Click the links below to see the full report for each race. This page will be updated after each event.
- March 11th, Duncan Sparrow RR, Pimbo
- March 17th, Trii 122, Lanzarote
- March 25th, Tow Green RR, Bickerstaffe
- March 29th, Lewis Balyckyi Glasdon, Preston
Written By Julie Harrison
The distances for this race were 10k run, 40k bike, 5k run and the event was held at Grafham water in Cambridgeshire. I’m not a great fan of duathlon races to be honest but I wanted a break from winter training. I was really looking forward to giving the bike leg a blast, but was dreading the run!
Woke up to frost on the car, quite thick fog on the morning of the race and I was concerned that the organisers would cancel but the gun went off at 8.30 as planned and quite frankly I was needing an iron lung by 8.35. The run was held off road on an out and back course which was quite undulating, I broke the tape in 50.51 in 4th position (in my new age group of 55-59), then jumped onto my bike after a quick change of footwear.
I loved this bike course – it was ‘wavy’ and the road surface was so much better than we are used to up north. I overtook quite a few competitors here and I made up 1 place in my age group with a bike split time of 1.13.55, which I was more than happy with.
Onto the last run and I fully expected all the people from the bunch I had overtaken on the bike to come flying passed me, but I think there were only 4 which showed my endurance was good.
I ended up 3rd in my age group and 36th female overall with a final overall time of 2:24:35.
All in all a good day out.
Written by Karl Smith
My first event of the 2018 season – the Cull Cup on Pimbo. As we know, training in winter is horrible, cold, wet, and windy and to make me do it, I focus on the first upcoming races.
Having actually trained well I was looking forward to getting the season of to a flyer both for myself and Bott and Co cycle team. Having managed to avoid having a cold over the winter, I only go and get one a few days before the race, not a happy bunny. I still decided to race (too keen for my own good).
So I trained well all winter, weight down on last season, then start with a cold. After a fast start on what was a good day for early season, I kept myself in the large bunch saving energy for later, as riders tire and maybe a group could force an advantage. What else could go wrong?
Well, a crash! But luckily I just got round the falling riders only for my rear mech to go in a rider’s wheel behind me. We both kept upright, but my rear mech now did not work very well, apart from top gear. Bad cold, damaged bike, not how I had planned this event would be while out training in the cold.
Being a racer, that’s what you do keep racing. It continued to be fast and I made and covered a few attacks but nothing seemed to be getting away, I decided to wait for the sprint. As nothing was going my way in this race, two riders got a gap with 4 miles to go; they hung on with Thomas Cornwall winning from Chris Quin. In the sprint for 3rd I struggled with being over geared, I had to use top gear and with it being head wind and slightly uphill, it was a bit too high, but
I managed sixth in the bunch for 8th place from a field of 80.
So, the first event over and I’m actually looking forward to a good season for myself and the team.
Karl Smith and Bott and Co cycle team are going to be winning a few races this year
Written By Julie Harrison
This was my second time racing this event but this year I opted for the shorter distance which consisted of a 1900 meter swim 23.5 mile bike with a 7.5 mile run to finish.
The swim took place in Cucharas beach at Costa Teguise in Lanzarote and the conditions for the first lap were perfect, then a swell came from nowhere for the 2nd, all in all I had a decent swim and made it back to the beach in 38 minutes this put me in 7th overall in the women’s field and 1st in my age group.
Onto the bike which roughly had a 5 mile climb followed by a loop then a 5 mile descent. I pushed the pace really hard and was rewarded with the 3rd fastest bike split of the females, next up the run which felt so hard from start to finish.
It took place on the front at Costa Teguise alongside the ocean, so the setting was quite nice but I really struggled to find any pace, nevertheless I hung onto 1st position for the age group win.
Written By Karl Smith
The clocks went forward, the sun came out and there was a vets road race run by British Cycling.
The Town Green RR under BC rules for over 50’s is what faced us today based on a new circuit around Town Green near Ormskirk. With sleep still in our eyes from a 9am start and the clocks going forward marking the start of British summer time; we set off on what turned out to be the nicest day to date this year.
