Victory went to Richard Bideau and Charlotte Boothman in the North Lancs Road Club hilly 30-mile time trial near Whalley in Lancashire on Sunday.
Bideau, the 48-year-old from Burnley who rides for Pendle Forest CC, clocked 1-07-31 to win the event by almost two minute from Brian Fogarty (Fogarty’s insurance Tri Team), while third was Matt Moorhouse (Preston CC), another 20 seconds back.
And in the women’s event, Rawtenstall rider Charlotte Boothman, the 35-year-old who rides for ABC Centreville, covered the L309 course in 1-26-14 which was more than four minutes quicker than second-placed female Jan Scotchford of the promoting North Lancs Road Club.
As the course was being used for the first time Bideau and Boothman’s times are now course records, and despite testing conditions their times will take some beating in the future.
Bideau led Pendle Forest CC to the team prize alongside Paul Braithwaite and Martin Welsh, while in other categories Charlie Paige (Green Jersey RT) was the fastest junior/juvenile with 1-10-07 which was quick enough to give him fourth overall too.
In the veterans categories, Bideau was quickest over-40, while Chris Anderson (Lakes Road Club) was victorious in the over-50s with 1-18-39. Rossendale Road Club’s Derek Schofield won the over-60s prize with 1-24-07, while the over-70s prize went to David Hargreaves (North Lancashire Road Club) with 1-22-04.
The new course proved popular with riders. It starts on the A59 and heads up Sawley Brow through Gisburn to the roundabout with the A56, where they turn and head back.
The victory was Bideau’s second in two events so far this season, having won the Rossendale Road Club hilly 11 the weekend before in a tie with Fraser Martin (Saint Piran). He is next in action in his own club’s 27-mile hilly this Saturday.
Meanwhile, Boothman is next in action in the Lancaster CC hilly 21 in two weeks, before tackling the Border City Wheelers 25 at the end of the month.
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