Stephensons’ Rocket to success at Torver

It has been a difficult couple of weeks for the Barrow Central Wheelers. Due to grass cutting along the A590 the Haverthwaite 25 mile Time Trial was reduced to a 15 mile event which also saw a much smaller field of 12 take to the start line. This didn’t stop it being one of the closest races of the year however, as the top 3 were separated by just 34 seconds.

Quickest over the course was Wheeler’s own Jonny Hill (above) who recorded a PB of 33.11mins to take the win 33 seconds ahead of his closest rival Peter Armistead (33.44). Stuart Garnett (33.45) made it a 1-2-3 for the host club finishing a solitary second further back .

Things got even worse the following week when the Circuit of Coniston had to be postponed as it was rightly deemed unsafe for both cyclists and the public to run a Time Trial around the lake. This was due to the inconsiderate parking especially along the East side which has been a feature of the last few weeks at many spots around the Lake District.

It was back on the bikes last Wednesday though as the caravan moved onto Torver for the 20 mile race. MIxed weather conditions and a tough course of steep climbs and quick, twisty descents made it a real test for the competitors and for the new live timing system.

When you think of sibling rivalries in sport, the Williams sisters, Brownlee brothers, Micheal and Leon Spinks come to mind. Well to that list I think its about time we added the Lakes RC riders Tom and Sam Stephenson. The consistent pair are never far from the podium or each other and this week was no different.

This week Tom (above) can claim the bragging rights as he burned round the course in a time of 50.27 mins comfortably the fastest of the night. Sam had to settle for second spot on the podium behind his brother just over a minute behind in 51.33 mins. Finishing the podium off was the first Wheeler home, Jonathan Hill who recorded a time of 53 minutes dead.

Christina Wiejak (below) of Saint Piran WRT impresses week in week out and she once again took the first female home crown. Not only fastest female but in the process also recorded a brilliant sixth place overall with her 57.26mins time. The battle for second female home was a close run thing, with guest rider Rebecca Cleator (1.02.28 hours) taking the honours just 18 seconds faster than the Wheeler’s Hollie Orr.

Tonight sees the riders return to the Coast Road for the 25 mile Jackson Trophy race with the first rider going off just after 7pm.

Live timings for this event can be found at

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Written By
Mark Curwen

Mark Curwen

Bowls Editor

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