:28.

At 10 miles just one rider went under 22 minutes, Andrew Horn in 21:58. 2nd was Ian Rutherford in 22:37, & 3rd Mark Monkhouse in 22:42. The only other riders to average over 25 miles/hour were the two Barlows - son Ben 14 seconds quicker than Dad Andrew, in 22:55 against 23:09. The first three women were Kerry Oldfield (27:57), Sue Holden (29:35), & Mary Neil (30:27).

As always thanks to the team of volunteers who did their stints on the night, & to Clarkson Hirst Solicitors for their support. Please click below for the full results.

Friday, 17 July 2015 09:36

Mayor on a Bike

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Jon Barry Bike

Some of you will know, but others might not, that our current Mayor of Lancaster, Jon Barry, is a keen cyclist, 2nd-claim member of Lancaster CC, & a regular participant in Thursday evening time trials.

On 22nd August Jon is cycling the newly opened Morecambe Bay Cycle Way to raise money for one of his chosen charities during his year as Mayor, St John's Hospice. If you want to support his ride you can join Jon for the full 80 miles from Barrow-in-Furness, for 40 miles from Grange-over-Sands, or for the final 5 miles from Lancaster's Millennium Bridge to Glasson Dock. Or if you can't join his ride, you can sponsor Jon or any other rider.

More impressive than the fact that Jon is doing this ride, he'll be pulling his specially-made Mayoral bike-trailer along much of the route, which'll make the challenge tougher-still! For more information about Jon's ride & how to get involved, go here.

Friday, 17 July 2015 08:11

Salt Ayre TTs, 20 - 16th July 2015

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Starting off

It was a warm & windy evening for the 20th of this season's Thursday Salt Ayre Time Trials, sponsored by Clarkson Hirst Solicitors. Although it didn't feel like a quick night, there seemed to be a fair few personal bests recorded, so for some at least it was faster than it felt!

The fastest of the 19 riders over two miles was Jack Tipler in 6:02, closely followed by Dylan Edwards in 6:06 & Ethan Yates in 6:17. Megan Howarth was the fastest girl, in 6:54, from Kirsty Maher in 7:14 & Amelie Earnshaw in 7:37.

25 riders undertook the six mile time trial, with George Mason the fastest in 14:49 from Bobby Horton in 15:27 & Ben Pennance in 15:58. Of the girls, Flo Horton was fastest in 19:34, ten seconds ahead of Nancye Roberts in 19:44, and 3rd place Emilia Wood close behind in 19:49.

The top 4 of the 32 riders tackling ten miles were very close. Lynn Hamel was fastest in 22:50, then joint second were Mark Monkhouse & Ian Sibbert in 22:55, and just three seconds further back was Tom Phillips, in 22:58. 2nd placed woman was Jenny Evans in 27:16, and 3rd Kerry Oldfield in 27:35.

The last riders off were the two-up duo of Karen Gay and Mary Neil, perhaps demonstrating that practice & experience are pretty useful in riding bit-and-bit twelve-and-a-half times around the track, as they went a full minute & 25 seconds faster than last week, recording 30:21.

Twenty weeks in, and people such as Bob & Jan Muir, and Tom & Carmen Jackson are down at Salt Ayre all evening every Thursday; they're there before you arrive & after you've left, getting everything ready & tidying it all away again afterwards. Of course many others help too, but it's people such as Bob, Jan, Tom & Carmen who keep our cycling - & cycling in general - going. So please be sure to let them know you appreciate their efforts.

It was great to see a fair few Cog Setters helping out last night too, & looking like they were enjoying themselves! Thanks to them for mucking in with everybody else.

And finally, thanks to Clarkson Hirst Solicitors, who are supporting this year's time trialling with a generous prize fund.

As always, click below to get the full results.

Friday, 10 July 2015 15:54

Salt Ayre TTs, 19 - 9th July 2015

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This week's Thursday evening time trials produced a crop of excellent times.

At two miles, Isaac Atkinson & Adam Hodgson both recorded 5 mins 29 seconds. Third was Luke Oakes in 6:07, just beating Jack Tipler by two seconds. Fastest girl was Ella Cornwall in 7:47.

