Brave Baracchi duo hit the heights

PUBLISHED: 13:32 05 November 2010

Ben McCluskey after his cycling trek

Ben McCluskey after his cycling trek


NICK Esser and Ben McCluskey of Velo Club Baracchi rode the gruelling 97-mile Tour of the Peak sportive on Saturday from Chapel-en-le-Frith in the Peak District.

Sharp climbs along the way included the Cat and Fiddle, Winnats Pass and Holme Moss.

Esser and McCluskey completed the sportive successfully and were comfortable up all the climbs.

They set off quite early on the ride, stopping at the first feed station to fill up bottles and grab some food.

Feeling good and making good time, they then set off for the next leg, including the severe climb of Winnats Pass near Castleton in the rugged limestone country of the High Peak, which McCluskey described as “a really good hard climb.”

Making a point of topping up again at the second feed station they set off for the last 30 miles into a headwind and dealt with the climb up Holme Moss before heading for home.

“A few nasty little climbs right before the end made the last 10 miles interesting, but all in all it was a good day,” said McCluskey.

Esser finished in 7.50:02 and McCluskey in 7.52:24 which placed them 246th and 254th out of 452 finishers at the 97-mile distance. Another 438 riders took part at the 65-mile distance.

n The VC Baracchi AGM is at 8pm on Monday, November 8 at the Tramways Hotel in Pakefield and the presentation evening is on Saturday, November 20 at the Marquis of Lorne.

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