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Louis Szymanski winning on Blackstondedge_ABC Centreville

Louis Szymanski adding to his fine series of wins this year

West pennine Hill climb on Blackstonedge, 1st October 2017

ABC Centreville had a good day at the office on Blackstonedge today at the West Pennine hill climb, with Louis Szymanski taking the win with a storming 7.41 and leading the club to the first team prize, backed up by new member Andy McLaughlin with 9.05 (including a 20 second penalty for a late start!) and Ben Whitehead with 9.12 which also gave him the first V40 prize. Also present in green blue and white were Neil Swithenbank (9.47), Gary Fleet (9.57), and Dave Grogan (10.28) all digging in well in the windy conditions which made the middle straight section harder, then helped on the main upper climb to the White House.

First woman was Charlotte Gorman riding for Team Lusso in 10.28, with local rider Cat Jessop riding for East Lancs only 10 seconds off the win with 10.38 . First Junior was a fast James Noonan in 8.16, and first juvenile was Francis Woodcock with an impressive 8.25 which put him 5th overall!

Neil and Ben will be representing the club on the Rake Hill Climb at Ramsbottom next week, a shorter, steeper effort which should suit them well.

Andy MacLaughlin 1_ABC Centreville cycling club_Weste Pennine Hill Climb

Andy McLaughlin climbing strongly in his first race for Centreville

Ben Whitehead_ABC Centreville cycling club_Weste Pennine Hill Climb

Ben Whitehead 3/4 in on his way to first V40

Neil Swithenbank_ABC Centreville_Weste Pennine Hill Climb

Ex-international and current busy dad Neil Swithenbank digging in

ABC Centreville Manchester Cycling Club hill climbing

Gary Fleet looks ahead to the windy straight section above the Moorcock

Dave Grogan_ABC Centreville_Weste Pennine Hill Climb

Dave Grogan has ridden this hill a few times both in and out of competition

Charlotte Garmon 1st woman_West Pennine Hill Climb

Charlotte Gorman, Team Lusso, pushing on for first place

Andy McLaughlin_ABC Centreville cycling club_West Pennine Hill Climb

Andy McLaughlin obviously didn’t try hard enough if he was this happy straight afterwards! He had the foresight to buy a bike in club colours even before joining

ABC Centreville cycling club_after Weste Pennine Hill Climb

Down the Red Lion afterwards. Too bad the sandwiches arrived as everyone was leaving…

ABC Centreville Cycling Club Manchester_first v40 Ben Whitehead

Ben turns pro with his V40 prize – don’t spend it all at once

Thanks to John, Nick and Geoff for photos

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 October 1, 2017  Posted by at 9:26 pm Events, Hill climbs  Add comments

  One Response to “Louis wins and Centreville are 1st team at West Pennine hill climb”

  1. Great ride all individually and mean achievement by all team wise – great club ‘flag waving’

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