Monday, 25 July 2011

Lake is 2011 ECCA Champion...

Cambridge Cycling Club's Owen Lake is 2011 Senior Champion of the Eastern Counties.
Lake won the Eastern Counties Cycling association title in a 120km road race around Saffron Walden and the surrounding villages, starting from the County High School, and finishing in Littlebury.

The race started well with some aggressive racing from the start. Eventually, two riders got away, Russell Hampton (Sigma Sport) the eventual winner and Cambridge based Dave McLean (Pasta Montegrappa), and stayed away until 20km to go. Lake punctured only 15km into the race and subsequently spent 25km chasing back to the bunch. After a few attacks seven riders got ahead in a breakaway bid, Lake decided to wait in the chasing group for his chance, which actually came right at the end.

"The race finished up a 1 mile climb and I went up it in 4th place. Coming up the climb, the pace was quite high although everyone seemed to be waiting, not willing to risk attacking, so the main bunch was still together as we neared the finish" said Lake. With 250m to go, Lake took his opportunity, coming from 4th place to sprint round the two remaining riders with 100m left, to win the bunch sprint for 8th place and the ECCA Championship by 2 bike lengths. Lake won the ECCA Junior Championship title in 2009.

Attached photo shows : Owen Lake, 2011 ECCA champion, sits second from left in the chasing group. Photo: Mark Hopkins.

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Thursday, 21 July 2011

Platts breaks club 100 mile senior record..

Cambridge Cycling Club rider Ken Platts continued his run of good form when he broke both club and regional records for 100 miles. Platts, riding in the Eastern Counties Cycling Association 100 mile Time Trial Championship, recorded a time of 3 hours 44 minutes 33 seconds.
This time is a new Cambridge Club senior record, beating the old mark by 1 minute 25seconds. But what is more remarkable is that Platts, aged 59, is a veteran rider, and his time reduced the record for his age group by a staggering 32 minutes. Not only that, but it set a new mark for the East Anglian region, beating the previous best by 21 minutes.
Platts, who is the current British Veterans Best All Rounder was placed 4th in the event, beaten only by riders many years his junior. The event was won by the British Senior Best All Rounder Champion, Julian Jenkinson.
Platts, who recently took the Cambridge CC 25 mile championship with a surprise win over in-form Basil Moss commented, “I was delighted with this performance. I tend to struggle a bit in the shorter, faster events these days as I don’t have the power that I used to. However, when stamina and experience count, as in longer events, it’s good to know I can still hold my own.” Photo by David Jones