At six miles a very much in-form Ben Barlow stormed around the 7.5 laps to produce the fastest time of 2015 so far, 13:34. Second was Ben Pennance in 16:16, and third Graeme Cook in 16:32. Fastest girl was Sasha Oldham in 18:11.

At ten miles, Ian Sibbert was quickest by more than a minute, in 22:36. Tom Oldham was second in 23:41. Steve Hodgson was third, a minute & a second further back, in 24:42. Fastest woman was Louise Goddard, in 28:08.

Salt Ayre Cog Set Chair Mary Neil combined with Karen Gay for a 2-up time trial, the duo riding 12.5 laps at a consistent pace to finish in 31:46.

Thank you very much to everyone who came along to help on the night, old-hands and new-ones alike.

The full results are below.

Friday, 10 July 2015 15:40

Inter Club 25 Results

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The 25 mile time trial Club record came close to toppling on a windy Wednesday evening, with Ryan Coulton completing the distance over the Levens course in an incredibly impressive 53 mins & 48 seconds, just 25 seconds shy of Phil Barnes' time of 53:23 which has stood for over six years now.

Lancaster got a 1-2 with Tom Brook the next fastest rider on the night, in a mighty fine 54:25.

3rd, 4th & 5th places were taken by Cleveleys RC riders (David Alonby in 54:28, Dave Turner in 55:59, & Mick Smith in 56:04) who took the team prize. We were second team, 3rd man being Tom Phillips who finished just outside the hour, in 1:00:40.

Other LCC times: Tim Norton, 1:02:47; Andrew McCracken, 1:04:34; & Ken Peasnell, 1:09:45.

Thanks to Andrew Barlow & everyone else who helped out on the night.

Full results below.

With thanks to Andrew Barlow, here are the details for the Interclub 25

Kent Valley Road Club, Wilson Memorial Handicap 25mile TT and Interclub 25

Promoted for and on behalf of Cycling Time Trials under their Rules and Regulations, Course – L2524

Wednesday 08th July 2015, Start: 7:01 pm

COMPETITORS PLEASE NOTE: Parking, numbers & results board will all be available at the Hare and Hounds, Levens car park LA8 8PN

Can you please park so we don’t block the car park up (leave the spaces near the pub as free as possible)

Please can you support the Hare and Hounds as we are using their facilities.

Please return your number to the results board when you have finished your ride.

Can you all please sign on before 6.50pm if possible. Note: the start is appox 12mins from the HQ.

Please click 'Read more' below for the rest of the details, including start list & marshal rota.

The event is still a bit short of marshals, so please shout out if you can help!

Here are the latest standings in the Inter Club Hilly Time Trial series following last week's fifth round, Barrow Central Wheelers' Coast Road 21 mile time trial. As you can see, it's turning into a tight tussle at the top of the table, although unless a fair few LCC members head up for it, the next event, Kent Valley's Jungle Cafe hill climb on Monday 3rd August (7pm), could see them open up a sizeable - & potentially unbridgeable? - gap. Click here to see the course details for that event.

Kent Valley RC 1104 points
Lancaster CC 1064 points
Lakes RC 880 points
Barrow CW 534 points
Lune RCC 198 points


After the Jungle Cafe Hilly, there are two more events, both Kent Valley: the Knotallow Tarn Hill Climb on Monday 10th August; & the Circuit of Wild Boar Fell (replacing the planned Shap & back course which is affected by roadworks) on Sunday 23rd August; visit Kent Valley's website here, for more information.

Come on the Lancaster!

Tuesday, 07 July 2015 15:37

Salt Ayre TTs, 18 - 2nd July 2015

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Sorry for the delay in posting the results from last week's Thursday evening Salt Ayre time trials. (And incidentally, if there's anyone out there willing to share in the task of putting news up on this, the Club's website, please get in touch.)

