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THE recent fine weather saw good turnouts for all of last week’s evening events. The first of the PETTS on Tuesday evening attracted a field of 58 for the 10 on the triangle course from Barton to Kirkland Bridge, St Michael’s and back to the finish at Myerscough College.

Lancaster CC members in the event recording 26:17 and 26:58 respectively.

Tuesday evening also saw the second event in the Salt Ayre Cycling Association League 2011 sponsored by Lancaster’s VanillaBikes.com. It was a fast and furious race from the start with several early breaks brought back until a decisive eight strong break formed.

With three riders from Team Wallis and two from the Lune the break soon gained nearly half a lap, helped somewhat by their team-mate disrupting any organised chase by the bunch. Julian Pearson and Calum Nicholson tried the same tactic that gave Julian the win in week one – Calum building up the speed and Julian coming off his wheel coming out of the final bend – but this week Sam Jackson (Herbalife/Wheelbase) just pipped him on the line. Julian, however, with a win in the first event and second this week, leads the league with 29 points from Sam Jackson with 25 and the Lune’s Andrew Pickering third with 24 points.

The Kent Valley Road Club made their first visit of the year to the fast Levens course for their evening 10, the first event to be held on the course this year which probably accounted for riders travelling from as far as Blackpool and the Fylde to ride. Kent Valley’s Dave Baxter continued his string of wins with 20:50 with Lancaster’s John Ingham and Phil Barnes in second and third place with 20:58 and 21:37 respectively.

Thursday evening saw the Lancaster CC and Salt Ayre Cog Set time trials on the Salt Ayre circuit. Numbers were slightly down due to the Easter holidays but there was still 37 riders in all; five for two miles, 17 six-milers and 15 riders for the 10.

Matty Alderson was fastest in the two mile event with 7:39 and the fastest six mile time was posted by Callum Young with 15:06. John Ingham rode his second 10 of the week recording 22:13 with Dave Chell, making a welcome return to racing, in second place recording 23:38.

The South Cave 10 course at Humberside vies with the Levens course to be the fastest in the country and Phil Barnes (Lancaster CC) and Sharon Clifford (Coventry RC/Lancaster CC) made the trip across for the Hull RC event on Good Friday and came away smiling. Michael Hutchnson (In Gear Quickvi-Trainsharp RT) won the event with 18:04 only eight seconds short of his own national record of 17:57. Sharon was equally pleased with her new PB of 23:23 as was Phil with his time of 21:10.

The Easter weekend rounded off with the first of the Lancaster CC Bank Holiday 10s at Levens. Out of the four events in the series this one is the most prone to bad weather but, with Easter being so late, for once they had an excellent morning resulting in fast times and a crop of PBs.

Winner, John Ingham, was only 17 seconds slower than his time in the Kent Valley evening 10 on Levens last Wednesday and in total seven of Monday’s riders rode last Wednesday, all going anything up to 50 seconds slower but those that missed Wednesday and PB’d were left wondering what if.

The next LCC Bank Holiday 10 is on Monday (May 2) and although advance entries have closed the organiser, Tim Norton, may accept late eTHE recent fine weather saw good turnouts for all of last week’s evening events. The first of the PETTS on Tuesday evening attracted a field of 58 for the 10 on the triangle course from Barton to Kirkland Bridge, St Michael’s and back to the finish at Myerscough College.

ntries or there may be space for entries on the day. Email BH10@LancasterCC.co.uk or ring 01524 62250 for more details.

Further afield the biggest road racing over the Easter weekend was the Tour Doon Hame in Dumfries and Galloway. A three day stage race, replacement for the late Girvan stage race, finishing on Easter Monday. A Premier Calendar event, it obviously attracted strong teams from all the biggest UK professional squads as well as some of the smaller regional teams. Lancaster’s VanillaBikes.com sent Jack Pullar and Martin Attwood and Teamwallis CHH RT had a young team of eight there for experience, all riding their first Premier Calendar event. It was a baptism of fire for many as while most enjoyed summer-like conditions the first stage starting and finishing at Moffat had cold rain, torrential at times, throughout.

From a start list of 142 a total of 57 riders failed to finish the three days and 24 of these went on Stage One, many through crashes in the horrendous conditions; others succumbing to exhaustion and the cold.

Team Wallis lost four riders, Rob Crampton and Jade Wilmot needing hospital treatment following crashes and Calum Nicholson and Dan Davies finishing in the broom wagon cold and exhausted and Vanilla Bikes lost Martin Attwood. Julian Pearson (Team Wallis) rode brilliantly for a first year senior, in his first proper year of road racing to finish Stage One, even if it was in the last group home, only to be eliminated on time which was a bit harsh in the conditions.

The good news was Ben Greenwood (Rapha/Condor.Sharp) finished the stage in 56th place, ending day three in 68th place overall. Jack Pullar (VanillaBikes.com) rode well on the first sage to finish in 28th place, losing ground on stage two to finish outside the time limit.

Top ride though was Matt Cronshaw’s. Winning the sprint finish on stage one he took the yellow jersey of race leader by 12 seconds. His strong Raleigh team defended his lead on stage two with Matt finishing sixth in the sprint, going into the final stage with a slender two seconds lead. Although Matt finished the stage in 13th place with the same time as the stage winner, Johnny McEvoy (Motorpoint), he lost the overall lead by one second; Rapha/Condor’s Zac Dempster taking the overall win by virtue of time bonuses in intermediate sprints with Matt second and Jack Bauer (Endura Racing) third at 12 seconds.

