Not a WVCC event, but an event organised by our own Mr Fearon, and always a bit of festive fun. The highlight of the event is the fancy dress, and those who enter into this spirit really go to town on their outfits.
It was a cold, wet day as I stood shivering at Allostock, waiting for the first riders to come past. Soon enough, hardly recognisable from current MotoGP world champion, Jorge Lorenzo (which is who he was proporting to be) Neil Skellern came past with a determined grimace.
Closely followed by the Joker (Jason Codling, East Lancs RC), A Fox(! – Cat Jessop, East Lancs RC), and a line of other super heroes including Poison Ivy (Georgina Cape, East Lancs RC) and Robin (Andy Reagan, also of East Lancs RC). Catwoman (Niamh Coulter, East Lancs RC) was carefully hidden by Poison Ivy….
The next photograph, I can only apologise for, as I’m not quite sure what David Tiner of Clayton Velo was thinking, but it was very disturbing to see.. Avert your eyes if you are of a sensitive disposition.
The main question that had to be asked was, what was last year’s fancy dress winner, Johnny Descamps going to do to better last years fantastic effort – see below.
He was off at number 10, but I didn’t see him as numbers all the way to the end of the fancy dressers passed.
Then I saw the power houses of Dennis Hornby and Alan Shuttleworth fly towards me on their fine Longstaff tandem trike.
But who was that they were passing. ‘Get off the road’ I heard Dennis shout as they passed what looked like a very thin bloke on a bike with a sidecar. Eh? What is that tootling towards me? Aah, it’s Johnny Descamps and his underfed friend. He’s done it again.
To see it in it’s glory, just watch the first 42 seconds of this YouTube clip (didn’t hit the stop button till I realised I was still recording).
A fantastic creation, months in the making. A hybrid of recumbent and mountain bike!! Superb. How on earth he’ll top that next year I do not know, but I can’t wait to find out. 🙂
Despite the cold and the rain, another excellent event.
Here are the results!
|1||Neil Skellern (Jorge Lorenzo)||Team Swift (Swift Cycle)||V50||0:25:24|
|2||David Bates||South Pennine RC||V60||0:28:04|
|3||Gail Lowe (Elf)||Lyme RC||L Vet||0:31:07|
|4||Paul Jennings (Elf)||Lyme RC||V60||0:33:45|
|5||Dan Robinson||Manchester Whls||Sen||0:33:48|
|6||David Tinker (Pink Madonna with Pink Boobies)||Clayton Velo||V50||0:35:35|
|7||Samantha Hewitt||Ashley Touring Club||Lady||0:36:28|
|8||Holly Carter||Manchester Whls||Lady||0:36:48|
|9||Andy Reagan (Robin)||East Lancs RC||V50||0:39:19|
|10||Georgina Cape (Poison Ivy)||East Lancs RC||Lady Vet||0:40:19|
|11||Niamh Coulter (Catwoman)||East Lancs RC||L Juv||0:41:19|
|12||Jason Codling (The Joker)||East Lancs RC||V40||0:42:19|
|13||Cat Jessop (A Fox)||East Lancs RC||Lady||0:43:19|
|14||Johnny Decamps||East Lancs RC||V40||2:04:35|
|-||Michael Coulter (Batman)||East Lancs RC||V40||DNS|
|-||John Latham||South Pennine RC||V60||DNS|