The evening ended much better than it started, slowly turning from quite wet to rather pleasant! The ten two-milers bore the brunt of the weather, but both 1st-placed Luke Oakes & 3rd-placed Emilia Wood recorded exactly the same times as the previous week - 6:14 & 6:23 respectively. They were separated by Ethan Yates whose 6:17 was an impressive 13 seconds quicker than last time.

As last week, Brian Murray was the fastest rider of the 18 having a go over six miles, finishing in 15 minutes exactly (19 seconds slower than the previous week). Next were Bobby Horton in 16:09 & Evie Barrow in 16:24. They were followed by a cluster of strong young riders all breaking 17 minutes - Isaac Atkinson, James McCracken, Hannah Edwards, William Dykes & Adam Hodgson.

Two riders tied for the fastest from the 30 starts at ten miles; Ian Sibbert & Tom Phillips both recording 22:43. They were just ahead of Rob Barton in 22:50 & Andrew Barlow in 22:57. Of the women riders Ali Oldham was fastest in 26:56, from Jenny Evans (27:21) & Kerry Oldfield (27:29).

The evening was rounded off with three teams giving a 2-up time trial a go: Jon Barry & Dave Horton recorded 25:10; Paul Andrews & Tilly Percy 27:09; & father & son Gordon & John Roberts 27:38.

Thanks to all those who volunteered on the night. Full results are below.

HQ for the Inter Club 25 mile time trial on Levens on Wednesday 8th July will be the Hare & Hounds in Levens village. The postcode is LA8 8PN, & the pub's website is here. If you plan to ride, let Andrew Barlow (email below) know before Sunday morning (5th July), when he plans to do the start sheet. You might be able to enter on the evening but the field is limited to 60, so if there are a lot of pre-entries it might be full (& lots of people at Barrow CW's Coast Road 21 event last night were talking about riding).

We are very short of marshalls for this event, & also need a time-keeper. Please help if you can, or if you're planning to ride you could try to rope in a friend or relative to come along with you & help out on the night. Let Andrew Barlow know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thanks.

Meanwhile, in other time trialling news ... we've had an email regarding two Border City Wheelers events later in July:

"Great news - the Border City Wheelers 10 and 25 will take place on 18 and 19 July, as planned.

However, given the ongoing roadworks on the A66 the events will be held on alternative courses. The 10 will be held on the L108 (Tebay) and the 25 will be held on the L259 (Calthwaite).

Thanks to event organisers Kevin Crawley and Carol Westmorland for going the extra mile to ensure the events go ahead.

Please support the events and encourage others to enter too - both events can be entered, via internet entry. (Go here for the 10; & here fore the 25 - entries for both events close on 7th July.)

Both events also count towards the 2015 NLTTA Points Competition too.


Jamie Carson
Chorley CC"


Thursday, 02 July 2015 14:28

Inter Club Hilly Series, Event 5 - Coast Road 21

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The latest (& 5th in the series of 8) in this season's Inter Club Hilly events took place on the coast road between Ulverston & Barrow-in-Furness on Wednesday.

On a warm evening under stormy skies the two Lancaster CC representatives finished almost exactly 10 minutes apart. Continuing his fine season, Tom Brook finished 2nd on the night in 49:14, just one second behind winner Peter Thomas of Kent Valley RC (49:13). Apparently these are the 2nd & 3rd quickest times ever recorded on the course (despite a flurry of PBs, the course record remained intact at 48:39). Meanwhile Dave Horton finished 28th of the 42 riders in 59:15, but was happy just to 'break the hour' over the rolling course.

Thanks to everyone involved in what was a lovely event - friendly & welcoming, & (if you manage to look up!) the course runs through a stunning part of the world.

We'll have to wait and see what the event has done to the Inter Club competition standings, but with only two LCC riders as against 10 from Kent Valley, 12 from Lakes RC & 13 from Barrow, it's likely to see us toppled from the leader board! So an extra incentive, if you need one, to make a note & get along to the next event - Monday 3rd August, 7pm - Kent Valley's Jungle Cafe Hilly time trial.

A more comprehensive report of the event can be found on Barrow CW's excellent website here, or click read more below to see the full results.

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