In the last two weeks six new Otley Cycle Club Champions have been crowned, three in the 50 Champs and three in the 30 Champs. Also, a Club Mixed Tandem record has been broken.
The 50 Champs were originally incorporated into the YCF 50 due to be held Saturday 1st July but was unfortunately cancelled due to roadworks. The event was also to include the 86th running of the Andy Wilson Memorial 50. It was then decided to incorporate the Club 50 Champs into the Yorkshire Road Club 50 being held Sunday 10th September on the V259/1 course based near Thirsk.
However, road works on the A19/A168 on which the V259/1 is run caused more disruption but luckily an alternative course was available, this time the V251 based solely on the A168, a circuit between Dishforth and Walshford traffic island, covered twice including two ‘ascents’ of the dreaded Red Wall section of the road.
Undaunted by this, all five of the Otley riders who entered – Helen Goldthorpe, Liz Hills, Steve Broadley, Sheldon Howcroft and Phil Mason – rode, although over a third of the 92 entrants didn’t, 32 of them deciding not to ride. Perhaps not only the change of course put them off as the weather wasn’t too favourable, wind and rain making for difficult conditions, Phil commenting “Only a few riders were below two hours on what was never going to be a day for PBs”.
Fastest of the Otley contingent was Phil in 2:20:11, meaning he is the Club 2017 50-mile Champion. Helen was fastest Otley Woman with 2:26:00 and is the Club Women’s 2017 50-mile Champion. Helen’s handicap time of 2:13:40 means she is the Club 2017 50-mile Handicap Champion too. Well done to Phil and Helen!
Steve recorded 2:22:41, Sheldon, first rider off in the event, 2:34:18 and Liz 2:56:32.
The event was won overall by Andy Jackson of SSLL Racing Team in 1:46:58 with Manchester Tri Club rider Anna Weaver fastest woman in 2:06:48.
Sunday 17th September saw Otley riders again experiencing the A168 and the Red Wall (twice once more!) in the 30 Champs. 12 riders were pre-entered and they, plus a tandem riding the 15-mile course, were greeted by a very wet morning although things did improve a little.
Jon Sharpe salvaged something from his injury hit season, recording 1:13:12 to become Club 2017 30-mile Champion. The conditions at least helped toughen him up for his first go at the 3-peaks Cyclo-Cross on Sunday 24th September. Claire Jessop is Club Women’s 30-mile Champion in 1:24:34. The Club 2017 30-mile Handicap Champion is Tim Howcroft with a handicap time of 1:13:58. Well done all! All times, including 15-mile times, are listed below.
A mention for Helen Goldthorpe who suffered a puncture but stopped by the start and finish area, changed her wheel and carried on undaunted, determined to get in a decent-length ride that day before going to support Liam at the YCCA Bedale cyclo-cross.
Harry and Eleanor Hunt also braved the conditions in an effort to break their Club 15-mile Mixed Tandem record of 37:33 set last year. They succeeded by taking just under a minute off that time, recording 36:35. Congratulations to them both!
Well done to all who rode given the wet conditions and of course thanks to Sheldon for organising and for refreshments, to Joyce and Keith Webb for timekeeping and to John Churchman and Dave Burrows for marshalling.
Times (15-mile times in brackets)
Jon Sharp 1:13:12 (36:13)
Tim Howcroft 1:15:32 (37:59)
Jonathan Hobbs 1:15:47 (37:46)
Ian Cullen 1:18:54 (39:26)
Phil Mason 1:23:50 (41:44)
Claire Jessop 1:24:34 (42:14)
Steve Broadley 1:25:05 (42:18)
Sheldon Howcroft 1:29:14 (44:33)
Helen Goldthorpe 1:30:51 (47:00)
Tony Wild 1:32:13 (45:53)
Liz Hills 1:39:10 (49:26)
Greg Jessop DNS