The Circuit of the Dales

While Helen Goldthorpe was enjoying the company in a road race Sunday 2nd April – see separate racing item – James Cullen and Phil Mason were enjoying, if that’s the correct word, the solitude of riding the infamous 50-mile Circuit of the Dales TT around Ingleton, Garsdale, Sedbergh, Hawes and Ribblehead.

Organised by Nelson Wheelers, the race is held on, to give it its official CTT designation, the L503 course. It’s known as a race for tough riders and not many have managed to get under 2 hours. The record for the course is 1:56:52 by Mark Holton in 2010 riding for  www.drag2zero.com. To give a comparison, the same year Michael Hutchinson (In-Gear Quickvit R.T.) won the men’s 50-mile Championship in 1:38:55, almost 18 minutes faster, on a specialist TT course.

Although the scenery in that area is of course beautiful, James and Phil certainly didn’t have time, and perhaps not the energy, to do any sightseeing. James recorded 2:26:10 and Phil 2:43:53. The event was won by Philip Graves of NOPINZ in 2:03:45, followed by Dean Robson of Northover VT / Rudy Project in 2:04:16, taking 2nd place from double Olympic Champion Alistair Brownlee (Leeds Triathlon Centre) who recorded 2:04:33. Fastest woman in 2:26:52 was Eleanor Haresign of TORQ Performance.

Race report on the CTT website courtesy of Cycling Time Trials/Snowdon Sports.

Full results, also from the CTT website.