Racing round-up. A Champion crowned and town centre racing success

Plenty of racing action still going on with the second longest of our TT Championships decided and two town centre wins.


Let’s start with that Championship, the 12-hour. Our longest Championship, the 24-hour, had no takers this year so the 1/2 day event became our longest contested Championship, incorporated in the Team Swift 12-hour on Sunday 30th July. Hard to believe it’s 12 months since Christine Bell and Rachel Crowther set a National tandem age record in the 2016 Team Swift 12-hour, Phil Mason and Gary Purchon riding the same event, becoming overall and handicap Champions respectively. In the 2017 edition of the event, again run concurrently with a 50-mile TT (see below) and a 100-mile TT – respect to Team Swift for doing that – Phil was our only representative, riding 221.68 miles, over two miles further than his 2016 ride of 219.214, and so becoming 12-hour Champion for the second year in succession. Well done Phil!

Blaine Metcalf of the promoting club was the winner with a distance of 280.42.

No Otley riders contested the 100 but we had three riders in the 50. With some rain in the days preceding the events, there was lots of standing water on the course but fortunately it stayed fine for the 50 at least and not as windy as in 2016.

Fastest of those three was Claire Jessop with 2:22:28, followed by Sheldon Howcroft with 2:28:50. Liz Hills was our third fastest rider with PB by 6 seconds of 2:39:18, although Liz would have been faster but for hitting a manhole cover 4 miles from home and unfortunately falling from her bike. Chapeau to Liz for remounting and finishing despite cuts and bruises, showing her true cyclist colours through her main concerns of ripped skninsuit and scratched bike!

Fastest time of the day was 1:51:34 by Richard Sharp of York Cycleworks. Elaine Garvican of Tri Training Harder was fastest woman in 2:10:10. Full results from the CTT website.

Photographs of Liz courtesy of Trish Lowrence. None of the damaged bike though, that would have been much too traumatising!

Liquid refreshment always helps – but not whilst you’re riding of course!

Photograph of Claire courtesy of Greg Jessop

Obviously now well and truly bitten by the TT bug or a glutten for punishment, Liz had ridden the day before too along with Claire and also Helen Goldthorpe in the Drighlington BC 10 on the V718 near Hull.

Claire was fastest of the trio with a rapid 23:46. Club 10 record holder Helen, thankfully able to make it to the event following recent car troubles, recorded 24:14 and Liz finished in 27:20.

Recording 18:21, Mark Jones of Drag2Zero was fastest overall. Fastest woman was Anna Turvey of Tyneside Vagabonds in 19:49, achieving 14th place overall in a field of 122 finishers.

Greg Jessop took this artistic – his phrase – shot of Liz.

On the same course, riding the VTTA (Yorkshire) 10 Saturday 22nd July, Triangle Series leader Steve Broadley recorded 23:25 in an event won by Daniel Barnett (no relation) of Team Bottrill / HSS Hire in 18:38.


Megan Cullen has achieved two victories in town centre races in July. At the Colne GP on 26th July Megan won the U16 Girls event, repeating her success two days later in the same category at the Barnsley Town Centre races, earning her 6 points. Chapeau Megan!

Also at the Colne event, James Wordsworth was 9th in the U16 Boys category for 1 point. At Barnsley, in the U14 Boys category Jack Coates was 5th for 5 points and Dexter Leeming-Sykes earned 2 points for 8th.

Full results for Colne and Barnsley from the BC website.

Photographs courtesy of Carolyn Nelson and David Leeming-Sykes.

Otley CC riders were in action in two events on Thursday 20th July.

At the White Rose Youth League – Thursday League 6, held at the local Brownlee Centre, they contested five categories.

James Wordsworth was our most successful rider, winning the U16 Boys Category and taking 3 points. Will Brown was 3rd for 1 point, Robbie Strathdee finishing 8th.

In the equivalent Girls race Lucy Ellmore was 3rd, earning 1 point, with Megan Cullen 4th.

Isla Aylward was 2nd and Amy Hodgkins 3rd in the U8 Girls, with Isla’s brother Ruaridh 12th in the U10 Boys. In the U12 Boys Matthew Ellmore was 11th and Mark Sansom 14th.

Full results from the BC website.

The same day at the Steven Burke Sports Hub in the CDPP Summer Series #14 the three usual suspects in the U14 Boys category, Jack Coates, George Radcliffe and Dexter Leeming-Sykes, took the top three places for 3, 2 and 1 point respectively. Morgan Leeming-Sykes took 4th place in the U12 Girls category. Full results from the BC website.

Dexter and Jack scored points again two days later at the same circuit on Saturday 22nd July at the CSP Summer Crits, part of the North West Youth League. Dexter took 4 points for 6th an drew Jack 3 points for 7th in the U14 Boys. Morgan was also riding again, finishing 6th in the U12 Girls. Full results from the BC website.

Jack Coates was once again in action at The Tameside Cycling Development Group (TCDG) Race League in Ashton-Under-Lyne. Jack was 8th at Round 17 on 25th July and 2nd at Round 18 a week later for 2 points, both in the U14 Boys category.


The 2017 West Riding Track League is drawing to a close with the last event due Monday 7th August, so Otley riders are keen to get more success under their belts. Round 8 took place Monday 26th July.


In the Group 4&5 Girls Amber Peacock took two wins, Charlotte Chambers two 2nds and Amy Hodgkins a 3rd and a 4th. The Group 1&2 Girls had an extra race, Emily Middlebrooke having two wins and a 3rd, Isobel Wilks three 2nds and Poppy Peacock three 4th places. Emily was also 5th in the Group 1&2 Devil, Isobel equal 6th.

Daniel Middlebrooke was 2nd in both Group 3&4 Boys races. In the three Group 1&2 boys races Alex Hodgkins took a 4th, a 5th and 6th and Jack Wilks two 7th places and one 9th.


The Group 5 Girls Handicap provided Amy Hodgkins with her best result of the evening, a 2nd place. Charlotte Chambers also had her best result in the Handicap with a win in the Group 3&4 Girls followed by Amber Peacock in 2nd. Poppy Peacock, Emily Middlebrooke and Isobel Wilks finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the Group 1&2 Girls.

Only one Handicap event was contested by the boys, Alex Hodgkins and Jack Wilks 2nd & 3rd in the Group 1&2 Boys.

Fixed Wheel

Just one representative in the Fixed races. Jonathan Allen was 4th in the Sprint Final Men, 5th in the Devil and the Unknown Distance and 11th in the Block Handicap.


As with grass track, the 2017 Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross Association Summer Series has drawn to a close but in the meantime Otley riders were out again in the final rounds, Round 7 19th July at the Yorksport venue and Round 8 26th July at King James High School in Almondbury.

In York, Ben Houlihan increased his Summer Series points total to 888, the leading Otley rider, by taking 1st overall and 1st in the MU14 category in the Under 14 race. Max Hilton-Green (MU8) was 60th overall, 6th in his category.

Peter Middlemiss (MV50) was the only OCC rider at Almondbury, finishing 103rd overall in the Over 14 race, 20th in his category.

Fantastic results and dedication from our racing members. Long may it continue!