The seventh Welland Trophy competition between VTTA and BMCR saw a good and strong field of riders, only slightly depleted by Covid absences.
Following cancellation of the event in 2020 due to covid, and hail storms last year, the weather was calm with only a slight breeze. The course was in good condition and the herd of cows had already made its way through the village en route to the common, so no major hold ups.
This year the VTTA riders greatly outnumbered those from BMCR (and they were fast) so the trophy went to VTTA again. It was good to see a strong field of 9 2-up teams, with the Team Bottrill pairing clocking the fastest time on the day, 32:15. VTTA rider Joseph Costello was the winner on Standard, while the men's and women's fastest were both 'youngsters'.
Although there were only three trikes, Wayne Baker had a good ride to record the fastest time in that category.
VTTA Midlands 15 mile TT K47/15, Welland, Worcs, 9th April 2022
1st Gareth Pymm & Tim Hood, Team Bottrill 32:15
2nd Gerard Henry & James Foggensteiner, University of Warwick/Apus peak RT 32:52
3rd Philip Kelly & Jonathan Read, Velo Karbona/Race Rapid 35:47
1st Malachi Cashmore, Malvern Cycle Sport 33:26
2nd Jon Howard, Team Echelon 33:35
3rd Tom Hale, Cambridge University CC 33:41
4th Joseph Costello, Walsall Roads CC 34:25
5th Crispin Doyle, VTTA Wessex 34:40
6th Kevin Lane, Droitwich CC 35:10
1st Jessica Rhodes-Jones, AeroCoach 34:46
2nd Lauren Creamer, Velo Fixers 35:05
3rd Celia Brown, Beacon Roads CC 37:42
4th Denise Burrows, AeroCoach 38:42
5th Susan Semple, Stafford RC 38:47
6th Emma Bexson, Stratford CC 39:25
Vets on Standard
Joseph Costello +7:47
2-up TTT on Standard
William Davies & Mike Amery, Velo Club Sevale +4:21
Wayne Baker, Team Echelon 48:22
thanks to Steve Wood for race report and assistant organisation, Mike Amery for hosting the event and all the Marshals out on the course and in the HQ