While six of our members were riding a National event this weekend – see separate TTT report – other members competed in normal open events but nonetheless just as competitive.
Probably the most notable of these was Andrew Bolton’s ride in the Kent Valley RC mid-summer charity event on Saturday 17th June, one of two 10s he rode at the weekend
Andrew suffers from ankylosing spondylitis and to show his support for the charity NASS (National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society) he has obtained, with agreement from the club, some NASS branded racing kit (skinsuit, jersey and shorts), something he was able to put to good use Saturday and Sunday.
The Kent Valley RC event was held Saturday evening on the L1015 Levens course near Kendal using the A590, a course known for its fast times. Andrew reports that there was little wind and the weather not too hot. The road wasn’t too busy and the road surface was OK although not as good as has been historically as it was damaged over the winter
And the course certainly didn’t disappoint as Andrew christened not only his NASS skinsuit but also his new TT bike with a fantastic 23:05 PB for a 10. The event was won by James Gullen of JLT Condor in a course record time of 17:54, breaking Sir Bradley Wiggins 11-year-old record and beating second place David Allonby of Springfield Financial by 1:25.
Fastest woman was Alex Smethurst of Team Swift in 23:03.
In an event promoted on the A590 again by the same club early next morning, this time using L2524 course, John Churchman ride the Kent Valley RC 25 the next day. John comments that it was sunny and warm with virtually no wind but riders had to work at it pushing some air all the way round with little traffic.
Chapeau to Kent Valley RC for putting on two events over the weekend so close together.
All results have still to be published but John, who celebrates his 80th birthday in June, finished in 1:14:02.
Andrew’s second 10 of the weekend, less that 12 hours later, was the corsaRosa Round 4 on the V818 based at Ben Rhydding in which we only had three riders this week – regular James Cullen was riding the National TTT – but with one of those a DNF.
As the day before, riders experienced a pleasant, warm morning. Andrew, wearing his NASS jersey and shorts, was fastest of the Otley riders in 27:00 with Dexter Leemming-Sykes second with 28:25. Chris Radcliffe was unfortunately a non-finisher.
Fastest overall was Tom van Rossum of Yorkshire RC in 22:40. Fastest woman in 27:00 was Rachel Hawker of albaRosa. Full results and current standings on the corsaRosa Facebook page (Event 4 tab for Sunday’s results).