Youth Racing News: On April 16, with the older riders competing at Blackpool, Salt Ayre Cog Set held a series of Go Ride races for novice bike racers. With generous prizes on offer, courtesy of Leisure Lakes bike store in Lancaster, there was plenty to compete for and young riders from under eights to under 16s enjoyed glorious early spring sunshine into the bargain.

Each age category completed a shorter sprint event and after a break to refresh their tired legs a longer one to test their stamina. There were separate prizes for boys and girls in each race and the morning was capped by a thrilling Italian Pursuit team race with cash up for grabs for first and second places.

The day provided the opportunity for riders who might be intimidated by the more experienced racers to have a go at competing in a bunch. Judging by the smiles on faces, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and nobody left without a prize for having competed. This inclusive introduction to bike racing under British Cycling rules was a great way for some future stars to shine and the club’s thanks go to Leisure Lakes for having helped make the day so special.

Results: Salt Ayre Cycling Association/VanillaBikes.com League 2011 – ‘Event 2’ 19/04/11: 1 Samuel Jackson (Herbalife/Wheelbase); 2 Julian Pearson (Teamwallis CHH); 3 Andrew Pickering (Lune RCC); 4 Gary Spencely (Biketreks RT); 5 Calum Nicholson (Teamwallis CHH); 6 Shaun Pearson Science In Sport.com; 7 John Agnew (Lune RCC); 8 James Claydon (Sport City Velo); 9 Thomas Armstrong (Wheelbase/Cannondale);10 Neil Robinson (Lune RCC).

Kent Valley RC - Levens 10 – 20/04/2011: 1 Dave Baxter 20:50; 2 John Ingham (LCC) 20:58; 3 Phil Barnes (LCC) 21:37; 4 Beau Smith (J) 21:42; 5 James Trott (J, Gst) 21:53; 6 Noel Fox (Cleveleys RC) 22:04; 7 Lynn Hamel (L, H’life/W’base) 22:09; 8 Mick Black (Cleveleys RC) 22:17; 9 Neil Fort (Gst) 22:17; 10 Tim Bennett 22:29; 11 Steve Hodgson 22:29; 12 Luke Osborne 22:37; 13 Glenn Haworth 23:06; 14 Ian Jackson 23:20; 15 Dave Wilkinson 23:28; 16 Nigel Hooker 23:43; 17 Stuart Mounsey 23:44; 18 Ian Richardson (Gst) 23:47; 19 Chris Kennedy 23:58; 20 Rob Duesbury 24:12; 21 Sharon Clifford (L, LCC) 24:28; 22 Andy Mullaney (Cleveleys RC) 24:29; 23 Richard Belk 24:34; 24 Richard Fawcett 24:37; 25 Neil Stirling 24:41; 26 Jamie Muller (J, Gst) 25:38; 27 Louise McCall (L, Gst,J) 25:50; 28 Dean Ireland 25:57; 29 Fred Pickstone 25:59; 30 Chris Tidmarsh 26:25; 31 Sharon Padley (L) 26:31; 32 Tony Walker (Gst) 26:32; 33 Caroline Bell (L) 26:38; 34 Ann Nicholson (L) 26:44; 35 Andrew Bernard (Gst) 26:51; 36 Fred Hampson (BCW) 29:27.

Lancaster CC/SA CogSet – Salt Ayre TTs – 21/04/2011: TWO MILES: 1 Matty Alderson 7:39; 2 Elias Giles 7:43; 3 Amelia Hirst 8:41; 4 Sophie Hamilton 9:09; 5 Abby Trouse 9:48; SIX MILES: 1 Callum Young 15:06; 2 Andrew Parker 15:42; 3 James Jackson 16:12; 4 Charlie Murray 16:32; 5 Tim Birkett 16:44; 6 Elliott Robertson 17:14; 7 Scott Prichard 17:36; 8 Sam Monkhouse 17:57; 9 Joseph Baldwin 18:01; 10 Andrew Richardson 18:36; 11 Zoe Hamilton 19:17; 12 Ethan Robertson 19:26; 13 Jason Pullar 20:18; 14 Ross Dorrington 20:54; 15 Amy Monkhouse 21:2; 16 Ffion Ashton 21:55; 17 Ben Hamilton 24:11; TEN MILES: 1 John Ingham 22:13; 2 Dave Chell 23:38; 3 Kevin Lindeque 24:24; =3 Paul Tynan 24:24; 5 Mark Monkhouse 24:40; 6 Keith Roberston 24:55; 7 David Trotter 25:32; 8 Jon Barry 26:00; 9 Howard Hirst 26:26; 10 Brian Murray 26:43; 11 Adrian Hamilton 27:21; 12 Rick Gould 28:15; 13 Kelli Hirst 29:47; 14 Sam Baldwin 29:47; 15 Nigel Neil 33:17.

Lancaster CC – Bank Holiday 10mile TT – 25/04/2011: 1 John Ingham 21:15; 2 Phil Barnes 22:11; 3 Andrew Barlow (KVRC) 22:16; 4 Ben Boardman (New Forest CC) 22:18; 5 Dave Chell 22:27; 6 Graham Hodgson 22:29; 7 Tim Bennett (KVRC) 22:51; 8 Paul Boardman 23:35; 9 Mark Monkhouse 23:45; 10 Keith Robertson 24:20; 10 Andrew Paton 24:20; 12 Paul Tynan 24:47; 13 Sharon Clifford (Coventry RC) 24:48; 14 Neil Stirling (KVRC) 25:04; 15 Paul Andrews 25:41; 16 Alistair Hodge 26:11; 7 Ann Nicholson (KVRC) 27:30; 18 Andrew Bernard 27:40.