John Agnew was obviously feeling strong and sat in the front for almost all of the first two 7 mile laps and was still up at the front towards the end of the race. The race probably lit up after the first two laps when Steve Davis and I attacked with for a short while had a gap over the bunch.
After we were caught, attacks and counter attacks followed. One move had us all on full gas for half a lap, and it was that strong man Agnew with Tony Lowe that opened up a 30 second gap with two laps to go. A few miles later Andy Bennett, last year’s strong man, Si Deplitch pre-race favourite having finished 2nd in the Clayton Spring Classic and Kevin Chadwick got themselves a gap on the bunch.
I could not let these guys go and sprinted after them again followed by Davis, a team mate of Bennett’s. After a short but flat out effort, we joined Bennett’s little group, then a few miles later we caught Agnew and Lowe, and the seven of us had a 30 sec gap on the bunch with the last lap to come.
We worked well together but the gap wasn’t really opening, so we had to keep working until the last lap. With a few miles to go, riders stopped working and we started the cagey stuff. One eye was on the others in the break, the other checking if the bunch were going to catch us. Agnew tried again to gap us, he had been strong. But we responded, Lowe tried, again we all accelerated. The finish came into view, a seven man sprint for the Town Green Trophy. I jumped first, need to be more patient, as the line came nearer Andy Bennett and Si Deplitch went past me with Andy taking a great win. I took 3rd from Chadwick, Davis, Agnew and Lowe in that order.
It turned out a really good event run by Brain Rigby and the Saint Helens CC, who as well as running this over 50’s race also ran a 40 to 50 year old race on the same day.
Written By Tom Ashcroft
The Lewis Balyckyi Gladston Crit series was my first criterium of the season being a 1st year Junior. I knew it would be much harder than the youth crits. There were lots of attacks that were brought back. The riders in the bunch worked hard to chase the riders that attempted to get away.
During the last lap, I took the corners sharp through the bends, maintaining the same speed and sprinted to the finish line to take 1st position and my first win for the team!.
A big thanks to Jerrod Hartley for organising such a great event every week.
Written By Tom Ashcroft
The Frank Morgan Memorial Road Race on Kirkby industrial estate was a really good race. The weather was great and quite warm for a change!
Two lads were up the road to take first place and second place which was very impressive considering there was so many strong riders in the bunch. I took 1st junior and 6th overall which I was extremely pleased with.
Written By Karl Smith
Sunday 8th April, my first target of the 2018 season. The Green Jersey RR, event 1 in the Lapierre eight race series and on roads I ride on at least once every week, very local!!
These events are open to everyone between 17 through to very old, so three races are run on the day. My race had riders aged 45 to 55 and forty starters. Boy did they all come to race! It was fast from the start and despite this three riders broke away including Andy Bennett, one of many favourites. The break gained around a minute on us, and constant attacks from riders seemed the game plan of the bunch.
Andy Turner (national champion), John Fiddes and I threw in numerous attacks. After one of my attacks which was neutralized by a strong chasing bunch, Carl Potter rode through hard as the bunch eased, what a nice move, in no time he had the gap that all the attacks before could not get. We were now in the last 15 miles and two of the initial three man brake found the pace with Andy Bennett too much and were being overtaken by Carl and then picked up by the bunch.
Carl was riding strongly now and bridged the gap to Andy, so now with 2 laps to go, 8 miles, it was Andy and Carl up the road with the bunch at about 40 seconds. The penultimate lap saw no attacks, as a few of us started to ride through in a combined effort. The bell sounded for 1 lap 4 miles to go.
Andy or Carl going for the win and about 30 riders to race for the other placings and points for the series. At the top of a climb with 3 mile to go, l attacked hard, very hard. It proved decisive as I finally got the gap from the bunch. I rode strongly to the finish to take 3rd ahead Andy proved too fast in the sprint and took a great win with Carl taking a well-deserved 2nd, shortly after I crossed the line came a thundering bunch, led home by Raymond Bell. Now it was down to the judges to sort out the placings and points.
As the series is one of my targets, it has proved a good start for me, 3rd on the day and 2nd in my age category, it’s been a good start with a long way still to go to find the overall winner.
Thanks must go to Rob Pie and the Green Jersey Cycle Team for running the event.