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Friday, 05 June 2015 10:56

Salt Ayre TTs, 14 - 4th June 2015

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Almost certainly the best evening of the year so far down at Salt Ayre - warm, dry & close to windless. And the best turn out too, with a total of 94 riders across the three distances; 18 at two miles, 31 at six miles, and 45 at ten miles. It was great to mingle over a cuppa afterwards, to hear about people's tumbling times, and to witness the quiet smiles of satisfaction spreading across their faces - a modest but well-earned pleasure.

Ian Richardson completed only the first few laps of his ten mile time trial, and therefore inadvertantly won the two mile time trial by a good margin, in the year's fastest time of 4:44. Jack Tipler was second in 6:00, and Max Davies third in 6:18. Fastest girl was Emilia Wood in 6:33, with Esther Wong not far behind in 6:39.

We saw the year's fastest rides at six miles too, with George Mason winning in an excellent 15:04, followed by Bobby Horton in 15:21, and James McCracken in 16:00. Honours for fastest girl were shared by Evie Barrow and Sasha Oldham, both recording the very good time of 16:58.

A superb battle at ten miles, with three of this year's best performing riders all cracking 22 minutes and separated by mere seconds; Andrew Horn taking the win in 21:44, from Sam Monkhouse in 21:47, and George Wharton in 21:53. Among the many other notable performances, young Ben Barlow finished in 22:50 and 5th place, finally beating his dad Andrew, by 11 seconds. With Lynn Hamel volunteering track-side, the competition for fastest woman was close fought, with Alison Oldham in 26:07 edging out Jenny Evans in 26:39.

Very well done to all riders taking part, including those - such as 13 year old Ben Keenan with his sparkling brand new bike - tackling a time trial for the very first time. It's always really, really great to see new faces down at the track, and to watch them test themselves over whichever distance.


At Salt Ayre next week we'll be having a mid-season BBQ and the presentation of prizes for the best rides of the season so far. Very kindly sponsored by Clarkson Hirst Solicitors, there's £25 for fastest, £15 for second fastest, and £20 for best gauged ride so far over each of the distances (with younger riders only eligible for the two & six mile prizes). So let's hope for another good night, and we hope to see you down there!

As ever, thanks to all who helped on the night, and full results available by clicking on 'Read more' just below.

Friday, 29 May 2015 10:22

Salt Ayre TTs, 13 - 28th May 2015

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Another dry Thursday evening of time trialling at Salt Ayre. There was a bit of a wind early on, but it died down for the later riders & had almost stilled completely by the time the last of us left the track to head home at 9pm.

Tilly Percy was fastest of 15 riders over 2 miles, in a time of 5:57. John Roberts was 2nd in 6:06, and Jack Tipler 3rd in 6:20. 2nd girl & 4th overall was Nancye Roberts in 6:30.

Over 6 miles George Mason pipped Ben Pennance by 1 second, to win in 16:23. 3rd of the 11 riders was Guy Jones in 16:55; and fastest girl was Hannah McKee in 20:25.

Tom Phillips was fastest of the 31 riders at 10 miles, and the only one to go under 23 minutes, in 22:47. Making a rare appearance in a Salt Ayre time trial and riding a conventional road bike, Fabian Brennan finished 2nd in 23:06; with Andy Barlow and Ian Sibbert joint third in 23:15. Fastest of the seven women riders was Jenny Evans in 28:40.

Our best wishes for a speedy recovery to Jan Muir, who was unable to run the signing-on desk last night, and Nigel Neil, who had a spill track-side. And thanks as ever to all those who helped out, including those who rallied round at the last minute.

Especially if you ride but even if you don't, please don't hesitate to take your turn in volunteering on a Thursday evening. Our Club cannot survive without you. To do so, go to

Full results as always are below.

Clubhouse at Levens Bank Holiday 10m TT 25th May 2015 640x480

Our third Bank Holiday Monday time trial of this year was also the Club Championship, and - with not too strong a headwind out to the turn - a fairly quick morning with some excellent times, including a few personal bests, recorded. One of those PBs, and also a new Club record, belonged to 16 year old Ryan Coulton, Lancaster CC's 2015 10 mile Club Champion, with 20:24. Congratulations to Ryan, and good luck to him in his endeavours to go quicker still during the rest of this season. Ryan beat the existing record (20:48), that's been held by Duncan Orme (now of Kent Valley RC) for almost ten years.

Second-placed Tom Brook also went faster than the previous club record, in 20:40, so it was his misfortune to have Ryan go better still. But another fine performance that augurs extremely well for still quicker times in the near future.

