This last weekend Lewis Hartley competed in the 10.3 mile hilly time trial organised by Rossendale Road Club. The race was based in Bolton-by-Bowland and the first rider was off at 2pm prompt.
The race was promoted for and on behalf of the CTT under their rules and regulations and took place on the L112 course.
111 riders were entered on the start sheet but with the weather being tough, wet and windy only 92 riders actually completed the course.
Lewis finished 23rd for the Inspire VCUK Racing Team with a time of 27:27 which also gave him 3rd place Junior overall.
The race itself attracted a very strong field with the top three finishers being:
1st Adam Hartley riding for VCUK PH-MAS Junior Cycling Team (Male Junior Aged 16) Time 24:07
2nd Craig Battersby riding for Team Chronomaster (M40) (former winner of event) Time 24:34
3rd Pete Williams riding for One Pro Cycling UCI registered professional team (points jersey winner in Tour of Britain). Time 25:16
Lewis set off and felt good, pacing his effort to the top of the first long steady climb which is a round 3miles up the road, with a slight tail wind.
Lewis caught around 3 riders over the whole distance, and really nailed it once he was on the descending section of the course back to the finish.
We spoke to Lewis after the race as he cooled down:
“I really enjoyed this event which is the first time I have taken part in a hilly time trial. My Champion system skin suit and overshoes (provided by VCUK) kept me warm whilst providing an aerodynamic advantage over other riders.