During a period when three long distance records were broken – the Land’s End to John O’Groats by Michael Broadwith and the Men’s and Women’s CTT National 12-hour by Adam Duggleby and Alice Lethbridge (both still to be ratified) – Otley CC riders were starting their long distance campaigns, albeit at distances a little shorter. And there was still time to indulge in a couple of TT ‘sprints’. At any distance, Otley CC women certainly had a good taste of success.
Helen Goldthorpe was the first Otley rider to ride a 50-mile TT in 2018, riding the Yorkshire Road Club 50 Sunday 17th June on the V251 based at Dalton near Topcliffe and using one of Yorkshire testers favourite road, the A168.
Helen rode to a PB – 2:21:54 – as well as picking up the prize for 2nd Woman. A few words from Helen about her ride.
“Quite a strong cross wind at times (CTT report says light breeze, it was stronger than that!).
“I paced it nicely, nice even splits for the first and second half. Managed not to curse the red wall too much and really wasn’t expecting to pick up a prize so that was a nice bonus.
Photograph courtesy of Liam Mealey.
“A couple of minutes off my pb and 4 minutes faster than last time out on that course”.
Steve Broadley was our sole male representative that day, finishing in 2:31:26 and getting in some good training for the Club 50 Championships, incorporated into the YCF 50 to be held Saturday 30th June.
Fastest overall was Ross Walton of GS Metro in 1:49:08. Kirsty Bradley, Team Swift, was fastest Woman with 2:08:44.
A much shorter but certainly hillier and most definitely windier Holmfirth CC 10 on Saturday 23rd June, an event in the 2018 YCF SpoCo series, was Helen’s next open event, held on the V915 course using the A629 near Birdsedge and in the shadow of the UKs tallest freestanding structure, the Emley Moor mast. The route, a straight out and back one, really tests the riders with its long drags and a return leg into a headwind. Yes, it was fast on the way out.
Another successful day for Helen. As a recent new recruit to the VTTA, Helen qualified for the awards on offer to veteran riders, winning the V40 Women’s award with 29:12. Chapeau Helen!
Thinking he’s still got it – sorry, correction, still thinking he’s got it, your honorary racing secretary John Barnett put his money where is mouth is and also rode, suffering to a 31:58.
No 30mph rides that day, Christophe Demoulin of York Cycleworks – much flatter round there – recording the fastest time in 22:06 with Sarah Lewthwaite of Team Sportslab fastest Woman in 26:13. Full results still to be published.
Round 4 of the corsaRosa TT League was held on a sunny but chilly (at 8 a.m.) Sunday 24th June. Yet another hilly 10, this time on the V810 from Addingham to Skipton and back. And another success for Otley women.
Numbers we’re down on previous weeks, maybe because of a number of sportives in the area on that weekend? That included the White Rose Classic, held the same day and setting off from Ilkley where the corsaRosa is based.
Four riders represented Otley. V810 first timer Amy Cuthbertson was fastest Woman overall with 35:35. Only Amy’s second TT and top of the podium already, although she admits some work is needed on her aero tuck.
Fastest Otley rider was our open 50 organiser James Cullen in 29:33 with our open 2-stage hill climb organiser Andrew Bolton next in 33:18.
Also riding the V810 for the first time, David Bennett finished in 44:13. Amy and David have most definitely got the TT bug!
Full results courtesy of corsaRosa Facebook page. Click on the Event 4 tab.
Thanks as always to sponsors, helpers and to La Stazione for hospitality.
The next event is Sunday 8th July on the flatter V818, starting and finishing at Ben Rhydding.
24th June 2018