2013 Three Peaks Cyclocross

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2013 Three Peaks Cyclocross

Postby Buxton Bleat » Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:35 pm

The 51st Three Peaks Cyclocross.

Eight Macclesfield Wheelers took to the start grid at Helwith Bridge along with 600 others on a glorious sunny morning yesterday. At little over 200m above sea level a stiff Easterly wind made for a very fast neutralised road section through Horton in Ribblesdale and onto Gill Garth, gateway to Simon Fell and Ingleborough. At over 600m the wind was a raging gale and made for a never ending battle as riders fought to physically keep hold of their bikes. On the rideable sections second choice lines, nevermind first choice lines, were rarely ridden as the unrelenting wind knocked riders from side to side, back and forth. Thankfully the gales eased by the time Pen-y-Ghent was tackled. On the plus side the sunshine never let up!

Last years highest placed Wheeler was Simon Harding who as an accomplished fell runner excels in this event. Unfortunately an untimely puncture on the last descent of Pen-y-Ghent saw Simon fall from 15th at the checkpoint to 38th overall in a time of 3:38:07. Still, a great result and a First Class time.

Top Wheeler this year is Matt Lawton. Having finished 18th in 2011 and 12th last year Matt rightfully took his place at the very front of the start line and it was there he stayed. As high up the field as Fourth place at times he fell back up the climb to Pen-Y-Ghent and at the checkpoint was ninth. Most normal thinking competitors may have consolidated such a terrific position but not Matt. Instead he put his great bike handling skills to the fore on the descent and gained three places to finish a remarkable Sixth place in 3:21:03. That’s just 15minutes behind Rob Jebb. Chapeau. (Note: 18-12-6 –do you see a pattern emerging??)

Former Ladies Champion Ruth Gamwell knows these mountains like the back of her hand having completed 13 previous editions. However it wasn’t enough to stop her having a tumble down Ingleborough and injuring……. the back of her hand! Despite it being very swollen Ruth bravely carried on and finished in a commendable 5:02:37 (426th).

It was a first event for Mark Rowson at the ripe age of 48. Displaying his usual youthful exuberance Mark made short work of the Peaks and came home in a fantastic 4:17:38 and 195th place. This lad is hard and completed the look by standing around in the chilly wind in his race kit supping pints long after the race had ended.

Making comebacks some years after their last events were Mark Bethell and Colin Yates. Colin was very disappointed in having to abandon on the descent into Cold Cotes from Ingleborough having had a wheel collapse on him (Better luck next year Colin). Mark using his great race experience paced his event very well and completed the course in 5:36:49 (514th Place).

Ever present was Brian Renshaw, and as per Gamwell, was competing in his 14th race. Displaying a svelte new figure Brian put his lighter frame to good effect and recorded his best time for some years coming home in 4:49:09 (364th place).

Marcus Fielden competing in his fourth peaks made it his aim to break the 4hour mark and place inside the top 100. Suffering the same fate as Harding and puncturing down Pen-Y-Ghent Fielden went from 90th at the checkpoint to 108th overall in 4:03:07.
What’s a few places and minutes anyway!

Many thanks to the travelling ‘Macc-osi’ in their club colours who gave great support and assistance all around the course.
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