Last Sunday adult member and Go-Ride trainee coach Dave Edwards from Calthwaite took part in the 115 mile Solway Sportive, 160 riders started from Dumfries following a route south via the Solway coast to Dalbeattie, and on to a midway feed stop at Kirkcudbright, then returning via an inland route through Dalbeattie and Haugh or Urr to finish at Dumfries.
The quickest rider completed the route in 3.5 hours, Dave only started competing in these events last year, and put in a solid performance to finish inside 5 hours, he is another member who uses the grass track racing to train for the events he competes in.
On the previous Sunday another club member Jonathan Walkinshaw from Maulds Meaburn took part in the arduous Fred Whitton Challenge, a 112 mile route starting from Coniston including 6 famous Lake District passes, the Struggle up out of Ambleside, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott and Wrynose, to finish back in Ambleside.
In wet cold weather conditions it proved difficult for a number of the 1480 competitors, the fastest 2 riders completed the route in 6 hours 5 mins, Jonathan felt he was setting a respectable pace up to the half way point, but took pity on a fellow competitor who was suffering in the cold conditions, and gave away his waterproof jacket.
Shortly after that it started to rain, Jonathan himself then suffered from being wet and cold, which slowed his progress, yet he still finished the tough event in a very respectable time of 7 hours 54 mins, he believed he could have finished inside 7 hours had the weather been more favourable.
The third round of the Cycling Development North West circuit race series took place at the Salt Ayre 1 mile cycle track Lancaster last Saturday, when 200 riders aged between 7 and 16 split between 5 different age categories, contested a short sprint race followed by a longer race, the races ranging from 1 mile to 30 mile.
Beacon Wheelers members David Fargher Long Marton – U16 boys, Henrietta Colbourne Milburn – U14 girls, Sam Ross Greystoke – U14 boys and Matthew Egglestone Penrith – U10 boys, were all racing to improve their championship standings.
First to race was Matthew, winning both his races, the second race almost a photo finish, winning by less than a wheel length, but importantly taking maximum points for the day, extending his championship lead.
U14 boys and girls race together, the track was still damp from the early morning rain, as the large group of riders headed into the first corner from the start of the first race, one of the front riders slid off bringing down some of the riders behind, unfortunately one of those was Sam, by the time he got to his feet, checked his bike and decided to continue, he was a lap down and out of the running, and rode to salvage some finishing points.
He was quietly determined to make amends in the 20 lap second race, and after settling in for the first 8 laps, he made a break from the front of the bunch and pulled away as nobody was prepared to give chase, producing one of the rides of the day to win by well over a minute.
Henrietta in the girls race also got held up with the first corner crash, but recovered well to finish 7th overall and first girl in the sprint race, then followed this up with a repeat result in the second race, but more importantly producing one of her strongest rides to date, mixing it at the front of the main bunch for the full 20 laps.
David Fargher was last to race, determined to try and get the monkey off his back from crashing in 3 of the 4 circuit races he has entered this year, his first race went to plan finishing a strong 3rd overall, in the second he rode near the front of the bunch for the 30 laps, but slightly miss-judged the sprint to the finish, crossing the line in 8th place, nevertheless pleased to pick 4th overall points for the day.
To follow that on Sunday as part of British Cycling’s initiative to nurture young riders, a number of the clubs young riders were able to sample riding on the Velodrome track at Manchester, for some it was a first time experience and slightly daunting, but all mastered the high banked corners that are much steeper than they appear on television.
The next big event for the Beacon Wheelers youth riders is the 3 day North West International Youth Tour over the May bank holiday weekend, racing starts on Blackpool promenade on Saturday, Salt Ayre circuit Lancaster on Sunday and Preston circuit on Monday, with over 300 riders travelling from as far afield as Czech Republic, Holland and Belgium.
The Cumberland Challenge cyclosportive scheduled to take place on Sunday 04 September 2011 has now been cancelled. The organising committee have deliberated over a number of operational and logistical concerns and have made the difficult decision to cancel. All entries received to date will be provided with full refunds.
Since the first event in 2006 the Cumberland Challenge has seen over 3,000 riders tackle the challenging 105 mile route and over £27,000 has been donated to local charities and community groups. The committee would like to thank our sponsors and the scores of helpers and marshals that have made the five events possible.
JOHN Leveson, aged 51, is deputy chief executive at Cumberland Building Society, for whom he has worked for 13 years. He is married to Anne and has three children, Daniel, Emma and Rachel. They live in Langwathby.
In January, 2007, John was diagnosed with a rare liver disease. The cause of the disease is unknown, there is no cure and John became very ill before a livertransplant saved his life. John received a new liver in a10-hour transplant operation, which took place at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle, in December, 2009.
How long have you been a North Lakes member?
I was a member before my illness and joined again in December, 2010.
How often do you visit?
I aim to visit three times a week
What classes and/or exercise do you do?
I do a weekly spinning class and at least two other training sessions in the gym and pool.
What exercise did you do before joining the gym?
After leaving school I played rugby union for one of the teams in my home town of Bradford for 10 years, together with some cricket. I also did a lot of fell walking and mountain climbing. Anne and I climbed Mount Mulhacen (the highest peak on mainland Spain) and Mount Kilimanjaro. When I was diagnosed with the liver disease I was two days away from flying to Argentina tofulfil one of my big ambitions and climb the highestmountain in America Mount Aconcagua. I had to cancel the trip due to the diagnosis.
What prompted you to join the North Lakes?
After my transplant I found about transplant sport. There are British, European and world transplant games involving a wide range ofathletics and sports. I joined the Newcastle team for the British games in August, 2010, and set myself the goal of competing in the cycling road race, the cycling time trial and the 5k speed walk.
I trained for these games without using a gym and managed to win a silver and a bronze medal. However, I have now set my sights higher. My goal is to win a gold medal in the British Games in 2011. I have entered cycling, walking and swimming events and I realised that to have a chance of achieving my goal I had to step up my training and so I rejoined North Lakes.
When did you start to notice a difference?
Almost from day one. As I am training for a specific goal I record the results of all my sessions against the target times I need to achieve to be in with a chance of achieving my goal. My records show a steady improvement in my times over the past three months. Let’s hope thatcontinues!
What are your future targets?
To win a gold medal in Belfast at this year’s British Transplant Games andhopefully to compete in the European games in Zagreb in 2012 and the world games in Cape Town in 2013.
Message to others:
My transplant has shown me the importance of good health. Many of us take this for granted, but we should not it’s worth working for! And if you set yourself a goal, no matter how big or small it is good fun and a greatmotivator to feel yourselfgetting fitter and getting closer to that goal.
This Friday 13th May is the second Youth B & VI SQT between 8:00 - 10:00pm, and is open to Manchester Velodrome accredited Youth riders 9 years or older, and Velodrome accredited parents or family can also ride this session. Cost is £10.20, or £8.00 for concessions, and bike hire is £10.50 or £8.00 concessions. If you reserve a bike in advance, then it will save waiting for one to be issued by staff when you get here. Shoe hire is £4.50.
The layout of the building has changed, and car parking is now in Car Park 8, and reception is now located in VIP reception. You do not need to book in advance, but you must bring your accreditation card with you. You may be asked to fill in a new health questionnaire in preparation for a new booking system.
For the latest news and information about activities and events taking place at the NCC check out our website; www.nationalcyclingcentre.com
WOW what a turnout for the first go-ride sessions & grass track session, the damp weather didn't manage to spoil the evening with over 30 riders participating at Frenchfield's. We had 8 new riders join last night so our membership is growing steadly & we should the 50 mark very soon.
Thanks for coming & we hope to see you next week.