Ulverston's David Heffernan suffered a puncture during the fourth round of the Lakeland Lanequests last week, which allowed rival Tom Gibbs to make up ground in his lead at the top of men's solo standings.

The weather was kind yet again as nearly 90 keen cyclists converged on the Royal Oak in Cartmel, which served as the start and finish venue.

Taking a night off from competing, planner Jo Cleary used her local knowledge to good effect by creating a head scratching course, encompassing the many hilly lanes in the area, including the infamous Tow Top climb to the North East of High Newton, and the intricate lanes around Kents Bank.

It was Heffernan who ran out of luck this week, as his puncture limiting his score to 250 points, whilst 2018 champion Tom Gibbs continued to storm up the overall league by clearing all 30 control points just within the allotted two hours, yet again demonstrating his elite climbing skills on a road bike.

Another competitor to suffer bad luck was Natland’s David Hollingham, who was one of a number who failed to find a marked crossing of the A590 between High Newton and Ayside, which cost him 20 points.

The results from the stage are as follows.

Solo Men: 1. Tom Gibbs (302 points), 2. David Hollingham (274 points), 3. Andy Stubbs (264 points).

Solo Women: 1. Angela Brand Barker (240 points), 2. Victoria Upton (226 points), 3. Rebecca Beedle (220 points).

Adult Pairs/Threes: 1. James Annan and Julia Hargreaves (242 points), 2. Richard Davies and Julia Richardson (216 points), Colin and Gillian Fell (200 points).

The overall standings after four rounds are as follows.

Solo Men: 1. David Heffernan (1,104 points), 2. David Hollingham (1,073 points), 3. Andy Stubbs (1,042 points).

Solo Women: 1. Jo Cleary (1,035 points), 2. Hannah Cleary Hughes (933 points), 3. Helen Jackson (814 points).

Adult Pairs: 1. Richard Davies & Julia Richardson (912 points), 2.Colin & Gillian Fell (838 points), 3. James Annan and Julia Hargreaves (672 points).

The penultimate stage takes place tonight, with the start and finish at the Stag Inn in Dufton.