This weeks club time trial saw a first club race win for new member Andy Waring.
A tiotal of 10 riders signed up for the first of the two 16 Mile Hilly Time Trials. The temperature had just struggled into double figures and the wind was kind on the way out to the turn at Grantshouse but proved a bit more challenging on the return leg.
It was great to see four of this seasons new members taking on this course. Andy took the honours in a time of 44:44 which was a great result considering from the Cleugh back to Duns he was struggling with only one working chain ring. Dougie Robertson took second place in a time of 46:26 which was only 10 seconds off his pb and Steve Rowley (who had to stop up the Cleugh and put his chain back on) in third place with 46:31. George Johnston was in 4th with 47:42 and Chris Cowe in 5th with a great time of 50:10 for his first run over this course. Joyce Mark took the win for the ladies with 54:30 and Michelle Highfield took 2nd place.
On the same night five riders skipped the club time trial to take part in the Ingleston criteriums. Dom Bythe, Jim Blythe, Andrew Scorey, Doug Slater and Neil Wilson certainly didn’t come back empty handed either.
The first 4th category race of the night saw Dom and Neil in action, the strong headwind on the back of the course canceled out all the breakaway attempts and into the final corner both riders were well placed, Dom faded slightly but Neil jumped through the bunch to take an excellent 7th place, his best ever result in a crit, with Dom not far behind in 15th.
Race two, another 4th category, was Doug and Jims turn, a very quick first few laps at 26-27 mph saw Jim struggling and out the back of the bunch, Doug held a good position throughout the race and even spent a lap off the front in a doomed breakaway attempt, coming round the last bend saw Doug jump hard near the front and he demolished the opposition to take a great win by over five bike lengths, Jim came in a lap down having spent a large part of the race riding alone on a very windy circuit, an excellent effort.
The main race of the night saw Andrew defending his lead for the overall series. Instead of perhaps marking his rivals Andrew was on the attack from the start, the action was fast an furious and by the time the bunch came round for the last lap just one rider was off the front, Andrew took the bunch sprint for second place easily and with it the overall series win, his third crit series win in a row and continuing his outstanding series of results for the season.
At the weekend Michelle Highfield and Alison Kerr took part in the big route of the 5 Dales Sportive.
This year saw a repeat of last year’s upgraded Tour de France Special Edition with routes modified and extended to 118, 85 and 60 miles to take in 3, 2 and 1 respectively of the feature ascents (Kidstones Pass, Butter Tubs Pass & Grinton Moor) from last years Stage 1.
Next weeks club time trial is a 25 miler, riders meet on Thursday 6.30 for a 7pm start at Hutton crossroads.
Club hill time trial results:
Andy Waring 44.44 PB, Doug Robertson 46.26, Steve Rowley 46.31, George Johnston 47.42, Chris Cowe 50.10 PB, Neil Cruikshaks 50.51 PB, Joyce mark L 54.30, Ian Russel 59.30 PB, Michelle Highfield L 1.00.05 PB, Mark Jones 1.1.52 PB.