Podiums, senior TTing – and creepy-crawlies

Well, the success of our Race Team continues unabated, one rider topping the podium last weekend amid more points scoring success. In time trialling our more senior riders are getting the miles in too. And the creepy-crawlies…?

Road and Circuit Racing

Eleanor Hunt’s good form came to early season fruition on Sunday 8th April at the Tameside circuit in Ashton under Lyne, Eleanor winning the U16 Girls event and 10 points at the re-scheduled Mossley CRT Early Bird Youth Races to go alongside her success in the earlier round in March.

Eleanor writes: “This week the weather was a lot nicer with no rain and warmer temperatures.

“The race began with a good start and I could chase down the rider who attacked from the line and once we had brought her back we rode round as a group for a while.

“Then the group split into 3 riders about 10 laps to go and we worked together until 5 laps to go where I made a small attack to split the group again to just two of us.

“We both then fought very tactically, and left it down to a sprint out of the final corner which I happened to win.”

Very modest Eleanor!

Photographs courtesy of Jon Hunt.

Keeping up the results for the girls, Morgan Leeming-Sykes was third 3rd in the U14 Girls event, earning Morgan her first point of the season.

Jack Coates was 4th for 6 points in the U16 Boys event, Dexter Leeming-Sykes coming in 17th and George George Radcliffe 21st.

Results courtesy of the BC website.

Joe Howcroft followed his liking for stage racing by riding the Screentex International Tour of the Mendips. Held on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th April south of Bristol over three stages, the event is part of the 2018 British Cycling Junior Men’s Road Series.

Here’s Joe’s account of his racing trip to the south west. Photographs courtesy of Tim Howcroft.

“We drove down on Friday to check out the course and settle into our overnight accommodation, which can only be described as a spider infested, glorified cow shed.

“Stage One on Saturday morning was a short 4km prologue which placed me 65th overall on GC but only 30 seconds off a top ten.

“Stage 2 started at the bottom of the finishing climb for stage 3, which also had a KOM at the top of it, which meant as soon as the race was de-neutralised the pace exploded and around 16 riders went out the back, 12 of which got back on. The race then went onto a 13KM circuit.

“Sadly I didn’t make it into the breakaway which ended up gaining 40 seconds on the peloton after a hectic last lap chase. I finished in the bunch and so didn’t lose any time overall.

“Stage 3 had 3 main climbs over the 80KM race. I was just distanced from the main bunch at the top of the 2nd climb and despite efforts to chase I couldn’t get back on. I got into a group of 12 riders and stayed with these to the finishing climb where I rode away from most of them and rolled in to collect 46th on the stage. This meant I finished 46th overall.

“Again a very fun and exciting weekend…despite the spiders”.

At least you had dad Tim with you Joe to protect you from the creepy-crawlies!

Results courtesy of the BC website.

At the Huddersfield Star Wheelers Circuit Races Sunday 8th April on the BCKAT Cycle Circuit in Wakefield Tom Cullen had a double success, scoring 10 points for 3rd place in the 2/3/4 category event and winning a prime, with Luke O’Connell finishing in the bunch.

Despite attacking several times Megan Cullen finished in the bunch in her event for E/1/2/3/4 category women.

Results courtesy of the BC website.

Photographs courtesy of Huddersfield Star Wheelers and Otley CC Race Team.

Time Trialling 

The traditional first 50-mile TT of the year is the tough, hilly Nelson Wheelers CC event, known as The Circuit of the Dales, held on the L503 course based at Ingleton. James Cullen, obviously getting in some hard training for his mid-April training trip to Spain, flew the Otley CC colours, off one minute after former winner and course record holder Gethin Butler of Preston Wheelers.

Full results are still to be released but James time was approximately 2 hours 27 minutes for the difficult course.

Namesake James Gullen of JLT Condor won the event, breaking the course record with 1:55.38. Fastest woman was Rebecca Rimmington of Team Merlin in 2:23.22.

Someone else who rode consecutive days at the weekend was Stephen Broadley who rode a 25-mile TT on the Saturday followed by a 10 on Sunday morning.

In the 25 on the V236/1 based at Topcliffe and using the A168 and the A19, promoted by the VTTA (Yorkshire), Stephen recorded 1:06.53. Full results are still to be published.

Next day in the YCF 10 on the V910 using the A1246 and A63 near Fairburn Stephen recorded 28:57. John Barnett ‘raced’ too, recording 29:39.

Jack Brown of Cambridge University CC was fastest overall with a very rapid 20:56. Fiona Sharp of Team Swift was fastest woman with 24:52, 4 seconds slower than her winning time in the previous YCF 10 on the same course 11th March.

Full results courtesy of CTT.