Beacon Wheelers (Charity event)

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  • Date: 05-Sep-20
  • Time: 14:00
  • Distance: 10 Miles
  • Course: L1010
  • Closing Date: 25-Aug-20 23:59
  • Categories:
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Jones and Owen fight to victories in Beacon Wheelers 10

  • Published: 06 Sep 20
  • Written By: Frazer Snowdon
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Phil Jones (Drag2Zero) set a new course record on his way to victory in the Beacon Wheelers 10, while Frances Owen (Wrexham RC) won the women’s event.

Jones, who finished 23rd in the National 10 last weekend, took his first win of the season in a record setting time of 19 minutes and 23 seconds. 

After receiving special dispensation the Beacon Wheelers event welcomed a bumper field of 150 riders and four reserves, along with three Covid-19 compliant tandem pairings.

The L1010 course sees riders start outside Beck Wythop before traveling out and back along the exposed A66 course in Cumbria and turning for home at Keswick.

With a breeze blowing around the Keswick fells and valley as is normal for the A66 courses as the weather blows down the Newlands and Borrowdale Valleys and then bounces off Skiddaw, giving four clear sections of the dog leg style course with differing wind directions.

With the field seeded slowest to fastest by the time the fast men concluded proceedings the finish flag had gone from being fully blown out from a breezy North Westerly to hanging limply.

Early leader from organising Club Beacon Wheelers was James Nesfield in 20-15, eventually good enough for seventh place.

Jones, who had to settle for second in the Wigan Wheelers 10 last month, was the fastest of the field on this occasion.

Veteran Douglas Watson (GTR- Return to Life) had to settle for second place for the second time this season finishing 18 seconds back in 19-41, while Ben Lloyd (Pro Vision Cycle Clothing) completed the podium positions just a second behind.

Junior rider Oscar Onley (Spokes Race Team) finished category winner in joint fourth overall.

Despite riding in the worst conditions of the day triathlete Owen clocked an average speed of 26.7 miles per hour to take victory in her first ever women’s open 10 finishing in 22-28.

Veteran Erica Booth (Lancashire RC) pushed her young rival all the way but had to settle for second in 22-43, while Rachel Orton (Tri Preston) finished third in 23-26.

Riding in poor conditions which included heavy rain the tandems were led home by Jack and Alison Peasgood (Walden Tri) in 21-07.

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