Flat-out TTing with Otley CC

While some members have been seeking out long – that’s long as in interminable – climbs and humungous amounts of kilometres ‘sur le continent’ other members of the club were putting their time to good use organising, marshalling and riding much flatter and thankfully shorter time trials over the weekend of Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April.

Up and up and up!

Photo courtesy of Tom Paine

Shortest of the TTs competed in by our members was Saturday’s Barton Wheelers CC 10 on the C10/7 course out near the Humber Bridge in North Lincolnshire. Andrew Bolton was our only representative and rode to a PB of 26:37. One of Andrew’s aims in 2017 is to beat his VTTA Standard 10-mile time of 26:27 so he’s now only 11 seconds off that with plenty of the season still to come.

The same day, other Otley riders were riding 2 1/2 times that distance north-west of Barton in the Yorkshire Cycling Federation 25 on the V236/1 course using the A168 and A19 near Topcliffe. We had Liz Hills and Claire Jessop representing Otley CC in the women’s event and in the men’s event Greg Jessop and Steve Broadley.

Liz and Greg both managed PBs, Liz recording 1:10:05 and Greg 1:05:23. Well done to them both on their PBS.

Claire’s time was 1:04:31 and Steve finished in 1:07:10.

Kirsty Smith of Team Swift was fastest woman in 59:04. The men’s event was won by Simon Beldon, SSLL Racing Team, in 51:08.

Full results for both events from the CTT website:



The A168 is a popular venue for time trials and the previous weekend saw our Open 10 held on that road. Sunday 23rd April and we were there again, this time for our Open 25, organised by Martin Tallontire.

Using the V235 course between Boroughbridge and Walshford, the circuit is covered twice for the 25-mile distance and the headquarters were again at Marton cum Grafton Memorial Hall.

82 solo riders were on the start sheet along with two tandems. Unlike the wind experienced in the previous week’s 10, Martin reports it was a lovely morning, sunny and relatively warm for April with only a little wind from the west, though he’s not sure the riders would agree.

John and Julie Smithies of Cyclesense CC were again the first of the tandems away and this time managed to avoid puncturing, recording the winning ride with 1:02:44.

Fastest of the Otley riders was junior Harry Hunt in 1:04:55. Liam Mealey was next in 1:07:48 followed by partner Helen Goldthorpe with 1:08:25, giving Helen 2nd prize in the women’s category. Gary Purchon carried on the weekend trend for 25-mile PBs with a 1:09:55, as did Sam Howcroft who, in recording 1:10:54, won the juvenile category.

The event was won overall in 51:54 by Adam Duggleby MBE of Vive Le Velo, carrying on another trend. Adam is a double Paralympic gold medalist who piloted Steve Bate MBE to success at Rio 2016. Last year’s winner Steven Burke MBE is a double Olympic gold medallist, so the event obviously benefits from a superb standard of winners.

Fastest woman, for the second consecutive year, was Eleanor Haresign of TORQ Performance. Eleanor’s time of 1:04:36 was 1 second faster than her 2016 time. How’s that for consistency.

Thank you to Martin for organising the event, to the timekeepers, to all the helpers and marshals and of course to all those who rode.

Full results from the CTT website and a report courtesy of CTT/Snowdon Sports.

The 25 was a counting event in the 2017 YCF SpoCo (Sporting Courses) competition and after her excellent second place in the women’s awards Helen is now in the lead on 3,347 points in the women’s category with Claire in 4th on 2,225 points. Full standings from the YCF Facebook page.

Photographs courtesy of Stephen Lloyd and Martin Tallontire.

Helen Goldthorpe

Harry Hunt

Gary Purchon

Sam Howcroft

Liam Mealey

Eleanor Haresign

Adam Duggleby MBE

Martin Tallontire presents the First Juvenile prize to Sam Howcroft

Martin Tallontire presents the Overall Winner prize to Adam Duggleby MBE