Carnethy member (and-NOT-on-committee-BUT-always-working-hard-for-the-club-in-many-ways) Mike Lynch, hanger-on, Bob Johnson and friend of the club, Nick Williamson, completed the Three-Peaks Cyclo-Cross on Sunday. Nick very much led the way and held onto 22nd place at the top of Pen-y-Ghent only to puncture shortly afterwards and “slump” to 38th. Nick finished in a brilliant 3:32:42 with Bob just about half an hour down on him in 149th place just over 4hrs in 4:01:11. Mike shaved a load off his previous time and finished in 4:43:40 with the following commentary:-
“Needless to say, happy with a 19 minute PB, but still lots to learn from this race. The difference this year was: the bike, the tyres, knowing what to expect, a proper lifting technique, more confidence in the descents and Vaseline. The weather was wetter and muddier than last year, but I preferred the cool weather to the heat of last year. Thanks to Bob I greased up my arms with Vaseline and this was a real treat. Bring on 2017! Highlight? Seeing Jonny Brownlee standing between Ingleborough and Whernside on the road section and clapping and cheering us on”. Words courtesy Anita Gussette.
Mike’s advocacy of Vaseline has no doubt helped him to pick up a new sponsorship deal for 2017 – he’s managed to wangle three metric tonnes of Vaseline for his own use in 2017. Bob also picked up a new sponsorship deal with “thesoloclub.com” and has promised to help Mike with application of said Vaseline (heresay).
Best wishes to all (sorry about the strange cycling top)
Bob and Mike