The Viking 50 (Cambridge CC)

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  • Date: 13-Jun-21
  • Time: 08:00
  • Distance: 50 Miles
  • Course: F2/50
  • Closing Date: 01-Jun-21 23:59
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McEvoy and Carpenter battle to victories in The Viking 50

  • Published: 13 Jun 21
  • Written By: Snowdon Sports
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Angela Carpenter

Veteran Tim McEvoy (FTP Fulfil The Potential Racing) took a clear victory by over a minute in The Viking 50, while Angela Carpenter (…a3crg) smashed her personal best to win the women’s event.

McEvoy, from Bodmin in Cornwall, backed up his win in last month’s Mid-Devon CC 10 by also triumphing over the longer distance.

The 43-year-old clocked a winning time of one hour, 38 minutes and 45 seconds over four laps of the out and back course in Cambridgeshire.

The F2/50 course saw riders complete four laps of an out and back loop of the flat A428 dual carriageway between Cambourne and Cambridge.

Conditions were perfect for fast times with virtually no wind for the early starters which rose slightly to a very light south westerly breeze as the morning developed.

The Viking 50 was a tribute to the classic event held for many years on Essex roads by the now defunct Viking Road Club with the Viking Trophy for winners of both the men’s and women’s events.

On his first attempt at an open 50 Jon Woolrich (Velo Club Jersey) took second place after a race-long battle with his time of 1-39-57, just four seconds faster than Ian Hope (Team Solo Vinci) who took third in 1-40-01.

Quickest veteran 50-59 was James Fawcett (…a3crg) in 1-44-01; aged 60-69 Keith Ainsworth (Sheffrec CC) in 1-46-28; aged 70-79 Donald Parker (Brighton Mitre) in 2-03-15; aged 80-89 Murray Kirton (A5 Rangers CC) in 2-24-40 and 90+ Peter Horsnell (Chelmer CC) in 2-37-32.

The team prize was won by Cambridge CC with Martin Reynolds, Andrew Grant and Colin Lizieri all contributing.

After finishing sixth in last weekend’s senior National Circuit Championships veteran Carpenter was back in top spot in the women’s event clocking a new personal best of 1-46-34 - some six minutes faster than her previous mark.

Her time was almost two minutes quicker than scratch rider Alice Lethbridge (Drag2Zero) who was also runner-up in Saturday’s Hemel Hempstead 10, clocking 1-48-23 on her first 50 outing of the season.

Completing the podium positions was quickest veteran woman Jackie Field (CC Ashwell) who clocked 1-53-54.

Fastest female veteran 40-49 was Naomi De Pennington (Banbury Star Cyclists’ Club) in 1-53-56 while Sarah Matthews (…a3crg) was quickest age group 60-69 rider in 2-03-22.

“I’m absolutely delighted with my time,” said Carpenter.

“It all came together on the day. I was out quite early so didn’t have the traffic drag on the early laps but it was good and a nice ride.

“It’s quite an interesting course with a lot of turning which makes it quite fun and means it can be broken into small chunks to focus on and the turns aren’t too slow.”

The Newbury Velo pairing of Rachael Elliott and Ian Greenstreet took another tandem victory to add to their collection with a time of 1-41-34.

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Results

Men
1 Tim McEvoy (FTP Fulfil The Potential Racing) 1:38.45
2 Jon Woolrich (Velo Club Jersey) 1:39.57
3 Ian Hope (Team Solo Vinci) 1:40.01

Women
1 Angela Carpenter (…a3crg) 1:46.34
2 Alice Lethbridge (Drag2Zero) 1:48.23
3 Jackie Field (CC Ashwell) 1:53.54

Team: Cambridge CC

Tandem: Racheal Elliott & Ian Greenstreet (Newbury Velo) 1:41.34