Week ending: 4th October:
Fingers and toes were crossed for the Saturday’s VTTA 25 Championships on the A25/34, but alas to no avail. A forecast for heavy rain affecting the whole region and the A46 dual carriageway in particular meant that the event was postponed to the 17th October. And rain it did. Unfortunately, that means that whilst I should have been reporting on end of season times for a multitude of North Mids riders, as far as I am aware there were no time trials ridden by our members this weekend.
Week ending: 11th October:
Saturday afternoon up Holme Moss was the time and place for Holme Valley Wheelers hill climb. A tough one, with the climb topping out at 524m. Not daunted by the prospect, Trevor Mayne (Birdwell Whs) was in the top half of the field with 26th place from 60 finishers, recording 11-01. Andy Newham and Lez Young, of the Lincoln Whs, rose to the challenge of the weight of a third wheel, climbing on their trikes, to finish in 13-28.3 and 14-58.6, respectively. Hat’s off, gentlemen! Tom Bell was fastest overall in just 7-32.6, with Monica Greenwood fastest woman in 10-05.5. Full results: https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-results/20443#anchor
The Sunday morning was bright but cold, and a very fresh north westerly wind made for a chilly Seacroft Wheelers 10 on the V511 between Bubwith and Selby. A near flat course, with some shelter provided by occasional stands of trees, a few hedges, arable crops and root vegetables. Otherwise, quite open to the wind. Storming to 4th place overall, Keith Ainsworth (Sheffrec CC) recorded a fine 21-19. Getting the better of his clubmate Steve Gibson, Andy Hicklin (Peak RC) finished in 22-27 to Steve’s 22-45. Chris Lea (Buxton CC) was further down the leaderboard, in 23-16. Paul Heggie (Birdwell Whs) recorded 26-27. Keith Murray was quickest overall in 20-54, whilst Josie Smith was fastest woman in 24-31. Full results: https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-results/21271#anchor
In the Tickhill VC hill climb, also on Sunday morning, Dominic Watts (Veloviewer) recorded 1-33.0, with fastest woman being Mary Wilkinson in 1-24.9 and Andy Nichols being quickest overall in 1-09.7. Full results: https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-results/19950#anchor
Week ending: 18th October:
Approaching the venue for the postponed VTTA National 25 Championships, on the Saturday afternoon, the plume from the chimney of British Sugar’s Newark factory was bent south/south east, indicating a cross-tailwind outward leg and cross-headwind return. The course, the A25/34, is mostly on the beautifully-surfaced A46 dual carriageway between Farndon and Cotgrave to the southwest of Newark, with just a few miles of single-carriageway old road. Closer to ground level there was little movement to be seen of leaves on autumnal trees. Stepping outside the car there was indeed only a light breeze, but what a cold one: just 10 to 11 Celsius. Still, a good day for the time of year.
There was a very good turnout from the VTTA North Midlands. In reverse order, on scratch: Ben Hamilton (Rutland CC) 1-08-07, Karen Brooks (Team Sportslab) 1-05-39, Paul Heggie (Birdwell Whs) 1-03-36, Martin Bullen (Peterborough CC) 1-00-03, Andy Newham (Lincoln Whs) 59-46 (trike), Sarah Harrison (Sheffield Tri Club) 59-39, Trevor Mayne (Birdwell Whs) 57-22, Alan Cooke (Peak RC) 56-26, Chris Lea (Buxton CC) 55-38, Daryl May (Sheffrec CC) 55-15, and in the top ten, 8th Mat Ivings (Buxton CC) 51-55, 7th Stuart Wells (Lindsey Roads CC) 51-42, and taking 1st spot with a fantastic 50-20, Keith Ainsworth (Sheffrec CC). Angela Carpenter was fastest woman overall, in 54-58, and also taking top place in the women’s championships with a plus of 19-06. Ron Hallam’s 1-11-42, at age 90, gave him a plus of 22-16 and the win in the men’s championships, with Keith Ainsworth taking the silver medal spot with a plus of 20-10. Full results on scratch: https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-results/21183#anchor and on standard: https://www.vtta.org.uk/news/411-national-25-mile-championship.
That's all for 2020!