Stood on a bridge over the A1 linking Arkendale to the A168 waiting to start a TT might not the best way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Add wind and rain and it’s most definitely not!
Still, riders in the YCF 15 and 30-mile combined TT on Saturday 20th August didn’t let the lack of scenic views or the March-like weather stop them ploughing between the Boroughbridge and the Walshford roundabouts on the A168, those on the 30-mile trek having the pleasure of traversing each of them twice.
Although many of the riders unfortunately received a bit of a soaking riding from the event HQ at The Royal Oak at Staveley, the promised heavy rain during the event mainly stayed away, though the blusterey wind made conditions difficult. Claire Jessop and Gareth Metcalfe were our representatives, Claire riding the 15, Gareth the 30.
Claire finished the 15 in 42:47 and Gareth’s time for the 30 was 1:12:10. To illustrate how rides were affected by the conditions, both riders were well short of their respective club records, Claire’s ride being over 6 1/2 minutes outside her 36:08 15-mile record, Gareth more than 10 minutes outside his 30 record of 1:02:03.
Fastest rider overall in the 15 was Chris Harris of Holme Valley Wheelers in 37:08. Kirsty Smith of Team Swift was fastest woman and second overall with 38:52.
Prolific TT winner Philip Graves of Clifton CC recorded the fastest time in the 30 with 1:04:49. Rochdale Tri Club’s Teresa Hollins was the only woman in the event, recording 1:45:12.
With only one round of the YCF SpoCo 2016 competition remaining, the Scarborough Paragon 10 on the V415 Saturday 27th August, Claire Jessop is lying in 2nd place in the women’s competition. Standings here.