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Evening League 21st April 2022

The Pendle Forest 2022 evening league has begun. Twelve riders took up the challenge of the Skipton 10 on a cool breezy evening. The wind, though strong, was from the northeast, the best direction for fast times, making the return leg from the Skipton to Elslack roundabouts faster than usual but also making the climb up to the turn particularly hard. It is good to see new riders  – welcome to Daniel and Tomas Hepton and congratulations to Daniel for making into the ’21 club’ with a time of 21:59.  There were other fast times and they have been added to all time fastest page Thornton 10. All time fastest rides – men. . The next event, also a 10, is on Thursday the 5th of May.  


1    21:02    Richard Bideau    Pendle Forest CC
2 21:59 Daniel Hepton Bike Stop Tyre Key
3 22:24 Darren Harvey Pendle Forest CC
4 22:46 Paul Braithwaite Pendle Forest CC
5 23:17 Matt Kayley Pendle Forest CC
6 24:24 Ben Cook Bronte Wheelers
7 24:39 Martin Welsh Pendle Forest CC
8* 24:52 Tomas Hepton Bike Stop Tyre Key
9 25:04 Martin Ralph Pendle Forest CC
10 25:44 James Atkinson Pendle Forest CC
11* 27:59 Paul Whittaker Pendle Forest CC
12 35:52 Danny Davies Pendle Forest CC

* Road Bike.


Circuit of Ingleborough

Another team win in the Circuit of Ingleborough makes it three in a row for Pendle Forest. A strong south westerly wind made the return leg from Ribblehead a lot tougher than in recent years but the threatened rain held off with only a few light showers for some of the riders. The team win was achieved by Richard Bideau, Harvey Stroh and Paul Braithwaite. Victoria Peel achieved second place overall in her first ride of the course. Martin Welsh had the better of Martin Ralph, reversing the order from the West Pennine 14 and Martin Brass put in a solid effort to make it seven good PF rides.

Richard Bideau 1:03:53 (3rd overall)
Harvey Stroh 1:12:02
Paul Braithwaite 1:12:40
Martin Welsh 1:15:56
Martin Ralph 1:17:31
Victoria Peel 1:22:31 (2nd overall)
Martin Brass 1:27:22

North Lancs RC Hilly 30mile Time Trial

There was another team victory for Pendle Forest in the North Lancs RC Hilly 30mile time trial. This event uses the A59 between Clitheroe and Elslack and replaces the Circuit of Pendle that is no longer possible due to the new traffic lights at the end of the Nelson bypass. Conditions this year were very challenging with a savage wind that made the return leg a grim battle to hang on to the bike. 
The fastest team of three went to Richard Bideau, Paul Braithwaite and Russell Marsden. There is an interesting battle developing for the third placed SpoCo counting rider!

Richard Bideau 1:09:46 (2nd overall)
Paul Braithwaite 1:19:01
Russell Marsden 1:23:55
Martin Welsh 1:24:23
Harvey Stroh 1:24:33

West Pennine hilly 14 mile TT results

Pendle Forest got off to a good start in the SpoCo competition in the West Pennine hilly 14 mile time trial. Six good rides and the team prize (provisional).

Richard Bideau 34:20 (1st overall)
Paul Braithwaite 38:48
Martin Ralph 39:45
Martin Welshy 40:59
Martin Brass 46:10
Danny Davies 58:11