We need to talk about Kevin
It was a case of getting back in the saddle for Barrow Central Wheelers on Wednesday evening. The ever popular time trial along the 10 mile Coast Road course attracted an impressive 36 riders for the first event of the year.
Cycling may not have suffered as much as many sports during the Covid pandemic, with limited events taking place, however it was still a cause for celebration as well as a feeling of normality when the clock started on first out of the blocks Dave Watson.
It didn’t take long for things to get competitive, Kevin Chadwick of Lakes RC took advantage of his number six start position to record an impressive 22 mins 38 secs, his second fastest time on the course.
As rider after rider completed the course, it was clear Kevin’s time was going to see him sat in the hot seat for quite a while. In fact, as last man out Graham Carrick stopped the clock no one had managed to get close to Kevin and he took the first number one slot of the year.
Lakes RC had a great night , taking 5 of the top 10 placings. Richard Butler of Giant Kendal RT spoilt the party a little by taking second place 17 seconds behind Chadwick, recording the only other time below 23 minutes. His run meant the Stephenson brothers fought for the final place on the podium, as always they were closely matched, Sam taking the bragging rights over Tom who had to settle for fourth. All three guys set a personal best, a fine achievement on the first run of the year.
Just 3 seconds separated the first three Wheeler’s home, Johnny Hill taking fifth overall with his 24 mins dead. Stuart Garnett following just two seconds further back with the ever impressive Christina Wiejak a further second behind to take the fastest lady honours, just missing out on her PB. No such problem for second lady home though, Victoria McMurtha, destroying her PB by over half a minute.
There were nine personal bests in total on the night, Peter Armistead, Josh Hartley, Rob Gerrard, Paul Quinn and Ben Park joining the previously mentioned four riders. Well done to all.
These events don’t run themselves, and great credit goes to the committee, support team, marshalls and time keepers for making it happen.
The riders are also to be commended for understanding the importance of adhering to the extra rules in place, giving everyone confidence as we move on into the season.
This week will see a return to the same course on Wednesday 7th April where another strong field is expected.
For further information on Barrow Central Wheelers visit their website at http://www.barrowcentralwhs.org.uk/index.htm where you will also find full results of all events. Alternatively they have a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/BarrowCW which is kept up to date with events and information.
All photographs are used with the kind permission of Alan Twinney.