A trio of Cleveleys RC riders were tightly bunched in 3rd, 4th & 5th places - Tony Pilkington (21:04), David Turner (21:08), & Mick Smith (21:14). 3rd rider in our Club Champs was David Trotter, joint 6th fastest on the day (with Peter Thomas of Kent Valley) in an excellent 21:24.

Lancaster CC Women's 10 mile Time Trial Club Champion is Sarah Hart, riding her first time trial in quite a while and on a unfamiliar bike, recording a very respectable 28:09. Congratulations to Sarah. The fastest woman on the morning was Judith Irving of Kent Valley RC, in 25:21.

Many thanks to everyone who made the event happen - organisers, time-keepers, pushers-off, sign-on & refreshments team, & marshals. And best wishes for a speedy recovery to Jan Muir, who was unable to be there on the day.

As ever, full results below.

Friday, 22 May 2015 09:38

Salt Ayre TTs, 12 - 21st May 2015

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It was a cool & slightly blustery but dry evening down at Salt Ayre for the 12th in 2015's season of Thursday evening time trials, with 81 rides across the three different distances.

John Roberts & Isaac Atkinson were joint fastest of the 21 youngsters tackling the two mile distance, both recording a time of 6 minutes & 4 seconds. Max Davies was 3rd in 6:19, & Luke Oakes 4th in 6:32. Then in 5th to 8th places overall came the top 4 girls: Nancye Roberts (6:35); Emilia Wood (6:39); Esther Wong (6:55); & Megan Howarth (7:01).

23 riders took on the 6 mile distance, with Bobby Horton fastest by a good margin, in 15:53. Jacob Aubrey & James McCracken were separated by just a second, in 2nd & 3rd with times of 17:10 & 17:11 respectively. Fastest girl was Sasha Oldham in 17:34.

At 10 miles the top 3 riders from the field of 37 broke 23 minutes: Tom Phillips 1st in 22:42; Ian Sibbert 2nd in 22:50; and a brilliant ride by young Ben Barlow to take 3rd in 22:59. The fastest woman was Niamh Lewis in 27:55.

If you're local to Lancaster, we've a fine Bank Holiday weekend of racing in store, including the third of Lancaster CC's Bank Holiday Monday 10 mile time trials on the Levens course on Monday morning. But if you want to see Salt Ayre Cog Set riders from across the age categories (6 to 16) in national-level action, check out the three-day, four-stage Screentek International North West Youth Tour. Stage 1 is a short uphill prologue time trial past Ashton Memorial in Williamson Park, Lancaster from 4pm on Saturday afternoon. Stage 2 consists of a long circuit race at Preston's UCLan arena on Sunday. And the race concludes with Stages 3 (in the morning) & 4 (in the afternoon) down at Salt Ayre on Monday - in a full day of action, the first race starts at 9:30am.

Almost 400 riders & their families are coming to the district for the event, which is among the very biggest in the youth cycling calendar. Well worth checking out, and cheering on our local riders; and Cog Set's famous catering crew will be serving delicious food!

Here are the results from Monday's second hilly in the Inter Club series, at Old Hutton. It was a close race, with George Wharton winning out in 21:04, Duncan Orme taking 2nd just 7 seconds back in 21:11, & Craig Steele a further 3 seconds back in 21:14 for 3rd place. Our sole Lancaster CC representative on the night was Antony Wood, in a time of 25:06 for 8th place & 43 Inter Club points.

Posn No Name Club Time Inter Club Points
1 12 George Wharton (Jun) KVRC 00:21:04 50
2 9 Duncan Orme KVRC 00:21:11 49
3 6 Craig Steele Lakes RC 00:21:14 48
4 10 Tom Gibson KVRC 00:21:43 47
5 3 Darren Brackwell Lakes RC 00:22:50 46
6 1 Andrew Barlow KVRC 00:22:59 45
7 8 Ryan Parkinson KVRC 00:24:14 44
8 5 Antony Wood Lanc CC 00:25:06 43
9 4 Paul Edwards Cogset 00:26:02  
10 11 Bruce Barnes KVRC 00:29:07 42
11 7 Anna Shaw (L) KVRC 00:30:07 41
12 2 Dominic Pye (Juv) Cogset 00:38:19


After 2 events, the Inter Club competition stands like this:

Kent Valley   408 points 
 Lakes RC  229 points
 Barrow CW  177 points
 Lancaster CC  83 points

But the next 2 events are on our 'home turf': Condor Bottoms hill climb on Monday 15th June; & Jubilee Tower hill climb on Monday 22nd June. Both are just a short ride out of Lancaster. Both these hill climbs have become popular & sociable occasions in recent years, when they've run later in the year, in September. They're a great chance to test your legs over climbs that you might have ridden many times, but rarely raced (& there's a difference!); and for friends & family to come along & roar everybody up the hill. And in June this year, they're a good opportunity to mix & mingle mid-season.

