Triangle 7 – A record, PBs and absent regulars

Triangle Time Trial Series 2017

It looks so far – shouldn’t speak too soon – that the weather gods have been kind to us, getting any really bad weather out of the way at the first 2017 Triangle event 27 April, round 7 on the first day of June being another great night for TTing.

Despite absent regulars – Helen Goldthorpe and partner Liam Healey (more on Helen and Liam later) away to watch the Critérium du Dauphiné, Claire and Greg Jessop cycling in France, Tony Wild (no ‘E’) and his better half enjoying the sights of Japan, Liz Hills and Stephen Lloyd having a night off and Jon Sharpe enjoying some family cycling in Derbyshire – a warm and relatively calm night still attracted 23 riders. The hope was there’d be some PBs and that records would be broken. The night proved better than the previous week as indeed, four PBs and a new women’s Triangle record were set.

The only Otley woman riding, Christine Thwaite recorded a superb PB of 36:39, 2 minutes 18 seconds faster than the previous week, rightly netting her the maximum 6 points. Christine puts her success down partly to a few glasses of red wine and some Boost Bites – other chocolate treats are available – the night before. Thanks for the TT preparation tip Christine! Former Triangle Champion Stuart Newbould seems to be finding his form, taking the 5 points. Michael Kitchen, riding only his second Triangle, took a minute and 14 seconds off his first ride 3 weeks earlier to record 36:50 and take his first ever points (4) with John Barnett taking another 3 points to go with the 3 from the 15-mile TT 23 May. Sheldon Howcroft scored points once again, 2 this time, with Paul Luxton also recording a PB by 6 seconds of exactly 35 minutes to take the last point. Paul was hoping for a sub-35 ride and Stuart Newbould has suggested removing the bottle cages from his bike and getting an aero helmet. Or maybe sprint the last few yards? Though they were both marshalling, Steve and Tom Broadley stay top of the points standings with 13 Points each. Andrew Bolton’s 34:35 was also a PB but wasn’t enough to get him in the points. Fastest Otley rider overall was Ian Cullen in 31:34.

And that record? Professional triathlete Hannah Drewett recorded 33:02 the previous week and there was speculation that was the women’s Triangle record but former racing secretary Martin Tallontire confirmed that Brit Tate, another triathlete, had recorded 32:13 in May 2014. Not to be outdone, Hannah made best use of the conditions and knocked almost a minute off Brit’s time with a new record of 31:16. Chapeau Hannah!

Hannah Drewett Women’s Triangle 12.5 record holder 31:16

Team KTM UK rider Adam Robinson was hoping to take Jon Clay’s outright record of 25:40, set in 2000 while he was training for the Olympics, and came very close. Adam was on record pace but was impeded by a car near the finish resulting in a 25:55. Nevertheless, a fantastic ride. If Adam maintains his form and keeps coming back then that 17 year old record must fall soon.

Points qualifying rides (points in brackets)

Ian Cullen 31:34

James Cullen 31:51

John Buddle 32:50

Phil Mason 32:54

Andrew Bolton 34:35

Paul Luxton 35:00 (1)

Stuart Newbould 35:13 (5)

John Barnett 35:15 (3)

James Allen 35:52

Sheldon Howcroft 36:23 (2)

Christine Thwaite 36:39 (6)

Michael Kitchen 36:50 (4)

John Churchman 39:50

Non-qualifying rides

Adam Robinson 25:55

Fraser Rounds 26:51

Max McMurdo 28:37

Richmond Denton 29:14

Tim Dodkin 30:23

Tim Garwell 31:00

Hannah Drewett 31:16 (Women’s Triangle 12.5 record)

Andy Robinson 31:58

Aaron Hemsley 32:56

Neil Buckley unfortunately was a DNF after a mechanical but Steve Broadley came to the rescue. Just shows another value of having marshals out on the course!

Thank you to Cliff Ralphs for taking over timekeeping duties whils Joyce and Keith are away and to helpers and marshals. Is your name on the marshalling list yet?

Points standings after round 7

Steve Broadley 13

Tom Broadley 13

Helen Goldthorpe 12

Sheldon Howcroft 9

Stuart Newbould 8

Jonathan Hobbs 7

Phil Mason 7

John Barnett 6

Christine Bell 6

Ian Cullen 6

Christine Thwaite 6

Sam Ward 6

Tony Wilde 6

John Churchman 5

Greg Jessop 5

Gill Arnett 4

John Buddle 4

Liz Hills 4

Paul Luxton 4

Michael Kitchen 4

James Allen 3

Andrew Bolton 3

Claire Jessop 3

Liam Mealey 3

Mention was made of Helen and Liam earlier and their trip to France. Well, neither actually missed out on mid-week racing as they took part in the Halifax Imperial Wheelers Hilly 21-mile TT near Greenland the evening before, a counting event in the 2017 YCF SpoCo Competition. Liam finished in 1:01:31 and Helen in 1:08:16, winning points in the aforementioned SpoCo Competition and taking her into the lead in the Women’s with 4,463 points, well ahead of second placed Lisa Dickinson of Team Lusso on 2,239. Claire Jessop is in sixth place with 2,225 points. Full results on the YCF Facebook page.

Triangle action photos on Pool bridge courtesy of Carolyn Nelson.

John Barnett still perfecting his “Ooh, that hurts!” grimace

Note Paul’s very un-aero bottle cage.

Christine might have gone even faster if her number had been pinned on correctly!