|1||Claire Clementson||Wigan Whls||Lady||0:28:00|
|2||Dennis Hornby (Tandem Trike)||Weaver Valley CC||V60||0:29:01|
|Alan Shuttleworth (Tandem Trike)||V60|
|3||Paul Warrener||Rossendale RC||V40||0:33:15|
|Linda Felton||L Vet|
|4||Tasheni Makumbi||VC Pierre||V40||0:35:33|
|Fancy Dress||Valerie Baxter||Withington Wheelers||L Vet||DNS Apol|
|1||Rob Pollen||Ashley Touring Club||Sen||0:22:47|
|2||Ben Trippier||East Lancs RC||Sen||0:23:30|
|3||Mark Nulty||Team Swift||Sen||0:23:35|
|4||Alex Leek||Wrekinsport CC||Sen||0:24:05|
|5||Gavin McCluskey-Lambert||Manchester Whls||Sen||0:24:10|
|6||Nigel Wood||Wills Wheels||V50||0:24:16|
|7||Mark Brearton||The Endurance Store||V40||0:24:17|
|8||Mark Pickles||Manchester Whls||V40||0:24:33|
|9||Greg Dancer||Stone Whls||V60||0:24:50|
|10||Nathan Turnbull||Leigh Premier RC||Sen||0:24:52|
|11||Theo Jeffries||Westmead Team 88||Jun||0:25:10|
|12||Dave Fearon||Weaver Valley CC||V50||0:25:15|
|13||Alex Coates||Lyme RC||Juv||0:25:30|
|14||Robbie Harcourt||Stretford Whls||V50||0:25:42|
|15||Warren Jackson||Macclesfield Whls||V40||0:25:58|
|16||Shaun Dwyer||Manchester Tri Club||Sen||0:26:08|
|17||Sam Walley||East Lancs RC||Jun||0:26:24|
|18||Mark Allen||Congleton CC||Jun||0:26:42|
|19||Andrew Newey||Ribble Valley CRC||Sen||0:26:47|
|20||Alex Wiseman||East Lancs RC||Jun||0:27:19|
|21||Roger Wrenn||Macclesfield Whls||V70||0:27:26|
|22||Cameron Pilkington||East Lancs RC||Juv||0:27:30|
|23||Stephen Turner||Westmead Team 88||V50||0:27:34|
|24||Phil Barnes||Team Swift||V60||0:28:01|
|25||Sharon Clifford||WCS Racing Team||L Vet||0:28:17|
|26||Richard Coates||Leek CC||V50||0:28:29|
|27||Barrie Whittaker||Lyme RC||V50||0:28:35|
|28||Josh Decamps||East Lancs RC||Jun||0:29:12|
|29||Chelsea McCluskey-Lambert||Manchester Whls||Lady||0:29:35|
|30||Jonathan Preston||East Lancs RC||V40||0:30:14|
|31||Aleshia Mellor||Lyme RC||L Juv||0:30:30|
|32||Lynne Skellern||Macclesfield Whls||L Vet||0:32:18|
|33||George Preston||East Lancs RC||Jun||0:32:30|
|34||David Steele||Lyme RC||V70||0:33:04|
|35||Brid McMahon||Withington Whls||L Vet||0:33:46|
|36||Phil Butter||Withington Whls||V50||0:34:52|
|37||Wilf Lewis||Altrincham Ravens CC||V70||0:35:00|
|38||Derek Black||Wigan Whls||V60||0:38:23|
|39||Gareth Webster||South Pennine RC||Sen||0:50:49|
|40||Thomas Hughes||Lyme RC||Jun||DNF|
|41||Steve Hall||Lyme RC||V50||DNS apol|
|42||Graham Tait||Bury Clarion||V40||DNS|
|43||Jonathan Poole||Ashley Touring Club||V50||DNS|
|44||Andy Gorton||East Lancs RC||V40||DNS|
|45||Andy Williams||Bury Clarion||V40||DNS|
|46||Sam Hall||Lyme RC||Juv||DNS apol|
|47||Jim Williams||Weaver Valley CC||V50||DNS apol|
|48||Mike Cotgreave||Westmead Team 88||V70||DNS apol|
|49||Michael O'Donnell||Westmead Team 88||V40||DNS apol|
|50||Tony Boardman||VTTA Man & NW||V60||DNS|
*For those too young to remember, the phrase Nanu Nanu came from a 1978 US comedy TV series called Mork and Mindy, featuring an up and coming comedian – the late Robin Williams, playing an alien visiting earth.