The latest round of the L&L spoco series took place last Saturday’s time trial at Hurst Green, near Longridge, and the competitors had to endure a very wet and windy event. The 14 mile circuit took in a loop around Bashall Eaves and, together with major sponsorship, had attracted a large field of the NW’s top riders. Rossendale Road Club were well represented. The event was won by James Gullen of JLT Condor in 32:40, over 2 minutes ahead of second placed David Allonby. Derek Schofield headed the valley based riders in 22nd place (39:54), also taking the 1st V60 award. Paul Warrener (42:29) just held off Russell Milnes (42:59) to take 36th place, with Sean Greenwood making a welcome return to racing in 66th. Lisa Greenwood headed the local ladies in 71st (52:27) and Norman Lomax was unfortunate to suffer a puncture and didn’t finish.
The action on the following day moved North to Caton for a 22 mile event and, in equally bad conditions, James Gullen took his second win of the weekend. The sole representative from Rossendale was Paul Warrener who finished just over the hour in1:04:29 to take 41st spot.
The Spoco series moves further North this weekend with a 2 lap circuit on Sundayaround Lazonby, nr. Penrith.