WET AND WINDY IT MUST BE A BANK HOLIDAY
It might have been a typical Bank Holiday weekend in the Lake District, wet and a little windy, but it failed to deter the 80-strong field for the fourth round of the RTTC Classic Series of time trials. They certainly got wet, but undaunted they mounted their bikes to do battle in the event that circles the picturesque Bassenthawite Lake.
The one big advantage the weather brought was that it kept the roads fairly traffic free as the tourists dragged out their breakfasts waiting for the weather to improve, which happened when the event was done and dusted.
With the Men and Espoirs facing two laps, for 31.2 miles, the Women, Juniors and Paracycling competitors, one lap for 15.3 miles, the two lappers were first away from the start just down the road from the Braithwaite Village Hall headquarters.
The course took the riders east down the A66 to Keswick where a left turn took them along the back of Bassenthawite followed by a left at the Castle Inn and another left turn at
the narrow Ouse Bridge before finding them selves back on the A66 for the near five-mile run back to Braithwaite.
WILLIAMS PROVIDES THE GOODS
With two second places already in the Classic Series to his credit, behind Matthwe Bottrill (drag2zero), Joshua Williams (Revolutions racing) started as firm favourite with Bottrill absent.
Postman Williams 23, quickly stamped (sorry!) his authority on the field taking an early lead with an opening 32-08 first lap, which put him 1-14 ahead of Mark Holton (drag2zero), and a further six seconds clear of Dean Robson (Cheltenham & County CC). At this point Espoir Christopher Fennell (Banks-Catford CC Equipe) was in fourth with a 34-23.
With the final circuit completed the top three were unchanged, Williams finishing with a 1-05-56,Holton 1-07-40 and Robson 1-08-19 so Michael Hutchinson's course record of 1-03-37 was good for another year,
Fennell was pushed down to fifth by Scott Walker (MG Decor Carbon Bikes Technics) who ended up with 1-10-15 to Fennell's 1-10-59, good enough forFennell to take the Espoirs award ahead of Jonathan Wears (Team Jewson-MI Racing), 1-11-30. and Jack O'Neil (Mike Vaughan Cycles), 1-12-25.
"I rode carefully today, I didn't wont to puncture like in the Buxton event. So when it came to the rough, water covered road after the Castle Inn I was extra carefull riding on the tops. It was a very tough finish with a head wind. I phoned Matthew (Bottrill) to let him know I'd won, he was very pleased for me. He has been coaching me since last September and its obviously paying off," Williams said. "This is my first complete season on time trialling, I prefer them to road racing," he added.
Third placed Dean Robson admitted "it was all a matter of survival on that last lap, my vision was going and if it had been another five miles I would have had it," he confessed.
WORLD CLASS WOMEN
The Women's event was graced with the presence of the top flight Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International BOBC team lead by last year's winner Sarah Story backed by fellow world class team mates like Joanna Rowsell, Katie Atchibald, Anna Turvey, and Ciara Horne. They has all come for the Women's Tour de Yorkshire event in York where they had finished with a podium place thanks to Katye Curtis, who grabbed third in the mass sprint.
Sunday, however, was Storey's day a 36-07 giving her victory by four seconds from Horne with Archibald completing the top three with a 37-06.Lynsey Curran (Dooleys-SCU) stopped a clean sweep of the top six by Pearl Izumi by finishing fourth,38-02, ahead of Rowsell, Curtis and Turvey.
OFF TO CALIFORNIA
"I won with a 34-31 last year so you can see it was a lot harder today and colder, but it was the same for everyone. Last year it was warmer and a lot easier, Storey said. These events are very good and good experience for riding any time trials, I would like to see more girls riding these events."
Storey and her team were setting off for America today, Monday, to ride the Tour of California. "It runs from next Friday, Saturday and Sunday and there is a time trial the following Friday and then we should be back for the next round of the Classic Series," Storey said.
Anna Turvey was second to Storey last year but this time she had to settle for seventh."I rode in York yesterday and enjoyed it, I learnt a lot," the former International Triathlete said. "I was 40 seconds down at one point and managed to catch the bunch up so I was pleased. Today wasn't so good for me. The front brake on my TT bike packed up and I had to use my training bike, not so good," Turvey explained.
WADDON BACK ON TOP
The Paracyclists event saw Rik Waddon (Para T) back on top after finishing second to Adrian Jones (PH-MAS Cycling) in the last Classic Series event. This time positions were reversed with Waddon's adjusted time 33-10 to Jones's 33-59. GS Henley's Jaco Van Gass clocked 34-15, third. Jones had the misfortune to find a water covered pothole on the course and ended the day going to have a stitch in his face.
NUMBER THREE FOR COPPER
Missing the last round, Junior Nicholas Cooper (Rossendale RC) was back to come up against last year's overall champion Ryan Kenworthy (LeisureLakesBikes). AS in the first two rounds Cooper came out on top, a 34-45 putting him 1-37 ahead of Kenworthy while Abby Mae Parkinson Team Giordana) claimed third with 39-00.
"I knew I'd do well today, I felt good," Cooper said. "I missed the last round to ride the North Lancs TTA JUnior 10-mile Championship. I won it with a 22-14, my fastest `10` and it is the fourth consecutive year I've won it, so I knew I had the form for today," Cooper said.
RAMSBOTTOM ON COURSE THIS TIME
Once again it was the Veterans who provided the biggest turnout with Julian Ramsbottom's 2012 time of 32-34 the one-lap record to beat. The Pedal Pushers rider was ready to defend. Last off he was out to make up for his last appearence in the Classic Series when he went off course when in a winning position. "I know my way round here," he joked before setting out.
So as in the first two rounds, he showed the way home with a winning 33-44 while James Cusick (Dooleys RT-SCU), 34-27, and David Ellis (Mapperley CC),35-23, filled the second and third spots. Team Swift's Peter Greenwood, 64, completed his unbeaten run in the Target Time competition notching up his fourth consecutive success with a +08-08 to claim the 2015 overall win.
"The finish was really hard, that head wind was a killer, I got tucked down as much as I could. The rest of the course was fine except for the rough road after the Crown Inn which called for a lot of care," Ramsbottom said.
So ended another trip to the Lakes courtesy of the organising North DC Committee and event secretary Dougi Hall. Round five follows on 17 May the London West DC promotion.