Judging by the number of TTs cancelled in the CTT Yorkshire District this year you’d be forgiven for thinking riders might want to give up riding on the open road and perhaps try some closed circuit racing. However, we can’t let it beat us and our TTers, although down in numbers, have been in action again.
Claire Jessop and Helen Goldthorpe were our representatives in the Team Jadan-Weldtite 10-mile TT on the V718 near Hull on 5th of August. A windy course meant times weren’t as fast as the previous week, Claire going back over 30 seconds with a 24:19 and Helen recording 25:04, exactly 50 seconds behind her previous time. Claire and Helen were then looking forward to riding again the following Thursday (10th August) in Round 19 of the Triangle Series.
Unbelievable as it may sound, an accident involving a tanker near Junction 47 (Garforth) of the M1 around 11.00 a.m. on Thursday 10th August meant that night’s Triangle 12 1/2 had to be called off.
As it took some time to clear the accident, drivers used other routes in the evening with the consequence that traffic built up in the area, causing tailbacks at Pool and on the A659 and A61 near Harewood Bridge. The decision was rightly taken to cancel the event. Obviously, no points awarded on the night so points standings remain as for Triangle 18.
All was not list though for some of the Thursday night crew as it meant being able to take refreshments earlier than usual in The Wharfedale Inn.
The next Triangle event is a combined 10 & 15 Tuesday 15th August on the A168 near Boroughbridge followed by a 12 1/2 Thursday 17th August. Both events start at 7.00 pm.
And don’t forget to get your order in for the awards supper, taking place this year on Thursday 7th September, a week after the final Triangle event.
Several of our members managed to get a ride two days later in the Bridlington CC 10, again on the V718 on what was also a windy day.
Six rode from Otley CC, the fastest being Steve Broadley with 23:10, Claire Jessop second fastest with a time exactly a minute slower than Steve’s (24:10). Claire’s husband Greg was next, recording 24:38 followed by the younger Broadley, Tom, in 24:41. John Churchman was fastest Over-80 (out of five riders) in 25:57 and Liz Hills, recovered from her spill in the Team Swift 50 on 30th July, recorded 25:59.
Fastest overall was Adam Duggleby MBE (Vive Le Velo) in 17:59. Kate Allan of Drag2Zero was fastest woman in 19:58.
Our new 12-hour Champion Phil Mason carried on his quest for the club Best All Rounder (BAR) Sunday, riding the Tyneside Vagabonds 100-mile TT Sunday 13th August on the M100/20, a sporting (undulating) course based at Longhirst near Morpeth in Northumberland. Because of the sporting nature of the course Phil’s time wasn’t as fast as he would have liked, recording 5 hours 12 seconds, just slightly less than ‘evens’ (20 mph average). Here’s Phil’s synopsis of his ride.
“The course is slightly undulating on mainly quiet rural A and minor roads with mostly reasonable surfaces (by today’s standards). Speeds varied between 33mph on the smooth bits with a tailwind down to 10mph on some rises with rough tarmac into a headwind. It was very well organised and with an excellent post race spread as you’d expect from Tyne Vags. I could have fed the family for a week on the leftovers!”