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Cycling: Double delight for impressive Carthy
PRESTON’S Rapha Condor JLT professioanl Hugh Carthy turned the tables on team-mate Richard Handley to claim a double victory over the weekend.
Carthy was victorious in the Circuit of Ingelborough and the Ribble Valley Cycling and Racing Club time trial beating Handley on both occasions.
Handley had claimed the honours in the Circuit of Pendle time trial the previous weekend ahead of Carthy.
Rapha ace Carthy, the son of former Blackburn and Burnley police detective Sean Carthy, clocked one hour 3 minutes 24 seconds for the 27-mile hilly circuit to beat Handley by just 20 precious seconds.
Third place went to Longridge professional Ian Bibby of the Madison Genesis squad in 1hr 7mins 7secs.
Mark Haydock of the North Lancs Road Club was the best of the local clubs in 10th with a time of 1hr 12mins 23secs while Blackburn’s Dave Hargreaves of the same club took the Vet60+ award with a 1hr 18mins 33secs ride.
One of the perfomances of the day came from Padiham’s Rebecca Rimmington (Trainsharp) as she finished ahead of more than 50 male competitiors with an excellent time of 1hr 17mins 40secs.
In the Ribble Valley event, roadworks were a problem for the riders who had to cover a shortened course of 15 miles.
Carthy again impressed clocking 31 minutes 16 seconds against the 31mins 56secs of Handley with Simon Bridge of Manchester Wheelers taking third in 33mins 33secs.
Peter Greenwood of Clayton Velo and Burnley was fastest from the East Lancashire clubs in 35mins 16secs which gave him eighth place overall and also the Vet60 award.
Blackburn and District CTC member Dave Ebbrell finished 11th in 35mins 34secs and Haydock 13th in 35mins 53secs.
On Saturday (11am) the West Pennine Road Club may have problems with the same roadworks in their event that starts and ends at Knowle Green near Longridge with the race headquarters in the village hall.
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