Cast your mind back to when you last had to carry a rain jacket with you in June for when you finished a time-trial. Can’t think of one eh? Well, some of the Otley riders competing in the YCF Cragg Vale 4.8-mile hill-climb on the V9916 at Mytholmroyd had to do just that…
With heavy rain forecast for most of raceday Tuesday 28th June there was concern from some riders about actually competing, maybe fearful that they’d melt in the rain. But of course, we’re made of sterner stuff in Yorkshire – ‘guests’ included! – plus the rain wasn’t as heavy as forecast, so a full complement of nine Otley riders braved the conditions. There were two distinct modes of transport to get riders to the finish line – out-and-out TT machines and common or garden road bikes, the latter chosen by all the girls and boys in blue which although might not have provided the speed usually associated with time-trialling certainly gave confidence to some when descending in the rain and cold back down the hill to the HQ. In their rain jackets. In June.
Fastest of the Otley contingent was Liam Mealey who may rue not sprinting the final few yards when recording a time of 20 minutes and one-tenth of a second. That 19-minute ride must be achievable Liam when Yorkshire Road Club hold their hill-climb 23rd October on the same course. Claire Jessop was fastest Otley woman, 2nd Otley rider and 2nd woman overall, the latter meaning a lucrative night for her, with 22:06.4. Full list of Otley times below.
Liam Mealey 20:00.1
Claire Jessop 22:00.6
Andrew Bolton 22:54.6
Greg Jessop 23:06.2
Helen Goldthorpe 23:49.2
Rachel Crowther 24:29.6
John Barnett 25:05.4
Liz Hills 25:51.8
Christine Bell 26:04.3
Sophie Hewitson who rides 2nd claim for us in the corsaRosa league recorded 22:02.2 in University of Sheffield CC colours and occasional Triangle rider Stephen Lloyd of Bronte Wheelers – see photo below – recorded 19:24.6.
Fastest overall on the night in an amazing 15:54.7 – only 4 minutes slower than her time going back down according to Liz Hills – was Chris Bevan of Veloviewer. Fastest woman was Sarah Lewthwaite of East Bradford CC in 20:43.7.
Refreshments were provided by the newly renovated Dusty Miller pub in Mytholmroyd. It’s good to see the pub and Mytholmroyd getting back on their feet after the floods in 2015. Thank you to the Dusty Miller management and staff and we all wish the community well. And thanks to Phil Hurt and his band of helpers for putting on the event.
All in all, a good night for Otley CC despite the weather. Which incidentally made for spectacular views above Hebden Bridge on the way home.
Now time to get training for the October hill-climb season.