Riders in the penultimate round of the Harry Law cycling TT series met a rare calm evening on the Hapton circuit on Tuesday and both Tony Bowler and Phil Hull recorded PBs of 25:49 and 27:56 respectively.. Mark Berry took the win in an impressive time of 24:47 and leads the series overall. The final round takes place next week and all are welcome, with refreshments provided afterwards, and all are welcome to attend and post a time. Entry fee is £3 on the line, with sign on from 6:30 at the Hapton Inn
Three intrepid members of Rossendale Road Club were up early on Sunday morning to travel to Barnoldswick where the Hope Pre-Peaks ride starts at the Hope factory. Graham Wright, Derek Schofield and Paul Warrener were accompanied by friend and NLRC rider Phill Warner. Hope Technology organise the ride and part of the proceeds go to the charity Bosom Friends who help to support Cancer sufferers. The ride sets off over Weets Hill and heads towards the Yorkshire Dales, the home of the 3 Peaks classic race. The Pre-Peaks covers a choice of distances of either 70 or 85 km and can be ridden on a mountain bike or a Cyclocross bike. There is a total of 1800 metres of climbing.
The ‘boys’ are pictured below at the second food stop where it was raining, the only other time it rained was at the first food stop – there must be a moral to this!
The ride was quite eventful with 1 puncture, 3 broken spokes, one bent rear mech and one snapped chain but there were, thankfully, no mishaps/injuries to report and they all finished together in a time of just over 8 hours.
Last week saw the annual 2-leg inter-club challenge for the Malcolm Eccles time trial trophy. Unfortunately, due to road works on the Rossendale course, the event was held on a single night at Bashall Eaves. With additional interest from the Pendle Forest, Nelson Wheelers and Green Jersey clubs, a total of 40 riders made the start line. Rossendale suffered an early omission when Derek Schofield punctured on the start line, but the club fared well to finish in 3rd place overall with Paul Warrener leading the team. The hosting North Lancs RC took the trophy overall.
Tuesday this week was a return to the Hapton circuit and it was returning club member Mark Berry who took the overall win in a time of 25:22 for the 10 mile circuit against a strong head wing on the climbing section of the course. Berry was over a minute ahead of 2nd placed Tony Bowler, who finished just 2 seconds in front of Patrick Walkington. Regular riders Paul Warrener and Roy Flanagan were 4th and 5th respectively. The unfortunate 16 year old Maisy Vasic lost a minute when she misjudged the turn at her first race on the Hapton circuit and finished 8th overall, which must surely be improved on her next visit.
There are 2 remaining rounds of the Harry Law series at Hapton, with all welcome to set a time for 10 mile time trial. Sign on from 6:30 pm at the Hapton Inn.