The racing season is well under way and Bury Clarion riders have been active
riding a variety of events. Southport Cycling Club’s Thursday evening 10 mile
time trials are proving popular with a few of our riders and notable
performances over the opening weeks have been a 2nd place by Nick Hall and
a 4th place by Andy Horner. Other performances worthy of comment are
personal bests by Jon Longworth with a time of 22minutes and 50seconds
and John Yates 25 minutes and 5 seconds. John is father of the now famous
Yates twins and John reckons his improving performances are due to having
the benefit of Adam’s time trial bike. The twins have been members since they
were 11 years old and their international recognition led to them being made
honorary members. It is probable that both will be riding this year’s Tour de
France. In the Criterium du Dauphine Simon showed exceptional form
finishing 5th overall and taking the white jersey for the top rider under 23 years
of age. He also finished second on the last stage to Chris Froome and ahead
of some of the world’s best. Adam was creditably placed at 20th but his form is
not as last -year when he finished 6th in this prestige event.
Our annual hill climb over 1000 metres on Lumb Carr Road, Ramsbottom was
held in the recent National Bike Week. This event is proving increasingly
popular with the entry increasing for the third year to 79. The winner for the
second year was Preston rider David Powell who posted 2min 12.04 secs.
Notably the record of 2min 2.10 secs set by Simon Yates as a 17 year old
remains unbeaten. Bury Clarion member, Joe Cadwallader (2.14.09) was in
second place and so for the second year in succession is Bury Clarion Hill
Joe was also the first Bury Clarion finisher in our annual open criterium on
Lancaster’s Salt Ayre circuit. This makes him one of the leading contenders
for Bury Clarion’s Blue Riband, Best All Rounder Championship.
In fifth place in our annual hill climb and sharing second place with David
Stammers in Bury Clarion Championship was 16 years old Jake Wright who
posted a very promising time 2min 21.01 seconds.
It was most pleasing to have two juvenile members Francis Woodcock
(2.49.02) and George Whittaker (2.57.09) riding as well as two of our lady
members Joanne Cebrat (3.06.05) Jennifer Doohan (3.20. 00). They were
delighted to have finished first and second fastest of the 10 lady participants.
Francis was riding for the second year and improved by 21 seconds. As a
developing club we are now working hard to establish a satellite club for
juvenile and junior riders and to this end we have now secured a grant from