First report of the year submitted to the Macc Express, together with my annual reminder for people to let me know their results so that they can be included (post on FB, tweet to @FoolsNook or email email@example.com) Thanks to Emma Stretch for the excellent photograph.
" March sees the start of the main cycling season and one of the traditional season openers is the Buxton Mountain Time Trial. Held on Good Friday on a tough circuit that starts in Longnor, climbs to Flashbar Stores and then heads down the A53 to turn just before The Winking Man for the return to Longnor, the event attracted a record number (181) of entries this year. Riders complete either two (Veterans and Women) or three (Men) laps of the 11 mile circuit. Conditions were dry, but a cool westerly wind made the main climb difficult and the stretch to The Winking Man very challenging. Seven Wheelers finished, with pride of place going to Mike Stretch who finished 9th fastest in the Vets section with 1.03.18. Also in the Vets race were Mike Knudsen 1.08.42, James Russell 1.11.11 and Roger Wrenn 1.18.31. Ruth Gamwell was the only Wheeler in the Women's race and finished with a very rapid 1.17.46. In the Men's race Ben Trotter recorded 1.38.50 and Marcus Fielden 1.45.52.
Another classic season opener is the Eddie Soens Road Race held on a closed circuit at Aintree. This event has been won by most of the biggest names in British Cycling and the Wheelers were represented by Chris Quin for the 55th edition this year. Quin is known as a very aggressive rider who always animates any event he enters. True to form, he was in the break which contested the finish. His final placing of 11th was excellent given the quality of the field, which included several professionals.
Rising star Will Kershaw tackled the Rainbow Classic Criterium which was held on an indoor circuit at Event City in Manchester to coincide with Bike Expo. The circuit had a slippy concrete surface and although Kershaw was in a group of 6 riders that broke way from the start, he fell with two laps to go and had to chase to get back in contention and was only able to finish 5th.
Four Wheelers competed in the Manchester and District 10 mile time trial on the notoriously slow course that runs from Twemlow Lane to Chelford Island and back. Chris Chaddock was the fastest from the Club with 23.52 (a very good time on this course) followed by Mark Halloway (24.31), Roger Wrenn (25.56) and Paul Fenton (26.25).
Several Wheelers prefer to escape the ravages of winter by riding at the Manchester Veldrome. Amongst those are Peter Jackson and Oliver Johnstone who race in the ACT Track League on a Monday evening. Johnstone has been having some success in recent weeks, including second place in the Scratch race and a win in the Course Des Primes, and is currently lying 3rd in the overall points classification"