Not only did Otley CC riders compete in the combined 15 and 30-mile YCF TT on Saturday 19th August, held on the A168 near Boroughbridge, but one of them also stepped up to the mark and organised it too.
As a club affiliated to the YCF, we’re expected to provide help and support for YCF events but Claire Jessop went one better and volunteered as organiser, ably assisted by husband Greg, Otley CC members and members of other affiliated clubs including Bronte Wheelers, Drighlington BC, Ilkley CC and Meanwood Wheelers.
As mentioned, the event combined a 15 and a 30-mile TT, the 15 a counting event for the Women’s YCF Points Series and the Women’s Yorkshire SPOCO Series, the 30 a counting event for the Men’s Yorkshire SPOCO Series, although both genders could ride either event. Both events used the same stretch of the A168, the V226 15 course covering one lap, the V241 30 course covering two laps.
Readers will be aware of course problems sometimes encountered in the area, some recent events having to be moved or cancelled. Fortunately, the only real problem for this event was a crosswind, resulting in riders at some points on the course having to forgo the use of their tribars in order to stabilise their machines.
As well as organising the event, Claire chose to the 15 too but her hard work and the windy conditions took their toll and Claire was a non-finisher. Greg was the fastest of the Otley riders with 41:44, good enough to win him the Men’s Vet 59-59 award. Helen Goldthorpe recorded 41:58 and Liz Hills 45:25.
Fastest woman overall and with a new women’s course record of 36:40 was Kirsty Smith of Team Swift. Fastest man was Luis Alcantarilla of 3 RT in 35:29.
Full 15 results from the CTT website.
Triangle Series supremo Sheldon Howcroft was the fastest of the Otley riders in the 30, recording 1:27:57. John Churchman finished in 1:33:15, winning the Vets 80+ award.
Adam Duggleby MBE of Vive le Velo, Paralympic Tandem Pilot and Competition Record holder for solo bikes at 100 miles with 3:26:51 and for solo trikes at 10 miles with 19:30, was fastest overall with 1:02:40.
Afterwards, out of the wind, everyone enjoyed a good chinwag and tucked into the ample spread organised by our Otley CC Bake Off coordinator Liz, with Megan Cullen’s Chocolate & Guinness Cake voted the tastiest item.
Thank you of course to Claire for organising the event, to the timekeepers and to all the helpers without whom it, and other events, couldn’t go ahead.
Bake Off photograph courtesy of Helen Goldthorpe and cleaning photograph courtesy of Liz Hills.