Well, I guess I should’ve done this by now but with travelling back home from Lancaster and actually partaking in some cycle racing myself (Lancaster CC Salt Ayre Time Trials http://www.strava.com/activities/177021082) life has been a bit busy.
Lancaster Cog set riders dominated the youth event, forming a three man break from which a closely fought battle for the win took place.
Anyway, on with the update…
Last wednesday saw the 3rd annual running of the Lancaster city centre criteriums. This year dubbed ‘LC3’ and sponsored by a whole host of local businesses along with major sponsorship from United Utilities. After the apocalyptic weather conditions 2 years ago that also made for a rather wet windy day for the olympic torch passing through the the city the riders and spectators enjoyed lovely evening sunshine and only a small ammount of wind to trouble the riders.
Opening the event of racing up was the youth event combining under 14 and under 16 categories. As is normal for a criterium, racing was fast and furious but eventually a select group of 3 Lancaster Cog-Set broke free from the rapidly disintegrating peleton, eventually battling it out for the win amongst themselves. Adam Hall took top honours by the narrowest of margins from team-mates Ryan Coulton in second and Sam Monkhouse completing the podium in third. In the under 14 boys category Alistair Leivers (Blackpool Youth Cycle Association) was the fastest while Lucy Horrocks (cycle sport Pendle) was fastest under 14 girl.
The second event of the night was the ‘Dalton Square Cobbled Classic’ for 2nd, 3rd and 4th category riders along with select riders from the youth race, including Youth race winner Adam Hall (as if racing round the cobbles of lancaster wasn’t enough the first time!) given special dispensation to take part. Again racing was fast and furious with a few thrills and spills thrown in for good measure. Eventually Robert Scott (PH-MAS Cycling) broke free from the lead group, and set about lapping a large ammount of the entrants before hitting the finish line with plenty of time to celbrate his win. The Cobbled Classic podium was completed by Adam Hartley (Velocity WD-40) and Josh Cuttler (3RT).
Leaving the cobbles behind… Rider in the Cobbled Classic (lead by eventual winner, Robert Scott) leave The cobbles of dalton square behind in the laps of the race
With the sun rapidly failing and light slowly dissapearing the Elite, 1st and 2nd category riders took to the challenging cobbled circuit for the finale to the evening, the Lancaster City centre Crit sponsored by United Utilities. As seems to be the case on this hilly and highly technical circuit, the riders was competitive right from the gun with Jack Pullar (Starley Primal Pro Cycling) attacking, taking a duo of Velosure-Giordana RT riders (Richard Hepworth and Brad Morgan) with him. After working well together to establish a good lead for themselves Jack finally freed himself from his fellow escapees and in a style reminiscent of Geraint Thomas in last week’s Commonwealth games road race (Which, incidentally Jack also took part in – a worthy warm up for Lancaster I feel!) and soloed to his second successive win at the event. Despite technical issues the Velosure-Giordana RT duo stayed clear of to complete the podium with Richard Hepworth taking 2nd and Brad Morgan taking 3rd.
Jack Pullar leads the Velosure-Giordana pairing into the finishing straight midway through the Elite race
Jack Pullar, riding solo again powers to another win in Lancaster
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