And if enough Club members take part, we should move up the Inter Club leader board!

Saturday, 16 May 2015 07:53

Salt Ayre TTs, 11 - 14th May 2015

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A dry, cool & blustery night, and another record in what's turning into a year of breaking records down at Salt Ayre - with 87 riders racing this week: 20 at 2 miles, 28 at 6 miles, and 39 at 10 miles. It shows how cycling in general, including time trialling, is a sport for all ages & abilities, with everyone mixing in a spirit of sporting friendship down at the track. These days lots of people talk about making cycling possible for anyone of any age, from 8 to 80; that's something we're already doing in our little cycling sanctuary of Salt Ayre (an achievement we should all be proud of).

This week Isaac Atkinson scored a convincing victory at 2 miles, in 6:05, with Luke Oakes in 2nd (6:42), and Luke Leadbetter just pipping Ethan Yates for 3rd place (6:52 & 6:53 respectively). Emila Woods was the fifth rider to get under 7 minutes, & fastest girl in 6:57.

Guy Jones was fastest over 6 miles, in 17:25. James McCracken finished 2nd in 17:33, and Christopher Eaton edged out Adam Hodgson by 2 seconds for 3rd (17:50 & 17:52 respectively). Evie Barrow was 5th, the final rider to crack 18 minutes (20 mph), and fastest girl, in 17:54.

15 year old George Wharton was fastest by over half a minute at 10 miles, in 22:43. Ian Sibbert beat fastest woman Lynn Hamel by 3 seconds, to take 2nd in 23:16. The 2 other riders to average above 25 mph & crack 24 minutes were Andy Barlow in 23:50 & Steve Hodgson in 23:55.

Thanks to everyone who helped on the night, and see you all again next week! As ever you can access the full results by clicking on 'Read more' below.

The second event in the Inter Club series of hilly time trials takes place this coming Monday, 18th May.

It's around the Old Hutton circuit, details of which you can find here. The distance is 13.3 km (just over 8 miles), including over 200 metres of climbing.

The post code for the start area is LA8 ONL. This is at the motorway bridge and there is room for quite a few cars to park under the bridge

First rider is off at 7pm, with sign on by 6:50pm. You must be over 12 years old to ride, and if you're under 18, you need a Club Parental consent form, made out for KVRC 2015 Club Events.

The winner earns 50 points for her/his Club, 2nd place 49, and so on; so (unless there was to be an exceptionally large turn out of the participating Clubs' riders) every rider earns points towards the Inter Club competition.

The standings after the first event:

1. Lakes Road Club - 183

2. Barrow Central Wheelers - 172

3. Kent Valley Road Club - 90

4. Lancaster Cycling Club - 40

Old Hutton is a bit closer to Lancaster than the last event, so it should be that bit easier for some of us to get up there & earn points for the Club! (Then the 3rd & 4th events are in our back yard - being the Condor Bottoms (15th June) & Jubilee Tower (22nd June) hill climbs respectively.)

Monday, 11 May 2015 08:44

Le Terrier 2015

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A quick hello from Bob Muir, president of Lancaster Cycling Club and member of the organising committee for Le Terrier cycle sportive.

2015 is going so fast – it's nearly mid May and yesterday saw the big daddy of sportives, the 'Fred'.

Congratulations on those of you who rode it, I hope you recovered last night in the glow of a job well done but don't forget our sportive 'Le Terrier' which is just four weeks away on 7th June. The' Terrier' and the 'Fred' are entirely different concepts. The Terrier doesn't have the iconic climbs of the Fred but it also doesn't have the easier miles between. It's just relentless, like a terrier it doesn't give up. All three routes go over climbs that have featured in many Tour of Britain stage races, in its many guises, over the years. When we first started the Terrier in 2008 we never wanted to challenge the big sportives and we would hate to see more than a few hundred riders on our quiet Bowland roads. What we wanted, and I think it's what we've got, is a friendly event where you the riders come first as you help us raise money for two local charities LDHAS and Bay Aquatherapy. With smaller numbers, the helpers and volunteers on the route as well as at the HQ have time for you - a smile, a chat, encouragement and that famous FlapJack. If you haven't ridden Le Terrier for the last couple of years I think you will be pleased with the latest route which itself is designed to be friendly as you meet up with riders on the shorter routes only a short distance after you left them. I hope to see many of you again on 7th June and trust you will pass on recommendations for our event to your cycling buddies.

To enter Le Terrier, please go here

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