Racing 49 – July 2016. Record setting weekend time trialing – the long and the short of it

Time trials can cover any distance and time, from a short 10-mile TT to a very long 24-hour TT, and those are just what some members rode the weekend of Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July.

Steve Broadley and John Churchman both rode a ’10’ on the Saturday – see below – but before that, and after too actually, Iain Findlay rode an event completely at the other end of the spectrum, the National 24-hour championships in Cheshire.

Although Iain’s primary aim was of course to finish the event. There was also the matter of breaking the club record of 427.9 miles held by George Baxter.  George set the record in July 1969, also when riding the National Championships, the same event in which multi-discipline and Olympic rider Roy Cromack became the first rider to break 500 miles for the 24-hour.

With good preparation beforehand, perfect choice of equipment and sustenance, and great support throughout from family and friends, Iain successfully completed the event.  But the icing on the cake is that Iain set a new club record of 441.686, a fantastic achievement.

When told that his record had been broken, George Baxter had no hesitation in giving his congratulations, pleased that the record had finally been broken after so many years.

Well done Iain!

Michael Broadwith (Arctic Tacx) and Lynne Biddulph (Born to Bike-Bridgtown Cycles) were defending champions from 2015, both successfully defending their titles this year, recording 535.04 and 420.29 miles respectively.  Also, along with teammates Jonathan Shubert and Tom Bayley, Michael Broadwith of Arctic Tacx took the team competition record beating the old record by over 112 miles.

A report on the championships courtesy of CTT/Snowdon Sports can be found here.

Photographs courtesy of Iain and his helpers.

Only 24 hours to go!

Only 24 hours to go!

Night riding

Night riding

Finished!

Finished!

Tan lines

Tan lines

Completely at the other end of the TT spectrum, on the Saturday Steve Broadley and John Churchman rode the VTTA organised 10-mile TT on the fast and very popular V718 out near Hull.  Although it was a warm day, there was at times some cloud cover meaning that with very little wind it was a perfect day for racing, proven by the results.

Steve was the first rider off of the brace of Otley riders, riding to a very impressive PB of 22.38.  Steve says he doesn’t know where it came from but some hard work has obviously gone into his training this season to reach that level.  John Curchman’s ride began at the back end of the field, 2nd to last rider away, but John certainly didn’t keep anyone waiting, recording 25.15, his best time for quite a few years.

Well done Steve and John, showing that the more mature riders in the club can still cut it!

A mention too for Triangle supporter Stephen Lloyd.  Stephen’s PB before Saturday was 23.  and he believed could achieve a ’22’.  As it was, Stephen recorded 21.17, a beating of his previous PB. Congratulations Stephen.

The event was won overall by Andy Jackson of SSLL Racing Team in 18:11.  Bronwen Ewing of Rye & District Wheelers CC was fastest woman in 20:34.