Laura Tring and Ben Goodfellow were fastest female and male riders at the Circuit of Ingleborough, a classic 26.2-mile event staged by Pendle Forest CC on Saturday.
Tring, 35 and riding for 360cycling, clocked 1-22-47 to win the women’s prize by almost five minutes, while triathlete Goodfellow, the 26-year-old Fibrax Wrexham RC rider, covered the testing course in 1-01-03 to beat defending event champion Richard Bideau of the promoting Pendle Forest CC by almost four minutes.
The event takes riders from the start near Ingleton through Clapham and on to Settle, where they head north through Horton in Ribblesdale to the Ribblehead viaduct. They then turn west back to Ingleton through some of the country’s best scenery.
“I was expecting to do around the one hour four minute mark from looking at Spindata which had me close to the podium but I came away faster than that so I was really pleased,” said Goodfellow, from Wrexham.
“I was glancing at the power meter occasionally as I went round, and the legs felt pretty good. But it’s a very punchy course so it’s definitely not a consistent power course – you’re going dead hard and backing off on the descents.”
Behind Goodfellow and Bideau, espoir Edward Moss (Giant Kendal Sidas.uk) was another 3-57 behind in third, while ADDFORM Vive le Velo veteran Graham Pearce was another 38 seconds back in fourth.
Tring’s time of 1-22-47 gave her the women’s prize from North Lancashire RC veteran Sue Cheetham with 1-27-8, while third fastest female was Gill Arnett of Otley CC) who was nearly four minutes further back.
Junior talent Patrick Casey (Lifting Gear Products) was going well until hitting a pot hole outside Settle and being forced to climb off with damage to his bike.
A still and warm day greeted riders and helped ensure some fast times throughout the field, with the predicted heavy rain just about holding off for all but the last few finishers. Nevertheless, James Gullen’s 2017 course record of 59-21 stood for another year.
* All reports are copyright of Cycling Time Trials/Snowdon Sports. Not to be used without permission.