Matt Moorhouse and Anna Turvey were fastest male and female riders respectively at Sunday’s Border City Wheelers hilly 29-mile time trial in Cumbria.
Moorhouse, the 43-year-old Preston CC rider, covered the course south of Dalston in 1-08-33 in near perfect conditions to win by just 18 seconds from Border City Wheelers’ Richard Bickley, who has finished on the podium in this event for the last four consecutive years.
Last year’s winner Richard Bideau (Pendle Forest CC) was just two seconds further back in third in one of the closest podiums seen for several years for this event.
Meanwhile, former national 10-mile competition record holder and Ireland track star Anna Turvey clocked 1-15-44 for the event, the 39-year-old Drag2zero star winning the women’s prize by more than 13 minutes from Jan Scotchford (North Lancashire RC) while 2016 event winner Carol Westmorland (Border City Wheelers) was just 22 seconds further back in third place.
The L291 is a challenging course with much climbing. It takes riders from a start south of Dalston and down the B5299 and through Welton before turning right and looping round through Rosley, Westward, Caldbeck and Sebergham then heading back up to the finish at Dalston.
The victory for Moorhouse comes after he was also the winner in Derwentside CC’s 40-mile event last weekend – where Turvey was also the fastest female.
Moorhouse is a man in form so far this season, having placed second in the Kent Valley CC 28.5-mile event last month as well as third in the Nelson Wheelers hilly 50 (where he pipped Bideau to third by 2-13) and the North Lancs Road Club hilly 30 (which Bideau won, more than two minutes quicker than Moorhouse).
Turvey, the reigning National 10- and 50-mile Champion, has hit form this season following a brief spell of illness which saw her miss her first two scheduled rides of 2019.
But after being the fastest female in the Cleveland Wheelers hilly 25 in late April and also winning the Derwentside CC 40 last weekend, she is back to great form.
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Pos Name Club Cat Time
1 Matt Moorhouse Preston CC V40 1.08.33
2 Richard Bickley Border City Whs CC Sen 1.08.51
3 Richard Bideau Pendle Forest CC V40 1.08.53
4 Craig Horseman Beacon Wheelers V40 1.09.11
5 David Powell Horwich Cycling Club V40 1.11.10
6 Emil Petrov Border City Whs CC Sen 1.14.01
7 Kieran Lacey Barrow Central Wheelers V40 1.14.20
8 Anna Turvey DRAG2ZERO Fem 1.15.44
9 Bryan Pool Border City Whs CC V50 1.17.17
10 David Hill Velo Club Cumbria Sen/Esp 1.17.54
11 Neil Withington Beacon Wheelers V40 1.18.15
12 Paul Braithwaite Pendle Forest CC V40 1.19.36
13 Colin Mckenna Barrow Central Wheelers V50 1.20.32
14 Russell Marsden Pendle Forest CC V50 1.21.23
15 Matthew Atkinson Beacon Wheelers Sen 1.21.32
16 Roy Flanagan Rossendale RC V60+ 1.21.50
17 Martin Welsh Pendle Forest CC V50 1.22.00
18 Derek Schofield Rossendale RC V60+ 1.24.29
19 Mike Westmorland Border City Whs CC V60+ 1.25.10
20 Tim Bennett Kent Valley RC V50 1.26.15
21 Alex Forbes Border City Whs CC V50 1.28.15
22 Ross Strachan Loudoun Road Club V40 1.28.36
23 Jan Scotchford North Lancashire RC Fem/V50 1.29.15
24 Carol Westmorland Border City Whs CC Fem/V50 1.29.37
25 Paul Warrener Rossendale RC V50 1.29.55
26 Nick Higginson Cleveleys Road Club Sen 1.30.34
27 Richard Belk Kent Valley RC V60+ 1.32.17
28 Claire Rushton Kent Valley RC Fem/V40 1.33.41
29 Amy Whelan Barrow Central Wheelers Fem 1.34.01
30 Peter Knott Kent Valley RC V60+ 2.11.35
Eamonn Quinn Lakes Road Club V50 DNS Apols
Peter Haigh Nelson Whs CC V60+ DNS Apols
Martyn Blenkinship Border City Whs CC V40 DNS Apols
Julie Mann Transition Race Team Fem /V40 DNS
Dave Nicholl Barrow Central Wheelers V40 DNS
Charlotte Boothman ABC Centreville Fem DNS
Randle Shenton Team Swift V60+ DNF
Dougi Hall Border City Whs CC V50 DNF