28th October 2016: Bury Clarion sweep the board at national hill climb championships – Bury Times
BURY Clarion riders took the team, individual and junior titles at the National Clarion Hill Climb Championships after a storming set of rides at the Newport Shropshire CC hill climb in Ironbridge.
In the popular event, which doubled up as the national clarion championships, Joe Cadwallader was fastest finisher of Bury’s team of three, completing the course in 3mins 42secs to take third place overall, just 29 seconds down on winner Matt Garthwaite, of Rhino Valley RT.
Cadwallader’s time also ensured he was second fastest veteran and leading clarion rider, to claim the individual title.
Out of the 44-strong field, there were 23 riders from across the country competing for the national clarion honours.
Bury’s other two riders, Dave Stammers and Francis Woodcock, completed a one-two-three finish in the clarion championships to claim the team crown in some style.
They also won the overall team title on the day, beating second-placed Wolverhampton Wheelers’ aggregate time by 24 seconds.
Stammers was fifth-place overall, following his time of 3:44.
And Woodcock followed up his juvenile victory in the recent Ramsbottom Rake with the national clarion junior title after finishing in 3:49.
The 14-year-old beat off competition from riders two years his senior to win the crown, finishing 17 seconds faster than Newport Shropshire’s Charlie Fisher, aged 16, in second.
Woodcock also finished third in the clarion race and seventh overall on the day.
11th October 2016: Best ever’ Ramsbottom Rake hill climb one for the history books – Bury Times
THIS year’s Ramsbottom Rake hill climb turned out to be one for the history books as organisers hailed it the best ever. Hundreds of people turned up for the annual event, organised by Bolton-based Lancashire Road Club, which sees riders tackle the testing 875m steep course….
Talented young cyclist Francis Woodcock, aged 13, from The Bury Clarion Cycling Club was the fastest in the juvenile category with a time of 3min and 7sec.
Peter Roscoe, secretary for The Bury Clarion Cycling Club, commented: “It really is a fantastic event, in some ways it’s like the Tour de France because people can get so close and see the riders in their agony.
“It’s a really good community event with people coming out to support the riders.”