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.