THE Thursday evening time trial league staged by the alliance of Derwent Valley CC, Honister 92 and Solway CC was won by Brigham’s Rob Hargreaves, the Velo Club Cumbria rider completing a hat-trick of wins in this series.

His time of 21 minutes 36 seconds was a personal best on the Keswick course

Also clocking a pb was up-and-coming VCC rider from Egremont, Adam Powe, in 22.20.

Mike Earl, of Honister 92, came in third in 23.01 with fourth and fifth turning into a battle of the supervets with Ken Hargreaves, Team Swift, Eaglesfield, just beating Ged Brear, VCC, Whitehaven by five seconds in 24.14 and 24.19 respectively.

Young Dan Hazelwood,VCC, was sixth in 24.48 with P King and M King both on 25.18, BCW, seventh. Finishing ninth and in his best time for 10 years was VCC’s Dave Shipp in 25.22 and 10th was Paul Wensley, BCW, 26.37.

First juvenile prize went to Simon Symonds of the Solway club, 11th overall in 26.38 while the first lady was Joanne Percival, who was pleased with 27.27 after not racing this year.

Thirteenth was Reg Irving 27.55, 14th Steve Lunt 28.13 and practising a team time trial, pair Simon Martindale and Mark Percival clocked 22.36.

Only three local riders competed in the 50-mile time trial staged by Lancaster CC at Cockermouth.

A large contingent of Lancastrians made up the field of 50 riders with Preston Wheelers’ Paul Fleming having an outstanding ride.

Despite the cold and showery conditions he won the event in one hour 52 minutes and 14 seconds, four minutes ahead of second place Duncan Orme of the host club.

Third was Gary Specely, Lakes Road Club, 1.58.16. Whitehaven’s Barry Sullivan, VCC was 13th and fifth vet in 2.04.25 with Ken Hargreaves second in the over 60s in 2.06.28.

Solway CC, supervet Steve Hasson, Whitehaven, made a come-back to finish just ahead of the broomwagon with a three hour ride.

As the cycling time trial season reaches half way it seems like last week produced the first touch of summer weather with warmer conditions helping with faster times.

Velo Club Cumbria’s 10-mile event was predictably won by Peter Brear, Whitehaven, in 21 minutes 26 seconds with the margins much closer between the top three.

Ten seconds was all that separated second placed man Mark Amor, VCC, Whitehaven, in 21.36 and it was only a further 20 seconds to third placed Rob Hargreaves, VCC, Brigham, who clocked 21.56.

Adam Powe, VCC, Egremont, set a new pb of 22.38 for fourth, with Matthew Wardynec, Team Swift, fifth in 22.46.

Julian Cooke also improved his pb with 22.48 and sixth just ahead of Mark Percival, VCC, Whitehaven, seventh, 22.51.

First vet over 40 category was won by Ronnie Cowen, VCC, Egremont, with a pb time of 23.02 and eighth overall.

Des Morris was ninth in 23.31. Stuart Robinson took 10th place in 24.20 with over 60s winner Ged Brear, VCC, clocking 24.23 for 11th.

Mark Wells blasted round in 24.33 was 12th with Simon Martindale, first junior in 13th place in 24.36.

Dan Hazelwood, VCC, who is showing much improvement this season, was 14th in 24.43 and also going faster was first O50s, Dave McPhee with 24.48. Dave Shipp, VCC was pleased with a 25.34 for 16th and Jim Powe was 17th in 26.22.

Taking fastest juvenile was Solway’s up and coming star Simon Symonds in 18th place in 27.40.

The first lady prize went to Helen Scott, of Border City Wheelers, in 26.29 in 19th. Steve Lunt was 20th in 28.10, 21st was Willy Armstrong in 28.25 and in his fastest time this year Don Morrison, VCC, Harrington, clocked 28.55 for 22nd.

Solway rider Brian Moore was 23rd in 28.58, with Cockermouth athlete Penny Kingsland beating the 20mph average speed for 24th in 29.36.